Active Chairman of the Board
For the past two decades, Mr. Farkash served in a variety of business executive roles (including Vice President of Sales, Vice President - Business Development and GM of Nova’s Strategic Software Business) at Nova (Nasdaq:NVMI) – a leading innovator and key provider of dimensional and materials metrology solutions in semiconductor manufacturing. In his last role at Nova, Mr. Farkash served as Executive VP Strategic Development & Partnerships and was responsible for creating new markets, initiating disruptive products, forging strategic alliances and leading all OEM business-related activities, leading the company business growth. Mr. Farkash holds an MBA with honors and BSc in Computers Engineering, both from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.
Chief Executive Officer and Founder
Dr. Fernando de la Vega co-founded PV Nano Cell Ltd. in 2009 and has served as our Chief Executive Officer and the Chairman of our board of directors since that time. Dr. de la Vega has more than 25 years industrial and entrepreneurial experience, having served in managerial positions with responsibility over research and development, quality and operations and has founded or co-founded several businesses in the fields of nano technology and functional materials. From 2001 to early 2009, Dr. de la Vega served as General Manager and a Director of Cima, a company focused on the development of innovative technologies in the field of flexible printed electronics. Dr. de la Vega also co-founded and, from 2003 through 2009, served as Chairman of the Nano Functional Materials Consortium, a five-year, $25 million research consortium which performed general research on nanotechnology, sponsored by Israel’s Office of the Authority as part of the MAGNET program, a special program intended to encourage cooperation between industry and academia. Dr. de la Vega has also co-founded three European research and development consortiums. He is a co-inventor of more than 11 patent families in the fields of nanomaterials and nanotechnology and author and co-author of many scientific and technical publications (including on conductive inks for inkjet printing). Dr. de la Vega holds a Ph.D. in Applied Chemistry from the Casali Institute at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, as well as a M.Sc. in Applied Chemistry and a B.Sc. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Dr. Astorre Modena has been a member of our board of directors since 2010. In 2005, he co-founded, and currently serves as General Partner of, Terra Venture Partners, an Israeli venture capital fund focused on clean technology. Prior to co-founding Terra Venture Partners, from 2001 to 2005, Dr. Modena was Associate and then Principal at Israel Seed Partners, a leading Israeli seed-stage venture capital firm. From 1998 to 2001, Dr. Modena was a consultant with McKinsey & Co., where he consulted for leading Italian, French and Israeli manufacturing and financial corporations on strategic and operational issues. Dr. Modena holds a Ph.D. in Plasma Physics from Imperial College in London and a B.Sc. in Physics from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (where he was a part of the Honors Program for Outstanding Students). Dr. Modena was also a researcher in the laser-plasma physics department at Imperial College in London and École Polytechnique in Paris.
Orly Solomon has served as an external director of the Company since December 2017. Ms. Solomon is co-founder, COO and CFO of Eye Sight Fitness Ltd. From 2014 to 2016, Ms. Solomon served as CFO of Future Values Ltd. In 2013, Ms. Solomon served as CEO of D. Medical Industries (NASDAQ /TASE: DMED). From 2010 to 2012, Ms. Solomon served as CFO and Deputy to CEO of Lito Group Ltd. (TASE: LTGR-M). From 2009 to 2010, Ms. Solomon served as co-founder and CFO of Atid Team, Israel. From 2006 to 2010 Ms. Solomon served as co-founder and a director of Altshuler Shacham Benefits Israel. From 2003 to 2009 Ms. Solomon served as Tax Director at Deloitte, Israel. From 2001 to 2003, she served as Senior Manager at Ernst &Young, Israel. Ms. Solomon currently serves on the board of directors of Ortus Venture Capital LLP. Ms. Solomon served on the board of directors of Shikmona, a governmental & city owned corporation in Haifa from 2014 to 2017 as a director with financial specialties, nominated by the government. She was also the chairman of the board of directors of RSL Electronics Ltd (TASE:RSL) from 2011 to 2012. Ms. Solomon holds an MBA in Finance and Economics from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and a Bachelor of Science Accounting, with honors, from Rutgers University at Newark, NJ, USA.
Ido Lapidot has served as an external director of the Company since December 2017. Mr. Lapidot is a “TRIZ- Effective Innovation” consultant for various companies, inter alia, Elbit, Verint, Coca Cola, Gilat, Tuff Merom Golan, Tama and HP. From 2009 to 2016, Mr. Lapidot served as a Strategic Technologies Planner and TRIZ Program Leader at Intel R&D and Intel Labs. From 2008 to 2014, Mr. Lapidot served as an External Teacher for TRIZ and Systematic Innovation at Afeka Collage for Engineering, Israel. From 2005 to 2008, Mr. Lapidot served as LEAN Manufacturing and TRIZ Program Leader at Intel Corporate Services -EMEA. From 1995 to 2005, Mr. Lapidot served as Environment, Health and Safety Manager at Intel’s factories. Mr. Lapidot holds an MA in Environmental Science, a BA in Chemistry, a BA in Atmospheric Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a TRIZ L3 certification from MA-TRIZ GEN3 Partners.