Mr. Avi Hasson
Mr. Hasson is the Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israel since January 2011.
For ten years prior to his appointment, Mr. Hasson was a general partner at Gemini Israel Funds, one of Israel’s top tier Venture Capital firms. At Gemini, Mr. Hasson managed the Fund’s investments in the communications, storage and consumer electronic sectors. In addition he supported and supervised portfolio companies throughout their life cycle.
Mr. Hasson was an active board member of a number of Gemini’s portfolio companies. He traveled and lectured extensively both in Israel and in the United States on Venture Capital and High-tech subjects.
Prior to his time in Gemini, Mr. Hasson spent a decade in leading telecommunication companies, such as ECI Telecom, ECtel and Tadiran Systems, where he fulfilled several duties in the fields of marketing, business development and consulting. His work there involved operations such as market and technology research and analysis, together with supervision of R&D activities as well as product definition and specification (ECI Telecom); designing and redirecting the company (ECtel) towards Telecom Operation Support Systems as well as managing this company’s first product in this area—a Fraud Management System.
Mr. Hasson holds a Bachelor Degree (BA) from Tel Aviv University in Economics and Middle East Studies (1999) as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Tel Aviv University (2004). He is a graduate of the IDF’s elite HAMAN-TALPIOT, Program, where he served as an Intelligence Officer of the Israel Defense Forces.