Volunteers and Community Relations Manager Shir joined the educational team with her belief in the power of volunteers and their genuine commitment to the advancement of processes in an organization. She believes that one can be involved in education through success stories and we can learn from the challenges that surround us. Her goal is to provide the children with an ability to freely choose their futures, with the story of Beresheet serving as inspiration. Shir brings with her vast experience working with senior citizens, including management of educational projects and volunteers, her diverse background in training and advancing professional processes in the field. Shir has a Bachelor’s degree in Management and Education from Ben Gurion University of the Negev; and in her previous positions, she managed a social club for the deaf and hearing impaired and served as a coordinator at a virtual high school at the Center for Educational Technology.
Marcom & Digital Manager
Brigadier General (Res.) Shimon Sarid
CEO Shimon recently joined SpaceIL, in order to lead the Beresheet 2 Project. He served in the Israel Air Force for 28 years in development, engineering, management and command positions. Between 2000-2003, he served as the Head of Materiel Command, responsible for the IAF’s entire technical system. In 2005, he joined Elbit Systems as CEO of its subsidiary – Silver Arrow; and for 15 years, he was engaged in the development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, including the Hermes 900 system that has been greatly successful in Israel and worldwide. Shimon earned a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautical engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology and a Master of Science degree in management sciences from Boston University and Ben Gurion University of the Negev. He was awarded the Israel Security Prize for 1998 for his personal contribution to the development of a groundbreaking system in this field.
Founder, Deputy CEO- Impact, Marketing and Outreach Kfir is an Israeli entrepreneur, engineer, researcher, lecturer and communications and information security expert. Kfir began his study of software back in elementary school; and at age 11, he had already written his first computer virus. Kfir served as an officer in an elite technology unit in the IDF Intelligence Corps specializing in the field of cyber. He earned a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Communication Systems Engineering from Ben Gurion University. Damari is also the founder of the TAbookey and Metapacket information security companies. Before establishing SpaceIL, Kfir managed several research and development groups at various companies and as a lecturer at Ben Gurion and Tel Aviv Universities and at the Academic Management College.
CFO Lieutenant Colonel (Res.) Oren Alkaslasy joined SpaceIL following 18 years of service in the Israel Air Force. During this period, he accrued vast experience in managing the budgets of complex systems on an extensive scale, transaction realization using advanced contractual methods and outsourcing of finance divisions. Oren was a co-founder of Plus sa. Ltd. – a company engaged in financial management and business development. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in economics and management and an MBA in business administration from Ben Gurion University of the Negev.
VP Program Manager
VP HR - Consultant Cilli has an extensive background in the field of human resources. She has over twenty years of experience, of which 15 years, as VP HR of a global hi-tech company with a team of hundreds of employees in Israel at a number of sites. She has promoted and spearheaded the planning and development of HR strategy, as well as community relations. Over the years, Cilli has served as a member of global teams and a partner in the implementation of organizational culture. She has a Master’s degree in Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University. She joined SpaceIL in 2012, and currently leads the HR department. Additionally, Cilli consults and assists with the management of companies in the process of growth and change.
VP Finance and Controller Michal, a CPA, joined SpaceIL at the beginning of 2018. Michal boasts 20 years of experience in the management of finance departments at international hi-tech companies. She spearheaded the establishment of finance departments and systems and implemented organizational procedures. Michal has a BACHELOR’S degree in economics and accounting from Tel Aviv University and an MBA from the College of Management Academic Studies. מיכל, רו"ח במקצועה, הצטרפה לספייס איי אל בתחילת שנת 2018. מיכל בעלת ניסיון של 20 שנה בניהול מחלקות כספים בחברות הייטק בינלאומיות. הובילה, בין היתר, הקמה של מחלקות ומערך כספים והטעמה של נוהלים ארגוניים. מיכל בעלת תואר ראשון בכלכלה וראיית חשבון מאוניברסיטת תל אביב ותואר שני במנהל עסקים מהמכללה למנהל.
Operations & Human Resources Team
Impact, Education & Community Team
Head of Guidance Navigation and Control (GNC) Branch
System Engineering & Head of Ground Segment
Flight dynamics & Orbit determination
Noam Van Zuiden
Heat transfer analysis
Mechanical Design Engineer Parasol Foundation fellow