About Us

The Israeli Business Forum of New York (IBF) is an apolitical, nonprofit organization established in October 2002. Our mission is to facilitate quality business discussions among Israeli professionals in New York. Through our programs we enable a group of professional Israelis to interact on a regular basis and exchange ideas about Israeli related issues. The IBF encourages meaningful discussions and business interactions among our members in order to promote their contribution to Israeli society and economy.

IBF PROGRAMMING BOARD

Ranan Lachman,
Co-Chair
 

Ranan was an investment banker until he realized that he lived a false life racing to make more and more money - so he quit.

His search for meaning coupled with his passion for sustainability allowed him to discover his purpose - reducing the material consumption of 10 million people by 2050. So he created Pley.com, a toy rental service that decreases the amount of toys that end up in landfills while delighting kids.

Prior to founding Pley, he served as an F-4 fighter co-pilot in the Israeli Air Force and found a financial advisory firm that was acquired by Oppenheimer & Co.

He obtained his MBA from Warwick University and the Fuqua Business School at Duke University and a BA in Computer Science from IOU. He is passionate about active living and has completed several marathons and Ironman races. He lives with his wife and two beloved kids in California.

 

Oz Benamram,
Co-Chair

As the firm's first Chief Knowledge Officer, Mr. Benamram provides White & Case strategic direction on knowledge management and technology and leads the Knowledge Management department in developing and implementing the systems and processes that enable the firm to use its collective knowledge to benefit its clients worldwide.

Mr. Benamram is a globally recognized thought leader and a frequent speaker on legal technology and knowledge management subjects. He has won numerous awards for the design and development of AnswerBase, an intelligent search system that offers attorneys and staff a powerful one-stop source for finding, understanding, and using the vast array of information needed to serve clients.

Born in Jerusalem in 1967, Mr. Benamram received his BA in Economics from Tel Aviv University Faculty of Social Sciences, magna cum laude, and his LLB from the Tel Aviv University Law. He clerked for the Honorable Justice Mishael Cheshin of the Supreme Court of Israel and was a Major in the Israel Defense Forces, where he served as a Tank Company Commander.

Mr. Benamram is a member of the New York State Bar, the Israel Bar, the Board of Directors of the America-Israel Chamber of Commerce and the International Council of the New Israel Fund.

Sasson Darwish,
Director 

 

Sasson Darwish is a Managing Director in the Technology Investment Banking Group at RBC, leading the Software Infrastructure market coverage, including AI, Analytics and IoT. Sass is also heading the Israel country coverage for RBC across all industry sectors. 

Prior to that, he was a Managing Director and Head of the Americas Technology Investment Banking Group at Nomura Holdings Inc., and Head of East Coast coverage for the Technology Investment Banking Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. Earlier in his career, he was a Vice President in the Technology Investment Banking Group at Lehman Brothers.

Sass serves as a guest professor at Yale School of Management, teaching “Introduction to Connected Cities and Urban Ecosystems”. Sass was a Captain in the Israeli Defense Force, received his undergraduate degrees in economics and management from Tel Aviv University and his MBA from Yale School of Management.

 
Yaakov Ringler,
Director
 

Yaakov Ringler is a senior Financial Advisor at Citi Wealth Management NY.

Yaakov and team provide Israeli ultra-high net worth clients with customized portfolio management and advisory services.

Yaakov was Executive Director at Morgan Stanley Private Wealth Management from 2010-2019.

Prior to that, Yaakov was Vice President and COO of the Israel Group in Investment Banking at Goldman Sachs. From 1999-2010, he served in a variety of positions within Investment Banking, Executive Office, CIO Office, and FICC Derivatives at Goldman Sachs.

Yaakov served in Unit 8200, an elite Intelligence unit within the IDF from 1992-1995.

Yaakov holds a BA in International Relations and Philosophy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and an MPA in International Economic Policy and Management from Columbia University.

 

Inon Elroy - Observer

Inon Elroy was appointed Economic Minister to North America in August 2016. Mr. Elroy has more than eighteen years of experience representing the Ministry of Economy and Industry in a wide range of executive positions both in Israel and overseas.

As Vice Director General of the Israel Ministry of Economy and Industry from 20012-2016, Mr. Elroy was tasked with overseeing industrial policy (promoting domestic production and innovation), trade regulations (liberalization of imports, anti dumping, and standardization), and regional economic planning. In addition, he supervised the Ministry's digital strategy, and initiated policies to foster innovation synergies between the public and private sectors. During his tenure at the Ministry, Mr. Elroy was also involved in several inter-ministerial task forces aimed at reducing the cost of living in Israel.

Mr. Elroy served as the Economic and Commercial Counselor in France (2001-2005) and Germany (2009-2011). Earlier in his career, he was an advisor to several ministers of Economy and Trade.

For the past several years, Mr. Elroy has been a board member of the research committee of the Office of the Chief Scientist, which approves industrial R&D projects. He was also Alternate Director for the bi-national R&D funds BIRD, SIIRD, and KORIL. Additionally, he served on the boards of the Israel Wine Institute and the Israel Consumer Council.

Mr. Elroy holds an MBA from the University of Haifa and a BA degree in Political Science and Geography from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

 

Yossi Vebman, Director

Yossi Vebman is a partner at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, and has been associated with the firm since 1997. Yossi grew up in Nahariya, Israel, and received a Dual Honors Degree in Law and Economics from the Hebrew University and an LLM from the New York University School of Law. He also served as a Law Clerk to Justice Tova Strassberg-Cohen of the Supreme Court of Israel. In addition to his vast experience working on a broad range of Israeli related transactional matters, he advises some of the world's largest corporations on a broad ranges of derivatives matters, and has been recognized as a leader in his field by major publications such as Chambers USA and Chambers Global, The Legal 500 and IFLR 1000.

 

Miri Segal-Scharia, Director

 

Miri Segal-Scharia has two decades of experience working with international companies in a variety of industries, ranging from startups to publicly-traded companies. She has successfully led Investor Relations strategy of several IPOs and capital raises for both Israeli and U.S-based companies. She is the owner and founder of MS-IR, a New York-based Investor Relations boutique focusing on high-growth global companies. Clients include companies trading on the Nasdaq, New York, London, Singapore, Australia and Tel Aviv exchanges. MS-IR helps foreign companies Americanize their story and build a larger shareholder base in the U.S. market.

Prior to founding MS-IR in 2009, Miri served for three years as a Vice President at Strategic Growth International (SGI), a global Investor Relations boutique based in New York and focusing mainly on American and Chinese companies. Before living in NYC, she was a partner in the leading Israeli Investor Relations firm Kishrei Mashkiim, successfully managing IR accounts of companies with market capitalizations ranging from $20 million to over $1 billion, including M-Systems, Lipman, Fundtech, Internet Gold, XTL Biotech, and many others.

Miri has provided strategic Investor Relations consultancy to Israeli, American, Chinese, European, Singaporean and Australian companies, initiating relationships that resulted in M&A opportunities, new client introductions, analyst coverage, and nomination of board members. She has extensive experience in formulating client IR strategies, including positioning, perception analysis, road shows, IPOs, and crisis management.

Miri Segal-Scharia holds a Masters in Business Administration (specializing in Marketing) from the University of Manchester and a Bachelor of Arts in Communications and French Literature from Tel Aviv University.

 

Natalie Lisak - Executive Director
Natalie Lisak is a Master of International Affairs candidate at Columbia University School of International and Public Affairs (SIPA) concentrating in International Finance and Economic Policy. At the Israeli Business Forum Natalie is responsible for the daily activities of the organization such as events coordination and set up, IBF member relations, communications to the board of directors and financials. Prior to that Natalie worked as a Private Banker at Citi. She delivered wealth management solutions in the areas of banking, lending, investments and financial planning and acted as a relationship manager and a trusted advisor to high net worth clients. Natalie served as a Social Services Commander in the Israeli Armor Forces and holds a B.S. in Finance from Long Island University. She also studied Law and Business at the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya