Microsoft R&D Israel
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Think Next 2012 Hosts

  • Yoram Yaacobi
    General Manager

    Yoram Yaacobi
    General Manager

    As General Manager of the Microsoft Israel R&D Center, Yoram is responsible for all technological activities in Israel, including the R&D sites in Haifa and Herzeliya, new core R&D projects, partnering with the local venture-capital and start-up communities, and collaborating with Israeli academic institutions. Yoram started his career in the previous century (1983) at Elbit Computers where he programmed an innovative real time data entry and display system for the Air Force. In 1984 he joined Intel where he worked for 9 years in engineering, consulting and training roles including working with leading companies in Israel and leading a Unix and X-Windows development team at Intel in Santa Clara.

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  • Zack Weisfeld
    Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Zack Weisfeld
    Senior Director of Strategy and Business Development, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    A veteran startup founder with 20 years of working with startups, VCs and large corporations, Zack is the Senior Directory of Strategy and Business within the Israel Development Center.

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    Zack’s role at Microsoft Israel R&D Center includes industry outreach, bringing the vibrant and innovative Israeli startup community closer to Microsoft.
    Zack brings extensive experience in executive management, strategy and business development, mostly in leading edge technology companies. Prior to re-joining Microsoft, Zack was Founder, Business and marketing officer at Mintigo Ltd. The Social Biometrics company as well as Vice President of Marketing & Strategy at modu, the modular mobile handset company. Before that, Zack held the position of Director of Business Management at Microsoft Corp. and General Manager Americas and Corporate Vice President for the Mobile Market at msystems (NSDQ: FLSH), which was acquired by SanDisk Corp (NSDQ: SNDK) for 1.6B at the end of 2006. Zack Weisfeld holds an International Executive MBA from Kellogg Business School and Tel Aviv University, as well as B.A. in Economics with Honors from Tel-Aviv University.

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  • Shai-Lee Spigelman
    Marketing Director, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Shai-Lee Spigelman
    Marketing Director, Microsoft Israel R&D Center

    Shai-Lee leads all the marketing and community affairs activities of Microsoft’s Israel R&D Center, bringing diverse experience in strategy, marketing and corporate affairs from leading Israeli companies.
    Prior to her return to Microsoft in 2007 when she joined the Israeli R&D Center, Shai-lee served as the Deputy Manager of Bank Ha’Poalim’s Strategy Department. Prior to that, she worked at Microsoft Sales and Marketing group in Israel. She also served as a Team Leader at Shaldor, a leading Management Consulting Firm.
    Shai-Lee holds a BA in Law from Tel-Aviv University, and a Masters’ degree in Public Policy from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

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