We’re a curious, creative, and driven bunch. We’re a diverse team who strive to achieve excellence in everything we do. We value differences and aren’t afraid to take risks. Making mistakes and learning from them is what leads us to success. As a result, our ideas are better.
Microsoft's mission is to empower every person and every organization on the planet to achieve more. We set out to complete this mission by building the best-in-class platforms and services for a mobile-first, cloud-first world.
The Israel R&D Center’s mission is to lead strategic products and services that realize Microsoft's vision, by tapping into Israel's unique technological & entrepreneurial assets. We are the place to be to acquire top-notch skills.
Our work environment allows people to reinvent themselves.
Efrat Klinger, Senior Program Manager
Over the past years, we’ve held a few pretty-pretty cool events. From our incredible Women Think Next events to our BlueHat IL cyber events, we know how to throw an awesome party. Our events are always known to be lots of fun, but we do more than serve scrumptious deserts: we do our best to inspire people.
Many parents deal with major concerns during parental leave related to juggling their careers, being a parent, and bearing other family responsibilities. As part of Microsoft’s commitment to advance inclusion and support mothers (and fathers) in the workplace, Microsoft Israel R&D center launched TechBaby – in collaboration with Women2Women – as a dedicated meetup for parents and their babies during parental leave. TechBaby events are a series of dynamic meetups dealing with common concerns by creating open dialogue about parenting, careers, and everything in between.
We work hard and play hard. We celebrate technological innovation, special occasions, and countless happy hours.
But mostly, we celebrate us. Take a peek to see our previous shindigs, and make sure to catch the next one.
By tapping into our differences and embracing them, our ideas are better, our products are better, and our employees thrive. As part of our activities to support diversity, we’re proud to champion the LGBTQ community in Israel and collaborate throughout the year on several projects.
Microsoft is known for pulling off the best hacking events in the industry. This year’s Hackathon was no exception: we built an “underground hacking playground” providing a one-of-a-kind experience for innovators to pitch their ideas, demo their work, and celebrate their genius inventions.
Aqua, Offer Nissim, the legendary Bonnie Tyler, Dschinghis Khan and some of the other biggest and brightest popstars from the 80’s and 90’s all came together forour LOST & FOUND themed party. With the help of a little glitter and hairspray, we flew to heaven and back again!
We believe that anyone can reach their goals and achieve more, but we know that some may not receive a fair opportunity in life. Microsoft Israel R&D Center is on a mission to empower and impact people and organizations in the local community, to reduce the social gaps in the Israeli society.
We are investing our expertise and our talented employees in future generations, by providing STEM education initiatives. These include, enabling young girls and the periphery population to be aware of their tech capabilities, explore various fields of interest to pursue their talent and impact the economic and social future of our country (QueenB, Shift, Magshimim).
We believe that every person should receive an equal opportunity to achieve their goals and pursue their talent. Microsoft invests in various sectors – such as women, the Arab community, the Ethiopian Israeli community and the disabled – to provide them with a fair opportunity to explore, learn and become experts in the tech industry. These initiatives range from education to including them in the employment cycle (Appleseed, Special Olympics).
Our people wish to impact their community, society and economics, as well as share their expertise with others. We provide opportunities and encourage them to volunteer and donate in various fields, based on their personal interests and knowledge, through our Give platform and matching program.
Corporate Vice President CTO, Cloud and AI Security division General Manager, Israel R&D Center
Michal Braverman-Blumenstyk is Corporate Vice President at Microsoft Corporation, General Manager of Israel Research & Development Center and CTO, Cloud and AI Security division. Israel Research & Development Center (ILDC) is one of Microsoft’s most innovative and successful development centers and includes ~2000 employees, mostly engineers. ILDC specializes in Cybersecurity, analytics, AI based technologies and more. As the CTO & GM of the Cloud and AI Security division, Braverman-Blumenstyk is running the global Cloud and AI Security strategy, technology and innovation. Braverman-Blumenstyk has initiated and drove some of Microsoft most innovative security products, including Azure Sentinel, Azure Security Center, Azure IoT security and more. Michal founded the Cybersecurity Center in Microsoft Israel R&D center when she joined Microsoft in November 2013. Prior to joining Microsoft, Michal served as the General Manager of RSA Israel and the global leader of the Cyber Fraud and Risk Analytics product line at RSA/EMC (now Dell). Michal came to RSA via the Cyota acquisition in 2006. Under Michal’s leadership, the revenues of the Fraud and Risk Analytics product line grew 20-fold and the number of protected users worldwide reached 300M. At Cyota, an innovative cyber and FinSec startup, Michal served as the COO, leading the R&D, product management and the Anti-Fraud array of services. Prior to Cyota, Michal served in several senior management positions in startups and global companies. Michal holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science (majoring in Artificial Intelligence) from Columbia University in New York where she graduated Summa Cum Laude. Michal also graduated the Top Executive program at the Recanati Graduate school of Business at Tel Aviv University.
Microsoft Israel R&D CTO
Efim Hudis is the CTO of Microsoft's Israel R&D Center and Partner Architect in Microsoft Cloud and AI Cyber Security division. Israel R&D Center is one of Microsoft’s most innovative and successful development centers with almost 2000 employees specializing in Cybersecurity, Big Data Analytics, AI based technologies and more. As the CTO, Efim is responsible for technological leadership, innovation and strategic growth in the center. During more than 20 years career in Microsoft Efim Hudis contributed to numerous innovative products and initiatives. As Partner Architect in Cloud and AI Cyber division he initiated and provided technical leadership to products such as Azure Security Center, Sentinel, IoT Security and is currently leading several incubation initiatives. Efim Hudis holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and Ph.D. in Physics from Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. Before joining Microsoft he was a scientist (Technion and John Hopkins University), engineer, educator, consultant and entrepreneur – each in a different technical field.
Finance & Operations
Eli leads the finance, operations and IT for all Israel R&D sites. Eli has over 14 years of experience in senior financial positions. Most recently, he served as Director of the Business Controller Group of Microsoft Middle East and Africa. Before that, Eli was Manager of the Finance Department at Microsoft Israel. Before joining Microsoft, he was Senior Manager at KPMG Israel, a leading provider of audit, tax and advisory services, and a manager of the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange, Research Unit. Eli holds a B.A. degree in Accounting and Economics from Bar Ilan University and an M.A. in Economics from Otago University in New Zealand.
Commerce & Ecosystem
Merav is the GM of Engineering and Ecosystem in Israel. Before this role, Merav was the CTO of ILDC, Microsoft’s R&D center in Israel and filled various Product leadership roles in the Cloud and AI Division. Merav has over 20 years of experience in the software industry, combining technical, operational, and executive background from various leading companies. Before joining Microsoft in 2010, Merav was Senior VP of Business Operations for Imperva. Before that, She held several VP roles in Mercury Interactive (acquired by HP) both in Israel and in the Silicon Valley, in Products, Online Services, and Business Operations. Merav is a board member of Keshet Eilon and Paamonim non-profit organizations and a is mentor in the Woman2Woman program of the 8200 Alumni Association. Merav holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from Tel Aviv University.
Microsoft Threat Protection
Moti Gindi is the Corporate Vice President for Microsoft Threat Protection (MTP). In his role, he manages an engineering team that is responsible for Microsoft’s endpoint security, specifically Microsoft Defender ATP (recently recognized as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for EPP &EDR), and for building ‘Microsoft Threat Protection’, an orchestrated threat protection service across endpoints, identities, email/data and applications.
His team is built to empower security defenders to detect, investigate and respond to cyber-attacks on their businesses. The team builds a global scale, cloud-delivered threat protection service, leveraging machine learning and AI for automated prioritization, investigation and response to incidents, and employs advanced hunting techniques for stronger protection, detection and response to attacks.
Previously, he was director of cyber security in the Israeli government. Moti resides in Israel and is a graduate of Tel Aviv University with summa cum laude honors and a B.Sc. in Computer Science and Linguistics. He received the Israeli Parliament award (the “Knesset”) for outstanding students and achieved placement on the Rector’s list and Dean’s lists.
Eyal Carmel is a Partner Group Manager, managing Power BI in Microsoft’s Israel R&D Center. In previous roles Eyal was GPM in SQL and the Director of Academia Programs in the Microsoft Israel R&D Center, working with the Academia and within Microsoft to bridge between the academic world and the industry/business world. Before joining Microsoft, Eyal was AVP of Product Management in cVidya. Prior to that he worked in Comverse in various positions from R&D Group Manager to VP of Portfolio Management, and in the IAF in various development and management positions. Eyal holds B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science and mathematics from Ben-Gurion University in Israel.
Kusto & Log Analytics
Ram Yonat is a seasoned product leader, with over 20 years of experience from both large companies and start-ups. Ram started out as a developer at Amdocs in 1990 working on Publishing solutions and later became part of the first development team for a billing solution for South Western Mobile Services (now known as ATT). In 1998 Ram took on the role of General Manager and VP R&D of Proactivity Software Solutions, a start-up for Business Process Modeling. He returned to Amdocs in 2002 and joined the Amdocs Billing R&D, developing the first billing product generation. He then went on to become VP R&D in Revenue Management Business Unit, delivering multiple versions of Billing and other products and later took on the position of Cross Portfolio VP R&D. In his most recent role prior to joining Microsoft in 2011, Ram was Division President Portfolio & Solutions Management at Amdocs, leading overall portfolio scope and execution. Ram holds a BSc in Computer Engineering from the Technion.
Upon graduation from the Technion in Israel, Eran joined Microsoft Haifa in 1998 and spent the first six years of his career as an engineering manager of Enterprise Security products. Eran spent the next four years in Redmond WA in the Windows Network Security Team. Upon returning to Israel, Eran co-founded and was the engineering manager of the Microsoft Israel R&D Center Innovation Lab. In 2010, Eran joined the Bing organization and worked on personalization and signal processing projects. Eran was one of the early managers in Cortana, Microsoft’s digital assistant. Today Eran is the Group Engineering Manager of the Cortana Israel team. Eran is an avid gamer, a fan of Sci-Fi, and enjoys water sports on the many warm and sunny Israeli beaches.
Ronny has over 20 years of managing experience in the hi-tech industry in sophisticated HW-SW products, from product development to senior management. He led the SW-HW development in Radlan after which it was acquired by Marvell, where he held a VP position leading SW development for a complex Layer2-Layer3 Switch Router. He was then promoted to CEO in Practice for a company developing a SaaS-based solution for customer communication centers. Ronny led the R&D group at N-Trig for over five years and turned the company into a world leader for pen and touch, for touch screens. Since Microsoft’s acquisition of N-Trig, Ronny has served as a General Manager, leading the Surface IL team and turning the Surface pen into the leading pen in the industry.
Yair has led and influenced key product groups at Microsoft for over 20 years. He joined Microsoft as a student in 1995 while earning his B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from the Technion. He started by working on information retrieval (AKA Search) for the first two versions of SharePoint. He then shifted into the security space, where he served as a Dev Lead on ISA, the Microsoft Firewall. Yair later became a Dev Manager for the Forefront Endpoint Protection (FEP) product, before relocating to Redmond in 2010 as part of the SQL organization, working in data quality under the title of Group Manager of Microsoft Master Data Products. In 2013, Yair moved back to Israel, where he now leads the Excel Israel Team, spearheading among other things the development of Excel Online for Office365 as Partner Group Engineering Manager.
Adi Diamant is a serial entrepreneur (Emblaze, Alphacell, XOSoft, GooMe Interactive and iloop) with more than 20 years of experience in streaming media, web, mobile, and iPTV markets; in both technical and strategic business aspects. Adi held a variety of executive positions (R&D, Business Development and Strategy, and Product Management) in software, internet-based, and communications organization. Since 2000, most of his activities went under his wholly owned consulting & investment company. There, he provided managerial services, mostly to hi-tech startup in the areas of product, business strategy, business development, quality management, and funding. Adi holds a B.A. in Economics and Computer Science as well as an Executive MBA from Manchester University.
M12, Microsoft's venture fund
Mony is a General Manager and Managing Director of M12, Microsoft’s venture fund, in EMEA. Mony has over 20 years’ experience in Research & Development, Business Development, and Corporate Venture Capital. Before joining M12, he was Managing Director at Qualcomm Ventures and at Motorola Ventures before that. In both cases, Mony built the Israel office from the ground up and turned them into dominant and successful Corporate VCs in Israel. Areas of investments over the years are across the board and include Data Center and Cloud, Cyber Security, Mobile and Wireless, New Media, Digital Home, Enterprise Mobility, IoT and Computer Vision. Mony earned his B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Electrical Engineering and an MBA, all from Tel Aviv University with a cum laude distinction.
Sarit Reiner Frumkes
Sarit Reiner Frumkes is Partner Director of Engineering in the Cloud and AI Security division. Within the scope of her role, she manages engineering groups that are responsible for Cloud Security, specifically Microsoft Cloud App Security (recently recognized as a leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant for CASB, and the most widely adopted solution in the market), and for Azure ATP, a threat protection service for on-prem and cloud identities. Her groups builds global scale, cloud-delivered security services which enable organizations around the world to securely adopt the cloud and digitally transform. Sarit has over 20 years of experience in cybersecurity in various executive R&D roles. Before joining Microsoft, she was CIO of the Israeli Prime Minister's Office. Prior to that, she was director of R&D in the cybersecurity division. Sarit was awarded the Israel Defense Prize for leading ground-breaking technological accomplishments which contributed to Israel’s national security. Sarit holds a B.Sc in computer science and an M.Sc in information management systems from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.