Join us to learn about Taiwanese tech giants that are scouting innovative solutions in Israel!
Networking & light refreshments
Arnon Kraft, Strategic Advisor and Tech Scout, Chicony ; COO, Payoneer
Dov Moran, Managing Partner, Grove Ventures
Micha Risling, CBO, Unifabrix
Kees Joosse, BD Director EMEA, TSMC
Pegatron - Dr. Steve Huang, Special Assistant of Chairman & Senior VP
Wistron - Christopher Lee, BD Director
Chicony - KY Huang, VP
LITEON - Bruce Bateman, Innovation and Startup Platform
Winbond (Onsite) - Jonathan Levy, BD
Advantech - Tony Liu, Investment Representative
1-on-1 pre-arranged meetings between Taiwanese companies and Israeli startups
Taiwan Trade & Innovation Center, Tel Aviv is TAITRA’s unique branch office, operating as an innovation hub. The center’s mission is to create valuable business channels and promote innovation and technology partnerships between Taiwanese and Israeli companies.
TAITRA is Taiwan’s foremost nonprofit trade promoting organization, founded in 1970. Sponsored by the government and industry organizations, TAITRA assists enterprises to expand their global reach. Headquartered in Taipei, TAITRA has a team of 1,300 specialists and operates 60 branches worldwide.
Tel aviv University train station
Parking available (Pavilion #10)
Egged: line 521 | Dan: lines 12, 13, 22, 40, 89, 189,389 | Metropolin: lines 47, 48, 247
Arnon Kraft is a business and operations executive with 20 years of General Manager and Vice President level experience at Fortune 500 companies (Microsoft, SanDisk) and startups. Arnon is currently the COO for Payoneer, a leading fintech company traded in NASDAQ. In addition, since moving back to Israel in 2018 Arnon represents Chicony, a leading ODM/OEM from Taiwan, as their Strategic Advisor and Technology Scout in Israel. Arnon also brings his extensive experience and serves as an active advisory board member for start-up companies where he helps CEO’s / COO’s to scale up their growing companies.
Prior to moving to Israel Arnon was with Microsoft in Redmond, WA where in his last position he was the General Manager for Strategic Partnerships & Sourcing for Microsoft’s Devices division, managing a business scope of multi-billion USDs and building strategic partnerships with C-level executives at top companies and an extensive network in Asia. He was also an executive member of the product launch teams for Xbox, Surface, HoloLens and Lumia Phones.
Before his tenure at Microsoft, Arnon held several executive-level positions spanning from Sales & Marketing, Business Development to Technology and Operations in various consumer companies such as SanDisk, Modu Mobile, and M-Systems.
Arnon holds an MBA from Tel-Aviv University and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from The Technion – Israel Institute of Technology. In 2015 Arnon was invited to give a TEDx talk in California in the field of career management.
At LITEON Bruce is responsible for Innovation and Startup Platform reporting to the chairman. In this role, he looks at where technology trends are going in the coming years, specifically focusing on the components of technological obstacles and how best to move forward with them. Previously LITEON roles include CTO and Technology Advisor. Prior to LITEON Bruce was involved in 9 successful startups and 7 angels funded but failed to launch. Additionally, mentor at 5 accelerators and mentor to 12 companies including 2 in Israel
Bruce has been in the technology field for over 41 years and has seen the growth from Mainframe computing to today, working Dell, Citibank, Ruckus Wireless, PictureTel, A4Vision, WiNet and more with projects in 5 continents and lived in 8 countries.
Dov Moran, Managing Partner of Grove Ventures, is one of the most prominent Israeli hi-tech leaders in the world. He is an investor, inventor and entrepreneur, best known as the inventor of the USB flash drive (Moran founded M-Systems, acquired by SanDisk for $US 1.6 billion in 2006).
He also served as the chairman of Tower Semiconductors, a developer and manufacturer of semiconductors and integrated circuits, in which he led a massive overhaul. Under Moran’s guidance, the company achieved a notable turnaround and became an enormous success.
Moran was awarded with multiple prizes, including Ernst & Young’s “Entrepreneur of the Year” award, the prestigious Edward Rheine award, the Johnson Information Storage Systems Award and the Netexplo Talent of the Year award.
He holds Honorary Doctorates from Israel’s Academic Center of Law & Science, the Moscow State Technical University and the Technion – the Israeli Institute of Technology. He lectures extensively in universities and schools, and serves as a mentor to many Israeli entrepreneurs – to which he assists in converting research and innovation into viable businesses. His book 100 Doors – An Introduction to Entrepreneurship was published in 2016 and included insights from his untraditional path.
Emma has worked in TAITRA for more than 25 years. She loves to travel, learn new languages, and practice Chinese Calligraphy and Aikido martial art. She’s been working for half of her career abroad: Emma has been stationed in TAITRA’s Asuncion and Mumbai offices as director. In November 2018 she came to Israel and founded the Tel Aviv branch office.
Kees Joosse joined TSMC in 2009 as Business Development manager within the Europe Middle East and Africa region, with responsibility for developing new markets and new business in existing markets. Kees began his career at Philips research, where he was working in the field of new system architectures for single chip radio receivers.
He joined Philips Semiconductors in 1990 where he was initially responsible for quality management in the division of ICs for Consumer Electronics. This was followed by an assignment as product line manager in the fields of Power Management, Audio and FM-radio. Kees graduated cum laude from Delft University of Technology, with a masters degree in electronics.
KY Huang has been a chief officer of the “Advanced Technology Center (ATC)” inside Chicony since 2005. “ATC” of Chicony is a division working on new or strategy technology development for the entire group. Introducing new technology is the job of ATC. Chicony is a leading manufacturer of computer peripheral and video-image products. Innovation collaboration with different vendors is an important job for the business. KY plays an essential role in this area.
At the same time, KY was the chief of R&D for the different business units. How to combine technology and business strategy is also his job. KY was being taken through those business units to become a worldwide marketing leader. Those strategy is keeping a competitive advantage until today.
KY joined Chicony in 1998, progressing through an engineer manager, technical leader, chief of R&D, and chief of the business line for different business divisions. His job was a wide range, including all product lines inside Chicony, such as keyboards, mice, camera modules, and wireless products. His background is the Mathematics on computer science. Before he joined Chicony, he was a system software engineer with expertise in multiple operating systems and different programming languages, focusing on all new technology in the world.
High-caliber, innovative executive and strategist with 20+ years of proven track record in taking early-stage start-ups all the way to IPO while building, launching, and leading new organizations, geographies, products and teams in both start-ups and mature companies. Inspiring people to do the impossible with record of turning people into leaders. Unique career crosses industry boundaries to include Automotive, mobile, CE, communication with special focus on Semiconductor.
Steve Huang leads R&D centers in developing 5G, AI, AR/VR, electric vehicles, and cloud/edge computing technologies in 5C product lines, Computing, Consumer, Communication, Car, healthCare since 2016. He received a Ph.D. degree in Satellite and Communication Engineering and an M.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Southern California, USA, and a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University. He kicked off his career as Member of Technical Staff in ComSat Labs, Maryland, USA. As associate vice president of Asustek Computer in 1999, he has established Broadband BU, collaborating with top 10 multinational corporation in telecommunications industry. With a wealth of leadership experience, he has served as General Manager of BU6, Pegatron Corp. (spun off from Asustek) in 2008.
PEGATRON Corporation with abundant product design experience and vertically integrated manufacturing provides clients with research & development, innovative design, systematic production and manufacturing service in order to comprehensively and efficiently satisfy customers’ needs. Integrating EMS and ODM, PEGATRON offers a valuable service in DMS (Design and Manufacturing Service), specializing in a wide range of products, including computing devices, consumer electronics, automotive electronics, and communication devices.
Grove Ventures is a leading early-stage VC fund with half-a-billion dollars under management. We partner early with exceptional Israeli entrepreneurs who believe that the Deep Future is now and are ready to build it.
The fund invests in leading startups developing hard-to-replicate solutions at the intersection of technology, science, and applicable market needs. Its investment thesis is based on the premise that Edge, Cloud and AI create a new set of investment opportunities in multiple sectors, including developer tools, data infrastructure, semiconductors, Industry 4.0, digital health, and cloud infrastructure, among others. Grove Ventures’ core principles are putting people first, close cooperation and value-creation. Grove’s team, built of experienced investors, veteran entrepreneurs, and company builders, provides startups with the needed support to become great companies.