Elka Nir was appointed as our Director on 15 October 2015 and was last re-elected to the Board to serve as our External Director under the Israeli Companies Law on 13 February 2019. She is our Lead Independent Director.
Elka is the founder and CEO of E.LeadIN Ltd., a company that provides business, strategy, marketing, strategic alliances, and investment consultancy services. In addition, she is the CEO of Carmel Ltd. (the economic corporation of Haifa University, Israel), where she is responsible for, among other things, leading commercial and business activities and where she founded and serves as the CEO of Carmel Innovations Ltd., a microfund that invests in projects from Haifa University, Israel. She holds directorships in Carmel Innovations Ltd.’s subsidiaries as well as in several other companies.
She served as the VP marketing, sales, and customer support at a subsidiary of GE Medical before joining General Electric Medical, Israel, as their VP engineering and research. She was the COO and director of development and operations at Biosense Webster (Israel), Ltd., a subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson. She was the managing director and general partner of Giza Venture Capital Fund (“Giza VC Fund”), a venture capital fund that invests in innovative high-tech and life sciences companies and where she was a member of Giza VC Fund’s investment committee and had strong connections to its global investors, specifically in Asia. Elka served as a board director and investment committee member at Van Leer Technology Ventures, a technological incubator that invests in innovative medical and information technology companies.
She received her BSc in computer sciences from the Technion- Israel Institute of Technology and her diploma (magna cum laude) in business administration from the University of Haifa, Israel.