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Sam Somech

Sam is one of the world's leading experts on middleware messaging technologies. An experienced and successful entrepreneur, he has an extensive track record transforming new technologies into profitable new businesses,  from initial concept to development and commercialization. Until recently Sam was the CEO and Chairman of Itemfield, which was acquired by Informatica. Previously, Sam was the president, CTO and co-founder of Level 8 (NASD: LVEL), as well as founder and CEO of  Data Voice Systems, where he developed the concept for the first transactional messaging product, which was the foundation of IBM MQSeries. Sam received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the Technion, an M.Sc in computer science from Columbia University and an MBA from Baruch College.

Jacob Ukelson

Jacob has a proven track record in discovering and developing innovative solutions to real-world customer problems, and then developing them into products. Jacob has fostered innovation in many different environments, including both research and business settings. Until recently Jacob served as CTO of Itemfield, the leader in next-generation data transformation, where Jacob oversaw Itemfield's innovation, vision and strategy until its acquisition by Informatica. Previously, Jacob was CTO and Business Development Executive for IBM's Global Technology Unit. Prior to that role, he was a department general manager at the IBM Thomas J. Watson Research Lab, managing a group of 130 cross-disciplinary researchers. Jacob received his Doctorate of Science in computer science from the Technion University in Israel.

Zippi Dekel

Until 2006, Zippi was part of the IBM EMEA Corporate Development team, and in charge of IBM's venture investments and proactive business development in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Previously, Zippi managed IBM's venture investments in Israel. Prior to that role between the years 1993-2000 she was general counsel for IBM Israel and IBM Haifa Research Labs. Her duties also included overlooking the Contracts & Negotiations department as well as managing the legal affairs of IBM Greece and IBM Cyprus. She received her LLb. (Summa Cum Laude) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and interned at the Supreme Court of Justice.