Speakers

Speakers

Alon Unger , Chairman and Founder of UVID Conferences

Alon Unger is the Chairman and founder of the Unmanned Vehicles Israel Defense (UVID) Conferences, which he considers as his life's project to establish a yearly professional international conference for the UAV community in Israel.

He is a senior UAV Pilot and Operator with more than 26 years of experience and over 7,500 flight hours on various UAVs (MUAVs, tactical UAVs and MALE UAVs) and he holds a Remote Pilot Permit from the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA).

For many years, Alon served in the Israeli Air Force as senior commander with various operational field units as well as at IAF HQ. For the last 11 years' Alon holds positions and gain experience in the defense industry with focus on management, strategy, business development, concept development and system engineering, trial and experiments, operations and integration, in both Israel and abroad. He is also taking part as a team member and research colleague as an UAV expert at Strategic Working Groups in leading Institutions in Israel.

Alon is a staff member and contributor at Israel Defense Magazine. Through a cooperative alliance with Israel Defense, Alon initiated and produced the UVID Conference where he holds the position of Conferences Chairman and a professional writer as an expert on the subject of unmanned systems. He is a popular, in-demand speaker at conferences on UAVs.

Alon is an alumnus of the "Hebrew Reali School" at Haifa; he has a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting from Haifa University and a master's degree (Cum Laude) in business management from the College of Management, Rishon LeZion. 

Col. (Ret.) Haim Cohen, Director UAV Program Executive Office, Israel Ministry of Defense

Mr. Haim Cohen is the Director of UAV PEO with the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD). In this capacity Mr. Cohen is responsible for all UAS programs within the Israel Defense Force (IDF). This includes R&D and acquisition for both tactical and strategic programs in Israel.

 

His previous positions include Program Manager, UAV POE, IMOD ; Head of the Aircraft Department for the Israel Air Force (IAF) ; Head of Depot 22 for the Israel Air Force (IAF). He also served as the lead IAF officer in the F-15 / F-16 procurement competition and the lead on the F-16 I engineering team at the LMTAS Company, Fort Worth, TX.

 

Haim holds a M.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv University. The thesis subject: "An Elliptic cylinder containing a pressurized circular hole - A boundary perturbation solution".

M.A in political science and National Security from Haifa University. B.Sc in Mechanical Engineering from Tel Aviv  University.

Elad Aharonson, Executive Vice President and General Manager, ISTAR Devision, Elbit Systems // "UAVs Challenges in the Modern Era"

Elad Aharonson has served as Executive Vice President and General Manager – ISTAR Division since April 2015. From 2011 until his current appointment, he served as executive vice president and general manager – UAS Division, after serving as vice president – UAV systems since 2009. He joined Elbit Systems in 2004 and held various senior program management positions relating to UAS. Prior to that, Mr. Aharonson served as an officer in the IDF holding command positions in the Artillery Branch and in the Ground Forces’ UAV unit. Mr. Aharonson holds an L.L.B. degree in law and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the Hebrew University. 

Mr. Benny Davidor, Head of UAS (unmanned aerial systems) department, ICAA

Benny Davidor is the Head of UAS (unmanned aerial systems) department, at ICAA (Israel Civil Aviation Authority) since the end of 2010. Under his responsibility is to develop the Regulations, Airworthiness certification, operators and remote pilot certification, surveillance and enforcement for UAS.

Served for 25 years in the IAF as a fighter pilot and remote pilot and retired at the rank of Lt Col.

Holds M.sc in mechanical engineering and M.H.A from Ben Gurion University in the Negev.

Participated in Aviation management course from Tel Aviv University – LAHV institute.

Member of ICAO (international civil aviation organization) RPASP (Remotely piloted aircraft systems panel).

Member of JARUS (Joint association for rulemaking on unmanned systems) and leads the remote pilot licensing workgroup.

Maj. Gen. (Res.) Gadi Shamni, Executive VP Land Systems, IAI \\ "Ground Robotics in the Service of the Warfigther – Implementing Lessons Learned from the Second Lebanon War"

Gadi Shamni is the Executive Vice President of Land Systems at Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Shamni joined IAI in 2015, following 36 years of service in the Israel Defense Forces (IDF).

In 1977 Shamni was drafted into the Paratroopers Brigade, where he stayed for much of his early career, serving in a range of positions including Commander of the Paratrooper's 890 Battalion and Commander of the Hebron Territorial Brigade.

In 2001, Shamni was promoted to Chief Infantry and Paratroopers officer with responsibility for design of force structure, concept of operation procedures and protocols. In 2003, Shamni was appointed Commander of the Gaza Division, and in 2004, Head of the Operations Division IDF's General Headquarters.

In 2005, Shamni was appointed Military Advisor to Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. In this position, he successfully managed activities for the PMO with the IDF and other defense and intelligence communities and handled integrative/managerial duties.

From 2007 to 2009, Shamni served as Central Command Commander. Under his leadership, the IDF effectively established defense infrastructures and managed inter-divisional activities between settlement entities and Palestinian Authority entities.

In 2009, Shamni was appointed Defense Attaché to the United States with responsibility for managing strategic defense relations with the American government and defense entities and promoting Israel's interests overseas.

Shamni holds a bachelor's degree in Economics and Political Science from Bar Ilan University and a master's in Defense Studies from the University of Haifa. He is a graduate of the IDF Staff and Command College, a course in the US Army Special Forces (Green berets) in North Carolina, and the US Army War College in Carlisle Barracks Pennsylvania.

Dr. Liran Antebi, Research Fellow at INSS; Teaching fellow at Tel Aviv University \\ "Unmanned Aerial Vehicles in Asymmetric Warfare: Maintaining the Advantage of the State"

Dr. Liran Antebi is a Research Fellow at INSS and a teaching fellow at Tel Aviv University. She holds a PhD. from Tel Aviv University, writing her dissertation on Robots Warriors in the Service of Democracy: The Impact of Military Robots on democracies' force employment in asymmetric conflicts. Dr. Antebi is involved in several research areas within the field of national security and military affairs, including: military technology, and the impact of advanced technologies on policy, power, and the future of war. She teaches courses on the Revolution in Military Affairs and the paradox of power.  Dr. Antebi is a major in the Israeli Air Force, and has served as a reservist service since 2004. At INSS she coordinated the Technological Forecasting and Policy Implications research program and was a Neubauer research associate in 2013-2014.

Yaarit Levy, Regional Director, FIRST Israel // "FIRST – Our Next Generation of Science and Technology Leaders"
Gady Vainer, Chief Superintendent Air unit head of Training Israeli Police, "Police UAV-challenges and development vectors"
Brig. Gen. (Res.) Eden Attias, Chairman & CEO ParaZero LTD \\ "The MultiRotor Revolution in the world, Present and Future Challenges"

Eden Attias is the Chairman & CEO of ParaZero.

ParaZero specializes in the development and manufacturing of innovative safety systems for Unmanned Aerial Systems. Allowing drone to operate everywhere, safely.

Eden Attias has a distinguished military resume, having served in Israel’s Air Force as a pilot and as a leader in numerous positions for over 30 years. Upon completion of his service, Eden was named as the Ministry of Defense first attaché to Canada, heading the defense and military bilateral relations between the two nations.

Today, Eden is leading ParaZero in pioneering safety solutions for UAV and drones. Eden actively flies with the Israeli Air-Force as a reserve pilot.

Eden is an alum of Tel Aviv University with a bachelor of computer science and graduated Israel's National Defense College with Masters of Public Administration from Haifa University. 

Col. Avner Benzaken, Head, Technology & Material Department, Technology & Logistics Branch, Ground Forces Command, IDF \\ "The Unmanned Logistic Toolbox"
Lt. Col. Dr. Ariel Dvorjetski, Head of UAV & Concepts Branch, DDR&D \\ "R&D demonstrations of advanced UAS concepts - Present snapshot and future roadmap"
Cdr. Yaniv meirman, Head of naval branch, DDR&D \\ "Unmanned Surface Vessels, Challenges in the New Era"
Lt. Col. Maxim Orgad , Head of Engineering Dept. Depot 22, IAF \\ "Additive manufacturing applications for UAVs in the IAF"

Lt. Col. Maxim Orgad has begun his career in the IDF academic reserve, studying aerospace engineering at the Technion, graduating cum laude.

He was drafted into the Aerospace Design Branch in the IAF, and served as a system integration engineer.

Meanwhile, he continued his studies, and graduated the M.Sc. program in aerospace engineering.

During his service, he performed multiple roles, both in the IAF headquarters and in field units. Among those roles are, improved F15 team leader, head of structure section in wing 1, head of F16 structure section, head of Heron TP integration section,

chief engineer at the Aerospace Design Branch, and today Head of Engineering Dept. Depot 22.

Col. (Res.) Danny Eshchar , Deputy CEO for Marketing & BD, Aeronautics \\ "MiniUAV - A Strategic Role for Tactical Missions"

Col. (res.) Dany Eshchar is the Deputy CEO, Marketing and Business Development at Aeronautics Ltd. His previous role at Aeronautics was VP Engineering. Prior to joining Aeronautics, he headed the Engineering and Projects Division at Israel Military Industries (IMI). Col. (res.) Eshchar served in the IDF for 25 years. He held management positions at IDF technological enterprises, in the fields of engineering and operations management (COO).

Col. (res.) Eshchar holds a BSC in Mechanical Engineering from the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), an MSC in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering from the University of Michigan, USA, and an MBA in Business Administration with an emphasis on emerging companies from the Technion.

Col. (Res.) Ofer Haruvi , CTO Aircrafts Group \\ "Next Generation UAVs"

Col. (Res.) Ofer Haruvi is CTO Aircrafts Group  Prior to that he was the head of IAI’s NCW Division (MagNet and VP R&D at IAI’s Military). Between the years 2002-2004 he was VP and Head of C4ISR division at Ness Technologies. His military career consists of 25 years of operational service as fighter pilot in the IAF, and assignments as the Head of UAV department, the Head Of R&D Department and the Head of Reconnaissance Branch. Mr. Haruvi holds a Bachelor degree in Computer Engineering from the Technion and a Master degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Tel-Aviv

Dr. Arie Perry , President of AUVSI \\ "Design of a Martian UAS"

Dr. Arie Perry retired in 2105 from Israeli Aerospace Industries (IAI) where he worked for 30 years mainly in R&D programs, in field of Robotics and Autonomous systems.

His last capacities in IAI were Principle Scientist of IAI Robotics Directorate and Chief Engineer in the TaxiBot program, biggest civil robotic program in Israel (tens of millions).

He graduated B.Sc. and M.Sc. in the Technion (Israel Institute of Technology), and Ph.D. and PostDoc. from Ohio State University (OSU) USA, Robotics Institute in Robotic Legged Walking Machine program.

Dr. Perry is for many years an adjunct Professor in Tel Aviv University School of Engineering, instructing robotics and system engineering.

He is the founder and Israel President of AUVSI Chapter, leading the Unmanned Systems community in Israel, through numerous activities, conferences, workshops, etc.

Since his retirement in 2015 he is an Independent Consultant in the field of Robotics and Unmanned Vehicle Systems and participating in a start-up in the field of robotics.

Published numerous papers in professional journals and submitted dozens of classified and unclassified technical reports / documents and delivered dozens of presentations in professional Conferences in Israel and worldwide: US, Europe, Japan, Singapore….

Patents - Inventor / co-inventor of eight (8) patents, fourteen (14) inventions

Yaki Baranes, Head of Strategy Consulting Division at Baker Tilly \\ "China- Market Trends, Forecast and the Implications on the Global Unmanned System Market"

An overview of mega trends that are happening in China such as technological trends, regulation trends, budget and others and their implications on the global competitiveness. The lecture will also present an analysis on how the unmanned global market will be effected by these trends and forecast. Preliminary insights and recommendation will be presented to the local and global unmanned industry people.

Tal Inbar, Head, Space & UAV research center, Fisher Institute for Air & Space Strategic Studies \\ "UAV Threats - Changing Operational Paradigms: Are We Ready?"
Dr. Andrew D. Shepherd, Director, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Sinclair College, Dayton, Ohio \\ "Leveraging Live, Virtual, and Constructive Technologies to Advance UAS Training"

Dr. Andrew Shepherd serves as the Director for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. With experience in the defense industry and academia focused on modeling and simulation, research, course development, accreditation, instruction, and mentorship, Shepherd offers extensive knowledge in many areas of technology, higher education, and workforce training and development. He serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Two Cultures Journal, and as a Board Member for the Aviation Trail, a non-profit corporation in partnership with the National Park Service to promote Aviation Heritage in the Dayton region. Named to both Dayton’s top 40 Under 40 and top 100 Defense and Aerospace Professionals by the Dayton Business Journal in 2014, Shepherd is an active member of his community and broader aerospace industry.

 

Yonatan Zur , Co-founder of RegulusX \\ "UAVs and Drones – A Hacker’s Paradise"

Yonatan Zur and Yoav Zangvil, the founders of RegulusX who develops a comprehensive, easy to use security solution for the protection of small UAVs against attacks and interference of their systems.

Lt. Col. Eyal Bar-Or, CEO, Safe-Zone LTD \\ "Braking The Limitation on UAV Export – Employing Export Control Regulation in The Design Phase"

Electronic and computer engineer, served 25 years in IAF and DDR&D,

In his last position was the Israeli Missile defense Attach in the US, and prior to that position served in major R&D positions at DDR&D.

After his retired from IDF. Served long years as the technical   advisor and MTCR expert at the Israeli Defense Export Control Agency (DECA).

The Entrepreneur and partner of the Technicon in the Defense Export unique course, and gives lectures on the subject in the world.

Lectures Highlights:

The Israeli export control regulation in regards with Drones and UAVs

What are the challenges in regards to regulation that the UAVs exporters face

The MTCR – latest changes

Can we aim for minimal regulation at the design phase of a UAV? Why we should?

Demonstration of actual use of Safe-Zone software tools in order to minimize TTM

Ronen Nadir, CEO, BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd

Mr. Nadir is an Aeronautical engineer with MSc in Industrial Engineering. Before founding BlueBird Aero Systems Ltd, he was VP Projects in a Hi-tech Broadband-products company for two years and prior to that a founder and a VP Dev. of an embedded avionics and simulations company, managing large-scale projects of embedded systems. Mr. Nadir has ten years of experience in the Israeli air force, as an aeronautical department commander, in charge of design and development of advanced weapon systems and years of experience in paragliding and aircraft modeling. Throughout the years of 1996-1998 he served as Chief pilot of the Israeli paragliding association and was a member of the Israeli team, participating in paragliding world championships. 

Spyros Exarchos, Business Development, MEGGITT Target Systems, UK, "The Return of the Target Drones"
Shai Palti, CEO, Commtact

Shai Palti is CEO of the Commtact Ltd. company, based in Yavne, central Israel. Commtact develops and markets advanced communications solutions, specializing in unmanned systems communications.

Mr. Palti has over 20-year experience in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In the previous positions he has served in a variety of technical and business functions, in IAI, Aeronautics and Al Cielo.

Ehud Biedermann, Senior Director, Marketing and Business Development – ISTAR Division "Challenges in Performing an ISTAR Mission with UAVs"

Ehud  Biedermann is serving as Senior Director, Marketing and Business Development in Elbit Systems’ ISTAR Division since April 2015.

From 2010, when he joined Elbit Systems, until his current appointment, he served in the UAS Division.

From 2008 to 2009 Mr. Biedermann served as C.O.O. in Aeronautics.

Prior to that, Mr. Biedermann served for 25 years as an officer in the IDF holding senior command positions in the Air Force, both in the field and in the headquarters.

Mr. Biedermann holds a B.Sc. degree in Geo-Physics and Planetary Sciences in Tel Aviv University.

Lior Zeno Zamanski, Director, EcoMotion Executive

Lior Zeno Zamanski, EcoMotion Executive Director. Living and breathing smart transportation start-ups for the last 3 years. Formerly a business journalist with TheMarker/Haaretz daily newspaper, specializing in capital markets and energy.

Yariv Bash, CEO, Flytrex Aviation

Yariv Bash is the Co-Founder and CEO of Flytrex Aviation, a drone delivery solution provider. Flytrex offers tailored end to end drone delivery solutions for corporations around the world – from hardware and drones to operational instructions and maintenance procedures.
Prior to Flytrex, Yariv was the Founder and CEO of SpaceIL – The Israeli team at the Google Lunar X-Prize competition. SpaceIL’s mission: Landing an unmanned spaceship on the moon, for a fraction of the traditional cost. Under Yariv’s management, SpaceIL has raised more than $50M USD as a non-profit organization.
Yariv holds a bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Tel Aviv University.