Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
As Innovation Strategist on the SIT business development team, Adi helps to design, facilitate and implement innovation projects for clients worldwide. Prior to this, she managed the development and marketing of SIT's global activities including the Innovation Suite – SIT's executive global education program held periodically in New York, San Francisco and other locations, the SIT website and online presence, webinar communities, and international and local innovation events and conferences. She also supported SIT's global partners in their local strategic and marketing needs and supervised the provision of market research and consumer insights for ongoing innovation projects with clients.
Prior to joining SIT, Adi worked for an NGO in the field of education, where she was in charge of project management, educational programs, volunteer guidance and fundraising. She holds a BA cum laude in Government, Diplomacy and Strategy from the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya, and an MA in Middle Eastern Studies from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
Alon is an Innovation Facilitator and Account Manager on the SIT Team. He brings a unique set of skills to his work with clients, ranging from Business Intelligence, coaching and training, through Content Design and Performing Arts.
Alon works with a cross-section of SIT's major clients in agrochemicals, food and beverage, banking, insurance and media across different geographies, developing their organizational innovation capabilities. He has designed innovation processes and programs for leading clients including Merck, Kimberley Clark, Siemens, City of Minneapolis. He is also an ardent believer in the use of new media in the presentation of innovation to mass audiences including webinars.
Prior to joining SIT, Alon was VP Content and Research for a leading business intelligence company and was a strategic consultant for the Ministry of Defense. He has been involved in developing tailor-made strategic reports supporting decision makers and industry leaders.
He is a Certified Life Coach and has a BA in Liberal Arts from Tel Aviv University. He also makes great chocolate.
Amit has been a Facilitator since 2000. Expert at improving innovation processes, Amit is a consummate professional in New Product Development, Problem Solving, MarCom & Advertising.
Amit facilitates all over the world – from Sao Paulo to Singapore, from Minneapolis to New Delhi, from Tel Aviv to New York. His major clients include: Philips; Coca-Cola; Adidas; Johnson & Johnson; Unilever; Campbell; ABN AMRO; The AMA (American Medical Association); Merck.
Amit is founding partner as well as didactic & creative director at Medidactic Ltd. – an Israeli-based e-learning business for healthcare professionals. A leading authority in creativity and didactics, Amit is a graduate in Business & English Literature from Tel Aviv University.
Favorite innovation quotation: "To live a creative life, we must lose our fear of being wrong." Joseph Chilton Pearce
Innovation Facilitator & Managing Director
Amnon is a co-founder and Managing Director of SIT. He has personally facilitated hundreds of projects and workshops with companies worldwide, and is a popular keynote speaker on the topic of innovation. As co-founder and co-developer of the method, Amnon is naturally an expert in all of SIT’s applications – Problem Solving, Marketing Communications, Product Development and Strategy – and a designer and implementer of programs for organizational innovation, transforming companies from within. Amnon facilitates in four languages – Hebrew, English, Spanish and Portuguese – and can ask for a beer in several others.
Amnon leads SIT's expertise in social innovation and in what we call SIT Futures – creating new business models based on SIT's intellectual property.
Previously, Amnon was Editor in Chief of "Status – The Monthly for Management Thinking", and before that he spent six years studying Mathematics, Philosophy, Cognitive Psychology and Linguistics at the Hebrew University. Earlier, Amnon accumulated other useful experiences, working as a garage mechanic, construction worker, room-service waiter, and, most dear to his heart, as a social worker with juvenile delinquents, where he believes he learnt more about coaching and inspiring for high potential under rigorous conditions, than any professional training could have taught him.
Office Maintenance SIT Colombia
Andrea joined the Colombia team in October 2011. Since then she has carried out different tasks including the maintenance in the office and the transportation of documents. Andrea has been developing her skills in various areas related to logistics and support.
She is a joyful person, always eager to learn and ready to help whenever she is needed. In the near future, Andrea will begin her training in computer skills, thus becoming a great support for the team in a variety of tasks. Andrea will also take over the preparation of materials for our workshops and projects, and the coordination of hotels and ground transportation.
Mother of two children, Jurani and Nicolás, Andrea bestows her supportive and warm personality in her home and in the office.
JOSH Program Director
Andy joined SIT to manage the JOSH program - designing SIT's methodology based projects journeys, scouting and hackathons, as a gateway to the Israeli ecosystem. Prior to SIT, she worked a in international strategic consulting firm, connecting Israeli technologies with African governments, working to develop national infrastructure projects. Before joining the private sector, Andy held a position with the Israeli permanent mission to the UN in New York, and served as Captain at the IDF's International Military Cooperation department, after a position at the Prime Minister's office in Jerusalem during her studies.
Andy holds a BA in international relations from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an MSc in international business from the University of Buckingham business school in Budapest. She is passionate about geopolitics, sustainable community development, and social entrepreneurship, and is a co-creator of the urban food forest in southern Tel Aviv. She lives in Florentine, and her cat is called Pixel.
Avivit is a freelance facilitator with profound experience leading innovation projects in Strategy, New Product Development and Marcom. Her forte is leading senior management through complex, long-term strategic initiatives.
During her tenure as Head of Training, Avivit was instrumental in developing many innovations in our in-house facilitator training programs and pioneered the integration of industrial design into SIT's innovation projects.
Before joining SIT, Avivit was founder and CEO of a design house specializing in internet and multi-media. She holds a BA in Film Studies and Philosophy from Tel-Aviv University and has extensive experience in television and cinema. Besides work, she studies Anthroposophy and biographic consultancy, loves cooking, art and, of course, her three children.
Boaz is a seasoned facilitator on SIT's Facilitation and Projects team. He is responsible for planning, facilitating and executing innovation initiatives with clients worldwide. He has partnered with Kraft Foods, Mondelēz international, J&J and MegaFon among others on areas such as Margin Improvement, Strategy, MarCom and Marketing Innovation. He also mentors and supports clients through to implementation and execution of project goals.
Boaz has a passion for making nontrivial connections, challenging assumptions and dealing with uncertainty in day-to-day life. He finds that harnessing this passion to his work, by helping clients create a culture of innovation, is challenging and valuable - on both an organizational and business level - irrespective of whether they are global, multinational, local or non profit.
Before joining SIT, Boaz has worked as an organizational consultant and group facilitator in a broad range of areas including HR, Compliance & Corporate Social Responsibility, insurance, recruitment, water treatment and educational publishing. He is also a keen volunteer and has been involved with NGO programs on safe driving, youth counseling and a rape crisis centre. Boaz has a B.Sc. in Geology and Environmental Science and an MBA (Organizational Behavior & Marketing) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
Daniel is an innovation architect who helps organizations from different industries to design, implement and reimagine their strategies through innovation.
He has designed and facilitated training and innovation projects all around the world with companies like Bayer, Mondelez, Grupo Bolívar, RCN Radio, among others. He is also the lead speaker on innovation in some of Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá’s executive education programs.
Passionate about creating new ways to connect different methodologies like SIT, Design Thinking, Lean Startup, BMC and others, he is constantly reinventing his toolbox so he can share it in his workshops and lectures.
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VP SIT Israel
Dikla is VP of Israel Operations, and Regional Manager on SIT’s Business Development team. With considerable expertise working with the Israeli market, Dikla has been involved in projects with leading companies including SAP, TAMA, Tivall, Bank Hapoalim, KATA, The Marker and The Israel Aids Task Force. She manages SIT's social responsibility activities and supervises the Innovation Community; running dialogue forums for innovation enthusiasts.
Formerly CRM (Customer Relationship Manager) project manager, Dikla was in charge of design, characterization, development and assimilation of the CRM system, and training our office personnel in best practice.
Dikla holds a B.A. in Behavioral Science from Ben-Gurion University of the Negev and an M.A. in Social Psychology from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. As a research assistant at the Hebrew University, she helped develop a unique experiment concerning social behavior in twins, with a focus on pro-social behavior: the tendency to share, to cooperate and to express sympathy. This research into the collaborative side of life fits perfectly with SIT’s person-centric philosophy, and Dikla has been happy to make her professional home with SIT for over five years.
Dov is one of SIT's foremost authorities on technological problem solving, earning a reputation for consistently cracking some of our clients' most daunting engineering and technological challenges.
Dov brings his mastery of SIT and IP expertise to bear on a wide range of industries including electronics, energy, mining, medical devices, software and food.
Alongside his work with SIT, Dov works as an Opto-Mechanical System and Reliability engineer in the R&D Department of RAFAEL, Israel. He holds a B.Sc. in mechanical engineering from the Haifa Technion
Project Manager & International Business Development
Edith Gorriti brings over 20 years’ of global experience with multiple clients and projects in a variety of industries to her work as project manager and business development at SIT. She manages the Bayer innovation project involving teams from a selection of business sectors and countries and is involved in developing a network of companies in her native Peru across a variety of sectors such as finance, mining, energy, agro and government sectors.
Edith has also worked in project management in an international security company providing integral security services and solutions for mega events, critical infrastructure and complex security solutions including the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio. Edith brings a rich global perspective to her work: before moving to Israel, she lived for many years in the USA where she completed her studies in organizational and educational psychology. Her studies led her to become involved in topics of creativity and development both at the individual and organizational level.
Edith is passionate and enthusiastic about psychology, organizational development, and innovation. She is also an avid reader and sports enthusiast. A black belt in karate and long distance runner, Edith applies the discipline and love of sports to all aspects of her life and as a team-player at SIT.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
Erez is a Senior Facilitator and Director of SITs Operations for Asia Pacific. He facilitates in all of SITs applications – New Product Development, Marketing Communications/Advertising, Problem Solving and Innovative Strategy – and is an SIT expert in Conflict Resolution and Co-Opetition applications.
He has conducted projects with scores of leading international clients including Disney, Airtel, Kraft, Siemens, Molex, OCBC, BP, HP and Tnuva, and has deep experience working in developing markets, and with social and environmental organizations.
Erez is frequently invited as a keynote speaker to conferences around the world. He is a lead presenter in the area of creativity and innovation, and lectures in leading academic institutes worldwide, including Columbia University, London Business School, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Tel Aviv University. At TED India (2009), Erez ran an innovation workshop as part of the TED University.
Erez has nearly 10 years experience in the field of IT and Hi-Tech developments as a CIO and Systems Management. He has also worked as an academic consultant, with a rich background in education, specifically the development and production of educational workshops and seminars.
After leaving Cambridge University, Grant embarked upon a career in Advertising as a planner with Lowe and WCRS, and decided to follow his passion for ideas, people and creative problem solving by joining the SIT team.
Naturally he handled many of the marketing communication projects, and was privileged to work with many agency teams and marketers in the rapidly emerging markets of Eastern Europe, India and Kazakhstan.
Marketing communications and branding often play a crucial role in innovation projects, so Grant’s expertise is well sought after. He has worked on innovation projects with great organizations such as Bayer, Heinz, BP, Kraft, Grupo Bolivar and Unilever – on such diverse challenges as asset utilization, new product development, manufacturing productivity, brand strategy and business process innovation.
When he isn't at work or playing his Taylor guitar, Grant can be found with his travelling band of dancers, artists and musicians – otherwise known as the Harris family.
Grant has an MA Cantab in Oriental Studies from Cambridge University and is not planning on doing an MBA anytime soon.
Managing Director, SIT UK
“In my role as innovation leader, I see vast untapped potential all around me,” notes Greg. “Showing organizations how a systematic inventive approach can unleash the potential that lies within is the most exciting part of my job.”
With a career in the high-tech world of pharmaceuticals, and as a marketing consultant to numerous global brands, Greg has an energetic and engaging approach to the sometimes perplexing world of innovation. SIT’s systematic approach helps teams efficiently solve problems, develop new products or services and re-engineering processes – all to help maximize the potential of organizations.
Greg studied Mechanical Engineering and Economics at the University of California, San Diego and completed an MBA (with distinction) at the Manchester Business School. His educational background, along with work experience across Europe has left him with an understanding of a broad range of subjects and cultures – all to help others achieve their goals through innovation.
When he’s not working with clients, Greg spends time with his family in Surrey, England.
With 21 years working with the SIT methodology, Guzu is one of SIT's most senior and experienced facilitators.
Specializing in New Product Development, Problem Solving, MarCom and Strategy, Guzu has an accomplished track-record leading projects in the commercial field. He also works with government agencies, the military and non-profit organizations around the world. His clients include BP, Kraft, IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries), Ethicon Endo-Surgery – a Johnson & Johnson company, Comverse, Alcan, and many more.
In addition to his work with SIT, Guzu is a management consultant, experienced in coaching and team building, and in enhancing the quality of service processes in organizations.
Formerly, Guzu was on the consulting team of the Schwartz Program for Management Development at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and former training director of the “Yoseftal Institute”.
Innovation Facilitator & CFO
As CFO at SIT, Hila is responsible for developing and maintaining the company's financial and operations management, including Business Intelligence and Pricing Models. She also acts as mentor to novice Facilitators, guiding them through their period of orientation and integration at SIT.
Hila specializes in Facilitating Hi-Tech and complex technologies. As a Senior Facilitator and Trainer in SIT's innovation method, she has personally led broad strategy development projects - with a focus on Productivity and Efficiency - for many well-known companies such as Johnson & Johnson, SanDisk, BMC. She spearheaded tactical New Product Development and Problem Solving projects with Emerson Electric, SAP, Checkpoint, Camtek, and Infineon.
Formerly CTO of Britannica.com Israel, Hila's expertise in software development and computer-based in education is considerable. She holds a B.Sc. in Mathematics Magna Cum Laude from Tel Aviv University. To round off her busy schedule, Hila also sings alto at her local choir.
Studio and Production & Coordinator of Logistics
Hila Steinitz is on the print and design studio team and also an international coordinator for logistical and technical aspects of projects at SIT. Within these roles, she is a partner in the execution of major production projects and is responsible for the technical aspects of major tenders including locating co-suppliers.
Hila joined SIT after a career in PR and production in the music and TV industries including work as a line producer in local Israel TV productions. She is passionate about design, arts, culinary and fashion matters and has undertaken several business initiatives in these areas including a specialized catering service for private events and a boutique fashion business of hand-made daily women’s wear. She is an avid creator of sustainable artifacts as solutions to everyday life challenges.
Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer
Idit is a Senior Partner at SIT and serves as Chief Marketing and Business Development Officer. Joining SIT in its early years, she has been strongly involved in the company's growth, management and development into a global innovation company. She combines a passion for innovation with a deep understanding of the challenges facing organizations wanting to adapt their innovation culture.
A talented and skillful facilitator able to lead clients to breakthrough results, Idit has worked on hundreds of innovation projects with leading multinational clients such as Bayer, Coca Cola, SAP, Johnson & Johnson, Kodak, and Nestle, as well as in leading global advertising agencies (McCann-Erickson, BBDO, and others). Previously Managing Director of SIT Israel, she was responsible for developing various specialties such as SIT Ventures, conflict resolution, and market research.
Idit teaches innovation at Bar-Ilan University School of Communication, and is a guest lecturer and keynote speaker at Wharton, INSEAD and international innovation conferences.
Idit has a Bachelors degree in Communications and Political Science, completed her Masters Studies in Mass Communications, and received a diploma in Journalism and Media. Idit's creativity also finds expression in the beautifully imaginative arts & crafts she produces in her home studio.
Innovation Associate and Senior Facilitator
Iris brings a wealth of managerial insight and operational experience from her career with Sanofi, a top-five global pharmaceutical conglomerate.
Since joining the SIT Team, Iris has applied her intimate knowledge of big companies to SIT's long-term innovation projects, particularly in North and South America. She has developed an expertise in handling a multiplicity of concurrent innovation efforts (rather than one-off projects) within a company, and relishes bringing these to successful outcomes.
In the course of her work at SIT, Iris has facilitated Problem Solving, New Product Development and Organizational Innovation workshops with many SIT clients including Kraft, HP, Grupo Bolivar, Tigo Telecommunication, and Bayer Health Care. She has a great talent for languages (five) and utilizes at least four of these - so far - in her facilitating and project work in SIT which extends to Latin America, Europe and the United States. Iris has a BSc. in Pharmaceutical Studies from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, and an MBA from Swinburne University, Australia. She spent over ten years in senior managerial and marketing positions with Sanofi both in Israel and at the Paris HQ, heading up the European marketing rheumatology division.
Head of Digital & Innovation Architect
Jacob Bichel Kutschenko is the SIT Head of Digital. He has a B.A in Psychology and M.A in Psychoanalysis with Magna Cum Laude in both. In Brazil, he worked as a Clinical Psychologist with children, helping them to cope with grief, using cognitive concepts. At the same time, he worked with a financial Business Consultancy, turning around loss-making companies. He studied Neurosciences at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem, completing his thesis on the neuroeconomics in 2012, and completed his M.B.A at Tel Aviv University this year (2014).
He also works on the SIT Innovation Team as Design Strategist and the use of design as a strategy tool in our work with clients on a wide range of projects. He is a firm believer that an expert design requires an eclectic multidisciplinary approach. And although maybe not directly connected with design, in fitting with my weltanschauung, he has also worked as a Clinical Psychologist with children, helping them to cope with grief and meaningful loss.
Jacob is Black Belt in Aikido and loves listening to jazz and playing 5 min bullet chess. He is also fluent in five and half languages including Aramaic.
Jaime's main focus as a part of Colombia´s SIT team (freelance), is to accompany SIT´s clients in the project implementation phase, whilst continuing to further develop his facilitating skills.
Jaime has a BS in Mechanical Engineering , and a specialization in Technology Management , and education in project management according to PMI , he is an integral auditor in different management systems ; quality, environment, safety , occupational health, risk management , and information security.
Through his professional career he has developed expertise as Project Manager for technology transfer processes, the implementation of industrial manufacturing processes for new products, and processes improvement . As part of his role in R &D he promoted and was responsible for intellectual property protection. For many years he was Chief R & D Engineer at a great Colombian company.
Jaime ´s passion for continuous learning is evident in a variety of fields and technologies, such as : finance, organizational management , weapons systems, optronics , nanomaterials, and biotechnology, and particularly in languages he has studied ten languages emphasizing in Spanish, English, French, Hebrew and Arabic, currently he is studying Portuguese.
Jaime is fascinated with innovation issues, nature, photography, and he owns a personal library that contains some unique books among them 50 dictionaries.
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Facilitator and Account Manager
Jen joined the SIT4 team as a facilitator and account manager. Jen has extensive experience in writing and editing in the areas of academic research, documentary radio shows, study programs, travel guides and advertising. Formerly she was the editor of Metropolis, an urban magazine which dedicates each of its issues to a specific city in the world, examining its urban development, environment, history and culture.
Jen completed her MA in Sociology as part of the Interdisciplinary Program for outstanding graduates of Tel Aviv University. Alongside her studies on changes in civic society, socio-economic processes and urban renewal, Jen has been engaged in social initiatives and volunteer work with a human rights organization. Via an assortment of tours, seminars, festivals and work, she has travelled extensively around the globe and hopes to continue doing so in the future.
Juliana Henao Suárez
Juliana is an Innovation Facilitator in SIT, Colombia. She’s an Industrial Designer with emphasis on strategic design, she graduated with double degree in a MsC of Eco-design at Polytechnic of Turin in Italy. She has always been interested and passionate for strategic design, focused on the creation and development of organizational strategies. Her action field is related to Sustainability and Social Innovation. To implement them, she bases everything with the knowledge that she has about Systemic Design and Circular Economy.
During her studies she worked at J.E.T.o.P, the Junior Enterprise of Polytechnic of Turin as the leader of the Design Area. She also led several workshops where subjects as Creativity and the importance of Design in Communication were treated. She was mentor of design in two Hackthons, and with her team of designers of the Junior Enterprise she developed and managed the branding of the second edition of Wearable Tech Torino, an event about wearable technology and devices.
She’s characterized by her tenacity, being an entrepreneur, a dreamer and a creator of solutions. She likes multicultural spaces where she can always be learning. During her free time, she enjoys cooking, trying new recipes, reading and running.
Karen is the Head of Training at SIT as well as senior facilitator for strategic clients. As the Head of Training Karen is required to master all aspects of the SIT method and ensures all facilitators, senior and novice, maximize their potential. To do so, Karen designs and executes costumed, individual training programs for every SIT professional. She also mentors innovation managers in their path to become innovation experts in their organizations.
Karen is responsible to developing SIT’s most successful and prestigious innovation programs and events, some with in partnership with local sponsors and partners in many countries. As a facilitator in her own right, Karen specializes in New Product Development, Creative Problem Solving, and Marketing Communications. She has conducted numerous innovation projects, lectures and workshops. In her resume you will find: Bayer, Pearson Publishing, Israel Aeronautics Industry and different NGO’s.
Karen almost qualifies for the title of an ex-Bostonian. Before joining SIT’s team, she has graduated from Emerson College, Boston, with a Masters in Marketing Communications and shortly after joined a Boston start-up where she managed the sales of a web-based lead-generation platform.
Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager
Leonora is the Social Media & Digital Marketing Manager at SIT. Before joining the company, she worked in several high-tech start-ups and an international corporation. In her position at Teradata, she was in charge of international market research and also handled the company’s blog.
She holds a B.A in Business from Durham University in England and it comes as no surprise that Leonora is an ardent tracker of the latest digital trends. But she also makes time for following art, acting, music, and travelling to exotic and historical places – as well as occasionally going back to her native Kazakhstan.
As a Client Manager at SIT, Leslie is responsible for creating and maintaining sustainable, long term partnerships with clients – new and old. To ensure achievement of client goals, she is naturally involved in every stage of our working process, from initiation through to planning, development and execution and will track project progress toward a successful finish.
Prior to joining SIT, Leslie worked in New York at several major Madison Avenue agencies with a focus on strategy and account management in the healthcare industry with companies such as Novartis, Genentech, Bristol Myers and also led several product launches there. As a professional, she mastered the esoteric art of juggling multiple moving parts and working across functions and with project partners, an ability also greatly in demand in major SIT innovation projects. She is a true team player and a great collaborator with plenty of gusto to last throughout the process and beyond.
Leslie has an M.A. in Organizational Behavior and Development from IDC Herzliya ('15) in Israel and a B.A. in International and Global Studies, with minors in Business and Anthropology from Brandeis University ('08).
To date, Leslie has lived and worked in three countries - Turkey, US and Israel; all of which feel like “home”. She is a culinary aspirer, loves playing the board game Taboo, the color purple, tackling crafty projects and cannot live without her two sisters.
Business Intelligence and Client Relations Manager
Liat has a dual role at SIT - Business Intelligence, and Client Relations Manager. She assists Operations by extracting and analyzing business data. This ties with her overseeing and improvement of the CRM system; she is also responsible for supporting users of the system. Prior to joining SIT, Liat managed alliances and marketing for several years as a CMO assistant and obtained a BA in Social Sciences from Tel Aviv University.
Margalit is SIT’s Knowledge Manager. In her role as KM, Margalit is in charge of collecting, developing, and sharing knowledge generated in SIT, including internal learning regarding the SIT method, as well as trends and information regarding innovation and various associated fields and areas of activity globally. The KM role requires Margalit to have an in-depth understanding of innovation and the SIT method and practice.
Margalit is also part of the SIT long term client program, designed to monitor and provide ongoing value to our clients everywhere.
Margalit has a B.A. in Psychology and Business management from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is currently also on the MBA in Business management program there, majoring in organizational behavior and marketing as well as working as a teaching assistant in the same department
COO SIT Colombia
As COO, SIT Colombia, Mariela Ruiz Moreno is enterprising, focused on the fulfilment of goals and objectives, resourceful with a great spirit for investigation, sense of ownership and good interpersonal relationships.
Mariela is skilled at solving obstacles, loves life, the moon and most of all her family. Her work is mainly focused within the administrative and financial area in SIT Colombia SAS.
She loves going to the movies, either alone or with company. Mariela's idea of perfect relaxation at home is watching romantic and science fiction films. She is married to Luis Alberto. Lina, Angie and Zara are her beautiful daughters.
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When you have been at a company for eighteen years from the very start and lived through several websites, and seen the company develop from our modest beginnings, one can’t help being nostalgic. Even so, talking about our modest beginnings now might throw you off the scent: the endearing thing about living and working at SIT is that modesty is still an important value - in our interaction with our clients, although not in our ambitions for them.
It is exciting to be part of a team that has taken a huge global bite from our home base, setting up local ventures and helping companies everywhere to innovate across virtually every business sector, cultural and geographical area on the globe. Mostly my work here over the years has revolved around marketing SIT, first as international marketing manager at the start and then in designing our creative approach to the media and advertising worlds as we have evolved – and a host of other things that are harder to define and categorize.
Prior to joining SIT, I worked in the fields of ergonomics, industrial engineering and organization development in a number of companies including British Steel and Philips and in networking and computer services with Clal Pituah in Israel. I have a Graduate Diploma in Industrial Engineering, M.Sc. in Organizational Development from Sheffield. .
Managing Director SIT Austria
Maximilian is Managing Director of SIT in Austria and Senior Facilitator. He manages and facilitates innovation project in several different branches like Pharmaceutical, IT, Food, Automation, Automotive, Oil and Gas, etc.
Previous to his role with SIT, Maximilian spent more than a decade at BMW Group and gained deep experience in product development and project management. In his last role at BMW, Maximilian specialized in innovation, trends and international customer foresight and led the development of new car concepts. Beside his professional work Maximilian acquires his knowledge about aesthetic psychology as a PhD scientist at the University of Bamberg in the field of innovation resistance and is visiting lecturer at the University of Innsbruck for strategic marketing and retail.
Maximilian was born in Innsbruck and studied Mechanical Engineering at the Technical University Munich. He then practiced engineering for BMW Group in Munich and started 5 years ago as a Facilitator and Managing Director for SIT in Berlin. He now helps his clients to identify strategies, new business models, products and efficiencies for the fast changing economy.
When he’s not working with clients, Maximilian lives with his family in Innsbruck, Austria. He is a violinist, enjoys many forms of sports, especially tennis, climbing, skiing, and cycling and he loves his two dogs.
Director of SIT4
May is Founder and Director of SIT4, SIT's Social Enterprise arm. As such, she works closely with Fourth Sector organizations – large and small – to help them innovate ways to deliver even greater benefit for social causes, while acting in a business-like profitable fashion.
May's meteoric rise through the SIT organization began in 2006 when she joined the SIT team as International Coordinator, supporting projects conducted overseas and ensuring that all runs smoothly. In 2007, she already assumed the role of Business Development for the USA, SIT's largest market. After two years in that role, and until founding SIT4 in 2012, May led the development of all of SIT's business in Israel, the company's home market. Throughout her journey across the company, she has always drawn on her administrative skills, becoming the go-to person for seamlessly organizing SIT's largest scale activities.
In parallel, May facilitates projects with some of SIT's most strategic clients, including HP, Amdocs, and Poalim Bank. Her close work with The Marker, one of Israel's most popular business publications, has contributed greatly to the development and awareness of the SIT brand.
May holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University and is currently studying at Israel's Social Business School. Before joining SIT she worked at a leading Israeli marketing firm.
Business Development Manager for Israel
Meira is both the Business Development Manager for Israel and a facilitator on the SIT team. She has been with SIT for over 13 years and her work has covered a broad span of activity involving both knowledge and account management, design and facilitation.
In her work, Meira has been instrumental in enabling SIT to “walk it’s talk” and to fuse the best elements of design with SIT’s innovation approach. She also helped to create SIT’s first in-house mobile office exhibition aimed at sharing knowledge of display and design elements of our work by juxtaposing these more vividly into our working world.
She studied philosophy, humanities and science and has two kids and two dogs.
Project Manager at SIT4
Meytal is project manager on the SIT4 - social innovation unit at SIT, specializing in education projects.
She has considerable experience in managing social entrepreneurship and was the founder of a program called “Mahar im Etgar” – which provides career consulting for parents of children with disabilities.
In addition to her work in SIT, Meytal is also manager of ‘Career Education’ in "I Decide" (the center for career orientation) and was previously project manager - managing education projects - at Access Israel.
In her work, Meytal strives to inspire and influence the Israel education system to effect change through innovation in their approach and methods of teacher training.
Meytal has BA in Social Behavior, and she is student for MA in Leadership and Management in Education. In her spare time Meytal is an enthusiastic salsa dancer and designs scarves.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
In her consulting capacity, Michal has all the hallmarks of a long-distance runner, able to manage the complexities of long-term global innovation programs with a balance of discipline and diplomacy.
She brings a mixture of empirical innovation research and realism gained from her experience in the field and the academy. In parallel to her work as an innovation facilitator and project manager, Michal completed a thesis looking at the factors influencing successful implementation of ideas ("The Chronicle of an Idea"), at the Technion, Haifa. .
Michal pioneered the "SIT Inside" concept in which she relocated for several months to the US to serve as an in-house innovation catalyst for one of her clients.
Michal's talents and/or vices – depending on your vantage: she is definitely a chocoholic - loves to make, eat and experience chocolate with all the senses and obviously this has already achieved genetic transfer to her son Omer and daughter Yarden.
Head of Scouting and Innovation Facilitator
Michel has filled a multitude of Senior management roles in large corporates like Scitex, Motorola, Digital, Intel, ECI etc… as well as a the management of a start-up company (TeraCross) where he built up his experience with the smaller size, higher risk management challenges.
Over 35 years of experience in Silicon, SW, System and IT projects, including multidisciplinary and Global teams management. Michel’s previous positions were Intel Israel and India Computing manager followed by the position of Head of ECI Telecom R&D, where he managed a 1,100 employees global organization with design centers in Israel, India, US and China. Michel's last position at Intel was manager of the Cognitive Computing Team, with focus on conversational speech understanding. He was a Coach with TIM (Technion Institute of Management) and consulted as a mentor to senior managers in Technology companies.
He is an active member of the Brooks-Keret start-ups panel and on the advisory board of several start-ups Michel is now Head of Scouting and Innovation facilitator at SIT - Systematic Inventive Thinking
Account Manager and Facilitator
Naama is an Account Manager and a Facilitator in SIT's International Team.
Prior to SIT, Naama has spent 15 years in the hi-tech world, focusing on software and SaaS. Always customer-facing, Naama specialized in bridging the gap between customer and technology, working to plan, implement and execute technical projects across continents, cultures and technologies. Having worked for huge silicon-valley companies as well as small Tel-Aviv startups, Naama brings knowledge, understanding and passion for finding the right process and methodology for each customer. She brings great international experience, having lived and worked in 4 countries and led projects in many more.
Naama has a B.A in International Relations and Humanities from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and an LLM cum laude in Public International Law from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands, where she interned in the international criminal courts. Naama is fluent in Hebrew and English, and is still hoping to one day master German.
Nili is an International Coordinator at SIT. She is directly responsible for administrating and coordinating project logistics. She provides around-the-clock support to team members and clients to ensure the smooth running of every conceivable element of the process. Her challenge is designing trips tailor-made the unique needs of each project. Nili manages travel schedules, arranges transportation and accommodation for SIT personnel, and coordinates all materials and venues.
With a passion to discover the world and unravel its beauty, Nili worked for many years in the travel industry. She has rich experience delivering professional and creative solutions, designing complex travel paths, coordinating bespoke trips for discerning tourists. She also served as marCom manager in the hotel industry, and was responsible for building marketing plans and managing public relations. She holds a BA in International Relations and French Literature from the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Nurit is VP Strategic Business Developmentand and Senior Facilitator at SIT. She is in charge of SIT’s long term innovation initiatives and projects with Unilever, Nestle, Heinz, Makhteshim Agan Group and other market leading clients. Nurit has rich experience working with a variety of different clients across diverse nationalities, sectors, managerial levels and industries including food, financial services, agro-chemicals and media.
Prior to her current role, Nurit has served as SIT’s European Innovation Manager based in Zurich and has led many major company-wide innovation projects in the area of New Product Development, Marcom and Organizational and Sales Processes with multinationals such as Johnson & Johnson, Kimberly Clark, Bayer, Pearson Publishing, and many others.
Nurit has also contributed considerably to the development of innovative and entrepreneurial cultures in the banking and financial sectors, with which she is personally familiar from her work as an economic analyst at the Central Bank of Israel, prior to joining SIT. Along with her professional work, Nurit has also been engaged in ongoing academic activity. She researched creativity with Prof. Jacob Goldenberg, co-pioneer of the SIT approach, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and trained students and teachers in the application of creative tools in many academic and business frameworks.
Chief Resources & Empowerment Officer
Nurit is a Senior Partner at SIT, serving as its Chief Empowerment and Development Officer, essentially responsible for the company’s two most important resources – its method and its people. For over a decade, Nurit has cultivated all of SIT's intra-organizational departments: Knowledge Management, Design, Innovation Products and Human Resources.
Nurit directs the professional development of all members of the SIT team, equipping them with the knowledge and skills to tackle the global complexity and demands of working with SIT's multinational clients. Her work ensures the quality of service SIT provides to its clients.
True to her Argentinean roots, Nurit also directs SIT's Latin American team, and is responsible for all of SIT's work in Spanish and Portuguese.
While Nurit's expertise ranges from implementing company-wide innovation programs to small scale projects, she specializes in working with top management to establish self-sustaining innovation in their organizations. Nurit has headed projects on five continents, facilitating in three languages – English, Spanish and Hebrew.
Nurit holds a B.A. in Education, History and Philosophy and an M.B.A. specializing in Human Resources and distance learning. Before joining SIT she was Managing Director of a non-profit organization in Israel. A proud mother of two, Nurit is fond of cooking and scuba diving (not at the same time).
Manager SIT Online Academy and Facilitator
Nurit heads SIT "Futures", a venture developing new business models and partnerships based on SIT's IP and accumulated knowledge. Her role is perhaps one of the most 'exploratory' in SIT, covering diverse opportunities in a variety of worlds – social, technological and commercial.
Nurit has shown considerable versatility in both working choices and life patterns which may well demonstrate her innovative curiosity, flexibility and passion for the new. She worked as an investment manager in a private equity fund, and as an international product manager in a pharmaceutical company. Nurit trained in Dentistry at Hadassah Medical School in Jerusalem and worked as a dental surgeon for five years. She has several other notable accomplishments including compiling a data base for a sociological study of women in the WWII and taking a 3-year training program in family and couples' therapy in Tel Aviv University – which comes in handy with her two teenagers.
Ofer has been a key team player in the execution and development of SIT's innovation programs over an immense variety of industries and technologies. Ofer's unique blend of expertise in Engineering, IT and Software - coupled with his strong communication skills - contributes considerably to the success of our programs.
Ofer's experience covers the full panoply of client issues: problem solving, new product and service development, advertising, marcom, management, and strategic planning. His facilitation has led to the development of many successful solutions, products and patents. His clients include major industrial manufacturers and hi-tech companies, including: Comverse, Johnson & Johnson, Bayer, BASF, Kraft and Shell.
Since qualifying in Industrial Engineering (MSc. and BSc., magnum cum laude from Tel Aviv University), Ofer has been a senior lecturer on the faculty of Industrial Engineering in Tel Aviv University. He is in demand as a lecturer in conflict management and on courses to improve the quality of college teaching.
Ofer also acts as an external consultant to major companies in the field of information technology, developing software applications and solutions. He has worked with PricewaterhouseCoopers, Mirs, Tadiran, Israel Air Industries and Microsoft Israel, among others.
VP Global Business Development
Omri is a senior member of SIT's Global Business Development team and has been instrumental in developing SIT's innovation activities in North America and elsewhere. Omri is founder of SIT Gateway, an initiative that assists start-ups in creating alliances with major multinational corporations, VC's and other investors and provides technology scouting services for enterprises. As part of this venture, Omri has organized several US-Israel missions. Often to be seen at international gatherings and conferences on innovation, Omri's talent is very evident by the vast network of people and companies he manages to bring together. He has an uncanny way of identifying focal themes and issues for clients where he can assist them in getting value and moving forward. He very openly shares his aptitudes for music, sailing and photography with his fellow team members and sometimes with his clients too.
In addition to his self-taught skill for foreign language impersonation, Omri also holds a B.A. in Music and Education from the University of Massachusetts, and an M.B.A from the Henley School of Management in the UK.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
Or Ilan is a lead facilitator and senior trainer in SIT and is a key member of SIT's operations team in Latin America and Colombia and he is now into his third year working throughout Latin America from Bogota City. This experience has given him endless opportunity to indulge his admiration of different cultures and their creative spirit and a chance to travel and immerse himself in local folklores and values.
Or has worked extensively across a range of industries, helping them innovate and solve a variety of challenges and problems. He is engaged in training others in the SIT methodology and finds great personal reward in doing so. Or is also an experienced public speaker, bringing his particular brand of humor and insight to audiences on many different topics.
For Or, his work is also a mission to help people to expand their consciousness, awareness and understanding of the world. He is a firm believer that people are on a sacred journey in life that integrates all of what they do. Life, work, love, etc., are all interconnected. Or believes that in order to have creative and innovative people in the work place you need to train people in being able to think freely about themselves and about life. Whilst not an easy task, people who accomplish this will be able to live a creative, happy and fulfilled life. This is one of the reasons why Or is passionate about teaching individuals, he sees a mission in helping people to be an enhanced version of themselves.
Before joining SIT, he was Vice President and Director of Development at Ladaat — an organizational consulting firm. He took a B.A. in Philosophy (Hebrew University of Jerusalem) and an M.A in Organizational Consulting (University of Bar Ilan) — graduating in both with honors. In his spare time, Or is a yoga and meditation disciple and teacher and he is helping some brave individuals to accelerate their spiritual evolution. He is a lover of music and a musician that explores exotic instruments.one of those is a most mysterious and spirit lifting instrument. Take a look: "PANArt Hang"
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VP Digital Marketing
Orly heads up SIT's communication and business sector development, working with well-known global multinationals such as Bayer, Johnson & Johnson, Allergan and Nestle – with a special emphasis on developing and maintaining a broad spectrum of client relationships across the organizations.
Orly has facilitated a wide range of innovation and communication projects in the banking, beverage, mobile and industrial sectors, working with brands such as Beeline, Carlsberg, Coca Cola and Davivienda, and also undertaking innovation initiatives with leading international advertising networks like: McCann, Leo Burnett, Y&R, Publicis, GREY, Lowe and Saatchi & Saatchi.
Prior to joining SIT, she was a senior strategic planner for BBDO and McCann and she lectures on Advertising Creativity at several leading universities including the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. She is an aspiring novelist, with fluent English, Portuguese, Spanish and Hebrew. She holds an M.Sc in Organizational Psychology from LSE, London.
Founder SIT Australia
"I worked as an SIT innovation coach for nearly 12 years - as a client! It’s brilliant to finally be able to make SIT more accessible to Australian organisations ,” says Rachel. Rachel runs the Australian arm of SIT. She harnesses 25 years in international marketing and 10 years driving innovation communities in a corporate context. She is passionate about helping businesses of all sizes and in all industries unleash their innovative potential and learn what it means to innovate on demand. Rachel lived and worked in France for 20 years and has also been on assignments in Japan, the US, India and Germany. She is highly adaptable, relishes the role of facilitator and coach and delights in seeing the light in the eyes of clients who are given new degrees of freedom to innovate. Rachel has a Bachelor of Economics from Sydney University, a masters in Political Economy from l’Université Paris-Sorbonne and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.Rachel is based near the water in Melbourne and enjoys being mum to her three grown children and learning kite-surfing with her husband.
Managing Director SIT Colombia
A visionary entrepreneur, internationally awarded business leader and facilitator of new ideas, Roberto is Managing Director of SIT Colombia and heads up Business Development for SIT across Latin America.
Roberto has held frontline positions in both the Colombian public and private sectors, serving on the Board of Directors of ETB S.A., Codensa S.A, and Transmilenio S.A., and as General Director of Coldata S.A. and TVG S.A.
In 2011 he held the position of Sub-secretary of Finance for the city of Bogotá, where he instigated a successful innovation process awarded the District's Management Award. He is also an active member of the "Foro de Presidentes" a community of 180 business leaders that generate wealth for Bogotá through social responsibility initiatives.
In his Business Development role at SIT, Roberto is well positioned to fulfill his conviction that innovation is the key to continuously improving life be it social, personal and professional.
Roberto enjoys good literature and tries to add to his astronomy knowledge every day.
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Robyn Taragin–Stern is an Innovation Strategist, helping her clients create the structure to approach their innovation opportunities. She plays the role of facilitator, coach, and knowledge management, contributing in many capacities over the years. Her clients include AbbVie, Emerson, Nestle, Boeing, The Lookstein Center, and various social organizations and universities.
Robyn has been instrumental in e-learning platforms and is the lead presenter for Insite, SIT's in-house online school. She has also developed external online courses through Columbia University and Yeshiva University and co-teaches the Systematic Inventive Thinking 101 class at YU.
As one of SIT's senior content developers, Robyn has contributed to the continuous growth of SIT's written media, authoring numerous articles, blog posts, and cross- industry innovation trend reports.
She has helped to develop many SIT applications including the Innovation Navigator and Business Model Innovation, turning company IP into practical and useful tools that can be implemented easily and successfully applied.
Innovation Facilitator and Account Manager
Roy Bendor Cohen is an innovation facilitator and account manager on the SIT team. After completing his thesis on the mental processes that underlie creative thinking on the MA Interdisciplinary Programme for outstanding students in cognitive psychology (Tel Aviv University), he joined the SIT team in order to apply his conclusions outside the lab.
Roy's roots are deep in the educational world: he lectured at the Dov Lautman Unit for Science Oriented Youth, taught Spanish, served as an instructor in the 'Computer Science Olympics' and tutored schoolchildren with special needs.
He lived in Madrid for five years, taught Spanish for three years, travelled Latin America for six months and still volunteers in the 'Escuelita' where he helps in translations for Latin immigrants. He admires flamenco and classic guitar, is a big fan of Improv theater, enjoys reading books and talking about philosophy. Roy is fluent in three languages and can get around in two others – a linguistic trait he has inherited from his mother. He has been resident in three countries and travelled in more than thirty.
Financial and Accounting Transactions Manager
Shelly is in charge of maintaining financial and accounting transactions at SIT and she describes her work on the SIT team as extremely refreshing – it's the first time in her professional career that she has branched out to the non-financial sector. Following the completion of her professional qualifications in financial and accounting management, her financial career to date has been exclusively with investment houses and accounting consultancies.
Shelly likes to go to theatre, works out fairly regularly and is always on the lookout for a new craft or hobby to take up or try her hand at. She is also a busy Mom to four kids – all boys.
In-house Graphic Designer
Shira is SIT’s in-house graphic designer, working both directly on client projects, and in the back office preparing materials for facilitation and marketing. Shira designs in various media including presentations, print materials, websites, and digital tools both off- and on-line. Following the notion that design can have great influence on content, and vice-versa, Shira is inspired by SIT’s original content and works to create the most effective visual forms for it. Shira has a degree in Visual Communication Design from the Holon Institute of Technology
Shiri is director of the SIT Social Innovation Unit. This unit works closely with non-profit organizations such as government and local municipalities, academia, ngo's and civil society organizations and helps them to increase the benefit they deliver for social causes, while retaining a business-like profitable approach.
Shiri has considerable experience in strategic planning and consulting, research and content building and an in-depth knowledge of the social and public spheres in Israel and has a true aspiration for social change and innovation.
She has worked as project manager and evaluation researcher at the "Jerusalem Institute for policy papers" think tank and as a strategic planner for the municipality of Holon and consulted the ministry of economy and industry. She has also been a resource developer at Educating for Excellence, and a Content manager at "Facing Tomorrow: The Israeli Presidential Conference" (An International conference under the auspices of the late President Shimon Peres) and at "Leading a Change: The Educational Challenge" (Yedioth Aharonoth and Ynet Education Conference).
Besides her work, Shiri is also an active member at the Midburn community, Israel branch of Burning Man, taking a leading role in the "Generator" – the community social entrepreneurship platform.
She holds a Master's degree in Political Science and a specialization in Social Policy Studies from the Department of Political Science and The Baerwald School of Social Work and Social Welfare at the Hebrew University, Jerusalem.
Shiri likes to think of herself as an explorer of places, cultures and people, preferably at places one can also dive or trek without any internet connection.
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Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
Shiri is an innovation facilitator and account manager of major SIT clients. Her work with clients around the globe includes innovation projects with HP, Bayer and various NGO’s. She has also been involved in the planning and execution of large scale innovation-related events, such as Towards 2021 Initiative of TheMarker - Israel's leading financial paper, and the Eilat Eilot forum for Renewable Energy.
Her experience is augmented by her profound understanding of the SIT methodology from her previous work as SIT's Knowledge Manager. Shiri was in charge of collecting, developing, and sharing knowledge generated in SIT, including internal learning regarding the SIT method and practice, as well as external information derived from innovation activity around the world. During this time, she developed a novel Knowledge Management platform that allows SIT members to quickly and easily share and receive information relevant to any task or challenge at hand.
Shiri has an MBA cum laude from The Technion with a focus on entrepreneurship, technology and innovation; and a B.A. in Psychology and Communications from Tel Aviv University. In her lack-of-spare-time, she continues to foster her love of Street Photography, and running (almost sprinting) to a nearby patisserie.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
As a member of SIT’s dynamic Marketing Team, Sinai oversees all aspects of its global marketing activities, supports SIT's affiliates around the world, and manages our busy conference and events circuit. Formerly part of SIT's global co-ordination team, Sinai has a broad perspective of the ins-and-outs of SIT's innovation projects and is adept at juggling dozens of tasks with poise and good humor.
Sinai is a qualified yoga instructor, loves music festivals, the easy-going country life, and most of all her adorable toddler. She holds a BA in Sociology from the Open University.
As an innovation strategist, Tal sees no obvious limits on where innovation can be applied. Tal is key account manager & a senior facilitator for a variety of corporate clients and NGOs, among them HP, Bayer, Bank Leumi, and various municipalities. Since joining SIT, she has designed and helped implement go-to-market-now development projects as well as long term innovation programs. She mentors, guides, and strategizes with her clients, her dedication beginning from the early planning phases, continuing full blast through execution, and staying on as part of the advisory board after implementation.
She is a faculty member at Sapir College in Israel, and guest lectures at NYU and Harvard University.
Prior to her role in SIT she was a prosecutor for the Tel Aviv District Attorney’s Office, and has represented Israel at national level competitions in both judo and shooting.
VP Global Innovation of SIT China
Tamar is VP Global Innovation, SIT China. She is responsible for helping companies to gain value through innovation and deliver, together with the Chinese team, ongoing support to clients, from the process of identifying needs through to designing and embedding novel innovation solutions. Tamar has partnered global market leaders such as Bayer, Campbell’s, Coca-Cola, Pearson and Mars and her primary focus is to help embed a culture and practice of innovation across a broad range of organizations from multi-nationals to medium-sized companies and SME's.
In addition to her management role, Tamar continues to lead and facilitate innovation projects herself with major clients globally. She is an expert in New Product Development, Marketing, Marketing Communications, Advertising and Organizational Innovation processes. Her motivation, both as facilitator and manager, is to inspire individuals to reach new and inventive perspectives and to improve their performance. She holds a B.A. in Sociology and Management from Tel Aviv University and an M.A. in European Communications Studies from the University of Amsterdam. Prior to joining the SIT Team, Tamar held senior posts with several major communication agencies.
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Project Coordinator for SIT's Latin America Team
Veronica is Project Coordinator for SIT's Latin America Team. She has a wide range of responsibilities from administration and logistics, through to marketing and client management support. She manages all communication between SIT and our Latin American clientele, from finance and expenses through to the design of future work plans.
She provides ongoing support for her team and ensures the smooth delivery of SITs offering. A native Spanish speaker, she is directly responsible for translating and editing all Spanish written materials, including all coach-training manuals.
Veronica has a degree in Archaeology and Art History from Tel Aviv University and, not surprisingly, as a good archaeologist, she loves collecting things, especially papers such as cooking recipes (…but she only collects them). She also attributes her formidable multitasking skills to the fact that she is a mother to little twin girls.
Innovation Facilitator & Account Manager
Yael Manor is a facilitator and key accounts manager at SIT. Yael specializes in managing large scale innovation programs within multinational organizations. She designs training programs for the development of hundreds of innovation coaches, while weaving together the necessary company architecture to support innovation making it into a well-oiled machine. In short, Yael puts both the "organize" and "innovation" in organizational innovation.
Yael facilitates and lectures worldwide. She is adept at working with people from different cultures and backgrounds, appreciating how people or companies relate to innovation and knowing how to help them push the envelope.
Yael's vast knowledge of the SIT methodology stems from her joining SIT back in 2002. Alongside her work at SIT, Yael pursued her degree in law. After passing the bar, Yael spent time building her legal career, working for top Tel Aviv law firms as a legal consultant specializing in real estate, planning and zoning law and court litigation, to both public and private sectors. After a few years break, Yael returned to SIT, with her experience leading her to the role she holds today.
Yael holds an MBA (Cum Lauda) majoring on Management and Business Psychology, and LLB and a BA in Psychology.
Executive Assistant & Office Manager
Yael is the first smiling face you'll see when you walk into SIT. Located at the strategic heart of the office – between the coffee and fax machines – she is the mastermind of SIT's administration as well as its informal "Quality of Life" director. It's in the reception area, that many of SIT’s momentous team and family events are celebrated – births, marriages and holidays and where team members are boisterously welcomed back from faraway places and adventures.
With a rare combination of Swiss precision and Israeli determination, Yael works tirelessly to ensure our international operation runs smoothly and that our clients receive the right response at the right time.
Prior to joining SIT, Yael was a Quality of Life team member at Intel and production assistant with a local film company. She's a proud mother of two young girls and is married to a rock drummer who moonlights during the day in a hi-tech company.
Yoav has been a lead facilitator and senior trainer with SIT from the start. He has made a considerable contribution to the development of our global initiatives, leading innovation projects for industry leaders including: Johnson & Johnson, Shell, Bayer and Nestle.
He brings deep insight from his parallel work in the field of cross-cultural media and communication. He is a Research Fellow and lecturer at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, and author of specialized articles in this field.
Yoav has an uncanny ability to provide valuable insights to organizations with which he comes in contact. This special skill is partially explained by his varied professional background and cultural interests: he has a B.Sc. in Earth Sciences – Geology and MBAs in Marketing and Business Entrepreneurship (both from The Hebrew University, Jerusalem). Yoav also acts as a business development consultant to start-up companies at the crucial go/no-go stage. He has a keen eye for separating out ideas most capable of reaching a successful outcome. Yoav has a disarming and warm personal approach. This is highly effective when combined his professional experience – he is able to quickly decipher ambiguous information and turn it into valuable knowledge for companies in real time, a true asset for SIT and our clients.
Yonatan is operations manager at SIT. Working with the company management team, he shares responsibility for helping to formulate, developing and implement the company's strategic policies, specifically within the areas of IT, acquisitions and special projects. Yonatan manages the logistics and coordination team and the company's technical interfaces across the various operational areas.
He plays a significant role in long-term planning including initiatives geared toward ensuring operational excellence.
Yonatan has a first degree in computer studies and is qualified by both Microsoft and CISCO in network management and information security. In his previous post, he was in charge of finance, logistics, acquisitions and computerization in a public company.
Partner & SVP Business Development
Yoni is a Partner at SIT and SVP Business Development. Since 2001, he has pioneered the strategic development of the SIT approach with multinationals helping them achieve breakthrough results while developing an organizational culture of innovation. He combines a profound academic knowledge of the SIT methodology with a deep insight into how innovation can help to solve corporate issues and problems.
As a senior consultant and facilitator of the SIT method, he has worked virtually everywhere with scores of companies including AXA, Disney, GE, Johnson & Johnson, Intel, Kraft Foods, and Procter & Gamble.
Yoni is a keynote speaker at conferences (ISPIM – International Society for Professional Innovation Managers; PEX – Process Excellence Network; PDMA – Product Development and Management Association). He is also faculty at Columbia University Business School, teaching "Innovate on Demand" and "Design Your Innovation Blueprint" Executive Education courses while guest lecturing at institutions around the world (Harvard's iLab, London Business School, and IDC).
Yoni has published articles on the application of the SIT method for Biotech, Business Chemistry, Food & Beverages, Paper and Adhesives, and Multi-Cultural Creativity. He holds a B.A. Magna Cum Laude in Psychology and Sociology from Yeshiva University in New York, where he grew up, and an M.A. Magna Cum Laude in Social-Industrial/Organizational Psychology from Bar Ilan University in Israel, where he now lives.