Staff

Takele Mekonen

Executive Director

With extensive leadership experience in the non-profit sector, Takele directed the Fidel Association and the Mediators’ Leadership Program at Ruppin Academic Center before joining Tech-Career as Executive Director. Takele also has experience developing and running educational programs and was employed at the Ministry of Education’s headquarters where he took an active part in developing the mission of the Department of Immigrant Children – working directly with government organizations, municipalities and the Jewish Agency. Takele has also worked in the Israeli high tech industry and earned his MA in Diplomacy and Security from Tel Aviv University. Takele is married and the father of two children.

Phone: +972-52-3600907

Email: Takele@tech-career.org

Morit Drori

COO

Morit is a firm believer in social justice and in every person’s right to fulfil their own potential and has vast experience in field work and management of civil society organizations. Morit holds an MA in Applied Criminology from Bar Ilan University. At Tech-Career, Morit is responsible for the organization’s day to day operations including courses and program development. Morit lives with her daughter Hallel in Ramle.

Phone: +972-52-3542676

Email: Morit@tech-career.org

Avigail Harel

Director of Resource Development

Avigail grew up in five different countries and speaks three languages fluently. Avigail received her MA in Political Communications from Hebrew University, has extensive experience in marketing and development and joined Tech-Career in 2012. She lives in Shoham with her husband Benny and children Evyatar and Avishag.

Phone: +972-52-3769645

Email: Avigail@tech-career.org

 

טלי יעקב

Tali Yaakov

Course Coordinator

Tali lives in Rehovot and holds an MA in Sociology and Anthropology from Tel Aviv University. Tali: “It is clear that the range of services, tools, skills, practical and professional knowledge Tech-Career provides allows Ethiopian Israeli young adults to integrate in good, sought after jobs in high tech which lead to socioeconomic mobility. I am thrilled to be part of this process.”

Phone: +972-52-4679478

Email: Tali@tech-career.org

Melishu Samay

Director of Employer Relations and Placement
Melishu joined Tech-Career in 2015. In the framework of her role she is responsible for Employer Relations and Placement, Tech-Career's Mentoring Program, and contact with Tech-Career's alumni. She also takes on the organization's digital marketing efforts. Melishu holds a BA in Political Science and Sociology from Bar Ilan University and lives in Lod.

Orit Birok

Director of Recruitment, Course Coordinator
Orit often finds herself taking on the role of guidance counselor both in her professional and personal lives. Orit holds a BA in Business Administration specializing in HR from Ruppin Academic Center. For Orit, who lives in Ramle, Tech-Career's vision connects to her belief that it is education and learning that will improve the status of Ethiopian Israeli young adults in Israeli society.

Michu Wandemegen

Projects and Administrative Manager
In her role at Tech-Career, Michu is responsible for the government relations, supply management, and administration. Michu is a community activist and holds a BA in Public Policy as well as a BI diploma.

Board of Directors

Hezi Kalo has served as Director General of the Bank of Israel since October 2008. Previously he filled a number of roles at Clalit Health Services – VP of Human Resources and Information between 2003 and 2008 and VP of Planning and Information during 1998-2003. Hezi holds a BA in Political Science from Haifa University and is a graduate of the National Security College (with honors). Hezi has completed numerous continuing education programs in management and IT, including a specialization in Information Technology at Harvard University (July 2005) and a Directors course at Tel Aviv University (May 2008).

Nir is the founder and owner of the start-up Cashcontrol and is an experienced financial officer and consultant to many businesses and organizations. Nir has been a board member and treasurer at Tech-Career since 2008.

 

Dr. Dvora Blum has vast experience in strategic planning and the non-profit sector, among other fields. She has served as the VP of JFNA/UJC and director of the Institute for Immigration and Social Integration at Ruppin Academic Center and in other key roles at the JDC and Elka. Dr. Dvora Blum earned her PhD from the University of Sussex in England.

 

An expert on tourism and agriculture, Jucha served as a top advisor to President Shimon Peres. Today, Jucha is retired, volunteers with a number of social initiatives and serves on Tech-Career’s board of directors.

 

Tal was born in Ethiopia, and made the perilous journey to Israel via Sudan in 1984 as part of Operation Moses. He served in the IDF for nine years and enrolled in Tech-Career in 2008. Today, Tal is employed at Shimkotek, a subsidiary of Ludan. He is a volunteer tutor at Tech-Career and successfully encourages his company to recruit suitably qualified Tech-Career graduates.

Avinoam Faltin served as senior manager in the computer divisions of Tadiran and Bank Mizrachi-Tefahot. He has also served as a consultant to the Bank of Israel and the Ministry of Education. Avinoam joined Tech-Career’s board in 2014.

 

Tsuriel is a high tech executive with over 30 years of experience in senior level positions as CEO of FRM and VP and board member of IBM Israel, HP Israel and EDS. Tsuri joined Tech-Career’s board in 2015.

Einat Karniel is an organizational consultant with vast experience in high tech companies, varied commercial firms and academic and educational institutes. Einat earned a Masters in Industrial Engineering from the Technion and joined Tech-Career’s Board in 2012.

Vlad has worked in Israel’s high-tech industry for over 27 years.  Vlad earned an M.Sc. in Computer Science and an MBA from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Vlad has been involved with Tech-Career since the organization was founded and joined the board in 2008.

Born in Ethiopia, Genetu came to Israel via Sudan in 1989. Genetu worked at Tech-Career as pedagogical director and is also a Tech-Career graduate. He earned a BSc in Information Technology and has been working as a QA engineer since 2011. Now employed at Shlomo SIXT, Genetu joined Tech-Career’s board in 2012 and volunteers as a mentor and in other capacities.

Daniel is the Co-founder and Partner in Esteban Solutions. Daniel is an “International Making in Education” expert, with 15 years of experience in entrepreneurship, makers’ spaces, social and educational change. Daniel was the CEO of XLN, an international network of technological, educational 3D printing and maker spaces, and CEO of TOM, a global movement of communities, connecting makers, designers, developers and engineers helping people with disabilities. Daniel also founded Mahshava Tova, a non-profit organization for empowering disadvantaged communities through technology. Daniel joined Tech-Career’s board of directors in 2016.

 

Andres is an international senior management and technology consulting professional with experience in the US, Israel, and Europe. Andres joined Tech-Career’s board in 2012.

Lina is a software engineer with extensive experience including managerial posts at Intel, and has encouraged employees to serve as volunteers at Tech-Career since its earliest days. Lina joined Tech-Career’s Board in 2008.  Lina now manages the family winery Kadma, which produces wines in the Judea Hills using ancient wine-making techniques.  

 

Auditing Committee

Shmuel has served as MD at Orbot Pacific (a subsidiary of Orbot Systems) and has held leadership and managerial roles in a number of Israeli and international high-tech firms. He became a volunteer mentor for Tech-Career in 2011 and joined the board in 2012.

Hiwot Yimer immigrated to Israel from Ethiopia in in 1986. She joined Tech-Career’s Board in 2002 and is now part of its auditing committee.