JOSEPH "YOSSI" VARDI
is chairman of International Technologies, which is engaged in private
hi-tech investments for its own account. He is one if Israel’s
hi-tech veterans, with 37 years of founding and helping build some
40 hi tech companies in Internet, software, telecommunications, electro-optics,
energy, environment and other areas. Several companies Dr Vardi co-founded
became successful public companies, among them Alon — Israel’s
largest energy company, Advanced Technologies (Tekem — which
was at a time the largest software company in Israel), International
Technologies (Lasers), and Granite Hacarmel.
Dr Vardi backed some of Israel’s leading internet companies.
He is the founding investor and the former chairman of Mirabilis Ltd,
the creator of the highly popular instant messaging program ICQ which
pioneered the internet-wide instant messaging phenomena, making it
one of the most successful and popular Internet products of all times,
with currently close to 400 million downloads. The company was acquired
by AOL, to which he still serves as an advisor. He also serves as a
strategic advisor to Amazon and AOL. Among his other recent High-Tech
involvements he was involved in the creation of Answers.com, tis the first
investor in Download Accelerator, which has over 125 million regisered users
and delivers millions of files daily, an early investor in Gteko which was sold
to Microsoft, in Airlink — a manufacturer of wireless data links, Scopus,
BrightCove and number of other companies. He is a venture partner and one of
the initiators of Pitango — one of Israel’s largest venture capital
fund., and on the advisory committee of 3i . He is a member of the
board of Amdocs.
Veteran of a long civil service career, he previously served in the Government
of Israel as Director General of the Ministry of Development (being then the
youngest ever appointed — at the age of 27), as the North-American Director of
the Investment Authority and as the Director General of the Ministry of Energy,
leading the oil related negotiations in the Israeli — Egyptian peace talks.
leaving the government, and on its request, he led the peace economic
and regional cooperation negotiations with Jordan, as a special advisor
Minister of Foreign Affairs and Minister of Finance, as well as heading
the Israeli effort for preparing the Israeli plan for regional cooperation.
and participated in the Wye peace negotiations with Syria, and in
the economic discussions with the Palestinians. He also chaired number
of government-appointed commissions and committees, among them the
Public Commission for the Regulation of the Electricity Sector, The
Public Commission on Raising Venture Capital in the Stock Exchange,
the Fertilizers Development Council, the Oil Explorations Concessions
Council, and others. He also advised the Government on initiating
both Yozma and The Bi-national Industrial Research and Development
He is an advisor on Middle-Eastern economic affairs to the Council
of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations in the U.S, and serves
on the board of governors of the Weitzman Institute. He is a member
of the World Economic Forum. He is the chairman emeritus of the Jerusalem
Foundation. He served on the Advisory Board of the Bank of Israel,
on the board of directors of the Development Corporation for Israel
(State of Israel Bonds), on the Board of Governors of the Hebrew University,
the Open University and was the co-founder and Chairman of the Board
of Israel Chemicals, Chairman of Israel National Oil Company, Negev
Ceramics, Transportation Enterprises and others. He served on the
Boards of Directors of a number of Israel’s major companies.
Among them, lsrael Electric, Elite, Bezek (Israel's national telecommunication
company), Sonol, Scitex, Oil Refineries, Haifa Chemicals, Dead Sea
Works, Dead Sea Bromine, Arkia Airlines, Koor Communications, Chemicals
and Phosphates, Maarive and Hamashbir Hamercazi.
He acted as an advisor to the World Bank, United Nations Development
Program, the Mexican government, and to the CEOs and the chairmen of
Occidental Petroleum Corp, Signal Corp, Allied-Signal corp, Wheelabrator
Frye Corp. and Siemens-Albis A.G.
He is co-author of Electric Energy Generation: Economics,
Reliability and Rates published by M.I.T. Press, He also published
various scientific papers on energy and operation research.
His entrepreneurial accomplishments have
been chronicled by numerous local and foreign business publications.
He received numerous awards for his achievements among them the Prime
hi tech award for life achievement, Entrepreneur Of the Year and the Rominisiaru
prize for Economics from Tel Aviv university, and CEO!’s
Entrepreneurs Hall Of Fame.
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