About Us

The Israel Innovation Fund (TIIF) is registered in the U.S. as a 501(c)3 non-profit and in Israel as an amuta. We are largely based in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Our vision is to reignite the Zionist spirit in the twenty-first century by connecting people around the world through the vibrancy and creativity of contemporary Israeli culture.

“Start-Up Nation” taught us that Israel’s technological excellence flows from deeper elements of national character. Through cutting-edge contemporary culture, lifestyle and travel young diaspora Jews and non-Jews are discovering new ways to personally connect to the Israeli experience in ways that go far beyond conflict and survival.

The Fund operates as a venture philanthropic fund to develop this “Creative State,” investing and where necessary incubating high-impact enterprises that are capable of sustaining themselves through commercially viable revenue-generating activities. We also use the returns to support Israeli nonprofits that distinguish themselves for their innovation, efficiency and impact.

Our Team

ADAM SCOTT BELLOS

FOUNDER & CEO

FOUNDER & CEO

Adam is a serial entrepreneur who has worked in the United States, China and Israel. Raised in Cincinnati, he served in the IDF and now calls Tel Aviv home. He received his B.A. in Judaic Studies from the University of Arizona and an M.A. in Middle Eastern History from Tel Aviv University.

DAVID HAZONY

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

David has 25 years experience in writing, development and nonprofit management. His past positions included Vice President for Development at the Shalem Center, Managing Director at The Israel Project, and Editor-in-Chief of Azure and, later, The Tower. He has a Ph.D. from the Hebrew University in Jewish Philosophy and has authored, edited, or translated many volumes of Jewish and Zionist thought. He lives in Jerusalem.

TATIANA HASSON

DIRECTOR OF ENGAGEMENT & DIRECTOR OF WINE ON THE VINE

Director of Engagement and Director of Wine on the Vine

Tatiana was born and raised in Boston, MA. After graduating from Maimonides school she spent her gap year studying, traveling and volunteering in Israel. Tatiana graduated from UMD with a BS in Community Health. Upon graduation, she became a campus coordinator for the David Project. While living in Boston she established a new Moishe house, which hosts events for young Jewish adults to foster a senses of community among youth. She now lives in Jerusalem.

MAYA LISS

DIRECTOR OF RESOURCE DEVELOPMENT

Director of Resource Development

Born in Los Angeles, California, Maya helped launch the pro-Israel movement at UC Santa Barbara while gaining her BA in Communication. Maya moved to Israel in pursuit of her Master’s in Diplomacy and Conflict Studies at the Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya and subsequently volunteered for IDF service. She assisted in improving the draft process of new Israeli immigrants for which she was granted the Soldier of Excellence award by the commanding general of the Manpower Directorate. After her release from the IDF, Maya has helped establish the Nefesh B’Nefesh Lone Soldier Program and the Tel Aviv Moishe House.

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SAMANTHA SHARON

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT TO CEO & FOUNDER

Executive Assistant to CEO & Founder

A fairly new implant to Israel, Samantha Sharon was born and raised in New York City. Samantha attended University of Pennsylvania, where she studied Communications and Art History. After graduating magna cum laude in 2015, Samantha held positions in marketing and communications at The Jewish Museum, Resnicow & Associates and WeWork in New York. In July 2018, Samantha followed her calling to move to Israel, and currently resides in Tel Aviv.

Daria Turetski

DIRECTOR, WHAT IF? STUDIOS

Director, What If? Studios

Daria Turetski, Director of What If? Studios. Born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine, Daria finished her BA film studies at Kiev International University in 2007. In 2013 she started her MFA at The Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University. In April 2010, Daria released her stop motion animation film, Happy Carrot, and won best short animation award at two festivals. Her short film, Minilook Kiev, garnered more than 1 million views and later was sold to UEFA, EPSON and DW-TV. She has produced successful videos for fashion and music, and most recently won awards at the 2018 Tel Aviv International Student Film Festival.

Ella Kohn

LEAD EDITOR, WHAT IF? STUDIOS

Lead Editor, What If? Studios

Ella Kohn was born in Jerusalem. She served in the IDF as a Military Photographer, and as the Head of a Military Video Unit. Her experiences during her military service inspired her in creating her short film “Who Sank Your Ships?”. The film participated in dozens of international film festivals, including Academy Award Qualifying film festivals, and won several international prizes.Ella holds an MA in Film Studies from the Steve Tisch School of Film and Television, Tel Aviv University. She currently works as an editor and is developing her first feature film, which is also based on her experience in the military.

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