The Israel Innovation Fund (TIIF) is a 501(3)(3) non-profit registered in the United States but largely based in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.
Our vision is to reignite the Zionist spirit and meet the needs of Jewish Civilization 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.
FOUNDER & EXECUTIVE CHAIRMAN
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 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.
SENIOR STRATEGIC ADVISOR
Ted served as President and CEO of UJA Federation of Greater Toronto for eleven years until he retired in 2014. During his leadership, Ted oversaw the extraordinary growth of the Toronto Federation, making Toronto into the third largest Jewish Federation in North America. Ted also established the Federation’s Jewish Toronto Tomorrow Capital Campaign—a groundbreaking initiative that redeveloped Toronto’s Jewish community infrastructure. After retiring from the federation in 2014, Ted formed his own consulting firm, Teal Sky Consulting, where he has been an active Senior Consultant with the Jewish Agency.
DIRECTOR OF OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT
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.
DIRECTOR OF TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT
Avi Orlian has spent 2+ years in Information Technology project management and team leadership roles. He is currently finishing his professional studies in New York. He has a deep rooted passion for Israel stemming from his time in the country.
DIGITAL COMMUNICATIONS DIRECTOR
Zo is an Israeli native raised in New Jersey, and in 2010, chose to move to Tel Aviv, her favorite city in the world. Her experience lies in blending business, marketing, creativity and connection in an organic and out-of-the-box way. She’s a journalist, content creator and social media specialist who works with innovative Jewish nonprofits to share their stories.
NORTH AMERICAN DIRECTOR
Johann has previously worked as an independent consultant and open source analyst, and taught political science at Christ University in Bangalore, India. He received his B.A. as well as M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the University of Arizona.
DIRECTOR OF CONTENT
Michael grew up in Philadelphia, PA and has been teaching English and History as well as producing online content in Israel for the last 5 years. A graduate of the Philadelphia High School for International Affairs and Temple University, Michael brings a unique view on historical storytelling to content development.
DIRECTOR OF DESIGN
Beginning his career as an art director 3 years before graduation from Otis College of Art & Design in 2007, Jason has worked with clients such as 7-Eleven, Bank of America, Toyota, Lexus, Honda, Acura, Jaguar/Land Rover, Hershey and more.
Sommelier and Assistant Director
Wine on the Vine. A Bostonian-Jerusalemite, Deb earned her B.FA from Carnegie-Mellon University, worked at MIT as media specialist/designer for the materials processing and microphotonics centers, and moved to Israel in December 2007. She has poured wine for the Golan Heights, Galil Mountain, Gvaot, Amphorae, and Jacques Capsouto wineries, sommed at La Regence and the King David Hotel, and acts as Friday sommelier at the Flam winery.
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