Steve Dubin has served as Chairman of our board of directors since his January 2014 and served as Vice Chairman since his appointment as a director in April 2013. Since November 2011, Mr. Dubin has been a Principal in SDA Ventures LLC, a firm focused on assisting emerging growth and middle-market companies, primarily in the health & wellness and nutritional products markets, on matters including corporate development, business acquisition, customer relations, growth strategies and corporate finance. In connection with SDA Ventures, Mr. Dubin acts as a Senior Advisor to Paine & Partners, LLC, a global private equity investment firm located in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco, for the purpose of identifying and executing investment opportunities in the global human and animal food and nutritional products industries. From 2006 until its acquisition by Royal DSM N.V. in February 2011, Mr. Dubin served as Chief Executive Officer and a member of the board of directors of Martek Biosciences Corporation. He later served as President of DSM’s Nutritional Lipids Division from February 2011 through October 2011 and as a Senior Advisor to DSM Nutritional Products from November 2011 through October 2012. After joining Martek in 1992 and serving in various management positions, including Chief Financial Officer, Treasurer, Secretary, General Counsel and Senior Vice President, Business Development, he served as President of Martek from 2003 to 2006. From 2000 to 2003, Mr. Dubin co-founded and co-managed a Maryland-based, angel-investing club and was “Of Counsel” to Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, P.C., a U.S. law firm, during part of 2001 and 2002. Mr. Dubin currently serves as a member of the board of several privately held companies, including The Brain Center, LLC (where he serves as Vice Chair of the board of directors), MyCell Technologies and its subsidiary Oceans Omega LLC, and Alcresta, Inc. During 2011 and 2012, he was a member of the board of directors of Scerene Healthcare, Inc. Mr. Dubin holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of Maryland and a Juris Doctor degree from the National Law Center at George Washington University. He is a certified public accountant and a member of the Maryland Bar.
Michal Silverberg has been appointed as director of Enzymotec in September 2013 effective upon the listing of our ordinary shares on the Nasdaq Global Market. It is intended that she serve as an external director under the Israeli Companies Law, subject to ratification at a meeting of our shareholders to be held no later than three months following the completion of the offering. Since 2007, Ms. Silverberg has worked in various positions in Novo Nordisk Inc., a global healthcare company headquartered in Denmark with shares listed on the Copenhagen and New York Stock Exchanges. Since 2010, she has served as Senior Director, New Product Commercialization & Business Development for the BioPharm unit. Prior to joining Novo Nordisk, Ms. Silverberg held various positions in a biotech company, an investment group and the Office of the Chief Scientist of Israel (Technological Incubators). Ms. Silverberg holds a B.A. in Economics and Business Management from Haifa University, Israel, an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University, Israel, and an M.A. in Biotechnology from Columbia University, New York.
Joseph Tenne has served as a director of Enzymotec since September 2013. Mr. Tenne is currently the Chief Financial Officer of Orgenesis Inc., a company listed on the OTC Market in the U.S. which is a development stage company with a novel therapeutic technology that employs a molecular and cellular approach directed at converting a patient's own liver cells into functional insulin producing cells, as a treatment for diabetes. From March 2005 until April 2013, Mr. Tenne served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ormat Technologies, Inc., a company listed on the New York Stock Exchange, which is engaged in the geothermal and recovered energy business. From January 2006 until April 2013, Mr. Tenne also served as the Chief Financial Officer of Ormat Industries Ltd., an Israeli holding company listed on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange and the parent company of Ormat Technologies, Inc. From 2003 to 2005, Mr. Tenne was the Chief Financial Officer of Treofan Germany GmbH & Co. KG, a German company, which is engaged in the development, production and marketing of oriented polypropylene films, which are mainly used in the food packaging industry. From 1997 until 2003, Mr. Tenne was a partner in Kesselman & Kesselman, Certified Public Accountants in Israel and a member of PricewaterhouseCoopers International Limited (PwC Israel). Mr. Tenne has served as a director of AudioCodes Ltd., an Israeli company listed on NASDAQ and on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange since June 2003. Mr. Tenne is a financial expert, independent director and a member of the audit, compensation and nomination committees of AudioCodes. Mr. Tenne holds a B.A. in Accounting and Economics and an M.B.A. from Tel Aviv University. Mr. Tenne is also a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.
Nir Belzer has served as a director of Enzymotec since January 2007. Mr.Belzer is a co-founder of Aquagro Fund L.P., one of Israel's first funds to focus on clean technologies, and has served as its ManagingPartner since 2007. In addition, he is a co-founder of the Millennium Materials Technologies funds, one of which is a major shareholder of ours, and has served as Managing Partner of the funds since 1998. Mr. Belzer has 20 years of extensive experience in venture capital management, including fund management in Israel's IDB Group. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Belzer worked in the Israeli high tech industry, at Globes — a leading Israeli financial newspaper, as a Marketing Manager, and at Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd., as an avionics engineer for the Lavi project. He holds a bachelor's degree in mathematics and computer science, and avionics and an MBA from Tel Aviv University.
Prof. Dov Pekelman has served as a director of Enzymotec since October 2010. In addition, Professor Pekelman currently serves as the Chairman of the special committee of the board of directors of Taro Pharmaceuticals Industries Ltd. (NYSE: TARO), as well as Chairman of Atera Networks Ltd., Chairman of Gilon Investments (TASE: GILN), and Director of Makhteshim Agan Industries Ltd. (TASE: MAIN). He lectures at the Arison School of Business of the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC), Herzliya, Israel and serves on the board of directors of the IDC and is Chairman of the IDC Corporation, the center's economic arm. From 1985 to 2008, Professor Pekelman served as a senior consultant to Teva Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and also founded and ran a leading, Israeli-based management-consulting firm, P.O.C. Ltd. Previously, he served on the board of directors of several large industrial corporations, including Koor Industries Ltd. (TASE: KOR), and was also a member of the advisory committee of the Bank of Israel. He holds a doctorate from the University of Chicago and a bachelor's degree from the Technion — Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa, Israel.
Yossi Peled has served as a director of Enzymotec since June 2001. From June 2009 to October 2011, Mr. Peled was the Chairman of our board of directors. In addition, he has served as the Chief Executive Officer of Galam Ltd. since 1987 and from 1977 until 1984. Mr. Peled is a member of the board of directors of a number of companies within the Galam Group, including Eurosweet GmbH (of which he is Chairman) and Galam Invest Ltd. From 2001 to 2003, Mr. Peled served as the Chairman of the board of directors of Lehavot Fire Protection Ltd., Israel's leading fire protection equipment manufacturer. Previously, he held various managerial roles in Kibbutz Maanit and HaKibbutz HaArtzi, the national kibbutz organization in Israel, which represents more than 250 kibbutzim. Mr. Peled studied business administration at the Ruppin Academic Center, Israel, and executive business management at "Lahav" of the Faculty of Management Tel Aviv University.
Dr. Imanuel (Mani) Wasserman has served as a director of Enzymotec since October 2011. Dr. Wasserman is a co-founder of Beresheit General Partner Ltd., the general partner of Manof I funds, a NIS 2 billion Israeli fund, and has served as its managing partner since its inception in 2009. The fund is the first and largest of three "Manof" funds, initiated by the Israeli government to provide liquidity to the Israeli economy by providing debt, mezzanine and equity financings. The Israeli government committed to invest up to NIS 0.5 billion in the fund, and the remaining commitment to invest up to NIS 1.5 billion was made by leading Israeli financial institutions. Previously he was a co-founder and managing director of Magna Capital Ltd., an Israeli strategy and M&A consulting firm, from 2000 to 2009. In addition, Dr. Wasserman worked as a lawyer, from 1992 to 1994 and from 1997 to 1999, with Zellermayer Pelossof and Co., an Israeli law firm. From 1995 to 1996, he was a foreign lawyer at Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver and Jacobson, a U.S. law firm. Dr. Wasserman is the Chairman of Zohar Dalia, an Israeli manufacturer of cleaning products and raw materials. He currently serves as a Director for the following companies: Beresheit General Partner Ltd., Galam Ltd., Cargal Ltd., Plasto-sac Ltd., Controp Ltd. and Aeronautics Ltd. Dr. Wasserman holds a bachelor's degree in industrial engineering, an LLB, an LLM and a doctorate in law, all from Tel Aviv University.
Holger Liepmann has served as a director of Enzymotec since February 2015. Mr. Liepmann served in various positions with Abbott Laboratories from 1986 until his retirement in 2011. From 2006 to 2011, he served as executive vice president, Nutritional Products of Abbott Laboratories. In this capacity he was responsible for all aspects of Abbott Laboratories' global nutritional business, including R&D, manufacturing, supply chain and commercial operations, and reported to Abbott's CEO. Previously, he served as executive vice president, Pharmaceutical Products Group, senior vice president, Abbott International, the commercial operations for Abbott's international pharmaceutical business, and vice president Japan Operations. He enjoyed an international career with postings in Japan, Spain, Puerto Rico, Germany and the US. Prior to joining Abbott, Mr. Liepmann worked for Bayer AG in a variety of capacities between 1975 and 1986, both in the US and in Germany. Mr. Liepmann earned a bachelor's degree from Dartmouth College and a master's degree in business administration from Stanford University.
Tamar Howson has served as a director of Enzymotec since July 2015. Ms. Howson served as a corporate business development and strategy consultant to biopharmaceutical companies since 2011. From 2009 to 2011, she worked for JSB-Partners, a transaction advisory firm, providing business development support to life sciences companies. From 2007 to 2008, Ms. Howson served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Business Development at Lexicon Pharmaceuticals. Ms. Howson also held the position of Senior Vice President, Corporate and Business Development at Bristol-Myers Squibb from 2001 to 2007. Ms. Howson currently serves on the Board of Directors of publicly traded Organovo, Inc., OXiGENE, Inc. and Cynapsus, Inc. In the past, Ms. Howson served as a director of Actavis plc, Idenix Pharmaceuticals Inc., Warner Chilcott plc, Soligenix, Inc. and Cardax, Inc., all of which are publicly traded. In addition, Ms. Howson serves as a director of the International Partnership for Microbicides, a non-profit product development partnership. She has also served on the boards of Aradigm, S*BIO, Ariad Pharmaceuticals, SkyePharma, NPS Pharma, Targacept and HBA. Ms. Howson holds a bachelor's degree in Chemical Engineering from the Technion, Israel, a MS from the City University of New York and an MBA from Columbia University.