Our team

Sherwin Pomerantz

President

About Sherwin

Sherwin

Sherwin Pomerantz

President

Sherwin immigrated to Israel in 1984 from Chicago, where he was president of Controls for Industry, Inc. Prior to founding Atid E.D.I., he served as vice president of Luz Industries Israel Ltd., where he had senior management responsibility for operations, policy development, public relations, administration and international relations. Sherwin currently serves as Chair of the American State Offices Association (ASOA) of Israel. He is a member of the Management Committee of the Israel-America Chamber of Commerce and a founder of the Israel Life Sciences Industry association. A regular blogger for the Times of Israel, he was selected to be Israel’s representative to the US State Department’s 2012 Global Business Conference in Washington, DC. Born in New York, Sherwin earned a B.S. from New York University, an M.S. from the University of Illinois and an MBA from Northwestern University. Sherwin is fluent in English and Hebrew.

Ben Dansker

Vice President

About Ben

Ben

Ben Dansker

Vice President

Ben was born in Boston and worked in urban and strategic planning for U.S. health care and information systems sectors. After immigrating to Israel in 1984, he worked in business planning and financial analysis for a solar energy company. Ben's expertise includes project planning, strategic planning, economic analysis, organizational development, business plan preparation and business writing. He has extensive experience in all facets of managing small to mid-size organizations. Ben received a B.A. from Emory University and an M.A. in urban planning from Harvard University. Ben is fluent in English and Hebrew.

Seth

Seth J. Vogelman

Director, Trade

About Seth

Seth

Seth J. Vogelman

Director, Trade

Seth coordinates local office activities for the states of Pennsylvania, Oklahoma and New Mexico. He was instrumental in creating a national and regional marketing system for the promotion of American exports in Israel, Turkey, Jordan, Persian Gulf and the Palestinian Authority. A native of New York, Seth holds a B.A. from Montreal's McGill University. Seth is fluent in English, Hebrew, German & French, and has an excellent working knowledge of Arabic.

Allen Gorin

Senior Investment Strategist

About Allen

Allen

Allen Gorin

Senior Investment Strategist

Allen oversees investments, mergers, acquisitions, and joint ventures between North American investors/companies and Israeli firms. A lifelong entrepreneur with a wide variety of professional experience— real estate investor and developer, builder, university instructor, columnist, and inventor — his forte is looking at transactions from many perspectives and crafting simple but creative solutions to problems. Allen founded and directs Idahoans United for Israel, which closely networks with other coalitions with similar interests (e.g., AIPAC, CUFI). Allen’s public policy work has been priceless in giving him the skills to bridge political, religious, and cultural differences in pursuit of a common goal.

Allen holds a B.A. from the University of Rhode Island, and an M.A. from Northwestern University, specializing in Public Affairs and Communications. An avid athlete who applies sports lessons (e.g., teamwork, discipline) to the business world, he lives in Eagle, Idaho near Boise with his family.

Michael

Michael Platt

VP Strategy & Business Development

About Michael

Michael

Michael Platt

VP Operations & Business Development

Michael assists in the development of opportunities for EDI’s clients and is the Lead Consultant for Invest Hong Kong. His primary responsibilities include cultivating trade leads, organizing trade missions, developing export interests, as well as market research and communication facilitation. Michael has served as a Marketing Consultant to the Investment Promotion Center at the Israeli Ministry of Economy and to private clients. Michael has assumed various financial oversight responsibilities and participates in devising and implementing corporate strategy. He also oversees the firm's IT needs, including managing the internal database, computers and website.

Michael holds a B.A. from Brandeis University with a major in political science and minors in Computer Science and Near Eastern & Judaic Studies. In addition, he completed both the MBA program, focusing on Marketing, as well as the Urban Policy & Planning Program at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining EDI, Michael served the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) as a program analyst, policy consultant and IT assistant. Michael is fluent in English and Hebrew and has a working knowledge of Spanish.

Jacob Elbert

Business Development Associate

About Jacob

Jacob

Jacob Elbert

Business Development Associate

Jacob, as Business Development Associate, focuses on lead generation, business development and investment attraction on behalf of EDI’s clients, including Invest Hong Kong. Prior to his joining the EDI team, Jacob worked as a credit analyst overseeing credit risk management at BDSK (Ben David, Shalvi, Kop), an accounting firm representing Israel’s State Guarantee Fund for Small and Medium Businesses. He was also involved with an Agro-tech company that is commercializing indoor vertical controlled production technology for leafy greens and herbs. Jacob has extensive experience with business in China, as he spent almost three years in China working for an Israeli diamond company. He built and developed the infrastructure and strategy needed to facilitate the company's penetration into the Chinese market.

Jacob holds a B.A. in Business Management and Far Asian Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Jacob is fluent in Hebrew, English and Russian and has a working knowledge of Chinese.

Sireen Smoom

Trade Associate

About Sireen

Sireen

Sireen Smoom

Trade Associate

Sireen is currently a Trade Associate at EDI, focusing on facilitating communication between American foreign companies with Middle East business partners, as well as researching and encouraging business matchmaking. Sireen’s main responsibilities include outreach to regional businesses in all fields, market analysis and related research.

Sireen holds a B.A. in Middle Eastern Studies and English Literature from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and is currently pursuing her M.A. in Non-Profit Organization Management. Sireen is also an avid reader and sports enthusiast. Sireen is fluent in Arabic, Hebrew, English and Turkish.

Aviva Lewis

Operations & Special Projects Associate

About Aviva

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Aviva Lewis

Operations & Special Projects Associate

Aviva assists public and private clients to locate and cultivate foreign direct investment and trade opportunities, focusing on the Israeli market. In addition to market research and communication facilitation, she also assists with the organization of events and incoming trade missions. Aviva has an LL.B. and an M.A. in Middle Eastern Studies from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Before joining EDI, Aviva worked at The Center for Women's Justice, The New Israel Fund and served as a lawyer in the Israeli Army's Military Advocate General Corps. Aviva is fluent in Hebrew and English.

Neil Berns

Consultant

About Neil

Neil

Neil Berns

Consultant

Neil has been active in Israel’s technology industry since joining Intel’s Technology and Manufacturing Group as Engineering Section Head in 1990. He is an experienced business and technology manager with expertise in marketing and product management. His extensive leadership experience in early stage startups to multinationals includes positions as Director of Engineering at integrated optical device pioneer Lynx Photonic Networks, Global Marketing Manager at Applied Materials and Director of Strategic Marketing for KLA-Tencor. Neil has a BSc in Electrical Engineering and a diploma in Senior Business Management. He is fluent in English and Hebrew.