Gary North , Vice President for Customer Requirements, Lockheed Martin Aeronautics

Gary North is the Vice President for Customer Requirements, Aeronautics for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, he serves as the company interface for customer requirements across the wide spectrum of all Aeronautics programs, ensuring Lockheed Martin meets strategic milestones while ensuring operational execution reflects company contractual commitments. In addition, Mr. North is responsible for ensuring Lockheed Martin fulfills United States and international F-35 customer requirements. He also ensures that requirements for F-35 industrial partners around the world are met. Prior to joining Lockheed Martin in January 2013, Mr. North served for 36 years in the Air Force, retiring with the rank of General. He commanded U.S. Air Force units at every level from squadron to major command, and held numerous key operational, command and staff positions, including Commander, Pacific Air Forces; and executive director, Pacific Air Combat Operations Staff, where he was responsible for all U.S. Air Force operations in the Pacific. This position also included serving as the Joint Force Air Component Commander for the U.S. Pacific Command. Mr. North also served as the Commander of U.S. Air Forces Central from 2006-2009 where he was responsible for all Air Force operations in the Middle East. He served as the Combined Forces Air Component Commander for U.S. Central Command for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and from 2004-2006 as the Director of Operations for U.S. Pacific Command. He is a command pilot with more than 4,700 flying hours, primarily in the F-16, F-15C and the F4G. Mr. North is a graduate of the Air Force F-16 Fighter Weapons School and flew 83 combat missions in Operations Desert Storm, Southern Watch, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom. Mr. North graduated from East Carolina University with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science, Golden Gate University with master’s degrees in Public Administration and Human Resource Management, and the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, National Defense University with a master’s degree in National Resource Strategy

Dr. Andreas P. Bernhard, Sikorsky, Lockheed Martin, Chief Engineer, CH-53K Program

Dr. Andreas P. (Andy) Bernhard is Chief Engineer, CH-53K Program, for Lockheed Martin Corporation. In this capacity, he is responsible for provides overall strategic leadership for the technical activities of the CH-53K program, including design development, integration and test, as well as product improvement roadmaps.   Andy serves as the principal representative to the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps customer on technical matters and provides management oversight to all program engineering activities and requirements, assuring that all technical, cost and schedule objectives are met and risks successfully mitigated. He also works with the customer in the establishment of technical key performance metrics for measuring 53K program progress against contract objectives.


Previously, Dr. Bernhard was Chief Engineer, S-97™ RAIDER, for Lockheed Martin Corporation’s S-97™ RAIDER program. In that role, he was responsible for all technical aspects spanning design, development, assembly and testing through first flight; from Jun 2013 to May 2015.


He previously served as Lockheed Martin Corporation’s Director and Chief Engineer, Analytics, Technologies and Engineering for Sikorsky Aerospace Services. In that role, he was responsible for all aspects of Aftermarket Engineering, Technical Publication, Flight and Maintenance Training and Analytics from Jan 2012 to May 2013.


Dr. Bernhard graduated from University of Maryland with a Ph.D. in Aerospace Engineering in 2000.

MK Yair Lapid, Chairperson of Yesh Atid

Formerly the Minister of Finance of the State of Israel and Member of the Security Cabinet

A journalist who served as Chief Executive of the Israel Broadcasting Authority, Deputy Prime Minister and Justice Minister and Shulamit Lapid, an author and former Chair of the Israeli Authors Association.

In 2012 Lapid announced his entry into the politics and founded the Yesh Atid party. The party believes in changing the national priorities of the State of Israel and placing the middle class at the center of the economy, sharing the national burden equally, rights and responsibilities of the citizens of Israel, putting education at the forefront, reducing the size of government and working towards a diplomatic agreement.

In the 2013 Knesset elections the party was the surprise of the elections when it received the support of 543,458 voters and became the second largest faction in the 19th Knesset.

Yesh Atid was a member of the coalition and held the Finance Ministry, Education Ministry, Health Ministry, Welfare Ministry and the Science, Technology and Space Ministry.

For many years Lapid was a journalist, TV presenter and an author. He wrote and published 11 books which became best sellers, the most famous of which was “Memories after my father” which was a biography of his late father, Yosef ‘Tommy’ Lapid’.

Prior to his entry in politics Lapid was active in a range of social organisations including Aleh which assists disabled children, Children at Risk for autistic children, Youth Renewal Fund which aims to improve education for all children in Israel and he served as Chair of the friendship association of a school for children at risk, as well as teaching civics at a school in Jaffa.

MK Avi Dichter, Chairman, The Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee

Mr. Avi Dicter is a member of the Knesset from the Likud party. He is currently the Chairman of the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee and former Minister of Public Security under Prime Minister Ehud Olmert, Minister of  Home Front Defense under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and former Director of  Shin Bet – the Israel Security Agency.

Additionally, and not less importantly for Mr. Dicter, as the son of Holocaust survivors, he took a volunteer position as Chairman of the Foundation for the Benefit of Holocaust Victims in Israel between 2013-2015.

Born in 1952 in Israel, Mr. Dicter served in the Israel Defense Forces elite commando unit known as Sayeret Matkal. Upon finishing his military service in 1974, he joined the Shin Bet where he advanced up the ranks from air marshal to Director of the Agency. He held this position from 2000-2005, a period of significant Palestinian terrorist activity which included the Al-Aqsa Intifada or Second Intifada.  Mr. Dicter is credited with reforming the Shin Bet to effectively deal with this challenge, leading to a dramatic reduction in the number of terrorist attacks and to a restoration of public morale and safety.

Before reaching the top post at Shin-Bet, initially as an appointee of Prime Minister Ehud Barak and then, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon, he served as director of the Southern District, including Gaza, Director of the Security and Protection Division - a position he took on after the assassination of the late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin - and as Deputy Director of the Agency.

Lieutenant-Colonel Aviator A. A. (Andries) Keijzer, Head of Air & Space Warfare Centre, Royal Netherlands Air Force

LtCol Andries Keijzer was born on dec 20, 1974 in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. He spent his childhood in the Netherlands, in the The Hague region.


His flying training started in 1996, right after he became a commisioned officer. After earning his wings in ENJJPT in 1998, he started flying the F-16 and currently still does. In 1999 he was assigned to the operational 311 sqn, based in Volkel. He participated as an F-16 pilot in operations over the Balkans and Afghanistan (both Enduring Freedom and ISAF). His most recent deployment was in 20015 as an Operation Inherent Resolve augmentee to the CAOC in Al Udeed Air Base, Qatar.


LtCol Keijzer’s military career includes an assignment as instructor to the multinational MoU organisation Tactical Leadership Programme (TLP). Next to being an instructor he was the air-to-air shop lead and Dutch senior national representative. Working at TLP exposed LtCol Keijzer to an interesting environment where he got a taste for the various weapon platforms that NATO has to offer, and their respective operators.


LtCol Keijzer has worked as a major in the RNLAF HQ in the Fighter Branch, supporting the F-16 operations of the RNLAF. After this staff job he was promoted to LtCol and got a new assignment in the MoD, in the Plans Directorate. He worked as senior policy advisor on fixed wing / fighter ops and fixed wing/ fighter requirements.


His current assignment has brought him back to the RNLAF HQ again, where he is head of the Air & Space Warfare Center.


LtCol Keijzer is married to Mrs. Nicole Keijzer-Timmers since 2006. They have two children, Paul and Vera. 

Col. Eran Ortal, Head of the Think Tank at the Dado Center, IDF
Col. Ortal has served as Head of the Think Tank at the Dado Center since 2013, and as Deputy Commander of the Center. Ortal also founded the Dado Center Journal for Operational Art. Previously, he held planning positions in the Operations Divisions in the Operations Directorate, in the Strategic Planning Division of the Planning Directorate, and as a research fellow in the National Security College. He has an MA in Security Studies from Tel Aviv University.
John Cappello, Senior Fellow, Foundation for the Defense of Democraciees

A 25-year veteran of the United States Air Force, John Cappello joins the Foundation for Defense of Democracies as a senior fellow for military affairs, and contributor to the Foundation for Defense of Democracies' MilitaryEdge.org

Most recently, Cappello served as a senior analyst at the U.S. Missile Defense Agency annex office in Tel Aviv, where he worked closely with the Israel Missile Defense Organization, providing program support for the Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and Arrow anti-missile programs.

Cappello’s distinguished career also includes serving as the U.S. Air Force Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv, Israel, where he was responsible for all operational, logistical, and technical issues between the Israel Air Force and the U.S. Air Force. Within this capacity, Cappello also advised the United States Ambassador to Israel on all air, space, and missile defense issues, as well as defense authorization and appropriations issues. Before his time in Tel Aviv, Cappello served as U.S. Air Force and Acting Defense Attaché in Belgrade, Serbia, and as a political military officer at Headquarters United States European Command, Stuttgart, Germany.

MK Merav Michaeli, The Chair of the Zionist Party


MK Merav Michaeli has been a Member of Knesset since the 19th Knesset in 2013. She serves as the Chair of the Zionist Party and the opposition wiph. Since her election to the Knesset, MK Michaeli has served on the Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee including its subcommittees, and the House Committee. Michaeli’s activities have extended over many issues and sectors, including; socio-economic discourse, gender equality, relationship between state and religion, LBGTQ rights, labor rights and promoting the peace process. Prior to her election to the Knesset, MK Michaeli was a senior journalist with Haaretz, regularly publishing op-eds and interviews. She also edited and hosted news and entertainment programs on both television and radio. MK Michaeli was involved in the establishment of Galgalatz, and Radio Tel-Aviv, radio stations and served as a lecturer in universities and colleges on media and gender.

In her political and parliamentary activity, MK Michaeli continues her professional and ideological path. For over 20 years, MK Michaeli has been involved in feminist activism, seeking to promote women’s equality and opportunity. Similarly, MK Michaeli works to promote the rights of minorities, labor rights and the peace process. In 1997, MK Michaeli founded "Ezrat Nashim", a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide support for victims of sexual assault. She is a member of the executive committee of the Israel Peace Initiative and a member of the management board of the Israel Women’s Network. MK Michaeli successfully spearheaded legislative initiatives providing support to individuals in substantial debt to Israel’s Collection Agency (Hotzaa-Lapoal), and workers and members of the LBGTQ Community. MK Michaeli is ranked as one of the most socially-oriented legislators


MK Ksenia Svetlova, Commentator on Arab affairs and an expert on the Middle East

Ksenia Svetlova is currently serving as Knesset Memeber (Zionist Union) in Israel’s 20th Knesset. Ms. Stvetlova is a PhD student at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and holds a BA and MA in Islamic Studies and the Middle East from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

Before the 2015 Knesset elections, Ksenia Svetlova worked as a writer and commentator on Arab Affairs for Channel Nine, a reporter for the Jerusalem Post, BBC, Kommersant (Russia) and others. Through her journalistic work, she has visited many Arab countries, including Syria, Lebanon, Libya, Bahrain, UAE, Egypt, and Malaysia. She covered the War in Iraq from a U.S. battleship in the Persian Gulf, has many year of experience working in the Palestinian territories, and has published exclusive articles from Tahrir Square during the Egyptian Revolution.

Ksenia Svetlova is a member of the Foreign Affairs and Defense and Aliyah and Absorption committees, as well as heading parliamentary caucuses: Lobby for Freedom of the Press and Freedom of Expression, Lobby for the Preservation of the Culture of Jews from Islamic Countries, Lobby for Consumer Protection, Lobby for Strengthening Relations between the State of Israel and the Kurdish people, Women`s Lobby for Peace and Security

Dr. Liran Antebi, Research Fellow at INSS; Teaching fellow at Tel Aviv University

Dr. Liran Antebi is a Research Fellow at INSS –The Institute for National Security Studies, and a teaching fellow at Tel Aviv University. She holds a PhD. from Tel Aviv University, and her Dissertation topic is: Robots Warriors in the Service of Democracy: the impact of military robots on democracies' force employment in asymmetric conflicts. Dr. Antebi is involved in several research areas within the field of National Security and Military Affairs, including: military technology, the impact of advanced technologies on policy, power and the future of war. Her courses are dealing with Revolution in military affairs and the Paradox of power.
Dr. Antebi is a Major in the Israeli Air Force, serving in the reserve service since 2004.  

Mr. Boaz Levy, General Manager, Systems Missile & Space Group, IAI

Mr. Boaz Levy was born in Israel in 1961. He holds a BSc. in Aeronautical and Space Engineering, and a Masters Degree in Systems Engineering, awarded by the Technion in Haifa, Israel. Mr. Levy has over thirty years of proven experience in the field of air defence missile systems and missiles, of which fourteen years were spent managing major system projects. Mr. Levy served in the Israeli Air Force as an expert on Guided Weapon Systems, mainly on air-to-air missile technology. In 1989, Boaz Levy joined Israel Aerospace Industries, IAI/MLM Division. He was a member of the founding team of the Arrow Program Directorate for the world's first Anti-Ballistic Missile Defense system, serving in a wide variety of roles including: Program Manager for Guidance and Control Systems, Program Manager for System Integration, System Engineer for the Arrow Interceptor development, Arrow Weapon System (AWS) Chief Engineer, and the AWS Program Director. Under his management, the AWS became operational with the IDF. Additionally a number of Interception Tests were conducted under his leadership, both in Israel and the US. In 2006 Boaz Levy transferred to the IAI/MBT Missile Division in order to establish the Barak-8 Program Directorate. He was subsequently appointed as manager of the newly established Division for Air & Missile Defense within the Systems, Missile & Space Group. In January 2013, Mr. Levy was promoted to be the IAI Executive VP and General Manager of the Systems, Missile & Space Group. Mr. Levy was the recipient of numerous prestigious awards for achievements over the course of his career. Amongst others, these include the Certificate of Appreciation for membership of the Arrow program team which was awarded the Israel Defence Prize for 2003 by the Minister of Defence. Mr. Levy is world renowned expert in the field of defence systems and has published a large number of papers dealing with air and missile defence, some of which have been presented at technical conferences and high level defence forums both in Israel and internationally. The Systems, Missile & Space Group comprises six divisions (MBT, MLM, TMM, Space, Air Defense and Technologies). The group consists of 3500 employees, primarily designing, developing and manufacturing a wide variety of solutions, systems and products for Naval, Ground, Air and Space applications.

Michal Zigelman, management consultant in complex systems, physicist, CEO at Duality

Michal is a management consultant in complex systems and a physicist. She is the founder and CEO of Duality – one of Israel’s top boutique consulting firms, specializing in strategy development, decision making and innovation in dynamic and uncertain environments.

Michal developed the "Bimodal Management©" methodology, applying principles of Quantum physics, Complexity and Networks theories to improve effectiveness and resilience of executives and organizations operating in disruptive markets.

Michal has a proven track record of management consulting for some of Israel's top business, security and government organizations. She lectures and teaches widely on issues of Strategy, Decision Making, Risks and Opportunities, Communication, Innovation - in a volatile world.

In her work, she integrates crowd-wisdom methods, such as Open-Space, World Café and Appreciative Inquiry. A member and thinker of Israel’s Complexity debate circle.

Michal holds a Master’s degree in Physics from Israel’s Tel-Aviv University, where she also earned her Bachelor’s in Physics and diploma in Business Leadership. She is certified in Disruptive Strategy methodology (HBX program) at Harvard Business School and a certified executive coach with Israel’s coaching academy, CoachMe.

Dror Ben-David, Head of Neural Networks R&D labs, Matrix IT Ltd

Served 25 years in the Israeli Air-Force. An F16 SQ Commander, First F15I SQ Commander, retired as a full Colonel - Head of the Operational Requirements Department.
Mr. Ben-David Holds a BA in Physics, with honors, from the Technion Institute, Israel.
During the last 12 years, he served as Chairman and CEO of Israeli start ups and Chaired few Governmental committees. Currently he is heading the Neural Networks R&D labs at Matrix IT Ltd. 

Brig. Gen. Eyal Grinboim, Nevatim Air Force Base Commander

Current position  : Nevatim Air Force Base Commander. Command on F35 squadron, heavy transport squadrons and major intel units.

Positions and Work Experience
– Hazor Air Force Base commander. Command on F16 squadrons and fighters' mission training center.
2012-2013 - Head of Air Force operations. The position includes responsibility for operations planning, command and combat doctrines of the Air Force, as well as air force ongoing security. Key partner at the Air Force's operational group
2007-2011 – F15 Squadrons Commander, Air Force. Command of two major fighter squadrons in the Air Force.
2006 - Head of Infrastructure Department of Air Force operations. Responsible for planning air operational commands depth of enemy.
2005 - Command course, "Rakia", Graduated with honors.
2003-2004 - Deputy Squadron Commander. Responsible for operational and training and command of the squadron's fighters.
1998-2000 - Deputy Squadron commander. Responsible for building the squadron's training program and its implementation.
1997 - Leader of advanced aviation course. Responsible for directing the instructors and the students in the final flight phase of the flight course.
1994-1997 - Regular Air Force fighter. Responsible for the development F15 aircraft weapon systems.

– MA. Social Science, Israel National Defense college.
2000-2003 - BSc. Biomedical Engineering Machinery trend, Ben - Gurion University of Beer Sheva.
Flight experience
F35, F15 C-E, F16 C-D, C130H, C130J, A4.

Oren Shriki, PhD, Department of Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Dr. Oren Shriki completed undergraduate studies in physics and doctoral studies in computational neuroscience at the Hebrew University. After postdoctoral period in the US, he established the laboratory for computational psychiatry and brain-computer interfaces at Ben-Gurion University. Research in his lab uses mathematical analyses of brain activity as well as tools from machine learning to gain insights into how changes in neural dynamics lead to brain disorders. Another line of research focuses on brain-computer interfaces for controlling computer and robotic applications. Dr. Shriki conducts several studies in collaboration with the aeromedical unit of the IAF.

Brig. Gen. (Res.) Ephraim Segoli , Head of Research Center for Airpower and Asymmetric Conflict

Segoli joined the IDF in 1970, served as a pilot for 26 years, participated in two wars and numerous operational missions, his last position was a commander of one the IAF largest bases. (1992 - 1995).

After retiring Segoli was invited by the US Air Force University to serve as a research fellow in SAAS (School of Advanced airpower Studies). After returning he joined a Minister of Defense (MOD) research institute where he worked until 2012. The institute developed concepts and methodologies regarding Operational and Systemic.

In 2006 Segoli joined another research institute; the Fisher Institute for Air & space Strategic studies, where he is heading one of the research centers which organizes annual national defense conferences and conducts researches in regard to air power topics and concepts.

Segoli holds degrees in Israeli Studies and Political Science from the Bar –Ilan University. His military education includes squadron commander course in 1982 and a Brigade Commander course in 1991.