Advisory Board

FST Biometrics’ Advisory Board brings a wealth of knowledge and industry experience to our team. With many decades committed to developing the high tech sector in Israel, our Advisory Board members provide critical guidance to support FST’s development and success.

Gabriel Tal

Gabriel (Gabi) Tal started his career in the Israeli Air Force Intelligence.

In 1974 he was recruited by IBM on the basis of his successful design and implementation of a computerized command and control system.

At IBM, he held a broad range of positions in management, sales, and business development.

In 1984, he left IBM to become the vice president of a joint venture of Barlow Rand and an Israeli firm in South Africa, working on the improvement of the educational level among underprivileged black communities during the apartheid era.

He returned to Israel in 1989 as the CEO of ADAnet, an Israeli high tech firm focused on application and integration of data communications solutions.

After being recruited back to IBM, he established IBM’s Global Technology Unit (GTU) in 2001, as a new model for IBM Corporation to develop business with the Israeli high tech industry.

In 2005, he was appointed director of IBM Europe’s Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) & Developer Relations unit managing IBM’s key partnerships with high tech and information technology developers as well as venture capital communities.

In 2013, Gabi took early retirement from IBM and since than he is active in supporting early stage technology start-ups, as well as the Israeli community services for school children in severely underprivileged neighborhoods.

Nachman Shelef

Nachman Shelef is the CEO, chairman and co-founder of ConteXtream. Prior to ConteXtream, Shelef was general partner at Benchmark Capital and co-founder of the Benchmark Israel venture fund. Shelef’s background also includes founding and heading NiceCom, a company acquired by 3Com. Following the acquisition, Shelef worked as VP of Business Development as well as VP and GM of several 3Com organizations based in Santa Clara, Boston and Israel. Shelef obtained his B.Sc. Summa cum Laude in computer engineering from Technion-Machon Technologi Le’ Israel.

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