Nava Swersky Sofer, an entrepreneur, venture capitalist, senior executive, innovation and technology commercialization expert and consultant with over 20 years of international experience, is recognized as a leader in the fields of innovation, venture capital and technology transfer and is a frequently-invited speaker on these topics. In addition to private company boards and international consulting, she is currently President & Founding Board Member of the International Commercialization Alliance, which incorporates members from 22 countries; Founder & Co-Chairperson of NanoIsrael, the international nanotechnology conference & exhibition, an adviser to the Israeli government on innovation and international R&D collaborations and an adviser to the United Nations’ World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) on innovation.
Ms Swersky Sofer is also the Israeli delegate to OECD’s Business & Industry Advisory Council (BIAC) nanotechnology committee and development/innovation network and was recently elected to the board of INSME, the International Network of Small & Medium-Sized Enterprises, with over 100 members from 45 countries. She is often quoted on Israeli innovation models, including in the best-selling book “Start-Up Nation”.
Ms Swersky Sofer is the past President & CEO of Yissum, the technology commercialization company of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, a global leader in technology transfer. Prior to Yissum she spent over a decade in venture capital as a partner at Sanderling Ventures (Menlo Park, CA) Concord Ventures and Columbine (Israel) and a Vice President at Novartis (head office, Switzerland). She holds a law degree from Tel Aviv University, an MBA from IMD International in Lausanne, Switzerland and diplomas from the Sorbonne (Paris), the Goethe Institute (Munich) and the Instituto Trentino (Italy). She is a member of the Israel Bar Association, the youngest ever to have been admitted, a retired Captain in the Israel Defence Forces and President of the IMD alumni association in Israel.