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Galia Beer-Gabel

Team8 Fintech

Galia, a partner at Team8 Fintech, was formerly head of business development and sales for PayPal across sub-Saharan Africa, Israel and Eastern Europe. She introduced and led banks, alternative payment methods and credit card product-driven partnerships. Most notably, Galia was the driving force behind PayPal’s strategic partnership with M-PESA, one of the world’s first and leading mobile wallets, democratizing access to financial services and global ecommerce for Kenyan businesses and consumers.

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Dana Eli-Lorch

Founding Partner
Company Capital

Dana is an experienced venture capitalist investing in fintech, enterprise software and cybersecurity. Previously, as managing director at Amex Ventures, she led the Enterprise Capabilities investment vertical globally and headed Amex Ventures activity in EMEA as well as the team’s overall sourcing strategy. Other roles include an associate at TASC Consulting & Capital, Israel’s largest management consulting firm, and over six years as an officer in Israel’s Elite Technological Intelligence Unit (8200).

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Michael Kraines

Digital Currency Group

Michael, as chief financial officer of DCG, oversees financial operations, M&A activity and corporate development efforts. He also supports the continued growth of DCG’s operating subsidiaries and expands company relationships within the larger institutional community. Michael previously served as president and CFO of Trading Technologies, and he spent over two decades in investment banking, focusing on fintech as managing director at Sandler O’Neill + Partners and Wasserstein Perella.

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David Lehman

Department of Economic and Community Development, State of Connecticut

David is commissioner of the Connecticut Department of Economic and Community Development (DECD), the state agency that oversees a wide range of programs promoting business retention and recruitment, brownfield redevelopment, the arts, historic preservation and tourism. His business development priorities include helping build urban centers into engines of growth, further capitalizing on the state’s top-flight colleges and universities, and strengthening the state’s workforce pipelines.

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Matt McCooe

Connecticut Innovations

Matt manages CI’s business startup and growth initiatives, which include venture and equity investment funds, loans and loan guarantees, and programs to support innovation, entrepreneurship, collaboration and commercialization. He has more than 20 years of experience in venture capital, sales, marketing and product management, including his time at Chart Venture Partners (CVP), a technology venture capital firm, and as a director at Columbia University Science and Technology Ventures (STV).

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Yoav Tzruya

General Partner
Jerusalem Venture Partners

Yoav brings over 20 years of experience in enterprise software, cyber security, cloud, AI and digital media. He works with and sits on the board of several of JVP’s companies. Prior to joining JVP, Yoav held executive positions in general management, marketing, and business and product development, scaling startups from zero to tens of millions of dollars in revenue and leading strategic efforts vis-à-vis industry leaders. Yoav spent six years in the Israeli Air Force, managing mission critical technological projects.