Yair Sakov

Managing Director, Innovation and Entrepreneurship Center, Tel Aviv University

Yair is the Managing Director of Tel Aviv University’s Entrepreneurship Center. He brings over 25 years of executive management experience in the high-tech industry and, in parallel, 17 years of diverse activities for social causes.

Yair worked close to ten years in the United States at Intel and 3Com. At Intel, he was the marketing manager for the Pentium Processor, and played a key role in the successful launch of the product. With 3Com Yair drove new business initiatives like the creation of 3Com’s $1B Cable Broadband division. Later he managed the company’s European venture investments leading to some successful exist. In Israel, he established AIG Orion, a $112M venture capital fund, helping fund, build, and drive exists of a few successful startups. Later he held general management and executive positions with a number of Israeli global companies and was the Chairman of FTS China.

In 2014, Yair moved full time to the social venture market, and became the vice president of Al Fanar, an Arab-led PBC specializing in Arab workforce development. Later he was a lecturer at Ono Academic College MBA program and the chairman of its entrepreneurship center.

For the last 17 years Yair is a member and mentor in IVN – an impact investment organization focused on building Israel’s social businesses sector. Yair is on the boards of Juha’s Guesthouse, a social venture dealing with the social and economic reconstruction of the Arab village Jiser A-Zarqa; on the advisory board of the Cleaning Cooperative, an Arab led social venture; and on the boards of Susan’s House Jerusalem and Eilat,  social ventures helping with youth at risk.

Yair holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Cum Laude) from the Technion in Haifa, and Masters of Business Administration degree from Washington University, USA.

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