Board of Directors

Orna Saban


Orna has been the Ramon family’s closest friend for decades. She is one of the co-founders of the Ramon Foundation and its most active volunteer. 

Orna was high school gym teacher in Holon. She has a BA in Physical Education from Wingate Institute. Orna served in the Israeli Air Force as a sergeant in the squadron’s operation center, under Ilan Ramon’s command.

WhatsApp Image 2022-01-27 at 17.31.17

Shmuel Zisman

Board Member

One of the founders of the international law firm Zisman, Aharoni, Gayer & Co. He is also a partner and an owner of the U.S. law firm ZAG/S&W and of the Chinese law firm ZAG/JunZeJun.  As one of Israel’s foremost commercial lawyers, Mr. Zysman’s is an expert in the fields of hi-tech and internet, life science, commercial and capital markets law, international transactions, communications, and real estate. He is one of Israel’s hall of fame basketball players. A former captain of the national youth team, he was a prominent player in the Israeli Premier league for 17 years. Mr. Zysman is the founder and former head of the Israeli National Basketball Players’ Union.

Shmuel Zysman is an active volunteer in many community-oriented organizations: Friends of Maccabi Association, Friends of the Ezra Lemarpeh Association (of Rabbi Firer`s foundation). He originated and founded “Lev Ohev”, an association helping children with special needs, and founded and chairman of the Israeli Center for Rett Syndrome.

Barak Ben Eliezer

Board Member

Former commander of TALPIOT Program, holds a Bachelor degree in Mathematics, Physics and Computers, and is studying towards a Master degree in History, Philosophy and Sociology of Science at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. He is one of the founders of the “President’s Program for Nurturing the State of Israel’s Future Scientists and Inventors”, founded the “Einstein Network” a global network for the future of mankind, and was a special advisor in the fields of Strategy and Technology to the Police Commissioner and to the National Security Council. Barak was the VP of XIV, one of the successful exists sold to IBM. He is now the co-founder and managing partner of WINNOVATION — a private fund investing in start-ups.

Eytan Stibbe

Member of the Board of Directors

Founding partner of Vital Capital investment fund which aims to improve the situation of underprivileged populations in developing countries, with focus on Africa. As a pioneer in the field of Impact Investing, Stibbe is a member of the World Economic Forum.

Being one of the founders of the Center for African Studies at Ben Gurion University, Eytan is a member of the center’s steering committee. In addition, he serves as a member of the board of directors of several NGOs dedicated to arts, culture and education.

Eytan served as a fighter pilot in the Air Force for 43 years,  from 1976 to 2019 of which seven years in service and the rest in reserve. Under the command of Ilan Ramon (117th Squadron), the two men and their families became close friends.

Eytan Stibbe will fly into space, as a member of the first private crew AX-1, to the International Space Station. The Ramon Foundation, in collaboration with the Space Agency in the Ministry of Innovation, Science and Technology, formulated the Rakia mission, the activities that will be carried out on the International Space Station for the advancement of Israeli science, education and art. To read more about spaceflight click here !

Modi Keren

Board Member

Modi served in the the Israeli Air Force for twenty three years. In the last few years he has held positions of commander of fighter helicopters squadron. He is now an ELAL pilot.

Modi has a BA in Philosophy and State Science from Bar Ilan University, and an MBA from Ben Gurion University. Modi was born in 1956, he is married and has two children.

Dr. Shimrit Maman

Board Member 

Dr. Maman is a senior staff scientist in the Homeland Security Institute and director of the Earth and Planetary Image Facility (EPIF), both at Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. Her research deals with the application of satellite technologies (remote sensing, GIS, OSINT) to environmental challenges and climate change. She is an integral part of the research team leading BGUSAT, Israel’s first research nanosatellite. She also serves as a UN-SPIDER expert and heads the Israeli Regional Support Office of the United Nations Platform for Space-based Information for Disaster Management and Emergency Response. Moreover, she was appointed by UNOOSA as a mentor in the SPACE4WOMEN Network. 
Maman leads diverse education and outreach programs promoting Science Technology Engineering Arts and Mathematics (STEAM), using hands-on research activities, at both the national and international scales, including the unique, all-girl, international remote sensing science program: She Space.

Oren Sadiv

Board Members

Founder of Novatrans, Oren, Industrialist & Serial Entrepreneur, is a veteran of the Israeli high-tech Industry. Oren co-founded the Young Business Forum (YBF) and initiated its overseas penetration (US, Australia and Israel). ‘He was appointed by the Israeli Finance Minister to analyze the creation of the Israeli Small Business Authority and served as an advisor to the Israeli Parliament’s Finance & Capital Markets Committees. Oren served as a board member of hi-tech and other companies as well as in various financial institutions.

Oren was born in 1963, and holds a BSc in economics with a minor in law and statistics, and an MBA (Hebrew University 1989) with high honors in the fields of Lfinance, banking and accounting. Oren has four children.

Ehud Edelman

Board Member
Born in 1945, married, a father for 3 and grandfather for 10 grandchildren. CEO of the Beck Tech Jerusalem Ltd.
Ehud is a social activitst and member in 3 nonoprofits. He is involved in the community life in the Diaspora Bedouin in the Negev. Ehud Adopted the fire fighters in the IAF base of Hazerim, as well as a group of swimmers who suffer from down syndrome. 
Scroll to top
Skip to content