The team at Kaiima blends a creative vision with deep industry experience and technological leadership.
Dr. Doron Gal
Dr. Gal serves as our CEO since November 2007. Prior to that, Dr. Gal served as our VP of Business Development. Previously, Dr. Gal was Senior Energy Consultant at Epsilon Investment House. Prior to that, Dr. Gal was an Adj. Lecturer on Energy and Geo-strategy at the Lauder School of Government, IDC Herzliya, a Senior Research Fellow (Energy) for the Institute for Policy and Strategy and was advising investment groups and government agencies. Dr. Gal was also President of Digigroups Corporation. Dr. Gal holds a Ph.D. in Geophysics from Stanford University.
Mr. Rothman serves as our CFO since 2011. Prior to that, Mr. Rothman was Vice President and CFO of the Challenge Fund ($200M Venture Capital Fund). Mr. Rothman's professional career spans more than 15 years as an auditor and CFO of several leading Israeli hi-tech start-ups and publicly traded companies. Mr. Rothman’s financial industry expertise was in leading and facilitating IPO’s, M&A’s and private placements transactions, both in Israeli and foreign corporations. Mr. Rothman also served as a member of the Board of Directors and the Audit committee of Elgo Ltd. Orian Ltd. and PCB Technologies Ltd. (all traded on the TASE). Mr. Rothman holds a B.A. in Economics from Haifa University and he is a Certified Public Accountant (Israel).
CTO and Chief Breeder
Mr. Avidov serves as our CTO and Chief Breeder since 2007 and has more than 30 years of experience in the seed industry. Prior to that, Mr. Avidov was CTO of Morning Seeds and Top Seeds, where he oversaw the development of several market-leading vegetable varieties. Previously, Mr. Avidov was Chief Breeder at De Ruiter Seeds, a Dutch seed company (sold to Monsanto) and he founded AB Seeds (sold to De Ruiter Seeds), serving as both CEO and Chief Breeder. Prior to that, Mr. Avidov worked in Gedera Seeds (sold to Syngenta). To-date, he has more than 400 registered plant varieties to his name. Mr. Avidov holds a B.Sc. in Plant Genetics and Breeding from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.
VP Special Projects
Mr. Benner serves as our VP Special Projects since 2008. Prior to that, Mr. Benner co-founded and was CEO of BioFuel International. Previously, Mr. Benner was CEO of BF Agritech, VP of Sales and Marketing and co-founder of Phytech, a company specializing in plant monitoring. Prior to that, Mr. Benner was Director of Sales for Japan and South Korea and also Director of Greenhouse Section of Netafim, a world-leading irrigation company. Mr. Benner is a Practical Engineer in Agriculture from Ruppin Academic Center.
Dr. Remy Bitoun
VP Business Development
Dr. Bitoun serves as our VP Business Development since 2009 and brings more than 15 years of international experience in the seed industry. Prior to that, Dr. Bitoun was VP Finance and Human Resources at Clause Tezier (France). Previously, Dr. Bitoun was VP Research and Development at Hazera Genetics (Israel). Prior to that Dr. Bitoun was Head of Limagrain India, based in Bangalore. Prior to that, Dr. Bitoun was a corporate finance and strategy consultant, then senior fund manager at Clinvest. Dr. Bitoun holds a M.B.A. from HEC group (Paris), a Ph.D. in biotechnology from the Weizmann Institute Rehovot and he is a B. En. in Agronomy from INA (Paris).
Mr. Funaro serves as our COO since 2012 and brings over 20 years of executive management experience in large scale open-field cultivation and agricultural farming. Prior to that, Mr. Funaro was the Deputy General Director and a Member of the Board of Directors of E.L.Z. Ltd., the largest provider of Agriculture services in Israel. Mr. Funaro is an active member of Israel’s Open Field Agriculture Association and the negotiations team of Israel’s Farmers Association. Mr. Funaro holds a B.A. in Management from the Ruppin Academic Center.
Dr. Lilah Rothem
Dr. Rothem serves as Chief Administration Officer since 2011. Prior to that, Dr. Rothem was the General Director of the Gastroenterology and Nutrition Research Laboratory at Rambam Health Care Campus. Dr. Rothem holds a Ph.D. with Distinction in Molecular Biology and Genetics from the Technion - Israel Technological Institute.