Yair Shamir, Founding Partner & Chairman Emeritus
Mr. Yair Shamir is the Founding and Managing Partner of Catalyst Investments. Mr. Shamir was elected Parliament Member and served as Minister of Agriculture of the State of Israel in the 19th Knesset from 2013 until 2015.
Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of Israel’s National Roads Company from 2011 until 2012. Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of IAI (Israel Aerospace Industries) from 2005 until 2011. From 2003-2007, Mr. Shamir was the Chairman of Shamir Optical Industry Ltd (NASDAQ: SHMR). From 2004-2005, Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of EL AL and lead the privatization process of the airline carrier. From 1997- 2006, Mr. Shamir served as the CEO and Chairman of VCON Telecommunications Ltd. Yair was a board member of DSP Group Corporation (NASDAQ: DSPG) from 2005 until 2013. Yair was the CEO of Elite Food Industries, Ltd between the years of 1994 and 1995. He was also the Executive VP of Scitex Corporation and General Manager of Scitex Israel from 1988 until 1993.
Mr. Shamir served as a Board member of private hi-tech companies that were part of Catalyst’s investment portfolio such as Mobileye (largest Israeli IPO in 2014), Harmoni.ie and was a director of Tufin. From 1995 to 1997, Mr. Shamir served as Executive Vice President of the Challenge Fund L.P. Mr. Shamir served in the Israeli Air Force as a pilot and commander from 1963-1988. During his term in the Air Force, Mr. Shamir attained the rank of colonel and served as head of the electronics department, the highest professional electronics position within the Israeli Air Force.
Mr. Shamir served as the Chairman of the Shalem Center, a research and educational institute between the years of 2008 and 2013. He was the Chairman of Gvahim (from 2006 to 2013), a non-profit organization which assists qualified new immigrants from around the world in realizing their professional aspirations in Israel. He was also the Board Member of Mikveh Israel from 2010 until 2013. Mr. Shamir was also a member of the Board of Governors of the Technion University and sat on the executive committee of the Beer Sheva University from 1990 until 2013.
Mr. Shamir holds a B.Sc. Electronics Engineering from the Technion, Israel Institute of Technology.
以色列航空航天工业协会（Israel Aerospace Industries）的主席伊尔∙沙米尔是Catalyst基金II期的联合创始人兼荣誉主席。他还担任Shalem中心的主席。Shalem中心是一个智库兼教育机构，在对全球犹太人团体至关重要的公众领域传播重要的思想与意见。最近，他被Gvahim组织任命为主席。Gvahim是一个非营利组织，在全球各地的犹太人后裔与以色列之间搭建联系，为希望移民以色列的他们提供社会支持。 2005至2007年间，沙米尔先生曾担任纳斯达克上市公司Shamir Optical Industry Ltd.的董事长。2004至2005年间，他担任以色列航空公司（EL AL）的董事长，并带领此公司进行私有化改革。
1997至2006年间，沙米尔先生一直担任VCON通信公司的首席执行官兼董事长。1995至1997年间，沙米尔先生.担任Challenge Fund L.P.基金的执行副主席。1994至1995年，他担任Elite Food Industries食品有限公司的首席执行官。 1988年至1993年间，他担任Scitex (ISRAEL)的执行副主席兼总经理。在以色列空军服役期间（1963年至1988间），沙米尔先生曾是一名飞行员兼指挥官。在此期间，他成为上校并担任空军最高级别的电子信息部门的主管。
他目前是4个纳斯达克上市公司的董事：DSP 集团 (NASDAQ: DSPG)， Orckit 传媒公司 (NASDAQ: ORCT)， Commtouch 软件公司 (CTCH) ， Cyalume 科技公司(CYLU.OB)以及其他一些高科技公司的董事。他还是以色列理工学院（Technion, Israel Institute of Technology）的董事。沙米尔先生在以色列理工学院获得电子工程学的理学学士学位。
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