Speakers

Speakers

MR. ALON UNGRR, Chairman and Founder of UVID Conferences

Alon Unger is the Chairman and founder of the Unmanned Vehicles Israel Defense (UVID) Conferences, which he considers as his life's project to establish a yearly professional international conference for the UAV community in Israel.
He is a senior UAV Pilot and Operator with more than 26 years of experience and over 7,500 flight hours on various UAVs (MUAVs, tactical UAVs and MALE UAVs) and he holds a Remote Pilot Permit from the Israeli Civil Aviation Authority (ICAA).
For many years, Alon served in the Israeli Air Force as senior commander with various operational field units as well as at IAF HQ. For the last 11 years' Alon holds positions and gain experience in the defense industry with focus on management, strategy, business development, concept development and system engineering, trial and experiments, operations and integration, in both Israel and abroad. He is also taking part as a team member and research colleague as an UAV expert at Strategic Working Groups in leading Institutions in Israel.
Alon is a staff member and contributor at Israel Defense Magazine. Through a cooperative alliance with Israel Defense, Alon initiated and produced the UVID Conference where he holds the position of Conferences Chairman and a professional writer as an expert on the subject of unmanned systems. He is a popular, in-demand speaker at conferences on UAVs.
Alon is an alumnus of the "Hebrew Reali School" at Haifa; he has a bachelor's degree in economics and accounting from Haifa University and a master's degree (Cum Laude) in business management from the College of Management, Rishon LeZion.

MR. SHAUL SHAHAR, Executive Vice President & General Manager Israel Aerospace Industries LTD., Military Aircraft Group \\ Unmanned Aerial Systems – Emerging Needs and Trends

 

Shaul Shahar was nominated Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Military Aircraft Group at Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd. ("IAI") as of December 1st,
2013. The IAI, Military Aircraft Group is a world leader in unmanned systems, upgrades of military aircraft & helicopter, and training and simulation solutions. Located at IAI’s main campus at Ben Gurion International Airport, the Military Aircraft Group has over 2000 employees in Israel and abroad and annual revenues of close to US$700M. Shahar was previously the general manager of the Malat Division, IAI’s UAS business unit. He successfully led Malat to exponential growth and managed a structural reorganization consisting of the split of the Malat Division into three separate divisions within the Military Aircraft Group. Prior to leading the Malat Division, Shahar was the general manager of the Tamam Division, a leading provider of electro-optical payloads and inertial navigation systems. Prior to leading the Tamam Division, he led IAI's INGRICENT program (national geo-spatial real-time image intelligence center) developed for the Israel Ministry of Defense (IMOD). After 27 years in military service (within the Defense Military Intelligence Corps – "DMI"), Shahar retired from the Israel Defense Forces ("IDF") at the rank of Colonel.
Between 1991 and 1994 he was the commanding officer of the DMI UAV squadron, during which time he accumulated close to 3500 operational flight hours. Shahar served
as G3 of DMI and later on as the commanding officer of the IDF's Imagery Intelligence (IMINT) & Mapping Unit.
Shahar holds a B.S. in industrial engineering & management from the Technion – Israel
Institute of Technology, and an MBA from Ben Gurion University.
Shaul Shahar is married and has 3 children.
DR. ANDREW D. SHEPHERD, Director, Unmanned Aerial Systems

Dr. Andrew Shepherd serves as the Director for Unmanned Aerial Systems at Sinclair College in Dayton, Ohio. With experience in the defense industry and academia focused on modeling and simulation, research, course development, accreditation, instruction, and mentorship, Shepherd offers extensive knowledge in many areas of technology, higher education, and workforce training and development. He serves as the Managing Editor for the Journal of Unmanned Aerial Systems, an Editorial Advisory Board Member for the Two Cultures Journal, and as a Board Member for the Aviation Trail, a non-profit corporation in partnership with the National Park Service to promote Aviation Heritage in the Dayton region. Named to both Dayton’s top 40 Under 40 in 2014 and top 100 Defense and Aerospace Professionals by the Dayton Business Journal in 2014 and 2017, Shepherd is an active member of his community and broader aerospace industry

MR. SHAI PALTI, CEO, Commtact

Shai Palti is CEO of the Commtact Ltd. company, based in Yavne, central Israel. Commtact develops and markets advanced communications solutions, specializing in unmanned systems communications. 
Mr. Palti has over 20-year experience in the field of unmanned aerial systems (UAS). In the previous positions he has served in a variety of technical and business functions, in IAI, Aeronautics and Al Cielo

MR. KONSTANTINS POPIKS, CEO, UAV Factory \\ Commercial Market Leadership Through Technologies - The Story of Endurance World Record
Colonel (Ret.) YARON ZIV, CEO, M.Energy // Endurance solution for UAV`S

Yaron was honorably discharged from the Israeli Air Force in 2016, after 26 years of service. He is a fighter pilot on the F-16I.  He served in various command positions in the Israeli Air Force. He holds an MA in Political Science from the College of National Security and a BA in Economics.

 

MR. YAKI BARANES, Partner, Head of Business Strategy Consulting Division, Baker Tilly Israel // Missiles and Munitions for Unmanned Aerial Vehicles- Global Market Analysis and Forecast

An overview of mega trends that are happening in China such as technological trends, regulation trends, budget and others and their implications on the global competitiveness. The lecture will also present an analysis on how the unmanned global market will be effected by these trends and forecast. Preliminary insights and recommendation will be presented to the local and global unmanned industry people.

LTC. MENAHEM LANDAU, Head Of UAV Branch, IMOD/DDR&D Aeronautical Division // IDF Unmanned Drone Systems - current and future

LTC Menahem Landau is Head of UAV Branch at IMOD/DDR&D Aeronautical Division. His responsibilities include R&D activities for all related domains, operational and
technological concepts, platforms, payloads, communications, propulsion, operator stations etc.
In addition he is the IMOD Program Manager for development of UAV and Drone systems for the IDF.
Previous assignments include positions responsible for R&D, development and fielding of UGS systems, electro-optical weapon systems at IMOD, tactical UAVs for
battalion and brigade echelons at IMOD and IDF/GFC/Operational Requirements Dept. and as a program officer at the Technological Division of IDF/GFC.
He served as an officer in the IDF Artillery Corps. 
LTC Landau is an engineer with a B Sc. in Mechanical and Electro-Optical Engineering from the Technion.