Dr. Orna Berry

Venture Partner, Gemini Israel Funds

Dr Orna Berry is a Venture Partner at Gemini Israel Funds, a venture capital (VC) firm with more than $700M under management. She joined the company in 2000, and in total, has spent over 25 years in the science and technology industries as an academic researcher, entrepreneur, executive and policy maker, as well as a VC.

In June 2009, Dr Berry completed a term of two and a half years as Chairperson of the Israel Venture Association. Shortly afterwards, she was appointed the Chairperson of the Israel-Australia, New Zealand & Oceana Chamber of Commerce, and of the Academic College of Tel Aviv Jaffa.

Israeli VC activity began in the early 1990s with the "Yozma Program" and has grown to become the major source of financing for start-up and early stage technology companies. With over $13 billion in capital, Israeli VCs have played a major role in making the country an important global source of innovation. As a Venture Partner at Gemini, Dr Berry applies her expertise to assist Gemini portfolio companies, including serving as Chairperson of Prime Sense, a developer of gesture-based user interfaces for computer gaming, TV and other applications (www.primesense.com). 

Until recently, Dr Berry was the Chairperson of telecom equipment company RadWare and a director at Israeli financial institution Poalim Capital Markets. She has also served as a director at a number of publicly traded companies, including Aladdin Knowledge Systems, Commtouch Software and Alvarion.

Between 1997 and 2000, Dr Berry was the Chief Scientist and Director of the Industrial R&D Administration of the Israeli government’s Ministry of Industry, Trade & Labor. Since she completed her term, she has been involved with international advisory committees in the fields of science and technology in Europe (EURAB and WIR) and in the US (ACM Task Force for Globalization).

Prior to her role as Chief Scientist, in 1993, Orna co-founded Ornet Data Communication Technologies Ltd., which was sold to Siemens in 1995. Orna has also served as the Chief Scientist of Fibronics, as a senior research engineer at IBM and UNISYS, and as a consultant to Intel


Eli Baran, Office of the Chief Scientist

Dr. Orna Berry, Gemini Israel Funds

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