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Since 1991 Dafna Gonen held a variety of Operations, Development and Management positions in Pioneer International Group, mainly focusing on Pioneer Latin America and South Africa regions.
A decade ago Dafna led a new and successful initiative in Pioneer – transforming the company’s business model to a conflict free firm.
Since 2011 Dafna acts as the company’s CEO devoting her time to maintaining & developing our long term quality relationships with our clients, service providers, consultants & employees.
Born in Israel, Dafna graduated from Haifa University with a BA in English Language and History. She also studied for a Business Administration diploma from The College of Management. As a mother of four children Dafna maintains a balance between her career and her family. She is also an enthusiast runner.
Telephone (in Israel): +972-9-9611301
Director and Chief Investment Officer
Mike Ellis, originally from South Africa, joined Pioneer in March 2000 after working in the Private Banking & Trust industry in the UK. At Pioneer he was the group CFO for the better part of the last decade. Today Mike serves as a director and is the CIO.
Mike is a Chartered Accountant, a CFA charter holder and received his MBA from Tel Aviv University & Kellogg Business School. Mike is also an Oxford University Alumni having participated in the Said Business School's Global Investment Risk Management Program. In addition, Mike is a licensed Portfolio manager by the Israel Securities Authority.
Director, Co-founder and Co-Chairman
Omer Galin holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering from the Technion Academic Institute in Haifa, an MBA majoring in finance, from the Leon Recanati Business School and an MA in Security Diplomacy studies fromTel Aviv University.
Omer has held leading roles in well-known hi-tech companies including Head of Research and Development managing $500 million value projects, Director of Marketing and Product Development in Europe and the Far East, and Project Manager in an engineering consulting firm to high-tech companies in Israel, Europe, the Far East and the U.S.
Omer was one of Pioneer's founders in 1986 and succeeded in building an international organization serving clients all over the world: South Africa, Israel, the Middle East and Latin America.
As a Director in Pioneer Omer leads the company toward its strategic goals as well as sharing his time and energy to meet with clients and employees, and share with them his accumulated knowledge.
Executive Director, Member of Steering Committee & Investment Committee
Having lived in Latin America for many years, Avi Nahum has in-depth, multi-cultural experience and understanding of Latin America, North America and Israel.
Avi has been one of the first Independent Financial Planners in the group. Throughout the years he spearheaded Business Development for Latin America, and today also coaches and supports other Independent Wealth Planners in the group.
Instrumental in the group’s growth in Latin America, as well as initiating joint-venture projects with local investment institutions in several countries, Avi functions as an Executive Director and member of the group’s Steering Committee and Investment Committee.
Avi attended the MBA program on Wealth Management at Carnegie Mellon and continues his professional development through numerous prestigious investments and wealth management programs at Harvard, Stanford and University of California at Berkeley.
Telephone (in Israel): +972-9-9611301
Cell phone (abroad): +1-786-282-1888
Director and Senior Wealth Manager
Shaul Sharhabani is the Head of Pioneers Institutional Division. Among the division's clients are large companies, Kibbutzes, leading Pension Institutions, and hospitals.
Over the past 16 years Shaul served in various financial and investment roles. Since 2002 he has been offering personal, professional and high quality assistance to wealthy families and individual clients.
Shaul was the CEO of the publicly traded company Lito Offset Ziv, the CFO of Dor Berger Investment House and an accountant at Deloitte Brightman Almagor Zohar.
Shaul is a Certified Accountant and a Financial Planner licensed by the Israel Securities Authority.
Rochelle Jarvis has been associated with Pioneer International Group since 1995. During this time she has held the position of Director and has managed various divisions including the financial planners teams of Pioneer's Middle East and Europe division and Pioneer's Latin America division. Rochelle recruited, trained and managed financial planners as well as conducted business development activities for the group in general.
Rochelle is also responsible for facilitating the strategic planning activities of the management team and for liaising with strategic partners of the group. Previous positions included management roles at large insurance and pension fund companies.
Rochelle holds a BA in Psychology and English, a Higher Diploma of Education, and a Postgraduate Degree in Management, all from the University of Witwatersrand, South Africa.
VP Compliance and Business Development
Liat Fund-Schwartz began her career at Pioneer in 2000 as the company's Human Resources and Training division. In 2004 she was promoted to the position of Sales & Business Development Manager and helped develop and grow the company's Israeli market. In 2008 she was appointed the company's VP with responsibility for Compliance and Business Development.
Liat holds a BA in psychology and an M.Sc. in Organizational Behavior from the Leon Recanati Business School in Tel Aviv University. In addition, Liat is a financial planner licensed by the Israel Securities Authority and a certified pension agent by the Ministry of Finance.
IT and Finance Manager
Miriam Briz-Kohn qualified as an accountant with PWC in London in 1999 and joined the Pioneer finance team in 2004 initially in charge of the commissions department and subsequently was appointed as the IT and Finance manager in 2007.
In her role, Miriam is responsible for the global financial management of the Pioneer Group. In addition, in her IT manager capacity, Miriam is responsible for the company wide IT infrastructure and has led the development and implementation of an advanced information and reporting system which meets Pioneer’s growing and changing needs.
Chief Operations Officer
Pearla Alexander-Heller hasjoined Pioneer in 1998 amd has filled various functions and roles, the most recent of which is Chief Operations Officer.
Pearla has accumulated a wealth of experience in working with international service providers including Swiss and other European banks, trust companies and fund managers, thus enabling our clients the opportunity to enjoy high quality service.
Pearla holds a B.A. in Political Science from Tel Aviv University.
The communication and marketing arena has always been a significant part of Yardena's field, since the beginning of her professional career as the Communal TV and Communication Manager at the Community Center of Nesher (Israel).
Yardena's financial services experience is based on her 4 years at the Marketing & MarComm department of Deloitte (Israel), where she acquired a wealth of global marketing and branding knowledge. After one year as the MarComm Manager of the Israeli company American Laser, she returned to the financial services industry and is leading the strategic and tactical activities of the Pioneer International Group both in Israel and abroad since 2011.
Yardena holds a BA in Communications from Yezreel Valley College and a M.Sc. in Organizational Behavior from Tel Aviv University. In addition, she is one of the first graduates in Israel of the CFA Institute Claritas program.
Office (Israel): +972-9-9611-334
Senior Wealth Manager
Baruch has devoted more than 20 years to the service and financial planning to individual clients in Latin America. In 1989 he joined Pioneer International Group as an International Financial Planner. For 4 years he was the General Manager of Pioneer representation in Venezuela.
From 1993 to 2010 he had worked in the Private Banking departments of several leading banks and institutes, such as: Brazilian group Safdie representative at the Commercial Bank of NY and Multi-Commercial Bank of Geneva Switzerland in Venezuela, the Multi-Commercial Bank in London and in Switzerland, and IDB Swiss Bank as the Latin America Private Banking manager.
Since March 2010, Baruch has returned to Pioneer International Group as a Senior Wealth Manager focusing on the Latin market. Baruch serves qualified and/or international clients at Pioneer International services Ltd.
Baruch Kfir graduated in Community Social work in Haifa University.
Telephone (in Israel): +972-9-96113365
Cell (in Israel): +972-54-6372056
Senior Financial Planner
Shmuel ben Arie
Head of Investments for the Israeli market and Member of the Investment Committee
Shmuel ben Arie
Shmuel Ben Arie joined Pioneer in 2009 as a Senior Financial Planner and shortly after, due to his exceptional analytical abilities, he was promoted as Head of the Local Market (Israel) Investment Research Division. In 2012 Shmuel led the development and implementation of Pioneer’s Shekel Wealth Management service, which provides our Israeli clients with local holistic solutions based on Pioneer’s diversification and asset allocation principles. Today Shmuel is the CIO for the Israeli market, the head of Shekel Wealth Management Service, and a Member of the Israeli Investment Committee.
In the past Shmuel has worked as an energy market speculator and was responsible for many Oil & Gas future contracts transactions.
Shmuel holds a BA in Finance and Management from Ben Gurion University, an MBA from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and is a Financial Planner licensed by the Israel Securities Authority.
Senior Portfolio Manager – Global Markets and a member of the Investment Committees
Dan Winternitz has over a decade of experience in capital markets and management of global portfolios – for both individual and institutional clients – in leading financial institutions, such as Infinity and Clal Finance. In his previous roles Dan managed hundreds of portfolios both in Israeli and foreign banks. He also provided strategic advice to provident funds, managed mutual funds specializing in foreign securities and commodities, and managed the foreign desk at Infinity.
In addition, Dan has an extensive background in investment research and analysis, both micro and macro level.
Dan speaks Hebrew, English and Spanish, holds an MBA in Finance from Bar-Ilan University, a BA in Economics and Management with a specialization in finance and marketing from the College of Management and is a licensed portfolio manager by the Israeli Securities Authority.
Senior Financial Analyst & Wealth Manager
Dan Touitou joined Pioneer Wealth Management in 2015 as senior financial analyst to the international team, specializing in global Fixed Income and front office tools development. In addition, Dan offers Private Wealth Management services to high-net-worth clients and families in Israel and Europe.
He began his career in 2004 at Edmond de Rothschild Multi Management as a financial analyst focused on strategies dedicated to energy, natural resources and emerging economies.
In 2006, Dan joined Credit Agricole Asset Management and worked on various operational projects with the Institutional client servicing desk. In addition, he managed a web-based trading platform project, allowing foreign exchange operations and physical delivery of currencies to Mastercard prepaid cards.
From 2010 to 2014, he worked at Bank Leumi as an Investment Advisor for the European private banking desk, and was responsible for high-net-worth clients' portfolios.
Dan holds a Bachelor’s degree in Applied Mathematics and Social Science (MASS) and a Master’s degree in Banking and Finance from University of Paris XII.
Dan passed the Autorité des Marchés Financiers (AMF) certified examination, and is a certified Portfolio Manager by the Israel Securities Authority (ISA).
Head of the Israeli Bonds Department
Eidan Yaull serves an external Investment Committee Board Member as well as an external Bond Analyst to the Shekel Wealth Management Service. In addition, Eidan is the Head of the Israeli Bonds department.
Eidan was a senior fixed income manager in several leading investment houses in Israel and specialized in the analysis and assessment of bond investments. Today Eidan serves as an external investment advisor to Israeli Government entities, institutions, and private and public companies.
As an external advisor to the Investment Committee, Eidan assists in determining the Israeli government and corporate bond asset allocation using macro-economic global analysis. The Shekel Wealth Management service benefits from Eidan’s extensive experience in the area of corporate bond analysis for clients who direct bond investments.
Eidan is a certified Portfolio Manager by the Israel Securities Authority.
Senior Analyst for International Markets and an External Investment Committee Board Member
David Tamir has begun as a Financial Planner in Pioneer in 2005 and led the Pioneer Private Wealth Planning Service set up. David was appointed the Chief Investment Officer (CIO) and started writing regularly at Globes, Israel’s leading financial newspaper. Today David is the Senior Analyst of Pioneer's Investment Research team and an external member of the Investment Committee. In addition he is the co-founder of ISIS.
David Tamir holds an MBA from Tel Aviv University and a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering & Management from the Leading Technology Israeli Institute – the Technion.
External Investment Committee Board Member
Robby Hilkowitz is an Angel Investor specializing in financial services industry companies. He was formerly an Executive Director of the Stonehage Group - a European Multi-Family Office business based in London. Robby was the CEO of the Stonehage's asset management business, TriAlpha Investment Advisors. The company managed investments in hedge, equity and fixed income funds. In addition to asset management responsibilities, Robby also designed, developed and ran the group’s brand and image management strategy. He joined Stonehage in 1997 after gaining experience in financial markets at a private forex and derivatives trading house.
Today Robby is an external board member of the Pioneer Investment Committee.
Robby holds a degree in Finance and Mathematics from the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.
External Investment Committee Board member
Matthew Salter works as an independent consultant and advisor providing briefings, presentations and analysis on international economic developments and their impact on financial markets, as well as asset allocation strategies and specific research projects.
Matthew has a unique perspective and high level experience as former Head of Dollar reserves at the Central Bank of Israel, both in Jerusalem and New York, where he managed multi-billion dollar portfolios for 8 years and reported to Stanley Fischer. His previous experience includes work as a macroeconomist at HM Treasury (UK Finance Ministry) and in Brussels at the European Commission.
As a non-executive member of the Pioneer Investment Advisory Board Matthew Salter assists the Board in setting the strategic and tactical asset allocation strategies used in clients' portfolios. Matthew adds a wealth of experience especially in fixed income and independent expertise which should benefit advisors and clients directly.
Matthew holds an MSc in Economics from the University of London and is a CFA charter holder.
Chairman of Pioneer International Group
Mr. Monty Hilkowitz has over 52 years of experience in the financial industry.
Born in South Africa, he qualified as an actuary from the Institute of Actuaries in 1966 and completed his Advanced Management Program at Stanford University, California. He became the Managing Director of Liberty Life in South Africa in 1978. In 1986 He was appointed as the CEO of Westpac Life in Australia. He has been self-employed since 1989.
Currently, Mr. Hilkowitz is involved in investment management, financial services and insurance interests in several countries. He is a director of The Dublin Network and Acuvest, specialist financial services companies in Ireland. In addition, he has been a non-executive director of Discovery Health and Discovery Life in South Africa since 2002 and a Non-Executive Chairperson of Discovery Holdings Limited, since January 1, 2008.
Monty serves as the chairman of Pioneer International Group and an Investment Committee Board Member.
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