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Board

Passionate About Purpose

Our board makes an 18 month commitment of time, money, brain power, and energy to LocalTAU.

They tie their participation closely to purpose, value collaboration, put weight on creating enriching content, are passionate about the impact Tel Aviv University is doing in our world, and are proactive in building a synergy between their city to TAU, supporting tangible, positive as well as constructive evolution.

Vinna Katz

Vinna sits on the board of AFTAU and co-founded LocalTAU.

She fuels her journey through life with curiosity. Venezuelan born, Californian schooled and globally raised, she has a deep understanding of the importance that diversity gives in perspective, innovation, and resilience. She began her career in banking at 20 years old and proceeded in graduating with degrees in Finance and International Business from Florida International University. Since then, she has been passionate about the vast world of entrepreneurship and has been involved in a series of ventures. The deep ties with TAU have been ingrained since childhood when her grandparents David and Yolanda Katz entrusted the University with the Faculty of the Arts.

Co-Founder

Romina Ruiz

Romina Ruiz-Goiriena jokes she is a “content dealer.” After all, she is  Co-Founder and Chief Content Officer at Prowell Media, a native digital media company that produces content for 14 million users.  Launching has required a combination of startup hustle, business development chops and operations. Previously, Romina worked as a digital business  and strategy consultant for Fortune Global 500 clients. A child and grandchild of Jewish and non-Jewish immigrants from all over the world, she moved to Israel in her early 20s looking to find home. She studied at the University of Haifa, wrote her college thesis, and worked as a translator. But what began as side gig at Israel’s newspaper of record, Haaretz,  soon launched her award-winning journalism career in one of the hottest news desks in the world. Her bylines have appeared on CNN, Associated Press, Fusion, The Washington Post among others.

Co-founder

Todd Goldenfarb

Todd Goldenfarb serves as Vice President of real estate development firm, The RAM Companies, and its Miami based affiliate, Mile Marker Investments.

Todd possesses a strong background in real estate acquisition, development, and finance. He has particular expertise in the areas of market feasibility, negotiation, financing, construction, and marketing. In recent years, he has been recognized as an innovative thinker in the restoration of historic residential properties.

Todd’s interest in real estate began at an early age, honing his skills in property selection and quality. Prior to joining The RAM Companies in 2004, he was an analyst for a multi-billion dollar banking institution in Massachusetts. During his tenure with the bank, he was responsible for analysis of large commercial real estate transactions as well as commercial and industrial transactions throughout New England.

Todd has been involved with various charitable organizations including The Maine Children’s Cancer Program, Best Buddies International, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and The Christopher & Dana Reeve Foundation, amongst others.

Todd is a graduate of the Boston University School of Management. He is also a graduate of the Miami Beach Citizen’s Police Academy.

Natalia Martinez

Natalia is an organizational psychologist and strategist focused on merging innovation, entrepreneurship, and community impact. She focuses on creating connected communities and vibrant ecosystems, most recently by leading the expansion of the Cambridge Innovation Center to Miami, seeking to deepen and nuance the conversation about entrepreneurship, and build tangible bridges to innovation hubs and Latin America. Prior to that, she served as the Chief Innovation & Technology Officer for a nonprofit focused on Cuba, as well as one of six product strategists for a $4B human resources software company. She is the Founder of Awesome Foundation MIAMI and Aminta Ventures, and serves on the Governor’s Commission on Community Service, a body that oversees the administration of $32 million in federal, state, and local funding to deliver high-impact educational and volunteer programs in the state of Florida. She holds a B.A. in Psychology and Government from Harvard University and an M.A. in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University.

Adam Fischer

Adam is a native Miamian and grew up in North Miami Beach.  After graduating college at the University of Florida, Adam moved to China where he studied international business and pursued various business opportunities.  Upon returning to Miami, Adam attended the University of Miami school of law.  Since graduating, Adam has focused on real estate issues impacting Miami and the U.S. generally.  In an effort to mesh his legal experience and international business background, Adam joined the Board of Local TAU in an effort to bring the best of what Tel Aviv University has to offer to his hometown of Miami.

Luana Bichuetti

Luana Bichuetti is a business strategist with extensive experience in problem solving, strategy, marketing and organizational capabilities. She worked at Endeavor, spent years in management consulting (AT Kearney and Booz & Co), and was most recently the Global Head of No/Low Alcohol Products at AB InBev. She earned a BA from EAESP/FGV in Brazil and an MBA from Harvard Business School. She is passionate about sports, education, travel and entrepreneurship.

Anabelle Paulino

Anabelle is Texan by birth and Dominican by cultural upbringing. She holds a B.A. from the University of Miami in Fine Arts, with concentrations in Business, Philosophy and Anthropology. Recently graduated from a Masters in International Business at EAE in Madrid, Spain, Anabelle is a multilingual speaker, TEDxMiami speaker, avid reader and occasional golfer. She currently spends her time importing Spanish wines into the US and managing several real estate properties around the world. Previous experiences include working for the Loews Miami Beach Hotel, All Inclusive Hard Rock Hotels, and SAAS service company Learnernation in the marketing and communications departments. She is attracted to a melting pot of passions that include communications, marketing, branding, technology, traveling, music, history, hospitality, wine and sports… not necessarily in that order. 

 

In an effort to continue growing, learning, and helping, Anabelle joined the Board of Local TAU with the purpose of addressing local issues using Tel Aviv University’s network and community.

Daniel A. Cooke

 Daniel Cooke spent 10 years consulting, with 3 years focused on the development of a software application to create a marketplace, like Expedia, in the transportation/moving industry. Before that he consulted with manufacturers of pharmaceuticals, nutraceuticals, pre-fabricated buildings, and solar panels to grow distribution channels internationally, identify new product lines, and oversaw hiring while managing the teams required to support the expanding operations. He also founded two companies in the collegiate marketplace; one created custom memorabilia and the other was a luxury apparel company. Presently, he holds a real estate license with Douglas Elliman Fort Lauderdale and a mortgage banker’s license in 5 states. Attending Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, he earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major in accounting and finance. 

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Martin Rozenblum

Martin Rozenblum established AMAD - Asset Management And Development Corp - in 1998 as a vehicle to invest and restructure privately held, and publicly traded assets, undergoing special situations. AMAD currently invests and manages several private investment vehicles focusing primarily in the real estate, hotel and financial Industries. It has also developed an extensive track record structuring acquisitionsandjoint venturesin public corporations and government  controlled entities. 

 

Mr. Rozenblum has been involved with a variety of local, national and international nonprofits focused in Arts and community building. He is an active director of the Rozenblum Foundation, a non for profit organization dedicated to sponsoring the development of innovation in the arts and supporting social inclusion. Additionally, Martin Rozenblum is the founder of Visibility, a not-for-profit platform dedicated to empowering philanthropy by fostering collaboration among multiple stakeholders.

 

He began his career working in investment banking with focus on Latin American markets and obtained his BS degree with specializations in Finance and Entrepreneurial Management at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He then continued his executive education at Harvard Business School among many other educational experiences and trainings. 

Verda De Eskinazis

Verda is an entrepreneur and a strategic thinker, focusing on creating and delivering positive change in her environment and community. From an early age on, Verda has taken on leadership roles and actively participated to help the local Jewish community in Istanbul. A TedxModa speaker, through her startups, she has received numerous awards including the Social Technology Entrepreneur award by UKTI among others. She’s the co-founder of Mode Living, a curated collection of luxury table linens that are currently sold in over 200 specialty retailers as well as luxury department stores across the U.S. 

 

Prior to that, Verda worked at McKinsey as a management consultant and has developed extensive project management, leadership, problem solving and analytical skills working across the U.S., Latin America, and Europe.

 

Born and raised in Istanbul, Turkey and having spent a significant portion of her life in the US, Verda is a natural bridge between the two cultures. Verda holds a double major in International Relations and Economics from Tufts University and an M.B.A from Columbia Business School

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