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Management team

  • Mr. Ofer Haviv
    Mr. Ofer Haviv
    President and Chief Executive Officer

    Ofer Haviv holds the position of Evogene's President and CEO as of late 2004. Prior to that he held the positions of company COO and CFO from 2002 to 2004 and was involved in Evogene's spin-off from Compugen in 2002. At Compugen, he held the position of Director of Finance and Treasurer of Compugen (NASDAQ: CGEN) for four years, during which time the company completed two private placements and an IPO on NASDAQ

    Mr. Haviv holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Accounting from Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.

  • Dr. Hagai Karchi
    Dr. Hagai Karchi
    Chief Technology Officer and Head of R&D Crop Enhancement

    Dr. Karchi is co-founder of Evogene and served as its CEO from 2002 to 2004. Prior to the spin-off of Evogene from Compugen he was the Co-Head of Compugen's Plant Genomic Division. He has over 15 years experience in the breeding of tomatoes and in molecular genomics research. His scientific achievements include the development of a molecular system for gene discovery and the development of high yielding, high quality greenhouse tomato varieties. Dr. Karchi has lectured widely in the field of plant genomics and has an extensive record of publications and patents.

    Dr. Karchi holds B.Sc and M.Sc degrees from the Hebrew University of Jerusalemױs Faculty of Agriculture, specializing in gene expression. He holds a Ph.D. from The Weizmann Institute of Science and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel.

  • Mr. Ido Dor
    Mr. Ido Dor
    Executive Vice President & General Manager Crop Enhancement

    Ido was appointed as Executive Vice President & General Manager Crop Enhancement in November 2015. Mr. Dor joined Evogene in 2011 as a Director of Business Development and led the business activity of the Ag Chemicals division. Since 2015 he is leading Evogene’s Ag Biologicals activity, overseeing research, development and business aspects. Prior to joining Evogene, Ido headed the Israeli Small & Mid-Size Enterprise business activity at SAP, the world leading organizational software company. Prior to his role at SAP, Ido led a business unit at Niram Gitan Group, a leading Israeli management-consulting firm.

    Mr. Dor holds an MBA degree and a B.Sc. degree in Industrial Engineering - both from Tel Aviv University.

  • Mr. Eran Kosover
    Mr. Eran Kosover
    Executive Vice President & General Manager Crop Protection

    Mr. Kosover was appointed as Executive Vice President & General Manager Crop Protection in November 2015.Prior to this position, Mr. Kosover served as Evogene’s VP Project Management, where his team was in charge of managing all collaborations and internal projects in the company, and prior to that as a Business Development Manager in Evogene. Prior to Evogene, Mr. Kosover was in charge of Sales, Business Development and Operations in Atera, an Israeli Hi-tech start-up in the field of SMB IT. Prior to Atera, Mr. Kosover worked as a Project Manager in various Strategic Consulting projects for Teva Pharmaceuticals.

    Mr. Kosover holds an M.A. in Economics from the Tel Aviv University Berglas School of Economics (2006); and a B.A. in Economics and Management from the Tel Aviv University (2002).

  • Mr. Yuval Ben-Galim
    Mr. Yuval Ben-Galim
    Chief Operation Officer

    Mr. Yuval Ben-Galim joined Evogene in September 2016 as Chief Operation Officer with substantial experience in operation and R&D management positions in various high-tech companies. Prior to joining Evogene he held the role of COO at MyHeritage where he brought his significant experience in web technologies and 'big data' operations to spearhead the company's new product development. Prior to that, Yuval held several senior R&D positons in various high-tech companies including mySupermarket and ProSight (owned by Oracle).

    Mr. Ben-Galim holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in computer science from the Hebrew University, and was the recipient of the University's prestigious annual President’s Award in 1994.

  • Mr. Alex Taskar
    Mr. Alex Taskar
    Chief Financial Officer

    Mr. Alex Taskar joined Evogene in January 2017 as CFO. Prior to joining Evogene Mr. Taskar served in various senior managerial positions, including CFO of Mercury Interactive Israel, CFO of Orsus Solutions and various COO and CFO positions in several Industrial and Start-up companies.

    Mr. Taskar holds an M.A. in Economics and a BA in Accounting and Economics, both from Tel-Aviv University. Mr. Taskar is also a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.