Our Speakers

Daniel Levy

Daniel A. Levy is Professor of Psychology and head of the Cognition Neuroscience Laboratory at IDC Herzliya.


His research strives to decipher the secrets of human memory and the effects of ageing on memory and attention. He works both in basic science and in the development of effective methods for therapy, education and training. Prof. Levy, originally from New York, immigrated to Jerusalem in 1980, where he worked in education and educational tourism before studying psychology and neuroscience.


He received his PhD from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, was a research fellow at the University of California, San Diego, and served as a scientific advisor at the Weizmann Institute of Science.


Prof. Levy is deeply committed to making brain research insights accessible to the general public.

May Brooks Kempler

A Cyber Security consultant, author, mentor, instructor and lecturer.

May (Maytal) began her security career as an officer in unit 8200. She worked for various Israeli and global companies and realized that Cyber Technology can only get us so far and changing how people act online is a vital part of a strong security program.  

May serves as president of the (ISC)2 Israel chapter- a volunteering group aimed at advancing the cyber profession. She is passionate about educating the general public to the importance of security and privacy awareness and leads talks and security awareness campaigns.

She is a security educator for the next generation of security professionals, leading education programs, guest lecturing and mentoring, especially supporting young women in the cyber world.

Yonatan Nir

Yonatan Nir is an internationally acclaimed documentary filmmaker who began as a travelling photojournalist, writing for national & international publications.


While serving in an elite commando unit during the Second Lebanon War, Yonatan suffered from shrapnel wounds after a close-by landmine explosion. Through his physical and mental recovery, he discovered the power of film in post-traumatic growth. 


His work vividly captures the relationship between man & nature, pain & healing, and the power of hope & redemption.


In 2009 he won the prestigious “Asian Geographic Best of the Decade” award for his photojournalism work. His films “Dolphin Boy”, “My Hero Brother”, “The Essential Link – The Story of Wilfrid Israel”, “Cutting the Pain”, and “Picture of His Life” have been screened and broadcast to millions of viewers in over 40 countries, winning numerous awards in International Film Festivals.

Shai Machnes

Dr. Shai Machnes is a physicist, specializing in algorithmic optimization and control of quantum systems.

His long-term goal is to create an AI physicist - giving computers the tools to analyze and control complex physical systems. 

Working at Saarland University, Germany, he is currently leading the software side of the EU’s OpenSuperQ research project – an effort to build a 100-qubit superconducting quantum computer, far surpassing the capabilities of the world’s fastest supercomputer.

Born in Israel, Shai served for 5 years in the Israeli navy as a computer programmer. After spending a few years in the internet startup world, he earned his Ph.D. in Physics from Tel-Aviv University.


Since then he has been busy trying to teach computers how to do his job for him.

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