Academic Advisory Board from Israel and Rhode Island
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Founder, Director, President & CEO
Avi Nevel is an entrepreneurial senior executive with more than 25 years of broad international business experience. He is skilled in strategic planning, business origination, management and expansion; and international sales and marketing. Mr. Nevel currently serves as President and CEO of Nevel International,
Jeffrey Brier is the president of the insurance and employee benefits agency, Brier & Brier located in Providence, Rhode Island. He founded the firm in 1985 with his father, Milton Brier. His commitment to being a professional insurance advisor is exemplified by his having earned the CLU, ChFC and CASL professional designations.
Katie Gordon serves as Chief Business Officer of Metro Biotech. Prior to joining Metro in April 2020, she was a business consultant for venture capital – backed startup companies and investment groups, on business strategies, alliances, and diligence on emerging investments. From 2009 – 2017, Katie led Brown University’s Technology Ventures Office as Managing Director
DAVID S. HIRSCH
Director, Organization Legal Counsel
David is partner at Hinckley Allen, focusing on general corporate law, mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, and securities law. He represents companies in all stages of business, including emerging and developing companies, established private middle-market companies, and publicly held companies.
Ella Hood is a lawyer and business consultant who partners closely with companies and entrepreneurs to help them grow their business and brand. She is originally from Israel and specializes in business development for early stage high tech companies.
Baruch brings vast experience in complex negotiations, legal drafting and structuring of international financing, corporate and technology transactions. In advising parties to investments, financing and M&A in many jurisdictions he gained in depth understanding of business considerations and needs of his clients and the industry.
Jay has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration, Boston University and an MBA from Boston University. He is a CPA and managing partner at Rosenstein, Halper and Maselli, LLP, a full service accounting firm located in Cranston, RI.
Miriam A. Ross, Esq. is a business attorney, business advocate and community leader with extensive experience in industry, business law and compliance. Miriam is the recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2012 Women in Business, Champion of the Year for New England and Rhode Island.
Limor Spalt is the Operations Lead for Finance and Technology, in the Virginia Department of Medical Assistance Services (Virginia Medicaid), where she works with the executive team and practice physicians to provide strategic guidance on improving practice financials. Prior to joining Coastal Limor worked with Schumacher Group's consulting services division.
Kathy manages the international trade partnership between the agency and the John Chafee Center for International Business at Bryant University. She creates and executes international trade programs for Rhode Island businesses including: trade missions, grants for customized export training, market development programs, seminars on timely trade topics and New England regional trade promotion events.
Roey Tzezana, PhD, is a public intellectual and a futures studies researcher with worldwide acclaim. He’s a research fellow in the Blavatnik Interdisciplinary Cyber Research Center, and is the academic manager of the program for Futures Studies at Lahav Executive Education in Recanati Business School at Tel Aviv University.