Connecting East and West
Connecting East and West
When we look at the world, Israel represents one of the most dynamic centers of technological advancements. MizMaa will harness the best ideas and products from Israel’s technology sector together with capital from three families (one being a major family from Greater China) to help companies and leaders access markets in the US and Asia.
The world is getting smaller. MizMaa is the combination of two Hebrew words: Mizrach and Maarav - which means East and West.
Today, the growth economies of China, Israel and the US are closer than ever. We will identify the best companies and entrepreneurs in Israel and help them succeed in the global marketplace.
MizMaa is working with the deep technology innovators emerging from Israel’s high tech sector. We are providing long term investment capital, and years of investment, marketing, finance, and systems expertise. Our goal is to back these leaders in the innovative changes they are making to the marketplace.
MizMaa’s executive leadership brings a proven global track record of entrepreneurship, venture capital and corporate finance with successful exits in Israel and US markets. We know how to identify great leaders and companies to make them global successes.
Isaac "Yitz" Applbaum is a Senior Advisor to the Mayor of Jerusalem for Public Private Partnerships. He also serves as the Chief Evangelist for Radius Technologies, a leading company in the predictive analytics market. Previously, Applbaum was a Partner and Managing Director for Israel at Lightspeed Venture Partners, an early stage venture capital firm with over three billion dollars under management.
Prior to joining Lightspeed, Applbaum was the founder and CEO of Concorde Solutions Inc. (CSI). In 1999 he sold CSI to Bank of America becoming a Senior Vice President with responsibility for running the bank’s E-ventures group and as an advisor to the strategic investments group.
Applbaum currently serves as a member of the board of directors of KILI Technologies, and SecureKey Technologies. He is an advisor to EIGHT VC Partners and Owl Ventures. His philanthropic involvements include serving on the board of directors of the California Israel Chamber of Commerce, The Western Wall Heritage Foundation, the Shalem Institute, the American Action Network, and the Republican Jewish Coalition. Mr. Applbaum recently joined the Board of Trustees of the Asia Society. He is also a member of the Young Presidents Organization.
Catherine K.C. Leung served as Vice Chairman of JPMorgan Asia Investment Banking until 2015. Over 20 years, she led with a focus in Greater China. Under her leadership, JPMorgan was named Best Foreign Investment Bank in Hong Kong for consecutive years by The Asset magazine and Finance Asia. She has advised clients in marquee IPO’s, mergers and acquisitions, debt and derivative transactions. She was named among the Top 20 Women in Finance by Finance Asia in 2011.
She worked as a management consultant at Oliver Wyman & Co in United States and London from 1990 to 1994. Catherine graduated from The Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania, summa cum laude, with majors in Finance and Accounting.
She is currently Council Member, Standing Committee Member, and Chair of the Institutional Advancement and Outreach Committee of HK University of Science and Technology, member of Executive Board for Asia of The Wharton School, member of The Hong Kong Arts Development Council Trust Fund and member of Opera Hong Kong. She has previously served as Lay Member to the Hong Kong Institute of Certified Public Accountants, and Advisor to the Securities & Futures Commission REITs Committee.
Aaron Applbaum was a Principal and Director at Strategic Cyber Ventures, a cybersecurity focused Venture Capital fund, where he helped lead the firm’s efforts to identify key sectors for investment, played a critical role throughout the investment evaluation and execution process. He held an observer seat on the board of E8 Security, one of SCV’s four portfolio companies.
Previously, Aaron worked on the Direct Investments desk of Hudson Bay Capital Management, a multi-strategy, New York based asset management firm. Prior to Hudson, Aaron spent time in both government and non-profit sectors in defense related fields, including at the Department of Defense, the U.S. House of Representatives Armed Services Committee and the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.
Aaron graduated from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs, where his independent research focused on the intelligence community, Mideast politics and cybersecurity. At Princeton, he was a senior columnist with the Daily Princetonian.
He currently sits on the Board of Trustees at the Institute for National Strategic Studies.
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