Yair Sakov

Chairman, Entrepreneurship Center
  • Yair has over 25 years of executive management experience in the high-tech industry and, in parallel, 16 years of diverse activities for social causes.
  • Yair worked close to 10 years in the United States at Intel and 3Com. At Intel, he was the marketing manager for the Pentium Processor, and played a key role in the successful launch of the product. With 3Com Yair drove new business initiatives like the creation of 3Com’s $1B Cable Broadband division. Later he managed the company's European venture investments leading to some successful exist.
  • Returning to Israel, he established AIG Orion, a $112M venture capital fund, helping fund, build, and drive exists of a few successful startups.
  • Later he held general management and executive positions with a number of Israeli global companies and was the Chairman of FTS China.
  • Currently he is a board member in three social businesses.
  • Yair holds a B.Sc. in Electrical and Computer Engineering (Cum Laude), from Technion, Israel and an MBA from Washington University, USA.

For the last 16 years Yair is a member and mentor in IVN – Israel Venture Network, an impact investment organization currently focused on building Israel’s social businesses sector (the forth sector). Yair is on the boards of Susan’s House Jerusalem, a social venture working with youth at risk and on the audit committee of its franchise, Susan’s House Eilat. He is also on the board of Juha’s Guesthouse, a social venture dealing with the social and economic reconstruction of the Arab village Jiser A-Zarqa, Israel’s poorest municipality.