Where Storytelling, Learning, and Technology Meet

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Quonder is uniquely positioned at the intersection of three complementary domains due to the experience of its founding team. Established in early 2020, Quonder concluded its proof of concept and pilots with leading organizations in higher education and the commercial sector. Meet the founders, partners, and advisors working to change the way we learn online.

Board of Directors

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Tal Lazar

Founder & CEO

Tal is a dedicated educator, currently serving on the faculty of Columbia University and the City University of New York. Lazar's two decades of experience as an accomplished filmmaker, as well as teaching for institutions such as the American Film Institute Conservatory and Berklee College of Music, give him a unique perspective in combining storytelling and teaching. His education experience spans over a decade with roots in teaching & learning development for the Israeli Defense Forces, where his teaching initiatives granted him a sign of excellence by the president of Israel in the year 2000.

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Yotam Lazar

Co-Founder & COO

Yotam Lazar served as the CEO of the first and only online academy for professionals in the Israeli construction industry. Under his leadership it became the only online school authorized to impart an official certificate approved by the Israeli ministry of construction. Yotam holds a BA in Political Science and Government as well as an MA in Real Estate. Yotam’s experience in the Israeli Defense Apparatus makes him uniquely qualified to lead a growing team and innovative technology products.

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Dr. David Milch

Lead Investor & Director

Dr. David M. Milch is a 1980 graduate of Harvard medical school after undergraduate studies at Stanford. Upon finishing his clinical and research responsibilities in 1984, Dr. Milch moved to New York City to pursue his business career, soon branching into venture investments in technology and the life sciences, initiating or participating in numerous successful opportunities. Over the past 15 years Dr. Milch has broadened his entrepreneurial focus to include early-stage biomedical companies based in Israel and, most recently, media ventures.

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Board of Advisors

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Prof. David Dockterman

Harvard Graduate School of Education

David Dockterman teaches and consults about the translation of evidence into effective, scalable, and engaging practice. His long-time Harvard Graduate School of Education course, Innovation by Design, fosters an iterative, agile approach to evidence-driven innovation across a range of educational issues. His modules on Scaling Impact and Sustaining Impact address the challenges of designing innovations that will work with variable learners across different contexts in ways that can be sustained over time. Dockterman’s teaching is informed by a productive career in education publishing. He designed dozens of award-winning computer programs including Decisions, Decisions; Science Court (which was also a highly acclaimed TV show on ABC Saturday morning); and The Great Ocean Rescue. He has also served as a key advisor for the development of MATH 180, READ 180 Universal, Into Learning, and other core and supplemental programs.

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Dr. Moshe Leiba

World ORT

Dr. Moshe Leiba is an assistant professor at the faculty of Information Systems and heads the Digital Learning Project at The Academic College of Tel Aviv Yaffo, Israel. He also acts as Chief Pedagogical and R&D Officer of World ORT Kadima Mada. In his capacity at World ORT Kadima Mada, Moshe is responsible for all educational activity in Israel, including 12 excellence centers throughout the country and leads several global ORT programs from conception to implementation. Catering to over 5,000 children, these programs integrate experiential learning in diverse curricular and extracurricular activities in the field of STEAM. As a researcher, Moshe’s primary research focus on Digital Education and Learning Technologies particularly Educational Data Mining and cognitive aspects of teaching and learning in digital environments (mainly problem solving and computational thinking in STEAM related subjects).

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Ambassador Ido Aharoni

NYU School of Arts and Science

Ambassador Ido Aharoni serves as Global Distinguished Professor for International Relations at New York University’s Graduate School of Arts and Science. Since 2016 he has been a member of the International Advisory Council (IAC) of APCO Worldwide. He is a senior advisor to private investment firm Value Base, co-founder of Emerson Rigby Ltd., co-founder and principal at investment company EA2K, , Global Ambassador for Maccabi World Union (MWU), Member of the Board of Governors at Tel Aviv University, co-founder and Global Ambassador for the Genius 100 Visions curated community and the Chairman of the Charney Forum for New Diplomacy.

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Martin L. Pompadur

Martin Pompadur has more than 50 years of experience in the media and entertainment industry. Mr. Pompadur held a variety of positions at ABC, Inc. including general manager of the Television Network, vice president of the Broadcast Division, president of the Leisure Activities Group, and vice president of ABC, Inc., culminating with his becoming a member of the ABC, Inc. board of directors. Mr. Pompadur served as president of Ziff Corporation. Mr. Pompadurserved as executive vice president of News Corporation, president of News Corporation Eastern and Central Europe and a member of News Corporation’s Executive Management Committee, as well as chairman of News Corp Europe. He served as global vice chairman, Media and Entertainment at Macquarie Capital and as a director of Nexstar Media Group (Nasdaq: NXST).

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Prof. Charles Lang

Teachers College, Columbia University

Charles Lang is the Senior Executive Director of the Digital Futures Institute, Teacher’s College, Columbia University. In addition, Lang serves as the Director of the Learning Analytics M.S. Program at Columbia University.
His research interests center on the use of big data in education and the role of online assessment data in understanding student learning. Specifically, Charles studies innovative methodologies for assessing student learning (predictive analytics, personalization and graphical models of knowledge) and how these new tools can be incorporated into instructional workflow.

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Dr. Eran Sheriff

Reichman University (IDC Herzliya)

Dr. Sheriff serves as the Head of Business and Data Analytics Program at IDC Herzlya. He received his PhD in physics from the National Center for Magnetic Measurements. Dr. Sheriff’s academic background also includes undergraduate degrees in physics and computer science, and an MBA in finance.

After completing his studies, Dr. Sheriff went to work for Wall Street as a quantitative analyst. His research during that time focused primarily on structured convertible instruments. He later became an R&D team leader and eventually the head of Bloomberg's Quantitative Finance R&D. Dr. Sheriff left Bloomberg in favor of consulting, trading, several startups (in the areas of finance, technology, and education), and healthcare financial management.

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Arthur Stark

Arthur Stark is the former president of Bed, Bath and Beyond. He was instrumental in establishing the home furnishings retailer as an international company with over 1500 stores across the USA, Canada and Mexico.

Mr. Stark serves as a senior advisor to Jefferies and a strategic advisor for Vintage Investment Partners. He previously served as Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations, following two tenures as National Chairman of Friends of the Israel Defense Forces. He also has served on AIPAC’s National Council, the Jewish Federation of Central New Jersey Board, the Board of Trustees of the Rabbinical College of America, and the Board of Trustees of the Kushner Hebrew Academy.

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Prof. Gad Allon

The Wharton School

Gad Allon is the Jeffrey A. Keswin Professor and Professor of Operations, Information and Decisions, and the director of the Management and Technology Program at the university of Pennsylvania. He received his PhD in Management Science from Columbia Business School in New York and holds a Bachelor and Master degree from the Israeli Institute of Technology. Gad’s research is primarily in the area of operations research, studying the gig economy, platforms and global supply chains. He has been working with ventures and organizations in different stages, on issues related to scaling operations.

Gad is also an award-winning educator, teaching courses on scaling technology ventures and operations strategy. He has also been an innovative leader in many educational technology initiatives. He is the co-founder of ForClass, a platform that enables professors to drive higher student engagement and accountability in their classrooms.