Our Team

Only a small handful of teams around the world are currently working in the field of computer vision & AI for autonomous flight. Ours is already making a difference.

Management

We have already made high-performance drone missions a reality with precise, real-time detection & tracking for inspection flights. Now we’re working on systems that will make delivery and passenger drones completely safe and reliable.

With a deep academic background based on more than 30 years of research led by Prof. Joseph Francos, our team has vast experience in computer vision, machine learning, and aeronautics.

Roy Shmuel

CEO

Prof. Joseph Francos

Founder and CTO

Elyashiv Maller

VP Finance

Assaf Shechner

VP Product

Board of Directors

Raffi Friedman

Chairman

Mr. Raffi Friedman brings vast experience in leading and managing growing global businesses. In his former role, Mr. Friedman was the CEO at Electra Consumer Products Ltd. In addition, Mr. Friedman holds the position of Chairman of Beres Electra Cellular Communication Ltd. (distributor of Sony Ericsson in Israel) as well as three public executive positions: Director of Israel Standard Institute, Chairman of the Electrical Product Division of the Israeli Chambers of Commerce, and Management member of the Manufacturers Association of Israel.

Dr. Avshalom Horan

Director

Dr. Avshalom Horan is a Venture Partner at Tene Capital and Managing Partner at Bridge Investment Fund. Previously, Dr. Horan worked as the Vice President of a technology subsidiary of the Bank Leumi Investment Group. Dr. Horan serves as the Chairman of Simbionix USA Corporation and has served as a Director of several private and public Israeli companies, including NICE Systems Ltd. He has a background in seed investment and management of technology companies through their early stages. Dr. Horan holds a Ph.D. in Engineering Economic Systems from Stanford University.

Haim Chagege

Director

Haim brings to our board a great deal of experience in entrepreneurship and development of new markets. Following long service in the IDF, Haim ran several commerce businesses in Italy. He is a serial entrepreneur and has been with Sightec since its early days.

Itai Horstock

Director

Itai has extensive experience in the VC and PE industry. He co-founded and managed the Sherpa Group, a New York-based venture capital platform with offices in New York and Tel Aviv that has adjusted its model as markets have evolved. Itai serves as the Executive Director of the Government of Luxembourg Trade and Investment Office in Israel. He also serves as a board member and Chairman of various technology companies in Israel and the US, advising in the fields of M&A transactions, venture capital, and strategic planning.

Prof. Joseph Francos

Director

Prof. Francos is the CTO and Co-founder of Sightec. He brings vast experience in innovative solutions in the domains of parametric modeling and estimation of multi-dimensional signals, image registration, estimation of object deformations from images, manifold learning, parametric modeling, estimation of 2-D random fields and random fields theory. He is a Professor in the Electric & Computer Engineering at Ben Gurion University and the Head of its Signal Processing track. He also held visiting positions at leading US and European academic and research institutes.

Chris Smith

Board Observer

Chris is a Partner at Playfair Capital. Prior to joining Playfair, he held senior roles at plan.com and Vannin Capital. He has executed over a dozen angel investments across the UK and US in the past 10 years, with three notable exits to date: Nearbuy Systems (acquired by RetailNext), MoPowered (LON:MPM), and Bidstack (LON:BIDS).