Mr. Shmuel Ben-Tovim
Shmuel is the Director of Ben-Tovim Consultants Ltd, an Israeli boutique investment bank, where many of his clients are technology companies in the spaces of Smart Cities, Transportation and FinTech. He is also President of City TLV, an NGO that promotes Tel-Aviv as a global financial center.
From 1998 to 2005 he served as the directly-elect Mayor of Kfar Shmaryahu, where his achievements covered all walks of life: education, culture, welfare, citizens’ engagement, budgeting and planning. From 2010 to 2013 he was the Chief Economic Adviser of Tel-Aviv Global, where he helped creating the ecosystem of the “Start-up City”.
His other public positions include: President of the Israel-Malta Chamber of Commerce, Director at Koret Funds, the largest micro-financing lender in Israel for; and Board member of: The Council for Conservation of Heritage Sites, The Israel-EU Chamber of Commerce; The International Harp Competition; The Zefat Academic College.
Shmuel has served as Non-Executive Director at Israeli leading corporations such as Bezeq, Israel Chemicals, The Jerusalem Economic Corporation, the Tel-Aviv Economic Corporation, Israel Export Institute and the Federation of Israeli Chambers of Commerce.
From 2005 to 2010 he was seconded to the Israeli Embassy in London where he served as the Minister for Economic Affairs. Among his duties was to liaison between the Local Government communities in the UK and Israel.
His career began in the Israeli Ministry of Industry, Trade & Tourism where he held the positions of Consul & Trade Commissioner to the USA, based in New York, and the Chief Economic Adviser to the Minister in Jerusalem. Later on he was Assistant Director General of the Bank Leumi Group.
He holds an MBA degree and BA in Economics, both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.