Board Members

Chair of the WYEN

Dr. Alexandra Vallon-Eberhard

«Science is what has led our society to the present day, where new advances translate into new technologies, by challenging us to find truths beyond our expected outcomes. We learn that impactful ideas in Science aren’t successful just because we are passionate about them, but most importantly, the evidence overwhelmingly validates and supports them. Building this body of knowledge, we constantly remain open to the possibility that our best theories and models may be wrong and ready to revise what we previously thought we knew.

It is up to all of us to write our own future with Science by asking questions and listening to answers no matter what they are. This is striving for excellence in Science, these are the seeds for humanity that we plant and nurture at the Weizmann Institute of Science.»

About Dr. Alexandra Vallon-Eberhard

Dr. Alexandra Vallon-Eberhard has over 15 years of extensive international business development, investment, innovation and leadership experience. She currently serves as Senior Director Global Partnering – Diagnostics Biomarkers and Digital Healthcare Solutions at Roche Diagnostics. She is focusing her work on digital platform/ecosystem partnerships for digital health, patient-centric diagnostics, end-to-end disease management and prevention. 

Alexandra successfully co-built from inception to acquisition the 2020/2019 Frost & Sullivan awarded next-gen data platform (Sequoia Capital-backed) and supported over 40 of the Fortune 500 companies in their inorganic/venture growth strategy in the era of digital transformation. Over the past 12 years, Alexandra has accompanied Israeli and Swiss start-ups in their financial, strategic, and operational growth. Since 2020, she is a proud board member of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN), expert member of the digital health hub @Lausanne Biopole and volunteer of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association.

Alexandra earned her PhD in Immunology/Virology at bioMerieux (France), her post-doctorate at the Weizmann Institute of Science (Israel) and received six academic awards. Alexandra also earned an International MBA from Bar Ilan University (Israel).

WYEN Board Member

Dr. Sanja Baumann-Tomovska

«Honoured and passionate to be a WYEN board member, an ambassador for the Weizmann Institute of Sciences and its unique entrepreneurial spirit and knowledge.

Beautiful science, cutting edge technology, curiosity and eagerness for innovation that creates value for people and patients around the world are what describes the work of thousands of academics and PIs at the Rehovot campus.

It is all about challenging the status quo, disrupting the existing knowledge and discovering new treatment opportunities for a better tomorrow. Spreading the voice of the Weizmann work and science, and turning innovation and discovery into business opportunities aimed to secure humanity’s wellbeing feels like a great mission.

I feel glad to be part of this truly diverse WYEN team and privileged to more intensely experience the resilient, determined and amazing culture of Israel.»

About Dr. Sanja Baumann-Tomovska

Sanja has extensive background in precision medicine and business leadership from Roche, Novartis & Abbott life sciences and know-how in cross-sector partnerships and alliances. She has a strong practice in product innovation, development & commercialization and combined scientific background with industry knowledge.

As business leader Sanja successfully built and led global and regional therapeutic units and teams to develop and introduce new innovative drugs & diagnostics. She has a vast amount of experience in a variety of executive roles across portfolio stages and P&L delivery: strategy, lifecycle, venture development, R&D, marketing and change management.

She is active member of the EWOB, European Women on Boards, C-Level female leaders forum focused on women career advancement in executive boards. Sanja holds a PhD in Molecular biology from the University of Basel in Cancer Diagnostic Biomarkers and business education from INSEAD and Columbia Business School.

WYEN board member

Dr. Tamás Bellák

«The WYEN is not simply the future of the Weizmann Institute in practice, but the finest example of the instruments for the progressive and sustainable world we hope to create for our children.»

About Dr. Tamás Bellák

Tamás Bellák is managing partner of Stadler & Bellak Law Office, a full service law firm in Budapest. Támás has 30 years of professional experience in the field of banking law, real-estate, property development, M&A and commercial law.

He is enthusiastic and passionate about bringing talents and innovation together. He advised in a number of venture capital fund transactions in relation to innovation technology and bio-technology projects.

Tamás has different roles in social activities and NGOs, being the advisor for Hungary to the World Union for Progressive Judaism, the Co-Chair of the Hungarian Society of Friends of the Weizmann Institute of Science and Board Member of the Weizmann Young European Network. He actively participates in talent search and fund raising projects. Tamás graduated from ELTE Law Faculty, Budapest, Hungary in 1988.

WYEN Board Member

Claude Kandiyoti

«I was privileged to visit the Weizmann Institute campus with a delegation of Belgian entrepreneurs. The visit was mind-blowing; it gave me access to a world I thought inaccessible, – the world of science. I met scientists capable of interacting and explaining the unexplainable to me. I joined WYEN to be able to share this experience with others.»

About Claude Kandiyoti

Claude serves as CEO of KREST Real Estate investments. He is a former chairperson of the World Union of Jewish Students, former publisher of the Belgian political magazines «Contact J» and «M».

In addition to his business and communal activities, Claude is a recognised diplomatic and political advisor to various European governments and decision makers on Middle East strategies. In this capacity Claude is a regular contributor to different media outlets.

A Member of the European Council for Foreign Relations, Claude holds an MBA from INSEAD and a BA in Political Sciences and History from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

WYEN Board Member

Shira Kaplan

«The world is changing before our eyes. The giant international corporations are devouring the world; traditional industries are getting disrupted as we speak. At times like these, the only real tool we – and our children – have, to deal with this unceasing change,- is scientific knowledge, curiosity, passion, and open-mindedness.

These are precisely the values embraced by the Weizmann Institute, and these are the forces driving WYEN and defining our mission. We broaden our scientific horizons through the Institute’s well of resources; and we empower tomorrow’s young professional leaders to be curious, open-minded, and passionate about science and science education.

I encourage all of you to join us on this journey as we brace, for the very exciting times that lie ahead, with their challenges and opportunities.»

About Shira Kaplan

Shira Kaplan is the Founder and CEO of Cyverse AG, a Zurich-based cyber-security firm which provides next-generation cyber-security solutions made in Israel to global and local corporations, with a focus on the Swiss market.

Shira’s technological training dates back to her military service in the Israeli 8200 Elite Technology Unit of the Intelligence, where she was an Intelligence and Cyber-Security Analyst.

She held business management positions at publicly-traded companies including Teva Pharmaceuticals Ltd. (NASDAQ: TEVA) and Bank Julius Baer & Co. in Zurich (SIX: BAER). Shira has won several other awards, including the «Seeds of Peace» scholarship, the Goldman fellowship and the Milken Fellowship. She has been featured in the Financial Times, the Neue Zuercher Zeitung, Bilanz and other newspapers.

She is mother of three children, and resides in Rueschlikon. In 2017, Shira was selected by the World Economic Forum as «Young Global Leader» for Switzerland and Israel. Shira is an alumna of Harvard University (B.A.), where she studied Government and was a Davis Scholar. She holds an MBA from St. Gallen HSG University in Switzerland, where where she was awarded the «Women in Business» Scholarship.

WYEN Board Member

Pascal Pernet

«As a WYEN board member, I am proud to be associated with the Weizmann Institute. During a three-day visit to Rehovot in 2012, I was deeply impressed by the Institute’s relentless commitment to basic research and by its highly diverse, impressive, and dedicated staff. Supporting the Institute means advancing knowledge and improving everybody’s life – a fantastic cause! It is a great pleasure and privilege to support the WYEN in its goal to broaden the Institute’s network of friends throughout Europe.»

About Pascal Pernet

Pascal is a principal at LGT Capital Partners, a leading alternative investment manager. He started his career in the financial industry and later co-founded two successful asset management companies, before joining his current employer in 2012.

Pascal Pernet is the President of the Swiss Foundation Against Racism and Antisemitism ( He holds an MBA in Finance from the University of St. Gallen (HSG), Switzerland, and pursued executive education at Stanford University, U.S.

Ex-Officio Board Member

Shira Terri

«I feel privileged to be a part of this amazing group of people. As Director of Development of the European Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science, I see the impact such a club could have, bringing young business leaders from across Europe together to join forces and advance science for the benefit of humanity.»

About Shira Terri

Shira serves as the Director of Development at the European Committee of the Weizmann Institute of Science. In this capacity she is in charge of all planning and strategic development and growth processes of the various Weizmann Societies of Friends all across the European continent.

Shira joined the Weizmann Institute of Science in 2008 and worked at the VIP Visits and Missions Unit at the Department of Hospitality and Conferences. From 2004–2008, Shira was the Director of Cultural and Social affairs at the Raphael Recanati International School (RRIS) of the Interdisciplinary Center Herzliya (IDC) and that is among other positions she successfully accomplished during her career.

Shira holds a BA in both Educational Counseling and English Literature (Certificate of Merit) and M.A in Educational Counseling (Certificate of Merit). Both academic degrees are from the Bar-Ilan University, Ramat-Gan.

WYEN Board Member

Dr. Christian Tidona

«Outstanding curiosity-driven research is the source of innovation. As successful young entrepreneurs and business leaders, it is our responsibility to enable it to flourish for the benefit of mankind. The Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel is one of the major research institutions world-wide that deserve our support and allow us to leverage our impact.»

About Dr. Christian Tidona

Christian is a serial biotech entrepreneur, business angel, and managing director at the BioMedX Innovation Center in Heidelberg, Germany. Throughout his entire professional life, his focus has always been to foster innovation at the interface between academia and industry.

Christian is Board Member of the BioRN Network and co-founder of the Health Axis Europe alliance between the European health innovation clusters in Leuven, Maastricht, Copenhagen, and Heidelberg. He is former Chair of the Weizmann Young European Network (WYEN) and a member of the International Board of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.

He studied molecular biology and received his doctoral degree from the University of Heidelberg.


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