Board of Directors
Ofer Furth, Chairman
Adv Ofer Furth is the Chairman and Founder of First Libra and serves as a member of the Israeli Advisory Board (https://www.firstlibra.com/). He has substantial experience and expertise in legal financing in addition to over 20 years of complex litigation and arbitration experience as an attorney in which he represented clients before the superior courts in Israel and internationally. A key area of his expertise is assessing and developing IP portfolios and overseeing licensing campaigns and associated litigation disputes for technology companies. Ofer, is an accomplished leader, having served 5 years in the Israeli Navy, after he graduated with honors from the Israeli naval Academy.
Ran Poliakine, Founder, Board member and shareholder
At the cutting edge of technology for the past 25 years, Ran has been addressing consumer needs with practical and creative solutions while making use of existing and new technologies. Widely considered to be a visionary for his ability to identify and react to trends in the consumer marketplace, Ran has been crediting with founding entire product categories, adding modern twists to reinvent outdated technologies and creating new paradigms for enhancing people’s lives across population segments and demographics. From the safe transfer and commercial viability of wireless energy to innovations in “smart” conductive textiles, washable electronics and new use cases in nanotechnology, the breadth and depth of experience in functionality and design that Mr. Poliakine has brought to bear on his many inventions is astounding. In addition to founding Powermat, Ran founded Wellsense USA, Nanox Imaging PLC and Illumigy Ltd.
Neil Z. Auerbach, Board member
A private equity investor, Neil is particularly known for his leadership role in clean energy investment. He is the co-founder and CEO of Hudson Clean Energy Partners, a global private equity firm that invests exclusively in clean energy. Prior to that, while working at Goldman Sachs he co-founded the U.S. alternative energy investment business within the firm’s Special Situations Group, and led several of its most successful investments in renewable energy. He also set up and managed several other businesses at Goldman, supervising over 30 professionals in the U.S. and Europe, presiding over a $3 billion balance sheet, and working in the firm’s Debt Capital Markets and Credit Derivatives units. Neil’s earlier professional experience includes acting as Managing Director and Head of Structured Capital Markets at Barclays Capital; principal (Co-Head) of a joint venture between Morgan Stanley’s Derivatives & Debt Capital Markets groups; and tax attorney and partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. He is a member of the Leadership Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE), and sits on the Executive Committee of ACORE’s Partnership for Renewable Energy Finance. He is also a member and Commissioner on the National Commission on Energy Policy of the U.S. Council on Competitiveness, and sits on the Advisory Council of the Prince of Wales’ Rainforest Project. Neil holds a Master of Laws (LLM) from New York University School of Law, a Juris Doctor from Boston University School of Law, and a Bachelor of Science from the State University of New York at Albany.
Robert Warshauer, Board Member
Robert Warshauer is Managing Director, Head of the firm’s New York Investment Banking Group. Mr. Warshauer has over 25 years of experience in financings, mergers and acquisitions, and restructurings. He has advised on numerous transactions in a wide range of industries, including consumer, business services, manufacturing/industrial, healthcare, media and technology, energy, and transportation. Prior to joining Imperial Capital, Mr. Warshauer was a Managing Director at Kroll Zolfo Cooper, where he focused on advising clients on operational issues, acquisitions and recapitalizations. Mr. Warshauer was a Managing Director and member of the Board of Directors and the Commitment Committee of Giuliani Capital Advisors LLC, and its predecessor firm, Ernst & Young Corporate Finance LLC, where he specialized in corporate restructurings and mergers and acquisitions. Mr. Warshauer has also served as CEO and President of a branded retail business with over 500 locations and 5,000 employees, CEO of an international business services and manufacturing company with operations in 16 countries and was President and a member of the Board of Directors of a publicly traded technology company. Mr. Warshauer received his M.B.A. from New York University and his B.S.B.A. from Bucknell University. Mr. Warshauer is a former member of the Board of Directors of the American Bankruptcy Institute, frequent speaker at industry conferences, and often quoted in business publications. Mr. Warshauer currently serves on several corporate and charitable Boards of Directors.
Ron Ferber, Board Member
Ron Ferber has served as Wellsense’s President and Chief Executive Officer since October 2015. He was the original investor in Wellsense and has served on the Board since its founding. Ron is a uniquely talented entrepreneur with a proven track record of success.Ron co-founded HoMedics in 1987 where he served as President for 28 years. In 2011, he founded myCharge, a leader in the portable charging category. He has since launched many successful companies and continues to bring innovation and emerging technologies to the market. Ron also has many philanthropic endeavors including an organization close to his heart, The Friendship Circle, which he has been involved with since its infancy and continues to be an active member. Ron is a graduate of the University of Michigan.
Wade Sheffer, Board Observer
Wade Sheffer Managing Director, General Motors Ventures, LLC. Prior to this appointment, Wade was Executive Director of Chassis Purchasing with responsibility for procuring chassis components and subsystems worldwide for General Motors. Wade joined GM in 1996 as a Test Engineer in the Structural Test Lab at the Milford Proving Ground. In 1999, he transitioned to the North America Outbound Logistics quality team. While on international assignment in Germany from 2002-2005, Wade assisted with the implementation of Vector SCM, a 4th party logistics joint venture. He repatriated to the U.S. in 2005 and was appointed Global Commodity Manager for Vehicle Infotainment. Wade relocated to Shanghai, China in 2006 where he was named Deputy Executive Director at Shanghai General Motors (SGM) in charge of purchasing. In 2009, Wade returned to the U.S. where he held various leadership positions in Global Purchasing and Supply Chain, which included leading the service components and accessories procurement for GM dealerships globally in his role as Purchasing Executive Director, GM Customer Care & Aftersales. Wade received a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from Michigan Technological University in 1996 and earned a Master of Science in engineering degree with focus on management of technology from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in 2000.