EventRafi Nave


Rafi Nave is a Senior researcher of the Neaman Institute in Haifa, focusing on National Strategy Economic, Social Technology, Business and related topics.

Rafi served as the Director of the Bronica Entrepreneurship Center of the TECHNION, an interdisciplinary unit designed to educate the engineering students and direct them in practice of entrepreneurship, including academic classes, workshops, competitions and varied forms of consulting and mentorship.

A Technion alumnus, Nave has led a distinguished career as a leader of Israel’s applied technology hi-tech sector, most recently as Senior Vice President of Research and Development at Given Imaging Ltd., the world leader in non-invasive gastrointestinal tract diagnosis. In that capacity, Nave led the development and delivery of the PillCam video-capsules, the medical technology industry’s most advanced devices for clinical diagnosis of the small bowel. Also at Given Imaging, Nave oversaw the development of a wide range of imaging and functional diagnostic products and inspired the adoption of Requirements Management and AGILE Software development.

He previously served as Chief Technology Officer of Tower Semiconductor Ltd., and prior to that, spent six years as Vice President of Research and Development for NDS Limited (now Cisco Videoscape), a world leader in pay-television systems.

Nave was born in 1949, lives in Haifa, and is married with three children and four grandchildren. He earned both his bachelors’ and masters’ degrees in electrical engineering (with honors) from the TECHNION. He started his lengthy career at Intel Israel in 1974, where he began as a chip design engineer and progressed through positions of increasing responsibility over 21 years. It was there that he led the development of Intel’s family of 80X87 math co-processors and then served as General Manager of Intel’s Haifa Design Center for 5 years. Nave’s groundbreaking achievements at Intel include founding the Central Logic Engineering (CLE) function; driving the 52 Weeks Chip program; and propelling standard solutions such as the first Standard Cells Library, HDL language, Logic Synthesis, Modular Design Methodology and TEST CAD. Nave also founded and chaired the Engineering Board Of Directors (EBOD) and initiated the first Intel Design Technology Conference (iDTC ).

Having co-authored the tutorial and questionnaire for the prestigious Israel Quality Prize, he is considered to be one of the “founding fathers” of the award and the adoption of TQM in Israel. He has been a senior judge for the past 23 years. Additionally, Nave was instrumental in developing a curriculum on cultural differences between Americans and Israelis, which he taught over a dozen times in the U.S. and half a dozen times in Israel.

Nave has been awarded the Rothschild Prize for Industrial Developers by the President of the State of Israel and the Intel Achievement Award. He holds four patents.


10:00 – 10:50
UNAM Technopreneurship Lecture Series – 1
“Entrepreneurship Education”

10:50 – 11:10

11:10 – 12:00
UNAM Technopreneurship Lecture Series – 2
“Lean Start-ups”

14:40 – 15:30
UNAM Technopreneurship Lecture Series – 3
“Israel as Hi-Tech Nation – How did it happen? What may be learned from it?”

15:30 – 15:50

15:50 – 16:40
UNAM Technopreneurship Lecture Series – 4
“Examples of Successful Start-ups”