Pittsburgh Israel Innovation
We offer a set of business connection services to create strong, sustainable economic bridges between Pittsburgh and Israel. As a socially responsible business designed to improve Pittsburgh’s economy, 412×972 offers a variety of scouting and business development programs to capitalize on similarities between Pittsburgh and Israel’s current business needs.
Seed funding was provided through the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh and by private individuals and foundations. A number of organizations and individuals who care about Pittsburgh and Israel created 412×972 to create a double bottom line:
- Create a measurable economic impact in Pittsburgh
- Reach profitability to allow growth in the number of nurtured connections and in the range and quality of services
In his role as Executive Director of 412×972 Pittsburgh Israel Innovation Inc — Gal designs services to connect Pittsburgh and Israeli businesses, assists these businesses in structuring ongoing business relations, and manages relationships with partner organizations and funders.
Gal has spent over a decade turning around distressed Israeli middle-market industrial companies. Since 2015 he has spent time starting up and advising tech companies. Gal specializes in business development, business planning, and sales. Gal developed expertise in Robotics business development, was and is still involved in dozens of deployments of various robotics technology developments in Israel and around the world.
Gal serves as a board member for the Reut Group, Tikkun Olam Makers, and Edtech Israel, Gal is also volunteering doing various roles and projects with Unistream & Taasiyeda.
Gal holds a Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Industrial Engineering from Tel Aviv University and a Master of Entrepreneurship and Innovation from Swinburne University of Technology.
Director of strategic partnerships, and our boots on the ground in Pittsburgh, Dror supports productive dialogue and genuine connections between needs and solutions. He develops partnerships to promote efforts in a variety of areas, including well being and sustainability in education, healthcare and the workplace.
Following a military service training human-resources professionals for the Israeli army, Dror worked as a journalist for the Shoken Network in Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Herzliya.
Dror spent the past decade at Carnegie Mellon University’s Robotics Institute, collaborating with education-technology developers, users and stakeholders. He built context-driven tech integration strategies, centering the expertise, purpose and practice of educators and learners.
Dror studied at the International Center of Photography in New York. He moved to Pittsburgh in 2003. Before joining CMU, he led the photography studio at the Manchester Craftsmen’s Guild youth program.
In parallel to his role at 412×972, he leads Ethics MVP, a company that helps businesses identify, articulate, and put into action their organization’s ethical DNA.