Board of Advisors Member
Ilan Kaufthal has over 40 years of experience as an investment banker and senior corporate executive. Since 2010 he has served as chairman of East Wind, a boutique investment bank focused on the education sector that serves clients ranging from large cap to venture stage companies. From 2008 until 2013, Ilan served as Senior Advisor for Irving Place Capital. Until 2008, Ilan was a Vice Chairman of Investment Banking at Bear, Stearns & Co and prior to joining Bear, Stearns in 2000, he served for 13 years as Vice Chairman and head of M&A at Schroders & Co. Preceding Schroders, he was with NL Industries and served as its Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
Ilan is the Chairman of IDB Bank NY and serves on the Board of Directors of Tronox Ltd. and Macsteel Ltd. Previously, he served on the Board of Directors of Payoneer (NASDAQ: PAYO). Ilan also serves on the Advisory Board of Jerusalem Venture Partners Media Fund and is a Trustee of the Russell Berrie Foundation. He is the Chairman of the Board of the American Friends of Bezalel and a member of the Board of Visitors at Columbia University Medical Center.
Ilan holds a BS from Columbia University and an MBA from New York University.