Nechemia (Chemi) J. Peres

Chemi is a Managing Partner and Co-Founder of Pitango.

He began his career in the VC world in 1992 as founder and managing partner of MOFET Israel technology Fund (traded on the Tel Aviv Stock Exchange), and later co-founded and chaired the Israel Venture Association (IVA, a.k.a IATI)

Prior to his work in Venture Capital, Chemi held managerial positions in the software industry at Decision Systems Israel (DSI) and at the engineering department of Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI). Chemi served for ten years as a pilot at the Israeli Air Force (IAF).

Chemi has accumulated years of experience as a board member in many companies, several of which became publicly traded on NASDAQ and NYSE. Among them are Aladdin, AudioCodes, Orckit Communications and VocalTec. He served on the board of Koor Industries and as of 2017 he is on the board of directors of Teva Pharmaceuticals. In 2020 he joined the Ethics & Sustainability Committee at GEOX.

He currently serves on the boards of numerous Pitango portfolio companies such as Via Transportation, Taboola,, Duda, Totango and Radwin.

Chemi is Chairman of the Peres Center for Peace and Innovation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1996. He also serves on the board of other non-profit organizations such as Social Finance Israel (SFI) and others. In 2020 he co-founded and steers the Covid-19 relief Israeli Solidarity Fund together with MATAN, the Israeli branch of United Way.

He holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering and an MBA from Tel Aviv University