Daniela Kandel

Senior Director, Innovation Bridges, Start-Up Nation Central

Daniela Kandel is the Senior Director of Innovation Bridges, leading the Global Finder Network initiative and Country Relations at Start-Up Nation Central (SNC).

Leading the organization’s ecosystem-to-ecosystem work, Daniela develops bridges between innovation ecosystems around the globe by leveraging Israel’s unique assets and capabilities. Daniela and her team develop two main kinds of innovation bridges – the Global Finder Network and Impact Bridges – in order to increase the positive impact of Israeli technologies in developing markets, with activities in India, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. Daniela is building a global network of online discovery platforms (Global Finder Network) around the globe to develop opportunities for multilateral collaboration in the tech sector. She previously led SNC’s efforts to strengthen Israel’s innovation ties with Europe, and before that, she led SNC’s efforts to alleviate the shortage of human capital in the Israeli high-tech industry.

Prior to joining SNC, Daniela was a Milken Institute Fellow stationed at the Department of the Accountant General in Israel’s Ministry of Finance. Focusing on financial innovation, social entrepreneurship, and impact investing, she was involved in developing Israel’s first social impact bond for the prevention of Type 2 Diabetes.

She holds an M.A. in financial economics and a B.A. in economics and statistics, both from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.