Executive Team

Ariel Gorfung


Ariel, a highly experienced and successful hi-tech executive, brings over 20 years of a proven track record in capital raise, P&L leadership and management within multinational and competitive environments, in both early stage and growth stage companies. Ariel has been involved as a Co-Founder, CEO and executive with a number of successful companies, including Optibase Inc., California (went IPO NASADQ; OBAS, 1999), Magic Software (NASDAQ; MGIC), e-Sponsor, Ltd. (acquired by Intuwave UK, 2001), Neocleus (acquired by Intel, 2010). In the past 5 years. Ariel has been the managing director of Oris Investments, and a board member/chairman of a number of portfolio companies operating in the field of clean tech.

Gal Fridman


Gal, a highly acclaimed and successful executive specializing in global branding, distribution channels and go-to-market strategies has been responsible for brand successes of numerous leading companies. Gal was the Business Leader for STANLEY works, Keter plastic, ZAG industries and others, leading the sales and marketing operations and directing a sales force overseeing distributors and manufacturers’ representatives. During his career, Gal had on-going interactions with global distribution networks and retailers such as USA- Home Depot, WalMart, Lowe’s, EU- Aldi, Leory Merlin, B&Q and more. Gal is a 3 time TransAlp Graduate.

Assaf Pereg


Assaf is our Chief Financial Officer, with 15 years of experience in senior financial management roles. He has a vast experience in financial planning & reporting, M&A transactions, Financing rounds and Investor relations. In his last several positions Assaf managed global finance teams and led complex processes for both public companies and Start-ups, among those: Top Image Systems Ltd (Nasdaq: TISA, acquired by Kofax), Radcom Ltd (Nasdaq: RDCM), Cyberint Technologies Ltd, Become Technological Solutions Ltd and PwC.

Giel Matz

President & COO

Thirty years of senior management experience, that have focused on operational and global sales organizations, strategic thinker with a great emphasis on IP driven business and value creation. Previously the managing director of the KETER PLASTICS hardware division, turned the business from a 24 Million dollar in 2011 to $300 M in 2018. Before Keter served as Chromagen's Israeli MD, Restructured and re-aligned the distribution channels of the company into four tiers, based on business volume. Gil was also involved in leading roles in Technoplast.

Dr. Aras Mirfendereski


Aras developed into an engine-expert throughout the German and international scientific landscape (studies at RWTH Aachen University, doctorate at Audi AG). Through his experience as a powertrain developer at Stuttgart FKFS for various OEMs as well as his activities as a senior program manager at Toyota, his developments always thrive on the transfer of state-of-the-art processes into corporate structures. With the help of methods such as MBD, he takes systems from concept paper to series maturity. His extensive networks enable him to manage his projects at the highest and most modern standard. Aras works as a scientific author for Springer, where he publishes his novel development approaches.

Łukasz Obłoza

VP Development Center, Kraków

13 years of development experience in the field of engines for the automotive industry. Director of Gear Development Team at BorgWarner, tier 1 manufacturer for the automotive industry. Extensive experience in the development processes of integrated systems motor, transmission, electricity, command, and electronics. A charismatic leader and an energetic man of action.

Shaul Yaakoby


Shaul, an automobile technology expert, owned and operated an Internal combustion engines factory specializing in reparation, renovation and improvement of a great variety of engines. The factory became known for its accomplishments in Israel and abroad. As a well as a known expert for mechanical assemblies, Shaul served as the automobile technology advisor for insurance companies, with specialty in failure analysis for automobiles, protection and theft prevention. Shaul has also been involved with numerous inventions both in the field of automobile and water purification solutions. Shaul Yaakoby has led the innovation, development and production of Aquarius’s first prototype and is now managing the process of development of a commercial grade model.

Dariusz Karcz

Project Manager

Experienced Senior Project Manager with a demonstrated history of working in the automotive industry directly with OEMs and Tier 1 customers. Responsible for full product and project lifecycle management from RFQ into serial production phase mainly in high volume production. Strong practical experience in area of supplier management in terms of production process improvement, quality development and auditing. Several years of experience in direct high volume production management in automotive sector. Graduated Msc from AGH Cracow with additional postgraduate studies in the field of Quality and Production Management. 

Michael Stanovsky


Michael joined Aquarius after 20 years of experience in the aerospace industry (Elbit Systems and Israel Aerospace Industries). Michael comes with hands-on experience in the development, adaptation, and enchantment of UAV's propulsion systems. Michael has experience in leading groups of multidisciplinary R&D engineers working in the development of state-of-the-art UAV's propulsion systems. Michael brings demonstrated experience transferring prototype systems from development into serial production, creating new propulsion system production lines, and supporting customers during commercialization early-stage. Michael leads the global Aquarius R&D department.

Jonathan Nassau

Product Manager

Jonathan joined Aquarius after a very successful 9 years in the aerospace industry (Elbit Systems and Rafael Advanced Defence systems) as an R&D Manager of combustion engine development. Jonathan brings demonstrated experience transferring prototype engines from development into serial production, creating new engine production lines, introducing new products to the market (NPI), and supporting customers during early-stage commercialization of engines. Jonathan will lead the Generator business unit’s first implementation and sales to selective customers. He will also oversee the company’s top priority project with telecommunications & management system providers.