LDS Management Team
Eli Venezia, President & Chairman of the Board
With three decades of experience in executive positions in Israel’s leading electro-optics oriented defense industries, primarily Elbit Systems and ITL Optronics, Mr. Eli Venezia served in leading R&D and executive positions at El Op Electro Optics Industries, as Vice President of Elbit Systems Land C4I systems division, CEO of Elbit Security Systems (ELSEC) and President and CEO of ITL Optronics.
Venezia also served as Vice Chairmen of two international companies – Fraser Volpe LLC in the USA and India based Alpha ITL, both developing and manufacturing advanced EO systems for the Military markets. Mr. Venezia holds a B.Sc. degree from Tel Aviv University and a master of science of management degree from the Polytechnic University of New York.
Major General (ret.) David Tsur, Senior Director
Maj. general Tsur has served with Israel’s defense and security forces for over 30 years, among his assignments were Commander, Counter – Terrorism Unit, Chief of Staff for the Special police Units, Deputy Chief of Operations, Commander, Israel’s Border police and Commander of the Tel Aviv District Police. While on temporary leave from his Police service in 1996, Maj. General Tsur also served as a Security Consultant for the Olympic Games in Atlanta. In 2000, he was appointed Chief of Staff by the Minister of Public Security, and promoted to the rank of Major General. In this position, he contributed to the strengthening of the ties with the newly established United States Department of Homeland Security (following the 9/11 events). As the representative of Israel at the international advisory committee (G7) to the organizers of the Athens Olympics (2004) working as an advisory committee to Hellenic Minister of Public Security, on the preparations to the Olympic Games. Since his retirement in 2007 Tsur has founded the GLS Company offering consultancy services on large scale national security projects for governments and security organizations.
Zvika Ben Praz, LTC (ret), V.P Operations & Programs
Over 30 years of experience in managing operations and programs management in Israel’s leading electro-optics oriented defense industries, primarily Elbit as Vice President of Elbit Security Systems.experience includes managing production programs, infrastructure management and management of business units. Holds a BA & MBA in the field of finance and capital market.
Dr. Michael Gaft, Chief Scientist
Dr. Gaft received the MS degree from the Moscow Steel and Alloys Institute in 1975, in 1979 he received the PhD (Physics of Minerals, candidate of science) from All-Union Institute of Mineral Resources, Moscow. For 11 years he was a Researcher and Senior Researcher, All-Union Institute of Mineral Resources, Moscow. From 1990 he worked as physics Lecturer in The Open University of Israel, Senior Researcher in ITL and Chief Scientist in LDS. He is currently a Senior Researcher in Laser Detect Se. His scientific research areas are Laser Induced Spectroscopy (Luminescence, Raman, Breakdown) of explosives and minerals.
Prof. Lev Nagli, Senior Scientist
Prof. Nagli received his MS degree from the Latvian State University, Riga, in 1964, in 1971 he received the PhD (Solid State Physics, candidate of science) and in 1988 Doctor of science from the Institute of Physics, Latvian Academy of Science. For 25 years he was a staff member at the Institute of Physics, Latvian Academy of Science Riga. Lev is professor in the School of Physics and Astronomy, Tel-Aviv University. His research interests are in optics, laser technique, laser materials, Infrared spectroscopy, infrared materials, infrared fibers.
Established in 2004, LDS has developed patented, ground-breaking remote trace detection technology using real-time laser spectroscopy, with applications targeting all types of explosives, PETN, narcotics, and hazardous materials, in liquid and aerosol form.