WITI Hall of Fame

2014 Inductees


Orna Berry Orna Berry
Corporate VP, Growth and Innovation, EMC Centers of Excellence US & EMEA , EMC Corporation

Jennifer Pahlka Jennifer Pahlka
Founder and Executive Director, Code for America

Kim Polese Kim Polese
Chairman, ClearStreet

Kris Rinne Kris Rinne
Senior Vice President, Network & Product Planning, AT&T Services, Inc.

Lauren States Lauren States
Advanced Leadership Initiative Fellow, Harvard University



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Orna Berry

Orna Berry

Corporate VP, Growth and Innovation, EMC Centers of Excellence US & EMEA , EMC Corporation

Inducted in: 2014

Orna Berry is a recognized entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the Israeli science, technology, and venture capital industries. She is known for her efforts to promote excellence, entrepreneurship, and innovation in Israeli society.

Dr. Berry has held a wide range of key positions with significant social and public impact throughout her career. She was a founding partner of Ornet Data Communications Ltd. She held the position of Chief Scientist of the Ministry of Industry and Trade in the Israeli government, served as the Chairperson of the Israeli Venture Capital Funds Association (IVA), and was previously a Venture Partner at Gemini Israel Funds. Dr. Berry has also held a number of positions related to consulting and management of scientific research at Fibronics, IBM, Intel, and UNISYS. She also served as a Director at PrimeSense, which was recently acquired by Apple.

Currently Dr. Berry serves as the Corporate Vice President Growth and Innovation EMC Centers of Excellence EMEA (Israel, Ireland, Russia, and Egypt) and the US (Utah and South Carolina), Chairperson of the Israel-Australia Chamber of Commerce (IACC), representative on IAESI's Board of Directors, and as chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Academic College Tel Aviv-Jaffa. Most recently, she was the recipient of the "Yakirat Ha'Negev" award from Ben Gurion University, which recognized her achievements and excellence in the technology industry, as well as her successful entrepreneurship ventures and profound involvement in establishing an EMC R&D branch in the Negev region.