Ofer Brandes

Ofer Brandes

SVP Strategic Effectiveness at Payoneer

Ofer is SVP Strategic Effectiveness at Payoneer, a global leader in cross-border B2b payments.

With over 35 years of experience in the software industry, Ofer has a strong background in technology, and from 2003-2019 he also served as CTO at Viola Ventures, working with its founding Partners in various capacities. As a part-time technology consultant for the Fund, Ofer was involved in the technological evaluation aspects of the due diligence process, and worked with the CTOs and R&D managers of portfolio companies post-investment.


Prior to joining Viola, Ofer was the CTO at SunGard Business Integration (“SBI”, formerly MINT).

Prior to SBI, Ofer was the Chief Designer and Programmer at Tovna, an Israeli company which developed software for automatic translation between English, French and Russian.

From 1993 through 1996, Ofer was Senior Advisor to Israel’s Minister of Education.

He served in the Israeli Defense Forces’ prestigious Intelligence Corps and holds a B.Sc. (with distinction) in Mathematics and Computer Sciences from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.


His professional areas of interest are mostly around “applicative innovation: The translation of technological innovations to actual products and solutions that can change our world for better.”

He’s inspired by “people who have made a significant change, or at least have tried to, in spite of objections, narrow mindedness and persecutions”

He has been deeply interested in astronomy since childhood, and built his own telescope with his father as a young teenager. “I travelled 11,000 km from Israel to Wyoming to watch the Total Solar Eclipse of August 2017.”

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