casterra - Integrated castor cultivation solution based on innovative technology

The Team


Eyal Ronen

General Manager

Mr. Eyal Ronen is the General Manager of Casterra and serves as Executive Vice President of Business Development at Evogene. Mr. Ronen has over 20 years of extensive business development experience in biotech companies. Mr. Ronen’s prior experience includes Vice President of Business Development at TransAlgae, Vice President of Sales, Marketing, and Business Development at Fotonica, VP of Sales at STK Bio Ag Technologies, CTO and Co-Founder at Seanovo, Growth Department Manager at Gadot, and Director of South America at Haifa Chemicals.
Mr. Ronen holds a B.Sc in Agronomy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, an M.Sc. in Agronomy from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and an MBA from Haifa University.

Dr. Michi Brog

Head of Seeds Development

Dr. Michi Brog is the Head of seeds development of Casterra. In addition, Dr. Brog serves as Director of breeding of Canonic, Evogene’s Medical Cannabis subsidiary. Dr. Brog began his professional career in 2013 at Evogene as a trait researcher of agricultural crops and computational genomics.
Dr. Brog holds a Bachelor of Science degree at the Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem (2007) and a Doctorate (direct PhD program) at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in breeding and Genetics of Tomato Enhancement (2013).

David Schvartzman

Product & Market Development Agronomist

Mr. David Schvartzman is the Product & Market Development Agronomist of Casterra. Mr. Schvartzman brings more than 40 years of professional experience in project management in the agricultural space, where he led national-scale projects in irrigation through the operation of big teams—setting the programs and managing their execution. In addition, Mr. Schvartzman has many years of experience in the global markets, especially in Latin America and Africa. Mr. Schvartzman was formerly heading the plants’ department of Evogene, where he led the development of biofuel crops, among other open-field crops. Mr. Schvartzman has vast agronomical experience and knowledge in field crops, vegetables, biofuel crops, and castor.
Prior to joining Evogene, Mr. Schvartzman served as a country project manager in Yarook 2000; as special advisor on water management to the governments of Honduras and Guatemala, and as VP and department manager in Agropis Bio (Ethiopia) and Mitrelli group (Angola).
Mr. Schvartzman holds a practical engineering degree In Agriculture and economics from Rupin academy and a B.Sc. in industrial management from Sapir college. Mr. Schvartzman controls Portuguese, Spanish, and Hebrew as his mother tongues.

Ziv Halamish

Director of Operations

Mr. Ziv Halamish is the Director of operations of Casterra. In addition, Mr. Halamish serves as the Director of Greenhouse Research Center of Evogene, responsible for the experimental and agrotechnical activities of Evogene and its subsidiaries. Mr. Halamish has over ten years of managerial experience, particularly in Ag Tech.
Mr. Ziv Halamish holds an MBA from the Open University, a B.Sc in Marine Sciences from Ruppin Academic Center, and PMP program from the Technion University.


Mr. Ofer Haviv

Chairman of the Board

Mr. Ofer Haviv holds the position of Evogene’s President and CEO as of late 2004. Prior to that he held the positions of company COO and CFO from 2002 to 2004 and was involved in Evogene’s spin-off from Compugen in 2002. At Compugen, he held the position of Director of Finance and Treasurer of Compugen (NASDAQ: CGEN) for four years, during which time the company completed two private placements and an IPO on NASDAQ
Mr. Haviv holds a B.A. degree in Economics and Accounting from Faculty of Management, Tel Aviv University and is a Certified Public Accountant in Israel.

Mr. Sassi Masliah

Board Member

Mr. Sassi Masliah holds the position of Evogene’s Executive Vice President Corporate Development. Mr. Masliah has held various positions within Evogene since 2011, most recently as Evogene’s Vice President for Legal Affairs and Corporate Secretary.
Mr. Masliah holds an LL.B. and B.A. in economics from the Tel-Aviv University.