As of March 2016, Israel Gal has entered his role as Executive Chairman of the Acoustiguide Group Board of Directors.
Mr. Gal has served as the CEO of Acoustiguide Group (formerly Espro-Acoustiguide) from 1997 to February 2016, growing it from an OEM manufacturer into global multimedia technology company. He has overseen many acquisitions, including the acquisition of Acoustiguide Corporation in 2005 which formed the Acoustiguide Group, and the purchase of Tristan Interactive in 2013. Incorporating Tristan Interactive (today: Acoustiguide Interactive) into the Group brought Acoustiguide to become a prominent DEVELOPER and provider of Mobile Apps for the Museum, Tourism and Entertainment industries worldwide.
In 2015 Mr. Gal has founded a Joint Venture that created and formed Acoustiguide China (Jiashan), the Group's new entity in China.
Israel spent 20 years in the Israel Defense Forces, retiring as Colonel. He holds a Bachelor's degree in Economics and Business Administration from Bar-Ilan University and a Master's degree in Political Science and Jewish History from the University of Haifa. In 2012, Mr. Gal was awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland for his contribution to promoting the Polish culture in the state of Israel, after bringing alive a unique and heroic story of turning the Warsaw Zoo into a haven for Polish resistance and persecuted Jews during WWII. At the present time, Israel is devoting much efforts in bringing alive the forgotten heritage of the Jews of Tianjin, China, and commemorate the one synagogue left in this city.
Nadav Karni joined Acoustigude in 2003 and served as CFO till 2012. He had a leading role in Acoustiguide Corporation in 2005 which formed the Acoustiguide Group.
In years 2012 till 2016 Nadav served as CFO of two medical devices companies - one for Home use HomeSkinovations Ltd and the other for professional use Invasix Ltd.
Nadav returned to Acoustiguide in 2016.
Prior to joining Acoustiguide in 2003, Nadav worked as senior manager at Ernst & Young for six and a half years. In his management role at E&Y, Nadav was responsible for dozens of companies, some trading on Israeli and foreign markets.
Nadav received his Bachelor's degree in business management and accounting at the College of Management.
Oshrat Balul joined Acoustiguide in 2011. She previously was CFO at Redstone Real Estate Investments and CFO at Leader Real Estate International. She began her career at Ernst & Young. Ms. Balul is a CPA and holds a B.A. in business Management.
Shmuel Shalem is one of the founders of Espro Acoustiguide and is responsible for all technical activities of the company from R&D to product design and implementation. He previously worked at design centers in the US and Israel. Mr. Shalem earned a master of science degree in computer engineering from the University of Santa Clara in California and a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the Technion - Israel institute of Technology.
Menachem Schorr joined Acoustiguide in 1998. Prior to joining Acoustiguide, he was finance manager at a commercial organization and was an assistant manager for Mizrachi-Tefahot. He earned a bachelor’s degree in economics at Tel Aviv University and MBA from the Open University of Israel.
Eyal Ben Gigi joined Acoustiguide in 1994 and is responsible for the company’s operations and technical support. Previously, he worked at Tadiran. Mr. Ben Gigi received his bachelor’s degree in management and economics and his MBA from the Open Academic University in Tel Aviv.
Daniela comes to Acoustiguide with extensive experience in experiential marketing, sales & business development across multiple industries, from years spent at major tourist attractions in New York City, producing New Year's Eve events in Times Square, to the tech space, leading a paradigm shift at a digital-based broadcast monitoring solutions platform. Daniela's portfolio of produced experiences includes Nickelodeon, Marvel, Target, Proctor & Gamble, National Football League and many others.
At Acoustiguide, Daniela has merged her passion for the arts, tourism & storytelling. Her expansive knowledge of the tourism industry and experiential marketing have shaped Acoustiguide’s mission in North America, and has led to new partnerships with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island National Museum of Immigration Museum and Alcatraz Island.
Daniela graduated from Brandeis University with a Bachelor's degree in Political Science, with a concentration on International Relations, and is fluent in Hebrew and Russian.
Maryanne Leigh joined Acoustiguide in 1998 and is responsible for client development in Australia and New Zealand. Previously from a museum background, Maryanne now assists clients in developing comprehensive multimedia experiences for their visitors. Working closely with writers on scripts and overseeing studio production ensures that projects are delivered as required.
Iris Lin earned a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Yu Da University of Science and Technology. She joined Acoustiguide as Head of Finance & Administration in 2004 and became the Managing Director of Acoustiguide Asia in May 2016. Iris is the Financial Director of Acoustiguide China as well. She is familiar with diverse aspect of company management, finance, and interdepartmental coordination.
Kaori Kurata has been Managing Director of Acoustiguide Japan since 2010. She oversees aspects of the business, from managing the creation of custom content to sales and marketing and operations. Ms. Kurata joined Acoustiguide in 1999 as creative manager, where she specialized in script writing and managing the creative process. She holds a bachelor’s degree in music and art history from International Christian University.
Julie is an award-winning writer and producer. Leading the Acoustiguide Creative Department, Julie manages our expansive team of writers, producers, project managers, voiceover talent, and production studios, and spearheads new creative and marketing efforts such as the company's blog and podcasts. She works closely with clients to establish project goals and creative direction, and often plays the role of producer herself, conducting interviews, writing and editing scripts, and direting recording. Julie has produced many of Acoustiguide MUSE award-winning tours, including for The National September 11 Memorial & Museum, the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, and the Getty.
Prior to joining Acoustiguide, Julie spent six years at Tower Productions in Chicago as a writer, director and producer of documentaries for The History Channel, A&E, and The Weather Channel. Before her documentary work, like so many audio tour producers, Julie also worked in radio as a talk-show producer at Chicago's top-rated talk station, WGN-AM.
Julie holds a BA in Art History and History from Mount Holyoke College, and earned a Master's Degree in Urban Planning from the University of Michgan. She is currently pursing a Master's Degree in Art History from Hunter College.