Merav Bahat is Vice GM at the Microsoft Israel R&D Center. Merav has over 17 years of global experience in executive product, strategy, marketing and business development positions. From 2008 until 2014 Merav served as the Executive VP of Product, Marketing and Business Development for Flash Networks. As part of her role, Merav led the company's product and business strategy, delivering disruptive products to the market, and was instrumental in growing the company organically and through acquisitions, at a rapid rate. Prior to Flash Networks, Merav served as AVP Strategic Marketing at Comverse where she defined and led VAS Market Growth Strategy, including growth engines development, Product Positioning and Go to Market strategy. In 2015 Merav took a year off to study at Harvard University where she focused on leadership, business strategy, and digital innovation studies. Since returning from her studies, Merav has worked as a Business and Product strategy adviser for startups in the cybersecurity and big data domains. Merav also holds a B.Sc. in Industrial Management Engineering from the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology and an MBA from Ben-Gurion.