about us

Management Team

Dr. Yuvi Kahana
Founder and Chief Executive Officer

Before founding Optoacoustics in 2006, Dr. Kahana served as CEO of Phone-Or, which he joined in 2000. Dr. Kahana brings 15 years of multifaceted experience in advanced acoustic solutions for the high-tech business sector. He has served as a senior consultant in the field of spatial sound and numerical acoustic modeling for numerous companies, including Rolls-Royce, Ove-Arup, Rover and Samsung. Dr. Kahana holds a Ph.D. (2000) and M.Sc. (1997) in Acoustics from the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, University of Southampton, United Kingdom, and a B.Sc. (1989) in Aeronautical Engineering from the Technion Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa. Dr. Kahana is the author of many scientific papers.


Dr. Alexander Kots
Co-Founder, Vice President, Research and Development

Dr. Kots is Co-Founder of Optoacoustics and serves as Vice President of R&D. Previously, he co-founded Phone-Or in 1992.  Until 1990, he served as Senior Scientist for Building Acoustics at the Scientific Research Institute of Municipal Services, Leningrad, Russia. He is a world renowned expert in the fields of acoustics and seismic insulation, and is author of dozens of patents. Dr. Kots holds a Ph.D. in Technology (1978) from the Krylov Research Institute, Leningrad, and a M.Sc (1972) in Acoustics and Hydro-Aerodynamics from the Leningrad Shipbuilding Institute. Dr. Kots was a principal developer, together with Dr. Paritsky, of the first fiber optic microphone.


Mr. Nikolai Nekan
Vice President, Engineering

Mr. Nekan has served as Vice President of Engineering at Optoacoustics since 2006. Prior to this he served as a Project Engineer and Production Line Manager at wireless industry leader Cardo Systems. Mr. Nekan brings over 10 years experience in advanced telecommunications engineering with companies like Cisco Systems and RAD Data Communications. He is also a veteran R&D Team Leader at Phone-Or.


Dr. Alex Paritsky
Scientific Advisor

Dr. Paritsky was Founder and CTO of Phone-Or. Dr. Paritsky was the inventor of the first fiber optic microphone, commercialized by Phone-Or. Dr. Paritsky's professional experience includes the positions as Senior Research Scientist in the Department of Interdisciplinary Studies, Faculty of Engineering, Tel Aviv University, Israel; Project Director in the Research Laboratory of the Hydroacoustical Measurements, Institute of Metrology, Kharhov (formerly USSR). He has over 30 years experience in scientific research and development, is a world renowned author of many essential patents, publications and technical reports in his field. He holds a Ph.D. (1971) in underwater acoustic, measurement and ocean physics from the Leningrad Institute of Metrology, Leningrad, USSR, and a M.Sc. (1963) in computers and electronics from the Polytechnic Institute of Kaunas, Lithuania.


Bob Rosenbaum
Strategic Marketing

Mr. Rosenbaum has served as Strategic Marketing director since the company's founding. He has over 20 years experience in marketing high tech innovations in Israel and the US, working with leading companies like Israel Aerospace Industries, Scitex and Seabridge Networks. Mr. Rosenbaum was also instrumental in establishing the Israeli Chief Scientist's National Nanotechnology Initiative in 2006. He holds a B.A. in Journalism and Mass Communications from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor.