Mr. Samuels is a Partner at Gatewood Capital, and plays a key role in transaction origination, execution, marketing and portfolio management. Prior to joining Gatewood, Mr. Samuels was a Managing Director and Co-Head of the Private Equity Group at Poalim Capital Markets, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Bank Hapoalim BM. Mr. Samuels led investments and monitoring of the PE portfolio, and managed new business development activities. Mr. Samuels was responsible for several investments in China, including a joint venture with a local advisory and investment firm based in Beijing and Hong Kong. Prior to that, Mr. Samuels was a Partner and Investment Manager at Star Ventures, an international venture capital firm, where he focused on fundraising and the communications sector. Prior to Star Ventures, Mr. Samuels was a co-founder, CFO and Senior Vice President of Corporate Development at Satlynx SA of Luxembourg, a provider of satellite-based communications services, and Vice President of Broadband Networks at Gilat Satellite Networks. Mr. Samuels has 10 years of investment banking experience with Lehman Brothers, where he worked on capital markets, corporate finance and M&A transactions. Mr. Samuels has been a member of the investment committee of a private college and of the board of directors of private and public companies, including heading audit and compensation committees. Mr. Samuels has a Masters in Public and Private Management from the Yale School of Management. He holds a B.A. from the University of Haifa, and participated in the University of Michigan’s Executive Management Program.