Eyal Carmel is a Group Program Manager in the Data Platform Group at Microsoft, managing the database security solutions domain. He was the Director of Academia Programs in the Microsoft Israel R&D Center, working with the Academia and within Microsoft to bridge between the academic world and the industry/business world. Before joining Microsoft, Eyal was AVP of Product Management in cVidya. Prior to that, he worked in Comverse in various positions from R&D Group Manager to VP of Portfolio Management, in the IAF in various development and management positions and founded a few startups. Eyal holds a B.Sc. and an M.Sc. in computer science and mathematics from Ben-Gurion University.