Board Roster

Ariel Sobelman, Valens

HDBaseT Alliance President

Ariel Sobelman is the President of the HDBaseT Alliance and serves on the HDBaseT Alliance Board of Directors, representing Valens.

With 12 years of high level business development, industry standardization and strategic research experience, Ariel Sobelman serves as Valens’ Vice President of Corporate Alliances, leading the standardization process for HDBaseT technology.

Before joining Valens, Ariel was with SanDisk, where he was general manager of the corporate liaison office to Microsoft in Redmond, Wash., managing the relationship (executive, political, technical) work taking place between the two companies. Prior to SanDisk’s acquisition of M-Systems, Sobelman was vice president in the CTO’s office, where he was responsible for all industry standards activities. He also held responsibility for standardization of embedded cryptographic modules in mobile phones while part of the research group at Discretix Technologies, Israel.

Ariel is a founding chair of IEEE 1667 Transient Storage Device Authentication working group.

Mahesh Bala, Sony Pictures Entertainment

HDBaseT Alliance Director

Mahesh Bala represents Sony Pictures Entertainment on the HDBaseT Alliance Board of Directors. He is a technologist with over 20 years of experience in digital video, OTT media services, cybersecurity, content protection and software development realms. In his current role as Vice President, Worldwide Media Technology, Mahesh leads the digital policy team at SPE and is responsible for technical evaluations of studio distribution deals worldwide. He has worked with organizations developing security specifications such as AACS/AACS2, HDCP, DTCP/DTCP2, Global Platform and industry associations such as APEX and MPAA.

Mahesh has earned a Bachelor of Technology degree from the Indian Institute of Technology (BHU), Master of Science degree from Missouri S&T and completed executive programs at UCLA Anderson and UC Berkeley Haas School of Business. In his leisure time he enjoys hiking with his family and any kind of water sport.

Nanho Kim, Samsung Electronics

HDBaseT Alliance Director

Nanho Kim represents Samsung on the HDBaseT Alliance Board of Directors. She brings about 10 years of experience at Samsung, with a background as a SW engineer, specializing in Application SW and Middleware Development. She broadened her scope by transitioning into R&D Strategy where she directly and indirectly engaged with ATSC, BDA, DVB, HBBTV, HDMI, UHDA etc.

Nanho is currently working for standardization of the Broadcasting Industry for worldwide connectivity technology in the TV Business Unit.

DK (Do Kyun) Kim, LG Electronics

HDBaseT Alliance Director

Mr. DK (Do Kyun) Kim served in the Digital TV System Development field for over 10 years as a H/W, S/W Engineer in RF Systems, Video Systems and 3D Video Systems as an LG Electronics representative. He has also represented the HDMI forum Board of Directors since 2015.

Additionally, DK Kim has participated in the Board of Directors of VESA Forum starting 2017. He is particularly interested in product wired connectivity standards.

Dana Milner

HDBaseT Alliance Legal Counsel

Dana Milner is the HDBaseT Alliance’s General Legal Counsel. Dana is an expert corporate counsel, with extensive global experience with leading technology companies and growing start-ups on various local and international markets. Dana’s professional background includes serving as legal counsel to Amdocs for a period of ten years, both as in-house legal counsel and as an external lawyer.

Earlier, Dana worked as a corporate associate at Debevoise & Plimpton LLP, a large top-tier New York law firm, as part of the private equity and VC team, advising sponsors and various institutional and individual investors on private equity investments and activities. Dana is a member of the Israeli Bar since 1996 and holds an LL.B degree from Tel Aviv University and an LL.M degree in Banking, Corporate and Finance Law from Fordham University School of Law, New York.

Tzahi Madgar

VP, General Manager

As Vice President and General Manager of the HDBaseT Alliance, Tzahi brings with him over 10 years of experience in the Audio/Video industry. In his current role, he is responsible for introducing HDBaseT technology to new markets and establishing relations with similar organizations with complementary technologies.

Prior to the joining the HDBaseT Alliance, Tzahi worked at AGT, a homeland security company specializing in video surveillance, and LiveU, a world leader cellular video broadcasting solutions company. Tzahi holds a BA in Economics, an LL.B. and an MBA degree from Tel-Aviv University, in Israel.