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Founded by an experienced multidisciplinary team, SpeakingPal brings together experts in the fields of mobile technology, computing science, management, linguistics, automatic speech recognition and English as a Foreign Language (EFL).

Eyal Eshed, CEO
Eyal is an experienced high-tech manager with a strong technology background. Eyal was the co-founder & co-CEO of Omnivee, a revolutionary viewing method creator. Eyal led the business from concept to commercial success, multiple prize winning products and a successful acquisition. Earlier in his career, Eyal was a project manager at Chromatis Networks, that was acquired by Lucent Technologies. Eyal holds a BA summa cum laude in Computer Science from IDC, and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Ariel Velikovsky, CTO
Ariel is a leading authority in the domain of mobile handset applications and communication systems. Ariel brings extensive experience in technological leadership, with over 20 years in the telecom industry. Ariel served as an R&D Manager, Chief Architect in the CTO Office and CTO of the Handsets Line of Business in Comverse, a world leading provider of software and systems for the mobile industry. Ariel holds a BSc summa cum laude in Mathematics & Computer Science from BGU, an MA in Computer Science from BIU and an MBA from the Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.

Dr. Shaunie Shammass, VP Linguistic Innovation
Shaunie is a phonetics expert with over 20 years of experience in the application of linguistics to the field of speech recognition. She was involved in the EU Sixth Framework consortiums, developing multilingual spoken and written linguistic resources for automatic speech recognition, speech synthesis and machine translation. She was the chief linguist at NSC, where she developed all linguistic resources for speech recognition in the telephony and mobile environments. She also brings E-Learning expertise in the field of English pronunciation teaching, having worked at DSP Solutions and Digispeech. Shaunie also has a rich pedagogical background in teacher-training and teaching English pronunciation, having taught at Bar-Ilan University and teaching colleges. Shaunie holds a PhD in Linguistics (with distinction) from the University of Alberta, Canada.