Dr. Basheer, CEO and founder of the company, is a leading expert in the domain of enzyme technology. He is a co-founder of the R&D center The Galilee Society .
Dr. Basheer founded Zeituna, a company that developed an enzymatic process for the solidification of oils for the food industry. He also founded Enzymotec, which develops, produces, and markets biofunctional lipid ingredients worldwide, based on an innovative enzyme technology.
Dr. Basheer served as a member of the scientific committee for the Technology Incubators at the Ministry of Trade and Industry, Israel. He serves as a member of other scientific committees in the industry, as well as in government institutions.
Dr. Basheer received his D.Sc. in biotechnology (enzymology) from the Technical Institute of Switzerland (ETH-Z). His research work included a two-year post-doctoral term at the National Food Research Institute in Tsukuba, Japan, followed by a second two-year post-doctoral term at the Faculty of Food Engineering and Biotechnology at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa.
Dr. Ahmed Tafesh, VP for new business development and CTO of the company, has vast experience in both scientific and business activities.
Before TransBiodiesel, Dr. Tafesh served as CTO of Karmat and head of R&D at Varcode. He was head of anti-fungal formulation at Troy Corporation in New Jersey, and held the positions of associate director for new product development and head of innovation at Lonza Group, New Jersey, USA. Prior to his stay in the US he served as marketing manager and head of new product development at Fine Chem, Israel Chemicals. Before that he was group leader at Hoechst Celanese (Germany and US) in the area of fine chemicals and catalysis.
Dr. Tafesh holds a B.Sc. and M.Sc. in organic chemistry from Oregon State University in Portland, and a Ph.D. in organic chemistry from the University of Utah, USA.
Dr. Tafesh is an inventor and author of more than 25 US patents.
Usama Mohsen, Chief Process Engineer, has six years of experience in chemical and biotechnological processes, advancing products from early-stage research up to their industrial level. Prior to joining TransBiodiesel, Mr. Mohsen served as a research engineer and a laboratory supervisor at Genegrafts Ltd., in Israel. He has authored several articles on molecular biology and genetic engineering.
Mr. Mohsen holds a B.Sc. in Biotechnology from Ort Braude College in Karmiel, Israel.
Saleem Shehab, CFO of the company, is a certified public accountant with a solid background in finance, accounting, and operations management.
Prior to his position at TransBiodiesel, he served as controller at Mind CTI, a Nasdaq traded company from Yokneam, Israel and as senior auditor and accountant at Ernst & Young in Haifa, Israel.
Saleem has a legal background. He practiced corporate law at the law offices of Goldfarb Seligman & Co in Tel Aviv, Israel.
He holds a B.A. in accounting and business administration and an LL.B., both from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.