Eli Zelkha Bio

Eli Zelkha is Adjunct Professor at the Graduate School of International Policy and Management at the Monterey Institute of International StudiesGraduate School of Middlebury College.  He teaches Corporate & International Venture Capital, Entrepreneurship, Scenario-based Planning, and a Seminar in the Art of Failure.   He is also Chairman at Vemm, a leading financial services lead generation platform in Brazil

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  • Eli led the team that conceived  and developed Ambient Intelligence, a paradigm for human-centric environments that are embedded, context aware, personalized, adaptive and anticipatory. The European Commission continues playing a crucial role in the multi-billion Euro funding of research in the field of Ambient Intelligence.
  • Eli founded, developed, and sold several successful ventures including Euro-Profile/iProfile (sold to Virgo Capital ’08), Palo Alto Ventures (sold to 21st Century Venture Partners ’04), and Kandahar Designs (sold to InterLink, Ltd.)
  • He was chief strategist  and managing director and at corporate venture capital funds at Tandem Computer, UB Networks, and Compaq, where he served as Vice President, Corporate Strategy & New Ventures.

Eli Zelkha ...ScenariosFrom early 2005 to February 2008, Eli was Founder and CEO of Global IT Profiles, the leading US and European IT business intelligence service, which he successfully sold to  Virgo Capital, a private equity fund.  Between 1998 to 2004, Eli was Founder and Managing Partner at Palo Alto Ventures, a venture firm, that coupled venture investments with a scenario based strategy practice. Eli spearheaded transformative strategy and new venture initiatives for  major corporate clients including Philips Electronics, as well as start up investments in companies such as TIVO.  Eli successfully sold Palo Alto Ventures to 21st Century Venture Partners in 2004.   Previously, Eli was Vice President of Strategy & New Ventures at Compaq.  From 1995 to 1997, Eli led efforts to develop Tandems turn around and re-positioning strategy as Vice President of Corporate Development.  Over the course of his tenure, Tandem’s market capitalization increased from $850 million to the $4.3 billion valuation realized in the company’s acquisition by Compaq.    Prior to Tandem, Eli led Corporate Strategy in the turn around of UB Networks, which sold to Newbridge Networks for $100 M.

Prior to attending business school, Eli founded and developed Kandahar Designs into Afghanistan’s largest soft goods and fashion exporter employing 1,000+ people.

He is a founding director of the Dutch Twinning venture capital network, and has served on the boards of Silicon Artists, Spain, Assurance Auto, France, PayPod, India, and NovaR&D and GRAVIDI, USA. 


Venture capital, scenario-based planning, corporate strategy, art of failure, start-ups, entrepreneurship, mergers & acquisitions, technology.


Eli holds and MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business (’85) and a BA from Colgate University. He speaks four languages.  (Arabic, Farsi, French, Dari)


He is the author of numerous published articles including, The Copyright Question: Making The Net Safe And Profitable For Copyright Content (PC Week) and “Small is Beautiful” (Virtual Reality Technology), From Devices to “Ambient Intelligence”,The Future of TV,   Imagining the Future of Digital Displays, Scenarios for the Future of Information Appliances and Consumer Devices.