We’re grateful for our wonderful group of talented, motivated and good-hearted people, who help us steer Grapa into the future with professionalism, passion and dedication. Our great team has a true international flavour, with staff coming from many countries, including; Brazil, Canada, Cuba, Finland, France, England, Germany, Italy, Romania, and the United States.
Shachar is the breeder of ARRA™ and Early Sweet™ table grape varieties. As a 4th generation farmer whose family have been producing grapes since 1882, Shachar’s vast experience in table grape agriculture led him to launch and manage the breeding programme at Giumarra Vineyards Corporation under its subsidiary, ARD LLC (Agricultural Research & Development LLC). Shachar develops innovative table grape varieties, the best of which are commercialized globally by Grapa Varieties under the ARRA brand.
Chairman of the Board
Rafi is the driving force behind Grapa’s vision, goals and corporate strategy. Since 2009, he has led Grapa’s remarkable growth and evolution. Rafi holds a B.A. in Law and a Masters in Law and Business Management. In April 2017, Rafi was elected to the Board of CIOPORA, an international breeders’ association. With Rafi’s vision to consolidate and unite industry stakeholders to enforce global IP protection, The Breeders’ Alliance Company was born in 2019. As one of the four founding members, Rafi holds a Board seat as well.
Shiko brings to Grapa his vast managerial experience gained by over two decades in the fresh produce industry and as the former CEO of Israel’s largest table grape growing and marketing cooperative, he extensive experience in agri business management, both local and international, is a great asset to the company.
Utilizing her vast experience in international marketing, together with a childhood spent in the family vineyards, Nomi leads Grapa’s marketing and brand positioning strategy, ensuring Grapa’s place in the international table grape industry as a leading company in the development and commercialization of new table grape varieties. Nomi has a B.A. in Marketing.
Together with Shachar, Adi develops the future ARRA varieties under the auspices of the ARD breeding programme.
Vered directs our financial department and manages the logistics of Grapa’s extensive international travel and affairs abroad. In addition, she is responsible for coordinating our seminars, meetings and events, both frontal and virtual.
R & D Director
Uzi is an agronomist and highly experienced farmer, holding degrees in political science, history and plant science. He has worked very closely with the ARRA programme and Karniel family for the past twenty years. Utilizing his vast experience and knowledge, Uzi contributes to the creation of new growing techniques and their implementation. As Grapa’s R&D Director, Uzi supports all of Grapa’s technical matters worldwide.
Legal Affairs Director
As head of Grapa’s legal department, Alexandra is responsible for all aspects of international legal affairs, enforcement of IP rights and all contractual agreements. She holds a B.A. in Law and a Master in Business Administration. In October 2020, Alexandra was appointed as Chair of the Working Group on Enforcement of CIOPORA, an international breeders’ association.
Elise manages the licensing of table grape varieties represented by Grapa, including drafting contractual agreements and maintaining up to date records of Grapa’ s licensees worldwide. Elise holds a Master of Laws from Bond University, Australia and a Master of Laws from Sorbonne University, France.
Intellectual Property Manager
Emma manages the IP Portfolio of the table grape varieties represented by Grapa, including the registration of patents, plant breeders’ rights and trademarks. She holds an LLB (hons) in Law and has 20 years’ experience in the IP field.
Sherry carries out an array of administrative duties of the legal affairs department.
Legal Data Coordinator
Lukas is responsible for collecting and processing plantation data reports related to our licensed growers. Additionally he is in charge of the Gesvatec labeling system which allows for worldwide traceability of the varieties that Grapa represents.
Financial Data Operator
Ilona is responsible for an array of administrative duties in the finance department including updating financial records, processing invoices and preparing cost analysis reports.
Liz manages the compilation and analysis of ARRA QC reports and is responsible for monitoring the ARRA test blocks, mother blocks and nursery stock worldwide.
Agronomy Operations Manager
Keren manages the breeding program technical analysis and project coordination. In addition, she is responsible for obtaining and reviewing all technical data relating to IP and the protection of the ARRA varieties. Keren is an agronomist and holds a B.Sc. in Plant Science from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.
Technical Data Coordinator
Leticia is responsible for the analysis, processing and recording of all Grapa’s agrotechnical data collected from our licensees and partners worldwide. She is in charge of creating diverse technical material and reports
Gaby coordinates all international shipping and quarantine procedures and is responsible for the data analysis of test block evaluations worldwide. Gaby holds a B.Sc. in Microbiology from the University of Havana, Cuba.
Business Development Manager
Tammy manages the networking of Grapa’s ever growing business opportunities; extending, strengthening and maximizing the company’s horizons worldwide.
Nicole coordinates the planning and execution of several of Grapa’s projects.
Erika is managing Grapa’s marketing campaigns, social media and the communication with Grapa’s clients.
Gittel manages Grapa’s data architecture and visualization, together with CRM customization, web design and IT administration. In addition, she is responsible for the graphic design of all our marketing materials.