Orni Petruschka is an Israeli high-tech entrepreneur, social activist and a philanthropist, and formerly served as a fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force. He held a few engineering positions before he became tech entrepreneur. In 1993 he co-founded Scorpio Communications, which was acquired in 1996. He then co-founded Chromatis Networks, which established itself as a world leader in the field of optical telecommunication, and which was acquired in 2000 in one of the landmark transactions of the Israeli high-tech industry.
Currently Petruschka focuses on public and social causes. Specifically, he addresses topics that are crucial for the well-being of Israel as an open and democratic society, home for the Jewish people and for all its citizens. He works on advancing a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and in that capacity he co-founded the Ayalon-Nusseibeh initiative and Blue-White Future, and serves as co-Chairman of the Abraham Initiatives, an NGO dedicated to promoting equality and inclusion for Israel’s Arab citizens.
He holds a B.Sc. and an MEng degree from the Technion in Israel and from Cornell University, respectively, both in Electrical Engineering.