Opher Ganel

Opher Ganel, Ph.D.

Contributing Writer

Hometown: Baltimore, Maryland


  • Weizmann Institute of Science, Ph.D., Experimental High Energy Physics
  • Weizmann Institute of Science, M.Sc., Theoretical Physics
  • The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, B.Sc., Mathematics and Physics

About the Writer:

Accomplished scientist (particle physics), instrument designer, systems engineer, instrument manager, and professional writer with over 30 years of experience in cutting-edge science and technology in collider experiments, sub-orbital projects, and satellite projects.

Successfully built and led multi-disciplinary teams. Provides highly effective interface between science, management, and engineering teams. Detail-oriented problem solver, able to rapidly master large amounts of material and synthesize into coherent picture.

Brings wide experience to bear as review team member. Extensive proposal-writing experience. Effective communicator, rendering complex issues accessible and compelling.

Learn More About Opher’s Writing:

In Opher’s Own Words:

My career has had many unpredictable twists and turns.

A MSc in theoretical physics, PhD in experimental high-energy physics, postdoc in particle detector R&D, research position in experimental cosmic-ray physics (including a couple of visits to Antarctica), a brief stint at a small engineering services company supporting NASA, followed by starting my own small consulting practice supporting NASA projects and programs.

Along the way, I started other micro businesses and helped my wife start and grow her own Marriage and Family Therapy practice.

Now, I use all these experiences to also offer financial strategy services to help independent professionals achieve their personal and business finance goals.

What I Write About

When I moved to the US 30 years ago, I owed more than I owned, and supporting a young family with two toddlers on a $31k salary was hard. My journey from that humble starting point to where I am today taught me many lessons that I’m happy to share.

As part of my Financial Strategy business, I write incessantly about personal and small-business finance on Medium as well as on my own blog, Wealthtender, TherapyNotes, BareMetrics, MSN, and more.

What You Can Expect from My Writing

Expect clear, easy-to-understand, no-nonsense, often contrarian, sometimes humorous viewpoints on financial matters that affect your everyday life and your plans for a better future.