The Power of an Individual to Make a Real Difference - Innovation: Africa


Location: Carl A. Fields Center, Multipurpose Room

Speaker: Sivan Ya'ari


Innovation: Africa

The Power of an Individual to Make a Real Difference

Sivan Ya'ari, Founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a NY-based non-profit whose mission is to bring Israeli solar, water and agricultural technologies to rural African villages. Sivan will be sharing her personal story of how she started Innovation: Africa and the innovative ways their projects have impacted the lives of over 1 million people in Africa with access to clean water and energy.

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Sivan Ya'ari was born in Israel, raised in France, and educated in the United States with degrees in finance from Pace University and a Masters in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University. At the mere age of 20, Sivan identified an opportunity for a more sustainable energy solution, and developed the groundwork for what would become Innovation: Africa. Having worked in Africa for over 20 years, Sivan has vast knowledge, experience, understanding and love for the African continent. Through her work, over 1,000,000 lives in the most remote villages have been impacted, thanks to Israeli innovation. In addition, Innovation: Africa has received many awards, including the Innovation Award from the United Nations. Most recently, Sivan has been recognized as one of the "40 Under 40 Most Promising Israelis" by Globes magazine and one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Israel” by Forbes Israel, and one of the "Top 10 Most Influential Israelis in International Business, Science and Culture 2017" by NoCamels. Aside from running Innovation: Africa, Sivan also is a prominent businesswoman in Israel, owning multiple businesses and employs 140 women across the country. Sivan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and 3 children.

This talk is co-sponsored with the Center for Jewish Life at Princeton University