Water is a vital resource under threat from climate change, rapid population increase, and institutional mismanagement, among others. Cities and smaller communities often struggle to provide sufficient clean water to their residents, and it is becoming clear that new ideas are needed to safeguard and manage this vital resource.

Join us for a screening of Sustainable Nation, the story of how three Israeli companies and NGOs are using novel technologies to overcome the water challenges of our planet.

The film is preceded by a discussion with the executive producer Mitch Julis ’77 P20 P23, and Sivan Ya'ari, founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa whose work to develop water resources is featured in the movie.

This event is hosted by the Metropolis Project, Center for Jewish Life, Princeton Chabad and the Keller Center.

Refreshments will be served.

Who can attend?

The event is free and open to the public. Registration is required.

Speaker Bios

Mitch Julis ’77 P20 P23 is Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer of Canyon Partners, LLC, a leading global alternative asset management firm headquartered in Los Angeles, California. Canyon specializes in value-oriented investments for endowments, foundations, pension funds, sovereign wealth funds and other institutional investors. Mr. Julis is a graduate of the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University (B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa), Harvard Law School (J.D., magna cum laude) and Harvard Business School (M.B.A., honors). He serves as a Trustee of the Brown University Corporation and on the Board of Overseers at the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs at Brown University. He previously served on the Board of Trustees at Princeton University and is currently a member of the Advisory Council for the Julis-Rabinowitz Center for Public Policy and Finance at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs. In addition, he is a member of Princeton’s School of Engineering and Applied Science Leadership Council. Furthermore, he sits on the Board of Trustees at the Asia Society, the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute Advisory Council and the Dean’s Advisory Board at Harvard Law School. Also noteworthy is his active role in establishing the Harvard Law School Program on Jewish and Israeli Law. In 2019, Mr. Julis received an Honorary Fellowship from the Technion – Israel Institute of Technology.

Sivan Ya'ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit that brings Israeli solar, agricultural and water technologies to African villages. She was born in Israel, raised in France, educated in the United States with degrees in Finance from Pace University and a masters in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University. Sivan has been working in Africa for over 20 years and over the past decade, using Israeli technologies, has brought clean water and light to over 1.7 million people across 10 African countries. Sivan and her organization, Innovation: Africa, have received multiple awards including the Innovation Award from the United Nations. Sivan has been recognized as one of the most “Inspiring Israeli this Decade” by Grapevine, one of 50 “Most Influential Women in Israel” by Forbes, one of the “Top 10 Most Influential Israelis in International Business, Science, and Culture” by NoCamels, and one of the “Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life” by Algemeiner. Sivan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and 3 children.