Sivan Yaari 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, and educated in the United States with a degree in Finance from Pace University and a Master's in International Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University. Sivan has been working in Africa for over 20 years and for the past 15 years, has brought clean water and light to more than 4 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 received the "Light of Israel" Award from the Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 2022 and has been recognized as one of the most "Inspiring Israelis this Decade" by Grapevine and one of 50 'Most Influential Women in Israel' by Forbes. In 2023, Sivan was chosen to light the torch at Israel’s 75th Independence Day ceremony, one of the highest and most prestigious recognitions in Israel, for her work in Africa in the name of Israel. Sivan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and their 3 children.
Lights the torch at Israel's 75th independence ceremony
LIGHT OF ISRAEL AWARD FROM THE ISRAELI MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS.
MILLION LIVES CLUB
Awarded vanguard membership status for impacting over 1 million lives across Africa
Sivan was recognized as "1 of 8 Israeli women changing the world”
Sivan was recognized as one of “the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life”
SOCIETY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SID)
“Israelis Working to Change Lives in Developing Nations”
Sivan was recognized as one of “ top 10 most influential Israelis in business science and culture” by no camel
ISRAEL BONDS WOMEN’S DIVISION
Sivan received the “Circle
of excellent award”