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Meet Sivan Ya'ari Founder & CEO

of Innovation: Africa

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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 2 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.

 

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Sivan received multiple awards and has been recognized globally.

8 Israeli women who are changing the world

Grapevine

UN chief: Remember Jews’ ‘enormous contribution’ to world

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Honors & Awards

2019

2019

2019

GRAPEVINE

Sivan was recognized as 1 of 8 Israeli women changing the world”

 

ALGEMEINER

Sivan was recognized as one of “ the top 100 people positively influencing Jewish life”

ABBA EBAN INSTITUTE FOR INNOVATIVE DIPLOMACY

Sivan received the "Innovation Diplomacy Award"

2018

2017

2016

SOCIETY FOR INTERNATIONAL DEVELOPMENT (SID)

ISRAEL AWARD

“Israelis Working to Change Lives in Developing Nations”

NOCAMELS

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 or excellent award”

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