Sivan Ya’ari is the founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a non-profit organization that brings Israeli solar, agricultural and water technologies to African villages. Born in Israel, raised in France, and educated in the United States; Sivan pursued an Undergraduate degree in Finance from Pace University and a Masters degree in Energy Management and Policy from Columbia University. Sivan has been working in Africa for over 20 years, and in the past decade has brought clean water and light using Israeli technologies to over 1.8 million people across 10 African countries.
Sivan and her organization, Innovation: Africa received a number of awards, including the Innovation Award from the United Nations and most recently the innovation diplomacy award from the Abba Eban institute. Sivan has been recognized as one of "40 Under 40 Most Promising Israelis" by Globes magazine and one of the "50 Most Influential Women in Israel” by Forbes Israel. She was named one of the "Most Inspiring Israelis of the Decade" and one of the "Top 100 People Positively Influencing Jewish Life" by Algemeiner in 2019.