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Sivan Ya'ari        

Founder and CEO, Innovation Africa

Sivan Ya’ari is the Founder and CEO of Innovation: Africa, a NY-based nonprofit that bringing 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. 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 18 years and running Innovation: Africa for the past 9 years, Sivan has vast knowledge, understanding, and love for the African continent. Through her work, over 1,000,000 lives in Africa have been impacted, thanks to Israeli innovation and multiple awards have been received including the Innovation Award from the United Nations. 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. Aside from Innovation: Africa, Sivan also is a prominent business woman in Israel, owning multiple businesses and employs 140 women across the country. Sivan lives in Tel Aviv with her husband and 3 children.

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