TEDxJaffa is back for the fifth time (!) with the theme 'Simple Smart'. This year the speakers, hand picked from an amazing group of candidates, will present innovative ideas that influence each and every one of us in our lives, and lead to a profound change in the urban environment that will create a better future in our world. The transformative speakers will define the 'Simple Smart' concept through their personal and professional lenses from various angles such as technology, transportation, food, customer behaviour, art and more. The event will take place on July 10th, 2017 at Gesher Theater in Jaffa. It will start at 14:00 pm and beyond the fascinating, transcending talks, will include art performances, delicious appetizers, a unique networking opportunity with people from the top of the industry as well as additional delightful surprises worth the wait.
Oren Shoval is the co-founder and CTO of Via, which has developed and deployed the world’s first operating system for on-demand, dynamic public transit. The service is operating at scale in New York, Chicago, Washington DC and Paris, and is growing rapidly. Oren is a former strategy business consultant at McKinsey, and has spent 10 years in the Israeli Air Force developing and deploying real-time avionic systems for fighter jets. Oren holds a PhD from the Weizmann Institute of Science where he focused on finding simplifying patterns in complex biological phenomena. He also holds an MSc in electrical engineering and a BSc in physics and math.
Chamutal has worked and lived in emergency relief and development contexts in the Balkans, Africa, Asia and Europe managing health, emergency education, food and security operations in conflict or natural disaster environments. Chamutal's passion lays in quality assurance, efficiency and impact of international non-profits and their use and integration of technological innovation. She believes that better aid solutions are in giving and taking responsibly via national capacities and social corporate responsibility. Today Chamutal is an international consultant and researcher and is the CEO of Givem (formally 3 Million Club), a USA 501(c)3 charity. Givem is a revolutionary platform, taking Charity to the 21st century by applying the efficiency and transparency of eCommerce to the world of giving. Givem's unique model focuses on empowering local economies by boosting national manufacturing and delivery of life-saving products, thus strengthening local resilience and reducing foreign dependancy in times of need. Givem technology and platform control all activity by transparently connecting the donor, the manufacturer and the local distributor, greatly simplifying and facilitating tracking, accountability, remote oversight and monitoring features on the product and the local impact it had.
Ronen is a serial entrepreneur who grew up in the StartUp Nation of Israel trading on the stock market, operating a branding company, training companies, and more. He is the creator and founder of FreshBiz, and the FreshBiz game developer as well. Ronen co-authored "The New Entrepreneurz: Changing the Way You Play Life" and is a visionary global trainer or "business coach", as many like to call him. Ronen has been featured on TV, radio, and magazines talking about the future of business, and he has trained over 15,000 people across 20 countries on innovation and entrepreneurial thinking. As a keynote, speaker and futurist, Ronen masterfully weaves together new approaches to business, education, design, and lifestyle.
Orli is the head of the Urban Innovation and Sustainability Lab, at the Porter School for Environmental and Social Studies. The lab is a cooperation between the Porter school and Tel-Aviv Municipality, enabling graduate students to work directly with policy actors in local authorities, helping them use environmental data to devise new sustainability programs and policies for their local area. Previously, she headed the Heschel Center for Sustainability, one of Israel's leading environmental and social NGO's. In 2015, Dr. Ronen drafted the Tel-Aviv Yafo Declaration on Civic Engagement and Smart Cities, which is part of the Habitat III New Urban Agenda, she also drafted Israel's National Report to Habitat III. She holds a PhD in Urban Planning from Tel-Aviv University, a Master's Degree in Public Administration and a Master's in Business Administration. Additionally, she was the 2009 recipient of the Green Globe for Local Sustainability.
Guy Pross is a Founder and Managing Partner of 31ºNorth, a Tel Aviv based advisory firm working with Fortune 500 companies, cities and governments in the areas of Smart Cities, Mobility Solutions and Automotive-Tech. He is also a Venture Partner at Kuan Road Capital, a Shanghai based Venture Fund and a Co-Founder of the Metro Initiative looking to fill the gap in the development of the urban space across cities. Prior to this he was an executive at Global Electric Vehicle startup Better Place, the Australia-Israel Chamber of Commerce and Accor SA. He holds a Bachelor of Commerce from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Master of Commerce from the University of Sydney, Australia and is currently an Adjunct Lecturer at the Israeli College of Management teaching int'l marketing.
Neta was a former criminal prosecutor in the Israeli Ministry of Justice. After six years she quit her job and with her business partner Ahmad Jurban, established "Juha's Guesthouse", a traveler's hostel and a social business developing sustainable economy in Jisr a Zarka - one of the most impoverished village in Israel. Juha's Guesthouse has been selected as the "Best Social Business” in Israel in 2015 and has been certified by Trip Advisor's traveler’s choice award. Additionally, Neta was one of the 3 finalists of the Rappaport prize for “Women Generating Change”.
Hans is considered a leader in the Israeli high-tech scene, spearheading initiatives of economic development and fostering innovation in the Arab society in Israel. He headed MasarUP - The Arab Entrepreneurship Council, and lead ‘Mobile Monday Nazareth’ – the largest open tech-community platform in northern Israel. Hans is also a founder of ‘Games For Peace’ Markitect. Among his activities, Hans is serving as a director, advisor and lecturer at various startup acceleration programs and facilitating several tech-conferences and hackathons. He was recently chosen by Geektime as one of the Top 100 Influencers in the Israeli high-tech.
Michal is the CEO and Co-founder of the Natural Step Israel, and Former Chairperson and Founding member of the Israel Green Building Council (ILGBC). Adv, L.L.B. in Law, from Hebrew University of Jerusalem with clerkship at the Ministry of Justice; M.Sc. in 'Strategic Leadership Towards Sustainability', School of Engineering, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Karlskrona, Sweden; PhD studies on the theme of strategic sustainable development as a vehicle to conflict resolution and the model of “Peace Parks”. Participant in national and international forums, publishing and frequently invited as a media speaker.
Sagi is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Board at "Nachshonim Venture" which enables top young professionals to build a Social Career alongside their business career. He is also the CEO and Co-founder of “FiveYearsFromNow” – a global start-up with a mission to change the way people make career decisions. Sagi has also co-founded the “2040 Leadership Program” which redesigns the way people are being trained and developed. In his previous positions, Sagi led the strategy practice at Tefen Management Consulting firm as an Associate Partner, and prior to that was part of the Business Development team at Better Place.
Nitzan, B.Sc. is a chemical engineer, CEO at LivingBox and agriculture specialist. She has experience in applying technological improvements to post-harvest solutions and global and food safety standards and performing research and development practices in the medical cannabis industry. She is an agriculture specialist and has extensive experience in planning projects and applying technological improvement for optimal growth quality and yield worldwide.
Omer started his career in R&D and quickly transitioned towards customers and market facing roles, leveraging his technological knowledge and expertise to working with people rather than machines. In 2011 he joined Kornit Digital, a fast growing start-up tech company, focused on developing technological solutions for digital printing on textiles. Omer is leading Kornit Digital’s product marketing team, responsible for defining the company’s strategic technological roadmap and product portfolio. Omer holds a BSc in Computer Science, a BA in Philosophy and an MA in History and Philosophy of Sciences and Ideas from Tel Aviv University.
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Livnat (Libi) Ben-nun
Organizer, TEDxJaffa license holder
Libi is a TEDx events producer with over four years of experience. Among the various events she took part in include TEDxHiriya, TEDxWeizmannInstitute, TEDxTelAvivUniversity, and now TEDxJaffa. Her vision is to empower local communities and identify inspirational ideas that are worth spreading and having the license from TED to produce TEDx events enables her to do just that. On her day-to-day, Libi manages projects at GUX Studio, a studio specializing in web, mobile and other interface designs.
Co-Organizer, TEDxJaffa license holder
Besides being a TEDx organizer, Galia is a lecturer at the Hebrew University in Quality and Sustainability Management & Urban Agriculture. She was awarded "Best Professor" various times. She is a consultant for top food and drugs companies in Israel such as the catering in the Israeli parliament, El-Al and more. Additionally, Galia is a member of The National HQ For Urbanism and a co-founder of the Forum for Women in the Environment.
Lindsay was born and raised in St. Louis, Mo. She spent a good chunk of her early adult life in New York City before moving to Israel about 8 years ago. She earned a bachelor's degree in Middle Eastern Studies from Columbia University, a master's degree in Jewish Philosophy from Tel Aviv University, a degree in teaching from the Open University of Israel and the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Her professional career has taken a number of paths as well, including being an educator and curriculum developer, a Talmud and Jewish philosophy teacher, one of the partners in an arts and education Internet start-up, a translator and editor and, of course, one of the organizers of the TEDxJaffa project. Besides studying and working, Lindsay enjoys running, biking and reading. One of her favorite things about life in Tel Aviv is reading New Yorker magazine on the beach.
Oren is an organizational consultant and group facilitator, owner of various companies including PLUS Consulting which aims at promoting workplace happiness. In his spare time he is a die hard TED fan.
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Moran works as a project manager at Clicktale. She is married to Ran and is a mother to an amazing baby girl. She enjoys traveling abroad and dreams of a family trip to Australia. She lives and breaths new challenge and experiences and is excited to be a part of the TEDxJaffa vision.
Hillel Raz has a PhD in mathematical physics and a BA in Italian literature. He is the Chief Scientist and Co-founder at BondIT, a fintech that is changing the way the world is doing fixed income investments. When he is not working on building machine learning algorithms, he keeps busy eating, taking pictures of food, traveling and reading.
Adi is a former student of Environmental Studies, her research focused on Marketing and Effects on Urban Sustainability. She is currently a member of 'Green Label for Businesses' with an emphasis on environmental quality improvement within Tel-Aviv.
Merav has a multi-disciplinary career, combining business, medical and a philanthropic background. She is currently the Managing Director at "The Israel Hope", and the Presidential Program & Partnership Development Manager at Ruppin Academic Center. The program is a national initiative launched by president Rivlin aiming to unify the Israeli society by bridging educational, cultural and employment gaps.
Yariv is in nowadays the Head of Julius Baer's Representative Office in Isreal. Yariv graduated Cum Laude with a dual degree Master from Columbia University in New York and the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (Sciences Po) in Paris. He received his BA in Philosophy and International Relations from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Yariv served during a decade in the I.D.F and later worked on various international projects for the Carter Center, the U.N and the World Bank. He later joined Israel's high-tech industry, working for Amdocs and Better Place. Among the first members of the TEDx community in Israel, Yariv was involved in different capacities in more than a dozen of local events, and attended all past TEDxJaffa.
This will be Ayelet's second TED conference, she was the Project Manager for the first TEDxIDC conference in 2013. Since graduating IDC she has been working in digital advertising and marketing. Additionally, she is the Director of Women’s American Football in Israel and a participant of the Israeli women’s national flag football team.
Yael is a computer science and business administration student . An active participant at Green Course movement, currently focusing on promoting efficient transportation and decreasing traffic congestions in Israel. In addition she is taking part in promoting women in the hi-tech industry and organizes female hubs and hackathons through She Codes organization.
Shani was an environmentalist activist and managed an active group for raising awareness for Green Course, in the most Southern part of Israel. Today, she is an Operations Manager, with a passion for change and performance, she is looking to join an intelligent community leadership, who are not afraid to take a leap and a chance.
Yael specializes in sustainability strategy consulting. She is a former senior strategic planner, with a vast experience in advertising, research and shopper marketing. Yael holds a master's degree in Communication Management from the University of Southern California (USC), and is a graduate of the Heschel Sustainability Leadership Fellowship Program.
Vast experience in understanding and addressing public opinion and media needs for businesses (large scale as well as small and emerging businesses), NGOs, public organizations and governmental authorities. Specialization in mobilizing strategic work plans in environmental, energy related and social responsibility issues, as well as in other fields of interest. Experience includes successfully transferring executive decisions and organization activities onto the public arena, thus creating added value for the organization's work, strengthening its reputation and public status, and assisting its positioning as a key player.
Danielle has 15 years of experience in hi-tech, and is a founder and CEO of several startups. She was involved with TEDxWhiteCity, playing a crucial role as Sponsorship Advisor. With an MBA from one of the leading Israeli institutions she is an expert in management, strategy and business development. Additionally, she is a board member of LGBTech, and a mentor at 8200 Social Entrepreneurship.
Raz works with the sustainable urbanism group which promotes the public transportation in Israel. While living in northern Israel, Raz was the community organizer of the group that leaded the campaigning to stop the unconventional oil drilling in the Golan Heights. Additionally, he is an activist in the organization Green Course.
After graduating from Tel Aviv University with a B.A. in Geography and Human Environment Nadav went on to work at HERE Maps & Navigation, as a GIS Analyst that specialized in negotiations and mapping. He volunteers at an urban-hydroponic farm, is an activist at Green Course, and plays a role in the Israel Ministry of Environmental Protection as a national environmental protector.
Vered Hakkert, owner of Meshak Hapolaot, a branding and graphic design studio, is an artist and graphic designer. She is based in Jaffa -- a source of inspiration for much of her work for over 25 years
Speakers Presentations Design Expert
Owner of GUX Studio that specializes in UI and UX design, and works with Israeli startups as well as international companies. Liad designed countless interfaces that have reached millions of users. Her work focuses on fields such as: Cyber, E-commerce, Finance and more. She accompanied companies that have raised tens of millions of dollars and some were sold to lead companies in their field. At this event Liad implements work methods from the UX field into the TedX speakers' presentations, to bring a perfect correlation between content and visual slides.
Erez is a full-stack developer, that is always looking for opportunities to combine community entrepreneurship and art.
He first encountered a computer when he was 5 years-old & the only thing that'd show-up on its screen was a black background & white text - since then he had great interest in electronics, hardware & software. Ohad is a software engineer and currently works as a part of an innovation team @ HPE Software.