Sivan Ya'ari is the Founder & CEO of Innovation: Africa, a nonprofit organization founded in 2008 that has brought Israeli technology to over 140 villages in 7 African countries.
Sivan Ya'ari, Founder of Innovation; Africa, an American nonprofit organization that brings Israeli solar and water technologies to rural African villages. Since 2008, iA has impacted over 1 million people in 7 countries. 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.
The amazing work that Innovation: Africa is doing serves as an inspiration to all Israelis. This is the face of Israel that I am so proud to represent in the halls of the United Nations.”— Ron Prosor, Former Ambassador of Israel to the United Nations, Innovation: Africa Gala, USA
"Under the leadership of my good friend Sivan Ya’ari, Innovation: Africa has brought clean drinking water, medical capabilities and security to almost half a million people in Ethiopia, Tanzania, Malawi and Uganda. I look forward to continuing our partnership in bringing innovative Israeli technologies to those in need throughout the world.”— Steve Israel , United States Representative for New York’s 3rd congressional district, Event, USA
"As Tanzania’s current Minister of Education and former Minister of Infrastructure and Water, I can tell you that Innovation: Africa is a true leader in the field and has done a great deal to help the rural people of my country. We’re so grateful for the Israeli technology that makes all of it possible.”— Dr. Shakuru Kawambwa , Tanzania Minister of Education Training, Innovation: Africa Gala, USA
"Sivan, from my own experience has been the catalyst in accelerating the relationship between Uganda and Israel. I’ve been extremely happy that the focus of iA that she has initiated, focuses on the ordinary people who are in need, who are underprivileged, and who are deep in the countryside where the services of his access to power, to water, and health services are unheard of.”— Ruhakana Rugunda , Prime Minister of Uganda, iJourney Dinner, Uganda
"Ya’ari is a force of nature, the kind of person who achieves results in large part through her felt aura of her willpower. Her young NGO utilizes solar power & Israeli technology to help bring clean water and electric power to people living in small often remote, villages in Africa. Innovation: Africa has been able to create a system that seems to be impervious to breakdown, vandalism, or theft.”— Seth M. Siegel , Author, Parlor Dinner, NYC
"We can help bring all of these immense advancements in technology, to help not only better the lives of Africans but solidify and strengthen the historic ties between Africa and the State of Israel. On behalf of the Jewish people I want to say to each and everyone of you ‘toda raba’ and thank you.”— Michael Oren, Former Israeli Ambassador to the United States, Event, Washington, DC
"I’m very happy to be from Egypt and at the same time to be here to speak about the Jewish support to Africa. I’m proud to be here to work with you and with the Israeli technologies that are being imported into Africa and that are making African lives better.”— Ambassador Maged A. Abdelaziz, United Nations Secretary-General’s Special Adviser on Africa , United Nations Event, Washington, DC
"Innovation: Africa is a brilliant concept of combining Israeli creative energy and innovative spirit, with the Jewish concept of ‘Tikkun Olam’ and compassion. Together these characteristics are making a significant difference for so many lives in rural Africa, and building eternal bridges of friendship between Jews, Israelis and Africans.”— Gil Haskel, Head of MASHAV, MASHAV , Israel
"As the Ambassador of Israel, this was a very emotional day. I was proud to witness first-hand how the innovations coming out of Israel have the power to transform lives.”— Dr. Eli Ben-Tura, Former Israeli Ambassador to Senegal , Installation Ceremony , Senegal