Doron Almog fulfilled most of his army service in active duty, both as a soldier and in leadership capacities in elite IDF units, despite being the son of a bereaved family. His brother, Lieutenant Eran Avrutsky, was killed during the Yom Kippur War while defending the Golan Heights as a tank commander. The ADI Negev village established by Doron is named after his son Eran, who was one of its first residents. Despite the bereavement and losses within his family, Doron Almog stands out for his leadership capabilities and outstanding personal example, and for creating a future of hope for thousands of people in Israel, including the special needs population.
Orly is the founder of the global non-profit, Life Vest Inside, a kindness expert, educator, best selling author, entrepreneur and keynote speaker who inspires audiences to take action. Her talks and workshops provide the groundwork for lasting change and motivate people to become the best version of themselves so that they can influence the world for good. Drawing from her personal journey, groundbreaking science, and her signature wit, Orly inspires people to tap into the power of kindness—the most underutilized skill in today’s world. Through her talk, Orly demonstrates how kindness and a simple shift in perspective can alter the way a person connects with themselves and the world around them.
Life Vest Inside gained international acclaim when Orly’s award-winning film “Kindness Boomerang” went viral, receiving over 100 million people, landing her a spot at TED2013 and launched what has come to be known as the “Kindness Revolution”.
Adi Altschuler is a leader and an acclaimed social entrepreneur.
At the age of 16 Adi established a new youth organization in Israel - "Krembo Wings"- Israel's first and only organization for youths with and without special needs. Today, this movement operates 66 branches with more than 6,000 children and youths nationwide.
In 2010 Adi founded Zikaron BaSalon, an alternative gathering on the Holocaust Memorial day. This initiative enables private individuals to commemorate the Holocaust memorial day through independent gatherings of their communities, held in their own living rooms, hosting holocaust survivors and second generation speakers who share their stories. In 2019 more than 750,000 people participated in Zikaron Basalon events in Israel and all over the world.
Adi was formerly head of Education & Economic Impact at Google. With the goal of transforming Israel’s education system, Adi left Google to found “Inclu - Israel's Inclusive Schools”. Inclu is a nonprofit that promotes inclusive education in Israel through a network of public inclusive schools.
In September 2018 the Ministry of Education opened the first five Inclusive schools in Israel with the collaboration of Inclu.
Adi believes that by transforming all schools to be inclusive, by personalized education, by differentiating teaching methods, and with communities that celebrate diversity - we will adjust the education system to fit the 21St century.
2004 - "Tamari" recognition for excellence, quality and leadership (named after General Nehemia Tamari)
2005 - "Bernstein Award" for leadership and volunteering.
2007 - Honoree citizen of the city "Hod Hasharon".
2007 - Woman of the year award by “Lions”.
2008 - “Ernest and Young” Social Entrepreneurship Award.
2013 -The Rapaport prize for women generating change
JOKATE URBAN MWEGELO, 33 years old, is a Politician and the District Commissioner (DC) for Kisarawe District, Pwani Region-Tanzania. Jokate a Political Scientist by profession with a family background in International Diplomacy chartered her previous career as a Forbes internationally recognized Young Woman Entrepreneur, an awarded Development and Rights Advocate, and a recognized Fashion and Media Personality. Shortly after venturing into party politics as CCMs Youth Wing UVCCM Secretary of Public Relations and Mobilization; Jokate was appointed by the President of Tanzania Hon. John Pombe Magufuli, into the President's Office as a District Commissioner in late July, 2018; where among others, she chairs the Defense and Security Committee and oversees the District's Sustainable Development with various partners in collaboration with the District Council.
Jokate is currently one among the most influential young leaders in Africa and has earned various influential national and international leadership awards such as: Awarded First Place (2018/2019) Korea Foundation for International Health Care (KOFIH); on SRH, Maternal and Neonatal Health Promotions Honorary Award by Tanzania Gender Networking Program (TGNP) for District Budgets on Gender Sensitive Issues, and the most recent Most Influential Young Tanzanian in Law and Governance by Avance Media, two years in a row also naming her the most influential female in Tanzania (2018-2020). In 2019, Jokate was also listed among the Top 50 women in management by Women In Management Africa.
Jokate led the National Award Winning Most Influential Education Campaign Tokomeza Zero Kisarawe which not only garnered more than Tsh. 1 Billion to repair education infrastructure and build classes; but also has successfully built the innovative 460 Girl Students; Jokate Girls Secondary Boarding School in Kisarawe, along with creating temporary boarding safe spaces for National Exams Candidate Students. This has not only eliminated half of National Exam failures in Kisarawe, but also has created safe spaces for Girls students to study and pursue their dreams away from predatory harmful practices of rape, early marriages and children pregnancies.
Jokate is currently building up focus to collaborate with various stakeholders in the Government, Development Partners and Private Sector on Economic Empowerment Programs for Women and Youths. She is engineering a plan to transform Kisarawe District into a commercial hub of Innovative Agriculture and Manufacturing employing advanced technologies targeting Dar Es Salaam and Export Markets. By mobilizing around USD 4 Million of Stakeholders within 3 years, she believes it is possible to create more than 30,000 jobs by building more than 100 youth and women-led agribusiness startup companies.
Paola Martínez, director and founder of the Clara Luna Foundation, in Puerto López, Ecuador, has a degree in Language and Literature, cultural manager, and naturalist guide of the Machalilla National Park, her passion for books and nature, have led her to develop, through CLF, programs called clubs, for children, youth and their families, these clubs promote global citizenship, the practice of foreign languages, and a love of literature, libraries, and books.
Her work "Cuentos en la Plaza, Bibliotecas móviles" (Mobile Libraries) has been recognized as an international guest at the Meeting of Public and Community Libraries in the city of Medellín, May 2019. CP-BM is an initiative that brings books to children in rural areas.
Paola is a founding member of the Colectivo Alégrate Puerto López, organizer of the annual event "FestiArtes", an encounter with arts, culture, and literature, that takes place in Puerto López, Manabí, Ecuador.
Director since 2015, Arik is a Lawyer by training. Acted as, director of operations and senior development at the American Joint Jewish Distribution Committee, director of Development and Public Affairs at Tel Aviv University, director of the social start-up Takdim – the community foundation of Ramat Hasharon.
Olympic medalist, founder of the Israeli foundation for Olympic excellence
Arik Zeevi is an Israeli judoka. Competing in the 100 kg. category, he won the bronze medal at the 2004 Athens Olympics, the silver medal at the 2001 World Championship (open category), and is a four-time European Champion, 2001,2003,2004,2012
He was raised and educated in Kiryat Herzog, a neighborhood in Bnei Brak. As a child, Arik attended Uziel, a public-religious elementary school, and then Remez High School, both in Bnei Brak.
Following the footsteps of his older brother, Roni, the first Judoka from the Hapoel Bnei Brak judo club to win the national championship, Arik joined the club as a child too.
With the guidance of his coach, Ramaz Mamistblov, he began practicing judo at the age of 7.
When he was 15, Arik became the youngest Judoka to win the national championship for adults. This achievement is even more impressive considering he grew up in a low-income neighborhood and trained at the local youth shelter. Despite the lack of professional training facilities, he made his way to the top and maintained the status of the leading Israeli Judoka for years to come.
At the Sydney Olympics, 2000, Arik came in fifth place, forfeiting the bronze medal to the competition from France, Stephane Trenu, following a controversial decision by the referee.
In Athens, at the 2004 Olympics, Arik won the bronze medal after defeating Dutch judoka, Elco van der Gest. At the end of a challenging day of competition, he heard the Israeli anthem playing above the cheering crowd of over 2000 Israelis attending the games.
At the Beijing Olympics, 2008, Arik was among the most promising judo players, but was defeated in the second round by European Champion, Dutch Henk Hrol, and lost in the consolation round to Brazilian World Champion, Correa Lucian. Thus, he was no longer a contender in the games. Subsequent changes in his course included replacing his personal trainer and beginning to work with Shani Hershko.
In 2011, Zeevi won the gold medal in the prestigious Grand Slam in Moscow, proving he still had what it takes to win top tournaments. In 2012, in Putin's hometown in Russia, Arik won his fourth European Championship title at the age of 35.5 - the oldest judoka ever to win the title.
In August of the same year, at the London Olympics, 2012, ranking seventh in the world, Zeevi lost in 43 seconds, in the first round, to the German competition, Dimitri Peters.
A few months after the London Olympics, Zeevi announced his retirement. He proceeded to found an association, true to his personal vision, to foster and support Olympic athletes and their coaches.
Jacqueline Innocent serves as the executive sponsor for Habitat for Humanity’s global volunteer impact strategy and provides oversight for programs designed to engage people as volunteers and eventual ambassadors, donors and advocates for the cause of adequate, affordable housing.
Jacqueline holds a Juris Doctor from Duke University and a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Georgetown University. Her international studies included, international law at the University of the West Indies, international finance at Oxford University, and French at the University of Grenoble in France.
Jacqueline’s family is from Barbados and she is proud to be a first-generation, dual-citizen, Bajan-American. She currently lives in Mableton, Georgia.
Darryl is the founder and visionary behind game-changing law firm, gunnercooke. The firm, named Law Company of the Year 2020 at the leading industry awards, operates a revolutionary approach to the delivery of legal services, and the culture which lawyers work within (www.gunnercooke.com).
Having worked in all parts of the legal industry as well as experience in other industries Darryl is considered a thought leader on the need for innovation in legal services. In 2019 he launched his new book, ‘To innovate or not to innovate’, looking at the challenges that law firms face to be innovative in a traditional environment.
Darryl has always advocated that businesses have a purpose beyond profit. In 2015 he launched the inspire Foundation, which aims to connect small, ambitious charities with leadership and resources from the business world, to solve the world’s problems, faster.
Laura is a Mexican feminist who has advocated for human rights, social justice, and civil society throughout her career. Before joining Global Greengrants, Laura served for seven years as the Executive Director of Fondo Semillas, a Mexican nonprofit organization that finances grassroots organizations to achieve gender equality. Laura has vast experience in grassroots philanthropy, human rights, and movements for social justice, and she has co-created networks to promote community philanthropy in the Global South. She holds a Master's Degree in International Peace and Security, from King’s College, London. She currently serves on the boards of Oxfam Mexico, Justicia Transicional MX, and El Día Después.
Gayatri Naraine, a student and senior teacher of the Brahma Kumaris World Spiritual University, has practiced Raja Yoga meditation for the past 45 years and is dedicated to integrating spiritual principles and practice into practical life and living.
Gayatri represents the Brahma Kumaris at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. Her focus is on the Sustainable Development Goals and in each of the goals she is dedicated to exploring the spiritual phenomenon of transformation at both the individual and collective levels.
Gayatri is also part of the design team for the Call-of-the-Time Dialogues, a global conversation on the new consciousness. She has spent the last 25 years exploring “experiments in silence,” the transformational depth of the inner contemplative space and the impact this has on the actions we take for world benefit.
Executive Director, International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE)
Executive Director, International Association for Volunteer Effort (IAVE).
Nichole joined IAVE as Executive Director in October 2019. Nichole has significant executive experience across environmental and social justice sectors and has led the engagement of a large network of global volunteers. Her roles have included Mission Director/Head of PR at Stonyfield Organics, International Director of Learning at Earthwatch, Senior Manager, Outreach and Mobilization at Unitarian Universalist Service Committee (UUSC) and Executive Director at Friends of the Public Garden and Boston Common.
At Earthwatch Nichole led the implementation of a citizen-science volunteering program related to fresh water across 36 cities globally, developed and managed a sustainability leadership volunteering program that built a climate leadership network of 1400 finance executives across five continents. Nichole’s role at UUSC saw her lead the design and implementation of a capacity building strategy for global social justice grantees, and train and mobilise volunteers for disaster relief in Africa and Haiti.
Nichole has extensive leadership, management, fundraising and communications experience, gained working with teams of staff and volunteers in different parts of the world. Importantly Nichole herself has been a volunteer for much of her life and partnerships building has been a common theme throughout her career.
Nichole holds a Bachelor of Arts (Political Science) from Rutgers University and a Master of Urban Planning and Environmental Policy from Tufts University.
Ahmir Lerner serves as Executive Director at Beit Issie Shapiro. Ahmir began his career as a navigator in the Air Force. He then served for twenty two years in the Prime Minister's Office where his last two positions were Deputy Director of Logistics and Security, and Directorof the Leadership School. Four years ago, Ahmir left the Prime Minister's Office to join the social sector. He worked at Education Cities as a member of the management team, after which he joined the Mandel School for Educational Leadership fellowship program. Ahmir holds a first degree in Economics and Banking from the London School of Economics and an MBA from the Herzliya Interdisciplinary Center.
Roni (Fantanesh) Malkai
Lawyer and Former CEO of the Public Forum for Youth Villages and Boarding schools
At age 22, Gazza Solidago, moved to Damanhur in search of answers to that most pressing of questions - the meaning of life. Enriched by her 35 years of community life, Gazza has become a valued teacher of Alchemy, Medit-Action, Awakening of Inner Senses, and Previous Lives. She is a Spiritual Healer and has been in the Way of the Oracle for 30+ years. Sharing her research and love for Life and the Sacred, Gazza has led thousands of visitors towards magical-esoteric destinations to awaken those hidden dimensions in all of us.