Personal fittness trainer and coach
Originally from Philadelphia, Elissa Sagoskin now lives in Jerusalem, Israel. An accomplished athlete, Elissa works as a personal fitness trainer and coach, but her hardest and most satisfying work is that of a mom to her son – Amichai. As Amichai meets the daily challenges of CP, Elissa has redefined for herself what constitutes as a disability and strives to change common misconceptions in her community. She hopes others will continue to embrace difference and create an inclusive environment. Elissa writes about her journey with Amichai at www.changeperceptions.net
Intellectual property lawyer
Ilanit Appelfeld has been protecting data and intellectual property for over two decades. She received her Master in intellectual property from King’s College London, where she lived and worked for 7 years.
She works with some of the leading companies in protecting their data and intellectual property and represented buyers when investing in technological companies.
She currently lives in Givatayim with her husband two kids and their dog, practicing yoga and meditation on a daily basis in order to keep sane
entrepreneur and pioneer
Katz is an award-winning serial entrepreneur and pioneer. She built the first open innovation platform for HP and designed a city-scale behavior-change platform with Intel that connected mobiles, big screens and data. In 2011, she designed a programme for the UN; connecting 6,500 world leaders, 10,000 school kids and millions more on social. Her favorite part was an online competitions that inspired and connected 100s of young social entrepreneurs and invited them onto a global stage.
She now heads up a startup called beep: a social, gamified platform that encourages people to surface and design solutions to shared challenges.
Gastrophysics and sensory scientist
Laura Vana has MSc in Food Innovation and Health from Copenhagen University where she found her passion in gastrophysics and sensory science. Her topic of research has been about developing methods to educate children about the taste of food.
At the moment she is working on establishing the sensory education method in kindergartens and elementary schools at the national level in Estonia. In addition, she is leading the research and development in the best restaurant group in the Baltics- Siigur Restaurants.
Thought leader on visionary thinking
For over 30 years, Marcia Wieder has been CEO of Dream University, impacting
hundreds of thousands of people worldwide. As a long-established thought leader on visionary thinking, she founded and leads The Meaning Institute, a modern-day Mystery School, where she teaches people to create and live fulfilling lives. She’s been a columnist for the San Francisco Chronicle, writes for Huffington Post and is the author of 15 books. Her newest, DREAM: Clarify & Create What You Want premiering at #4 on the Wall Street Journal bestseller list and was #1 of all non-fiction books and #1 in 10 countries on Amazon. It is being released in Italian in July.
Miriam Green is the author of The Lost Kitchen: Reflections and Recipes from an Alzheimer’s Caregiver which will be published by Black Opal Books in 2019. She writes a weekly blog that is posted on her website featuring anecdotes about her mother’s Alzheimer’s and related recipes. Her blog has also appeared on the Alzheimer’s Association website. Her poetry has been published in several journals, including Poet Lore, The Prose Poem Project, Ilanot Review, The Barefoot Review, Red Wolf Press, and Poetica Magazine.
Orit Dolev is a Technology Designer, whose work specializes in designing experiences that live on the cross-section of physical and digital worlds. Powered by her background in both industrial and digital design, she designed experiences with companies ranging from startups to Fortune 500. Orit was named one of Forbes 30 under 30 and received several design awards such as the Red Dot and IDA Gold.
Senior lecturer + CEO of CANNDOC (pharmaceutical grade cannabis company)
Mr. Zerahia holds a B.Sc in computer science & mathematics and has a Master of Business Administration. Roei is a faculty member & senior lecturer in Shenkar College, with expertise in database optimization, and with years of experience in the high-tech arena, and in the agriculture world. For the last 7 years, Mr. Zerahia has been serving in senior management positions in CANNDOC (INCR.TA) – the first Israeli pharmaceutical cannabis license producer. During this period he acquired extensive knowledge and experience in the fields of operation of the company. Roei led CANNDOC from being a private company to a merger process with a public company (Intercure). During his tenure as the company’s CEO, the company reached a valuation of 1.2 billion NIS. Today he serves as the company’s senior executive vice president and leads the company’s IPO on Nasdaq.
Shiri Shotz-Haklai left a long and successful career in the advertising world to become an educator. As a creative director, working with some of the world’s leading and most interesting brands, Shiri implemented marketing techniques and strategies, which today she intertwines into her teaching in high school, college and teacher’s training classes. Shiri is fascinated by experiential learning methods and believes that education needs to be rebranded in order to prevail the challenges of today and conquer the goals of tomorrow.
Shiri holds a master’s degree in education and a bachelor’s degree in media and communications.
This duo comprised of Yuvi Gerstein, an accomplished Jazz guitarist, composer and producer and Tom Iddan (AKA Tito the wise), an electronic music producer, a true sonic explorer that fuzes old vinyl records with analog synths and samplers. Two seasoned musicians on a real eclectic musical journey, Please welcome Sponj.
Lecturer, literary entrepreneur
Tali is a lecturer and the head of the Tyutot Center at Kibbutzim College. She leads writing workshops and acts as a literary entrepreneur.
Tali graduated from Mandel Leadership Institute and she is currently earning her Ph.D. from the School of Culture studies in Tel Aviv University.
Her book “Grandmother Required” was published in Zeltner Publishing House.
Tali is a board member in the Beit Agnon Association (Agnon’a House) and in the Ruah Tseira Association (humanities for youth).
global change agent, expert on new paradigm systems and methods
Tim Kelley is a global change agent and internationally renowned expert on new paradigm systems and methods. He works with top leaders in many fields and countries to transform and evolve organizations, markets and industries. His client list includes top leaders and executive teams from such companies as Alibaba, ING, Oracle, Nabisco and Price Waterhouse Coopers, as well as government ministers, presidential candidates and leaders of international NGOs.
Tim has trained over 1000 consultants, therapists and coaches in his methods. He is the author of True Purpose and the best-selling coauthor of three other books. His methodologies have been featured internationally in magazines, newspapers and on television.
Tim has commanded military organizations, including an amphibious assault craft unit, and is a retired Naval Reserve officer. He holds a bachelor’s degree in mathematics from MIT.
researcher in the field of creativity studies and anthropology + improvisational theatre actor
Dr. Yoel Tawil is a researcher in the field of creativity studies and anthropology. He lectures at HIT, the Holon Institute of Technology and at Ben-Gurion University. He is also a professional improvisational theatre actor.