ASO CONFERENCE 2019

The African Student Organization founded in June 2015, aims to empower the African community in Israel. ASO helps african students in israel realize their educational and career goals, and become leaders in their communities. ASO also has the potential to build strong bridges between Israel and African countries.

Usumain Barka

Usumain Barka

Graduate Student, IDC Herzliya; CEO & Co-Founder, African Students Organization in Israel
Alhaji Alpha Fofana

Alhaji Alpha Fofana

Graduate Student, IDC Herzliya; CMO & Co-Founder, African Students Organization in Israel

Keynote Speakers

Joey Low

Joey Low

Founder of star farm ventures and social activist and founder of Israel at Heart

Joey Low; was born and raised in New York. For the past many years he has invested in Israeli startups through Star Farm Ventures. He started the Israel at heart scholarship program at the IDC in 2006 for Ethiopian Israeli students.
In 2010 He began giving scholarships to African asylum seekers at the IDC as well. Joey is married to carol and they recently made Aliyah

Mr. Damtew Dessalegne

Mr. Damtew Dessalegne

UNHCR Representative in Israel

Mr. Damtew Dessalegne took up his functions as the Country Representative of the UNHCR in the State of Israel on 1 July 2018.
Mr. Dessalegne has been engaged in refugee and humanitarian work at the national and international level for more than 35 years. He started this career in Canada, where he worked first with an international NGO and later with the Canadian government. Since joining UNHCR in 1993, he has served at the organization’s Geneva Headquarters and in Romania, Egypt, Italy, Armenia, and Cyprus.

Jonathan Davis

Jonathan Davis

Vice President for External Relations; IDC

Jonathan Davis is Vice-President for External Relations at the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya, Israel’s first private university. He heads the Raphael Recanati International School and is a Member of the Advisory Board of the International Institute for Counter-Terrorism (ICT) and Research Fellow. Mr. Davis also serves as a Lieutenant Colonel (Res) in the IDF Spokesman’s office.

Yannick Tona

Yannick Tona

M.A student at IDC Herzliya.

Yannick Tona is a youth advocate, former Aegis Trust Youth Ambassador, CEO of Global Institute for Youth and AIPAC Development fellow. He is actively involved in the relationship between Africa and Israel for the last 5 years. He is involved in issues of national and global concern regarding Africa development. Yannick is the former head of Children’s right Department in Peace and Love Proclaimers. In 2010 Yannick was awarded the White Rose Award.

Students panel: From refugees to bridge-builders

Naka Aligo

Naka Aligo

Undergraduate Student, IDC Herzliya; Member, African Students Organization in Israel
Melat Michael

Melat Michael

Undergraduate Student, IDC Herzliya; Member, African Students Organization in Israel
Aron Weldemhrit

Aron Weldemhrit

Graduate, IDC Herzliya; CFO & Co-Founder, African Students Organization in Israel
Adam Bashar

Adam Bashar

Alumni & Co-Founder, African Students Organization in Israel

Business panel: Africa a continent of business opportunities

Joey Low

Joey Low

Founder of star farm ventures and social activist and founder of Israel at Heart

Joey Low; was born and raised in New York. For the past many years he has invested in Israeli startups through Star Farm Ventures. He started the Israel at heart scholarship program at the IDC in 2006 for Ethiopian Israeli students.
In 2010 He began giving scholarships to African asylum seekers at the IDC as well. Joey is married to carol and they recently made Aliyah.

Benjy Singer

Benjy Singer

General Manager of WeWork Israel

Benjy Singer is the General Manager of WeWork Israel. Prior to joining WeWork in 2013, Benjy worked for 25 years in the restaurant business. Benjy made Aliyah in 1987 from New York and then served for two years in an IDF Intelligence Unit. He lives in Tel Aviv with his wife and three children.

Josef Abramowitz

Josef Abramowitz

President and CEO of Energiya Global Capital and a co-founder of the Arava Power Company

Yosef I. Abramowitz, an American-Israeli human rights activist, educator and entrepreneur is recognized as one of the pioneers of the solar energy industry in both Israel and Africa. Abramowitz heads Energiya Global Capital, that advancing the environmental and humanitarian goals of providing affordable green power to underserved populations as a fundamental human right.

Yossi Vardi

Yossi Vardi

Activist for social change and justice and leading business figure.

Yossi vardi is known as the father of high tech in Israel. He has been the consultant and advisor to many of the most famous and respected business leaders. Yossi travels the world , leading conferences , which focus on technology and innovation. Yossi has for the past many years been a leading advocate for improving education in schools within israel. Yossi is married to talma , who shares his passion for social justice.

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