CONNECTIONS 2017

Yosef Abramowitz

CEO, Arava Power Company
Yosef Abramowitz

Yosef Abramowitz

Named by CNN as one of the top six leading Green Pioneers worldwide, as Person of the Year by the Israel National Business and Energy Conference, by PV Tech as “one of the most inspiring solar CEOs” worldwide and winner of the Green Globe—Israel’s highest environmental and climate award—Yossi Abramowitz is a Jewish educator, impact investor and activist who deploys solar energy in Israel and Africa. He has been named several times to the Jerusalem Post’s list of most influential Jews worldwide and to the Forward 50. Winner of the Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education, Yossi accompanied Prime Minister Netanyahu on his recent Africa trip as well as to the United Nations General Assembly and served on the Israeli negotiating team at the Paris Climate Conference. He was the first private sector and openly pluralistic candidate for President of the State of Israel. Co-founder of major Jewish initiatives including MyJewishLearning.com, Interfaithfamily.com, birthrightisrael.com and BabagaNewz, he currently serves as CEO of Energiya Global Capital, a Jerusalem-based impact investment platform that provides returns to investors while advancing Israel’s environmental and humanitarian goals of providing affordable green power to underserved populations as a fundamental human right. He’s lucky to be married to Women of the Wall’s Rabbi Susan Silverman—author of Casting Lots: Raising a Family in a Beautiful, Broken World (De Capo, 2016), they have five children and are active members of Jerusalem’s Kol Haneshama.