3 Australian innovators selected to attend prestigious global summit in Jerusalem

June 16, 2018 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Melbourne natives Dean Cohen, Eyal Halamish and Bradley Smorgon have been selected to join over 150 of the Jewish world’s leading young innovators from 29 countries who will convene in Jerusalem this month to connect with other change makers, gain new skills, and find renewed inspiration at the 2018 ROI Summit.

The summit is the flagship program of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Dean Cohen

Cohen is the founder and CEO of Flying Fox, which has built a framework for people with disabilities to find community through a range of social opportunities and a well-respected immersive camp model. To learn more about Cohen, click here. Halamish is the CEO of OurSay, an organisation committed to improving the state of democracy by helping local leaders communicate with their communities through easy-to-use-technologies. To learn more about Halamish, click here. Smorgon is currently head of new ventures at Unified Healthcare Group, a health technology firm connecting businesses and healthcare providers to improve outcomes, as well as a board member of Australian Jewish Funders. To learn more about Smorgon, click here.

Eyal Halamish

This year’s ROI Summit participants bring a diverse set of interests and achievements, ranging from boosting political involvement; to promoting acceptance of LGBTQ+ individuals in the Jewish community; to leveraging ‘maker’ technology to create solutions for people with disabilities; and much more. These innovators share a commitment to building a more vibrant, inviting and inclusive Jewish future for the benefit of the Jewish community and the broader world. For a full list of this year’s participants, please visit this page.

The 2018 participants hail from: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Germany, Ghana, Greece, Guatemala, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Mexico, Panama, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States.

Brad Smorgon

Inspired by Israel’s 70th anniversary and its accomplishments over seven decades, the summit will focus on the theme of independence and the interplay between dependence, independence and interdependence.

“The 70th anniversary of the state of Israel provides a theme and framework for the journey we hope our participants will undergo during the summit, both as individuals and as a community,” said No’a Gorlin, associate executive director of ROI Community. “By bringing greater awareness to, and understanding of, our relationships with others, we aim for these leaders to walk away with a heightened sense of intention, belonging and responsibility as they continue pursuing social change in the Jewish community and around the world.”

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