Margalit Levin joins her high-level peers

June 2, 2019 by J-Wire Newsdesk
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Perth-born Margalit Levin is one of the 153 of the Jewish world’s leading young innovators from 30 countries spanning six continents who will convene in Jerusalem to reflect, ideate and collaborate, at the 2019 ROI Summit later this month.


Margalit Levin

Being held between June 23-27, the summit is the flagship program of ROI Community, an initiative of the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation.

Margalit was born in Perth, raised in Melbourne, studied in the U.S., worked in Canberra and until recently lived in Berlin as a diplomat at the Australian Embassy to Germany, where she covered security and cyber issues and climate and energy policy. On completing her posting, she decided to pursue work that focused on the most pressing global issues and took up a position in the climate unit in the Australian foreign ministry. She now undertakes climate change related work including as an international negotiator in Australia’s delegation to the U.N. Framework Convention on Climate Change.
Since joining the Foreign Ministry in 2012, she has held a range of positions including as ministerial liaison and as Australia’s first diplomatic exchange officer to Germany. Prior to joining the Ministry, Margalit was the national director of Israel programs at the Zionist Federation of Australia. Margalit’s connection to Jewish life, activism, education, and community was forged during her many years in the youth movement Habonim Dror.
Despite the transient nature of her life, she builds community wherever she lives, using her home as a hub of Jewish life and activity with a view to mixing her Jewish, Israeli, and professional worlds. Margalit holds a double bachelor in economics and arts from Monash University and the University of California, Berkeley, and a Master of urban planning from the University of Melbourne.
For over a decade, ROI Community has convened some of the most promising young Jews from around the world, providing a platform for them to challenge each other and develop their visions for change. Through the annual summit and a suite of year-round opportunities for leadership and engagement, ROI has built an intentional community of more than 1,500 activists and innovators who are committed to making the world a better place and are driven by Jewish values. The 2019 ROI Summit participants are the newest cohort of changemakers to become members of the global ROI network.
This year’s ROI Summit will mark ROI’s 13th signature gathering, and inspired by the Jewish tradition of 13 representing a coming-of-age year, the summit will draw on the theme of responsibility. Through opportunities for deep self-reflection, knowledge sharing, artistic inspiration and more, participants will be encouraged to explore and grapple with their roles and responsibilities as leaders in their communities and in the world at large.
“The impressive change agents who have been chosen to take part in this year’s ROI Summit have already proven their ability and readiness to step up and to lead, and we are energized by their limitless potential to generate positive impact,” said No’a Gorlin, ROI Community’s associate executive director. “We hope that their encounters with like-minded peers at the summit spark vulnerability, ideas and collaborations, and that this global community of activists helps mobilize them in their efforts to advance positive social change in the Jewish community, Israel and around the world.”
The 2019 participants hail from: Argentina, Australia, the Bahamas, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Denmark, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Japan, Mexico, Poland, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Turkey, the United Kingdom, the United States and Uruguay.

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