Dr. Yifat Reuveni

Dr. Yifat Reuveni directs the social finance innovation activity at the JDC Institute for Leadership and Governance, where she is responsible on the R&D and Implementation of social finance models. She is also responsible on enhancing the entrepreneurial and social finance eco-system building in Israel in order to sustain regulation and deal flows for impact investments. Dr. Reuveni teaches BA and MBA courses in social finance, social and profitable entrepreneurship, and alternative economic models at the Coller Business School, Tel Aviv University, Karunya school of management, Kerala, India and at the College of management business school, and is beneficiary of several EU grants such as Marie Curie (FAB‐MOVE) and Erasmus + CLEVER. Until 2014, she was the head of the Recanati Business School’s Development and International Relations Unit. She completed a B.A. in Economics and Philosophy and an M.A. in Communication Technologies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and a Ph.D. on the evolving of the new economy at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, focusing on the high-tech industries in North America and Europe. As a recipient of a Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA) scholarship she participated in the McGill Program for Economic and Social Rights, working with the Mohawk people (first nation) in Kahnawake, Canada, and writing an assessment report of business opportunities in the Mohawk community (the KANATA 2000 Report).  Prior to her time spent in Canada Yifat worked for five years with the Association for Human Rights in Israel as director of the consulting department, working with security forces and public service leaders. She has given courses on the new economy and the neo-liberal economy at the Recanati Business School, Colman Business school and Ben-Gurion University’s School of Business and Management. She mentors entrepreneurs from around the world as part of the Pears Program for Innovation and International Development, is involved in numerous initiatives in Israel to promote technological innovation and social entrepreneurship, and has acted as a judge for several enterprise pitching competitions. Her current academic activities consist of participation in an international research group on social entrepreneurship at the Center for Social Economy at the Liege HEC Business School, focusing on alternative finance models as the finance infrastructure for such entrepreneurship, acting as social and sustainable finance board member at OXFORD, writing social-finance case studies and leading two Israeli research groups in Tel-Aviv University and in the college of management business school.