Ronit Avni

Ronit Avni
  • Founder and Executive Director
    Just Vision

Ronit Avni is an award-winning social entrepreneur, media strategist and filmmaker. For the last decade, Ronit has led a diverse team as Founder and Executive Director of Just Vision, which supports Palestinian and Israeli efforts for freedom, equality and security using unarmed means. Just Vision’s films (Budrus, Encounter Point, My Neighborhood) have received dozens of awards, including a Peabody and the Puma Creative Impact Award. They have screened in hundreds of cities worldwide. Under Ronit’s leadership, Just Vision co-created the growing news magazine, Local Call, in Israel with +972 Magazine and ActiveStills. Ronit is a frequent speaker in think tank, community, government, international, educational and media settings. Her work has been featured in dozens of major international news outlets, including The Washington Post, The BBC, NPR, The Economist, Al Jazeera, Ha’aretz and many more. Previously, Ronit trained human rights defenders worldwide to incorporate film and digital media into their advocacy campaigns while working for the human rights organization, WITNESS. She co-edited the book, “Video for Change - A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” and now sits on the WITNESS Board, chairing the Program Committee. Ronit has been recognized with a variety of honors, including the King Hussein Leadership Prize, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, the Circles of Change Award, Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award and the Joshua Venture Fellowship for young Jewish social entrepreneurs. She is currently a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.