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Ronit Avni

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Localized

Originally from Montreal, Ronit Avni is the founder and CEO of Localized (https://localized.world), a new platform for college students and aspiring professionals in emerging economies to find career guidance, role models and expertise from global professionals who share language and roots (think Slack meets Quora for college students in emerging markets, drawing on diaspora expertise). Sectors include: finance, technology, business, entrepreneurship, science and education.  A serial entrepreneur, human rights advocate and Peabody Award-winning media producer with 15 years of leadership experience, Ronit’s work has been featured in dozens of global news outlets, including The Washington Post, The BBC, NPR, The Economist and The New York Times. Prior to Localized, she founded and led Just Vision, which creates digital media, award-winning films (Budrus, My Neighborhood, Encounter Point), news analysis and public education campaigns. As Executive Director of Just Vision, Ms. Avni managed a diverse team based in North America and the Middle East, raising over $10 million and ensuring the organization’s relevance, credibility and success. 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” with WITNESS and now sits on the WITNESS Advisory Council. 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 Trailblazer Award from the National Council for Research on Women. She was named a Young Global Leader (2009) through the World Economic Forum, a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (2010), a Halcyon Fellow for social entrepreneurs (2018). As a side passion, Ronit has trained hundreds of business leaders, MBA students, nonprofit leaders and civil servants to speak persuasively to the media, on stage and in executive settings with KNP Communications.