Ronit Avni

Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Localized

Ronit Avni is an entrepreneur and Peabody award-winning producer operating at the intersection of tech, media, workforce development, green jobs and social impact. She is founder and CEO of Localized, a career tech platform that connects university students and fresh graduates in emerging markets with industry experts to guide them and employers to hire them. The platform is focused on careers of the future from AI to carbon analysis. The strongest global companies including Google, PayPal, Amazon, Unilever and Cisco and the world’s leading educational institutions across Africa, the Middle East and Latin America use Localized.

Ronit is spearheading a pilot partnership to train and place fresh graduates across MEA in carbon and ESG analyst roles. Her team hosts the largest Green Talent Forum for students and recent graduates worldwide.

Previously, Ronit founded and led the media organization, Just Vision, which creates documentary films, news analysis and public education campaigns. She has won dozens of media prizes including the Puma Creative Impact Award, and her team’s work was featured in nearly every major news outlet and viewed by tens of millions of people on TV, online and in influential settings from TED to the United Nations.

Named a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum in 2009, Ronit sits on the jury of the Global Teacher Prize. She recently published a chapter in both the Routledge International Handbook of Diaspora Diplomacy and the IOM’s The Future of Diasporas entitled Using Technology to Channel Diaspora Knowledge Remittances at Scale. Ronit is also a member of the World Economic Forum’s current Global Future Council (GFC) on the Future of Job Creation

Born and raised in Montreal, Ronit began her career at, which advises activists and technology companies on the ethical and strategic uses of video and digital technology for human rights. She co-edited the book, “Video for Change - A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” with WITNESS and now sits on the WITNESS Advisory Council.

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