The speakers will present on the global field of impact investing and the growing social capital market in Israel. They will outline the various players in this field, discuss the spectrum of impact/social investment opportunities in Israel, and talk about the challenges facing this young industry. In addition, they will discuss Impact First's role in this ecosystem, present their model, and speak about their experience in launching Israel's first social venture capital fund.
About the company:
Impact First Investments (IFI) is the first Israeli-based investment management firm that exclusively invests in viable and socially driven high tech companies. IFI and its investors seek to achieve both social and financial returns by investing in companies that provide technological solutions to global social, medical, and environmental challenges.
About the speakers:
Yair Safrai, chairman at Impact First Investments, is an experienced veteran of Israel’s high tech and venture capital industries. In the last few years, Yair has served as an Active Chairman, board member, private investor, and Acting CEO in several high tech companies and investment funds. In the middle of the 1990’s, Yair co-founded Concord Ventures, a $270m group of funds and is still active in this group today. Prior to that, at the very beginning of Israel’s VC industry, Yair served as VP of the Nitzanim Venture Fund, one of Israel’s first and most successful VC funds. Before joining Nitzanim, Yair was in charge of business development at BVR Technologies, and held key consulting, marketing, and business development positions at IGS Inc. and at P.O.C. Yair holds a B.Sc. in Economics and Management from Tel Aviv University, an MA in International Studies from the Lauder Institute of the University of Pennsylvania, and an MBA from Wharton Business School. Yair served as jet fighter pilot in the Israeli Air Force.
Cecile Blilious, managing partner at Impact First Investments, has extensive experience in managing both financial first and impact first investments through her work on behalf of the NoaberFoundation for over 14 years, and many years of hands-on management experience in high-tech start-up companies. Cecile was one of the initiators of the Al-Bawader private equity fund, established to invest in businesses in the Arab community in Israel, and is a volunteer mentor and loan committee member atKeren Shemesh, Foundation for the Encouragement of Young Entrepreneurs. Cecile is a board member of Neurotech Solutions, observer at Earlysense, and treasurer of the Business Ethics Center in Jerusalem. Cecile is a graduate of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in political science and international relations.