Yariv Cohen

What are the real technologies disrupting Africa’s energy sector

In over 2 decades of working across Africa, I pretty much heard all the warnings one may encounter about the risks and challenges of operating in the continent, with many experienced entrepreneurs, business leaders, and investors saying that “the challenges often overcome the potential,...

Tuesday, October 20, 2020, 12:00 AM

258 million African kids don’t go to school, technology can change that

After many years of building and leading companies in the field of sustainable development across Africa, I have been through a long list of exciting moments. But this week was undoubtedly one of the highlights - all thanks to professional cyclists and the amazing children of Agahozo Shalom...

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:00 AM

We must get ready for tomorrow’s lockdown - today

A few months back, when Covid-19 was still a conundrum, and countries around the world began emerging from the first general lockdowns, experts warned that the fight is far from over, and that we are facing a new era, one of living alongside the virus. A lot has changed since then; Medical teams...

Tuesday, October 6, 2020, 9:30 AM

Here is to new opportunities in the coming year : A personal note for the New Jewish Year

The month of September brings with it the Jewish New Year, a time of reflection, rumination, and observation. It is custom, like in many other transitioning passages, to think of the year that is ending, and of the one that is about to begin. And while it is usually a personal custom, this year...

Tuesday, September 29, 2020, 11:00 AM

Water shortage, food insecurity, and climate change call for extensive regional cooperation

International borders have had a crucial meaning since the dawn of mankind. Armies have fought to determine where the border will cross, millions of people have died to defend borders (or break through them), and politicians are constantly talking about the need to maintain and protect them. But...

Tuesday, September 22, 2020, 11:00 AM

Africa has fared better than other continents on Covid-19; on to other challenges

It has only been a few months since Covid-19 broke into our lives, but it seems like our reality has completely shifted. The first reports of a mysterious virus came in the first weeks of 2020, then came the pictures of millions under lockdown in the city of Wuhan, and then, all hell broke loose....

Tuesday, September 15, 2020, 1:00 PM

US Big Tech is worth more than the Entire European Stock Market, how can you profit from it?

The most common wisdom is the one that comes in retrospect. Experts always know how to explain why one candidate won the election, even though during the campaign it was estimated that she had no chance of beating her opponent. Others analyze how one football team won the tournament, after keeping...

Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 11:00 AM

Is now the best time to start a new business venture?

We live in historical times. Some will say that these are strange times, some will say that they are unprecedented, but there is one thing everyone can agree on: Covid-19 is a historical event, one that will be analyzed and discussed for years to come. The pandemic also presents us with vast...

Tuesday, September 1, 2020, 12:00 AM

How agreement between Israel and the UAE likely to affect Africa

According to chaos theory, “a butterfly flapping its wings in Taiwan could cause a tornado in the United States.” But in the hyper-connected age we live in, one does not have to go far to the regions of chaos. Events all over the world affect countries, economies and governments on a...

Tuesday, August 25, 2020, 12:00 AM

Up in the air, again - technologies that will enable us to fly safely

Among the sectors that have been dramatically affected by the global Covid-19 epidemic, civil aviation seems to be the biggest casualty. During the first months of the outbreak, planes were grounded almost completely, and as time went by, and numbers of new cases began dropping in various countries...

Tuesday, August 18, 2020, 1:00 AM

With the right help, VCs can lead the innovation sector to new records

Although it can be a little hard to remember, only a few months ago we were living a completely different reality. One where face masks were only used by surgeons, social distancing was an unfamiliar term, and Corona was only a light, summery beer. In that reality, the field of innovation and...

Tuesday, August 11, 2020, 12:13 AM

Farwell sharing economy, welcome social-distancing

The implications of a global crisis are always widespread and long-lasting, far more than the immediate results. Every crisis, whether political, financial or health-related, could be a catalyst for innovation, social revolutions, and economic disruptions; Thus, the global Corona crisis is also...

Tuesday, August 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

The worst will be soon behind us - optimism amid Covid-19

The Covid-19 virus has brought many new elements into our day-to-day routine. The fear of an invisible enemy, social distancing, enhanced personal hygiene, and more, drastically changing our lives in only a few weeks. But most significant of all, is the withering uncertainty: an element that has...

Tuesday, July 28, 2020, 12:00 AM

Don’t just electrify remote health centres, equip and connect them!

When thinking of the global health and financial crisis that is not showing any signs of fading, two well-known sayings come to mind. The first, by Sir Winston Churchill, who said: “Never let a good crisis go to waste”. The second belongs to Vladimir Lenin, who said: “There are...

Tuesday, July 21, 2020, 12:00 AM

Moving to renewable can save the economy post-Covid

Throughout the centuries, humanity has gained vast knowledge of various natural phenomena. From distant galaxies and black holes, through rare animal species and climate occurrences, to microscopic viruses and microbes, the sense of human control over life and nature has never been stronger....

Tuesday, July 7, 2020, 12:00 AM

Tesla is worth more than Toyota, and why this is great news for Africa

Although it might sound counterintuitive, revolutions never happen in a day. It is the one, symbolic moment that is usually engraved in the collective memory, symbolising change for the next generations. Even the most iconic moments we all remember come only after many years (sometimes even decades...

Tuesday, June 30, 2020, 12:00 AM

Bold vision and solar power, equals water

Last week, we discussed the effects that water has on (almost) every aspect of our lives, including health, economics, agriculture, education, and even gender equality. And as such a basic element of our lives, water also presents one of the greatest challenges Africa faces today. With over 300...

Tuesday, June 16, 2020, 12:00 AM

The water sector and win-win opportunities therein

Although some readers might find it hard to believe, the most basic element of our lives is not money! At the very core of all life on earth is a much more fundamental factor, which exists (almost) everywhere and affects (almost) all areas of life: water. Covering about 71 per cent of the Earth...

Tuesday, June 9, 2020, 12:00 AM

5 lessons for renewable energy sector from the SpaceX launch

Last Saturday, all eyes were on Florida’s Cape Canaveral base, looking at the launching pad of the SpaceX spacecraft. Two US astronauts sat in the spacecraft, counting the seconds to start their journey. Along the way, they faced several historic landmarks: the first astronauts to launch from...

Tuesday, June 2, 2020, 12:00 AM

This is only the “end of the beginning”: COVID-19’s implications are just starting

If you ask doctors who are currently dealing with COVID-19 what they fear the most, you’ll likely get similar responses. The biggest apprehension among the medical community is that the virus will change, mutate, and become more contagious and deadly. While humanity is already dealing with...

Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 12:00 AM

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