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Yariv Cohen

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

Coming from the lockdown, could solar energy be the next big thing?

Thousands of managers and executives around the world have a small plastic sign in their office, with the phrase “expect the unexpected.” But even the most creative mind could not foresee such a significant global event as the Corona epidemic.  Even the most extreme science...

Tuesday, May 19, 2020, 12:00 AM

Lockdowns, remote education, and local innovation: What will post Corona life look like?

At the beginning of the year, just 4 months ago (which feels like a decade), I carefully assessed how Africa’s everyday life will change over the next decade. I focused on long-term trends that will take place over the years, and are expected to re-shape life across the continent. Back then,...

Tuesday, May 12, 2020, 12:00 AM

Green gold: The oil crisis and the Corona epidemic have made renewable energy a hot investment opportunity

Try to remember when was the last time you read a newspaper or watched the news and the headlines were not COVID-19 related. Since the virus burst into our lives, media outlets all over the world are constantly updating devoted viewers about the rising numbers of fatalities, the World Health...

Tuesday, April 28, 2020, 1:00 AM

COVID-19 places Africa and renewable energy at historic turning point

As the COVID-19 virus continues to spread throughout the world, we realize every day how little we actually know about the virus and its various implications. While the debate on the social, economic and political effects is at its infancy, there is one thing everybody can agree on: the pandemic is...

Tuesday, April 21, 2020, 1:00 AM

Africa’s solar energy sector keeps people afloat during the Corona crisis

While the spread of the coronavirus continues, implications of the virus can be seen all over the world. The numbers of the sick and the dead, the global fear, the damage to the economy and the social distancing policy, all are already affecting most of humanity. But while the virus itself does not...

Tuesday, April 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

Fight or flight: Business leaders’ action now will determine the survival rate of firms

The COVID-19 crisis that has been rattling our world in the past few weeks reminds us that no matter what we do, we are part of a worldwide biological ecosystem.  Despite the tremendous technological developments of our time, we are still vulnerable; and a microscopic virus is enough to...

Tuesday, March 24, 2020, 1:00 AM

Reasons for optimism, during the Corona crisis

The last few weeks have caused distress all over the world. Since the coronavirus burst into our lives without notice, the reality we live in seems to surpass even the craziest science fiction movies; And as the number of patients continues to climb exponentially, stock markets plummet, fear of a...

Tuesday, March 17, 2020, 12:00 AM

Only technology can bridge the African health sector gaps

An interesting story can be constructed in various ways. Some require long, descriptive sentences or detailed testimonials; others will only call for a few short phrases, and one picture can be a thousand words worth. But some stories can be explained through numbers alone: Africa’s health...

Tuesday, February 25, 2020, 8:08 AM

The best starting point for the Africa financial revolution

Back in 2009, Paul Volcker, former Chairman of the US Federal Reserve and a member of the Economic Recovery Advisory Board, participated in the Wall Street Journal Future of Finance Initiative in the UK. During his panel, he was asked about innovative ideas in the field of financial services. His...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020, 12:00 AM

Africa is leading the global entrepreneurial mindset rank, leaving skeptics behind

In the past few months, I have written on several occasions that Africa is in the midst of a revolution, on the way to becoming a global leader of entrepreneurship and innovation. I discussed this in meetings and conferences around the world, with various entities, yet, in too many cases, people...

Tuesday, February 11, 2020, 12:00 AM

Africa leading the world into sustainable future despite being ignored by western media

Last week we saw leaders from all over the world in Davos, Switzerland, for the annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, which opened with a global scandal. One that not only annoyed people all over the world, but also presented one of the biggest problems in the global efforts to deal with the...

Tuesday, February 4, 2020, 12:00 AM

Lessons from the UAE for sustainable future for Africa

Talking about the importance of a sustainable future is becoming more common every day, in Africa and all over the world. A few weeks ago, in Abu Dhabi, it was the only topic of conversation among hundreds of leaders, businessmen, heads of states, senior government officials, and many more who...

Tuesday, January 28, 2020, 12:04 AM

Welcome to the future: Africa in the next decade

After the countdown is complete, the decorations are back in the closet, and we are all back to work, the third decade of the 21st century has officially begun, I would like to invite you all to join me for a brief exercise. Concentrate carefully, and try to answer: Do you remember where you were...

Tuesday, January 14, 2020, 12:00 AM

With Africa’s employment transforming, it’s time to develop local managers

In the past decade, Africa has been developing at an unprecedented pace. Major conglomerates entered the local market, cell phone use and internet connectivity are rapidly rising, new businesses are constantly launching, and more women are entering the workforce daily. Those massive changes are...

Tuesday, December 17, 2019, 12:00 AM

Africa is building bridges with global innovation hubs

In our always evolving world, with technological innovations changing the reality on a daily basis, the field of innovation has become the “holy grail” of governments all over the world. I have written before why I believe that the African continent must transform into an innovation-...

Tuesday, December 3, 2019, 12:00 AM

1 for 3000: The profession that could transform Africa’s agriculture sector

In the years 1845 to 1851, Ireland faced one of the most serious crises in its history. A mysterious fungal disease impaired all the potato crops in the country, destroying them completely. Back at the time, potatoes were a major component of the Irish food sector, as they made up over 80 per...

Tuesday, November 12, 2019, 12:00 AM

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