Thursday 04 November 2021 - 13.00

Thursday November 4th 2021, 13:00 IL / 11:00 UK

Access Israel is a non-profit organisation, founded in 1999 by Yuval Wagner, an ex-Israeli Air Force pilot. He was injured in a helicopter crash in 1987 which left him paralysed from the neck down and bound to a wheelchair. Realising the lack of accessibility for disabled people, he created the organisation with the goal of making Israel accessible and inclusive - for people with all disabilities and the elderly, in all areas of life. In the last two decades Access Israel has developed various methodologies and best practices to promote accessibility and inclusion.

During the panel, Yuval will present the organisation. We will also hear from Dr. Yael Benvenisti, CEO of Mediterranean Towers Ventures, a corporate venture capital investing in wellness and Agetech early-stage technology companies. She will discuss the demographics and characteristics of the ageing population, areas in which we see technological developments for the elderly and things that should be emphasized when developing technology for this age.

Current technological developments for elderly population accessibility, created by various start-ups and solution providers, will also be demonstrated.

In person entry to Tel Aviv University subject to Green tag rules - masks and proof of vaccination/covid test required.

Yuval Wagner

President and founder of Access Israel Organisation. Was injured in a helicopter crash in 1987 which left him paralysed from the neck down and wheelchair bound. The accident led him to establish an organisation that strives to make Israel more accessible and to raise awareness. He won the Globes' Social Entrepreneurial Award in 2006 and the Rick Hansen Foundation Difference Maker Award in 2011. He also received the Henry Viscardi Achievement Awards given to leaders in the disability sector.

Dr. Yael Benvenisti

CEO of Mediterranean Towers Ventures. Chairperson of Technologies for Ageing Well group, and represents the international organisation Ageing 2.0 in Israel. One of the founders of the Israeli Agetech entrepreneurial ecosystem. Served as a business and marketing consultant to companies, and as the chairperson/invited speaker in several international conferences. Involved in writing policy papers and promoting municipal, national and international programmes/implementation of technologies.