Hagit is the Managing director of the Pears Program for Global Innovation. An Israeli non-profit and non-governmental whose mission is to connect the Israeli Innovation eco-system to the developing world by supporting entrepreneurs and companies addressing International development challenges.
Hagit joined the program as a Project Manager in November 2017. Over the past three years she took leading roles the development and facilitation of all of the Pears Program’s most significant programs, including: the Israel-India Innovation Bridge (with the PMO), Pears Challenge 2019 on WASH technologies for Humanitarian Settings, the Israeli Malaria companies’ forum, the Pears Program- IsraAID Joint Pilot Fund, the JDC-TOV AgriTech Innovation Journey to Ethiopia and various eco-system events connecting Israeli tech to developing country’s needs.
Prior to working for the Pears Program, she was the Regional Operations Manager for an Israeli medical device company, where she led operations and developed multi- sector, long-term partnerships that propelled wide-scale HIV prevention initiatives in Rwanda, Kenya, and Tanzania. She worked closely with East African Ministries of Health, governmental donors, public health INGOs, and research institutes.
Hagit started her career working in various educational positions within the formal and non-formal Israeli education system to promote quality and access to education for Israel’s youth. She was a group counselor at the Jewish Agency – Absorption Center for Ethiopian Immigrants as well as an educational guide in Yad VaShem – The World Holocaust Remembrance Center; Her transition towards the International development and private sector field started when she worked on initiatives promoting financial empowerment for women through microfinance initiatives in Uganda and Israel.
She holds a Master’s degree in International Development Studies (Glocal) from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from the Open University of Israel.