Yarden Ben Yosef

CEO, Act.IL

Born and raised in Israel, Yarden graduated from "Mikve Israel" agricultural school and completed his military service ranked captain in a special combat intelligence unit. In 2015 Yarden graduated with a LLB (Bachelor of Laws) and a BA in Government from the Interdisciplinary Center, Herzliya (IDC). In 2018 Yarden graduated his Masters in Public Policy from IDC.
 
In his last position, Yarden was the Chairman of the IDC Student Union for two years and was elected to the management board of the National Union of Israeli Students. Around that time Yarden was nominated to the Council of Higher Education by the President of Israel.
 
During his studies, Yarden initiated and managed the IDC Herzliya's Public Diplomacy Centers, which ran during Operations Pillar of Defense (2012) and Protective Edge (2014). The aftermath of the operations brought the IAC and IDC to initiate a joint project – Act.IL – aimed to build an online community for Israel. The Times of Israel recently referred to Act.IL as “one of the fastest growing Israel advocacy groups ever,” with 7 branches in the US, over 15K online community members from 41 countries who are active for Israel online every 5 minutes. 

Yarden was recently recognized by Forbes Israel to appear on the 30 Under 30 list of bright entrepreneurs.