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Grassroots Business Cooperation: Making the First Steps as an Israeli in the Middle East

19/04/2015

Thanks to the generosity of the Atkin Foundation, ICSR offers young leaders from Israel and the Arab world the opportunity to come to London for a period of four months, producing a research paper as the result of their work. The purpose of the fellowship is to provide young leaders from Israel and the Arab world with an opportunity to develop their ideas on how to further peace and understanding in the Middle East through research, debate and constructive dialogue in a neutral political environment.

Agam Rafaeli was the Israeli Atkin Fellow for Winter 2014/15. Agam is an Israeli hi-tech entrepreneur focused on fostering relationships between Israel and the Arab world through business ventures. Upon completing five years of military service, Agam decided to link his passion for software engineering with his Israeli-Palestinian dialogue background and opted for a job in the Palestinian hi-tech market. During this quest he found the huge divide between the Israeli hi-tech sector and the Arab world. For this reason he chose to study computer science and middle eastern studies at Hebrew University in Jerusalem.

During his undergraduate studies Agam founded CodeM3lim.com, an Arabic online school for coding. CodeM3lim was seen by thousands of prospective students from Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and the Emirates. While managing CodeM3lim Agam recruited and managed a mixed team of Israelis and Palestinians.

Aside from his work in the business world Agam is a member of the Israeli Labor Party’s steering committee and serves as a consultant to the Jerusalem municipality on entrepreneurship development. Agam is also an organiser of the Israeli Juggling Convention, the second largest convention of its kind in the world, and an AMENDS fellow.

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