• Global Fellows class of 2015
    Global Fellows class of 2015
  • Global Fellows class 2016 End-of-Year with Orly Movshovitz-Landskroner, Fellowship Programs Manager
    Global Fellows class 2016 End-of-Year with Orly Movshovitz-Landskroner, Fellowship Programs Manager
  • Global Fellows class of 2015 with Avner Goren, archaeologist
    Global Fellows class of 2015 with Avner Goren, archaeologist
  • Global Fellows class 2016 by the Knesset
    Global Fellows class 2016 by the Knesset
  • עמיתים הגלובליים, 2016
    עמיתים הגלובליים, 2016

The Milken Innovation Global Fellowship was initiated with the US Israel Center at the UCSD Rady School of Management in 2014. The prestigious fellowship selects students interested in social impact and financial innovation to work on one of the topics discussed as part of the Memorandum of Understanding. Fellows live and work in Israel for 8-10 weeks during the summer with goals of pushing forward new and existing social, environmental, and economic initiatives and delivering projects with concrete implications.

Fellows are placed in Israeli companies based on their area of interest and the unique needs of the companies. So far, fellows have worked at an alternative energy start up at the Prime Minster’s office, Netafim, OurCrowd, Israel Venture Network, and the Milken Innovation Center itself. Their assignments have covered topics such as water efficiency and management, social investment, and alternative energy. Fellows receive a well rounded education on the entire Israeli eco-system while being exposed to meaningful work with important and broad impact. They return to California with new, co-innovative perspectives and ideas of how to adapt Israeli technologies to California.

Global Fellows 2016 

Claire Kaufman

Claire

Placed at Energiya (Gigawatt) Global, working on analyzing business models and investment opportunities for renewable energy deployment in emerging markets.

Her final project: Solar Mini-Grids in Rural Burundi.

Arun Chaitanya Salivendra

Arun

Placed at StartUp Nation Central, working on: Accelerating Agritech in Israel and California by creating a SPV to capitalize with a mix of equity investments, long-term subordinated bonds sold to philanthropic investors, and long-term senior bonds sold to pension and insurance funds to enhance the deal flow by the investors in Agritech industry.

His final project: Accelerating AgriTech industry in Israel and USA A project of the California-Israel global innovation partnership.

LeeOr Carasso-Ram‏

Leeor

Placed at Netafim, Collecting and analyzing data to build a marketing strategy for the African market; working on a research proposal to examine the effects of drip irrigation in commodity crops in order for Netafim to be able to grow its Californian market.

Her final project: The case for drip irrigation.

Eric (Xinyuan) Han

Eric Han

Placed at the Israel Venture Network, helping IVN research and analyze a new funding structural and revenue model for a social venture fund focused on assistive technology for the disabled.

His final project: Research and analyze a new funding structural and revenue model for a social venture fund focused on assistive technology for the disabled.

Global Fellows 2015 

Jamie Weisman

Placed at the Milken Innovation Center, working on the design and implementation of new financial solutions to achieve sustainable water use in California.

Her final project was a proposal of 6 pilot projects in California using Israeli water technologies. The proposal depicts the who, what, where, why, when, how of each project and includes a financial flow chart.

Israel Munoz Pineda

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Placed at Our Crowd, working on Business Intelligence, Key Performance Indicators – General process atomization within the product development team.

His final project was Developing further visibility into past platform performance. Working with the lead data architect on generating and defining KPIs useful for internal distribution.

Madhyama Subramanian

Placed at Netafim,  working on Analysis of US county level data to analyze market expansion opportunities; Research and strategy development for increasing Netafim’s involvement with women smallholder farmers;  Development of case study on Netafim’s initiative to deploy drip irrigation for rice cultivation in South India for publication in the “UN Caring for Climate” publication.

Jia Wu

Placed at the Israel Venture Network, helping IVN research and analyze a new social venture fund focused on assistive technology for the disabled. Interviewing a lot people in social tech accelerators and the Director that the Chief Scientist Office.

Her final project was a Co-author the Yozma case study, spoke and work with many leaders in the social tech industry, proposed a funding structure, market research of assistive tech, connect IVN management with other professionals.