OUR TEAM

Ronit Avni
Founder
FILMOGRAPHY: 
My Neighbourhood (Executive Producer, 2012)
Home Front (Co-Producer, 2011)
Budrus (Producer, 2009)
Encounter Point (Director/Producer, 2006)

Ronit Avni is an award-winning social entrepreneur, media strategist, nonprofit executive and filmmaker. She is the Founder and former Executive Director (2003-2014) of Just Vision, an organization that supports Palestinians and Israelis who struggle for freedom, dignity and equality for all. Her work has been featured in dozens of major international news outlets, including The Washington Post, The BBC, NPR, The Economist, Al Jazeera, Ha’aretz and many more.

For over a decade, Ronit led a diverse team, ensuring Just Vision’s relevance, credibility and success. She is a frequent speaker in think tank, community, government, international, educational and influential media settings.

Ronit executive produced Just Vision’s Peabody Award-winning film, My Neighbourhood, and produced the documentary film, Budrus, which was hailed in The New York Times as "this year's must-see documentary." Budrus screened in 185 cities, premiered in 53 film festivals and won more than 15 awards. Under Ronit’s leadership, Just Vision won the highly competitive 2012 PUMA Creative Impact Award for Budrus.

Ronit directed and produced the documentary film, Encounter Point, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and received numerous awards including two Audience Awards for Best Documentary in San Francisco and Montreal. Encounter Point has screened in 200+ cities worldwide and continues to be used in classrooms and community centers. It reached millions of TV viewers on networks such as CBC, Al Arabiya, HBO Latin America and more.

During Ronit’s tenure, Just Vision initiated and launched the growing news and analysis site, Local Call (mekomit.co.il), in Israel in partnership with 972 Advancement of Citizen Journalism and ActiveStills. In its first six months, the site garnered more than 500,000 Hebrew-language viewers.

Previously, Ronit trained human rights defenders worldwide to incorporate film and digital media into their advocacy campaigns while working for Peter Gabriel’s human rights organization, WITNESS. She co-edited the book, “Video for Change - A Guide for Advocacy and Activism” with WITNESS and now sits on the WITNESS Board, chairing the Program Committee.

Ronit has been recognized with a variety of honors, including the King Hussein Leadership Prize, Search for Common Ground’s Common Ground Award, the Circles of Change Award, Auburn Seminary’s Lives of Commitment Award for women who “bridge religious divides, build community, and pursue justice,” the Trailblazer Award from the National Council for Research on Women and the Joshua Venture Fellowship for young Jewish social entrepreneurs. She is currently a Global Expert through the United Nations Alliance of Civilizations, a Young Global Leader through the World Economic Forum and a Term Member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

A graduate of Vassar College in Political Science, Ronit has completed advanced coursework at the Harvard Kennedy School through the Young Global Leaders Executive Education Program and at Columbia Business School through the Ariane de Rothschild Fellowship.