The Hebrew Economic magazine "The Marker" has chosen Mr Sami Saadi, the co-founder and director of Tsofen, as one of the 100 most influential persons in Israel.
Tsofen High Technology Centres is a non-governmental organisation working to integrate Arab graduates into high-tech and other advanced industries. The organisation was a recipient of the co-funding venture, facilitated by the UK Task Force, between four members of the coalition (New Israel Fund UK, Pears Foundation, Samuel Sebba Charitable Trust, UJIA) and the British Embassy in Israel in 2011.
Sami, who spoke at a UK Task Force lunch briefing and discussion in July, is an independent CPA for a variety of companies and NGOs in Israel. In addition to co-founding Tsofen, Sami also established the Jewish-Arab Technological Village in the Galilee, to promote equal employment opportunities for Arabs. He is active in several social and cultural NGOs promoting coexistence, including “Shchenim” (Neighbours). Sami earned his master and diploma as Certified Public Accountant from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem.