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Our Team

Tal Ronen

Founder

Tal Ronen is a distinguished executive advisor and co-founder of YKCenter, GTG, and Coaching LTD, a leading organization in Israel specializing in executive and organizational transformation.

With an illustrious career spanning 35 years, Mr. Ronen has worked with high-profile individuals, including the late Israeli President Shimon Peres, as well as hundreds of executives who have become critical players in driving the Israeli economy through their exceptional leadership and management skills.

Mr. Ronen has advised various notable international organizations, including UBS Bank, McCann Erikson, Arison Group, Intel, Coca-Cola, and Motorola, among others. His exceptional coaching and mentoring skills have enabled these organizations to achieve significant success.

For the past ten years, Mr. Ronen has been at the helm of YKCenter, of which he was a co-founder and president. Under his leadership, YKCenter has emerged as a leading organization in the development and marketing of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the introduction and creation of the Israeli market through the SDGIsrael community that he sourced and directed since 2018.

Mr. Ronen’s expertise in sustainable design and global impact is widely recognized. His vast experience and remarkable achievements have earned him a place among the world’s most respected and sought-after executive advisors and one of the top 50 influencers for sustainability in Israel.

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Shmulik Schwartz

Co Founder & Managing Partner

Shmulik Schwartz has a rich and diverse professional background. He spent 30 years in the petrochemical and oil industry, where he held various senior management positions, including roles in operations, projects, process engineering, optimization, planning versus execution, and technological business development.

 

In 2019, Shmulik founded UPPSTREAM, a consultancy focused on environmental sustainability. The company empowers senior executives, venture capitalists (VCs), and startups in navigating the landscape of environmental sustainability.

 

In 2022, he voluntarily took on the role of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at YKCenter and SDGIsrael, demonstrating his commitment to sustainability and social impact.

 

In 2023, alongside Tal Ronan, Shmulik founded SDG Navigator, a leading consulting partnership at the crossroads of strategy and sustainability. The partnership specializes in incorporating sustainability into the core of the strategy to create meaningful action and impact in the pursuit of net zero emissions and long-term profitability through unique action plans, frameworks, guidelines and advanced standards based on ESG and SDG.

 

Shmulik holds an EMBA from Tel Aviv University and a BSc in Chemical Engineering from Technion.

 

Furthermore, he has used his platform to promote sustainability by hosting radio programs dedicated to sustainability and the promotion of the SDGs.

 

These achievements highlight Shmulik’s dedication to environmental sustainability and his extensive expertise in the field, making him a prominent figure in the industry.

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