Young Professionals


The SUNM Young Professionals Fellowship (YPF) is an annual professionally-oriented trip to Israel in June for 20 non-Jewish young professionals aged 22-29 who work in finance and high-tech fields. The Fellowship’s mission is to help ensure that the next generation of leaders have the requisite knowledge and relationships to make informed decisions surrounding Israel and the Middle East. YPF trips aim to immerse our cohort in cultural, geopolitical, business, technological, and impact education to bring an understanding of the fabric of Israel and to build a diverse community of promising, action-oriented future change-makers. The group tours various parts of Israel, and meets with leading investors, high-tech founders, and government officials of the "Start-Up Nation".

Meetings Included

  1. Wiz – Co-Founder & CTO (Ami Luttwak)
  2. SoftBank – Founding Israel Partner (Ben Weiss)
  3. Maoz – Chairman & Fmr. CEO of Timberland (Jeffrey Swartz)
  4. Fortissimo Capital – Founder & Managing Partner (Yuval Cohen)
  5. Start-Up Nation Central – VP of Strategy (Ari Strasberg)
  6. Koch Disruptive Technologies – Managing Director (Eli Groner; Fmr. Director General of Prime Minister’s Office)
  7. Aleph VC – Co-Founder & General Partner (Michael Eisenberg)
  8. General Atlantic – Founding Israel Investor (Max August) and Senior Advisor (Yoram Tietz; Fmr. CEO of EY Israel)
  9. Coralogix – CEO & Co-Founder (Ariel Assaraf)
  10. BioCatch – CEO (Gadi Mazor)
  11. Team8 – Managing Partner & Co-Founder of Team8 Capital (Sarit Firon)
  12. CAF (Construcciones y Auxiliar de Ferrocarriles) – Israel CEO (Mickey Raviv)
  13. Israeli Defense Forces – Retired Intelligence Colonel (Miri Eisin)
  14. – Founder & Managing Partner (Zaki Djemal)
  15. Precision Capital – Co-Founder & Managing Director (Todd Kesselman)
  16. Hanaco Ventures – General Partner & Co-Founder (Pasha Romanovski)
  17. Insight Partners – Principal & Founding Israel Investor (Dani Aronovitz)
  18. UpWest – Principal & Founding Israel Investor (Lia Cromwell)

Other Programming Included

  1. Visit to Yad Vashem Holocaust Remembrance Center
  2. Leadership Development & Social Justice Workshops with Maoz
  3. Historical Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem
  4. Krav Maga Training on the Mediterranean Coast
  5. Culinary Tour of Carmel Market
  6. Floating in the Dead Sea
  7. Start-Up Nation Mentorship Cocktail Reception w/ ~120 Mentors & Partners

What our fellows say

I had an incredible time, thanks so much for all the work you put in to organize the trip
Nicholas Johnson
PhD at MIT (Valedictorian of Princeton ‘20)
Thank you for all of the hard work organizing this trip — genuinely one of my favorite trips I’ve ever been on!
David Zhao
Founder at Pika
All thanks to you for organizing, putting together an amazing group, and setting up time with the most impressive lineup of speakers. I reflected a ton on the trip, and I have learned and grown a lot! Everything from my own religious beliefs, the geopolitical climate of the Middle East, Jewish culture, building high growth startups... I feel very lucky to have had this experience and am excited to go home to more shabbats and Jewish experiences
Julie Chen
Engineer at Retool
Extremely thankful for the opportunity to come to Israel on this fellowship and see just what makes this country so unique and special. From PE founders to Krav Maga instructors to the CEO of our favorite outdoor company, every perspective was meaningful to paint a picture of the state of Israel, enable us to form professional relationships, and dream a bit bigger about our impact. I am excited to continue to come together with this special group for many years to come.
Natalia Dorogi
Business Analyst at McKinsey