Innovation in Diplomacy


The Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy


Establishing the many aspects of innovation as an inherent part of the diplomatic work in Israel and worldwide while creating an international benchmark for innovative diplomacy 

The Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at IDC Herzliya, in association with the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference 2019, is proud to launch the InnoDip Award - the first-ever Israeli award to honor innovation in diplomacy.

Introducing the Winners of the 2019 InnoDip Award

The public committee explained that Healthcare Israel “has groundbreaking thinking on how diplomacy should work in the 21st century. It has a clear objective which is achieved with dedication and innovative thought which is translated into wide scale of impact on people’s health around the world.”

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innovation: africa

The public committee explained that Innovation: Africa “is what we all should call people to people diplomacy. This initiative distributes Israeli innovation directly to where it is needed the most. It has a great scale of impact and impressive positive influence on people’s lives in the most neglected areas of the world.”

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The public committee explained that Tikkun Olam Makers “have an innovative vision on how society should look like. They hitched technology to the ground value of Judaism of tikkun olam and show that Jewish moral is relevant than ever. TOM impressed the commission by its scale of impact on people with disability every-day’s life.”

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2019 InnoDip Award Runner-Ups

What is Innovative Diplomacy?

According to the Abba Eban Institute Model, Innovative Diplomacy consists of three vectors:

Groundbreaking Thinking

Implementation of new or paradigm-shifting approaches and methods in the diplomatic arena.

Technological Applications

Implementation of technological tools and methods in the diplomatic process and related ecosystem.

Distribution of Innovation

International distribution of local innovation as a means to promote international relations between people and countries on all levels – government, business, academic and civil society.



Field: The international diplomacy field of operation and its related ecosystem - in government, business, civil society, academia, and media.


New solutions to contemporary challenges or entirely new ideas

Clear Objectives

Measurable and concrete objectives

Project Impact

How does the project's objectives are/were achieved

Scale of direct or indirect impact

Assessment of the scope of people / issues affected by the initiative, either directly or indirectly

Who can apply for the InnoDip Award?

The InnoDip Award aims to reshape the concept of innovation in the diplomatic work, by shining a spotlight on innovative initiatives in the field, across five sectors:

Public sector

Private sector

Civil Society



We welcome existing projects and initiatives in multiple areas, such as, but not limited to:

  • Diplomacy & International Affairs

  • Public Diplomacy & Communications

  • Medicine

  • Technological Developments


  • Education

  • Academic Research & Partnerships

  • Sciences

  • Economic / Financial Initiatives

  • Global Development

  • Sustainable Development

  • Food Security

  • Health &


  • Intercultural Dialogue


  • Social Development

  • Industry & Infrastructure

  • Sustainable Governance

  • Clean Energy

  • Youth Empowerment & Leadership


Evaluation Process


Based on formal criteria and fulfilment of application requirements


First Round of Evaluation

Based on the four criteria


Second Round of Evaluation

By a Committee of high-level experts in Innovation and Diplomacy


Application Timeline

InnoDip Award Launch

September 9, 2019

Submission Ends

October 7, 2019, 23:59 IST


Evaluation Process

October 8 - 31, 2019

Award Presentation

at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference, November 21, 2019

 Date changed 


The Professional Committee

Mr. Alon Bar Shany

Ambassador Ran Ichay

The Public Committee

Ambassador Ron Prosor

Ambassador Colette Avital

Prof. Yaniv Erlich

Mr. Isaac 'Bougie' Herzog

Ambassador Yitzhak Levanon

Mr. Benny Shlick

Mr. Moshe (Moshik) Theumim

Rinawie Zoabi Ghaida

Ms. Liat Aaronson

Ambassador Chris Cannan

Prof. Eitan Gilboa

Mr. Yaacov Katz

Mrs. Nili Shalev

Mr. Eitan Schwartz

Dr. Roey Tzezana

Dr. Ami Apellbum

Mr. Ohad Cohen

Mr. Sam Grundwerg

Dr. Liraz Lasry

Mr. Haim Shani

Prof. Yuli Tamir

Mr. Dan Williams


The Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy

The Abba Eban Institute for International Diplomacy at IDC Herzliya is a pro-active research institute, inspired to form an innovative, effective and proactive diplomacy infrastructure for Israel, in order to strengthen its standing in the global arena.

The Abba Eban Institute strives to revolutionize Israel's foreign policy while strengthening the international image of the Jewish state. Together with the Samson Chair for Public Diplomacy in Israel, we are forging an enterprising agenda to reinvigorate Israel’s diplomatic influence.

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