Yifat Solel

Cooperative Activist, a civil rights lawyer, and a researcher

Solel is one of the founders and a board member of OFEK – a financial cooperative that had a major role in amending the Israeli Law in order to allow the operation of Credit Unions and is about to receive the first Credit Union license in Israel in over 50 years. Solel is the chairperson of the Democracy committee of Ofek and director of regulation and governance.

Solel is the Chairperson of “The Cooperatives Alliance for Social, Economic and Environmental Justice” – an umbrella organization of cooperatives that emerged out of the social protest of 2011 in order to achieve civic economic power. The Alliance helps start and promote cooperatives, gives services to its members and trying to create a favorable environment for cooperatives.

Yifat Solel specializes in social rights legislation; conducting legal struggles and submitting petitions to the Supreme Court in order to enhance free speech, democratic rights, and create social change. She works with Social Change organizations as a Legal Advisor.

She is a Ph.D. candidate in the Haifa University Law School, her research entitled: Cooperatives and Democracy: How should legal paradigms of cooperation and competition be re-conceptualized in order to promote economic democracy?

Solel is a member of the research committee of the International Cooperative Alliance and of its Law committee.

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