Executive Council of Australian Jewry (ECAJ) co-CEO Alex Ryvchin has been named at number six in The Jerusalem Post’s ViZionaries list, which recognises the top 25 young visionaries around the world.
“This is a great honour and immensely humbling,” he told The AJN.
“It is of course a recognition not only of my work and writing, but of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry and the contributions we make on behalf of the Jewish people both at home and on the world stage.
“I’d like to dedicate this recognition to our cherished friend and former president, Jeremy Jones of blessed memory.”
Ukrainian-born Ryvchin came to Australia with his family while still a toddler. He went on to study law and politics at the University of NSW and his legal career took him to London as well as Sydney. He served as a spokesman for the Zionist Federation UK and earned an Israel Research Fellowship, working as a research fellow and staff writer at a Jerusalem-based think tank.
He joined ECAJ in 2013 and became co-CEO in 2018, making him one of the youngest leaders in the global Jewish Diaspora.
He has authored three non-fiction books as well as a children’s book, A New Day, which addressed overcoming adversity during the coronavirus pandemic.
ECAJ president Jillian Segal said, “The ECAJ is thrilled that Alex has been chosen as one of 25 worldwide visionaries.
“We have been the fortunate beneficiaries of Alex’s writing and leadership for many years and his work with developing future young leaders across the Australian community will deliver long-term benefits. As a visionary, he looks towards the future and his current focus on education against antisemitism in schools is likely to make a meaningful impact for years to come.”