Meet Gilad Babchuk, Groundswell co-founder & educator

Gilad has extensive experience establishing, developing and running various organizations, and has founded or co-founded numerous schools, social enterprises and NGOs.  Both an educator and social entrepreneur, he was named one of the 50 most influential people in the field of education in Israel (Ha’aretz, 2009). He consults several international companies and institutions in the fields of e-learning, progressive education, and doing business development for bio-tech company (in India, Germany, Singapore, and Israel).  


Gilad shares the vision and philosophy of Groundswell in this talk from the Ashoka Changemaker Showcase on Emerging Alternatives.

Before moving to Canada in 2011, Gilad was Executive Director of the Institute for Democratic Education, an organization that supports and advises administrators and educators in hundreds of public and independent schools across Israel. Gilad was a strategic adviser for several mayors in Israel, the head of the teacher training program in Kibbutzim College of Education Technology & Arts, and the creator of a school principals training program with the Ministry of Education.  Gilad currently sits on the Board of CCEC Credit Union and the Advisory Committee for First Nations Technology Council Bridging to Technology program.  

At Groundswell, Gilad is highly involved in all aspects of program development, delivery, and mentorship.

He lives in Burnaby with his partner Lilach and their five children, and always wins the best hummus competition at our potlucks.