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Yossi Ghinsberg

Yossi is the writer and co-creator of Mr Sleep and the Flying Green Toad, a musical journey that will enchant chidlren and adults alike.

Yossi grew up in Tel Aviv. He served three years in the Israeli navy, during which time he lived with tribal Bedouins in the Sinai Desert. He later studied business and philosophy in academic and authentic environments.

Ten years after almost losing his life in the Amazon he returned there to the Amazon river valley that was the site of his remarkable adventure and made it his home. During this period, he was instrumental in the creation and construction of Chalalan, a model eco-tourism village that inspires the Amazon basin and the world to this day. Also during this time, Yossi organised two national reunions of all tribes to inform them on issues of intellectual property, and their rights and roles in the fight over resources in the Amazon. His efforts and work contributed to the creation of the Madidi National Park, the largest biosphere conservation belt in the Amazon.

The next phase of his life was spent in what he calls ‘the field of agony’, dedicating 7 years to the treatment, rehabilitation and reintegration of opiate addicts throughout the world. He has initiated different business ventures, published two books and two musical albums. Yossi has been involved in grassroots efforts for reconciliation and healing in the Middle East.

Currently he has founded a new interior and landscape design label collecteco which represents his never ending roaming of the planet, his commitment to ecology, his connection to nature and his respect for indigenous cultures. He is also passionately working on a groundbreaking semantic web application. Yossi is married to Belinda and father to four children: Mia, Cayam, Nissim, and the recently born baby boy Shalem. They live in Israel, Australia and the USA.

Yossi is a keynote speaker rich in content, riveting and entertaining; a master storyteller and inspirational speaker. Presenting keynote addresses and inspirational talks to corporations and organisations across five continents Yossi leaves audiences spellbound, hanging on every word so that you can hear a pin drop.

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