Amongst this year's Israel Prize recipients is economist Avishay Braverman. A former president of the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, he also served as a member of the Knesset for the Labor Party between 2006 and 2015, and as Minister of Minority Affairs between 2009 and 2011.

Braverman studied statistics and economics at Tel Aviv University, and received his PhD in economics from Stanford University in the United States. After serving for 14 years as a senior official in the World Bank in Washington, specializing in economic development with an emphasis on social justice, Braverman returned to Israel to become president of the Ben-Gurion University in the Negev for the next 16 years.

Ahead of the Israel prize ceremony he spoke with KAN's Mark Weiss about his work and how youth holds the key to a better future.