This year's recipient of the Israel Prize for Lifetime Achievement is economist Prof. 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. During his tenure in the Knesset, he served as chairman of both the Finance and the Economic Affairs committees.

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 hold the key to a better future.