Lev Plaves

As Kiva's Portfolio Manager for the Middle East, Lev is responsible for managing relationships with existing field partners and growing Kiva’s presence in the region. Lev focuses on supporting partners to ensure that they get the most out of their relationships with Kiva, while also identifying new partner organizations to be part of the Kiva platform. Prior to joining Kiva, Lev lived in Palestine for three years, where he worked for a youth empowerment organization. This experience helped spark his interest in the Middle East, and he has since spent his time getting to know as many places as possible throughout the region. Lev loves nothing more than exploring new cities and has been based in Istanbul, Turkey since 2012. After growing up in Berkeley, Lev studied International Politics at Wesleyan University, with a focus on International Relations and Middle Eastern politics.

Kiva Blog Updates

Sep 26, 2014 KV Kiva HQ
Updated September 26, 2014:
A ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas in Gaza in August, but Gaza is still dealing with a humanitarian crisis.  Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians are displaced following the turmoil, according to the UN. More than 2,100 people were killed during the conflict in Gaza, many of them civilians, and more than 10,000 were wounded. All...
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