Uri Akavia is a researcher at Kohelet Policy Forum focusing his research on the cost of living and its causes, especially monopolies and cartels in the Israeli economy.
Uri has a MSc. and a BSc. from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in Chemistry and Physics respectively, and has participated in the student program of the Shalem Center. In recent years he has taught Chemistry at the Hebrew University and at the Azriely College in Jerusalem. He has also worked for the Israeli Ministry of Environmental Protection in regulating air pollution caused by transportation. The master´s Thesis he wrote deals with prevention of air pollution from power plants .Currently, in addition to his research work, he operates a pilot plant, located in Rabin coal fired power plant, for an Israeli start-up company, aimed at filtering out air pollutants and converting them into fertilizer that can be used in agriculture.
Uri is single and lives in Jerusalem, he prefers red wine, a free economy and riding his bike.