Avner immigrated to Israel from the U.K. in 1998 and immediately joined the IDF as a lone soldier and served in an elite combat unit. After completing his service, he studied law at the Hebrew University and served on the Law School Student Union. While at university Avner helped establish StandWithUs Israel and in 2005 he conceived and founded the StandWithUs Israel Fellowship. A year later he also founded the Students Lead project. Avner is a qualified lawyer with specializations in high-tech, venture capital, and startups. In 2011 he moved to the public sector in order to establish and develop global economic development for the City of Tel-Aviv where he formulated the Startup City vision. He has since consulted to many leading international companies and organizations as well as foreign governments on innovation and startup ecosystems. Having returned to the private sector he is now primarily focused on business development.