Hilly grew up in the Virgin Islands but lived most her life in a desert town in southern Israel. At 16 she established her first startup, a summer camp for children with autism and CP, that is still active today. She graduated from the IDF’s officer training course as an exemplary cadet and served in the Air Force. Hilly has a B.A. and and M.A. in political science from Tel Aviv University, specialising in Asian studies, Chinese, and Hindi. She also holds an M.A. cum laude in humanitarian affairs from La Sapienza University, Rome, which was sponsored by UNESCO. As a student, Hilly served as the head of the Academic Affairs Department and as a campus social activist, leading social rights initiatives, and in 2012 she established the Leadership and Entrepreneurship Center of the National Student Union. Following her extensive role in the social protests Hilly was selected to join the youth council team advising the U.S. Ambassador to Israel. Hilly also worked for the Indian Ministry of Commerce, facilitating investments and promoting business collaborations. Hilly recently concluded her role as Deputy Director of the Pears Program for Global Innovation, where she focused on large bilateral initiatives and promoting technologies that address the critical challenges of the developing world. She led the Pears Challenge venture builder for Affordable Healthcare in India. Serving as a PresenTense facilitator, Hilly led the Haredi accelerator and worked with young Jewish delegations. She mentors entrepreneurs from diverse emerging markets and advises commercial companies on creation of accessible, sustainable products serving impoverished communities. She is a faculty member at Tel Aviv University's M.B.A. program. She is currently Heading the newly launched India-Israel R&D and Innovation fund at the Israel Innovation Authority.