Michal Ziso is the founder of Ziso, a studio working at the intersection of architecture, innovation, space and human equality. She is also a Space Architect focused on human experience a trailblazer by dealing with social and psychological diversity aspects, and an active member of WiSpace- Israeli Professional Women in Space Association.
A visionary architect practicing for almost a decade in Israel and NYC, she has extensive experience in designing skyscrapers and large-scale urban projects. A graduate of the Technion – Israeli Institute of Technology, she also served in the elite intelligence unit 8200 of the Israeli Defense Force. Taken together is a rare combination of creative skills, intelligence data analysis and technical abilities which she manifests as a Space Architect and thought leader.
She is a two time TEDx speaker (TEDxISU International Space University, Strasborg, France + TEDxJaffaWomen, Tel Aviv Israel), frequent lecturer and mentor at academic institutions, organizations and creative tech companies such as ISA- Israeli Space Agency, Ramon Foundation, UNOOSA, Explore Mars, Parsons School of Design, Wix and more. With a mission to create a built environment in space and on earth that fits the needs of its diverse users to ensure not only a surviving but thriving human society, Michal is actively raising awareness for gender and human equality through work with international organizations such as Global Citizen, UN Women, UN SDG global and SDG Israel. ZISO was chosen to be part of the 10 top global initiatives fighting for gender equality by the UN SDG Action Campaign of 2019.
As a mentor to young individuals, especially young women, at various forums such as UNOOSA, Space4Women, ProWoman organization and ISE (Israel Startup Experience), Michal promotes courageous creative thinking, innovation through extreme conditions and encourages all to become passionate change agents. A proud activist and avid traveler, Michal is inspired by cultures, diversity, and the various ways people use space on earth and beyond.
Where to find Michal: https://www.theziso.com/
Watch Michal’s TEDx Talks:
- TEDxJaffaWomen: https://www.ted.com/talks/michal_ziso_equality_lessons_from_mars