Founder and Chief Executive Officer
Leila Janah is the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Samasource, a non-profit that connects people living in poverty to dignified work via the internet. Since 2008, Samasource has moved over 6,000 workers – supporting nearly 19,000 dependents – above the poverty line. In 2013, Samasource spun out a domestic programme called SamaUSA. Samasource has received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate. Janah also co-founded Samahope, the first crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries. The Sama Group enterprises have been featured prominently in the press, including The New York Times, CNN, Forbes and Fast Company as well as in the book, “Hearts on Fire”. Janah is a 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She received a BA from Harvard University.