Leila Janah is an award-winning social entrepreneur using technology and lean business methods to promote social justice.
Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource, a non-profit social business that connects people living in poverty to microwork -- computer-based tasks that build skills and generate life-changing income. Samasource has moved 3,800 workers and their families over the poverty line in under five years and spun out a domestic program, SamaUSA, in 2013. It has received the Templeton Freedom Award, the Secretary’s Innovation Award from Hillary Clinton, and the Prix Netexplorateur from the French Senate.
In 2011, Janah co-founded Samahope, the first crowdfunding site for medical treatments in developing countries. The Sama Group has been featured widely in the press with features in The New York Times, CNN, Forbes, and Fast Company.
Janah is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, a 2012 TechFellow, and the recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, presented by President Clinton. She received a BA from Harvard University.