Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of Samasource and the Co-Founder and CEO of LXMI, two companies that share a common social mission to end global poverty by giving work to people in need. She is also the author of Give Work: Saving the World One Job at a Time, to be released September 2017 with Penguin Publishing Group.
Prior, Leila was a Visiting Scholar with the Stanford Program on Global Justice and Australian National University’s Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics. She was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.).
Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, a Director of CARE USA, 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 also received the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls from Hillary Clinton in 2012.
Leila was included as one of The New York Times T Magazine’s “Five Visionary Tech Entrepreneurs Who Are Changing the World” in 2015. She was also named a “Rising Star” on Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list in 2011, one of Fast Company’s “Most Creative People in Business” in 2011, and was profiled as one of Fortune’s “Most Promising Entrepreneurs” in 2013.
She has appeared on national and international news outlets such as BBC, Bloomberg West and Bloomberg Surveillance, CNBC, and Fox Business News, and has addressed influential audiences at premier events including Aspen Ideas Festival, Fast Company Innovation Uncensored, Fortune Brainstorm Tech, SXSW, TEDx, Techonomy and Quartz Next Billion. She has also been featured on the covers of Conscious Company, Entrepreneur, Fast Company, and San Francisco’s top lifestyle publication, 7x7.
She received a BA from Harvard in African Development Studies and lives in San Francisco.
Established in 2008, Samasource is a non-profit business that connects marginalized women and youth to dignified work via the Internet. We move people out of poverty by providing work that pays a sustainable, living wage in places with high rates of unemployment, including slums and rural communities in East Africa, South Asia, and the Americas. To date, Samasource has helped almost 35,000 people lift themselves out of poverty by sourcing data projects from some of the world's largest companies, including Google, Glassdoor, and Microsoft.