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Leila Janah

Global Economic Advocate

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When Leila Janah became frustrated with the bureaucracy of international development, she didn't give up. Instead, started her own company, Samasource.
Leila Janah is Founder and CEO of Samasource, a nonprofit that connects people living in poverty to work, through using the Internet. Janah first developed the idea while working as a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Company) where her clients included global leaders in the outsourcing and telecom sectors and nonprofit organizations. She is a recipient of the Rainer Arnhold and TEDIndia Fellowships, and currently serves on the San Francisco board to the Social Enterprise Institute. Along with Professors Thomas Pogge and Aiden Hollis, she founded Incentives for Global Health, where she helped produce a plan to incentivize the development of new drugs for neglected diseases. She is a former Visiting Scholar at the Stanford Program on Global Justice and the Center for Applied Philosophy and Public Ethics at Australian National University, and a graduate of Harvard University.  

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Ben Franklin's 13 Virtues
Leilah Janah discusses her sources of inspiration as a social entrepreneur.

Never Give Up
The most important lesson Leila Janah has learned as an entrepreneur, is "don't quit." 

No Allowance
As a child, Leilah Janah was told to work for what she earned, instilling in her a work ethic that she carried into adulthood.

Visible Role Models
How can we bridge the gender gap in professional fields that are currently dominated by men?

By the Numbers
As a woman in tech, Janah realizes she is a minority, but believes the measures for success in this industry are gender blind.

Meant To Be Broken
Leila was a perfectionist as a child, but as she has grown older, she has realized that rules are meant to be broken.