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Leila Chirayath Janah is the founder and CEO of Samasource  a social business that connects over 800 women, youth, and refugees living in poverty to digital work. Samasource's iPhone application, "Give Work," employs innovative crowdsourcing technology and has been downloaded by over 20,000 volunteers in 75 countries. Samasource is a current grantee of the Rockefeller and Mulago Foundations and a recipient of the Netexplorateur Innovation Prize from the French Senate. Earlier in her career, Janah was a founding Director of Incentives for Global Health, a Yale-based nonprofit developing new financing mechanisms for pharmaceutical R&D on neglected diseases, and a consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Company), where she served leading companies in the telecommunications, healthcare, and outsourcing sectors.

Ms. Janah has published academic research with the World Bank's Development Research Group and is a frequent speaker on entrepreneurship, technology, and international development at institutions including MIT, Stanford, and Harvard. Her work has been profiled by CBC, CNN, The New York Times, and The New Scientist, and in 2010, she was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Women in Technology. She serves on the board of TechSoup Global and is a member of International Association of Outsourcing Professionals' sub-committee on Corporate Social Responsibility. Leila received a BA from Harvard University.

Find her on Twitter @leila_c

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