Jul 5, 2016 Venla Väkeväinen
Leila Janah is the Founder and CEO of both Sama, and Laxmi, two companies that share a common social mission: to end global poverty by giving work to people who need it the most. Sama provides training and access to internet-based work that pays a sustainable living wage. Since its founding in 2008, the company has reportedly helped approximately 51,000 people. Sama represents a new model for social impact: a self-funded non profit, as its operations are funded by Laxmi. Last year, Leila started Laxmi, which is a luxury brand that focuses on high-end skin care that employs poor people to grow, harvest, and process the ingredients of the skin care in exchange for fair wages. Both Sama and Laxmi were recently highlighted on the Most Innovative Companies list by Fast Company.
Leila is a Young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Director of CARE USA, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person to win a Heinz Award in 2014. She has also received the Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls from Hillary Clinton in 2012. Moreover, Leila was included as one of The New York Times 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.
David is the Founder and CEO of Founders Pledge, a platform through which entrepreneurs make a commitment to donate at least 2% of their personal proceeds to charity when they sell their business. The idea behind Founders Pledge is rather simple: make it easy for tech founders to have a positive impact in the world with their success. “I’ve been able to provide tech founders and investors with a tax efficient way to do good in the world without taking time and effort away from the projects and businesses they’re working on,” David explains. Since its inception in June 2015, Founders Pledge has raised $105 million for charity from more than 450 pledges. David has estimated the platform will hit the first billion dollars in donations by mid 2017.
David moved into the nonprofit sector from an eclectic commercial background. He spent a few years in finance, working for one of the largest privately held mortgage banks in the U.S., after which he worked as a mortgage and investment banker at CS Financial in Beverly Hills. David also founded and ran a boutique real estate firm in Germany and was General Manager of Urban Motion Inc., the highest volume Segway dealer network in the world. David is a graduate of UCLA and the University of Cambridge, where he has studied Political Science, Public Policy and International Relations.
Sangu is the Founder and CEO of Golden Palm Investments (GPI), an investment holding company, which he founded in 2008. GPI was launched to fund promising startups that can have social impact and generate jobs, as Sangu believed that community needs can be best met through entrepreneurship. GPI has built a portfolio of greenfield companies in healthcare, real estate, and financial services, and has backed startups such as Solo Mobile, mPharma,and Stawi Foods. Sangu is also the Co-Founder of cleanacwa, a nonprofit working in underdeveloped communities in Ghana to make sure that water and sanitation, our basic human rights, are provided.
Sangu has received several international recognitions for his work, including Africa’s “Young Person of the Year” 2014, a 2014 TEDGlobal Fellow, one of Forbes’ top 30 most promising entrepreneurs in Africa in 2015 and Euromoney’s “Africa’s Rising Stars” award for “outstanding individuals who are changing the financial, investment and business landscape in Africa”. Sangu graduated from Harvard with the highest honors in African Studies and Economics.
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