Leila Janah

Founder and CEO, Samasource and LXMI

Leila Janah lauched in 2008, Market for Change, a not-for-profit business that gives dignified online work to people living in poverty. In 2015 she co-funded LXMI, a for profit luxury skin care brand. Both companies were created with the objective of giving work to lowe-income people around the world using cutting-edge social enterprise models in technology and luxury skincare, respectively.

Born in New York, Leila Janah attended the California Academy of Mathematics and Science. She won a scholarship at 17 through American Field Service. A scholarship that after convincing the organization she used to spent 6 months during her senior year pf highschool.

Graduated in 2005 in African Development Studies at Hardvard University, Leila is young Global Leader of the World Economic Forum, Director of CARE USA, A 2012 TechFellow, recipient of the inaugural Club de Madrid Young Leadership Award, and the youngest person in winning a Heinz Award in 2014.

Recently she has published her book titled “Give Work. Reversing Poverty One Job at a Time”. A book in which Leila Janah In Give Work, Leila Janah offers a much-needed solution to solving poverty: incentivize everyone from entrepreneurs to big companies to give dignified, steady, fair-wage work to low-income people. As Adam Grant, author of “Give and Take” and “Originals” states: Janah´s book is “An audacious, inspiring, and practical book. Leila shows how it’s possible to build a successful business that lifts people out of poverty—not by giving them money but by giving them work. It’s required reading for anyone who’s passionate about solving real problems”.

Leila Janah