Leila Janah Biography – Wiki
Leila Janah is the CEO and entrepreneur who has been announced dead at the age of 37, one of the companies she founded confirmed. The social entrepreneur is best known for pouring her energy into creating job opportunities for the world’s poorest communities.
My heart goes out to the family and friends of Leila Janah.
We spoke recently about her struggle to share and access her medical data: “if there’s anything this experience has taught me, it’s to not take no for an answer.” https://t.co/FA1dscYWTjhttps://t.co/zMQ5yM88yO
— Christina Farr (@chrissyfarr) January 25, 2020
She was 37 years old.
Leila Janah Family
The 37-year old is survived by her husband, Tassilo, and her stepdaughter, the company revealed.
Leila Janah Death & Cause of Death
Samasource, the artificial intelligence company founded by Janah, announced she passed away on January 24 due to complications from epithelioid sarcoma, a rare soft-tissue cancer.
Janah was born in upstate New York and grown in a suburb of Los Angeles by her Indian parents. In 2008, she started her business career in Kenya with the goal to improve the lives of those living below the poverty line.
The company employs more than 2,900 people in Kenya, Uganda and India, creating data for companies around the world that need to test numerous artificial intelligence products, including self-driving cars and smart hardware.
The company is considered to be the largest employers in East Africa after helping more than 50,000 people lift themselves out of poverty, according to the company’s website.
Janah was also the founder and CEO of LXMI, and Samaschool, a non-profit organization that trains people in digital skills.
Leila Janah Tribute
“Leila spearheaded a global impact sourcing movement and was a champion for environmental sustainability and ending global poverty”, the company said.
“We will miss Leila’s infectious laugh, her tenacious spirit, and her ability to inspire all she encountered to be a force for good in the world,” the statement wrote.