Janah was a founding director of Incentives for Global Health, an initiative to increase research-and-development spending on diseases of the poor, and a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.) before founding Samasource, a startup with offices in San Francisco and Nairobi, Kenya, that connects people living in poverty to small, computer-based tasks that can build skills and generate income. Samasource was awarded the 2012 Secretary’s Innovation Award for the Empowerment of Women and Girls from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
On Fashion and Business: “I remember briefly attempting the Adidas and jeans-and-sweatshirt over T-shirt look, but I realized I was trying to dress like a young tech geek, and that just wasn’t me,” Janah told the New York Times. “Fashion is expressing my aesthetic sense just as much as our web site is.”
Her Style: For work she favors tailored Zara blazers, silk scarves she buys in India and chunky jewelry she inherited from her grandmother.