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Aline Sara

2024 Fellow

Co-Founder and CEO, NaTakallam

United States

Aline Sara is the co-founder and CEO of NaTakallam, an award-winning social enterprise that hires displaced & conflict-affected persons as online tutors, teachers, and translators. With a background in journalism, conflict resolution and human rights, Aline is leveraging technology to disrupt humanitarian aid and promote sustainable solutions to crises.

Under Sara’s leadership, since 2015, NaTakallam has distributed over $3.2 million in self-earned income to conflict-affected populations, enabling 500+ translators and tutors to impact 16,000+ users in 110+ countries and 300+ organizations, worldwide. NaTakallam not only creates sustainable income and meaningful employment but also promotes inclusive and equitable quality education (SDG 4), decent work and economic growth (SDG 8), and reduced inequalities (SDG 10).

Inspired by her parents journey, as Lebanese immigrants who left their homeland in the midst of a fierce civil war and were welcome to America, where they raised her and her brothers, safe and away from the violence, Aline Sara is determined to help those unjustly impacted by conflict and persecution all while helping those who are so far from it to better comprehend it through dialogue, transformative education and cross-cultural understanding.

Aline is a Cartier Women’s Initiative, Summit and Halcyon fellow, and has been a speaker at numerous high-level events, including TechCrunch, Berlin, several OECD, UN, and World Bank conferences. She was named ‘Woman Entrepreneur of the Year’ at the Elle Impact Award sand is a WE Empower Awardee for 2021. NaTakallam is the winner of several MIT, World Bank, Seedstars and other startup and social entrepreneur competitions.