Wendy Gonzalez Replaces Leila Janah as CEO Samasource

Samasource, a US firm which opened its doors to the East African Community to create jobs and train young people in technology, is mourning the passing of the Founder and CEO Leila Janah, who succumbed to cancer on Friday 24, 2020.

Janah, 37 years old, contributed immensely to reinforcing environmental sustainability and ending global poverty through her three for profit and non-profit organizations; Samasource, a global for-profit technology leader in training data for Artificial Intelligence; LXMI, a fair-trade, organic skin care company and Samaschool; a non-profit focused on re-skilling for the new economy.

Upon her passing, the Samasource team committed to continuing Leila’s work and thus seconded Wendy Gonzalez, longtime business partner and friend to Leila, to take the helm as interim CEO of Samasource.

“Previously the organization’s Chief Operating Officer, Wendy has spent the past five years working alongside Leila to craft Samasource’s vision and strategy,” reads part of the notice.

Leila Janah with women in Northern Uganda for the LXMI project

Samasource opened its Kampala branch in July 2019, adding to the Gulu center which existed since 2012. The training center was set up in Kamwokya along Kanjokya Street to train young people in Artificial Intelligence data analysis.


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