Lamia Makkar is an award-winning social entrepreneur and ecosystem builder, with over 8 years impacting communities in emerging markets. She launched her first startup, Haiti: Hands On, at the age of 13, focused on strengthening vulnerable Haitian communities through innovative education opportunities. She went on to co-found WOCO, a community tech platform, in 2018 and now continues to enable the growth of innovation ecosystems in emerging markets through various projects, including as the Global Innovation Lead at Global Startup Ecosystem.
Lamia has presented her work at the United Nations, to top venture capitalists in Silicon Valley, at WEF’s Open Forum Davos satellite Youth Forum Switzerland, Haiti Tech Summit and University Startup World Cup.
For over 4 years, she hosted a Global Issues Network Conference series in the Middle East and continues to facilitate development initiatives around the world. She is an alumna of Draper University and is currently pursuing a degree in Computer Science and Anthropology at Swarthmore College.