Lina Zdruli is a social entrepreneur passionate about using business and technology as a tool for social good. She has experience building international entrepreneurship ecosystems, including Rawabi, Palestine, where she helped support local entrepreneurs and connect them to international markets. She also launched VRefugees, the virtual reality simulation of a refugee’s journey from Syria to Germany, as an education and impact tool viewed by over 4000 people.
Lina holds a Masters from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University,where she researched and developed a roadmap for companies interested in assisting refugees to become employable in their local market which segments were published through the Urban Institute and Bertelsmann Foundation. After Georgetown, Lina worked at the World Bank helping bridge the humanitarian-development divide for forced displacement.
Lina founded and is currently running dafero, a social enterprise supporting vulnerable women, such as refugees and former trafficking victims, through life skills and workplace training. Dafero has won dozens of awards, grants and incubators, including but not limited to the Yunus and Youth Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, the G20 Global Innovation Warehouse, is a current Halcyon Opportunity Fellow, a Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship awardee and won the 20,000$ HerImpact pitch competition from the Ford Foundation.
Revenue from the company funds the Kura Foundation, which uses technology to scale self-reliance programs for vulnerable women globally. They have developed the world's first comprehensive course on COVID-19 and it's mental health implications, distributed free of charge internationally to vulnerable populations.
Lina is a G20 Young Global Changer, a Y20 advisor on entrepreneurship, and has won several international awards including but not limited to the Yunus and Youth Social Entrepreneurship Fellowship, the G20 Global Innovation Warehouse, is a current Halcyon Opportunity Fellow, a Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship awardee and won the 20,000$ HerImpact pitch competition from the Ford Foundation.
She was featured in Forbes, Aspiring Entrepreneur, Voice of America, Highre.Co and Venture Forward, among others.
Thursday, October 21, 2021
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