Samer Saab

COO, Wala

Region

Africa

Role

Judge

Social

Samer is an engineer, serial entrepreneur, and former consultant with expertise in product development, analytics, and process excellence. Prior to starting Wala, Samer co-founded Unbranded Designs, the largest online
community of furniture designers. He led the creation of a platform that democratized design through a community-oriented system that targets low-tech consumers. The company’s innovative community-based approach
was contracted by furniture industry behemoths like Herman Miller and OFS Brands. His prior experience included consulting to large corporations across a flurry of functions including strategy, product development, process improvement, and incentive compensation. Samer earned a BSE and MSE in Industrial and Operations
Engineering from the University of Michigan. He founded Wala because of the belief that a simple, great product
could solve one of the world’s largest problems.

Why are you optimistic about the future of work?

quote I believe technology will enable entire populations to begin participating in the global economy, earning healthy wages, and improving their local economies without central gatekeepers.