Christina Sass, F09, is the co-founder and COO of Andela. Founded on the idea that brilliance is evenly distributed but opportunity is not, Andela’s mission is to find and empower the next generation of global technology leaders. Andela has created a new model of education that funds itself through the work it does: training brilliant young software developers in Africa and placing them with top international companies. With a 0.6 percent acceptance rate, Andela is the most selective tech training program in Africa.
Prior to founding Andela, Ms. Sass built education and employment programs in China, Gaza and the West Bank, Kenya, and in her home state of Georgia. During her three years directing the Program Department at the Clinton Global Initiative, she worked to advance CGI’s Commitments to Action with a particular focus on the empowerment of girls and women. She also served as senior advisor to the president and CEO of the MasterCard Foundation, a private foundation working to advance education, employment, and financial inclusion in Africa. There she focused on cultivating partnerships from within the foundation’s portfolio to create better pipelines for youth across Africa from education into employment.
Ms. Sass serves on the advisory council of the NYU Stern Center for Business and Human Rights and on the board of the nonprofit Global Give Back Circle. She has served as an education expert for the Clinton Global Initiative University annual meeting. She was named a 2014 New York Business Journal “Women of Influence,” a 2015 Business Insider “23 most innovative and inspiring women in New York City Tech,” and a 2015 University of Georgia “40 Under 40” alumna. She has a B.A. from the University of Georgia and an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.