Christina Sass is the Co-Founder and President of Andela, a network of technology leaders dedicated to advancing human potential. Andela is solving the technical talent shortage by building distributed engineering teams with Africa’s top software developers. In five years, Andela has hired over 1,500 developers and become known as the “Best Place to Work in Africa,” with tech campuses in Lagos, Nairobi, Kampala, and Kigali. Andela developers work as full-time engineers with companies ranging from the Fortune 500 to high-growth startups like Gusto and Cloudflare.
In co-founding Andela, Christina has finally found a scalable way for the brightest most driven people to launch international careers without debt and without leaving home, regardless of their geographic location. She believes this model has the power to both close global labor gaps and launch lifelong careers for thousands of young people.
Prior to founding Andela, 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. She has a B.A. from the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs) and an M.A.L.D. from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.