Co-founder, Freedom FWD
Alia is a social entrepreneur with 10+ years experience working with children who have endured trauma, sexual abuse, and exploitation. She is Founder of Emerge Global, an award-winning nonprofit social enterprise in Sri Lanka that equips girls who have survived sexual abuse with the business acumen, financial capital, and life skills to lead healthy, self-sufficient lives.
In addition to her work with Emerge, Alia has worked for the World Bank, McKinsey & Company, and LeanIn.Org, with projects spanning mobile money operations to project managing #LeanInTogether, a public awareness campaign focused on men and their important role in reaching gender equality.
In a new endeavor, Whitney-Johnson is a founder of ATHack!, a social impact venture based in San Francisco. At the forefront of technological innovation, Alia and her ATHack! co-founders are working to solve the most urgent issues plaguing humankind.
Alia holds a B.S. in Civil and Environmental Engineering from MIT and an MPhil in Development Studies from Oxford University, where she studied as a Rhodes Scholar. She currently sits on the MIT Corporation, MIT's Board of Trustees.