Humanitarian, entrepreneur, and #CookForIran Founder
At the age of six, Layla Yarjani was told to step on an American flag during a school-wide demonstration in Iran. With love for both her Iranian and American nationalities, she refused. Her courageous spirit and compassion has only strengthened since and she now brings this energy to her work.
Professionally, Yarjani has a track record consulting Fortune 500 companies, founding/building mission-driven tech startups, consumer brands, & hospitality businesses, as well as speaking about her work to connect and empower others. In 2013, Yarjani founded Next Gen London, a thriving community for creative professionals that uses entrepreneurial concepts to raise awareness and funds for various charities. Next Gen has galvanized communities and raised $8 million through cultural campaigns. Notable campaigns in food include #CookForUkraine, #CookForSyria and now #CookForIran.
She has been recognized by the Women of the Future Awards, and spoken at a number of events, including in The Hague, at Tedx Cambridge University and for the Young Presidents Organization (YPO).