YASMINE EL BAGGARI
Founder and CEO of Voyaj
Yasmine is young Moroccan based in San Francisco who launched Voyaj. in 2015. Voyaj is a tech platform that matches people, worldwide, to provide them with meaningful experiences – opening hearts and minds. Their mission is to foster respect for our diversity through meaningful connections, person by person, to take part in the solution for a more peaceful, caring world.
Yasmine is passionate about connecting people to bridge cultures and traveling. She explains: “With Voyaj, we share everyday life and opinions with locals as they live it. A traveler is no longer just a visitor, they become a guest in the house of the inhabitant who receives it “.
Moreover, she has an impressive academic and professional career. Yasmine’s reach has included work with the World Bank, research at Harvard University, and the US State Department as an “Engage America” Ambassador. She has spoken at international conferences, including the World Economic Forum, the Middle East Studies Association, and Obama’s Global Entrepreneurship Summit. Her work has appeared in National Geographic, Forbes, BBC, and the Huffington Post. Yasmine has also received awards from the African Studies Association, Hampshire College’s $60K Award for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Glamour Women of the Year Award, and two Ingenuity Awards. Recently, she was invited to the White House as one of the 100 Most Influential Travel Bloggers, and on Forbes’ list as one of the most inspiring and promising entrepreneurs in 2016. Yasmine has traveled to all 49 U.S. states and over 45 countries by 24 and was welcomed in over 150 homes globally.