#OurLeapAhead Speaker: Meet Janet Sawari

Janet Sawari, TEDxYouth@CapeTown 'Our Leap Ahead' Speaker 2022

Janet Sawari is the CEO and founder of The AI Review (TAIR Labs); an AI Research and Innovation Lab. Janet is a serial entrepreneur and passionate about education, social impact, and driving women's empowerment through gender inclusivity in tech.

With an MBA in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from Shanghai Jiaotong, Janet is determined to drive research and innovation on the African continent for socio-economic good. 

Her experiences, post 10 years of living and working in East Asia/ China, weave into her work and influence her radical approach as she continuously finds ways to make AI innovation and education more accessible on the African continent.

Janet’s idea worth spreading is that we can solve many of Africa's problems by encouraging young people to become inventors. She wants to use her voice to inspire an innovation movement and grow a community of young people passionate about problem-solving using hard tech.


We asked Janet a couple of questions to help you get to know her, before she takes the TEDxYouth@CapeTown stage.


What's your X? AKA: What's something you're really great at? Big or small; obvious to those you meet or under the radar, we want to know what your everyday superpower is.

I am an excellent poet and (no vanity spared) sing well, even though I dance like it's a chore.

When you were little, what did you want to be when you grew up?

A pilot/ racer.

Which fictional character do you wish you could meet?


If you had a superpower what would it be?

Making people fall in love.