Iliana Montauk is a Polish-American who started studying Arabic at the age of 17. She has worked at Google and Upwork, where she was a product manager in charge of the supply side of the largest talent marketplace in the world. Before Manara, she co-founded and directed Gaza Sky Geeks, a startup accelerator & tech hub in Gaza run by Mercy Corps and funded by Google. While she was there, she ran the largest crowdfunding campaign in the history of the Arab region and increased women’s participation in talent pipeline activities from 25% to 49%. She holds a BA from Harvard and is a Fulbright Fellow.