Saida Benhayoune

Program Director

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Captivated by D-Lab's mission of poverty alleviation through technology design and dissemination, Saida joined the staff in 2011 to launch D-Lab Scale-Ups, which included the D-Lab Scale-Ups Fellowship, the Scaling Development Ventures conference, the Practical Impact Alliance, and several D-Lab research groups. She leads D-Lab's strategy for social entrepreneurship and inclusive business and from 2017-2018 co-lead MIT D-Lab's Innovation Practice group.

Saida holds a biochemical engineering degree and an MBA and prior to D-Lab gained 10 years of experience in manufacturing, sourcing and sustainability for the food industry, including programs linking small-scale farmers to international markets.

Fluent in French, Spanish, English and Arabic, she is a passionate advocate of organic agriculture and the busy mom of two young children.