Rola Hallam

Humanitarian Aid Entrepreneur

Rola Hallam is a consultant anaesthetist, humanitarian, human rights advocate, and social entrepreneur. She is the founder and CEO of CanDo, a not-for-profit social enterprise delivering resources directly to local humanitarians who provide essential healthcare to their war-devastated communities.

"Saving lives on the frontlines"

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She presents in English.

How she presents

Rola is a powerful and authentic speaker, who is able to connect and inspire listeners to believe in their own inner remarkable self. She encourages her audience to believe in their power to stand up, speak out and create positive change.

In Detail

After war broke out in her home country of Syria, British-Syrian anaesthesiologist Rola Hallam wanted to use her medical expertise to work directly with Syrian NGOs to help save lives. She co-founded Hand in Hand for Syria, which played an integral part in building seven hospitals in northern Syria. She was co-founder and Medical Director of the charity Hand-In-Hand for Syria, playing an integral part with other Syrian NGOs in building 7 hospitals in the north of the country. Rola lectures at the London School of Economics and King's College London.


Using lessons from her work on the frontlines of healthcare and warzones, Rola tells the stories of everyday ordinary people who do extraordinary things, who everyday risk their own lives for others - who are the beacons of light in the darkness of war. Through this she challenges each of us to connect to our inner beacon and dare to believe in our potential, in our possibilities as individuals and as a collective.



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