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.

"A powerful voice for an end to the war in Syria"

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  • Diversity and Humanity
  • Challenging People's Perspectives
  • Importance of Courage
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Making a Collective Difference
  • Leadership, Teamwork and Strategy in Setting up Projects


She presents in English.

How she presents

Passion is one of Rola's strengths, but so is validity of message. Her inspirational presentations are both well researched and convincing.

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 non-governmental organisations 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.


Rola is an international speaker and advocate for the cessation of targeting of civilians in war zones, and the protection of medical neutrality.



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