Andrew Leon Hanna is a first-generation Egyptian-American lawyer, entrepreneur, and author from Jacksonville, Florida. Hanna's award-winning book on refugee entrepreneurs, "25 Million Sparks: The Untold Story of Refugee Entrepreneurs" (Cambridge University, 2022), which tells the stories of three Syrian women entrepreneurs in the Za'atari camp and of the broader global refugee entrepreneurship phenomenon, was named the winner of the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Bracken Bower Prize at the National Gallery in London. Hanna is the co-founder of DreamxAmerica, joining storytelling and impact to highlight and support immigrant, refugee, and first-generation entrepreneurs. As head of DreamxAmerica, which was honored on Fast Company's 2021 World Changing Ideas List, he has connected small businesses to $350,000 in zero-interest loans during the COVID-19 pandemic and co-created/produced the DreamxAmerica documentary short film streaming on PBS, which was nominated for a Chicago Emmy® Award. He is also founder at two Stanford-incubated ventures: Immigrant Love, which invests in and showcases consumer brands – starting with coffee brands – led by underrepresented entrepreneurs, and Sawa Impact Labs, which features underrepresented artists, cultures, and stories through NFTs. Hanna previously was a Senior Associate at McKinsey where he advised leading companies in a range of strategy areas, led the launch of Generation - McKinsey's global youth employment nonprofit - in his hometown of Jacksonville, and was one of two U.S. State Department delegates to represent the United States at the 7th UNESCO Youth Forum in Paris. Hanna has also served in the White House and U.S. Justice Department.
Hanna received a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an Editor of the Harvard Law Review; an M.B.A. with honors (Arjay Miller Scholar - top 10% of class) from Stanford Graduate School of Business, where he was a Stanford Knight-Hennessy Scholar and Siebel Scholar (one of five in class faculty-selected for academics and leadership); and an A.B. with highest distinction from Duke University, where he was Senior Class President. He has been named to the Forbes 30 Under 30 List, and his work has been featured in or on the BBC, PBS, Fast Company, Forbes, Financial Times, and more. Andrew previously served on the Board of the Duke Alumni Association.