Rola Hallam

Rola Hallam

Professional Title Doctor

Companies & Organisations CanDo Action

Session Title Burning on the Frontlines

Doctor, humanitarian, campaigner, speaker and social entrepreneur – Dr Rola Hallam specialises in anaesthesia and global health and has worked across the globe with local health workers from Uganda and Ethiopia to the Himalayan mountains and to the frontlines of the war in Syria.
She is the first Syrian TED Fellow and founder of CanDo – a humanitarian organisation supporting frontline health and aid workers to save children’s lives in their war-devastated communities. She has helped build 7 hospitals in Syria, including the first-ever crowdfunded hospital, altogether reaching over 3 million people.

She is a tireless campaigner for the protection of healthcare and children caught up in conflict, as well as for the critical need to focus on the health and wellbeing of frontline health and aid workers. She is also sought after as a transformational speaker who has shared global stages with presidents, celebrities, and grassroots activists. Her online talks have been viewed over 11 million times, inspiring thousands to become changemakers. Her work has been published in The Lancet and featured across the media including the New York Times, The Daily Show and in two BBC documentaries.