Innovation and Impact: Past Participants

Alia Kate


Owner Kantara New York, New York

I am the owner and founder of Kantara, a fair trade design company but that’s just the beginning – I am also committed to education, international development, and jumping head-first into start up ventures. I have an entrepreneurial mind, a creative spirit, and a penchant to make connections happen both in personal and professional life, which I have found to be oftentimes organically intertwined.

My career has been untraditional, but then again that’s the entrepreneurial effect — or maybe the Oberlin effect; I work in everything from design, to small business development, to international relations on a micro level, to education, and curriculum development, to curation and exhibition design, all as it relates to Moroccan carpets.

Participant biographies were submitted at the time of the project and may contain information that is no longer current.