Yossuf Al-Banawi

Cofounder/Chief Executive Officer


Yossuf Albanawi is the cofounder and CEO of Pilleve. After struggling with substance abuse at a young age, he was able to recover after an early intervention from a loved one. Since then, he’s been working on the front lines of the addiction crisis that took over 70,000 lives last year. 


He is a Forbes 30 under 30 social entrepreneur (2019) and a Halcyon fellow, a social entrepreneurship incubator based in D.C. 


Yossuf is a passionate public speaker and has been on the TED stage and Hub Week, Boston with the goal of destigmatizing mental health and raising awareness.  


Yossuf worked in various non-profits throughout his time at college, interning at companies such as Synergos Consulting, a global consulting firm that addresses complex social problems and fosters support for social entrepreneurs. As a summer analyst, he helped develop metrics that measure social impact in developing economies such as Egypt and Lebanon.  


During his time Wake Forest University, Yossuf was a member of several organizations. He was Director at TEDx.


He was also an inaugural member of the deacon springboard, an entrepreneurial organization that helps students develop their ideas.


Yossuf is an active volunteer and focuses most of his efforts on rehab facilities and community run clinics. He is a member of the opioid task force, a committee of community leaders that aim to curtail the effects of the opioid epidemic. He also spent a year serving as a volunteer at a local rehab center.    


When not working, Yossuf enjoys long runs by the Potomac, tennis at the Georgetown courts, and occasionally painting when he gets inspired. He speaks 3 languages that include English, Arabic, and Spanish. 


He graduated from Wake Forest University in 2017 with Honors in Communication and a minor in Entrepreneurship. He spends most of his time between Washington D.C., San Francisco, London, Jeddah, and Dubai. 

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