Iliana Montauk

Iliana Montauk

Product Manager

Iliana Montauk is a product manager at Upwork, the largest freelancing platform in the world. Previously, she was the co-founder and director of Gaza Sky Geeks (GSG), launched in 2011 by Mercy Corps in partnership with Google.org. Under her leadership, GSG became one of the top startup incubators in an emerging market, facilitated the first investments for Gazan startups, increased its female participation from ~25% to ~50%, and ran the largest crowdfunding campaign in the Arab world, raising funds from people like the founders of Twitter and Y Combinator. Iliana has spoken at the Digital Youth Summit in Peshawar, the Nest I/O incubator in Karachi, and several other co-working spaces and incubators in Pakistan. Iliana is originally from Silicon Valley. Previously, she worked at Google and in microfinance. She graduated summa cum laude from Harvard and is a former Fulbright Fellow.