Sahar was born in Israel to two refugees from Iran, and grew up in Rochester, New York. During a four year stint at Facebook, he worked on the civic integrity team, which protected elections and deepened civic engagement worldwide. Before that, he ran the data for fundraising at Wikipedia, founded two prosocial startups, and served as the founding data scientist at Grovo Learning.
Since then, Sahar became a fellow (now affiliate) at the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University. He’s a member of the advisory committee of the Louis D. Brandeis Legacy Fund for Social Justice, and a StartingBloc fellow.
Sahar is the co-founder and executive director of the Integrity Institute. He lives in Somerville, MA with his beloved.
We are a think tank that advances the theory and practice of protecting the social internet, powered by our community of integrity professionals.
What are integrity professionals? We are the people who know, in detail, the systemic reasons problems on social media exist, and how to build in ways that mitigate or avoid them.
Our community is infrastructure to support the public, policy makers, academics and journalists, and tech companies themselves as they try to understand best practices and solutions to the problems posed by social media.
We will do this through three big pillars:
- Building a community of integrity professionals;
- Disseminating and enriching the shared knowledge inside that community;
- Building the tools and research of an open-source integrity team.