Influencer | Malala Fund CEO Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid

Shiza Shahid, Malala Fund CEO and cofounder

2014 established girls’ rights activist Malala Yousafzai as a household name. Now meet Shiza Shahid, CEO, cofounder with Yousafzai, and driving force behind the Malala Fund. Shadid, who met Yousafzai in 2009 at an Islamabad retreat focused on female education, immediately went to Yousafzai’s side after the young Pakistani was shot by the Taliban. She became vital to Yousafzai’s recovery process, helping her and her parents circumvent the media. Incredibly, it was there at the hospital that the two decided to capitalize on the groundswell of public interest by launching the Malala Fund.

social_entrepreneursNaturally the NYC-based nonprofit’s mission is to invest in girls’ education, but Shahid, who is a Stanford grad, is also addressing barriers such as religion, policy and cost that keep girls out of school. By focusing on both ends of the spectrum—discussing current policy and system issues and investing in education—Shahid and the Malala Fund hope to find solutions based on the reality of the child.

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Click here to read the full article in the February/March issue.

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