Malala Fund Leadership

  • Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai

    Malala is a student and education activist who started speaking out publicly about girls’ rights and education in Pakistan before she reached her teens. She survived an assassination attempt by the Taliban when she was just 15, and soon afterwards co-founded the Malala Fund. In 2014 Malala became the youngest person to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize — sharing the award with Indian child rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi.

  • Ziauddin Yousafzai

    Ziauddin Yousafzai

    Ziauddin is Malala’s father and co-founded the Malala Fund with his daughter and family friend Shiza Shahid. In Pakistan, Ziauddin was an educator, running several schools. He is well-known for his outspoken support for girls’ rights to education, equality and human rights. Ziauddin is U.N. Special Adviser on Global Education and Education Attaché at Pakistan’s Consulate in Birmingham, UK.

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    Meighan Stone

    Meighan has worked on high-level projects with the United Nations, Clinton Global Initiative, World Economic Forum, FIFA World Cup, Bono’s ONE Campaign and with world leaders and corporations globally. A board member of Pencils of Promise, Meighan will be appointed an Entrepreneurship Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government Shorenstein Center in February 2017, focusing on social change and refugee policy.

Board of Directors

    Susan McCaw, Board Chair

    Susan is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and, through The Craig and Susan McCaw Foundation, is an advocate for education and economic development in the developing world. She is a Trustee of Stanford University and serves on Khan Academy’s Global Advisory Board as well as on the board of other non-profit organizations.

    Arif Masood Naqvi

    Arif is the founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group and co-founder of the Aman Foundation, an organization supporting sustainable development in Pakistan. He is a Trustee of the Interpol Foundation and serves on the Board of the United Nations Global Compact.

    Mabel van Oranje

    Mabel is the initiator and chair of Girls Not Brides: The Global Partnership to End Child Marriage, with over twenty years of experience in building partnerships for justice and social change. She is a board member of the European Council on Foreign Relations and the Open Society Foundations and serves on the advisory committees of various other organizations.

    Lynn Taliento

    Lynn is a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she co-founded and now leads the practice area dedicated to working with philanthropists, nonprofit organizations and companies on social sector issues. She is also the board chair of and a board member of Stars Foundation.

Staff Members

    Philippa Lei, Director of Advocacy and Programmes

    Philippa oversees the strategic direction and effective delivery of Malala Fund’s programmatic and advocacy work for girls’ secondary education. With a background in child rights, she previously led education advocacy at Save the Children and child protection programmes and advocacy at World Vision.

    Barry Johnston, Associate Director of Advocacy

    Barry is Irish and leads our international advocacy with governments and international organisations. His background is in rights-based advocacy with ActionAid, Christian Aid and Amnesty International.

    Chikondi Mpokosa, National Advocacy Manager

    Chikondi works closely with partners and on-the-ground consultants to oversee advocacy objectives in Malala Fund’s focus countries. Chikondi has over 19 years of senior management experience in global and in-country education, gender, children’s rights, human rights and humanitarian programs.

    Natalie Armitage, Advocacy Associate

    Natalie works to support Malala Fund’s global and national advocacy objectives. Previous experience with UK House of Lords, Institute for Justice and Reconciliation for South Africa and grassroots education projects in India, Ethiopia and refugee camps in Greece.

    Taylor Royle, Communications Director

    Taylor oversees all Malala Fund's public-facing work, including media relations and digital campaigns. She has previously served in government, private sector, NGOs and multilateral organizations - including Oxfam, World Bank, NFL and the United States Congress.

    Hannah Orenstein, Digital Manager

    Hannah oversees our digital channels, creating exciting and meaningful ways for supporters to engage with the Fund’s advocacy campaigns and programmes. After graduating from The George Washington University, she studied graphic and web design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

    McKinley Tretler, Digital Associate

    McKinley manages social media, creates and edits blog content, helps develop social campaigns and assists on a variety of other digital ventures. She previously worked with communications teams at Discovery Communications and Girl Rising. She graduated from The George Washington University.

    Eason Jordan, Director, Special Projects

    Eason focuses on strategic initiatives, co-founder engagement and security matters. He previously served as CNN's chief news executive and helped launch and lead the media companies NowThis, Poll Position and Praedict. He is a board member of Fugees Family and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

    Erin Gore, Associate Director, Development

    Erin focuses on diversifying Malala Fund’s revenue streams and creating public/private partnerships to help advance our mission. She previously worked at Share Our Strength, Posse Foundation and serves on the board of directors for Elsie Whitlow Stokes Communtiy Freedom PCS.

    Hasan Bhatty, Development Associate

    Hasan engages with grassroot donors and fundraisers to help guide their passion for girls’ education in creative ways. Hasan first arrived as an intern at Malala Fund after completing a Master’s in Public Policy at The George Washington University.

    Tamara Zeidan, Development Officer

    Tamara is responsible for cultivating relationships with corporations and major donors. She previously served as Director of Business Development and Marketing at Arab America. She formerly held positions with The Thurgood Marshall College Fund and the United Nations Relief and Works Agency.

    Amanda Cosby, Director of Operations and Board Secretary

    Amanda oversees all operational functions including finance, office growth and expansion, recruitment and human resources. She previously helped set up The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund and held previous roles with Women for Women International, Conservation International and the Senate Office of Fmr. Secretary of Defense Chuck Hagel.

    Lindsay Guetschow, Film Campaign Director

    Lindsay oversees strategy and implementation of the global Stand #withMalala campaign using Davis Guggenheim’s film HE NAMED ME MALALA to advance the movement for girls’ secondary education. She has over a decade of experience building social impact campaigns to drive measurable and meaningful change. She previously worked at Propper Daley, Participant Media, Cool Globes and the Stop Global Warming Virtual March.

    Ashli Alberty Gibson, Senior Partnerships Manager

    Ashli manages the international Stand #withMalala campaign’s programs in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Nigeria. She has spent the past ten years in partnership and project management positions for the Nike Foundation, Global Poverty Project and the UK House of Lords.

    Gretel Truong, Film Campaign Manager

    Gretel manages the international Stand #withMalala campaign’s programs in Kenya and India. She’s dedicated her career to using storytelling as a tool to drive actions for change. She previously worked at A World at School, GBC Education and Haddad Media. Board member Grassroots Project, The Ishan Gala Foundation. She’s a graduate of University of Virginia.