Malala Fund Leadership

  • Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai, Co-founder and Board Member

    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, Co-founder and Board Member

    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.

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.

    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 water.org and a board member of Stars Foundation.

    Fayeeza Naqvi

    Fayeeza is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Aman Foundation, a private philanthropic trust, addressing health and education needs for the under-served in Pakistan. She also serves as a Trustee of the British Asian Trust and a founding member of the Advisory Board of the LSE South Asia Centre.

    Alaa Murabit

    Alaa is the founder of The Voice of Libyan Women. She is a physician, a UN SDG Global Advocate, UN High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth, MIT Media Lab Director’s Fellow and an Ashoka Fellow. She also serves as a board trustee for International Alert and Keeping Children Safe.

Staff Members

    Philippa Lei, Interim CEO

    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.

    Victoria Flamant, Special Assistant to the CEO

    Victoria works closely with the CEO of the Malala Fund and acts as a liaison between the organization’s CEO and Directors. She previously worked at the World Bank and is a founding member of the World Bank Group Youth Summit.

    Raoul Davion, Associate Director of Programmes

    Raoul oversees Malala Fund grantmaking programmes and the associated portfolio of grantees. His background is in international education and development, having previously directed the MacArthur Foundation's girls' secondary education programme and worked for six years in South Africa evaluating the impact of development projects with the Institute of Natural Resources.

    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.

    Leila Seradj, Programs Manager

    Leila manages the Fund's programmatic grant portfolio, including Gulmakai Network grants in support of girls’ education champions. She has previously worked with the Brookings Institution's Center for Universal Education and the New America Foundation’s Global Assets Project.

    Ashli Alberty Gibson, Gulmakai Network Manager

    Ashli manages the networking aspect of Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network, which supports the work of education champions in developing countries to speed up progress towards girls’ secondary education around the world. She has spent the past ten years in partnership and project management positions for the Nike Foundation, Global Poverty Project (Global Citizen) and the UK House of Lords.

    Hannah Weitzer, Girl Advocates Programme Manager

    Hannah oversees the development and implementation of Malala Fund’s Girl Advocates work, fostering a network of young rising leaders as advocates for girls’ education. With a background in global education and youth work, she has over a decade of experience leading education programs in Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Middle East, and throughout the United States.

    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. She has past 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.

    McKinley Tretler, Communications Manager

    McKinley works to develop and execute Malala Fund’s messaging and media strategies. She previously worked on communications teams at Discovery Communications and Girl Rising. She graduated from The George Washington University.

    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.

    Tess Thomas, Communications Associate

    Tess edits and writes for Malala Fund’s public-facing content. She previously worked at Hearst and Penguin Group USA. She received her Bachelor’s in History from Johns Hopkins University and her Master’s in Modern British and European History from the University of Oxford.

    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.

    Danielle Wivell-Wagner, Operations & Finance Associate

    Danielle provides administrative and logistical support for organizational operations ranging from finance to project coordination and external relationship building. Danielle previously worked for the Global Business Coalition for Education and is an AmeriCorps alumni.

    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.

    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.