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 Yousafzai, co-founder of Malala Fund and board member, is Malala’s father. For many years, he served as a teacher and school administrator in his home country of Pakistan. In 2012, Ziauddin became a United Nations Special Adviser on Global Education.

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.

    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.

    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.

    Lynn Taliento

    Lynn is Chief Program Officer at the Obama Foundation, where she leads on developing programs to inspire, empower and connect the next generation of leaders and create a culture of active citizenship. She is the also the board chair of water.org.

    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.

Staff Members

    Farah Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer

    As Chief Executive Officer, Farah leads Malala Fund in working toward a world where all girls can learn for 12 years and lead without fear. Prior to joining Malala Fund, Farah was the founder and CEO of G(irls)20, where she built an organisation dedicated to girls’ education and female labour force participation. Prior to G(irls)20, she served in senior leadership positions at The Belinda Stronach Foundation and VON Canada and worked for several leading Canadian politicians, including Deputy Prime Minister Anne McLellan and the Honourable Paddy Torsney.

    Martha Colman, Executive Assistant to the CEO

    Martha provides executive assistance and support to Malala Fund’s CEO, Farah Mohamed. Martha spent the previous four years supporting senior staff at NHS England, including their Chief Executive. She holds a 1st class honours degree in English & American Literature.

    Philippa Lei, Director of Programmes and Advocacy

    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.

    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.

    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.

    Leila Seradj, Programmes 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.

    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.

    Gulcan Yayla, Programmes and Evaluation Officer

    Gulcan leads Malala Fund monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and support grant administration and management. She worked as an impact evaluation consultant for Mavuno in East Congo, the East St. Louis Initiative in the U.S. and at Sesame Workshop India. Gulcan received a joint degree in Master of Business Administration and Master of Social Work from Washington University.

    Taylor Royle, Director of Communications

    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 Malala Fund's digital platforms, creating campaigns and content to inform and engage supporters with the organisation's work. After graduating from The George Washington University, she studied graphic and web design at the Corcoran College of Art + Design.

    Bhumika Regmi, Social Media Associate

    Bhumika works with Malala Fund’s social media accounts to engage supporters and share updates on the latest campaigns and messaging. She previously worked at Nepal Rising. Originally from Kathmandu, Bhumika studied at Clark University where she received a Bachelor’s in International Development and a Master’s in Communications.

    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.

    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.

    Eason Jordan, Director of 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, of 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.

    Lena Alfi, Corporate and Foundations Relations Officer

    Lena focuses on Malala Fund's corporate and foundation partnerships. She previously worked on women's empowerment programmes and education initiatives for Syrian refugee children with the Middle East Children's Institute, Mercy Corps, and Project Concern International. She studied at the University of Southern California and received her Master's from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service.

    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.

    Victoria Flamant, Major Gifts Officer

    Victoria focuses on developing and managing Malala Fund’s relationship with individual donors. She previously worked at the World Bank and is a founding member of the World Bank Group Youth Summit

    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.

    Noyan Eyigor, Senior Staff Accountant

    Noyan oversees the daily management of Malala Fund’s finances and compliance matters. Originally from Istanbul, Turkey, Noyan previously worked at Raffa, a public accounting firm for nonprofits and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), where he focused on focusing on regulatory compliance. He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Bethany College and a Master’s in Accountancy from George Washington University.

    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 has 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.