Malala Fund Leadership

  • Malala Yousafzai

    Malala Yousafzai, Co-founder and Board Member

    Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist, student, UN Messenger of Peace and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. At age 15, she was shot by the Taliban for speaking out against their ban on girls’ education. Malala recovered, continued her campaign and, as co-founder of Malala Fund, is building a global movement of support for 12 years of girls’ education.

  • 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.

Board of Directors

    Susan McCaw, Board Chair

    US and UK Board Member
    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 emeritus of Stanford University and serves on Khan Academy’s Global Advisory Board as well as on the board of other nonprofit organisations.

    Dominic Barton

    US Board Member
    Dominic is the global managing partner of McKinsey & Company. He also serves as chair of the Canadian Minister of Finance’s Advisory Council on Economic Growth, chair of the Seoul International Business Advisory Council, a trustee of the Brookings Institution, a Rhodes trustee, an adjunct professor at Tsinghua University and a board member of FCLT Global.

    Akhter Mateen

    UK Board Member
    Akhter is a former Chief Auditor of Unilever where he held many other high-level roles in Pakistan, the UK, Latin America, South East Asia and elsewhere. He is Deputy Chairman and Audit Committee Chair of Great Ormond Street Hospital’s Trust, Non-Executive Director of CABI and on the board of DIL Trust UK.

    Alaa Murabit

    US Board Member
    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

    US Board Member
    Fayeeza is the Co-founder and Chairman of the Aman Foundation, a private philanthropic trust, addressing health and education needs for the underserved 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.

    Mabel van Oranje

    US and UK Board Member
    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 organisations.

    Lynn Taliento

    US Board Member
    Lynn is currently serving as Senior Strategist at the Obama Foundation, where she is helping develop strategies to inspire, empower and equip young leaders to change their world. She was previously a Partner at McKinsey & Company, where she co-founded and led the firm's social impact practice. She is also on the board of

Staff Members

    Farah Mohamed, Chief Executive Officer

    As Chief Executive Officer, Farah leads on guiding and expanding the organisation's work to ensure that all girls have the opportunity to learn for 12 years. Prior to joining, she served as founder and CEO of G(irls)20, a social enterprise dedicated to girls' education and economic participation. Farah also held senior leadership positions at The Belinda Stronach Foundation, VON Canada and worked for several Canadian politicians.

    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 first-class honours degree in English and American Literature.

    Maria Qanita, Special Assistant, Principal Engagement

    Maria works with the CEO and co-founders on scheduling, correspondence, logistics and strategic planning around high-level engagements. She most recently served as Programme Officer, Multi-Party Office at Westminster Foundation for Democracy and before that, as a Parliamentary Assistant within the House of Commons and a Young Parliamentary Associate with the European Union.

    Philippa Lei, Chief Programmes and Advocacy Officer

    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 Malala Fund's international advocacy with governments and international organisations. His background is in rights-based advocacy with ActionAid, Christian Aid and Amnesty International.

    Page Schindler Buchanan, Gulmakai Network Manager

    Page oversees the day-to-day management of Malala Fund’s Gulmakai Network, working closely with the programme’s network of education activists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey. She previously served as Chief Operating Officer at the Global Business School Network. Prior to that, she worked in public affairs for Planned Parenthood and managed professional development programmes at a non-profit management services organisation.

    Laura Denham, Special Assistant for Programmes and Advocacy

    Laura provides scheduling, logistics, correspondence and research support to the Programmes and Advocacy department. She most recently worked as Events Director with Innovation Enterprise. Before this, she spent three months in Bolivia working on various community service projects. Laura graduated King’s College London with first-class honours in Hispanic Studies and English.

    Lisa Forsyth, Finance Campaign Manager

    Lisa leads Malala Fund’s campaign on education financing. She has more than a decade of experience in politics, including working for former U.K. Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street and the former U.K. Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband MP. Prior to joining Malala Fund, she led campaign communications for EU parliamentarians.

    Lucia Fry, Research and Policy Manager

    Lucia manages Malala Fund's research and policy analysis programmes, informing organisational advocacy and thought leadership in girls' education. Lucia most recently worked at ActionAid UK, where she led on policy focused on women and girls' rights. She previously worked at Global Campaign for Education, Plan UK and VSO.

    Leila Seradj, Programmes Manager

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

    Gulcan Yayla, Programmes and Evaluation Officer

    Gulcan leads Malala Fund monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL) and support grant administration and management. She previously 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, Chief Communications and Creative Officer

    Taylor oversees all of Malala Fund's public-facing work, including media relations and digital campaigns. She previously served in government, private sector, NGOs and multilateral organisations — including Oxfam, World Bank, NFL and the U.S 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, Nepal, 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.

    Patricia Granata Eisner, Chief Development Officer

    As head of development, Patricia drives the expansion of funding from individuals, public and private foundations, corporations and digital supporters. Prior to joining, she served as a senior director at America’s Promise, managing their Every Child Every Adult campaign. Patricia has also held senior leadership roles at Global Good Fund and at the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) where she served as Executive Director for their Baltimore and Washington, DC regional offices.

    Erin Gore, Associate Director of Development

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

    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

    Nicko Margolies, Digital Fundraising Strategist

    Nicko works across multiple departments to expand Malala Fund’s online giving and engagement programmes, including special fundraising campaigns. He most recently managed digital content for USA for UNHCR and before that was Communications Director for OpenGov Foundation and a Projects Manager for Sunlight Foundation.

    Daniel Poole, Development Associate

    Daniel oversees Malala Fund’s donor database and other donor records, helping to ensure that all gifts are accurately and efficiently processed, tracked and acknowledged. He is a recent graduate of the University of Mary Washington and previously interned with the Center for International Policy, Aspen Institute and Orr Associates.

    Amanda Cosby, Chief Operating Officer

    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 most recently worked at the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), focusing on regulatory compliance, and before that, at Raffa Accounting. He holds a Bachelor’s in Economics from Bethany College and a Master’s in Accountancy from George Washington University.

    Danielle Wivell-Wagner, Operations and Finance Associate

    Danielle provides administrative and logistical support for organisational 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.