Malala Fund Leadership
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 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 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 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 is a Founding Partner and Board Member of the LSE - South Asia Centre.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.