"You will never know
who stands with you
if you don't stand
up first."

Meet our CEO

Farah Mohamed

CEO

@FarahPMohamed

Farah leads on guiding and expanding Malala Fund’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.

Meet our staff

Lena Alfi

Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Lena Alfi

Corporate and Foundation Relations Officer

Lena focuses on Malala Fund's corporate and foundation partnerships.

Page Schindler Buchanan

Gulmakai Network Manager

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 education activists in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Brazil, India, Nigeria, Lebanon and Turkey.

Martha Colman

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Martha Colman

Executive Assistant to the CEO

Martha provides executive assistance and support to Malala Fund’s CEO, Farah Mohamed.

Amanda Cosby

Chief Operating Officer

Amanda Cosby

Chief Operating Officer

Amanda oversees all operational functions including finance, office growth and expansion, recruitment and human resources.

Raoul Davion

Associate Director of Programmes

Raoul Davion

Associate Director of Programmes

Raoul oversees Malala Fund grantmaking programmes and the associated portfolio of grantees.

@rjdavion

Laura Denham

Special Assistant for Programmes and Advocacy

Laura Denham

Special Assistant for Programmes and Advocacy

Laura provides scheduling, logistics, correspondence and research support to the programmes and advocacy team.

@ldenham22

Patricia Granata Eisner

Chief Development Officer

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.

Noyan Eyigor

Senior Staff Accountant

Noyan Eyigor

Senior Staff Accountant

Noyan oversees the daily management of Malala Fund’s finances and compliance matters.

Lucia Fry

Research and Policy Manager

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.

@lucefry

Lisa Forsyth

Finance Campaign Manager

Lisa Forsyth

Finance Campaign Manager

Lisa leads Malala Fund’s campaign on education financing.

Erin Gore

Associate Director of Development

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.

Amir Hamza

In-country Representative, Afghanistan

Amir Hamza

In-country Representative, Afghanistan

Hamza works with local grantees in Afghanistan to expand girls’ education initiatives.

Crystal Ikanih-Musa

In-country Representative, Nigeria

Crystal Ikanih-Musa

In-country Representative, Nigeria

Crystal works with local grantees in Nigeria to expand girls’ education initiatives.

@cikanihmusa

Barry Johnston

Director of Advocacy

Barry Johnston

Director of Advocacy

Barry leads Malala Fund's international advocacy with governments and international organisations.

@B_A_Johnston

Philippa Lei

Chief Programmes and Advocacy Officer

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.

@philippalei

Nicko Margolies

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Nicko Margolies

Digital Fundraising Strategist

Nicko works across multiple departments to expand Malala Fund’s online giving and engagement programmes, including special fundraising campaigns.

@nickomargolies

Hannah Orenstein

Digital Manager

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.

@hannahorenstein

Daniel Poole

Development Associate

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.

Maria Qanita

Special Assistant, Principal Engagement

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.

Bhumika Regmi

Social Media Associate

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.

@bhumikaregmi

Taylor Royle

Chief Communications and Creative Officer

Taylor Royle

Chief Communications and Creative Officer

Taylor oversees all of Malala Fund's public-facing work, including media relations and digital campaigns.

@taylorroyle

Leila Seradj

Programmes Manager

Leila Seradj

Programmes Manager

Leila manages Malala Fund's programmatic grant portfolio, including Gulmakai Network grants.

Sunita Sharma

In-country Representative, India

Sunita Sharma

In-country Representative, India

Sunita works directly with local grantees to expand girls' education initiatives in India.

Tess Thomas

Communications Associate

Tess Thomas

Communications Associate

Tess edits and writes for Malala Fund’s public-facing content.

@tessjthomas

McKinley Tretler

Communications Manager

McKinley Tretler

Communications Manager

McKinley works to develop and execute Malala Fund’s messaging and media strategies.

@mtretler

Danielle Wivell-Wagner

Operations and Finance Associate

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_ww

Gulcan Yayla

Programmes and Evaluation Officer

Gulcan Yayla

Programmes and Evaluation Officer

Gulcan leads Malala Fund monitoring, evaluation and learning (MEL), and supports grant administration and management.

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