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Shiza Shahid

When Shiza Shahid first met Malala Yousafzai, she was struck not just by this young advocate’s power and eloquence, but by the overwhelming sense of how different her life could have been.

“It was just one degree of separation between this child and my own destiny,” explains Shahid. A single degree, not six, now drives much of her work as the Malala Fund's cofounder. She is intimately connected to the global movement for girls’ rights and education for all as a matter of justice, not charity. She is working hard to create momentum from what we all saw organically arise from Malala’s selfless act of justice and bravery. The moment we heard the world cry: "Enough! We will protect our children, we will educate our children."

Given the potential velocity of that momentum, Shiza has much to do and even more on the horizon. This year, the Fund is putting serious effort into Syrian refugee education, partnering with aid agencies and the grassroots organizations to bring attention to the looming threat of a lost generation.

As an organization, they’re building up rapidly, beginning with an incredibly cross-functional board, with representation from GoogleX and McKinsey, and team. Shiza is very reflective about the composition, knowing that it is the diversity of age and experience that will ultimately lead to the greatest impact. It’s going to be another big year for the Malala Fund.

WATCH Shiza harness the power of a generation and eschew traditional borders, in every sense of the word.

(Photo courtesy of Shiza Shahid)


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