Malala Fund's board guides our efforts to create a world where every girl can choose her future.

Our board is made up of leaders in education, business, philanthropy and international affairs. Their vision helps to direct our mission and strategy.

Malala Fund co-founder, U.S. Board Chair and U.K. Trustee
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Fund co-founder, U.S. Board Chair and U.K. Trustee
Malala Yousafzai
Malala Yousafzai is a Pakistani activist, student, UN Messenger of Peace and the youngest person ever awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. As co-founder, she is building a world where every girl can learn and lead without fear.
U.K. Board Chair
Akhter Mateen
U.K. Board Chair
Akhter Mateen
Akhter is a former Chief Auditor of Unilever where he held many other high-level roles in Pakistan, the U.K., 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 U.K. and King’s College Hospital NHS Foundation Trust as a Non-Executive Director.
U.S. Board Member
Alaa Murabit
U.S. Board Member
Alaa Murabit
Alaa Murabit is an award-winning medical doctor, global security strategist, women’s rights advocate, Harvard Radcliffe Institute Fellow (2020-2021) and United Nations High-Level Commissioner on Health, Employment & Economic Growth and Sustainable Development Goal Global Advocate. At the age of 21, she founded and spearheaded The Voice of Libyan Women. She is currently PAC Director at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
U.K. Trustee
Fayeeza Naqvi
U.K. Trustee
Fayeeza Naqvi
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.
U.S. Board Member
Françoise Moudouthe
U.S. Board Member
Françoise Moudouthe
Françoise is a women’s rights consultant and the founder of Eyala, a platform that amplifies the voices of African feminists. She was instrumental in the creation and growth of Girls Not Brides and its work in Africa. Prior to that, Françoise was a policy officer at The Elders, focusing on gender equality. She is a Women Deliver Young Leaders alumna and serves as a strategic advisor to Population Works Africa and WATHI.
U.S. Board Member
Lynn Taliento
U.S. Board Member
Lynn Taliento
Lynn is a Senior Advisor at McKinsey & Company, where she co-founded the global philanthropy practice. She helps leading philanthropists, foundations and corporations design innovative approaches to address social challenges, and most recently worked with President Obama to design and launch the Obama Foundation. Lynn is also on the board of water.org.
U.S. Board Member
Modupe Adefeso-Olateju
U.S. Board Member
Modupe Adefeso-Olateju
Modupe is Managing Director of The Education Partnership Centre and Programme Director of LEARNigeria. She advises education sector policymakers and trains public officials and development organisations on strategic planning and monitoring and evaluation. She also serves on the Advisory Committee of the Brookings Institution Center for Universal Education’s Millions Learning Programme and is an Advisory Board Member of the People’s Action for Learning Network in Kenya.
U.S. Board Member
Pearl Uzokwe
U.S. Board Member
Pearl Uzokwe
Pearl is the Director for Governance and Sustainability at Sahara Group Limited in Nigeria. As a qualified solicitor and member of the Law Society of England and Wales, Pearl previously worked on Sahara Group’s legal team. Pearl has also worked with donor country governments like the U.K., France and South Africa and private nonprofits like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Emerging Africa Infrastructure Fund.
Malala Fund co-founder, U.S. Board Member
Ziauddin Yousafzai
Malala Fund co-founder, U.S. Board Member
Ziauddin Yousafzai
Ziauddin Yousafzai is an activist and educator. He is the father of Nobel laureate, Malala Yousafzai. Ziauddin served as a teacher and school administrator in his home country of Pakistan. As co-founder of Malala Fund, he advocates for every girl’s right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education.
U.S. Board Member and U.K. Trustee
Susan McCaw
U.S. Board Member and U.K. Trustee
Susan McCaw
Susan is a former U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Austria and, through The Susan R. 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 non-profit organisations.