Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, women's rights advocate, and investor. She is the co-founder and former CEO of the Malala Fund, which she created with the youngest Nobel Peace Prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, to invest in women's education around the world.
Shahid was born and raised in Islamabad, Pakistan, where she became involved with women's issues by working with children born to women in prisons. While studying Business at Stanford University, Shahid reached out to Malala, who was blogging for the BBC at the time, and the two became even closer after Malala's 2012 assassination attempt. Shahid, Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, joined forces to launch the Malala Fund in 2013.
Nowadays, Shahid invests in mission-driven start-ups through her VC Fund and Platform, NOW Ventures, "leveraging philanthropy, venture capital, technology and the media to drive scalable social impact." (Source)
Shahid was included in the Times 30 Under 30 World Changer, Forbes 30 Under 30 Social Entrepreneur and Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator lists. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council.
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