Shiza Shahid

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Shiza Shahid
Islamabad, Pakistan
Alma materStanford University
Occupationentrepreneur, investor, educator
OrganizationMalala Fund
Known formentor of Malala Yousafzai

Shiza Shahid is a Pakistani social entrepreneur, social activist, investor, and educator. She is also well-known as the mentor of Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai.[1][2] She is the co-founder and former CEO of the non-profit Malala Fund, which promotes education for every girl.[3] In 2013, she was included in Time's "30 Under 30" list of world change-makers, and in 2014, she was listed in Forbes's "30 Under 30" list of global social entrepreneurs.[4]

Early life[edit]

Shiza Shahid was born and raised in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. She spent her early teen years as a volunteer worker and as an activist. At the age of 14 she started working in prisons occupied by women who were convicted of various crimes. She worked as a volunteer at a relief camp following a deadly earthquake which struck Kashmir in 2005, killing nearly 85,000 people.[5]


At the age of 18, Shahid received a scholarship to pursue higher studies at Stanford University and graduated in 2011. She returned to Pakistan in 2009 after hearing about the Taliban's ban against women's education.[6] After completing her higher studies in 2011, she pursued a career as an expert analyst at McKinsey & Company's Office in Dubai. In 2017, she co-founded NOW Ventures, which focuses on funding startups.[7]

Shahid has also given lectures and speeches in universities in different countries on the subjects of women's empowerment and the importance of child education.[8][9]

Collaboration with Malala[edit]

While pursuing her higher studies at Stanford University, Shahid reportedly watched a YouTube video of young Malala Yousafzai, who was ambitious and keen on empowering women and child education in Pakistan. She reached out to Malala's father Ziauddin Yousafzai and offered to assist Malala to achieve her dreams.[2]

Shahid flew to Birmingham to see Malala, who was hospitalised after being shot by Taliban members. Shiza offered assistance to Malala and her family to help recover them from the shock.[10] Shahid and Malala co-founded the Malala Fund in 2013 with the aim of creating access to safe and high-quality education among girls in Pakistan, Nigeria, Kenya, and Sierra Leone.[11][3]


  1. ^ "Shiza Shahid". Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  2. ^ a b Shahid, Shiza (2014-04-25). "A 16-Year-Old Convinced Me to Change Careers". ELLE. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  3. ^ a b Canal, Emily. "How Shiza Shahid And The Malala Fund Are Championing For Girls' Rights". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  4. ^ Schweitzer, Callie. "30 Under 30: Meet Shiza Shahid, Malala's Right-Hand Woman". Time. ISSN 0040-781X. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  5. ^ Clifford, Catherine (2014-01-21). "You Know Malala. Now, Meet Shiza". Entrepreneur. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  6. ^ Richardson, Nakia (2019-03-13). "Women's education activist Shiza Shahid visits campus". The Daily Aztec. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  7. ^ "After Malala: Shiza Shahid's plan to change the world for good". South China Morning Post. 2016-09-30. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  8. ^ Chen, Desiree (2019-09-17). "Entrepreneur to discuss creating social change at Elmhurst College". Daily Herald. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  9. ^ "Shiza Shahid at The University of Redlands". Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  10. ^ Jones, Stacy (2013-10-30). "Meet Shiza Shahid, The Woman Powering The Malala Fund". Fast Company. Retrieved 2019-11-14.
  11. ^ "Malala Fund co-founder Shiza Shahid, AngelList partner to back "mission-driven" startups". TechCrunch. Retrieved 2019-11-14.