- Co-founder and founding CEO of Malala Fund along with Nobel-Prize winner Malala Yousafzai advancing access to education around the world
- Venture capital investor, founder of NOW Ventures, investing in innovators and entrepreneurs who are advancing human potential, and technology and innovation expert
- Mission expert, consulting with businesses on how to inspire their teams, and build a purpose-led organization
- Host of the USA Today news show "ASPIREist," activating millennials to have a positive impact on the most important issues of our time
- Named one of Time's "30 Under 30 People Changing the World" and Forbes "30 Under 30 - Social Entrpereneurs"
- Renowned thought-leader featured at preeminent global conferences and published in leading media outlets
Co-Founder, The Malala Fund; Founder, NOW Ventures
Shiza Shahid is an entrepreneur, investor, technologist, activist, and world-renowned impact leader. She co-founded the Malala Fund with Nobel Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and led the organization as founding CEO, focusing on creating access to high quality education for all children around the world.
Shiza is passionate about the future of technology and the powerful impact it can have on people’s lives, and actively invests in startups that have the potential to advance humanity.
A former business analyst with McKinsey & Co, Shiza has her finger on the pulse of economic and technology trends around the globe. In partnership with AngelList, the largest Venture Capital Platform in the world, Shiza launched NOW Ventures through which she invests in mission-driven tech startups that are solving the world’s most pressing challenges through technology, innovation, and high-growth business models. Shiza is also the founder of The Collective, a community of leading entrepreneurs that come together to build collaborative change.
Widely recognized for her humanitarian work and tech innovation, Shiza has receiving many awards as a thought leader. She was named one of TIME's "30 Under 30 People Changing the World," Forbes' "30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs," and a Tribeca Institute Disruptive Innovator. She is a member of the WEF Global Agenda Council and has been featured in numerous publications, including Forbes, Fast Company, Elle, Glamour, Town and Country, The Edit, CNN, ABC, Al Jazeera, MSNBC, and others.
A prominent speaker, Shiza has spoken regularly at major international events, including Aspen Ideas Fest, Milken Global Institute, Forbes Women, Fortune Most Powerful Women, Inc Women, Women Moving Millions, the World Economic Forum, and others.
Shiza is also the host of the new USA Today show "ASPIREist," which inspires millennials to take action on the issues that matter most.
Shiza graduated from Stanford University with University Distinction and studied exponential technologies at Singularity University, which is dedicated to applying futuristic innovations to advancing humanity.
The event with Shiza was really wonderful. She is an incredibly engaging speaker. We’ve had nothing but glowing feedback from those who attended the small VIP dinner. The large lecture was filled with 1000 attendees ranging from local 5th graders to college students and their families. It was a fantastic, inspirational event that I have no doubt our campus and community members will continue to learn and benefit from.
California State University, San Marcos
It was an absolute honor and pleasure meeting Shiza and hearing her speak about her passion and progress towards change. We received such wonderful feedback from the Johnson & Johnson senior leaders and media after the lunch.
Shiza was great! The event went really well, and they loved hearing about her experiences and advice on how to bring activism into our IU community!
Perhaps the best gauge/ feedback is audience reaction; and at the conclusion of Shiza’s keynote the entire audience (faculty, graduates and guests) immediately responded with a standing ovation. We do not often see this at our Commencement ceremonies. Shiza’s personal story, her ability to engage and connect with our Graduates from the School of Education, and their guests, created an exceptional experience for everyone present in the Theatre on Saturday morning.
Capella Education Company
I was very pleased with her presentation, as was the rest of the audience. We liked everything about her...educated, talented, perceptive, ambitious, driven, persuasive, diplomatic, and wise beyond her years. We would highly recommend her.
Van Wyk Risk Solutions
Shiza's time on stage and meeting with all of our students has made a large impact on our community. To hear someone who has first experience both navigating the challenges women face in Pakistan and leading others to begin resolving those challenges is inspirational for our students (and faculty). Shiza's passion came through loud and clear. Thank you for helping our students begin to understand a culture that has become unfortunately defined by war through media. Thank you for encouraging our students to take a risk as well as showing them the importance of service to others.
Shiza's public presentation went very well. We filled the room to fire code capacity with another 100 sitting in the lobby, about 1300 attendees total. Additionally, another 750 people joined in via the live web stream. Her presentation was very nice, well received, and she handled the vast Q & A beautifully. Overall, it was a big success for our program. Thank you for your work in helping bring Shiza Shahid to our campus during what I know is a crazy time after the big Nobel Peace Prize announcement.
University of Wisconsin - Madison
I wanted to let you know that our time with Shiza was wonderful. She is a delight and very easy to be with, not to mention incredibly inspiring and articulate and gracious. She received a standing ovation at the end of her talk! There are lots of things that will come out of an event like this that we may never know, but she was an inspiration for our city.
It was truly an amazing event! Shiza was genuinely kind and down-to-earth. She offered unique insights and valuable advice - everyone in the audience was captivated by her story! Thank you for making this event happen. It was such an impactful experience and we all learned so much from her!! We couldn't have had a better experience.
University of Oklahoma
Shiza was wonderful! She was very well spoken and well received by the community.
The Hockaday School
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