Shiza Shahid

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Co-Founder, The Malala Fund; Co-Founder, Our Place; Founder, NOW Ventures

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Shiza Shahid: Biography at a Glance

  • Shiza Shahid is the co-founder, along with Nobel-Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, and founding CEO of the Malala Fund, which works to advance access to education around the world. 
  • She is also co-founder of Our Place, a brand of ethical kitchenware created in partnership with immigrant communities. 
  • Shahid partnered with the largest venture capital platform in the world to launch NOW Ventures, her investment fund that empowers mission-driven startups.
  • She consults with businesses, teaching them how to inspire their teams and build a purpose-driven organization. 
  • Her many accolades include being named to TIME's 30 Under 30 People Changing the World, Forbes'  30 Under 30 - Social Entrepreneurs, and Business Insider's 30 Under 30 Venture Capital Investors in Tech.



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.

In 2019, Shiza and two cofounders launched direct-to-consumer kitchenware company, Our Place. The company, created in partnership with immigrant communities, aims to address the lack of cookware options for multiethnic American kitchens.

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 received 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.


Building an Authentically-Inclusive Brandarrow-down

Shiza’s cultural leadership and storytelling acuity has been proven over and again. As founding CEO of the Malala Fund, she led a cross-cultural, global story and mission that was amongst the most iconic of the last decade. In 2020, she is doing it again with her investments in new startup brands, and with Our Place, her own brand of ethical kitchenware created in partnership with immigrant communities. 

In this talk, Shiza shares how to create a brand that represents and celebrates the diversity of America - in a way that is cultural collaboration, versus appropriation. Structured as a candid, open workshop, Shiza lays out the tools and checklists to help you build a brand that resonates with diverse communities and keep a pulse on the beat of moment. Open and honest about the complexities involved, Shiza discusses ways to be fully aware of sensitivities, along with personal anecdotes of failures and successes.

For Shiza, this is not just a talk - it is her life’s work.

The Revolutionary Impending Technological Innovationsarrow-down

How technology will change the way we live, interact and create. What that means for your business and how to think about the future. How social progress and our planet will fare.

What Motivates Millennials?arrow-down

How to inspire and retain young talent. How to market to millennials and build a brand that commands loyalty. What are the characteristics of this demographic and how can you have edge.

Integrating Purpose Into Your Businessarrow-down

How any company can become more purpose-driven. Why having purpose is good for business and the bottom-line. Practical ways to get started today.

Advancing Women's Empowermentarrow-down

How far have we come, and what's most important today. How you can play a tangible role in advancing gender equality in your businesses, communities, and globally.

The Extraordinary Impact We Can Createarrow-down

A personal talk about Shiza's journey and struggle to create social change. He work with Malala founding the Malala Fund and her mission to create scalable social change today. How ordinary people can make extraordinary waves, and how each of us can become change makers today.


The event with Shiza was really wonderful. She is an incredibly engaging speaker. 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

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