28 September 2023 - Helsinki, Finland

Malala Yousafzai

Nobelist, Activist, Author

Malala Yousafzai began her activism at age 11 when she anonymously blogged about life under the Taliban in Pakistan’s Swat Valley, particularly the ban on girls’ education. She soon began advocating publicly, giving speeches and interviews, and attracting international media attention and awards.

At age 15, she was shot in the head by the Taliban for speaking out. After many months of surgery and rehabilitation in the United Kingdom, she founded Malala Fund with her father Ziauddin. A year later, Malala received the Nobel Peace Prize in recognition of her work for education and equality.

Malala graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics, and Economics in 2020. She is the best-selling author of three books, president of Extracurricular Productions, and publisher of Podium, a weekly newsletter.

Creating Change

A conversation with Malala Yousafzai

In this enlightening session, Malala Yousafzai will guide us through her unique experiences and how they have informed her strategies for enacting global change.

Leveraging lessons learned from her own extraordinary journey, Malala will offer practical advice on instigating and managing change that business leaders can apply within their organizations. Key topics will include the importance of diversity, specifically gender diversity, in driving innovation and progress, and the role of businesses in shaping a more inclusive future.

Through her unparalleled insights, Malala will inspire leaders to take on challenges, initiate transformative changes, and create lasting impact on both an organizational and societal scale. She will underscore the vital role that businesses can play in fostering global development, furthering education, and advancing equality, providing concrete takeaways for leaders committed to sustainable and ethical practices.

This session is a must for leaders who want to understand how their business can serve as a catalyst for positive change in the global community. Learn from Malala how to harness the power of education and diversity to drive innovation, resilience, and growth within your organization.

  • How to identify clear, actionable goals and formulate robust strategies based on research and data analysis
  • How to inspire and motivate your team, stakeholders, and customers through effective, persuasive communication
  • How to create an impactful leadership style based on your own personal values and histories

Why Should You Listen to Her?

Nobel Peace Prize Laureate

When Malala was 17 years old, she received the Nobel Peace Prize for her human rights advocacy. She is the youngest person ever to have received a Nobel Prize, the second Pakistani, and the first Pashtun to receive the Prize.

Malala is also the youngest ever appointed United Nations Messenger of Peace.

Oxford University Graduate

In 2020 Malala graduated with honors from Oxford University, where she studied Philosophy, Politics, and Economics.

Founder of the Malala Fund

Together with her father Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala founded the Malala Fund. The fund aims to improve girls’ access to education in regions where many girls miss out on secondary education.

Get to Know Malala

Article, Podcast Interview, Keynote


Malala’s Speech at the United Nations General Assembly – Malala Fund


Why Educating Girls Changes Everything – The TED Interview


Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize Lecture 2014 – Nobel Prize 

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