Malala Fund announces Suzanne Ehlers as new CEO

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Malala Fund

Malala Fund is working for a world where every girl can learn and lead.

This week, Malala Fund welcomed Suzanne Ehlers as the organisation’s new CEO.

“The board is thrilled that Suzanne will join the Malala Fund team and lead its efforts to grow and accelerate progress on girls’ access to education around the world,” said Susan McCaw, Malala Fund Board Chair.

Ehlers is a longtime advocate of women’s rights. She joins Malala Fund after nearly 10 years as President and CEO of PAI, a nonprofit advocating for universal access to reproductive health care. Before joining PAI, she worked in grantmaking at the Wallace Global Fund and served as a Peace Corps volunteer in the Central African Republic. She also sits on the boards of Ibis Reproductive Health and LAMB, a public charter school in Washington, D.C.

“I am so excited to join Malala Fund — with its critical focus on education, creative approach and dedication to having young women and local activists drive the work,” said Ehlers of her new role. “Malala is such a source of inspiration and I look forward to advancing her vision and building on the excellence this team has put in place.”

With 130 million girls out of school today, Malala Fund works to break down the barriers holding girls back. The organisation advocates for the resources and policy change needed to give all girls a secondary education, invests in local education leaders and amplifies the voices of young women fighting for change.

Over the next five years, Malala Fund aims to expand our work, grow our team and speed up progress for girls’ education around the world. To learn more about Malala Fund's future, read our strategic plan.

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