Farah Mohamed, MA’95, LLD’18, is the CEO of the Malala Fund, where she works to ensure every girl enjoys the right to 12 years of free, safe, quality education. With 130 million girls unable to claim this right as their own, fund founder Malala Yousafzai described Mohamed as the Canadian who “will lead the fight for girls’ education around the world.”
At 2, Mohamed and her family became refugees from Uganda before eventually settling in Canada. As an adult, she went on to serve with some of Canada’s most senior politicians and founded the G(irls)20 to provide advice to G20 nations on female labour force participation.
In June, as she received her honourary doctorate, she told graduates they can be architects of, not just witnesses to, change. “In a world of Facebook Twitter and Instagram, humility is more important than hubris,” she said as she urged students to help get the world back on track. “You are needed now more than ever.”