From Bombs to Books

David Rothkopf talks to Nobel laureate Malala Yousafzai and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, on education equality and the value of dreaming big.


If there is one thing that Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Peace Prize winner and co-founder of The Malala Fund, learned throughout her childhood, it is this: Dream big. At a recent event, hosted by Foreign Policy, Vital Voices Global Partnership, and The Malala Fund, FP Group CEO and editor David Rothkopf sat down with Malala and her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai, to discuss why equal access to schools for girls and boys doesn’t just provide an education, but guarantees an identity.

About the participants:

Malala Yousafzai is a student, education activist, 2014 Nobel Peace Prize laureate, and the co-founder of The Malala Fund. She was born in 1997 and grew up in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan. Follow her on Twitter: @MalalaFund.

Ziauddin Yousafzai, Malala’s father, is the co-founder of The Malala Fund. An educator and social activist, he is the U.N. special advisor on global education and the educational attache at the Pakistani consulate in Birmingham, England. Follow him on Twitter: @ZiauddinY.

Alyse Nelson is president and CEO of Vital Voices Global Partnership and has worked for the organization for 18 years. Previously, Alyse served as deputy director of the State Department’s Vital Voices Global Democracy Initiative and worked with the President’s Interagency Council on Women at the White House. Follow her on Twitter: @AlyseNelson.

Meighan Stone is the president of The Malala Fund. Meighan served previously as vice president of communications and special projects at World Food Program USA. Follow her on Twitter: @meighanstone.

David Rothkopf is the CEO and editor of The FP Group. Follow him on Twitter: @djrothkopf.

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