President and Chief Executive Officer
Dr. Maliha Khan is President and CEO of Women Deliver. She brings over 25 years of experience in girls’ and women’s empowerment.
At Malala Fund, Dr. Khan led the strategic direction and effective delivery of the Fund’s programmatic work to ensure that all girls have access to 12 years of free, safe, and quality education. This was achieved by increasing governments’ financing of education and removing policy and social barriers. Maliha serves on Care International UK’s Board of Trustees, and she is also a nonresident senior fellow at the Atlantic Council’s South Asia Center.
Maliha is an international expert in program design and performance, learning, and accountability, with a focus on the empowerment of girls and women. She has designed rights-based programs focused on girls and women, taught as a professor of gender studies, and implemented women’s programs in marginalized regions of Pakistan.
Dr Khan has worked extensively on creating and implementing frameworks for difficult-to-measure concepts such as gender empowerment, attitude and perception change, and resilience. She has wide-ranging experience designing and implementing complex multi-country systems for large organizations and programs, and has also led program quality and measurement departments at CARE USA and Oxfam America. Maliha has a keen interest in the use and ethics of digital technology and new forms of data in international development, and she oversaw Oxfam’s “Responsible Data Policy,” the first policy of its kind in any development organization.
Maliha also founded and led a start-up consulting firm that specializes in supporting clients in better decision-making through innovative information and measurement systems. She has served as a long-term consultant for the Rockefeller Foundation and the Asian Development Bank. Prior to her international development work, Maliha spent many years in academia, as an Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute and at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan.
Maliha is from Pakistan, where she started her career implementing development projects. She has a PhD from the State University of New York and an MA from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad in Social Anthropology.