Ziauddin Yousafzai

Education activist
Despite an attack on his daughter Malala in 2012, Ziauddin Yousafzai continues his fight to educate children in the developing world.

Why you should listen

Ziauddin Yousafzai is an educator, human rights campaigner and social activist. He hails from Pakistan's Swat Valley where, at great personal risk among grave political violence, he peacefully resisted the Taliban's efforts to shut down schools and kept open his own school. He also inspired his daughter, Malala Yousafzai, to raise her voice to promote the rights of children to an education. Ziauddin is the co-founder and serves as the Chairman of the Board for the Malala Fund. 

He also serves as the United Nations Special Advisor on Global Education and also the educational attaché to the Pakistani Consulate in Birmingham, UK.

What others say

“Ziauddin ... set up a school where girls could study as well as boys, in a part of the world where the gender gap in education is vast.” — Guardian, October 7, 2013

Ziauddin Yousafzai’s TED talks

Ziauddin Yousafzai on the TED Blog

Live from TED2014

In case you missed it: Day 1 of TED2014

March 18, 2014

“The Next Chapter” is already fascinating — full of great characters, plot twists and, hopefully, it’s all leading toward a happy ending. Today, we kicked off TED2014 — our 30th-anniversary conference — which will chew on this theme, offering intriguing ideas on where we are going next. So what happened in day one? Below, some highlights. […]

Continue reading
Live from TED2014

Malala Yousafzai: Meet my father and my mother

March 17, 2014

Malala Yousafzai couldn’t come to TED2014 — because she has vowed to never miss another day of school. But her voice was heard through this video, which introduced Ziauddin Yousafzai’s powerful talk about his daughter and their shared commitment to education.  

Continue reading