Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO
Women Deliver

Dr. Maliha Khan brings three decades of leadership and expertise in gender equality. Dr. Khan’s commitment to feminist movements and the empowerment of girls and women began in her native country of Pakistan, where she started her career implementing development projects in marginalized regions of the country. Her first few years of experience focused on incorporating the first cohort of girls and women into exclusively male development projects, which taught her a lot about what not to do. Her commitment to gender equality continued in her roles leading gender-focused program design, implementation, and evaluation at organizations like the Care and Oxfam. She has also worked with the Rockefeller Foundation, and Asian Development Bank, and was the head of programs at Malala Fund before joining Women Deliver. Based on her personal and professional experience in Pakistan and countries around the world, she firmly believes that organizations working to advance gender equality worldwide must be representative of the world’s most vulnerable girls and women to truly achieve change. Her experience in international development programming has also made her a fierce advocate for challenging and dismantling the sector’s colonial and racist legacies that continue to inform its operations, programming, language, and funding. She believes real change is possible with a concerted, intentional effort to challenge structures and systems — a belief that underpins her leadership at Women Deliver.

Prior to her international development work, Dr. Khan spent many years in academia teaching gender studies, including as an Associate Professor of Sustainable Development at World Learning’s SIT Graduate Institute and at the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan. She has a PhD from the State University of New York and an MA from Quaid-i-Azam University in Islamabad in Social Anthropology.

Event Schedule

18 July 2023
19 July 2023
20 July 2023
Start Time End Time Session Description Action
09:30 am EEST 11:30 am EEST The State of Gender Equality in the Era of Multiple Crises
KCC Auditorium

Watch the recording here

In the last few years, we have a seen a rise in interconnected and compounding global crises. Amid these escalating risks, it is imperative to Read More

Hon Millie Grace Odhiambo

Member of Parliament


Degan Ali

Executive Director

Adeso - African Development Solutions

H.E. Jeannette Kagame

First Lady of the Republic of Rwanda

Kira Rudik

Member of Ukrainian Parliament, Leader of the Golos party; Vice President of ALDE party

Nhial Deng


Canada's Refugee Education Council

Farida Ally


Elimu Care

Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO

Women Deliver

Emilia Reyes

Program Director of Policies and Budgets for Equality and Sustainable Development

Gender Equity: Citizenship, Work and Family

H.E. Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Former Executive Director

UN Women

Mamta Murthi

Vice President for Human Development

The World Bank

04:00 pm EEST 05:30 pm EEST Celebrating Young Leaders: Past, Present, and Future
Youth Zone
Youth Zone, KCC Terrace

Join us for a momentous occasion as we commemorate the achievements of the remarkable Class of 2020 Young Leaders. Take a journey through their three-year journey of Read More

Julia Fan

Senior Manager, Youth Engagement

Women Deliver

Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO

Women Deliver

H.E. Dr. Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka

Former Executive Director

UN Women

Start Time End Time Session Description Action
02:30 pm EEST 04:00 pm EEST Challenging the Tide: Empowering Feminist Movements to Counter Anti-Rights Agendas
KCC Auditorium

Watch the recording here

In the face of growing anti-rights and anti-gender movements, it is crucial to develop strategies to counter harmful agendas and protect human Read More

Sumaiya Islam

Senior Advisor, Justice and Intersectionality and Acting Director, Intersectional Justice Division, Global Programs

Open Society Foundations

Dr. Joannie Marlene Bewa

Senior Health Researcher & Moderator

Moderate the Panel

Lopa Banerjee

Director, Civil Society Division

UN Women

Neil Datta

Executive Director

European Parliamentary Forum for Sexual and Reproductive Rights

Alicia Herbert

OBE Director, Education, Gender and Equality and Gender Envoy

Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office

Stephanie Copus Campbell

Australian Ambassador for Gender Equality

Australian Government

Noelene Nabulivou

Executive Director

Diverse Voices and Action (DIVA) for Equality

Haley McEwen


Gothenburg University

Julia Ehrt

Executive Director

ILGA World

Jac Sm Kee

Co-founder & Cartographer

Numun Fund

Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO

Women Deliver

04:30 pm EEST 06:00 pm EEST Break the Wheel: Reflections on Re-Imagining a Just International Development System
KCC Auditorium

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The global reckoning for racial justice and the increasing calls to shift-the-power have placed decolonization firmly on the global agenda. But Read More

Chantal Umuhoza



Arezoo Najibzadeh

Young Leader

Women Deliver

Bassey Nyambi

Director of Global Partnerships and Engagement

Planned Parenthood Global

Christine Stegling

Deputy Executive Director, PAK Branch, UNAIDS and UN ASG

Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS)

Monica Aleman Cunningham

International Program Director: Gender, Racial and Ethnic Justice Program

Ford Foundation

Tarcila Rivera Zea

Indigenous activist

CHIRAPAQ Centre for Indigenous Cultures of Peru

Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO

Women Deliver

Start Time End Time Session Description Action
03:00 pm EEST 04:00 pm EEST A Space for Us: The WD2023 Closing Celebration
Special Event
KCC Auditorium

Join Women Deliver and Conference delegates as we celebrate our movement and advocates from around the world, working towards gender equality. As we reflect on a week Read More

Tulika Srivastava

Board Member

Women Deliver

Sandra Macias del Villar

Director, Feminist Crisis Response

Feminist Humanitarian Network

Noemi Grütter


Elle Kwa Mziki

Satish Kumar Karn

Grants Coordinator

Plan International Nepal

Dr. Maliha Khan

President and CEO

Women Deliver

Jeannette Bayisenge

Minister of Gender and Family Promotion



Magdalene Dorto

Not applicable Not applicable

Deborah Nyirenda

Not applicable Not applicable

Yashmin Fernandes

Director Women's Digital Financial Inclusion Hub, Women's World Banking

Stella Anyangwe

End Polo Now Coordinator Rotary International

Blandine Umuziranenge

Founder and CEO Kosmotivr

Taryn Russell

Deputy Executive Director Results Canada

Djeinaba Kane

Advocacy & Partnership Lead AfricaNenda

Rafiat Akinokun

Youth Advorate and cub's health nurse

Melania Chiponda

Gender and Climate Advisor The African Women's Development and Communication Network (FEMNET)

Aries Setiadi

Managing Director Fintech Association Indonesia

Claude Mambo Muvunyi

Director General Rwanda Biomedical Center

Hanna Lemma

Co-founder & Contributor Addis Powerhouse

Kathryn Toure

Regional Director, Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Office IDRC

Dr. Lisa Avery

Assistant Professor, University of Manitoba; Director Africa Initiatives

Carmen Correa

CEO Pro Mujer

Tawakkol Karman

Nobel Peace Price Laureate Tawakkol Karman Foundation

Anis Farid

Research Project Manager Women's Aid Organisation

Patricia Elias

Every Woman International Lawyer; Chief, Global Diplomatic Campaign

Lipi Rahman

Executive Director, Badabon Sangho Every Woman Indrani Fellow

Kigali Convention Center - KG 2 Roundabout, Kigali, Rwanda