A graduate of Columbia University’s MBA program, Joann Baney later returned to the institution, where she currently serves as an associate professor in the Executive Master of Public Administration program for the School of International and Public Affairs. Outside of her teaching role, Joann Baney supports several children’s charities, including the Malala Fund.
Established in September 2014, the Malala Fund aims to provide children with access to free and high-quality primary and secondary education opportunities by the year 2030. The Malala Fund’s goal is based on Nobel Peace Prize laureate Malala Yousafzai’s vision of providing 12 years of education to children, particularly girls. Since it began, the organization has provided over $8.6 million for girls’ education programs in areas including India, Kenya, Pakistan, and Afghanistan, among others.
In February 2017, the Malala Fund announced the appointment of a new chief executive officer, Farah Mohamed. She is the founder and CEO of G(irls) 20, an organization dedicated to furthering girls’ education and the participation of females in the labor force. Before starting the organization, Farah Mohamed held leadership positions at VON Canada and The Belinda Stronach Foundation.