Ruha Shadab – Keynote Speaker

Doctor, Harvard graduate, Founder of unique leadership lab for Indian Muslim women

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Specialist Subjects

  • Health & Public Policy
  • The need for public health cadre in India
  • Indian Muslim Women’s representation in the corporates
  • Statistical reasoning for public health
  • Gender inclusivity & diversity
  • Do women need saving?
  • Empathetic leadership for the 21st century
  • How to handle the unexpected
  • Leader and Indian Muslim Women


  • English
  • Hindi


Dr. Ruha Shadab is a doctor and a graduate from the Harvard Kennedy School where she was on a full-tuition scholarship. Shadab has worked as a doctor in low-income neighborhoods in Delhi and later moved on to work on systemic issues of healthcare, as a part of the Government of India.

Having been raised in a Muslim household, she experienced, first-hand, the stereotypes and the difficulties faced by Muslims in India. However, what struck her most was the dearth of female Muslim leaders in the country. Limited leadership and poor representation mean that the ambitions of young Muslim women are stunted, and the community is unable to break the historical shackles of disempowerment. Ruha Shadab is the Founder of Led By Foundation, a social enterprise that provides professional training and mentorship to Muslim women college students, to inspire the next generation of female change-makers. She believes that for a community to be heard, it first needs to speak up.

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