About The Person
Dr. Malvika Iyer is an Award-Winning Disability Rights Activist with a Doctorate in Social Work. She is the recipient of the “Nari Shakti Puraskar”, the Highest Civilian Honor for Women from the President of India. Iyer is an International Motivational Speaker, a TEDx Speaker, a Model for Accessible Fashion and a Global Shaper at the Global Shapers Community (an initiative of the World Economic Forum). She is an Advocate for Inclusion and Gender. Her work has been recognized widely, including an honor from the President of India- Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, a standing ovation for her motivational speech at the United Nations, and the ‘Women In The World’ Emerging Leaders Award in New York. She Co-Chaired the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit 2017. She has given speeches at United States of America, Norway, Indonesia, South Africa and Singapore to raise awareness about universal design, accessibility and positive body image. She has been the subject of numerous newspaper articles and books, even finding a place among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the Decade. Iyer was 13 years old when she survived a bomb blast in India. She lost both her hands and severely damaged both her legs with nerve paralysis and hypoesthesia. Iyer is currently learning to cook independently. She is passionate about her #DoNotStare campaign to remove discriminatory attitudes and supporting small local businesses and promoting women entrepreneurship. She loves reading and playing with her cats.