Consultant Umama Malik is keeping busy outside of her time at Amane – currently planning a global summit designed to develop the leadership skills of young women. She was recently selected as Vice Chair of the Global Summit Steering Committee for Fora: Network for Change. This volunteer position will run through 2025.
Fora: Network for Change is a not-for-profit that delivers programs and opportunities aimed at preparing the next generation of leaders to amplify their voices in decision-making spaces. Its leadership, advocacy, and community-building programs have helped more than 1,700 women ages 18 to 25 gain new skills, confidence, supportive networks, and opportunities to build gender equity movements, advance in their career trajectories, and change the status quo.
The Global Summit is Fora’s flagship program. Taking place in December, it will bring together delegates from 50+ different countries to develop policy recommendations and to work alongside professional management consultants to develop their own social impact initiative(s).
It’s not Umama’s first experience with Fora. In 2019, she served as the sole delegate from Pakistan at what was then called the G(irls)20 Summit in Tokyo. She and the other 29 delegates worked together to develop policy recommendations to advance female leadership that were later presented to world leaders at that year’s G20 Summit.
Part of Umama’s role as Vice Chair is to expand the Summit’s focus to include women from countries not currently represented in the G20.
“Fora’s vision to support and develop young women to amplify their impact globally is very close to my heart,” said Umama.
“Having represented a country that is not included in the G20 was a unique opportunity and I look forward to broadening Fora’s reach and giving young women from developing nations similar opportunities to develop their networks, skills and interests. Serving as a delegate in the Global Summit shaped my career journey – going so far as to inspire me to become a consultant.
“I’m honored to have the chance to help maximize the social impact of female leaders in local communities with an emphasis on diversity and inclusion, regardless of background, race, beliefs, or passport,” she added.