Munira Khalif


Munira Khalif was born and raised in Minnesota before making national headlines for being accepted to all eight Ivy League schools. She now studies Economics and Government at Harvard University. As a first generation Somali-American, she grew up aware of the reality that not all children have the opportunity to attend school - especially girls. Munira co-foundeed a nonprofit organization called "Lighting the Way" that works to provide scholarships, support teachers, fund libraries and sponsor equitable education for girls in East Africa. Munira has also served as a Teen Advisor for United Nations Foundation Campaign Girl Up, which has provided over 80,000 girls across the world with leadership training programs and UN programming. Through Girl Up, she has also had the opportunity to speak on the importance of girl's education at the United Nations Head Quarters on the first inaugural Malala Day and to lobby alongside other youth advocates to pass the Girls Count Act.

Munira recently finished serving as the 2017-2018 U.N Youth Observer. During her appointment, she routinely spoke at the United Nations in New York and traveled throughout the United States to discover the issues important to young Americans. Munira was also awarded the UN Special Envoy for Global Education's Youth Courage Award that honors extraordinary champions for universal education.


Joel founded John Snow, Inc. with his partner Norbert Hirschhorn, M.D., in 1978. One year later, he launched the nonprofit JSI Research & Training Institute, Inc. In 1982, he assumed the presidency of World Education, Inc., a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of the poor through education, economic and social development programs.  Joel also co-founded Management Sciences for Health in 1972.

An adjunct lecturer on global health at the Harvard School of Public Health, Mr. Lamstein also is a frequent lecturer on organizational strategy, nonprofit management, international development, and strategic management.

Mr. Lamstein received a BS in mathematics and physics from the University of Michigan, and attended the MIT’s Sloan School of Management.

Mr. Lamstein is the chair of the Boston University School of Public Health’s Dean’s Advisory Board and serves on the boards of:  Physicians for Human Rights, Boston Partners in Education; SEED Global Health; and the advisory council of the Children’s Health Fund in New York. He is currently on the boards of advisors at the University of Michigan School of Public Health, and has served on the board of the Harvard Center for Population and Development Studies. He was the on Global Health Council’s board of directors from 1998-2012 and served as board chair between 2008-2012.

In 2009, Joel received the CEO Social Leadership Award, an initiative funded by the Lewis Family Foundation and given by the Boston Business Journal. In 2011, he was featured in the New York Times’ The Boss profile.