Malika Dia

Youth Observer—Plan International USA Board of Directors

Johns Hopkins University

Malika Dia started her journey with Plan International when she was 13 years old, leading a fundraiser with Plan Burkina Faso that collected 60 bicycles to help improve girls’ access to education. Malika then started school at Phillips Academy Andover, and from there she was able to participate in the first-ever Plan Youth Leadership Academy and join Plan’s Youth Advisory Board, where she remained for six years.

Malika went on to study economics and international studies at Johns Hopkins University, combining her interests in academic research with racial justice and social equity. During her undergraduate career she worked for the mayor’s office of Baltimore, evaluating their YouthWorks program. She also conducted academic research on the 1904 Namibian genocide and forged a strong interest in the bridge between management consulting and non-profit leadership.

She is now continuing the master’s portion of her BA/MA program at Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies, where she is studying international law and international economics. She will begin working with the Boston Consulting Group after graduation, and is looking forward to continuing her passion for girls’ rights and the empowerment of young people on Plan’s Board of Directors and beyond.