Dr. Malvika Iyer

Motivational Speaker, Researcher, and Activist in Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dr. Malvika Iyer

Motivational Speaker, Researcher, and Activist in Ann Arbor, Michigan

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A bilateral amputee from a freak bomb blast in 2002, Malvika Iyer is an Award-winning Disability Rights Activist with a Doctorate in Social Work. She is an International Motivational Speaker, a TEDx Speaker, a member of the United Nations IANYD’s Working Group on Youth and Gender Equality, 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 Leader Award in New York. 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.

Invited to deliver a Motivational Speech at the United Nations Headquarters, New York

Invited to Co-Chair the World Economic Forum India Economic Summit 2017, Taj Palace, New Delhi

Honored with the first Women in the World Emerging Leaders Award at the 7th Annual Women in the World Summit, New York

One among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the decade (Deccan Chronicle 28-03-2015)

Global Shaper (An initiative of the World Economic Forum)

Honored by the President of India, Dr. APJ Abdul Kalam at Rashtrapati Bhavan

Featured in ‘YES, WE CAN!’ 100 Inspiring Stories of Differently Abled Entrepreneurs by Department of Empowerment of Persons with Disabilities- Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India

Featured in Women of Pure Wonder – Vision. Valour. Victory. – Vodafone Foundation

Featured in GIFTED (A National Bestseller): Inspiring Stories of People with Disabilities

Speaker at CIVICUS World Assembly (South Africa), AGENDA (Jakarta), Sustainable Valley Festival (Norway), AYUDH Americas (Chicago), TEDxYouth@Chennai 2013, TEDx IIM Kozhikode 2015, IEEE WIE Leadership Summit 2015, MMA Women Managers’ Convention 2013, IYONS 2015, Radiant Wellness Conclave 2015

State topper in class 10th in 2004

Recipient of ‘Outstanding Model Student’ from Wisdom International Magazine

Recipient of ‘Rolling Cup’ for the ‘Best M.Phil. Thesis’ in 2012

Master of Ceremonies (MC) at India Inclusion Summit, 2013 at Ritz Carlton, Bangalore, 1st National Wheelchair Basketball Championship India, GFK Run 2014

Show stopper for accessible clothing in India (An initiative of Ability Foundation- NIFT)

  • Education
    • St. Stephen's College, Delhi
    • Madras School of Social Work