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Farah Ramzan Golant CBE

CEO, Girl Effect

Cambridge affiliations

  • MA Modern & Medieval Languages, Emmanuel College (1983)
  • Development Advisory Forum, Emmanuel College

Professional history

Girl Effect is a creative social enterprise that develops programmes to empower adolescent girls living in poverty, working through multimedia, safe spaces, mobile and interactive technology.

Launched 12 years ago and championed by the Nike Foundation in collaboration with the United Nations Foundation and multiple partners, Girl Effect enables girls to disrupt the cycle of poverty and bring their communities and ultimately future growth with them. To achieve this, Girl Effect harnesses 21st century tools to address the negative social norms that hold girls back and to change how societies view and value them. It now has a global portfolio reach of 48 million people in 60 countries. 

Farah brings 27 years of business experience from the global creative industries. She served as Chief Executive of All3Media leading the strategic sale of the company for its private equity owners, Permira, for enterprise value $930 million.

Previously she had a 22-year career at Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO, becoming its Chief Executive in 2005 and joining the BBDO worldwide board in NYC in 2007.

In 2011 she was awarded a Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (CBE) and was named Business Woman of the Year in 2010 Asian Women of Achievement Awards.

Farah graduated with a joint honours degree from Emmanuel College, Cambridge and has completed the Advanced Management Executive Programme at Harvard. 

She currently also serves on the Advisory Board of The ALDO Group, a global fashion footwear retailer headquartered in Montreal.

Society & charity work

Farah has previously served on the Advisory Board of Cancer Research UK and as a Trustee of the National Theatre and of Save the Children.

She served on the British Prime Minister's Business Advisory Group from 2013 to 2015 and has served as a Business Ambassador for the Creative Industries of Britain.

Farah Ramzan Golant