girl effect

Girl Effect is born different, and so is our team.

Maria Eitel

Under Maria's leadership as President & CEO, the NIKE Foundation – in partnership with the NoVo Foundation, United Nations Foundation and other partners, created the Girl Effect – a movement to tackle world poverty at its greatest point of leverage, the adolescent girl.

Maria joined NIKE in 1998 as its first Vice President of Corporate Responsibility. She brought to NIKE a rich professional background  first as a television reporter and producer, then with the White House as special assistant to the President for media affairs, followed by MCI, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Microsoft, where she led corporate affairs for their European operations.

She is recognised as a global leader in the development community and has been featured on the cover of Fast Company for their "League of Extraordinary Women" edition.

Maria earned her MSc in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and BA from Quebec's McGill University. She also graduated from the Stanford Graduate School of Business Executive Program and has been awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Humanity degree from Babson College.

Farah Ramzan Golant

Farah joined Girl Effect in September 2015 to be the first CEO of the newly independent organisation.

She brings 27 years of business experience from the private sector and creative industries. She served as Chief Executive of All3Media between 2012 and 2014 leading the strategic sale of the company backed by private equity owners, Permira, to Discovery Communications and Liberty Global for enterprise value $930 million.

Previously she had a 22-year career at Abbot Mead Vickers BBDO, becoming its Chief Executive in 2005 and joined the BBDO (subsidiary of Omnicom) worldwide board in NYC in 2007.

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. She is currently a Trustee of Save the Children, the National Theatre and Cambridge Judge Business School.

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

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

Howard Taylor

Howard joined the NIKE Foundation in 2012 as Vice President and Managing Director.

Prior to Nike, he held senior roles across the UK Government, including at the Department for International Development (DFID) and the Prime Minister's Performance and Innovation Unit. He led DFID's largest programmes in India and Ethiopia, and ran Top Management Group and the office of the Secretary of State. In Ethiopia, he co-chaired the Development Assistance Group, coordinating the most impactful investment of more than $3 billion/year of official development assistance to Ethiopia.

A widely respected expert in the development sector, Howard brings his experience in accelerating growth and development to Girl Effect's work. In addition to his responsibilities as Managing Director, Howard also oversees Girl Effect’s Impact function.

  • Maria Eitel

    Chairman of Girl Effect and Co-Chair of the NIKE Foundation

  • Farah Ramzan Golant

    CEO of Girl Effect

  • Howard Taylor

    Managing Director of Girl Effect

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