Dr. Malvika Iyer is an award-winning disability rights activist with a doctorate in social work.
She is an international motivational speaker, a corporate trainer, a TEDx speaker, a model for accessible fashion, an MC, and a global shaper (an initiative of the World Economic Forum).
Her powerful and uplifting speeches and her pioneering work have bought her numerous accolades and acclaim across the globe including the highest civilian honor for women (NariShaktiPuraskar) from the President of India, a standing ovation at the United Nations, and ‘Women in the World’ Emerging Leaders Award in association with The New York Times.
She has been the subject of over 300 international newspaper articles, TV interviews, books and magazines, earning her a spot among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the Decade.
Some of her recent talks on mental health advocacy and inclusion and diversity were given in the United States, Singapore, Norway, Indonesia, and South Africa. She was 13 years old when she survived a bomb blast in India. She lost both her hands and severely damaged both her legs with multiple fractures, nerve paralysis, and hypoesthesia.