Malvika Iyer

Motivational Speaker, Activist, Model, Researcher at Global Shapers Community (An initiative of the World Economic Forum)

United States of America


  • Female
  • Joined:
  • Lives in: United States of America
    Country: India
  • Global Shapers Community (An initiative of the World Economic Forum)
    International organization
  • Education, Leadership, Networks & Organizations, Mentorship, Social dialogue


Disability is in the mind of the observer, not the observed. - Malvika Iyer

A bilateral amputee from a freak bomb blast in 2002, Malvika is a Women In The World Emerging Leader, Motivational/ TEDx Speaker, Social Worker, Disability Rights Activist and a model for accessible clothing. She is working to spread awareness on disability and an inclusive society and the need to change societal attitudes and perceptions towards individuals with disability. She was one among the 100 Change Agents and Newsmakers of the decade (Deccan Chronicle). She was a speaker at CIVICUS World Assembly (South Africa), AGENDA (Jakarta), Sustainable Valley Festival (Norway), TEDxYouth@Chennai, TEDx IIM Kozhikode, IEEE WIE Leadership Summit. Featured in ‘YES, WE CAN!’ 100 Inspiring Stories of Differently Abled Entrepreneurs by Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, Government of India; #WomenofPureWonder Vodafone Foundation’s 50 inspirational women from across the country who’ve emerged as game changers; GIFTED (A National Bestseller): Inspiring Stories of People with Disability