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Samra Zafar

2018 Game Changer, Youngest alumni serving as a Governor for the University of Toronto

Samra Zafar is an International Speaker, two-time TEDx Presenter, Human Rights Activist, Scholar, Author and Social Entrepreneur. After arriving in Canada as a child bride in a forced marriage and escaping a decade of abuse, she pursued her education as a single mother, and graduated as the top student at the University of Toronto, receiving over a dozen awards and scholarships.

Samra now serves as the youngest alumni Governor for the University, while pursuing a rewarding career at RBC. Samra is the founder of Brave Beginnings, a non-profit organization she founded to support abuse survivors in their journey to build a life of respect and freedom. Samra’s story and work have been featured in prominent media, including Toronto Life, CTV, CBC, Global News, Yahoo, and many others, collectively impacting tens of millions of people worldwide.

Samra’s book is scheduled to appear in bookstores across Canada in early 2019