Dr. Ruha Shadab
Founder & CEO
Ruha Shadab is a doctor and social entrepreneur. She is a graduate of Harvard University, where she received her Masters on a full-tuition scholarship. She worked as a doctor in low-income neighborhoods in Delhi and later moved on to work on systemic healthcare issues as a part of the Government of India. Having been raised in a Muslim household, she experienced firsthand the stereotypes and the difficulties faced by Muslims in India. However, what struck her most was the dearth of Muslim leaders in the country. Limited leadership and poor representation mean that the ambitions of young Muslim women are stunted, and the community cannot break the historical shackles of disempowerment. She founded LedBy to provide professional training and mentorship to Muslim women to inspire the next generation of female change-makers. She believes that for a community to be heard, it first needs to speak up.
“Echoing Green Fellow, Class of 2022"
“Barbara Jordan Award for Women’s Leadership”
“LinkedIn Top Voices in Gender Equity”
"Harvard's Public Service Fellowship"
“Identify and understand the problem for reaching the solution”
"Ask difficult questions. Ask yourself, what is the representation breakdown of my company or department? Are some communities and/or genders overrepresented? The first step towards a solution is identifying and understanding the problem. Let us start there."
“Increase financial independence of Indian Muslim women"
"Eliminate patriarchal barriers and religious discrimination faced by Muslim women in India by increasing their financial independence through culturally appropriate employment training. I believe that for a community to be heard, it first needs to speak up."