Samra Zafar is an award-winning international speaker, community leader, scholar, author and social entrepreneur. After escaping a decade of abuse as a child bride, Samra graduated as a top student at the University of Toronto, receiving several prestigious awards and scholarships. Samra now serves as an alumni governor for the university, while pursuing a successful corporate career and running Brave Beginnings, the NPO she founded to support abuse survivors. Her speaking portfolio includes Yale University, TEDx, Amnesty International, ME to WE, Women’s Business Network and more. She lives in Mississauga with her two daughters.