Keynote address by Samra Zafar


7 Hart House Circle, Theatre
Samra Zafar (HBA 2013; MA 2015), Founder, Brave Beginnings and Commercial Account Manager, RBC

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.

She lends her voice to advocate for human rights issues and empowerment on many prestigious platforms and universities such as Yale University, TEDx, Amnesty International, and WE Day. 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.

*Please note that seating for the keynote is limited so we highly encourage you to get to the theater by 2:25pm. If capacity is reached, you are welcome to go to the Lower Gallery to mingle with other delegates and alumni ambassadors until the reception begins at 3:30pm.