Maryam Pasha

Maryam Pasha

Visiting Fellow

Saïd Business School
University of Oxford
Park End Street


Maryam Pasha has taken some of the world's most challenging, complex and important ideas and transformed them into high-impact stories for every kind of audience - from billionaire philanthropists to school kids in East London.

Maryam's mission is to bring life to ideas, give speakers the tools and confidence to present them brilliantly, and to create platforms that let the world hear them.

As director of TEDxLondon, TEDxLondonWomen and before that TEDxEastEnd, she has been coaching TEDx and TED speakers for ten years. The talks she has published have influenced UK government policy, been distributed by TED to over ten million viewers, and most importantly helped young people use their voice to make change.

In 2015 Maryam started X Equals to support individuals and teams bring life to their ideas through events design, curation, storytelling and pitch coaching. She currently works with a number of organisations focused on fighting climate change to help shape their strategy and communications towards major donors and has coached over 500 startups to pitch their ideas and business plans for investment.

Maryam's background is in psychology and human rights, and she previously worked as Head of Events for the Migrants Rights Network and ran the first funding program aimed at refugee social entrepreneurs at UnLtd. She attended McGill University in Montreal and has a Masters in Refugee Care from Essex University and Tavistock Clinic. In 2020 she was chosen as an honorary Master of the University by the Open University.