Forbes announced yesterday its fourth annual “30 Under 30 Asia” list, featuring 300 young disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs across Asia, all under the age of 30, who are challenging conventional wisdom and rewriting the rules for the next generation. This year’s Forbes 30 Under 30 list had 6 Pakistanis who are making the nation proud. The list includes individuals from different sectors i.e E-commerce, Social Entrepreneurs, Industry Manufacturing & Healthcare.
Ahmed Rauf Essa (Co-Founder Telemart)
Ahmed Rauf Essa is a business graduate from IOBM. During his education, he started Telemart at the age of 23. Telemart is now considered to be among the Top 3 E-commerce companies in Pakistan and the only one to have an omnichannel presence with its retail stores & franchises across Pakistan. Ahmed Rauf Essa is the only Pakistani entrepreneur to win 7 Global & 2 National Awards at the age of 27. He has been a jury member for 7 Global Awards & was also selected as Rising Star by the world retail congress.
Zainab Bibi (Founder, Pakistan Society for Green Energy)
Zainab Bibi established the Pakistan Society for Green Energy in 2013 to develop new methods of renewable energy. Since its founding, the company has successfully developed a biofuel from waste tissue paper, and introduced Camelina Sativa, a drought-resistant plant that can be made into bio-diesel. In 2016 Bibi was honored with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her success in creating public support in Pakistan for environmentally friendly initiatives.
Zain Ashraf (Founder, Seed Out)
Zain Ashraf is the founder of Seed Out, Pakistan’s first crowdfunding platform that works to end poverty by establishing entrepreneurs with interest-free micro-financing. Donors can choose to donate or lend to projects listed on the nonprofit’s website and can track progress along the way. When repayment is made, the organization helps to reinvest the sum into other projects. According to the company, Seed Out has a 97% repayment rate and has helped 538 locals raise funding. In 2018, Ashraf won the Commonwealth Youth Award for his efforts in development work.
Roshni Rides is a women’s friendly carpooling platform for commuters based in Pakistan and founded by Hanaa Lakhani, Hasan Usmani, Gia Farooqi and Moneeb Mian. The four Rutgers classmates wanted to provide reliable transportation service for refugees, and their company arranges affordable rickshaw rides along designated routes between a refugee camp and common destinations such as markets and hospitals. The idea helped Roshni Rides win the $1 million Hult Prize in 2017, and the team is now focused on working with companies to provide safe rides for female employees in the country.
Karishma Ali of Chitral, Pakistan is currently the only female football player from her hometown playing national and international club level. She has represented Pakistan at the Jubilee Games in Dubai, and her team was the first women’s team from Pakistan to participate in the AFL International Cup. Ali is also the founder of the Chitral Women’s Sports Club.
As climate change takes its toll on the developing world, water specialists like Laila Kasuri are becoming increasingly important in taking a preventative approach to sustainability. Kasuri is currently a water analyst with Global Green Growth Investment’s Policy Solutions Division and has led the research at organizations such as the World Bank, the US Army Corps of Engineers, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences on climate-smart irrigation, flood risk reduction, and river basin planning.
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