Five Pakistanis and a startup are doing the country proud as they represent their homeland under the prestigious Forbes 30 under 30 Asia 2019 list.
From exhibiting groundbreaking flair in technology to dominating on the playing field with strength and sheer talent, the 2019 list by Forbes is paying accolades to these young Pakistanis who are shining brighter to make the world a better place.
1- Zainab Bibi
Founder of Pakistan Society for Green Energy, 29-year-old Zainab established the company in 2013 to develop new methods of renewable energy.
Forbes profiles Zainab’s company as: “Since its founding, the company has successfully developed a bio-fuel from waste tissue paper, and introduced Camelina Sativa, a drought-resistant plant that can be made into bio-diesel.”
2- Zain Ashraf Mughal
The CEO and founder of crowdfunding non-profit platform Seed Out aims to alleviate poverty through his startup that has till now, put 1,600 children back into school and has raised over 600 entrepreneurs in four Pakistani cities with a funding over Rs900,000 per person on average.
3- Karishma Ali
Youngest in the list of Pakistanis named, the 21-year-old sports enthusiast hails from Chitral and has founded the Chitral Women’s Sports Club in the region as well.
The footballer who has also represented Pakistan in Dubai at the Jubilee Games is said by the publication to be “the only female football player from her hometown playing national and international club level.”
4- Laila Kasuri
The 29-year-old water analyst at the Global Green Growth Investment’s Policy Solutions Division has been part of researches at notable organizations like the World Bank as well.
“She has led research at organisations 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”, Forbes has stated.
5- Ahmed Rauf Essa
Co-founder of Telemart, 27-year-old Essa is running one of the largest e-commerce platforms in the country with an extensive wholesale channel catering to over 500 online dealers.
Essa has been running the company since he was enrolled in business school at the age of 23.
6- Roshni Rides
Groundbreaking transport service for women in the country, Roshni Rides is run by four bright young individuals Gia Farooqi, Hanaa Lakhani, Hasan Usmani and Moneeb Mian.
Forbes has stated about the company: “The four co-founders wanted to provide a 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.”