Pride of Pakistan | Meet 5 youngsters who made it to ‘Forbes 30 under 30’ this year

5 Pakistanis and startups have made it to Forbes 30 under 30 list, featuring entrepreneurs and game-changers from all over the world who have cast an unprecedented impression at such a young age.

Forbes says that “entrepreneurs and game-changers, representing 23 countries and territories in the Asia-Pacific region” were chosen to be featured on the honourable list.

“From innovating in technology and disrupting age-old industries to demonstrating immense talent and dominating the world stage (cue in Naomi Osaka), this group of young stars shines in more ways than one” – the magazine said about the nominations. 

Meet the immensely talented Pakistanis and startups who made it to the list this year. 

Ahmed Rauf Essa

The co-founder of Telemart, Ahmed Rauf Essa is described as one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Pakistan, while in business school at the age of 23″ by Forbes.

“Outside of B2C, the company also has an extensive wholesale channel which caters to more than 500 dealers online, and is an end-to-end solutions provider for major firms such as P&G, Lucky Cement and Ufone” – it read. 

Laila Kasuri

A water analyst with Global Green Growth Investment’s Policy Solutions Division and is a lead researcher at prestigious organizations like 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 – Pakistan’s Laila Kasuri is also on the list.
“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”– Forbes wrote about her.

Karishma Ali

Karishma Ali “is the first girl from her hometown to have played football at a national and international level” (Forbes). She represented Pakistan in Jubilee Games in Dubai and her team was also the first Pakistani woman team to participate in AFL International Cup. She is also the founder of Chitral Women’s Sports Club.

Zainab Bibi

The founder of Pakistan Society for Green Energy, Zainab Bano’s initiative is dedicated to developing new methods of renewable energy. Ever since it was founded in 2013, it has introduced Camelina Sativa (a drought-resistant plant that can be made into bio-diesel) and developed a biofuel from waste tissue paper (Source: Forbes)
She was honoured with Queen’s Young Leaders Award for creating public support in Pakistan for environmentally friendly initiatives in 2016.

Zain Ashraf Mughal

The founder of Seed Out, Zain Ashraf Mughal, is also on the list. Seed Out is 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. (source: GEO)He also won the Commonwealth Youth Award for his efforts in 2018.

Roshni Rides

Roshni Rides is a woman-friendly carpooling service for commuters based in Pakistan. The founders are Hasan Usmani, Gia Farooqi, Moneed Mian and Hanaa Lakhani.

”The four Rutgers classmates 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, Forbes said. The idea helped Roshni Rides win the $1 million Hult Prize in 2017, and the team are now focused on working with companies to provide safe rides for female employees in the country.”

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