Five Pakistanis, including a woman footballer from Chitral, have made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 list of entrepreneurs and game-changers.
According to Forbes, a total of 300 names were chosen for the 30 Under 30 Asia list from over 2,000 entries, which were heavily researched by a team of reporters and vetted by an A-list of judges.
Karishma Ali, 21
Karishma Ali, who belongs to Chitral, “is currently the only female football player from her hometown playing national and international club level”, says Forbes. Ali has represented Pakistan at the Jubilee Games in Dubai and also founded the Chitral Women’s Sports Club.
Ahmed Rauf Essa, 27
Ahmed Rauf Essa co-founded Telemart, which Forbesdescribes as “one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Pakistan, while in business school at the age of 23”.
Laila Kasuri, 29
Laila Kasuri is currently a water analyst with Global Green Growth Investment’s Policy Solutions Division. Forbes said that 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”.
Zainab Bibi, 29
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 bio-fuel from waste tissue paper, and introduced Camelina Sativa, a drought-resistant plant that can be made into bio-diesel,” said the publication.
Zain Ashraf Mughal, 28
Zain Ashraf Mughal founded Seed Out ─ a non-profit, non-religious and non-political crowdfunding platform ─ four years ago. It has raised over 600 entrepreneurs in four cities across Pakistan since then, with average funding of Rs90,000 per person.