Pakistanis On Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List 2018
You see any forum that decides to shed light on the positive side of Pakistan, will proudly tell you about the youth, which is a whopping 60% of Pakistan’s total population. With seven entries on the 30 Under 30 Asia list for the year 2018, below are some of the names as highlighted by Forbes in their announcement on The Pakistans Who Made Forbes’ 30 Under 30 List.
Founder Pixel Art Academy
Self-taught video game producer and developer, Sadia Bashir is one who knows no bounds when it comes to breaking stereotypes. In a public announcement, an ecstatic Sadia Bashir shares,
“It’s a huge honor for me to be selected among Forbes 30 Under 30 in Asia in Enterprise Technology. As a woman in the technology field, I’ve been asked a lot of questions over the years about my job in the game development and game design gield, and the gaming industry that I belong to.
Its been 8 years working in the Industry now and more than two years since running my startup PixelArt Games Academy, along the way, I represented Pakistan on many platforms, availed opportunities to teach the world about, what Pakistan is all about, and how women are breaking barriers in every industry here. However, there is still very less representation of women in Tech and my goal is to do my part to enable more women in Tech in Pakistan. I am currently working on few projects and will share the details soon.
My efforts and work have been recognized internationally many times before but I am truly humbled to be in Forbes 30 Under 30. Achievement unlocked!”
Founders of Healthcare Startup Neurostic
The healthcare angels: 24 year olds duo Muhammad Asad Raza and Abrahim Shah, who are the brains behind healthcare startup Neurostic have been selected for their work which includes the provision of low cost and high quality wearable and implantable medical devices for the developing world.
17 year old Muhammad Shaheer Niazi, is well on his way to becoming a becoming a full-fledged scientist with his research to find grounds in the field of biomedicine. His work has already been published in the prestigious Royal Society Open Science journal, and he is the first teenager to have photographed the movement of ions, capturing the charged ions that create the honeycomb.
Adnan Shaffi and Adeel Shaffi, cofounders of PriceOye
The brother-duo behind the price comparison portal PriceOye, founded in 2015, have also been selected. The main focus area for the portal is second and third-tier cities in Pakistan, where using data analytics, they provide marketing information to retailers, to find the best deals for consumers. According to Forbes, their website has had 805,000 visits in the past month.
Bondh-E-Shams (Droplets of the sun) is the brainchild of Hamza Farrukh, who set up a solar water project to give access to clean water and tackle water scarcity in under-resourced villages in Pakistan. As Forbes reports, “they have setup two solar-powered wells — the first ever of its kind — to supply clean water to 1,500 residents of a small village in Pakistan. One pump can supply clean water to some 5,000 people every day. The 24-year-old is a graduate of Williams College and the University of Oxford. He works as a portfolio solutions strategist with Goldman Sachs in London.”
23 year old Syed Faizan Hussain, Founder of Perihelion Systems, is working to support products that use technology for bettering lives. Some of these include:
- Edu-Aid, a sign language translating software;
- One Health, a disease surveillance and tracking system used to predict outbreaks and alert health institutions to expedite intervention;
- Glove Gauge, wearable technology to facilitate professional production processes such as measurements.
Lastly, artist Momina Mustehsan has also made the list!
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