4 young Pakistanis who have made it to the Forbes 30 under 30. Find out who they are and what are they up to!
The Forbes 30 under 30 list for Asia is out! It is a measure of success, greatness and achievement that signifies global impact. The yearly acclaimed list features 300 young entrepreneurs across the Asia region who are driving positive change and innovation amid global economic uncertainty and a challenging environment. And among the 30, we have 5 Pakistanis – what a moment to be proud amongst all the chaos that surrounds us.
We do wonder though, do we give enough credit and appreciation to these achievers who rep their country far and beyond?
Well, in our efforts to correct the narrative and make sure we play our part in awarding recognition where rightfully deserved, we focus on these 5 promising citizens of the nation who have made their global mark.
1. Ayesha Mubarak Ali
A Pakistani visual tech artist, Ayesha Mubarak Ali made it to the Forbes 30 Under 30 list for Asia for creating her own fusion between digital artistic methods and technology to delve into themes of light pollution, identity politics and what the future of humanity may look like.
FUCHSIA featured Ayesha 2 years ago in an article and to see her name in the Forbes list felt like having a front seat to her achievement and perhaps, a little more personal. She’s had inventive styling abilities and exceptional craftmanship. She is an ally of women’s rights and has portrayed her views aptly by her liberal and imaginative considerations through her style projects.
Her designs reflect a woman’s strong personality and her approach towards a woman’s imagination and personification is applaudable. She always aimed to be one of the best mixed media designers globally and made it happen!
The best of all, we couldn’t believe our eyes when we found out Ayesha is the Pakistani artist to collaborate with NASA scientists, and in 2022, her art was sent to the International Space Station. So her art is …literally – out of the world! What an achievement of a lifetime – take a bow Ayesha!
2. Anas Niazi
When we saw his name in the Forbes list – we had a flashback, one that made us feel particularly happy.
As a writer, being personally a witness to Anas’s passion and advocation for mechatronics in university when we barely heard about bionics, we were so amazed by the possibilities this opened up for people who seek a life solution regarding bionic limbs.
Asad is a mechatronics engineer who is the founder and CEO of Bioniks. Bioniks is not just entrepreneurship but much much more than that. A social enterprise, developing low-cost bionic arms using 3D printing technology which custom creates prosthetics for users to be able to do daily tasks that require to manipulate objects using robotic fingers.
The prosthetics are also connected to a software that is able to update them, they have a significant impact for people who can not afford traditional prosthetics. Helping people live better and happier lives one hand a time.
3. Shershah Hassan and Waleed Amjad Islam
The founders of the Buy now, Pay Kal start- up, Shershah and Waleed made waves in the field of finance and venture capital when they launched KalPay. The above is a shariah compliant start up that allows buyers to buy immediately but pay later. They wanted to focus on reaching Pakistan’s vast Muslim population and provide financial access in a country where credit card usage is still barely 1%.
They have even partnered with tech companies such as foodpanda and Muawin – they are able to extend its reach and offer a convenient and accessible solution for transactions.
The recognition of their contributions are not just merely personal but tremendous to the growth of their respective industries in Pakistan. They serve inspiration for our future generations to be able to come forward as innovators and entrepreneurs. Here is hoping our nation is able to continue its journey towards a future that is embedded in creativity, diversity, and positive change.