Top Five Pakistani’s in Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia List


It is a moment of pride for Pakistanis once again as five Pakistani start-ups have made their way to Forbes. This is clear that Pakistan has immense talent and it just needs a platform of recognition.

The Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list of entrepreneurs and game-changers is where you get recognition and appreciation across the world. The chosen Pakistani fellows have their own expertise and specialties which made them stand out proud with other twenty-five people from different places.

They are a source of inspiration for young Pakistanis as they can also earn the credit for making a difference in their respective fields.

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The top 30 best people are chosen from 24 countries of the Asia Pacific region from where almost 300 young individuals get selected in the list from over 2,000 entrants. Then the next step, the selectees are heavily researched by a team of reporters and vetted by an A-list of judges to ensure transparency and fairness.

Karishma Ali

The sports girl of Pakistan from Chitral region also the president and founder of Chitral Women’s Sports Club Karishma Ali is currently the only female football player from her hometown. She plays at the national club level and has represented Pakistan at the Jubilee Games in Dubai.

Zain Ashraf

The founder of Seed Out, a start-up which is Pakistan’s first crowd-funding platform designed to help entrepreneurs with interest-free micro-financing. A non-profit, non-religious and non-political platform began four years ago has raised over 600 entrepreneurs in four cities across Pakistan and planning to extend.

Ahmed Rauf Essa

Pakistanis have not left out the field of E-commerce and to entertain that Ahmed Rauf Essa co-founded one of the largest e-commerce platforms, Telemart, in Pakistan. Initiated the project in business school at the age of 23, Ahmed ‘s company has developed a far-reaching wholesale channel to cater more than 500 dealers online.

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Laila Kasuri

A Pakistan based Water Analyst was included in Science and Healthcare category. Currently, she is associated with Global Green Investment Policy Solutions Division. She has done research at organizations such as the US Army Corps of Engineers, the World Bank, and the UC Davis Center for Watershed Sciences on flood risk reduction, climate-smart irrigation, and river basin planning.

Zainab Bibi

She founded the Pakistan Society For Green Energy (PSGE), in 2013 to develop new methods of renewable energy. Her company’s achievement includes successfull development of biofuel from waste tissue paper, and the introduction of Camelina Sativa, a drought-resistant plant that can be converted into bio-diesel.