The Pakistan Daily presents 30 of the most influential, innovative and inspirational individuals in 2021.
#1 – Malala Yousafzai – Age: 23 – Nobel Laureate
“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” – Malala Yousafzai
As a teenager, Malala had already done more for education in Pakistan than any other activist at the periphery of their lives.
Born in a generally patriarchal society, Malala faced insurmountable odds in the path to her education.
Hailing from Mingora, a place where the Taliban had prohibited education for women, Malala was not one to let myopic versions of reality direct her life.
Even at the age of 11, when children seldom realise the importance of education, Malala was writing a blog for BBC Urdu detailing life under Taliban rule.
At just 15, Malala Yousafzai was shot in the head by the Taliban for raising her voice for girl’s education.
But what distinguishes Malala from any other activist in the world is that she single-handedly took on the Taliban, and won.
Her assailants have long been forgotten but Malala rose to become the world’s youngest Nobel laureate at the tender age of 17.
Malala used her global recognition to raise awareness about the causes she was passionate about, primarily, girls’ education.
After reading Philosophy, Politics and Economics at the prestigious Oxford University, Malala is continuing to campaign for girls’ education across the world.
She is currently the co-founder of Malala Fund alongside her father, Ziauddin Yousafzai. Malala Fund invests in education advocates and activists who are challenging the policies and practices that prevent girls from going to school in their communities.
Malala Fund works in the communities of Afghanistan, Brazil, Ethiopia, India, Lebanon, Nigeria, Pakistan and Turkey.
The fund supports 12 “Education Champions” in Pakistan who in innovative ways to enable women education in Pakistan.
In an exclusive conversation with The Pakistan Daily, Malala Yousafzai said: “I am heartened to see so many young people in Pakistan speaking out on issues that affect their communities – from women’s rights to climate change to education. I support them and I hope our country’s leaders will listen to young people’s ideas for building a better future for Pakistan.”
Due to the prodigious impact Malala has had in promoting girl’s education across the world, The Pakistan Daily is proud to feature Malala as Number 1 in TPD’s 30 Under 30 List.
#2 – Qasim Asad Salam – Age 29 – Tech Millionaire
“I feel most comfortable outside my comfort zone”. – Qasim Asad Salam
Ever since he built his first website at the tender age of 11, Qasim Asad Salam’s obsession with disruptive technology knew no bounds. When his peers were playing video games and sports, Qasim was working on how he could fundamentally change the world. And he did.
A journey full of anguish, failure and trials resulted in insurmountable success, making Qasim a self-made multi-millionaire before the age of 30. (In $)
One of Qasim’s companies, RemoteBase, recently raised $1.4 million in a round led by Aatif Awan (Former VP Linkedin) and other Silicon Valley investors.
Capitalising on the pandemic, Qasim built a company that enables Pakistani engineers to work for US-based companies through remote working.
In just 24 hours, Qasim’s company matches high performing software engineering teams with companies across the world in less than 24 hours.
Even after becoming super loaded, Qasim says that money was never his motivation and he still has a long way to go.
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily, Qasim said: “If money was my motivation, I probably wouldn’t have been where I am.”
US billionaire Tim Draper said: “Knowing Qasim and having seen him work right outside my office, I can say that he and his team are going to take Remotebase to the moon. We are so proud of what they have achieved so far, and are looking forward to helping him and his team on this incredible journey”.
#3 – Aliza Ayaz – Age 22 – United Nations Goodwill Ambassador
Aliza Ayaz’s entrepreneurial story is one that filmmakers would usually only dream of. It has all the perfect ingredients for an ambitious young woman working against the odds to launch a not-for-profit business that fulfils her lifelong purpose. And, a not-for-profit business that became wildly successful beyond what anyone thought possible.
Except, this isn’t a story of fiction. This is the story of Aliza Ayaz, founder of Climate Action Society (CAS), which is the world’s youngest and most holistic climate consultancy. By joining CAS, you have access to thousands of historical, modern and evolving perspectives on sustainability where you can easily book consulting sessions to help change your business/brand model into one that’s carbon-neutral and convenient.
Aliza also worked in the UK’s Green Homes Grant and Kickstart schemes – headliners in the Kingdom’s fight to stave off unemployment and energy pollution and costs.
She was also scouted as a model by IMG models in London and has featured in VogueArabia, Marie Claire and Diva Magazine.
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily, Aliza said: “The young generation needs to be exposed to the idea that human desires and resources are constantly changing and that the best approach towards sustainability is to achieve not order, but rather ‘managed chaos’.”
#4 – Ahmed Nawaz – Age: 20 – Activist for Education, Youth Empowerment and Peace
“I want to send a message to those terrorists that even if they attack us, they cannot stop us from getting an education.” – Ahmad Nawaz
A 19-year-old boy was shot in an attack on Army Public School, Peshawar by the Taliban on 16th December 2014 in which 150 students and teachers were brutally massacred. His younger brother Haris was also killed in that attack and Ahmad himself was seriously injured after being shot in the upper arm. His treatment could not be done in Pakistan, so the Pakistani government sent him to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Birmingham, UK for treatment. His surgeries in the UK were successful but the trauma that Ahmad and his family had to go through was inevitable.
After that terrible incident Ahmad started a campaign to promote education and its importance in Pakistani society as he believes that the strength of the society lies within the education of the younger generation. Ahmad believes that the only way to defeat terrorism and make this world a peaceful place to live is if we provide all children with the opportunities they need.
Ahmed studied in Eton College before going to Oxford to read Philosophy and Theology at Lady Margaret Hall, the same alma mater of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto and rights activist Malala Yousafzai.
Ahmad Nawaz is an Ambassador of the Anne Frank organisation, Oxford Foundation and a Global Youth Ambassador with World Merit org. Ahmad is also recently leading a nationwide campaign called ‘ACT’ launched by UK government on 22nd March 2018. The main aim of this campaign is to encourage people to speak out.
He has won many award including the Prime Minister’s Point of Light award – 2019, UK and Europe young person of the year award – 2017 and Pride of Britain’s Award – 2019.
#5 – Mohammad Ali – Differently Abled Prodigy
“I would like you to close your eyes. Think, if your eyes are shut, what can you see? Darkness, I presume. Think that you spend your whole life this way.” – Mohammad Ali
Mohammad Ali has redefined how differently-abled people are perceived. Full of confidence, vigour and strength, Mohammad is one of the most inspirational people in this list.
Born in a political family, Ali had all the comforts his privilege could provide. However, his parents later divorced, and according to Ali, it was due to him being differently-abled, because of the perceived embarrassment it caused in Pakistani society.
Instead of shying away from his story, Mohammad owns it, and tells the world how he overcame insurmountable odds to become one of the best public speakers in Pakistan.
Currently a student at NYU Abu Dhabi, Ali is majoring in Legal studies and Philosophy. He has done a lot of social work for women’s empowerment, transgender rights and the inclusion of people with mental and physical disabilities. He is passionate about uplifting socially marginalized groups and establishing equality in society.
Ali is passionate about the importance of treating people with disabilities equally and including them in the mainstream discourse. Ali argues that rather than the disabilities themselves, social biases and stigmas shackle people with disabilities and hinder their ability to flourish in society.
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily, Ali said: “If you’re actually living, there will be millions of obstacles in your life. In situations like these you will have hundreds of options but giving up is not one of them. Believe in yourself no matter what, learn from every opportunity that comes your way, embrace the pain you have and overcome it by your purpose, face your challenges up front but be kind to others along the way and you will realize that one life is enough to impact one million around you.”
His favourite quote is: “The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision.” – Helen Keller.
Ali’s sister said: “Calling disabled people inspirational does not take away the responsibility of inclusion from the society on the whole. In fact, if I inspire you, tell me what this inspiration has motivated you to do practically.”
#6 – Momin Saqib – Age: 26 – Social Entrepreneur
Momin Saqib initially made history by getting elected as the first Non-EU President of the King’s College London Students’ Union in 144 years and being awarded an Honourary Life Membership with a permanent plaque at the famous Bush House.
He is the co-founder of Tayaba.org – an organisation working to address the plight of the impoverished and water-deprived communities in Pakistan, transforming lives through their innovative H2O wheels which ease the accessibility, storage and transportation of water, especially in rural areas of Pakistan like Tharparkar in Sindh.
More recently, Momin has become a welcomed member of the Pakistani showbiz industry, establishing an impressive presence among seasoned senior actors. Much before the release of his silver screen debut ‘Dam Mastam’, he has been seen acting in two dramas. Momin has received positive feedback for his extraordinary performance in the much talked about television drama ‘Raqs-e-Bismil’, showing another side of his multi-faceted personality.
The Overseas Pakistani Foundation gave Momin the title of the ‘Pride of Pakistan’ in 2017.
In March 2021, Momin was awarded as a Commonwealth Youth COVID-19 Hero for the charitable initiative he co-founded with a team of volunteers in March 2020 called “One Million Meals”. The initiative, backed by football legend David Beckham (in line with targets of the UN SDG #2: Zero Hunger) was an emergency response to the COVID-19 crisis in the UK, providing NHS staff and other key workers, including police, school staff, and firefighters, with free nutritious meals.
Led by volunteers, the initiative has to date provided over 100,000 meals and beverages in more than 200 locations through 47 hospitals, trusts and food banks.
Over the years, Momin has frequently been invited as a speaker by various local and international institutions and organisations across the globe, including TEDx , AIESEC, and several national and international educational institutions.
#7 – Zahra Khan – Age 29 – Culinary Artist
The proud owner of the Feya and Dyce cafes in Knightsbridge and Oxford Street, Zahra Khan has redefined what it means to be a successful female entrepreneur.
Born in a culturally stereotypical society, Zahra was told that women were “supposed to be homemakers” and “belonged in the kitchens at home”.
However, this did not deter her from achieving her goals. After graduating from celebrity chef Gordan Ramsay’s culinary academy, Zahra opened her own cafes in London which have taken the city by storm.
She founded Feya café in Central London at the same time when she became a mother and drove her business to a humungous success, increasing the team size from 5 to 30.
After her major success, she received over 100 franchise applications for her cafes, that too without any formal listing!
Zahra has also launched an initiative to empower women and reduce gender gap, with 10% of the profits from Feya’s retail line of chocolates, jams and teas funnelling into the cause. Each product carries its own unique message of empowerment, self-awareness and motivation developed by a team of female illustrators.
Zahra has also been in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list.
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily, Zahra said: “Don’t give up on your dreams no matter how big or small they might be. If you care about something, you should not give up on it.”
#8 – Ali Hasnain Bukhari – Glamourous Bureacrat
“When the will defies fear, when duty throws the gauntlet down to fate, when honour scorns to compromise with death – that is heroism.” – Ali Hasnain Bukhari
Ali is a strong adherent of Woodrow Wilson’s apt remark: “There is no higher religion than human service and to work for the common good is the greatest creed.” The unflinching conviction to give back to the society was the underpinning of Ali’s journey in the Civil Services.
His first-ever posting was in the Law & Justice Ministry and he was a part of the team which aided the Ministry in establishing new special courts such as NEPRA, Medical etc and made courts such as Drug, Commercial, Labour, Intellectual Property Rights, Insurance etc functional.
He helped in formulating new laws for Customs Appellate Courts, Anti Smuggling Courts and Inland Revenue Appellate Courts; drafted promotion & seniority policy for the law officers & court staff; and appointed Members & Chairpersons of numerous Special Courts! The administrative matters of the majority of the special courts and tribunals fell under the administrative aegis of the section he headed.
Civil Servants are often termed as jack of all and this can be truly manifested with vast and diversified array of experience under their belt. This particular reason was enough for Ali to move to the Interior Division.
The major highlights of his career include, coordination and liaison with the Home Department of the Provinces including ICT. Integration, Repatriation, Migration and settlement of Refugees in their home countries and other countries with the aid of UNHCR & IOM. Facilitation of Afghan and Iranian Nationals in every matter
and assisting in the noting of various MOUs relating to Counter-Terrorism and Combating Terrorism
Favorite quote: “It’s better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!”
Imam Hussain A.S
#9 – Shahzaib Wahlah – 29 – War Correspondent
Galloping between Kabul and Islamabad at frequent intervals, Shahzaib Wahlah has not only witnessed the war in Afghanistan from a close range but is also the Co-recipient of PrixBayeux war correspondent Award 2020.
Wahlah is France 24’s Af-Pak correspondent since 2017 and has report on a wide array of issues ranging from the water mafia in Karachi to the plight of Hazara Shias in Afghanistan.
He’s done a wonderful visual report on Pakistan’s “dirty dancers”, who perform to entertain a largely male audience. Despite living in a conservative society, Wahlah’s journalism touches on the taboos of society.
Venturing into unchartered territory for most journalists, Wahlah takes immense pride in his ability to tell important stories from Afghanistan and Pakistan, primarily for a western audience.
More recently, Wahlah has been reporting on the protests against the French Ambassador, and is one of the key journalists with a deep insight into the banned TLP and its slow but steady rise as a political reality of Pakistan.
A no nonsense journalist, Wahlah’s favourite quote is: “Be what you want to be”.
#10 – Anooshay Arif – Age 27 – Financial Whiz Kid
“It has been an exciting journey so far. I am determined to make the best of these opportunities and create a positive impact.” – Anooshay Arif
At the young age of 27, Anooshay Arif has climbed the corporate ladder at the speed of light, becoming the Chief Financial Officer of CarFirst in Pakistan.
She spent six years at the prestigious audit firm, Ernst & Young, first as an audit associate and then as a Manager of Performance Improvement Advisory where her role included leading the establishment of the Supply Chain & Operations advisory department.
Anooshay has significant business development experience, working on proposals, benchmarking exercises and client workshops.
Now at CarFirst, Anooshay’s primary role includes Optimizing systems and processes to enable reporting on work. She has led the implementation of SAP across 4 countries within the group, established the FP&A department, streamlined business processes to boost efficiency and save costs.
Anooshay is also the main point of contact for the Global team (OLX / Naspers). She completed her Chartered Accountancy from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland
Speaking to The Pakistan Daily, Anooshay said: “I am truly humbled, thank you to The Pakistan Daily for this recognition.”
#11 – Zara Saeed – Age: 28 – Beauty Entrepreneur
”All the success lies outside your comfort zone, so take the leap of faith and pursue your dreams”. – Zara Saeed
Zara worked as a top performing HR Executive in Ufone for 2 years before embarking on her entrepreneurial journey.
The idea of Plush Natural struck her in 2018, when she found herself struggling to buy natural and organic products, made with high quality ingredients as all she could find were harmful and chemically laden, low priced products.
She decided to launch a skin and hair care product line with her partner, Taimur Salam, which had products that were handmade with premium, natural, and high quality ingredients, free of toxic and harmful chemicals.
Success wasn’t achieved on day one. Zara faced many setbacks but she believed that ”All Our Dreams Come True If We Have The Courage to Pursue Them” (Walt Disney), and thus she defied all norms and started selling her products herself in different retail stores. Her one on one interaction with customers helped to garner confidence in Pakistani products, and created a unique image of her brand in the market.
What started off as an online brand in 2018 has now more than 30 products and is available in more than 50 retail stores all over Pakistan, including Al Fatah. Today, Plush Natural stands as one of the leading brands in its category.
Zara is determined to continue growing her brand both locally and internationally, without ever compromising on the quality of her products.
#12 – Saad Riaz – The Kickstarter
Behind a humble demeanour lies one of the most innovative entrepreneurs of Pakistan who has used the tech ecosystem of Pakistan to successfully build successful real estate business.
Saad enables tech entrepreneurs, freelancers, private companies and anyone who wants premium office space at a reasonable price via his startup called Kickstart.
Originally starting from small beginnings, Kickstart has grown to become one of the largest co working space businesses in Pakistan, with 5 locations in Lahore and 1 in Karachi.
His main building in Gulberg, Lahore boasts a luxurious gym, media room and cafeteria, reflecting the growth of the co working space industry of Pakistan.
Saad’s favourite quote is “Hide your strength, bide your time” by Deng Xiaoping.
He told The Pakistan Daily: A lot of people take Xiaoping’s words as “deception” but I think he was just referring to an approach in life where you just sort of focus inwards and improve yourself instead of wasting energies on projection and confrontations.
#13 – Talha Mehboob – Age 29 – Tile Maestro
Never a high achiever in academics, Talha rose up to become one of the most successful tile entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
Starting as a realtor at age 22 working privately in Malaysia whilst pursuing his education, Talha learnt how to build relationships early on in his career.
Hailing from a textile background, Talha used his people skills to start his own tiles business at the young age of 24.
Now the Managing Director of HMT Tiles, Talha imports exotic tiles from Vietnam, Turkey, Indonesia, China, Malaysia and Iran. He has travelled across several countries extensively throughout his business journey and has been successful in not only building but also nurturing relationships with tile manufacturers and traders across the world.
His vision is to the provide the Pakistani market the most exquisite and premium quality tiles.
Partnering with some of the major players in the international market, Talha is currently launching a tile brand with an international brand partner, Fakhar Group.
Talha believes that the youth should be trained towards taking risks and starting their own journey as entrepreneurs. Start small.
His favourite quote is: “Don’t worry about failure you only have to be right once” by Drew Houston, Dropbox founder and CEO.
#14 – Hamid Jaafri – Age 25 – Property Extraordinaire
“A country’s future is determined by its youth and the worlds most successful countries are those with the greatest entrepreneurs. By taking charge of your future you can define Pakistan’s destiny.” – Hamid Jaafri told The Pakistan Daily.
Hamid Jaafri heads the leading property investment agency, ONE Investments with offices in London and Dubai.
ONE Investments has overseen transactions in excess of $800 Million USD in prime central London and Dubai.
ONE Investments was founded in 2014 by renowned entrepreneur Zeeshaan Shah and has been headed up by Hamid since 2019.
#15 – Hasib Malik – Age 28 – Fintech Hero
A graduate of the Esade Business School, Hasib Maik worked as an innovation manager before co founding CreditBook with his wife.
CreditBook is a revolutionary fintech app which seeks to empower micro, small and medium sized businesses all over Pakistan.
The app facilitates business owners by helping them keeping track of cash received and pending payments, whilst also featuring automated payment reminders.
In just six months after launching, CreditBook has over 250,000 users and raised $175,000 in pre-seed funding from investors in Pakistan’s financial and retail sectors.
Amongst credit books seed investors is renowned property entrepreneur and investor Zeeshaan Shah.
#16 – Yahya Sardar Sahi – Age 22- Social Disrupter
“Although I am an ordinary Pakistani, my dreams are sky high and I strive best to achieve the unachievable,” Yahya Sardar Sahi told The Pakistan Daily.
The President of the Pakistan Society at City, University of London, Yahya is a social disrupter who seeks to raise his voice about the causes he feels passionate about.
A social activist who has worked for the Kashmir cause, Yahya has led protests in Downing Street. Another issue close to Yahya’s heart is the respect for the Prophet Mohammad (PBUH).
Currently studying law in London, Yahya’s social activism has enabled him to see things from a more political perspective as a student.
#17 – Tooba Jamil Baig – Creative Genius
Paani Ke Pankh, a film reviewed by the President of Pakistan, Arif Alvi was produced by Tooba Jamil Baig.
The film is about the Mohmand Dam and the success of the Pakistani army in the war against terrorism and the sacrifices made by the people of Pakistan.
“The film Paani ke Pankh presents two facets: how the country fought the war on terrorism to restore peace and the importance of water,” President Arif Alvi said about the film.
Tooba, who works at J.B Films says she wants to continue to work on such national projects with the aim of taking the important issues of Pakistan to the global stage.
#18 – Mehak Gul – Age 21 – Chess Prodigy
Mehak has been playing chess since the age of 6. Since then, she has won various awards including World Woman Candidate Master.
Coached by her father, Mehak started attending international chess matches since the age of 12, and has been representing Pakistan in global Chess forums.
More recently, Mehak took part in the 42nd Chess Olympiad held in Baku, where she won six out of eleven matches.
#19 – Selena Khawaja – 12 – Mountaineering Princess
“I love climbing mountains. I can’t explain the joy I feel when I’m at the top. It’s as if you are ruling the world.” – Selena Khawaja
Only 12, Selena has summitted the Miranjani Top (2980m) a whopping 172 times! The daughter of experienced mountaineer Yousaf Khawaja, Selena knew she loved heights from a very young age.
Selena has also climbed Makra Top (3885m), Quz Sar (5765m), Mingling Sar (6050m), Wilyo Sar (6150m)
and Spantik Peak (7027m). She now wishes to climb Mount Everest.
#20 – Arsalan ‘Ash’ Siddique – Age 24 – Pro Gamer
With over $100,000 in his pocket from his gaming winnings, Ash has become the world’s best Tekken player. A frequent visitor of gaming zones since the age of four, Ash has built a career out of what he loves even if it’s something most Pakistanis don’t know about.
A high achieving student, Ash saw his studies suffer because of his gaming career. He recalls the strictness of his father when his grades fell, although everything fell into place and now, Ash has made it to the top gaming leagues in the world.
#21 – Shaheen Afridi – Age 21 – Notorious Pacer
One of the youngest emerging talents from Pakistan’s cricket scene, Shaheen Afridi has been a source of great tension for batsmen across the world.
He is also the youngest bowler to take five wickets in a World Cup match, when he took a whopping 6 wickets just for 35 runs against Bangladesh.
Originally from Landi Kotal, Afridi’s brother introduced him to the cricketing scene and since then, there’s no stopping the notorious pacer.
#22 – Iqra Aziz – Beauty with Brains
Embarking on her acting career with a television commercial at the age of 14, Iqra was soon picked up by Citrus Talent Agency. After that, there was no stopping her. She did major roles including her first lead role for 2015 romantic series Muqaddas.
She is known for her leading roles in Deewana (2016), Laaj (2016), Socha Na Tha (2016), Choti Si Zindagi (2016), Natak (2016), Gustakh Ishq (2017), Ghairat (2017), Qurban (2018), Suno Chanda (2018), Tabeer (2018), Ranjha Ranjha Kardi (2018) and Jhooti (2020).
Iqra Aziz won the Most Stylish TV actor Award at the Hum TV Style Awards in 2018.
Iqra is an ambassador for a number of brands including 7up, Nestle, Cadbury, and National Foods.
#23 – Sumail Hasan – Age 21 – Gaming Millionaire
How much money have you made from playing Dota 2? Not a lot, most probably, but Sumail has earned a whopping $2.4 million and is the third highest gamer in the world by earnings.
Embarking on his Dota 2 journey at the age of 7, Sumail ventured to the murky realms of the United States to fulfil his dream of becoming a professional gamer. He made history when he became the youngest gamer to earn $ 1 million from tournament winnings.
His gamer ID is ‘Suma1l’ and he has also made it to Time Magazine’s most influential teenagers list.
#24 – Saad Ali – Racing Guru
Saad Ali has been a passionate motorsports enthusiast throughout the years. In 2006, he got his break when he did his professional race driver�s certification.
Acing the intensive driver’s program, he enlisted in the school series at Sakhir Formula 1 Circuit, Bahrain. He qualified and finished 3rd in his very first professional race, first race, first podium, competitive lap times, matching them down to the dot to the reigning champion.
The ingredients are all present, for making a great race car driver!
Saad has won 1st Place – SWS/2F2F Endurance Championship, 3rd Place – SWS/2F2F Sprint Race Round 3, 1st Place – SWS/2F2F Endurance Race, and 5th Place – AirBlue Karting Grand Prix.
#25 Hania Amir – Age 24 – Famous Dubsmasher
As a student at FAST, Hania gained popularity after making several dubsmashs and uploading them on her social media accounts.
This led to her discovery by producer Imran Kazmi, who later cast her in a supporting role in the blockbuster romantic comedy Janaan (2016)
Hania won the nomination for the Best Supporting Actress at the Lux Style Awards for this role. She is now one of the most famous actresses in Pakistan with a social media following in the millions.
She was takes part in commercials for Garnier and Mobilink.
#26 – Babar Azam – Age 26 – Hard Hitter
At just 26, Babar Azam is not only the captain of the Pakistani Cricket Team but he has also achieved the number one ranking for any ODI batsmen in the ICC in 2021.
He is the cousin of cricketing brothers Kamran Akmal and Umar Akmal and got motivated to play cricket by them. He is widely considered the best contemporary batsmen in the world.
Babar has scored 19 international centuries, 5 in Test matches and 13 in One Day Internationals and 1 in T20.
#27 – Asad J Malik – Hologram Pioneer
24-year-old Asad is the CEO of Jadu AR, a mobile application that helps users create holograms.
In 2016, Malik moved to the United States from Pakistan for college and subsequently became a pioneer in using augmented reality for storytelling.
His breakthrough project called Terminal 3 featured the lives of young muslim immigrants.
Asad is now living the life in Los Angeles and is working with Verizon to use Augmented Reality for education.
#28 – Danish Dhamani – Silent Millionaire
Danish Dhamani is the co-founder of Orai, a tech start up which works in Artificial Intelligence. He grew up in East Africa but moved to the United States.
Now, companies like Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Comcast and IBM and individuals pay $10 per month to Dhamani’s company and he has 5,000 active monthly users.
His startup has raised $2.3 million in seed funding.
#29 – Faizan Bhatty – Ad Innovator
Faizan Bhatty co-founded Halo Cars with Kenan Saleh whilst studying at the prestigious University of Pennsylvania.
He found a way to create new ad space on rideshare vehicles and a monetisation method for Uber and Lyft drivers to earn more money.
Bhatty created digital screen in cars, which showed hyper targeted ads. His startup raised $500,000 and was then sold to Lyft in less than a year since its inception.
#30 – Hannia Zia – Tech Mentor
After studying Computer Science at the prestigious Yale University, worked for Google as a Product Manager. She launched the Google Pay app in Singapore, integrated with Singapore’s top 3 banks, DBS, OCBC and Standard Chartered for peer to peer payments.
More recently, she has become a mentor for Venture for Pakistan and now seeks to play a positive role in the tech ecosystem of Pakistan.
Hania is now mentoring 19 Fellows out of a pool of ~1000 applicants for the inaugural Fellows S20 Cohort.