Forbes, the prestigious American Business Journal which has a following of more than 100 million readers across the globe has just posted its annual list of young entrepreneurs from Asia under the title ’30 Under 30 Asia List’.
This year around, five Pakistanis and a startup have made it to the list. They are amongst the 30 people from 24 countries of the Asia Pacific region which is a huge feat and a proud moment for Pakistan. Pakistanis who excelled in social entrepreneurship, technology enterprises, and health care funds were highlighted in the list.
Here are the four Pakistanis featured in the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia 2019 List.
Founder – Seed Out
Zain Ashraf is the founder of Seed Out, Pakistan’s first crowdfunding platform that works to end poverty by establishing entrepreneurs with interest-free micro-financing. Donors can choose to donate or lend to projects listed on the nonprofit’s website and can track progress along the way. When repayment is made, the organization helps to reinvest the sum into other projects. According to the company, Seed Out has a 97% repayment rate and has helped 538 locals raise funding. In 2018, Ashraf won the Commonwealth Youth Award for his efforts in development work.
Water Analyst, Global Green Growth Institute
Healthcare & Science
As climate change takes its toll on the developing world, water specialists like Laila Kasuri are becoming increasingly important in taking a preventative approach to sustainability. Kasuri is currently a water analyst with Global Green Growth Investment’s Policy Solutions Division and has led the research at organizations 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.
A women-friendly carpooling service
Enterprise Technology 2019
Roshni Rides is a women’s friendly carpooling platform for commuters based in Pakistan and founded by Hanaa Lakhani, Hasan Usmani, Gia Farooqi and Moneeb Mian. The four Rutgers classmates wanted to provide reliable transportation service for refugees, and their company arranges affordable rickshaw rides along designated routes between a refugee camp and common destinations such as markets and hospitals. The idea helped Roshni Rides win the $1 million Hult Prize in 2017, and the team is now focused on working with companies to provide safe rides for female employees in the country.
President – Chitral Women’s Sports Club
Entertainment & Sports
Karishma Ali of Chitral, Pakistan is currently the only female football player from her hometown playing national and international club level. She has represented Pakistan at the Jubilee Games in Dubai, and her team was the first women’s team from Pakistan to participate in the AFL International Cup. Ali is also the founder of the Chitral Women’s Sports Club.
Founder – Pakistan Society For Green Energy (PSGE)
Industry, Manufacturing & Energy
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 biofuel from waste tissue paper, and introduced Camelina Sativa, a drought-resistant plant that can be made into bio-diesel. In 2016 Bibi was honored with a Queen’s Young Leaders Award for her success in creating public support in Pakistan for environmentally friendly initiatives.
Ahmed Rauf Essa
Co-Founder – Telemart
Retail & Ecommerce
Ahmed Rauf Essa cofounded Telemart, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Pakistan, while in business school at the age of 23. Outside of B2C, the company also has an extensive wholesale channel which caters to more than 500 dealers online and is an end-to-end solutions provider for major firms such as P&G, Lucky Cement, and Ufone.