Pakistan, People, Young

Pakistanis in Young Global Leaders list

The Forum of Young Global Leaders is a multistakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year, the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals worldwide. Together, they form a powerful international community that can dramatically impact the global future.

Following Pakistanis have been listed in this community since 2006.

Amir Jahangir, Chief Executive Officer, Mishal (2010)
Amir Jahangir is a strategic communication and media professional and currently the Chief Executive Officer of Mishal Pakistan. Previously he had joined SAMAA TV as Chief Executive Officer in 2008. He is Program Advisor to Stanford Research Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He has recently launched his non-profit AGAHI to improve the state of investigative journalism in Pakistan. In the development sector, he has been working closely with the Government of Pakistan on media development, creating innovative models for healthcare delivery mechanisms and communication, advising it on skill development, sector development reforms and improving Pakistan’s competitiveness. He is one of the pioneers in creating industry-academia linkage between media and the Higher Education Commission. Jahangir was part of the launch team of the Competitiveness Support Fund, the first joint venture initiative of USAID and the Government of Pakistan. He earned the title “Most Innovative Strategist” for developing a comprehensive strategy for Executive Opinion Surveys for Global Competitiveness Rankings to collect soft data on Pakistan. He also managed Pakistan’s partnership for the Global Competitiveness Network of the World Economic Forum.

Hina Rabbani Khar, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Pakistan (2008)
1999, BSc (Hons), Lahore University of Management Sciences; 2001, MSc in Management, University of Massachusetts. Businesswoman. Affiliated with PML(Q). Formerly: Parliamentary Secretary for Economic Affairs and Statistics; Minister of State for Economic Affairs Division; Financial Advisor, Shaukat Aziz government; currently member, PPP. Member, Young Parliamentarians Forum, Pakistan. Recognized as one of the 245 leading executives, public figures and intellectuals. Interests: riding, reading and travelling.

Imtiaz Ali, Researcher, Analyst and Fellow, Institute for Social Policy and Understanding (2009)
MA in Journalism and MA in Political Science, Peshawar University, Pakistan. Journalist specializing in Pakistan’s tribal belt along the Afghanistan border. Formerly, with English language newspapers: The News; Dawn. 2001, with Pashto Service, BBC; reported on Pakistan’s military operations against al-Qaeda militants in tribal region. 2006-07, Knight Journalism Fellow, Stanford University; 2008, World Fellow, Yale University. Author.

Kasim M. Kasuri, Chief Executive Officer, Beaconhouse School System (2009)
Kasim Kasuri has been Chief Executive Officer of the Beaconhouse School System since 2004. Established in 1975, Beaconhouse is one of the largest private school networks in the world with over 180,000 students in eight countries. Kasuri is passionate about change in the educational status-quo and has been involved in a number of radical school initiatives including the establishment of TNS Beaconhouse – a “school of tomorrow” based in Lahore, Pakistan, which espouses project-based, experiential learning. He is also actively involved in the development of the school network across Asia, Middle East and Europe. From 1996 to 2004, Kasuri was Chief Executive Officer of Beaconhouse-Informatics, a large chain of IT institutes in Pakistan offering corporate training and IT degrees. He has always maintained an interest in technology and publishing and managed to combine both when he launched Pakistan’s first computer magazine in 1988 while at the Lahore American School. Kasuri completed his Bachelor’s degree in 1994 from Tufts University in Massachusetts, USA, followed by a Master’s degree from the Lahore School of Economics in 1996.

Mir Ibrahim Rahman, Chief Executive Officer, GEO TV Network (2011)

Muhammad Ali Tabba, Chief Executive Officer, Lucky Cement (2010)
Muhammad Ali Tabba is the Chief Executive of Lucky Cement, part of the Yunus Brothers Group in Pakistan with diversified interests in textiles, energy, cement and other construction-related sectors. Tabba also heads Yunus Textile Mills, a state-of-the art home textiles unit with subsidiaries in the United States, Europe and Canada. As a graduate in Commerce, he started his career in a small family-owned commodity trading business with Yunus Brothers in 1990, which eventually expanded and acquired its own fleet of textile mills and now owns the largest cement manufacturing plant in the country. Due to his extensive engagement in many community welfare projects, Tabba also sits on the Board of Governors at numerous universities, institutions and foundations. Tabba also runs the Group’s own Aziz Tabba Foundation with welfare projects in education, health and housing. The Foundation also operates a kidney hospital and a state-of-the-art cardiac hospital.

Munizae Jahangir, Special Correspondent and Associate Executive Producer, Express TV (2008)
Munizae Jahangir is a documentary filmmaker and Pakistan’s senior correspondent for India’s New Delhi Television; she is also an Associate Executive Producer and special correspondent for Pakistan’s Express News. She reports on Pakistani political affairs, including the battle against Taliban and Al Qaeda militants, Indo-Pak relations, Kashmir and the conflict in Baluchistan. She is Co-Founder of South Asian Women in Media and a Member of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. Her documentary films and docudramas include Search for Freedom (2003) and Pak: The War Within (2009). Jahangir received a BA in Political Science and English from McGill University, Canada, and an MA in Media Studies from the New School University, USA.

Umar Saif, Founder Saif Center for Innovation (SCI) (2011)
Umar Saif is Associate Professor of Computer Science at Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan and a serial entrepreneur. His focus is on technologies that bridge the digital divide. Saif developed BitMate, a BitTorrent client for low-bandwidth connections, which has more than 30,000 users from 172 countries. He is the inventor of the Poor Man’s Broadband system that enables people in the developing world to access the Internet at near-broadband speeds by combining their unused bandwidth. He co-founded, which is currently the equivalent of Twitter in Pakistan. Over four billion SMS have been sent using Saif is a Co-Founder of See’n’Report, a leading provider of citizen journalism solutions Dr. Saif was named one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by Technology Review in 2011. He is a recipient of the MIT Technovator Award, Mark Weiser Award, Digital Inclusion Award from Microsoft Research and the IDG Technology Pioneer Award. He founded Pakistan’s first start-up incubator in Pakistan, called SCI. Before moving to Pakistan, Saif worked at MIT and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge.

Umar Saif has also been listed in TR35 which is MIT technology review initiative.  Each year Technology Review honors 35 innovators under 35 who are tackling important problems in transformative ways. Candidates come from around the globe, some from regional TR35 competitions run by TR’s international editions. He is the first Pakistani to accomplish it since 1999. Founders of Google and Facebook have been listed in the review when their achievements were in infancy.



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