Four young Pakistanis who made it to Forbes’s ’30 under 30′ Asia list 2022


Four young Pakistanis who made it to Forbes’s ’30 under 30′ Asia list 2022

Four Pakistani entrepreneurs became the reason for the nation’s pride as they made their way to the Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia list for 2022.

The business magazine features Zain Ahmed, Dur-e-Aazaz Amna, Muhammad Saad, and Shawana Shah, who have been selected for their contributions in the fields of e-commerce, business technology, and others.

Entrepreneurs have been categorized in art and style, industry and manufacturing, media and marketing, and social impact, respectively.

According to Forbes, more than 4,000 applicants applied to be on this year’s list, of which 300 young game changers have been recognized in many fields.

Zain Ahmad was categorized as art, style, food, and drink. Muhammad Saad was classified in industry and manufacturer. Dur-e-Aazaz Amna was in the media, marketing, and advertising category, while Shawana Shah rose to prominence in the social impact category.

Who are the four proud people of Pakistan?

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Zain Ahmad is one of the co-founders of Lahore-based Pakistan streetwear company Rastah. The brand, according to Forbes, was launched in 2018 and it has “champions of durable and artisan designs with items designed, purchased and manufactured by local artisans in limited quantities in Pakistan.” Bollywood and Hollywood celebrities wear clothes of this brand.

Dur e Aziz Amna is a graduate of Yale. Her writings are inspired by her intercultural experiences in South Asia and the United States and her first novel American Fever, tells the story of a Pakistani Muslim girl turning into an adult in rural Oregon. Amna is an award-winning writer who has written for Daily Dawn, Al Jazeera, Financial Times, and New York Times.

Muhammad Saad is the co-founder of BridgeLinx, a Lahore-based start-up that helps manufacturers and exporters in Pakistan to transport goods more efficiently bringing them into contact with private truck drivers and fleets through a marketplace.

It also provides technological solutions for document validation, timely pickup, and cargo security.

BridgeLinx collected $10 million in Pakistan’s largest seed round led by Harry Stebbings’ 20 VC, Buckley Ventures, and Indus Valley Capital in September 2020, which was just nine months after its launch.

Shawana Shah has been featured in Forbes for her work on social impact on gender equity. She co-founded Da Hawwa Lur, a platform that provides political, social, and economic support to girls, women, and trans people in Pakistan.

In addition, Shah initiated a number of feminist movements and became the first Asian to win the Muhammad Ali Humanitarian Award in 2016.

She was later selected to join UN Women’s Youth Working Group in Beking+25 in 2019.

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