9 Pakistanis made it to Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list

9 Pakistanis made it to Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list

Momina Mustehsan and e-commerce entrepreneurs Adnan Shaffi and Adeel Shaffi are just some of the people doing us proud!
Updated 28 Mar, 2018

It's always great to see people from your own country being appreciated for their hard work, so you can imagine how pleased we were to see that nine Pakistanis were included in Forbes' 30 under 30 Asia list this year!

Forbes reports, "It's probably fair to say that Pakistan often gets a raw deal when it comes to international media coverage, with headlines usually dominated by themes like religious extremism and terrorism, women's rights or border conflicts. And while these areas are worthy of coverage, this South Asian nation has many more positive stories that don't see the light of day, such as the incredible pool of young talent pushing boundaries in numerous industries and disciplines."

Here are the Pakistanis of the hour and why they made it to the list

Momina Mustehsan (25)

"Momina Mustehsan is one of Pakistan's most prominent emerging music stars, and fast becoming one of her country's most high profile activists. After singing a duet with famed singer Rahat Fateh Ali Khan that that went viral, Mustehsan quickly earned an online following in the millions.

Mustehsan has used her newfound exposure to advocate for social causes important to her, including women's rights, cyber bullying and mental health awareness."

Muhammad Asad Raza and Abrahim Shah (24)

"Muhammad Asad Raza and Abrahim Shah launched Neurostic; the healthcare startup aims to provide low cost and high quality wearable and implantable medical devices for the developing world.

Pakistan is listed as one of 57 countries with a critical health workforce deficiency by the World Health Organization in a 2006 report, facing a huge shortage of human resources and key skills. Services that Neurostic offers seek to address some of those gaps, including clinical decision support, active, fitness and healthcare monitoring, and data analytics for healthcare applications.

Neurostic also provides prosthetic services for amputees in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria -- places that have little or no access to rehabilitation facilities."

Muhammad Shaheer Niazi (17)

"At just 17, Muhammad Shaheer Niazi is already a full-fledged scientist whose work has appeared in the prestigious Royal Society Open Science journal. The teenager was the first to photograph the movement of ions, capturing the charged ions that create the honeycomb. And while that might sound esoteric, it actually has implications for research in fields like biomedicine."

Sadia Bashir (29)

"In a country where women’s education isn't always a priority, Sadia Bashir wanted to help women break into the male-dominated industry of video game production. Bashir was working in design when she cofounded Pixel Art Games Academy.

The academy's mission is to bridge the gap between industry demand and education, by providing training in game design and production, game programming, digital art and animation. Her program tries to address the significant gender gap in the game industry by maintaining a minimum 33% ratio of women, hoping to inspire women in Pakistan to dream bigger.

To that end, she's also created scholarships for women who want to learn video game development within her academy."

Adnan Shaffi (28) and Adeel Shaffi (29)

"Brothers Adnan Shaffi, 28, and Adeel Shaffi, 29, founded PriceOye in 2015, a price comparison platform for electronics in second and third-tier cities in Pakistan. The platform uses data analytics to provide marketing information to retailers while finding the best deal for consumers.

While e-commerce stores in Pakistan focus attention on first-tier cities like Lahore, Karachi and Islamabad, many have forgotten about lower-tiered cities, leading to a 20% increase in prices in those areas. Their website has had 805,000 visits in the past month."

Hamza Farrukh (24)

"Some 84% of Pakistan's population do not have access to clean drinking water -- but Hamza Farrukh has a solution. What began as a college project to bring fresh water to one rural Pakistani village funded by a $10,000 Davis Project for Peace grant, quickly grew into a mission to implement cost-effective, sustainable and maintenance-free clean water access for all rural Pakistanis.

Farrukh began Bondh-E-Shams -The Solar Water Project, and developed a solar-powered water extraction and filtration system. Costing $8,000, it has a lifespan of 25 years and can service around 5,000 people per day."

Syed Faizan Hussain (23)

"Syed Faizan Hussain is a solution-driven social activist based in Pakistan. He founded non-profit Perihelion Systems in 2013 to better the lives of many by using technology.

Some of Perihelion’s products include; Edu-Aid, an American Sign Language translating software; One Health, a disease surveillance and tracking system used to predict outbreaks and alert health institutions to expedite intervention; and Glove Gauge, wearable technology to facilitate professional production processes such as measurements."

Congratulations once again to the honourees!


Md Nomanul islam Mar 27, 2018 04:02pm
Congretz them
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Sameer Mar 27, 2018 04:05pm
The question is why with even such great minds; there is no positive change?
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Ayaz Munir Mar 27, 2018 04:09pm
A proud moment for the nation indeed.
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M.Saeed Mar 27, 2018 04:13pm
Keep it up. Sky is your limit.
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Asif Bhatti Pakistan Mar 27, 2018 04:45pm
Bravo - well done all of you
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ali Mar 27, 2018 04:47pm
what is momina doing in this list?
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Kamran Mar 27, 2018 04:48pm
great to see that young Pakistan talent dong progressive work for Pakistan.
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Akhan Mar 27, 2018 04:57pm
Pakistan super power in the making.
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Pak-UK Mar 27, 2018 04:58pm
Beautiful minds.. lovely people.
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kabeelakhan Mar 27, 2018 05:12pm
@Sameer Very pertinent question Sameer.
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Patriot Mar 27, 2018 06:08pm
A proud moment for the country. Our ruling elite has let the country down. Otherwise, with dreams of a corruption free society & merit based appointments in bureaucracy and other key functions, the country has potential for rapid progress.
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sameer Mar 27, 2018 06:15pm
Very good to see young people doing social service and bringing positive change, we need more positive energy to influence more people to participate. Congratulations
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dr Mar 27, 2018 06:24pm
wll done pakistani youths.keep it up always.
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Zahid Mar 27, 2018 06:35pm
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Reality Bites Mar 27, 2018 07:26pm
Brilliant people. Hope they reach their goals and inspire others as they go.
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YM Mar 27, 2018 08:01pm
Good work guys. Keep it up. We need to promote more entrepreneurial culture in Pakistan and motivate more youngsters towards creativity and innovation. We need to develop Pakistan as a Knowledge economy if we want to move on the fast lane of progression.
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gp65 Mar 27, 2018 08:20pm
Kudos to the young Pakistanis and wishing success on their future endeavors.
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Ryan Mar 27, 2018 08:39pm
Awesome. Congrats
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Zak Mar 27, 2018 09:42pm
Proud of you all. And thank you for showing the world, what a unique, talented country Pakistan is.
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Citizen Mar 27, 2018 10:15pm
All but Momina
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meharali Mar 27, 2018 11:23pm
Why Momina?
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Shoaib Mar 27, 2018 11:38pm
Momina Mustehsan... Really....but why?
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Tahsin Shah Mar 27, 2018 11:59pm
True heroes of Pakistan. Government must acknowledge their talent in a befitting manner and Finance/facilitate their research projects especially clean drinking water by Hamza Farrukh. Clean drinking water is a national issue but conditions in Thar are very critical.
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jim reckon Mar 28, 2018 12:01am
momina doesnt deserve to be on this list everyone else makes me so proud of my country. love you pakistan
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Shahida Khan Mar 28, 2018 01:04am
Momina Mustehsan a 'high profile activist'? I would love to know what 'high profile' activism she has shown to earn such a title. Last time I read she had publicly ridiculed Qandeel Baloch over her anti-misogynistic and anti-patriarchal stances.
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Jibran Mar 28, 2018 01:46am
Momina Mustehsan is yet to prove herself as a musician by releasing original songs/album. That was the whole problem with QB. She did a pretty good job on cover songs but nothing significant that she can call her own.
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Karim Dilawar Ali Mar 28, 2018 02:31am
Not sure why momina makes the list?
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LAHORI KID Mar 28, 2018 07:45am
Imagine if our government supports such fields and actually provides opportunities for people who are smart enough to come up with such brilliant ideas to make peoples lives better, and help the needy.
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LAHORI KID Mar 28, 2018 07:51am
Pakistan has the natural resources, in abundance, brilliant minds, top notch doctors and engineers, our students break world records in education, our citizens receive noble prize, our young children have mastered micro soft,there is no reason what so ever why Pakistan isn't leading the world. Its all about opportunity and resources, just look at our artists, there talents are better utilized in India, why? Because there is better opportunity there, the standards are higher there, they are better appreciated there, true story.
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manzer Mar 28, 2018 08:02am
@Sameer Don't you think this in itself is a positive change?
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shak_tee Mar 28, 2018 08:15am
Congrats to the seven new heroes of Pakistan! Congrats to 65 Indians who also got included in these lists.
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TOMATO Mar 28, 2018 08:22am
@Zak Let me quote from the report: "Across the region, India had the highest number of honorees with 65 on this year’s list, followed by China with 59 honorees and Australia with 35 honorees..."
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Bhatt Mar 28, 2018 09:51am
Good going Pakistan. These young leaders should fill the leadership deficit in your country and set its priorities right. Love from India.
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Behappy Mar 28, 2018 10:00am
Congrats to Pakistan. Here is something that I found interesting in this report: ‘ Across the region, India had the highest number of honorees with 65 on this year’s list, followed by China with 59 honorees and Australia with 35 honorees. Notably, it is also the first time that honorees from North Korea, Fiji, Azerbaijan and Tajikistan appeared on the list.‘
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Sachin Mar 28, 2018 10:36am
7 Pakistanis made it to Forbes' 30 Under 30 Asia 2018 list It is not only one list . There are ten lists in different categories and each list has approx 25-30 names. So it is 7 Pakistani names out of 250 not 7 out of 30.
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Ashish Kumar Mar 28, 2018 11:48am
@shak_tee Congratulations!
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Be honest Mar 28, 2018 12:15pm
A big applause.
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VINOD Mar 28, 2018 12:29pm
So encouraging to read and makes every one from the subcontinent happy. Well done Pakistan.
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dr.Seema khan Mar 28, 2018 12:55pm
@Sameer because of corruption and lack of sincerity on part of goverment
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Tali Mar 28, 2018 03:35pm
@Sachin Thank you for clarifying that....but doesn't reduce the achievements. Still very proud of our 7!
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Akbar Mar 28, 2018 06:10pm
Excellent service . Congratulations on good research done.
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Waheed noor Mar 28, 2018 07:18pm
Good for them. Congratulations to all of them. Hope they stay in Pakistan and bring a change in our own country than immigrate to foreign climes.
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Waheed noor Mar 28, 2018 07:37pm
7 out of 30, nearly 25% of the list is a great achievement. India take that!!
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wasim Mar 31, 2018 12:05am
congratulation,you guys are proud of Pakistan
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Vikrant Apr 01, 2018 05:55pm
Momina you are so beautiful...
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Syed Ramazan shah Apr 02, 2018 06:00pm
Incredible performance by a Pool of young talent, Proud of them being a Pakistani
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Syed Ramazan shah Apr 02, 2018 06:00pm
Yes!, incredible Pool of young talent. our Proud & Hopes being a Pakistani.
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