Pakistan’s Mariam Nusrat makes it to Forbes ‘Next 1000 List’

03:31 PM | 20 Jun, 2021
Pakistan’s Mariam Nusrat makes it to Forbes ‘Next 1000 List’

NEW YORK – A Pakistani entrepreneur Mariam Nusrat has been featured on Forbes, the top American business magazine’s ‘Next 1000 List’.

The prestigious list, released on Friday, featured small startups with under $10 million in revenue or funding, but having an infinite drive and enthusiasm and the 34-year-old Mariam earned her spot by establishing GRID - a Gaming Revolution for International Development.

She founded the platform to raise awareness, trigger social dialogue, and inspire behavior change with digital games in development interventions and currently leading an interdisciplinary team of Pakistan-based game developers and designers for the last six years.

A statement issued by the American business magazine on Friday cited ‘An entrepreneur’s journey is not linear — it is filled with a series of twists and turns; defeat is a natural part of the process, but what differentiates entrepreneurs on the Forbes Next 1000 List is their resilience in the face of adversity.’

Maryam after placing a spot in a list based upon the public’s nominations, expressed gratitude as she took to her Twitter handle where she wrote ‘Super pumped and honored to be on the Forbes Next 1000 list! It celebrates inspiring entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to build and run a business amid the new normal’. ‘Excited to be part of Summer 2021’s class of 250 standouts!’, she further added.

The GRID platform aimed to resolve major world problems by creating games for positive behavioral change. At least eight portfolio games have been created which can be played in five different languages and has a gaming audience in 18 different counties with about 15 thousand downloads. The games cover a variety of topics, including reproductive health, climate change, health pandemics, animal welfare, STEM learning, and structural racism.

Reports quoting young entrepreneur said she believes that ‘behavioural change cannot be born, contextual realities cannot be ignored, and innovation cannot wait [until] tomorrow.’

Mariam, the GRID founder, holds a Master’s degree in economics from both LUMS and George Washington University in the United States, and she currently now lives in Virginia. She also worked as an Education Specialist at the World Bank when she isn’t releasing the potential of video games for social change.

The entrepreneur from the South Asian country has also bagged numerous awards including the Clinton Global Initiative University Alum Award – which she got from former US President Bill Clinton.

She also holds many other awards including DC Inno 50 on Fire Award, Andrew Rice Award, the GWU Best Social Venture Prize, and the UN PeaceApp prize.

Soon after her inclusion in the Forbes list, the official handle of the Government of Pakistan also acknowledged her accomplishments in a recent tweet.

It is worth noting that this first-of-its-kind initiative, by Forbes, celebrates bold and inspiring entrepreneurs who are redefining what it means to run a business in new normal.


Pakistani rupee sees marginal decline against US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, & Riyal; check forex rates

Pakistani rupee witnessed marginal losses against US dollar, and other currencies in the open market.

Dollar Rate in Pakistan Today

On Wednesday, the dollar was being quoted at 285.6 for selling and 288.65 for buying purposes.

Euro price stands at 312 for buying and 315 for selling. British Pound rate stands at 360 for buying, and 363 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED stands at 78.25 whereas the Saudi Riyal also witnessed fall and new price stands at 76.25.

Today's currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 29 November 2023

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar ‎USD 285.6  288.65 
Euro EUR 312  315 
UK Pound Sterling GBP 360  363
U.A.E Dirham AED 78.25  79
Saudi Riyal SAR 76.25 77.25
Australian Dollar AUD 187.2 189
Bahrain Dinar BHD 750.11 758.11
Canadian Dollar CAD 209 211
China Yuan CNY 39.58 39.98
Danish Krone DKK 41.38 41.78
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 36.24 36.59
Indian Rupee INR 3.39 3.5
Japanese Yen JPY 1.55 1.63
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 914.36 923.36
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 60.38 60.98
New Zealand Dollar NZD 173.44 175.44
Norwegians Krone NOK 26.25 26.55
Omani Riyal OMR 741.26 749.26
Qatari Riyal ‎QAR 77.63 78.33
Singapore Dollar SGD 211 213
Swedish Korona SEK 26.93 27.23
Swiss Franc CHF 320.1 322.6
Thai Bhat THB 8.01 8.16

Gold rates see big increase in Pakistan; Check today gold price here

KARACHI – The gold price moved up down in the local market in line with massive increase in international market.

Gold Rates in Pakistan Today - 29 November 2023

On Wednesday, the single tola of 24 Karat gold was available at Rs218,000, and the price for 10-gram gold saw an increase of Rs943 to reach Rs186,900.

Meanwhile, the 22 Karat Gold price stands at Rs199,830, 21 karat rate for each tola is Rs190,750 and 18k gold rate hoveres around Rs163,500.00.

In international market, the price of precious metal went up by $29 to settle at $2,044 per ounce.

Today Gold Rate in Pakistan

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Karachi PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Islamabad PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Peshawar PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Quetta PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Sialkot PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Attock PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Gujranwala PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Jehlum PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Multan PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Bahawalpur PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Gujrat PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Nawabshah PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Chakwal PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Hyderabad PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Nowshehra PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Sargodha PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Faisalabad PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610
Mirpur PKR 218,000 PKR 2,610


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