Pakistan

NEW YORK – American business magazine Forbes has released its 2018 Asia’s ’30 under 30’ list and just like last year, this year again Pakistanis have managed to make it to the list.

Nine Pakistani’s have made it to the list. The 2018 list features 30 game changers, young innovators and disruptors across 10 categories.

Despite a challenging environment, young Pakistanis are increasingly looking to make a difference in their country and they’re likely to be successful, too. More than 60% of the country’s booming population is made up of young people.

Here are the nine Pakistani people who have made it to this year’s list:

Momina Mustehsan

The Coke Studio sensation Momina Mustehsan features in the Entertainment and Sports category. The 26-year old singer made it to the list for her fight for women’s right.

Sadia Bashir

Sadia Bashir the co-founder of Pixel Art Games Academy has been included in the list under the Enterprise Technology category. The 29-year old entrepreneur work in bridging the gap between education and gaming,

She cofounded Pixel Art Games Academy, which aims to bridge the gap between the gaming industry demand and education by providing training in video game development and recruitment opportunities.

Muhammad Shaheer Niazi

Muhammad Shaheer Niazi has been included in the Healthcare and Science category. The 17-year old student and scientist were the first to photograph the movement of ions that create the honeycomb shape made when electrically charged particles try to pass through a pool of oil.

In 2016, Niazi was Pakistan’s first participant in the International Young Physicist Tournament in Russia. His work has also appeared in the Royal Society Open Science journal.

Hamza Farrukh

Founder of Bondh-e-Shams Hamza Farrukh features in the Social Entrepreneurs category. The 24-year old has developed a solar-powered water extraction and filtration system to tackle the problem of water scarcity in the most poorly connected areas of Pakistan.

The solar-powered wells supply clean water to 1,500 residents of a village in Pakistan. One pump can supply clean water up to some 5,000 people every day.

Syed Faizan Hussain


The 24-year-old entrepreneur is a solution-driven social activist. His non-profit, Perihelion Systems aims to better the lives of many 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.

Adnan Shaffi and Adeel Shaffi

The Shaffi brothers, 28 and 30 respectively, made it to the list in the Retail and E-commerce category.

Siblings Adnan Shaffi and Adeel Shaffi, 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 and at the same time finds the best deals across a variety of retailers for the consumers.

Muhammad Asad Raza and Abrahim Ali Shah

Muhammad Asad Raza along with his partner Abrahim Shaha launched Neurostic, a healthcare startup which aims to provide low cost and high-quality wearable and implantable medical devices for the developing world.

Neurostic also provides prosthetic services for amputees in Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iran and Syria, places that have little or no access to rehabilitation facilities. They feature in the Healthcare and Science category.