Four Pakistanis make it to WEF's Young Global Leaders 2013 list

Published: March 13, 2013
Marym Nawaz (L), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (R, top) and Shehrbano Taseer (R, bottom) among four Pakistanis on the WEF list.

Marym Nawaz (L), Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy (R, top) and Shehrbano Taseer (R, bottom) among four Pakistanis on the WEF list.

The World Economic Forum (WEF) released its annual Young Global Leaders (YGL) list of 2013 that included four Pakistani achievers among the 199 young leaders from 70 countries.

According to a news release by WEF, “the YGL class of 2013 is composed of honourees from all sectors of society, with 50% from business and 50% from arts and culture, academia, civil society, government, media and non-profits; 42% are women”.

The YGL 2013 honourees from Pakistan include political figure Maryam Nawaz, documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, founder Pakistan Innovation Foundation Athar Osama and journalist Shehrbano Taseer.

Maryam Nawaz is the daughter of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and is currently pursuing a PhD in practical politics. She has been managing her family owned Sharif Trust for the last 15 years, which includes a hospital, schools and colleges.

Obaid-Chinoy is an Emmy and Oscar award-winning Pakistani-Canadian journalist and documentary film-maker who works towards raising awareness about women’s issues and rights in Pakistan. Her documentary, “Saving Face” received global recognition since its release in 2012.

Osama is a Pakistani scholar who launched, an online journal discussing the issues of Science, Technology, Innovation and Policy mainly concerned with Muslim countries. He is the first Pakistani who was honoured with the World Technology Network award in 2011.

Shehrbano Taseer is the daughter of assassinated former Governor of Punjab, Salman Taseer. She works to raise awareness about the rights of the disadvantaged, more specifically women and minorities.

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  • I am a Khan
    Mar 13, 2013 - 2:23PM

    Good for them, although most of these nominations and lists are based on the thinking of the judges who select the people…so its not really impartial…but anyways best of luck to them.Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 13, 2013 - 2:24PM

    Maryam Nawaz? Young Leader? How come? What is her contribution?


  • Shah
    Mar 13, 2013 - 2:31PM

    who is not sleeping tonight?
    Imran Khan and Maryam Nawaz Sharif for rhetoric reasons


  • Yellow
    Mar 13, 2013 - 2:40PM

    Who is the 4th Pakistani ?


  • bilal
    Mar 13, 2013 - 3:00PM

    why Marym Nawaz and Shehrbano Taseer?


  • Sonya
    Mar 13, 2013 - 3:07PM

    Where is our favorite Fatima Bhutto??? The nomination seems dubious.


  • Bilal Afzal
    Mar 13, 2013 - 4:06PM

    Marym Nawaz,young leader ??? seriously ??give me a break ..what she has done so special ..??


  • Pakistanian
    Mar 13, 2013 - 4:15PM

    Nawaz’s daughter as a leader ……… hilarious!Recommend

  • titan
    Mar 13, 2013 - 4:39PM

    Being daughter of a leader doesn’t make you a leader !! you NEVER inherit leadership qualities..!!Recommend

  • Stranger
    Mar 13, 2013 - 4:47PM

    All of them seem to have come from privileged backgrounds.


  • waheed butt
    Mar 13, 2013 - 4:52PM

    to title as new young leaders no one out of these has shown a proven contribution in any sector human activiti


  • ahmad
    Mar 13, 2013 - 5:29PM

    @titan – at least you are admitting Nawaz Sharif is a Leader. Thats a good step forward.


  • ahmed
    Mar 13, 2013 - 5:41PM

    There are definitely some others worth consideration inclduing Ali Zafar, Fatime Bhutto and most notable miss is Malala Yousufzai who almost lost her life for a cause that is most near and dear to us and my award goes to our brave soldiers not only in uniform but our dear journalists who give their lives so we can read, hear and see the truth…


  • A.M.Khan
    Mar 13, 2013 - 6:18PM

    Congratulations to all, I hope there would be more in the future.


  • Careless Whispers
    Mar 13, 2013 - 6:20PM

    Hey where is Imran Khans name??? this list biased coz Imran name is not included & Maryam Nawaz included …. lol


  • BlahBlah
    Mar 13, 2013 - 6:20PM

    The elites? No, thank you. I get to choose my leaders.


  • Ali
    Mar 13, 2013 - 6:27PM

    Maryam nawaz and no Fatima Bhtto!seriously?


  • Omair Shakil
    Mar 13, 2013 - 6:30PM

    Maryam Nawaz? Does handing out laptops make you a leader?


  • Isas
    Mar 13, 2013 - 7:02PM

    Fatima Bhutto was a leader last year!!


  • SM
    Mar 13, 2013 - 8:13PM

    How does Maryam Nawaz or Taseer’s daughter deserve such an honour?


  • Mahine
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:26PM

    To those who are questioning why Imran Khan’s name isnt there – i think the fact that the list is of Young Global Leaders should be answer enough.
    Shermeen and Shehrbano definitely deserve to be there, based on the work they have done highlighting human rights abuse and injustice in Pakistan.
    As for Meryum – am quite astounded!


  • Arsie
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:27PM

    Imran khan is still young in politics. Should be on the list.


  • Khan Bhai
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:47PM

    Fatima Bhutto is a true icon of Pakistan but Maryam is doing great work across Pakistan. She has focused on women and development issues. There are several colleges and technical institutes that she works with. Apart from that she is very active in the cultural activities.

    Please be positive guys. By the way, I am a PTI supporter but I appreciate good work.


  • Omair Khattak
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:55PM

    I think its a realistic and practical assessment of young emerging leaders from Pakistam. People are criticising for the sake of it only, Imran is 60 years old how can he be a young leader? All of them deserve a Pat cause they made Pakistan Proud.


  • A2Z
    Mar 13, 2013 - 9:57PM

    Only Athar Osama is the deserved person all others are due to media hype


  • sehr.siddiqui
    Mar 13, 2013 - 10:21PM

    I wish the list included PARVEEN REHMAN.


  • Mar 13, 2013 - 11:33PM

    @Careless Whispers:

    Because it’s about YOUNG Global Leaders. But anyway, I agree with those who think this list quite dubious.


  • Parvez
    Mar 13, 2013 - 11:42PM

    75% of those chosen from Pakistan are women as opposed to 42% world wide………….that has to say something.


  • DevilHunterX
    Mar 14, 2013 - 2:30AM

    You should have told Benazir that


  • Namaloom Fard
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:42AM


    Paragraph-3 of the article:

    The YGL 2013 honourees from Pakistan include political figure Maryam Nawaz, documentary filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, founder Pakistan Innovation Foundation Athar Osama and journalist Shehrbano Taseer.


  • EM
    Mar 14, 2013 - 5:49AM

    @Careless Whispers: You do realize it says young leaders? Not a term that has been applied to Imran Khan in years.


  • rashid
    Mar 14, 2013 - 9:20AM

    fake fake fake why not me i think i am a better leader than all of them i have done way more for the betterment of my community. what have they done except they got all the money and power.


  • curious
    Mar 14, 2013 - 9:57AM

    These World Economic Forum events are fraud. They do nothing. It is just an ego fest for people with money to gloat and say we are wonderful and care about the world at face value.


  • Mar 14, 2013 - 11:10AM

    why we are still looking to inheriters i think we should to give a chance to new leadership


  • SM
    Mar 14, 2013 - 12:49PM

    because she has employed a team to tweet on her behalf – isn’t it enough :p


  • Omair
    Mar 14, 2013 - 3:25PM

    if Shahzad Roy is not included – it shows this list is really not considering on ground reality – and maybe they ask Govts to send names. Im not a big fan of his music – but what this guy has done for education (Zindagi & now Chal Parha) makes me feel proud to share the same generation as him.


  • Imran Aslam
    Mar 15, 2013 - 9:25AM

    Dr Azeem Ibrahim the Policy Adviser to Imran Khan was a Young Global Leader at the World Economic Forum many years ago.

    As usual PTI is well ahead of the game and has the best thinkers.


  • Abdullah Jawed
    Mar 24, 2013 - 8:06PM

    I do not call them as Leaders to Maryam Nawaz and Sherbano Taseer as they are not well known for any achievement they did


  • Scotsman
    Mar 26, 2013 - 4:54AM

    Indeed maryam nawaz deserves much acclaim for looking exceedingly pretty and handing out free laptops bought from taxpayers’ money.


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