Three Pakistani women recognised in Forbes '30 Under 30' list

Published: January 7, 2014
(L-R) Malala Yousafzai, Shiza Shahid and Khalida Brohi. PHOTO: FORBES

(L-R) Malala Yousafzai, Shiza Shahid and Khalida Brohi. PHOTO: FORBES

Forbes released its ’30 Under 30′ list for 2014 on Monday, in which the business magazine recognises 450 young game-changers across 15 different fields.  This year’s Social Entrepreneurship category features three Pakistani women who they believe are changing the world. 

The most well-known face among the three is Malala Yousufzai, whose campaign for girls’ education has already won her many accolades. She is credited with co-founding the Malala Fund and also on the list is her c0-founder Shiza Shahid.

Shahid, a 24-year-old graduate of Stanford University, was also recently acknowledged by Time magazine in December, 2013 as one of 30 people under 30 changing the world.

Shahid, who is also the CEO of the Malala Fund, is quoted in Forbes as saying that with the fund she hoped to leverage Malala’s voice in such a way that the energy surrounding the young activist is transformed into meaningful action.

The third young Pakistani woman on the list is 25-year-old Khalida Brohi. Brohi was only 16 years old when she witnessed the honour killing of her friend, reported Forbes.

This experience led her to found Sughar, a non-profit organisation, which empowers women by providing them with six-month courses on business and crafts. Sughar aids village women in starting their small businesses so that they become more financially independent.

Also on the list, in separate categories, are famous names such as TV actor and director Lena Dunham, tennis star Maria Sharapova and pop sensation Justin Bieber.

Bieber, 19, has earned an estimated $113 million in the last two years from his works. 21-year-old pop star Miley Cyrus also made it onto the list.

Cyrus has sold 270,000 copies of her most recent album Bangerz in its first week after the release.

Other stars who make it onto the list in the category of music include Bruno Mars, Lady Gaga, One Direction, Katy Perry, Drake and Lorde.

Jennifer Lawrence, 23, was also on the list. She received the best actress trophy in the Academy Awards for her performance in Silver Linings Playbook. She was also named one of highest-earning actresses in Hollywood, reportedly earning $10 million from The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.

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  • Jamal
    Jan 7, 2014 - 3:45PM

    I don’t know why this new paper always show ugly picture of mala. Look like extreme hate red and jealousy. And you claim to be liberal newspaper.


  • Saad Zafar
    Jan 7, 2014 - 3:58PM

    immensely proud of these three woman and countless like them unrecognized for their services for humanity.


  • M
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:02PM

    Congrats Ladies!


  • Saad Zafar
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:39PM

    btw, Shiza is cute. Beauty with brains.


  • Farhan
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:45PM

    Forbes is magazine that highlights world business leaders. They should have feature Sara and Safinaz instead.

    Is Pakistan always going to be seen as donation country?


  • Caresless Whispers
    Jan 7, 2014 - 4:55PM

    2 outta 3 are blue eye kids of WEST … makes sense


  • FSB
    Jan 7, 2014 - 5:15PM

    Congratulations all of you ladies. Specially Khalida Brohi! I’m very happy to see this.. Best wishes for the future.. Allah bless you all..


  • BR
    Jan 7, 2014 - 5:20PM

    @ Farhan: For once try to appreciate something positive coming out of this country. These awards were for the Social Entrepreneurship category. Please enlighten us as to what Sana & Safinaz have done towards Social Entrepreneurship.


  • Khurram Awan
    Jan 7, 2014 - 5:29PM

    There are tons of women in Pakistan doing social and Positive work but the West carefully chooses three women to depict the society of Pakistan as savage, ruthless and ignorant. One is Malala who tells the West in a generalized manner that Whole of Pakistan lives in stone age and everywhere Burqa clad women exist who are never allowed to go to school. Second is Brohi who just bash the Sindhi culture all the time and tells everywhere that Pakistan is the most unsafe country for the women. The third is Shiza Shahid whose only contribution in my view is to set up the Malala fund and she is in the list.

    Not a Single Non Controversial woman is selected either from Iran , Pakistan and Afghanistan and it shows the mentality and apetite of West to have a Self Praise of themselves and despising of the others.


  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 7, 2014 - 6:43PM

    Congratulations, we are proud of all three girls.


  • Iqbal ussain
    Jan 7, 2014 - 6:49PM

    lover of this small lady Malala has observation for highlighting her photograph not a in professional way, the picture in this blog shows when she was in hospital or came out with her face surgery, so being an ambassador for people perspective and connecting it with the country form where Malala belongs, be liberal and unbiased please. .


  • Truth Told
    Jan 7, 2014 - 7:01PM

    “Three Pakistani women recognised in Forbes ’30 Under 30′ list” Instead of women, won’t it be more appropriate to use the word “girls” instead?


  • cyrus
    Jan 7, 2014 - 7:30PM

    Congratulations ladie. best wishes for future.


  • MH
    Jan 7, 2014 - 7:39PM

    It is sad that these women of privilege like Shiza Shahid, Tehmina Durrani or even Sharmeen Obaid use someone else’s misery to prop themselves up as humanitarian goddesses.

    It is even more fun when these women end up in the USAID programs sitting in stately rooms of Washington DC and they describe in detail how one time they were eating their dinner and they got a call from someone saying that this and that young woman/man was about to go off and join the Taliban and they left (I repeat, left) their Manolo Blahniks behind and ran barefoot to go and de-radicalize these young men and women. And then their crocodile tears fall on the side because oh, they were so tormented by the state of things. But bring on the awards, please and the magazine coverage. yay!


  • OQ
    Jan 7, 2014 - 7:50PM

    @Jamal: Sir, You might have differences with the opinion would holds about Malala, But You have no right to call her in particular and anyone in general Ugly. Despite all, Malala has achieved which you can’t even Possibly think of. And show every bit of News, makes this newspaper liberal, if it bars itself from showing any certain news, then it shall be labeled as biased newspaper.

    Please; “Hate the sin and not the sinner” and learn to respect the woman.


    Jan 7, 2014 - 7:56PM

    congratulations to young ladies for achieving so much against towering odds.

    And congratulations to Pakistan for producing such wonderful daughters.


  • Jan 7, 2014 - 8:15PM

    We congratulate these women from Pakistan. They serve as an inspiration to women around the world.

    Ali Khan


  • Jamal
    Jan 7, 2014 - 8:22PM

    I am criticizing this newspaper for always depicting her photograph in non professional way. You misunderstood me.


  • Azmat Khan
    Jan 7, 2014 - 8:53PM

    Mishra heartiest thanks.I love you.


  • Azmat Khan
    Jan 7, 2014 - 8:58PM

    These young women and many others like them who are working much for Pakistan are our hopes of future. Buck up ladies.You can change Pakistan.


  • lovePak
    Jan 7, 2014 - 9:24PM

    Ever heard of the white man’s burden? This basically feeds very well into that whole plot, the west picking girls of other countries that give them a sense of moral superiority. With Malala they can say “Oh look, that’s why we were in Iraq, to stop Saddam Hussain from doing this. This is why we drone them, this is how they treat their women”. A few girls like Malala basically justifies their whole presence in the Muslim region, the purpose still being strategic and resource-oriented. And here’s the thing, Malala hasn’t done anything for the girls of Pakistan, nor is she that influential in Pakistan itself, if anything she’s become a nuisance. The only thing helping female education is the Malala fund which is powered by Shiza Shahid.


  • Judd
    Jan 7, 2014 - 9:47PM

    @Jamal – There are no “ugly pictures” of Malala – Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and Malala is beholden to millions around the world for the beauty of her person and her committment to her cause of education of her sisters in Pakistan and in all those wretched countries which seek to deprive females of this most basic right.


  • Waqar
    Jan 7, 2014 - 10:31PM

    There is at least one more Pakistani on the list that you’ve missed. Saad Rizvi. Here is his citation:

    Saad Rizvi, 28, Katelyn Donnelly, 27

    SVPs, Pearson

    Over 1.5 million school children enrolled in school as part of their leadership of an international team reforming the Punjab school system. Donnelly (left) leads Pearson’s $15 million emerging market venture fund and sits on the board of the Omega School Chain in Ghana, now educating 20,000 children. Rizvi, executive director of efficacy, is an internationally recognized expert on global education, advises on large-scale reform across Asia, Europe, Africa and North America, and is the author of “Oceans of Innovation.”


  • Jan 8, 2014 - 1:34AM

    We feel happy to learn that three girls from Pakistan have attracted the attention of the worl.d for their work .We feel proud of them.They are playing constructive role for the welfare of women.and deserve our appreciation.Meaning less criticism will not dampen their spirits.


  • Insaan
    Jan 8, 2014 - 5:16AM

    @lovePak: How much money “Muslims” have contributed to this “Malala Fund”?


  • Steve Monet Dallas Texas
    Jan 8, 2014 - 6:25AM

    Pakistan is one of those countries where they love to complain & moaning and groaning is now a national pastime! The male population are outraged that their female counterparts are being celebrated so to vent their anger…jealousy or whatever inferior complex is striking them presently they tend to lash out…with ugly picture of Mala. or “It is sad that *these women of privilege” or* “Second is Brohi who just bash the Sindhi culture all the time “ do you see a pattern? The vitriol of hate for these women is actually a closeted frustration by many to blame the West to make their meaningless lives important?


  • vaqas
    Jan 8, 2014 - 7:48AM

    Thats a very good question. I think its time we start recognizing malalas efforts and start contributing in her endeavours. Malala pride.


  • neil
    Jan 8, 2014 - 8:40AM

    Sorry to burst your bubble :
    1. Malala (I really think she is an inspiration) – however her claim to fame is being shot by the Taliban.
    2. Shiza – claim to fame is using Malala’s name – to help people
    3. Khalida – Honour Killing witness…..

    Doesn’t potray a great picture of Pakistan, does it?….I rest my case.

    BTW I wish these ladies all the best in their endeavours.


  • Jan 8, 2014 - 8:49AM

    Heartiest congratulations Malala, Shiza, and Khalida. You make us proud by your recognition in Forbes 2014. Salams


  • KDP
    Jan 8, 2014 - 10:23AM

    If we include young men and women of Indian and Pakistani heritage/descent the list is very impressive. In all categories 22 Indian or Indian descent and 6 Pakistani or Pakistani descent men and women made the list

    5 in Finance
    1 in Technology
    4 in Social Entrepreneurs with 3 Pakistani Women as mentioned above, A total of 7 men and women of South Asia Heritage / descent
    2 in sports (surprised) then noticed that they are not listed for playing any sports.
    1 in games
    3 in Science & Healthcare
    1 in education
    One Indian Heritage man and Two women of Pakistani Heritage in Law and Policy
    One man in Media
    One man in Marketing & Advertising
    one 18 year old inventor girl in Energy & Industry
    one woman in Food & Wine


  • Fauzia Mussarat
    Jan 8, 2014 - 11:47AM

    If Forbes had researched more, it would have found even more enterprising women doing well in Pakistan.


  • shanul khoso
    Jan 8, 2014 - 12:59PM

    congratulate these women from all women and well done khalida we proud of youRecommend

  • lovePak
    Jan 8, 2014 - 3:50PM

    The “Malala fund” is created by Shiza Shahid, and named after Malala Yousafzai, both of whom are Muslims. In Pakistan, how do we donate online to a Malala fund, when most people don’t have internet access. We have a much more established Edhi foundation, run by a man who we trust in a lot more.

    Secondly, there is no conscious effort in Pakistan to deprive girls of education, and religiously speaking, it is not a right but an obligation on every male and female to seek knowledge. The problem is our priorities, in our setup the man’s job is to provide for his family for which he needs education, and the woman’s job is to raise the family for which she needs household skills. The notion that men seek to prevent female education is preposterous, because in the end it’s a father who sends his daughter to school.


  • AM
    Jan 8, 2014 - 9:20PM

    @Steve Monet Dallas Texas:
    I totally agree with you.


  • AM
    Jan 8, 2014 - 9:27PM

    Dear Mr. @lovePak:
    “Secondly, there is no conscious effort in Pakistan to deprive girls of education, and religiously speaking, it is not a right but an obligation on every male and female to seek knowledge. The problem is our priorities” -this sentence is quite entertaining. In one breath, you disqualify Malala from recognition of her efforts towards female education and in the next breath, you forget why was Malala shot in the head. Hats off to you and your twisting logic.


  • KDP
    Jan 8, 2014 - 9:57PM

    Remember she was shot in face or head. Some deformity in her face you see is perhaps a result of that shooting


  • None
    Jan 9, 2014 - 3:32AM

    Also.. there were several Pakistani men on the list including Saad Rizvi Usamah Chaudhary… why not feature them as well?


  • Taseer
    Jan 9, 2014 - 4:30AM

    Am i surprised that three women pushing forward a western agenda are named on this list? There are hundreds more much worthy of mentioning for sure.


  • Confused Brit
    Jan 10, 2014 - 6:28PM

    Tribune, a quick question for you. Why is this professionally shot photograph of Shiza so enlarged when Malala and Khalida’s are so small?


  • Hammad Ahmed
    Jan 10, 2014 - 10:52PM

    @Steve Monet Dallas Texas:
    Thanks steve for such an accurate analysis about pakistani men and their motivations behind these comments.
    The reason some of the comments are negative is because some people believe these “case studies” are highlighted by the west to portray the whole pakistani society as barbaric. After reading your comment it seems they have a point


  • salman
    Jan 14, 2014 - 4:18PM

    i encourage all these thre girls bit i would also suggest forbes to see more real charctors across pakistan who r doing thre level best for consistant develpment of social genderRecommend

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