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  • Ali_Haider
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    Ali Haider

    Ali Haider is the Editor-in-Chief of Humans of Pakistan, a blog presenting a realistic and positive image of Pakistan through individual stories. Following the footsteps of Humans of New York, an online catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, Ali launched Humans of Pakistan in 2014 and has since gained a massive national and international following. Currently one of the most active Facebook pages in Pakistan, the blog bridges the gap between Pakistan and other countries by shedding barriers created by national borders or prejudices, and promoting peace and tolerance. Ali has interviewed more than 2000 people across Pakistan, featuring numerous stories on the blog. He believes that around every corner is a story waiting to be told and people who are longing to hear it. Ali considers it his responsibility to document and share powerful stories through his lens because the stories of Pakistan’s ordinary people have the power to change perceptions, clear misconceptions, and impact the lives of individuals worldwide.

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    Ali Haider

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    Anam Bhatti

    Biography Anam Bhatti is the Co-Founder of Deeda and Chief Operating Officer of Design Pakistan, a social enterprise and project of Deeda that uses sustainable design intervention to bring about positive change in Pakistan. At Design Pakistan, Anam initiates and …

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    Anam Bhatti

    Designing social impact solutions to bring about solutions to community problems Read more
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    Danish Ali Bhutto

    Biography As a Young Parliamentary Associate, Danish Ali Bhutto jumpstarted his career with the prestigious Improving Parliamentary Performance in Pakistan Project. The project offered an unprecedented opportunity to work closely with the Federal Parliament, sparking Danish’s passion for research, policy, …

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    Danish Ali Bhutto

    Imparting positive change and gender quality through research, policy, and legislation Read more
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  • Fakiha_Ali
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    Fakiha Ali

    Fakiha Ali aims to amplify the voices of the under-represented and disadvantaged people of Pakistan using a variety of mediums including social media, radio, and direct outreach. Her current focus is bringing change to the transgender community—an unconventional endeavor in Pakistan. Through interviews and social media, Fakiha is building awareness and bringing transgender voices and stories into the mainstream. She frequently takes part in radio broadcasts and has appeared on television shows to spread awareness about economic inequality and her vision for a better Pakistan. Simultaneously, she also teaches at a private university in Lahore, and serves as an active member of Chartered Accountant Toastmasters Club, a leadership and public speaking center. Fakiha is an emerging social activist who believes that empowering and informing communities will make Pakistan a better place to live for all.

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    Fakiha Ali

    Amplifying the voices of underrepresented, particularly Pakistanis transgender community Read more
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  • Fatima_Rizwan
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    Fatima Rizwan

    Fatima Rizwan identifies and promotes practical solutions for challenges faced by entrepreneurs in Pakistan through her premier technology platform, TechJuice. Previously gainfully employed at a software development firm, Fatima followed her passion and dedicated her efforts full time to take TechJuice forward. Under Fatima’s leadership, the team today consists of individuals based across Pakistan who are working to bring forward new ideas in the tech space. The online platform showcases news relating to start-ups, entrepreneurship, education, and technology in Pakistan, and has become a resource hub for Pakistanis to learn and find opportunities in the field. TechJuice truly intends to be more than just a digital medium. Through collaborative community events, Fatima and her team have connected emerging and established entrepreneurs to share best practices and learn from one another. Fatima strives to make TechJuice the epicenter of everything tech in the country and plans of expand the company over the next few years.

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    Fatima Rizwan

    Growing innovation by creating a hub for Pakistan’s technology and entrepreneurial sector Read more
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  • Hussain_Haider
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    Hussain Haider

    Biography Husain is a youth activist who took a stand for basic education and human rights for all from an early age. In seventh grade, Hussain survived a suicide bomb attack. After learning the attacker was nearly the same age …

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    Hussain Haider

    Opening doors of possibilities for youth through education and rights advocacy Read more
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  • Khalid_Mushtaq
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    Khalid Khawaja Mushtaq

    Khalid is the Chief Executive Officer of Tourplanner.pk, a start-up enterprise aiming to turn Pakistan-Held Kashmir into a coveted tourist destination, with the goal of boosting the local economy while showcasing the beauty of Kashmir. Tourplanner.pk works closely with local community members to establish marketable lodging and services, and then links them to consumers from across Pakistan and beyond through an online portal. The website currently hosts 150 vendors and receives over 100,000 monthly views in Pakistan—with Khalid constantly working to expand its impact in the community. At the onset, Khalid sought to use tourism as a tool for poverty alleviation, and now has seen local incomes rise exponentially due to these efforts. Hailing from Muzaffarabad, Khalid continues to expand this initiative further and to continue portraying a positive image of his country.

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    Khalid Khawaja Mushtaq

    Elevating local economies and the image of Pakistan through social tourism Read more
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  • Rafia_Farooqi
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    Rafia Farooqui

    Biography Rafia Farooqui is a social activist and aspiring water expert in Pakistan. A business graduate, Rafia has worked in several capacities to address social issues pertaining to environment, education, and youth development. She currently works to highlight the importance …

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    Rafia Farooqui

    Executing actionable plans to prevent further water scarcity in Pakistan Read more
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    Rizwan Shoukat

    Rizwan passionately promotes religious tolerance in Pakistan. Residing in Shantinagar, a renowned Christian village, Rizwan launched an Interfaith Harmony and Peace campaign after multiple incidents of religious violence occurred in his community. Using Puppet Theater, he educates villages about the consequences of religious intolerance and violence. He strongly believes that without social harmony and religious tolerance, Pakistan cannot prosper. He leads the Center for Human Rights Education’s movement for peaceful co-existence in the Khanewal district and heads the Laureate Foundation’s youth programs, where he promotes capacity building and community volunteerism. Rizwan is also a member of Youth Parliament Pakistan and has been selected to contribute to the United Nations Development Programme’s National Human Development report. Despite being surrounded by elements of fundamentalism, extremism, discrimination and violence, Rizwan ultimately hopes to build a peaceful and sustainable society based on equality, religious tolerance, and respect of diversity.

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    Rizwan Shoukat

    Defending religious tolerance and equality by promoting interfaith harmony Read more
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  • Saima_Feroz
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    Saima Feroz

    Saima Feroz is a writer and student of law from Charsadda, an underdeveloped area in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. She is pursuing her Bachelors of Law from the University Of Peshawar’s Khyber Law College. Apart from her studies, Saima volunteers at the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan in Peshawar, and serves as the Joint Secretary of Da Thor Sarro Saddar, a women’s empowerment organization. Saima believes in leaving a mark through her words, and serves as the General Secretary of the Young Women Writers’ Forum. She works to eradicate extremism, ignorance, intolerance, and hate speech. Her goal is involve women of her region in peace building initiatives, such as writings. An ambassador for peace, Saima hopes to combine her expertise in law and writing skills to work for peace, tolerance, human rights, and freedom of speech.

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    Saima Feroz

    Empowering women in peace building through writing Read more
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    Sawai Mal

    Sawai Mal is a humanitarian worker and minority rights activist based in interior Sindh. Sawai heads the Minority Social Development Organization (MSDO), which strives to strengthen and empower Pakistan’s youth. He is also a founding member of the Marvi Institute of Research and Advocacy, which promotes a democratic and pluralistic Pakistan by highlighting minority rights. Belonging to a religious minority himself, Sawai understands that these communities are highly marginalized and often neglected in almost every sphere of life. Sawai is also associated with several community organizations, including Save the Children International, Action Against Hunger, Strengthening Participatory Organization, and HANDS. Currently, Sawai works with Community World Service Asia, an international humanitarian organization promoting development initiatives in Asia.

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    Sawai Mal

    Promoting democracy and pluralism by addressing youth and minority rights Read more
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    Syed Azhar Shah

    Azhar is an entrepreneur from Mardan whose mission is to connect civil society organizations with technology and communications platforms necessary to accomplish their goals. Azhar believes in the power of technology to address the humanitarian crises afflicting his country. He is the Co-Founder of TeleMutants, a technology company, and Co-Founder and Chief Architect of TeleConvex, a two-way communications platform. Some of Azhar’s work has already received international acclaim. The Humanitarian Accountability Partnership highlighted his Complaints & Response Mechanism for a humanitarian operation, which he launched during the 2011 flood relief operations. Azhar has since designed more systems to coordinate civil society efforts in Pakistan’s problem areas, including: a crowdsourced feedback system for the conflict-stricken populace of Khyber Pashtunkwa province and the Federally Administered Tribal Areas; and a mobile engagement system for Tribal journalists. Azhar’s goal is to improve the service delivery of Pakistan’s governance and social sector through harnessing the power of information and communication technology.

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    Syed Azhar Shah

    Tackling Pakistan’s humanitarian crises through technology and communications platforms Read more
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  • Usman_Khan
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    Usman Khan

    Usman Khan is the founder of Emperor’s Bazaar, a business venture with the sole goal of reviving Pakistan’s crafts sector, Usman hails from Peshawar and received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Engineering and Technology Peshawar. Sensing a void between the tech sector and development of his province, Usman launched an interactive media studio called Sweet Pixel Studios. Utilizing lessons from his previous ventures, Usman was then driven to solve an increasingly important problem faced by the local community with Emperor’s Bazaar. The Bazaar aims to provide artisans, craftsmen, and women from all provinces across Pakistan with an online platform to share their work and its story with the global community. Usman believes Pakistan is endowed with a great treasure of skilled laborers, and travels the country to meet artisans and understand their concerns and business shortcomings. Convinced that consumers will be inspired by the profound stories behind Pakistan’s artisans and their products, Usman hopes that Emperor’s Bazaar will magnify their goods, sustain their craft, and improve their livelihood.

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    Usman Khan

    Reviving Pakistan’s craft sector by connecting artisans to effective consumer platforms Read more
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    Zahra Ali

    ahra Ali is a clinical psychologist and social scientist keen on dispelling the stigma around mental illness throughout her community. Zahra has a Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and teaches psychology to undergraduate students at the Aga Khan University‘s School of Nursing and the University of Karachi. Apart from her role as an educator, Zahra runs free clinics housed in the community centers, where she and her team provide free psychological screenings, counseling, and referral services. Zahra’s passion for mental health awareness stems from her studies on rising suicides in Pakistan. She builds community awareness through public events, awareness seminars, and workshops aimed at highlighting social and psychological issues within the community, such as gender inequality, sexuality, parenting, mental illness, family, and marital issues. Zahra aspires to expand accessible community mental health clinic services throughout Pakistan, especially to vulnerable populations such as adolescents and victims of trauma, religious intolerance, and gender inequality.

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    Zahra Ali

    Dispelling stigmas around mental illness and supporting vulnerable populations Read more
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    Zulqarnain Jameel

    Zulqarnain Jameel is a social entrepreneur and technology expert committed to the idea that every child deserves an education. Coming from a technical background as a software developer, Zulqarnain combined his technical capacity with his passion for education and founded the Tent School System in 2015. The Tent School provides education to children residing in the slums of Islamabad. By harnessing online tools and a collaborative learning pedagogy, the Tent School focuses on critical thinking and technical training, which are invaluable in an ever-changing economic environment. His mission is to equip disadvantaged Pakistani youth with both the practical skills to compete in Pakistan’s bourgeoning technology sector while also teaching the problem-solving techniques to ensure gainful employment in the future. Zulqarnain left a corporate job to pursue his passion for education, and his efforts spurred national (TechJuice’s Top 25 Young Entrepreneurs in Pakistan) and international (Ericsson Innovation Award) recognition.

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    Zulqarnain Jameel

    Equipping youth with a technology-focused education to achieve gainful employment Read more
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