2012 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellow Muhammad Sabir was selected for the Swedish Institute’s 2013 Young Connectors of the Future Programme (YCF). YCF is a leadership program that aims to lay a foundation for dialogue, mutual understanding, and knowledge sharing among young leaders in South Asia. The institute brings together young leaders from Afghanistan, Pakistan, India, and Bangladesh to strengthen the collaboration between South Asian countries while promoting human rights and democratic practices across the region. He will spend two weeks with his ELP peer, Imran Khan, in Sweden in late November.
Sabir was also selected for the prestigious DO School Fellowship in New York City, where he will participate in the Sustainable Cup Challenge. The Fellows will work together to create an innovative and sustainable to-go cup system for New York City, as well as related infrastructure and a campaign. During the ten week incubation phase, Fellows will learn how to turn an idea into action. Simultaneously, all Fellows will work on turning their own venture idea into a viable social venture plan that is ready for implementation during the following ten-month implementation phase in their home country. Sabir’s project is to establish mobile toilet facilities in the slums for slum-dwellers in Lahore. It will not only provide them protection from diseases but also create economic opportunities to use human waste to produce bio-gas to meet their energy needs and bio-fertilizer that can be sold to different nurseries and orchard owners. He is one of only twenty fellows from around the world selected for this opportunity. Congratulations, Sabir!