Five talented individuals from Pakistan have been recognized on the prestigious Forbes 30 Under 30Asia list for 2023, bringing pride to their nation. This year’s list showcases a diverse group of 30young achievers from 20 different countries and territories across the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting their accomplishments in various fields such as art, sports, entrepreneurship, and science. Among the Pakistani honorees is Ayesha Mubarak Ali, a renowned multimedia visual tech artist known for her innovative fusion of traditional and digital techniques. Ali’s work explores themes like identity politics, light pollution, space applications, and the future of
humanity. She made history as the first Pakistani artist to collaborate with NASA scientists
and even had her artwork sent to the International Space Station through SpaceX.
Screenwriter Azam Mahmood also made the list for his exceptional storytelling skills. He
serves as a story editor for a drama series and has the privilege of working with Golden
Globe-winning actor Ramy Youssef on the creation of the show “Ramy.”
Hassan and Islam, the co-founders of KalPay, a Sharia-compliant buy-now-pay-later startup,
were recognized for their innovative business venture. With the aim of serving Pakistan’s
large Muslim population, KalPay offers financial access to individuals through its unique
payment system. The startup launched in 2021 and has expanded its reach by partnering
with Muawin, a BNPL player associated with Foodpanda.
Anas Niaz, the founder of Bioniks, a social enterprise established in 2016, also secured a spot
on the list. Bioniks specializes in developing affordable, custom-made bionic arms using 3Dprinting technology. These prosthetics are equipped with sensors and software, enabling
users to manipulate objects with robotic fingers. The company also facilitates connections
between those in need of prosthetics and generous donors.
The achievements of these five talented individuals exemplify the remarkable talent and
innovation emerging from Pakistan. Their inclusion on the Forbes 30 Under 30 Asia list is a
testament to their exceptional contributions in their respective fields and their commitment
to making a positive impact on society.