Bookmarking Desi Innovators & Ventures

Do we dare?

by Saad Omer March 16th, 2010

Not only our regular education system keeps falling short of providing a generation fully equipped with industry knowledge to the corporate job market, it also passes on a much bigger challenge to the fresh graduates to cope with in their nascent careers. While they are already struggling with adjusting into the practical world, they find themselves up against a tough task of making themselves compatible to the job market as quickly as possible, because their education gives them only 20% thrust to enter the market. The rest 80% is upto them to conquer, with no helping tools whatsoever.

This shortcoming of compatibility is the first step in killing the motivation of the fresh graduates. Their immediate target; to be accepted by ANY multinational company; is a very short-term aim which drains their energy and out-of-the-box thinking. By the time they are successful in making their way into the job mainstream, their whole thinking pattern has been transformed into doing-only-what-you-are-being-told. No one dares to challenge anything, thanks to the corporate culture. Good bye innovative thinking!

While this methodical suppression exists pretty much everywhere, there are a few mavericks who dare to break the spell. Although most of us focus on ‘what’ they did to get such success, a more interesting insight would be on ‘when’ they started to separate out themselves from the rest of the herd. You will find a majority of them having a clear vision of their dreams inside their academic institutes, and accordingly aligning themselves before they graduate. This gives them the courage and dare required to pursue their innovation, a must-have tool to start any new business.

Do not let your innovation go down. Do not let yourself get sucked by the whirlpool of job finding. Creative thinking is a blessing; do not let it go to waste. Dream high and act in time!

 

Five Pakistanis recognized as Young Global Leaders

by Rafaeel Akbar Chaudhry March 5th, 2010

YGL 2010 Honouress from Pakistan

EntrepreneursPK Team is glad to inform its readers that 5 Pakistanis have been honored with the Young Global Leader 2010 title by the World Economic Forum. Those who have made us proud this year are Mr. Amir Jahangir (CEO, JAAG Broadcasting (Pvt.) Ltd.), Mr. Hamid Yar Hiraj (Federal Minister of State, Commerce), Mr. Muhammad Ali Tabba (CEO, Lucky Cement), Syed Mustafa Kamal (Ex-Mayor/City Nazim, Karachi) and Mr. Umar Saif (Founder, Saif Center of Innovation (SCI) ).

It feels great to know that our fellow country men are part of the list that includes Roger Federer, Professional Tennis Player (from Switzerland), Evan Williams, CEO Twitter  (from the USA) and Mandla Mandela, Member of Parliament of the South African National Congress (from South Africa) etc.

This Forum of Young Global Leaders is a unique, multi-stakeholder community of exceptional young leaders who share a commitment to shaping the global future. Each year the World Economic Forum identifies 200-300 extraordinary individuals, drawn from every region of the world. The individuals recognized are under 40 years of age and are evaluated on the basis of their professional accomplishments, commitment to society and potential to contribute to shaping the future of the world. Together, they form a powerful international community that can dramatically impact the global future.

WEF on 3rd March 2010 has announced the names of 197 people from 72 countries who are to join the Forum of Young Global Leaders in 2010. Those selected are all stakeholders of society (business, social entrepreneurs, political&government, arts&culture, and opinion&media). They represent all regions: East Asia (43), South Asia (21), Europe (46), Middle East and North Africa (14), sub-Saharan Africa (17), North America (38), and Latin America (18) and this year’s selection has more gender parity than ever with 38% women.

Drawn from a pool of almost 5,000 candidates, the Young Global Leaders 2010 were chosen by a selection committee, chaired by H.M. Queen Rania Al Abdullah of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, comprised of eminent international media leaders.

The 2010 honourees will become part of the broader Forum of Young Global Leaders community that currently comprises 660 outstanding individuals. The Young Global Leaders meet annually and this year’s summit will be held in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, 2-7 May. It is the first time a summit will take place in Africa and it will also be the largest gathering of the community.

We wish and hope that the trend continues and 2011 YGL Honourees list contains names of many more local impact makers.

Young Global Leaders Dead Sea Summit

EntrepreneursPK Team is glad to inform its readers that 5 Pakistanis have been honored with the Young Global Leader 2010 title by the World Economic Forum. Those who have made us proud this year are Mr. Amir Jahangir (CEO, JAAG Broadcasting (Pvt.) Ltd.), Mr. Hamid Yar Hiraj (Federal Minister of State, Commerce), Mr. Muhammad Ali Tabba (CEO, Lucky Cement), Syed Mustafa Kamal (Ex-Mayor/City Nazim, Karachi) and Mr. Umar Saif (Founder, Saif Center of Innovation (SCI) ).