5 Pakistanis selected for TEDIndia Fellowship

tedindiaIn June TED.com announced an opportunity to apply for the TEDIndia Fellowship. The plan was to select future brilliant thinkers, innovators and leaders as the TEDIndia Fellows.

It was due to the efforts of Faisal Chohan, a TED 2009 Fellow, that TEDIndia Fellowship opened its doors for the people of Pakistan. Now, as the results are out, 103 TEDIndia Fellows are selected out of which 5 are Pakistanis. These 5 Pakistanis will attend TEDIndia event in November at Infosys Campus Mysore.

For those who don’t know what TED is, here is a brief description for them:

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. The annual conference now brings together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).

The 5 Pakistanis selected for this honorable TEDIndia fellowship are:

  • Shandana Minhas (Pakistan) – Print and screen writer; her first novel, Tunnel Vision was published in 2007, she is working on her second
  • Aun Rahman (Pakistan) – Pakistan Director for Acumen Fund, a global nonprofit social venture fund
  • Asher Hasan (Pakistan/US) – Founder CEO of NAYA JEEVAN, a social enterprise dedicated to providing low-income families with affordable access to quality, catastrophic health care
  • Shahida Saleem (Pakistan) – Founder of Sehat First, a social enterprise providing access to basic health care and pharmaceutical services across Pakistan
  • Awab Alvi (Pakistan) – Dentist, orthodontist and author of Teeth Maestro, a prominent Pakistani political blog

Via Teeth Maestro


  • Fakhre alam

    Impressive. Keep it up