TEDxMargalla featured some of Pakistan’s most prominent personalities, including Asad Umar (CEO Engro Corp), Prof. Adil Najam (Vice Chancellor LUMS), Sami Shah, Khalida Brohi and others, who shared their vision on the way Pakistan could work towards a more prosperous future.
Prof. Adil Najam talked about the challenges of climate change and the power of individuals in taking actions to combat development challenges. Asad Umar urged greater investments in public education and stimulating the economy by opening up our borders to regional trade and business opportunities. Khalida Brohi talked about her personal journey of helping women in Balochistan and Sindh become financially independent and educated while Sami Shah had the audience in fits of laughter with his funny yet thought provoking talk on the importance of humor in society. The Thespian Alliance – a mime troupe from Rawalpindi and Islamabad gave a breathtaking mime performance titled the “the War Within” to show the personal battles individuals fight when trying to reform themselves.
Saad Hamid, Curator and Licensee, TEDxMargalla, highlighted, “This is the second year that we are organizing TEDxMargalla, and the enthusiastic response has given us the inspiration to make this an event for the Twin Cities. TEDxMargalla is the only city-wide TEDx conference based in Islamabad and we have now twice delivered on our promise of providing an inspirational journey to all our attendees and live viewers.”
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