September 6, 2018

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy joins the prestigious Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community, an initiative of the World Economic Forum


Chinoy joins the likes of Jack Ma, Princess Mette-Marit of Norway and Fahd Al Rasheed


 Two-Time Academy Award Winning film director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy has been inducted as a board member for the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community (GSC), an initiative under the World Economic Forum banner. In a meeting on the 3rd of September at the headquarters of the World Economic Forum in Geneva, the board inducted Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, and Khalid Alkhudair Founder and CEO of a Saudi Social Enterprise, Glowork. GSC is a network of city-based Hubs, developed and led by young people, who are exceptional in their potential, achievements and drive to make a contribution to their communities. Established in 2011, the community is a not-for-profit foundation that has more than 7000 members organized across 370 Hubs in 158 countries and territories worldwide, including Pakistan.

The Global Shapers Community Foundation Board is spearheaded by some of the world’s greatest minds including, Klaus Schwab [Founder and Executive Chairman, World Economic Forum], H.R.G Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Jack Ma [Executive Chairman, Alibaba Group], David Rubenstein [Co-Founder and Co-Chief Executive Officer, Carlyle Group] and Fahd Al Rasheed [Group CEO and Managing Director, King Abdullah Economic City Saudi Arabia]. Sharmeen is the first Artist to have ever co-chaired a World Economic Forum Annual Meeting, which she did in 2017 and in 2013 she was honored by the Forum with a Crystal award.

“I look forward to serving on the Foundation Board of the Global Shapers Community. My work takes me to countries around the world, where some of my most meaningful discussions have taken place when the youth have been involved. The issues they are passionate about will change the course of the world and I look forward to working with them more closely.” Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy

Sharmeen brings to the Foundation Board formidable experience having worked in over twelve countries around the world. She is currently serving on two international boards, as a Trustee, on the board of Smith College in the United States as well as on the board of the Asian University for Women in Bangladesh.

With the support of Global Shapers Community, Sharmeen is geared to create an even larger positive impact on the world stage. The agile, responsive, and inspiring solutions presented by the GSC are aiding in shaping the future of cities around the world. The Global Shapers Community exists to strengthen the voice of youth locally and globally. Its Hubs undertake projects that address issues including education, unemployment, the environment and sustainability. Having a Pakistani member in the forum is a significant boost for the country and its people.

HBO Films will be launching Sharmeen’s latest venture “Student Athelete” on October 2nd in North America. The film is produced by Baskeball star LaBron James. The film hopes to influence legislation around the the rights of student athletes in America. Sharmeen’s domestic venture 3 Bahadur will also be releasing its final film as part of the trilogy “Rise of the Warriors” in December 2018 across Pakistan.

In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. In 2013, the Canadian government awarded Sharmeen a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos. She has also been awarded the Hilal-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan – the country’s second highest civilian honor.

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