The 2015 Emerging Leaders of Pakistan Fellows

Moderated by:
Nazia Khan
Assistant Director, South Asia Center
Atlantic Council 

Pakistan’s youth are more optimistic about their country’s potential, more socially and technologically connected, and more engaged in the democratic process than the generations preceding them. They have the opportunity to drive change in Pakistan and—in one way or another—will play a major role in the country’s political and economic future. The Emerging Leaders of Pakistan (ELP) fellowship seeks to empower the next generation of Pakistan’s leaders. The program identifies, cultivates, and supports young people in Pakistan who have the potential of becoming future leaders by providing opportunities to strengthen their engagement within civil society. The 2015 cohort of fellows represents Pakistan’s ethnic, religious, and geographic diversity. The fellows are tackling Pakistan’s most pressing challenges as social entrepreneurs, artists, educators, storytellers, minority rights activists, interfaith interlocutors, aspiring politicians, and tech innovators. Read bios for all fifteen fellows here.

We invite the Washington, DC community to meet Pakistan’s young changemakers, discuss their experiences, and exchange recommendations on the future of Pakistan, misperceptions between the United States and Pakistan, and other key issues affecting young people in the country. Learn more about the ELP Fellowship Program here and read all fellows’ bios here.

This project is funded by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Community Engagement Office of the US Embassy in Islamabad, through its partnership with the Meridian International Center.  Youth Engagement Services (YES) Network Pakistan is an on-the-ground partner in Pakistan and the Hashoo Group provides in-kind support.