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Amjad Saqib
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Amjad Saqib
Born28 February 1957
NationalityPakistani
CitizenshipPakistan Pakistani
Alma materKing Edward Medical College Lahore [1]
OccupationPhilanthropist and Social Entrepreneur
Known forAkhuwat Foundation, Interest Free Microfinance credit program
HonoursSitara-e-Imtiaz (2010) [2]
Life Time Achievement[3]
WebsiteOfficial website

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib, (Urdu: امجد ثاقب‎; 28 February 1957) is a Pakistani social entrepreneur, development practitioner, writer and a former civil servant. He founded Akhuwat Foundation which runs the world's largest micro finance credit program at zero interest rate which is working on providing financial support [4] to deprived families for starting their own earnings. His core expertise include social mobilization , poverty alleviation, microfinance, and education management.[5] He is the author of many books including Akhuwat ka Safar and Molu Musali, and has been writing columns in several Pakistan newspapers like Daily Jinnah, Daily Jang and Nawa-i-Waqt.[6]

Early life[edit]

Amjad Saqib was born in 1957 in the Pakistan industrial city of Faisalabad. He graduated from King Edward Medical College, Lahore and completed his Masters Degree in Public Administration (MPA) from University of the Punjab. He received a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellowship from American University, Washington D.C.[7] He has been providing consultancy services to International Labour Organization, Asian Development Bank, UNICEF, World Bank, and Canadian International Development Agency. [8] He regularly appears as guest speaker at different institute including Civil Services Academy (CSA), Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), National Institute of Public Administration (NIPA) and many other professional forums. [9]


Akhuwat[edit]

Amjad Saqib started the largest interest-free microfinance program in the world under the umbrella of Akhuwat Foundation. This program has disbursed over (Rs. 96 billion) to around 3.6 million poor families in Pakistan and has launched Pakistan’s first fee-free University. Akhuwat College University in open to students from impoverished families.[10] [11]

He also shared a project in Pakistan which is for the welfare of the transgender community. In this project, they will be provided with jobs and benefits. Akhuwat claims to be working to provide rights of these shemale from the society and many of the shemales are already getting benefits from it..[12] In this project, second-hand clothes are given away to the poor people for free. This project is appreciated by the Punjab Government and Federal Government as well.[13] He made a recent visit to Sweden and Denmark to encourage overseas Pakistanis to come forward and do the necessary effort at their end.[14]

Achievements[edit]

Dr. Saqib has received recognition, including most recently the Islamic Economy Award by His Highness Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai and Thomson Reuters in 2018.[15]

Yousaf Raza Gilani, the Prime Minister of Pakistan conferred the Nazriya-i-Pakistan Gold Medal award in 2010.[16]

Saqib is also a recipient of Social Entrepreneur of the year award for 2018 by World Economic Forum (WEF) and Schwab Foundation [17]


He recognized as 31st Commonwealth Points of Light by Queen Elizabeth II as in honor of his exceptional voluntary service by founding Pakistan’s largest micro-finance organisation which is providing benefits to thousands of poor and disadvantaged people in a developing country. The award was presented on by the United Kingdom (UK) High Commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew on 15 March 2018.[18] [19] [20]


Honours and awards[edit]

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  • Khushal Khan Khattak Literary [21] (1993)
  • Sitara-a-Imtiaz, civil decoration from the Government of Pakistan (2010)
  • Nazriya-i-Pakistan Gold Medal [22](2010)
  • Life Time Achievement[23] (2014)
  • "I Am The Change" by Engro IATC [24][25] (2013)
  • Commonwealth’s 31st Point of Light Award, Her Majesty the Queen Elizabeth [26][27][28] (2018)
  • Lifetime Achievement - Islamic Economics Application Award[29] IGIAD's President Ayhan Karahan (2018)
  • Best Performance Award (Social Entrepreneur)[30] CM Shehbaz Sharif (2018)


Books written[edit]

He is the author of many books which are all in Urdu Language, listed below.

  • (2019)| Maulo Musali| مولومصلی
  • (2016)| Kamyab Loag (2016)| کامیاب لوگ
  • (2015)| Sher-e-Lab-e-Darya| شہرِ لبِ دریا
  • (2014)|Gotam Ke Dais Main|گوتم کے دیس میں
  • (2014)|Akhuwat Ka Safar | اخوت کا سفر
  • (2014)|Dasht-e-Zulmat Main Aik Diya | دشتِ ظلمت میں ایک دِیا
  • (2014)|Aik Yaadgaar Mushaira| ایک یادگارمشاعرہ
  • (2013)|Ghurbat Aur Microcredit | غربت اور مائیکروکریڈٹ

See also[edit]


References[edit]

  1. ^ "Amjad Saqib Profile".
  2. ^ "Pride of Performance, Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, Sitara-e-Imtiaz awards conferred". Business Recorder. 2010-03-24. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  3. ^ salama (2015-06-03). "Life Time Achievement Award, ADIB and Thomson Reuters launch EFICA".
  4. ^ Syed Sadaat. ""In Edhi's footsteps, Social work through civil service is the future". DAWN. Retrieved 2016-07-27.
  5. ^ "Profile at Barclay center georgetown.edu".
  6. ^ https://www.scribd.com/document/62148110/Profile
  7. ^ "Barclay center georgetown.edu".
  8. ^ "Berkley Center for Religion, Peace & World Affairs".
  9. ^ Michael Anielski (14 July 2018). "An Economy of Well being".
  10. ^ Joana Silva Afonso; Ajaz Ahmed Khan (16 July 2019). "Emerging Challenges and Innovations in Microfinance and Financial Inclusion". link.springer.com.
  11. ^ "In the Footstep of Akhuwat".
  12. ^ "Transgender people get their blood screened". 2017-05-07.
  13. ^ Tasneem Noorani. "Unsung Heroes".
  14. ^ "TEDx Talks ITU". 2016-02-16.
  15. ^ salama (2015-06-03). "Life Time Achievement Award, ADIB and Thomson Reuters launch EFICA".
  16. ^ "Prime Minister conferred the Nazria-i-Pakistan award". Dawn. 2010-03-27.
  17. ^ "World-changers: Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2018". 2018-09-24.
  18. ^ "Pakistan - Commonwealth Point of Light". Points of Light - Prime Minister's Office 10 Downing Street.
  19. ^ "Philanthropist receives Commonwealth Points of Light award".
  20. ^ "Times of Islamabad".
  21. ^ "Dr. M. Amjad Saqib". TABA Foundation. 2015-05-14. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  22. ^ "Prime Minister conferred the Nazria-i-Pakistan award".
  23. ^ salama (2015-06-03). "Life Time Achievement Award, ADIB and Thomson Reuters launch EFICA".
  24. ^ "Akhuwat - Projects | I Am The Change". Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  25. ^ "Impacting Real Change ― Engro honors the winners of I am the Change digital competition | Engro Corporation". www.engro.com. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  26. ^ "Pakistan - Commonwealth Point of Light". Points of Light - Prime Minister's Office 10 Downing Street.
  27. ^ "Queen recognises Pakistani volunteer with Commonwealth Points of Light award". Daily Times. 2018-03-28. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  28. ^ "Her Majesty The Queen recognises Pakistani volunteer with Commonwealth Points of Light award". GOV.UK. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
  29. ^ "Meet the 2018 Islamic Economy Award Winners". Islamic Economy Award - Dubai Chamber.
  30. ^ "World-changers: meet the Social Entrepreneurs of the Year 2018". World Economic Forum.
  31. ^ "Human rights award".
  32. ^ "Dr. Amjad Saqib".
  33. ^ "Awardees".


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