Safaath Ahmed Zahir has been included in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 Asia – Social Entrepreneurs.
Forbes 30 Under 30 is a series of lists issued annually to recognize the most influential across industries and regions.
This is the first time that a Maldivian has been included in a Forbes list.
According to Forbes, Safaath “is a leading women’s rights activist dedicated to elevating the role of women in her country. Through her civil society activism, she has pioneered efforts to raise the profile of women’s economic empowerment in the Maldives.”
Last year, she received the Queen Elizabeth II's Young Leaders Award at London's Buckingham Palace, which recognizes exceptional young people from across the commonwealth.
She was also chosen as one of the UN Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals in 2016, for her outstanding leadership in her efforts to achieve the Goals. She was one of 17 who were selected from more than 18,000 nominations and will work with the Office of the UN Secretary General’s Envoy on Youth on efforts to engage young people in the realization of the Goals.
Safaath travelled to Malaysia in 2006 to study for the A Levels after graduating from Iskandhar School.
She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Banking & Finance from Monash University, and a Master’s Degree in Master of Science [Finance & Investments] from University of Nottingham.