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Pakistani scholar among world’s top young innovators

Associate Professor, School of Science and Engineering, Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Dr Umar Saif has been recognized by MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators (TR35) in the world.
He is the first Pakistani scholar to have been selected for the prestigious TR35 award in the last decade, says a press release.
“The TR35 recognizes the world’s top 35 young innovators that are radically transforming technology as we know it. Their work – spanning medicine, computing, communications, energy, electronics and nanotechnology — is changing our world”, according to MIT Technology Review.
Dr Saif has been honoured for his work on technologies for the developing-world. Technologies developed by Dr Saif’s research group and startups are used by millions of people in the developing world, especially BitMate, that enhances the speed of Internet in the developing-world using peer-to-peer technology, and, Pakistan’s largest SMS Social Network which has sent close to four billion SMS for users in Pakistan.
Dr Saif joins an elite group of researchers and entrepreneurs selected over the last decade. Previous winners include Larry Page and Sergey Brin, the co-founders of Google, Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, Jonathan Ive, the chief designer at Apple, David Karp, founder of Tumbler; Harvard Professor Alán Aspuru-Guzik for his work on Quantum computers, and MIT Neuroscientist Ed Boyden, one of the inventors of the emerging field of optogenetics, which makes it possible to control neurons with light.
MIT Technology Review selects the top innovators after a rigorous evaluation process. The judges, who are leading experts in their fields from universities such as MIT, Stanford and Harvard, consider hundreds of high-impact researchers and entrepreneurs from all over the world, out of which top 35 are chosen for the award.
“This year’s group of TR35 recipients is driving the next wave of transformative technology and making an impact on the way we live, work and interact”, said Jason Pontin, editor-in-chief and publisher of the MIT Technology Review.
Dr Saif has won numerous awards for his innovative technology solutions for the developing-world. He was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2009. He is a recipient of the MIT Technovator Award, Mark Weiser Award, Digital Inclusion Award from Microsoft Research and the IDG Technology Pioneer Award.
Before moving to Pakistan, Dr Saif worked at MIT and received a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust.

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  1. Saadia Anwar said:

    Congratulations Dr. Sahab. Allah aap ko aur kamyabian ata karai aur aap Pakistan ka naam aisay hee roshan kartai rahain, ameen.

  2. Asim Belgaumi said:

    Excellent. It is so refreshing to see success like this for one of our own. We should all be extremely proud.

    • lalaLand said:

      What do you mean "one o four own", that was racist.

      Why cant be just act like human beings and not judge people based on where they were born, race etc. Jesus!

  3. saqib said:


    Please work on developing more individuals like yourself, besides doing what you already do 🙂
    May ALLAH bless you and keep you on the right path. Aameen.

    ALLAH Hafiz

  4. Proud Pakistani said:

    Hats off to you! And thank you for making us all proud!

  5. Tariqyousaf said:

    مبارک ہو ڈاکٹر عمر سیف الله آپ کو کامیابی دے امین

  6. Ahmed said:

    MashaAllah amazing piece of work ! Hard work with dedication will pay off !! I really admire you hard work , you're truly a source of inspiration and motivation for all the Muslim youth,
    Congratulations from Hyderabad,India

  7. Tahir Akbar said:

    A good news amid smokes of disappointments…. 🙂 Congrats to not only Dr sahib but also to the whole nation….

  8. Aziz Khan Niazi said:

    Mashallah !!!!! Nice to hear such a prestigious award being awarded to our Pakistani Fellow..

  9. Nabila Habib said:

    Wow! Now THIS is Pakistan and our Potential! Bravo

  10. Rehan Ali said:

    Its a great achievement, as well pleasure for us, thank you sir.

  11. Manum said:

    Beacon of light! Congrats and thank you for giving us a moment of glory!

  12. fwallis said:

    Dear Dr.sahib congradulations and mashallah, we all are proud of you. I know the govt of Pakistan will not support him but what will he get in Pakistan? But yes he can work hard to train the students in Pak.

  13. guest-worker said:

    spend 5% of GDP on R & D and u will have a surplus of Dr. Saif's in this country

      • Ali said:

        The govt gives us many other opportunities to bash it. Let us just use this space to honor the brilliance of Dr. Umar Saif!

  14. asif said:

    that's cool… You have made us proud. We wish you good luck for your and pak future.
    Most importantly; we wish that you will help our nation to produce more such brains so that every year we have people like you winning top awards.

  15. Saher said:

    Wow!!! Congratulations. and Keep shining. We are surely proud of you

  16. Saleem Kashmiri said:

    Proud to be the teacher of such a brilliant boy May God protect you from all harm

  17. Asif iqbal said:

    Thanks god someone in Pakistan also making his name in education ! other wise we indians are the only one in subcontinent aho r contributing ! We have 18 youngsters(6 girls) in this list till date. We welcome pakistani youngsters in this list ! Books are more lethal weapon then Guns !!!! Try it !!!!

  18. Ali said:

    Incredible achievement! Keep it up! And all the best for the future!

  19. Shahid said:

    Amidst all the news about the violence, corruption, and other problems…seeing such a news seems like a breath of fresh air. Congratulations Dr. Saif!

  20. Zohaib said:

    Now here is a role model for our youth to follow!
    Well done!

  21. Umair Zia said:

    Bravo Sir !!!
    Congratulations Doctor Sahab, You Deserve A Round of Applause …. God bless you 🙂

  22. Bushra naz said:

    Dr sahab you've made all the nation proud.May Allah bless you always .

  23. Asif said:

    Its times like these when one feels proud to be a Pakistani!

  24. salman asif said:

    This is a drop in bucket
    there will be a rain soon!

  25. Ismail Tariq said:

    I salute all those in the world who make a difference, smartly, accurately and successfully. I salute you again for making a Pakistani difference! Keep up the good work. m/

  26. RZR said:

    I love to say you are PAKISTANI i wish Pakistan will produce more like you in coming years, i want you to do something for pakistan study structure plz do it ………..

  27. Abid Ch said:

    Although I am not student of LUMS, I did BS from PUCIT, Excellent work. Proud to be a Pakistani. It will be great if Pakistan produce such a brilliant more Drs.

    Any How Thanks to Dr sb for his effort to make the Pakistan better in the eye of world.h

  28. rana tariq said:

    mashallah….pakistani and muslim
    all hats off to u , Dr.Sahib.
    God Bless U.

  29. @spyphonetap said:

    you are infact an inspiration for the youth of this country… a ray of hope for the country… God bless you.

  30. Moiyad said:

    Congrats dr sahib,i hope the ppl of pakistan realize what you have acheived and hope you give more to Pakistan than b4

  31. Noman said:

    I am glad to read this. May Allah bless you with more and more success brother. Amin

  32. Ambreen Asif Qureshi said:

    Alhamdolillah! finally we hear something extremely good about a Pakistani. Wonderful. Keep up the good work and a big thank you for bringing laurels to your country. May Allah Subhantaala shower moire of His blessings on you. Ameen

  33. A.K said:

    mashALLAH…….Dr. Saif u r certainly da role model Pakisatan requires……..may ALLAH (S.W.T) give u long life to help Pakistan……..u ave certainly made us all PROUD……..bohot bohot dua aapke liye…..Ameen

  34. Pakistani said:

    Could some one also tell us what good has he done and have the people benefitted in Pakistan or is this a personal achievement only.The news item says a lot.Some one to please translate in simple language for us all.

  35. AftabWilson said:

    God Bless You Dr Sahib. We at least hear some very good news in this tense atmosphere on law and order. Keep it up. Sons and daughters like this person keeps our hopes alive.

  36. Asif Mahmood said:

    Congratulations Professor…God bless you and hope you will play your role to bring Pakistan out of troubles.

  37. Azfar Musheer said:

    Congrats Dr Sahib and Thank you for being and remains a part of country and nation.

  38. Hasan Shahid said:

    Congratulations Sir, May God bless you and may the youth of this Nation follow your foot steps.

  39. Hammad said:

    Dr Umar Saif, keep the good work up and may Allah bless you with more success in the future.

  40. Asif Qurehi said:

    After a looong time – A good infect a Great News to Share with Pakistani's

  41. Farrukh Siddiqui said:

    Congratulations Saif Saheb, we are proud of you. Allah bless you, healthy, wealthy and long life. Aameen.

  42. Jehangir K. Khalil said:

    You made us proud. You are a role model for all of us to work toawrds such an achievment. Keep it up.

  43. HAMID NAWAZ said:


  44. Asif said:

    Thanks for your hardwork and dedication which you shows to all over the world. And help us to feel proud on you as a Pakistani. It gives very nice feeling after hearing something good about our country. Good on you.

  45. zaghum abbas Syed said:

    how r u sir, i have been looking for your Work and Special naming from USA as Pakistani Since 2003. Its was GLOBAL SCIENCE where i read your 1st interview when you was in Lahore from MIT. i am happy for your success and really happy that being an educationist you are our proud part.
    May ALLAH keep your safe n healthy to serve our Nation.

    Thanks you!

  46. M. Uzman Khan said:

    Salam n congrats 2 Dr. Saif, all Pakistanis ant entire Muslim Ummah on this victorious event and i pray that ALLAH bless each individual of Muslim Ummah with vision 2 devote their capabilities in the betterment of mankind.

  47. Asim Ahmed said:

    Absolutely wonderful Dr.Saif! I hope you'll spend a %age of your potential to develop more brains like you, so this beacon of light keeps glowing. Congratulations for making whole nation proud of you & your parents!

  48. Asim Ahmed said:

    didn't know why these **** appeared! I wrote "More brains like this" …

  49. Qamar Nazir said:

    Congratulations for the great job to Dr. Umar, LUMS and Pakistan. Once again proved that Pakistanis are second to none and had there been adequate research facilities available to all our masses, all 35 would have been Pakistanis.

  50. Shagufta said:

    Thanks for sharing! always good to learn about positive Pakistan and it is very important to show this face of my country

  51. proud american said:

    oooooo….even jihadis among innovators…and i thought only we dominated the list….

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