Pakistani student to receive Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace


LONDON: A Pakistani student will be proudly receiving the Queen’s Young Leaders Award for using technology to provide solutions for health issues and teaching computer skills to underprivileged children.

23-year-old Syed Faizan Hussain said in a statement, “I am delighted to be receiving this award and look forward to expanding my leadership skills by engaging with people from various fields, who will be sharing their ideas and experiences.”

Faizan Hussain, a social entrepreneur, has developed a number of startups, including Edu-Aid, which translates sign language into spoken language, and OneHealth, a disease surveillance and tracking system which notifies health institutions about epidemic outbreaks.

He has also made a mark by working voluntarily to teach more than 200 underprivileged students, equipping them with computer programming skills.

Faizan Hussain is now actively engaged in developing Venture Dart, a tech consultant and outsourcing company for entrepreneurs and small businesses.

At the Buckingham Palace ceremony, Hussain, representing Pakistan will be together with other winners from the Commonwealth countries. The winners will be together in the United Kingdom for an event of inspiring meetings, networking opportunities, training and mentoring, all designed to help them develop as leaders.

Prior to receiving the Queen’s Young Leaders Award at Buckingham Palace, the winners will visit 10 Downing Street to participate in master classes at the BBC World Service and the UK headquarters of the global social media company, Facebook. They will also have the chance to meet the Commonwealth secretary-general, take part in workshops at the University of Cambridge, meet senior executives from some of UK’s leading organisations and visit projects that are changing the lives of vulnerable people in the UK.