Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib

Founder of Akhuwat Foundation

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib is the founder and Executive Director of Akhuwat, the world’s largest Islamic microfinance organization. Amongst other projects, Akhuwat has also launched Pakistan’s first fee free university—Akhuwat College University— which is open to talented students from across Pakistan, as admissions are based solely on merit.

Dr. Muhammad Amjad Saqib is a development practitioner, social entrepreneur, author, and former civil servant. His alma matter includes the King Edward Medical University, in Lahore, and The American University in Washington D.C. On account of his remarkable achievements in the cause of restoring human dignity to Pakistan’s most vulnerable communities, including women, persons with disabilities, and the transgender population. Through enhancing financial inclusion, education, access to healthcare, and the provision of food and clothes to these underprivileged communities, Dr. Saqib has received world-wide recognition. Most recently, in 2018, Dr. Saqib has been the recipient of the Islamic Economy Award, awarded by the Crown Prince of Dubai and Thomson Reuters, the Commonwealth’s 31st Point of Light Award bestowed by Queen Elizabeth II, and the Social Entrepreneur of the Year award presented by the World Economic Forum (WEB) and Schwab Foundation. He has previously been the recipient of Sitar-e-Imtiaz, a coveted awarded granted by the President of Pakistan only to those individuals who have served the state to the highest degree.

He has authored eight books and is an acclaimed speaker who has had the honour of speaking on the topics of poverty alleviation and social entrepreneurship at world-renowned institutions such as the United Nations, Harvard University, the University of Oxford, and the University of Cambridge.