Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, is a Pakistani journalist and documentary filmmaker.She won an Academy Award for her documentary, Saving Face in 2012 and became first Pakistani to win an Oscar. She won an Emmy for her documentary, Pakistan: Children of the Taliban in 2010. She is also the first non-American to win the Livingston Award for Young Journalists.
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a film producer and journalist who has worked on 14 films for major networks in the United States and Britain. Her films include Children of the Taliban (with Dan Edge), The Lost Generation (about Iraqi exiles) and Afghanistan Unveiled. Her work has taken her around the world, where she has filmed and worked with refugees, women’s advocacy groups and human rights defenders. By bringing their voices to the outside world, she has often helped them bring about a critical change in their community.
Obaid-Chinoy helped found the Citizens Archive of Pakistan, a nonprofit, volunteer organization that fosters and promotes community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan. Citizens Archive works with thousands of children, teaching critical thinking skills and instilling a sense of pride about their history and identity.
Time magazine has named Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy within their annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world for 2012.
Having spoken at different platforms about her work including TED, The World Economic Forum, The World Bank, The World Affairs Council, Asia Society, Harvard & Yale universities as well as various high schools and events across Europe & North America. Sharmeen lectures frequently about the geo-politics of South Asia and her experiences as a journalist & filmmaker.
Asia Society New York
Asian Women’s University Bangladesh
Carr Center, Harvard University
Council on Global Affairs Chicago
Fletcher School of Diplomacy Tufts University
Latin School Chicago
Off the Record Series, New York
Rhode Island School of Design
St Paul’s School (New Hampshire)
TED (Long Beach)
Trust International Conference, London
University of Toronto
Women’s National Democratic Club Washington DC
World Affairs Council San Francisco
World Affairs Council Houston
World Economic forum, Davos