Dr. Amjad Saqib, the renowned Pakistani philanthropist, and visionary behind the largest interest-free microfinance platform, has been honored with the prestigious title of ‘Global Man of the Decade’ for his exceptional and selfless contributions to humanity.
The accolade was presented to him at the esteemed Global Women Awards ceremony held in the United Kingdom over the weekend, where his remarkable achievements were celebrated among prominent leaders and change-makers from around the world. The ceremony recognized his tireless efforts in fostering brotherhood and compassion, and it brought him much-deserved global recognition.
In an expression of gratitude, Dr. Saqib humbly stated, “Thank you very much, all. It is truly an honor to receive this award in the presence of so many inspiring leaders, men, and women who are making a positive impact on this world.”
As the founder of Pakistan’s largest interest-free microfinance program, Dr. Amjad Saqib’s journey of transformation began in 2001 with a mere $100. Over nearly two decades, his visionary organization, Akhuwat, has evolved into the nation’s largest microfinance institution. It has successfully disbursed a staggering equivalent of $900 million to uplift five million impoverished families, boasting an astounding loan repayment rate of nearly 100%.
For his groundbreaking work in poverty alleviation and commitment to humanitarian causes, Dr. Saqib had previously earned a nomination for the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize. His unwavering dedication to uplifting the lives of the underprivileged has garnered widespread admiration and acclaim from all corners of the globe.
In 2022, the Nobel Peace Prize received a record 343 nominations, including 251 individuals and 92 organizations from various nations, reaffirming the significant impact of Dr. Saqib’s contributions among the plethora of global humanitarians.
Adding another laurel to his distinguished achievements, Dr. Amjad Saqib was also recognized as one of the five recipients of the revered Ramon Magsaysay Award. Named after a visionary Filipino president who tragically passed away in a plane crash, the award acknowledged Dr. Saqib’s pioneering ‘first-of-its-kind’ interest- and collateral-free microfinance program. This groundbreaking initiative has positively transformed the lives of millions of impoverished families, empowering them to break free from the shackles of poverty.
Dr. Saqib’s unwavering pursuit of compassion and progress has undeniably left an indelible mark on the global humanitarian landscape, making him a true inspiration for generations to come.