Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy
Karachi ~ Pakistan
Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is an award-winning documentary filmmaker, investigative journalist, activist and educationist with a particular interest in exploring social issues especially the impact of violence on society, critical thinking in education & women's rights in marginalized communities. She is also the co-founder of a not-for-profit The Citizens Archive of Pakistan and a TED senior Fellow. In 2010, Sharmeen became then first Pakistani woman to win an Emmy award for her work in Pakistan's Taliban Generation. She is also the first non-American to win the prestigious Livingston Award for Young Journalists. Sharmeen has worked on 14 films for major networks in the United States and Britain including CNN, PBS, Channel 4 (U.K.) CBC, Arte and the Discovery channel. She has to her credit among many other awards and honours: the Alfred I. Dupont Award, The Livingston Award, The Overseas Press Club Award, The American Women in Radio and Television Award, The One World Media Award and the Banff TV Rockie Award. Sharmeen’s work has taken her to over ten countries around the world where amongst other things she has worked with refugees, women’s advocate 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. Sharmeen is currently co-directing a documentary film with Daniel Junge about victims of acid violence in Pakistan for HBO & More 4 (UK). In 2007, Sharmeen helped found The Citizens Archive of Pakistan; a non-profit, volunteer organization formed to foster and promote community-wide interest in the culture and history of Pakistan. At a time when Pakistan’s youth finds itself caught between religious and state ideology, the organization works with thousands of underprivileged children inculcating critical thinking skills and instilling a sense of pride in them about their history and identity. Being a senior TED fellow she organizes TEDx conferences annually in Karachi bringing accomplished Pakistanis together on a stage to share their experiences and developments with the rest of the country. She has also been actively involved in launching Karen Amstrong's Charter for Compassion adapting it for Pakistan with a group of committed people. She is a public speaker having spoken at different platforms about her work including TED, The World Affairs Council, Asia Society, Harvard & Yale universities as well as various high schools and events across Europe & North America. She has written for several local and international publications including The independent, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The Globe & Mail & Dawn and The News newspapers in Pakistan. Sharmeen is currently working on a non violence campaign in Pakistan & writing a script for her first feature film. Along her travels over the past decade she has collected a number of stories which she is now turning into a book. Born in Karachi, Sharmeen divides her time between Pakistan and Canada. Sharmeen graduated from Smith College with a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Government, she then completed two master’s degrees from Stanford University in International Policy Studies and Communication.