Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award and Emmy Award winning documentary filmmaker. In the past 16 years, she has made a dozen multi-award-winning films in over ten countries around the world. Her films include Girl in the River, Song of Lahore, Saving Face, Peace Keepers, Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret and Pakistan’s Taliban Generation. Her work has aired on channels spanning four continents, including HBO, CNN, PBS, Channel 4, CBC, Arte, SBS and the Discovery Channel.
In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in their annual list of the 100 Most Influential People in the world. That same year the Pakistan government awarded her the highest civil honor “Hilal-i-Imtiaz.” In 2013, the Canadian government awarded her a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films and the World Economic Forum honored her with a Crystal Award at their annual summit in Davos.
In 2017, Sharmeen was the first artist ever to co-chair the “World Economic Forum” at Davos.
Born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan, Sharmeen received a bachelor’s degree from Smith College and two masters’ degrees from Stanford University.