By Renee Probetts
The Buffett Institute works through Northwestern University to facilitate “global engagement and scholarship on the world’s most crucial problems.” The Global Engagement Summit is one of the many affiliated groups with the Buffett Institute.
This year, the Buffett Institute awarded one young global activist with the inaugural Buffett Institute Award for Emerging Global Leaders. Whom the $10,000 award goes to is chosen by Northwestern undergraduate students and is used to identify and appreciate the efforts and successes of young global leaders.
The winner of this award was Khalida Brohi, a 2012 GES delegate. Khalida Brohi founded the Sughar Empowerment Society (known simply as Sughar). The nonprofit was launched in 2009 and is dedicated to providing socioeconomic opportunities for women in rural Pakistan, where Khalida grew up. Sughar, meaning skilled and confident woman, offers resources to women in order for them to create and maintain businesses.
In addition to this award, Khalida was awarded the Woman of Impact Award by Women in the World Foundation Women Excellence Award by National Government of Pakistan, Young Champion Award by University of Singapore, the Unreasonable Institute Fellowship Award, and has been named one of Newsweek’s “25 under 25 Women of Impact” and one of their “100 Women Who Matter in Pakistan.” In 2014, she gave a TedTalk on working to protect women from honor killings.