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Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy ’02

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy
About Sharmeen

Alumnae Trustee, 2018–22

Karachi, Pakistan

Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy is the only female director to have received two Academy Awards by the age of 37. Since 2001, she has made more than two dozen films in over 16 countries. Her films include Student AthleteGirl in the RiverSong of LahoreSaving FacePeace Keepers and Transgenders: Pakistan’s Open Secret. In 2012, Time magazine named Obaid-Chinoy to its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year, the Pakistan government awarded her its highest civil honor, Hilal-e-Imtiaz.

In 2013, the Canadian government honored Obaid-Chinoy with a Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work in the field of documentary films, and the World Economic Forum presented her with a Crystal Award at its annual summit in Davos. In 2017, the International Center for Journalists awarded her the Knight International Journalism Award for her work that led to legislative change.

In 2017, Sharmeen was the first artist to co-chair the World Economic Forum at Davos. In addition to her Smith degree, Obaid-Chinoy holds two master’s degrees from Stanford University. In 2018, Smith College awarded her an honorary degree in fine arts. She was awarded the Smith College Medal in 2016.