Initiative: Creating accountability in publishing
Syed Ommer Amer is Founder and CEO of Daastan, a platform working for the revival of literature in Pakistan by connecting writers with opportunities for career growth. Daastan is Pakistan’s leading self-publishing platform and is bringing accountability in sales and royalty distribution through an automated technology portal, Qissa. He is the third generation of his family who has been actively involved in improving the education sector of Pakistan. He is a Plan9 Alumnus, Acumen Fellow Finalist, and a literary activist who has been invited by UNESCO, the Government of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, and the World Bank as a speaker to highlight problems in regard to and provide input on policy-making to improve the situation of Pakistan’s literary industry. He holds the honor of being the first Pakistani who was selected twice for MITx Global Entrepreneurship Program held in Boston, USA. He is a passionate public speaker who has been interviewed extensively by local and international media platforms like Dawn, Express Tribune, and Skynews Arabia for his work.