Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy is a two-time Academy Award-winning filmmaker, who recently directed the origin story of the critically acclaimed Marvel Studio’s series Ms. Marvel. Since 2001, she has made over two dozen multi-award films in over 16 countries around the world. Her films include Student Athlete, Girl in the river, Sitara: Let Girls Dream, Song of Lahore, Saving Face, and Peace Keepers.
Sharmeen is known for her work in films that highlight the inequality of women, and her work has led to legislative change in her home country Pakistan. In 2012, Time Magazine included Sharmeen in its annual list of the 100 most influential people in the world. That same year the Pakistan Government awarded her with the highest civil honor “Hilal -e–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 the International Center for Journalists awarded her the Knight International Journalism Award for her work that led to legislative change. In 2018, Sharmeen was the recipient of the Tällberg/Eliasson Global Leadership Prize.
In 2017, Sharmeen was the first artist to co-chair the “World Economic Forum” at Davos. Sharmeen holds a bachelor's degree from Smith College and two master's degrees from Stanford University. In 2018, Smith College awarded her an honorary degree in Fine Arts.