Founder & CEO: Ahmad Shabbar
Ahmad Shabbar is a scientist and an engineer by profession. He has a Bachelor’s of Arts in Physics from Reed College, and a Bachelor’s of Science in Mechanical and Energy Engineering from the University of North Texas. He has worked at the Reed Research Reactor (a research nuclear reactor); and won the top prize at NASA’s Texas Space Grant Consortium. Even though waste management and environmental issues were not the central part of his career, he has a varied experience with them. While, working at the nuclear reactor he had to work with nuclear waste; and the NASA project was to design a system without any moving parts to remove CO2 from the airstream. He also has experience with medical and chemical waste.
After his return from the US in early 2016, he noticed the Karachi trash crisis. He also realized that there was no mainstream concept of recycling, reusing, and reducing. That is when he decided to create ‘Garbagecan (Pvt.) Ltd.’ Garbagecan is hence a social entrepreneurship, where Ahmad’s vision is to spread awareness via talks at schools, community centers etc. about proper waste management and sustainable practices, as well as to provide a service based on those principles.