Forbes Recognizes Alumnus Samir Lakhani as a Top Young Social Entrepreneur

Samir Lakhani

Samir Lakhani (A&S ’15), has been named to the 2020 Forbes 30 under 30 list of top young social entrepreneurs. The Forbes 30 under 30 list features 600 entrepreneurs in 20 industries, selected from among 15,000 nominees in the U.S. and Canada.

Lakhani, 27, founded Eco-Soap Bank, which recycles leftover hotel soaps to redistribute to people in need. Since its launch in 2015, his Pittsburgh-based global nonprofit has kept tons of waste out of landfills, improved hygiene for more than 1.3 million people and created jobs for 147 disadvantaged women in developing nations. 

The award is another top honor for the Pitt environmental studies alumnus. Lakhani was named among 10 “everyday people changing the world” in the 2017 CNN Hero of the Year Awards for his humanitarian work.

Read more about this successful young alumnus’ efforts to improve the world in this Pittwire feature about his most recent Eco-Soap endeavor.