The Opening Keynote at ISE 2024 was given by multi-Academy Award-winning director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy. It was entitled Seeing through the Eyes of Others: Redefining the Art of Storytelling.
Most widely known for her Academy Award-winning documentary shorts Saving Face and A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness, Obaid-Chinoy is the first filmmaker from Pakistan to win an Oscar and the first female film director to have won two Oscars by the age of 37.
Following a move into narrative film-making, she directed two pivotal episodes of Marvel’s critically acclaimed series Ms. Marvel in 2022. The series chronicled the MCU’s first Muslim character, Pakistani-American teenager Kamala Khan. In 2023, Obaid-Chinoy was announced as the first woman to direct a Star Wars film. The live-action movie will star Daisy Ridley and is scheduled for release in 2026.