The World Memory Champion 2020, Emma Alam from Karachi, Pakistan breaks 2 world records, and teammate Syeda Kisa Zehra, Gold Medalist breaks 1 World Record, and both girls get recognized by the Guinness World Records. 

At the 29th World Memory Championship, memory athlete Emma Alam broke the world record of Most Random Words Memorized in Sequence in 15 Minutes, 410 random words to be precise.  A record previously held by India. 

Competitors have 15 minutes to memorize a series of random words in sequence and are then given 35 minutes to recall as many as possible. The words are sourced from an internationally recognized dictionary. Contestants score one point for each word correctly recalled and spelt. 

Syeda Kisa Zehra, Gold Medalist at the 29th World Memory Championship from Team Pakistan broke the world record of Most Historic/Future (fictional) Dates Memorized in 5 Minutes, 241 dates memorized. 

Emma Alam and Syeda Kisa Zehra, both broke the world record in fictional dates previously held by India, however Kisa scored higher than Emma’s record and thus got the Guinness World Records title.

Competitors had 5 minutes to memorize as many numerical historic/future (fictional) dates as possible and 20 minutes recall time to link the correct date to the correct fictional event.

Emma Alam broke another world record of Most Names and Faces Memorized in 15 Minutes, 218 Names & Faces memorized, a record previously held by Sweden.

Competitors had 15 minutes to memorize as many names and faces as they could, and then a further 35 minutes to recall them. Colored photographs of different individuals are provided with a first name and a second name printed underneath each picture. Names are assigned randomly to avoid competitors obtaining clues to the name by the ethnic origin of the face.

Emma and Kisa have competed in various national and world memory, speed reading and mind mapping championships. Emma holds the title of World Memory Champion 2020, having earned highest accumulated points in the tournament. Kisa is the 2019 U.K. Speed Reading Champion as well as the 2019 Pakistan National Mind Mapping Champion.

The 29th World Memory Championships 2020 was a tournament against 16 countries/regions in which more than 300 competitors participated, competing over 10 disciplines in 3-days. Participating countries were Pakistan, India, China, Canada, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Vietnam, Malaysia, Algeria, the United States, Hong Kong (China), Macau (China), Taiwan (China), Libya, Qatar, and Iraq.

The World Memory Championships is an esteemed mind sports tournament founded in 1991 by world-renowned Tony Buzan and Raymond Keene with the aim to shine a global spotlight on the incredible power of human memory.

Emma Alam, stated “It’s an honor to be recognized by the Guinness World Records, I can now say, I am Officially Amazing!”

Syeda Kisa Zehra added to Emma’s statement “Indeed it’s a privilege to be declared the best in the world in the amazing feat of memory, which goes to show how amazing the memory bank is.”


Emma Alam and Syeda Kisa Zehra were trained under the leadership of Sania Alam who is a Super-Learning Master Trainer, 1 of the only 4 in the World Senior Licensed Instructors and the President of Institute of Human Memory Development International (IHMD) now known as Futuristic Learning. 

In addition to winning the overall championship title, Team Pakistan also won 3 trophies, 15 medals and broke 4 world records.  

For more details, please visit the websites at www.guinnessworldrecords.com www.worldmemorychampionships.com  

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