EXECUTIVE TEAM

  • Sidra Jalil – Market Researcher, Technology Enthusiast and Motivational Speaker

    Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

    Sidra is a Computer Science graduate possessing post graduate qualification in the field of Management.  She possess strong communication skills and has worked actively with technology start up ventures and worldwide leading market research companies for over 8 years now. She is a blogger, internet marketer, motivational speaker and a socially active person with keen interest in learning and community work.

    • Ather Imran Nawaz – Chief Executive Officer at Sybrid (Private) Ltd

      President @ OPEN Islamabad

      Ather, with a Masters degree from Purdue University, has over 15 years of professional experience with various IT & ITES organizations. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Sybrid Private Limited.

      Besides work, Ather is an active blogger (http://thinkingspirits.com) and a mentor. He is known for creating platforms for professionals and is currently engaged in a major nonprofit effort to establish Islamabad as a knowledge city. Ather actively volunteers for educational and health welfare organizations, and regularly speaks at various universities. He serves as Chairman of the Board for OPEN Islamabad chapter.

      • Umar Ashfaq – Senior Software Engineer at eMumba

        Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

        Umar is a history nerd who loves to read old books and make drawings. Sometimes he writes software too.

        • Owais Anjum – Founder Cricout, CEO eMumba

          Member, Board of Trustees @ OPEN Islamabad

          Owais Anjum, a Silicon Valley trooper for a good number of years, is a Spartan armed with an MBA from San Jose State University, the oldest public institution on the West Coast of USA. He has led a subsidiary of a Silicon Valley Company in Pakistan and is now administering his own startup, eMumba. One of the biggest achievements of his startup is “Cricout – A Social Network for Cricket” available online and in the form of smartphone apps.

          Owais is an esteemed and distinguished member of the Islamabad entrepreneurial circle and volunteers his time for mentoring. He has also been an active member of OPEN Silicon Valley chapter in the past.

          • Umair Shahid – Director, Products @ 2ndQuadrant

            Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

            Umair is a Data Management Professional, focused on open source software, with over 14 years of experience and has served some of the highly competitive software markets globally. With his experience of managing teams for software product releases and lust for continuous improvement, he brings in lot of value to the OPEN team.

            • Qarib Kazmi – Software Engineer, Technology Specialist, Volunteer

              Event Management @ OPEN Islamabad

              Qarib is a CS graduate from FAST Islamabad and Masters in Management from CASE. He has over 13 years of diverse industry experience and is a technology specialist along with being an avid volunteer for social causes. Founding member of FAST Alumni Association Islamabad, he has been managing it for 6 years. He is also a founding member of KnowledgeCities Islamabad, which has been playing a vital role in promoting entrepreneurship initiatives in Islamabad. His aim in life is to do something worthwhile and make a difference. Qarib is very passionate about social uplift and community outreach programs.

              • Farrukh Malik – CEO Discretelogix (Private) Limited

                Member, Board of Trustees @ OPEN Islamabad

                Farrukh is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded multiple businesses including an IT company, leather products manufacturing & export, and high tech equipment brick & mortar shops. He loves taking challenges and believes in innovation, creativity, dedication & hard work.

                • Maryam Kausar – CEO and Co-Founder MMI

                  Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                  Maryam Kausar is CEO of a tech startup, MMI, which develops games. She is a member of women in STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) and has represented Pakistan in women in stem conference held in Dubai in 2015. She also is a member of global shapers in which her domain area is education. In addition, she has been recipient of funding to teach working children basic English, Urdu and Maths as a part of a program called Eduvators. She was recently accepted at MIT for professional summer course for innovation and design thinking.

                  • Mansoor Khan – CEO, Makabu Pvt. Limited

                    Member, Board of Trustees @ OPEN Islamabad

                    There is no alternate to experience, and Mansoor Khan has an aura that symbolizes experience and success. He has been weathered with time as one of the most successful entrepreneurs, cultivating and fostering Makabu which is a leading provider of managed IT services for 10 prosperous years. Mansoor graduated as a Golden Eagle of California State University, Los Angeles.

                    Mansoor was part of the inaugural event of the first OPEN chapter in Boston back in 2000. He is a philanthropist who founded the JAQ Education Trust, working for education of poor kids in and around Islamabad.

                    • Amir Khalid – Manager Web Applications Discretelogix (Private) Limited

                      Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                      Amir is an experienced IT professional dealing in web applications, customized solutions and complex architecture. He has worked in a variety of web application platforms and ideas. He is interested in innovation, creativity, technology and likes to take on challenges.

                      • Mehdi Kazmi – CEO, The Match Box

                        Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                        Mehdi is a young and energetic professional who has experience in event management, business development as well as volunteering for social causes. He brings a very useful perspective to the executive team.

                        • Naveed Ramzan – Sr. PHP Developer at Zeropoint.HR

                          Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                          Naveed is a “multi-dimensional” person, completed his ICT research under supervision of WHO-Pakistan. Overall has 9+ years experience in web development and CRM/ERP systems. Loves to work in open source. Naveed provides free training to youngsters on “career building” from www.trainings.pk platform. He is founding member of Pakistan Agile Development Society (www.agile.org.pk). He is a strong believer in spreading the knowledge and enhance capabilities of people.

                          • Asim Ghaffar – VP R&D at LMKR

                            Charter Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                            Asim is leading ICIL, a joint program of Code for Pakistan and OPEN Islamabad. A graduate of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, he has a strong passion for building open source apps to solve civic problems. Asim has worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Nokia Siemens Networks in the past, and also ran a software consultancy for Pakistan Air Force. With 12 years of experience under the belt, he is currently the VP RnD at LMKR.

                            • Umar Farooq – CEO, HCP Group

                              Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                              Umar Farooq is that rare hybrid – strategic leader, powerful innovator, technology visionary & philanthropist– with a solid track record of proven success. He has 17 + years of domestic and international experience in Fortune 500 companies, including Best Buy, MCI WorldCom, T Mobile, Wal-Mart, Hotwire, Apple, Amazon, Direct Energy, Chase, Barclays Bank, Dell, American Express, COPA Airlines, Blue Cross Blue Shield, YUM Brand, Home Depot and Expert Global Solutions.

                              Umar is currently Founder, President, and CEO of HCP Group. He achieved many milestones in the IT industry and his enthralling entrepreneurial spirit helped him to explore new successful business ventures. He holds degree in Master of Business Administration (IMBA) in International Business from Stratford University – Falls Church, Virginia

                              • Uzair Khan – Business Development Consultant, Makabu Pvt. Limited

                                  Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                                  Uzair is a Marketing and Media Studies graduate from the Lahore School of Economics. Currently working in the Business Development division at Makabu Pvt. Ltd. Along with this, he is working on his own set up that provides online and social media solutions to people.

                                  Uzair has a high level of creativity along with a good sense of commitment which gives him a go-getter attitude.

                                  • Muneeb Hassan Soomro – CEO PioneerSol

                                    Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad

                                    Muneeb is a business professional with a solid technical background. He has worked at Bentley Systems as a software engineer then started up his own Software services company which works for Subway and other international clients. He has worked as a Growth Hacker in Silicon Valley Based startup focusing on sales and marketing with defining the product with development teams. He is an active member of the technical community serving as Vice President Membership services in Knowledge City Islamabad and one of the Executive founding member of OPEN Islamabad.
                                    Muneeb helps OPEN Islamabad with email campaigns and marketing.