In partnership with Corporate Advisory Council, NUST

For the 3rd year in a row, OPEN Islamabad brings you its flagship event, Annual Forum 2016! Themed around “Entrepreneurship: Finding Order in Chaos”, this year we will focus on the various challenges faced by an entrepreneurial venture at different stages of its lifecycle. Our speakers are people who have “been there, done that” and are in an excellent position to share their experiences and key takeaways for all of you!

As an attendee, you can expect to be walked through the different phases in an entrepreneurial journey, from conception, through building teams, leveraging a mentor network, and scaling, highlighting the challenges an entrepreneur faces at each phase and how to tackle them.

Besides hearing the speakers, you can expect this to be an excellent opportunity to network. Your fellow-attendees will be 500+ invite-only entrepreneurs and professionals from a diverse group including but not limited to corporate, startups, academia, government and development sectors.

OPEN Islamabad Annual Forum 2016  is scheduled on Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 10:00 AM to 05:30PM. at Jinnah Auditorium, NUST H-12 Campus Islamabad.

As a recap, our last 2 events were themed as:

2015 – Apna Maqam Paida Kar ( Video Summary – Photos – Videos )

2014 – Celebrating Entrepreneurs of Islamabad ( PhotosVideos )

Agenda

9:30 Registration, Tea, Coffee, Networking
10:00 Recitation from the Holy Quran
10:05 Opening Remarks Dr Arshad Ali, Chairman of the Board OPEN Islamabad OPEN Islamabad: A Journey of Possibilities
10:20 Video Islamabad, the Beautiful A Joint production of Plumgrid and OPEN Islamabad
10:25 Talk Adnan Shahid Build the Right Founding Team
10:50 Talk Muhammad Nasrullah (Nash) Raising Capital & Managing Investors
11:15 Talk Mohsin Lodhi Organisations Do Not Succeed; People Do
11:40 Talk Master Ayub An Epic Tale of Perseverance & Passion
12:10 Talk Asad Umar Sustaining a Culture of Innovation
12:40 Break Lunch, Prayers, Networking
1:40 Musical Performance
2:00 Talk Rabia Ahmed Entrepreneurship – Making a Social Impact
2:30 Talk Junaid Iqbal Managing a Turnaround
2:55 Talk Dr Ismail Shah Leveraging your Failures
3:20 Literary Performance Taimur Rehman  اردو ہے جس کا نام
3:35 Talk Owais Anjum The Art of Selling
4:00 Talk Wahaj Siraj Scaling your Venture
4:25 Closing Note Ather Imran, President of OPEN Islamabad Achievements & Key Announcements
5:00 Prayers, Tea, Networking, Goodbyes

Keynotes

Keynote addresses by seasoned entrepreneurs and executives on topics relevant to entrepreneurs

Panel Discussions

Frank and candid conversations with people who have been through the process of raising capital for business in Pakistan

Stories

Accomplished entrepreneurs of Pakistan will share their stories and experiences

Great Speakers with Great Topics

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Dr Arshad Ali

Executive Director, Higher Education Commission & Chairman of the Board, OPEN Islamabad

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Dr Arshad Ali, a distinguished researcher and academician, currently serves as Executive Director of Higher Education Commission. He currently serves as Chairman of the Board for OPEN Islamabad and has been a founding Board Member for the chapter.

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Dr Syed Ismail Shah

Chairman Pakistan Telecommunications Authority & Charter Member, OPEN Islamabad

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Dr Syed Ismail Shah, a prolific researcher and the force behind Pakistan’s foray into 3G and 4G space, currently serves as Chairman PTA, Acting CEO ICT&RD and also a Charter Member of OPEN Islamabad.

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Owais Anjum

CEO eMumba & Board Member OPEN Islamabad

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Owais is a seasoned entrepreneur the CEO of eMumba, the brains behind the famous Cricout product, and also the founding President of OPEN Islamabad.

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Mohsin Lodhi

Enterprise Trainer and Executive Development Coach & Charter Member OPEN Islamabad

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

With over 35 years of experience of leadership, consulting, management, sales, teaching and training, Mohsin Lodhi is one of the most respected and renowned trainer and consultant of Organisational Development in Pakistan today.

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Wahaj Siraj

CEO Nayatel & Charter Member OPEN Islamabad

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Wahaj Siraj is the CEO and co-founder of Nayatel, one of the largest connectivity providers in Pakistan, and has championed the causes of IT industry for decades.

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Master Ayub

Educator, Philanthropist, Civil Servant

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Firefighter by day, educator by night, Master Ayub is a Pride of Performance awarded philanthropist known in Islamabad for running a free-of-cost open-air school for poor children in sector F-6. Teaching for more than 30 years now, thousands of children have him to thank for their education.

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Rabia Shoaib Ahmed

Director Corporate Advisory Council, NUST

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Rabia heads the Corporate Advisory Council of NUST, the apex body that acts as interface to the industry, and manages the FICS competition (Finding Innovative and Creative Solutions).

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Junaid Iqbal

Managing Director, Careem Pakistan

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Junaid is spearheading the latest car-riding sensation in Pakistan: Careem. An C-level executive with an entrepreneurial mindset and passion, Junaid has been a turnaround and growth specialist for startups and established organisations.

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Adnan Shahid

Chief Commercial Officer, Pakistan Telecommunications Company Limited (PTCL)

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Adnan is a former corporate C-level executive, entrepreneur and now Chief Commercial Officer of the biggest telecommunications company of Pakistan.

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Muhammad Nasrullah

VP of Customer Solutions at Convo

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Nasrullah, popularly known as Nash, is a technologist who cofounded Pring, a social network that works on every phone in Pakistan with 5 million users. He's started and has sold several companies. Currently, he works as VP of Customer Solutions at Convo.

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Taimur Rehman

VP Business Development at Webmekanics

02:34 PM - 02:34 PM


About

Taimur Rehman is an IT entrepreneur, a Web Consultant with UNICEF and also a Student Mentor with Middlesex University, Dubai. Sheer passion, makes him revive the lost art-form of Urdu narrations and he has performed at Literature Festivals in Pakistan, UK and TEDx.

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Asad Umar

Ex-CEO Engro Corporation, and MNA Islamabad

03:00 AM - 02:34 PM


About

As the elected representative of Islamabad, Asad Umar played a key role in evangelizing and bringing OPEN to Islamabad. He was a speaker in Annual Forum 2015, has been a keynote speaker at OPEN’s annual conferences in the US and has a strong relationship with the global organization.

Organizing Team

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Uzair is part of the NUST Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) since 2011. Currently he is the Associate Project Manager (APM). Being young, ambitious and dynamic, he has worked with the Industry being involved in projects from the conceptual stage, managing them from concept to completion. His dream is to augment the concept of Industry-Academia linkage by delivering some key Industry projects covering major sectors of Pakistan’s economy. He also believes in ‘making a difference’ in the social order through continuous improvement and professional development with a focus on bringing positive impact on the society.

Uzair Alvi – Associate Project Manager NUST Corporate Advisory Council (CAC)
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With over 20 years of diverse professional experience in the defence, telecom and education sectors of Pakistan, Rabia is well versed with the dynamics of Government and private sector organizations in the country. She has been with NUST for over 5 years; currently she is Director at the NUST Corporate Advisory Council (CAC), which manages NUST’s collaboration with Industry in 9 sectors of Pakistan’s economy, and strives to enhance the role of the University towards bringing about a positive and measurable impact on the economy of Pakistan.

Rabia Shoaib – Director NUST Corporate Advisory Council (CAC)
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Umar is a history nerd who loves to read old books and make drawings. Sometimes he writes software too.

Umar Ashfaq - Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad
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Sidra  possess strong communication skills and has worked actively with technology start up ventures and worldwide leading market research companies for over 8 years now.

Sidra Jalil - Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad
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Qarib has over 13 years of diverse industry experience and is a technology specialist along with being an avid volunteer for social causes.

Qarib Raza - Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad
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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.

Amir Khalid - Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad
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Umair is a Data Management Professional, focused on open source software, with over 13 years of experience and has served some of the highly competitive software markets.

Umair Shahid - Executive Member @ OPEN Islamabad
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A dynamic entrepreneur running his own technology startup “Flikkable”, a tartan graduate from Carnegie Mellon bagging high end experience of working with Amazon and Microsoft.

Obaidullah Khawaja - Board Member, VP Outreach @ OPEN Islamabad
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Owais Anjum is 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 US

Owais Anjum - Board Member, OPEN Islamabad
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There is no bout with experience and Mansoor Khan has an aura that symbolizes experience and success, he has been weathered in time as one of the most successful entrepreneurs.

Mansoor Khan - Charter Member, Board Member @ OPEN Islamabad
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A veteran of OPEN Islamabad, founding Chairman, a corporate executive with over 15 years of experience, blogger, avid reader, Ather currently serves as CEO of Sybrid (a Lakson Group company) and President of OPEN Islamabad.

Ather Imran Nawaz - CEO of Sybrid, a Lakson Group Company and President of OPEN Islamabad
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A serial entrepreneur, co-founder of 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.

Farukh Malik - Board Member, OPEN Islamabad

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