Umair Shahid

Current President

OPEN is a platform where entrepreneurs, intrapreneurs, & professionals come together, connecting dots and bridging gaps. The platform is by the community, for the community - with the strong belief that we are in charge of our own destiny and our future is in our own hands. I am honored and humbled to be elected President of OPEN Islamabad. I have benefited tremendously from this network of amazing professionals - I hope I can enable others to get the same benefit.

اس قوم کو شمشیر کی حاجت نہیں رہتی
ہو جس کے جوانوں کی خودی صورتِ فولاد

Former Presidents

Arsalan Vardag

President 2020-2022

On one hand, it's definitely an honor to be chosen for such a prestigious role, but on the other, I see it as a challenge to follow the footsteps of the past Presidents, who have done such a commendable job with extraordinary hard work towards the development of entrepreneurial culture in the capital.

I am committed to trying to continue as well as improve upon the existing programs, including the Networking Events, Special Interest Groups, Annual Events, with an aim to ensure that this platform for entrepreneurs and professionals to connect, networks, collaborate, mentor, and support each other is always there, exceeding everyone's expectation in terms of quality and value. 

It will also be my endeavor to further strengthen the organization in terms of finances, permanent team, and enhanced relationships with other stakeholders including organizations with similar objectives, Investors, International Financial Institutions, and Government. The purpose of doing this all is to create value for the community in general and members in particular.

Farrukh Malik

President 2018-2020

Entrepreneurs are described as the visionary, innovative, risk takers, influential, leader, creative and opportunistic people. I am a strong believer of "Entrepreneurship is a mindset, not a business model". Having this mindset anyone can succeed regardless of their role in life as an entrepreneur, intrapreneur or doing a job.

OPEN's goals include fostering entrepreneurship, business acceleration, professional growth, bridging the gaps, cross-chapter collaboration and belief in brand Pakistan. Our team at OPEN is committed to providing opportunities to the individuals and organizations to Connect, Innovate & Disrupt.

دیار عشق میں اپنا مقام پیدا کر
نیا زمانہ نئے صبح و شام پیدا کر

Ather Imran

President 2016-2018

OPEN is not only a global brand but also most prestigious one for Pakistani entrepreneurs and professionals around the globe. In 2013, we strongly felt that the twin cities have been evolving a unique ecosystem through a fusion of a thriving entrepreneurial community, the most dense universities network in the country and the seat of the federal government which is getting more interested in the role of entrepreneurship, with a focus on engaging overseas Pakistanis as well. Having an OPEN chapter in Islamabad was a logical outcome, and I am proud to be part of the founding team.

I have had the privilege to serve as founding Chairman and then the second president, and these 4 years have been most rewarding. What the entire founding team focused on was to develop an institution that is not only active and contributing, but not dependent on individuals as well.

I have always been for building platforms - structures that serve the community in more ways than one. That's what OPEN Islamabad has always done, and will continue to do. We have connected and engaged across all stakeholders of the system and proudly serve as the go-to platform for many, including government.

Owais Anjum

President 2014-2016

Connecting the dots, bridging the gaps, inspiring for some to take the leap and for others to cross the chasm – OPEN is an enabler and we the volunteers and evangelists to spark the magic of entrepreneurship. I along with my executive team are committed and motivated to leverage the institutional experience that OPEN has gained over the years and trickle that effectively to Pakistan in general and Islamabad in particular.

جہان تازہ کی ہے افکار تازہ سے نمود
کہ سنگ وخشت سے ہوتے نہیں جہاں پید