PAKISTAN 2020 & Beyond

december, 2019

2019sat28dec9:00 amsat4:00 pmEvent OverFeaturedPAKISTAN 2020 & BeyondAnnual Forum 20199:00 am - 4:00 pm Pakistan National Council of Arts

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Pakistan is on the horizon of growth. With local businesses tending to acquire global recognition and support, this is high time we plan and execute our ideas to fuel the development on the national and international levels. This can only be made possible if we are aware and well prepared for the evolution in the whole world and are always ready to adapt.

As an effort bear the responsibility of highlighting the significance of the upcoming global trends and their effect on entrepreneurial ventures in Pakistan, OPEN Islamabad is returning with its flagship event –  the Annual Forum 2019!

“Pakistan 2020 & Beyond” is not just an event. It is the inauguration of a movement aimed to gather the brightest minds in Islamabad and start a journey towards global successes and achievements.

This year, our motive is to invite professionals from various sectors including Technology, Tourism, e-Commerce, Digital Media, Real Estate & Food Business and initiate a discussion of where Pakistan stands at the beginning of this new decade and what opportunities and challenges do the future hold for us.

We are looking forward to having onboard an audience 500+ invite-only professionals from a diverse group belonging to corporate, startup, academia, government and development sectors. The event is comprised of a series of motivational talks, panel discussions as well as an excellent opportunity to network. The event details are as follows:











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Defining The New Face of Digital Economy (Talk)
  • Shabahat Ali:Chief Executive Officer, National IT Board @ Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Govt of Pakistan. 20+ years of experience in Innovation Management, Business Development, Global Marketing & Product Management across a wide variety of technologies.


Digital Pakistan – Tech Industry Perspective (Talk)
  • Shahzad Shahid P@SHA Chairman & CEO TPS with 20+ years of industry experience. He has played an integral role in shaping the e-banking landscape in Pakistan through closely working with banks, telcos and financial institutions.


Scaling Tech. Startups (Panel Discussion)
  • Shehryar Hydri: Secretary General at P@SHA, with 20+ years of diverse experience as a Tech Entrepreneur and Marketer, co-founded Trango Interactive, one of the pioneering game development and CGI studios of Pakistan which was nominated in the Red Herring Asia 100 list within two years of its formation
  • Owais Anjum: CEO eMumba, with 20 years of experience in software product design, technology management and leadership. Extensive experience of products & services.
  • Taimur Rashid: GM, Customer Success – Azure Data & AI. Led strategic business development at Amazon. Secured some of the most innovative startups and enterprises (Airbnb, Dropbox, Grab, Uber, CapitalOne, GE, Netflix, HSBC) to run their businesses in the cloud generating $25B in ARR.
  • Waqar Azim: COO Quixel, A story of multi-million dollar acquisition by Epic Games
  • Navera Waheed: CEO Orbit, A startup promoting knowledge transfer through Augmented Reality having clients locally in USA


Breaking Traditions with eCommerce (Panel Discussion)
  • Adeel Shaffi: Co-Founder of PriceOye, Pakistan’s #1 destination for comparing online prices of thousands of products sold online, featured on Forbes 30 under 30 Asia for 2018
  • Ahmed Khan: Founder of multiple E-commerce ventures like Cheetay, Daraz, Kaymu. His expertise is early-stage startups, digital, technology, operations, strategy & fundraising
  • Umar Qamar: Founder of Export Leftovers, one of the largest e-commerce platforms in Pakistan having over 80,000 customers in only 5 years
  • Syed Shahzad Sherazi: Co-founder of Pakistan’s fast-growing fashion e-commerce marketplace, contributing to the e-commerce, fin-tech & ed-tech sectors in Pakistan
  • Sahr Said: Founder of Beauty Hooked, 2nd largest beauty products online shop in Pakistan. Skilled in Tech. Entrepreneurship, Management, Leadership, and Marketing

Digital Media

How Digital Media is Creating Massive Opportunities? (Panel Discussion)
  • Muzamil Zaidi: Digital Influencer from Lolz Studios, Lifetime global reach of 1B+ users with 400M+ views across Facebook, YouTube and other mediums
  • Junaid Akram: Social media influencer, with 350K subscribers, raising cultural and social awareness and challenging the social norms
  • Hira Attique: Co-founder of the beauty and fashion blog HerandHem, a social media influencer, model and blogger having 300K+ followers
  • Fahad Tiwana: Founder of Wonderful Engineering with monthly reach of 500K visitors. Aslo, he is CEO, TechValley, running a non-profit organization Tiwana Foundation and several blogging websites.
  • Jehad Zafar: Founder of The Wide Side on Youtube, with 280K Subscribers, a first of its kind community-based current affairs alternative media platform in South Asia

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    • Day 1
    • December 28, 2019
    • 8:45am Registration & Greetings8:45am - 9:40amThe event starts at 9:40am SHARP! Please be on time for registrations to ensure not missing out.

    • 9:40am Opening9:40am - 9:55amOpening Note by the PresidentSpeakers: Farrukh Malik

    • 9:55am Digital Pakistan - Tech Industry Perspective9:55am - 10:15amTalkSpeakers: Shahzad Shahid

    • 10:15am Scaling Tech Startups10:15am - 11:00amPanel DiscussionSpeakers: Navera Waheed, Owais Anjum, Shehryar Hydri, Taimur Rasheed, Waqar Azim

    • 11:00am Defining The New Face of Digital Economy11:00am - 11:20amKeynote SpeechSpeakers: Shabahat Ali Shah

    • 11:20am Real Estate: Beyond Common Perspective11:20am - 11:40amTalkSpeakers: Shafiq Akbar

    • 11:40am Breaking Traditions with eCommerce11:40am - 12:25pmPanel DiscussionSpeakers: Adeel Shaffi, Ahmed Khan, Sahr Said, Syed Shahzad Sherazi, Umar Qamar

    • 12:25pm Food for Thought!12:25pm - 1:00pmTalkSpeakers: Salman Wasay

    • 1:00pm The Untapped Potential in Tourism1:00pm - 1:30pmTalkSpeakers: Komail Abbas Naqvi

    • 1:30pm How Digital Media is creating massive opportunities?1:30pm - 2:15pmPanel DiscussionSpeakers: Fahad Tiwana, Hira Attique, Junaid Akram, Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

    • 2:15pm Closing Note2:15pm - 2:30pm-

    • 2:30pm Lunch & Networking2:30pm - 4:30pm-

Speakers for this event

  • Adeel Shaffi

    Adeel Shaffi

    Co-Founder PriceOye

    Adeel is the Co-Founder of PriceOye, a shopping intelligence company that facilitates consumers in 2nd and 3rd Tier cities shop online. Forbes Magazine listed him as a 30 under 30 member in March 2018.

    Co-Founder PriceOye

  • Badar Khushnood

    Badar Khushnood

  • Fahad Tiwana

    Fahad Tiwana

  • Hira Attique

    Hira Attique

  • Jehad Zafar

    Jehad Zafar

  • Junaid Akram

    Junaid Akram

  • Komail Abbas Naqvi

    Komail Abbas Naqvi

  • Navera Waheed

    Navera Waheed

    CEO, Orbit

    Navera believes that technology and innovation are two pillars on which the future is based. She is currently working on revolutionizing how the knowledge is transferred through the power of Augmented Reality. Augmented Reality has a proven effect in improving the process of knowledge transfer by increasing the focus of pupils by more than 80%.

    CEO, Orbit

  • Owais Anjum

    Owais Anjum

    CEO, eMumba

    Owais is currently CEO of eMumba. He 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 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.

    CEO, eMumba

  • Rohma Labeeb

    Rohma Labeeb

    Accelerator and Partnerships Lead at Invest2Innovate (i2i)

    Rohma Labeeb has been engaged in the social impact sector in Pakistan, Canada and the UK for over 4 years now. After graduating from the University of Toronto with Bachelors in Management, she had the opportunity to be a part of the marketing and business development of several new initiatives across the globe, including Artez Interactive and Margalla Logistics. Her passion for sustainability in social change has also led her to be in project design positions at the Human Development Foundation and Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi. She has recently completed her Masters in Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship from The London School of Economics, through which she has developed extensive international networks in the field of innovation and gained expertise in sustainability research and social delivery. As the lead of the i2i Accelerator, Rohma aims to bring a systematic change to the start-up ecosystem in Pakistan, encouraging sustainability, impact and expertise in every initiative.

    Accelerator and Partnerships Lead at Invest2Innovate (i2i)

  • Salman Wasay

    Salman Wasay

    Co-Founder Chaaye Khana & Couch Potato

    Salman Wasay has more than 25 years of corporate experience. He was the former Chief Commercial Officer at Ufone and Director Marketing at Zong. He's now a full-time serial entrepreneur and currently the Founder & CEO at Couch Potato - Islamabad. Interestingly, the love for fine food & entrepreneurship had urged him to open some of the best restaurants in the twin cities.

    Co-Founder Chaaye Khana & Couch Potato

  • Shabahat Ali Shah

    Shabahat Ali Shah

    Chief Executive Officer, National IT Board @ Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Govt of Pakistan.

    Shabahat is a versatile and highly innovative leader with 20+ yr experience in Innovation Management, Business Development, Global Marketing & Product Management across a wide variety of technologies. He possesses extensive experience in leading large teams to expand the corporate footprint in EMEA, North and South America, and JAPAC regions. He holds progressive experience with industry-leading companies in developing sustainable business strategies. Shabahat is an MBA graduate from MIT and completed the Public Leadership and Corporate Strategy Program at Harvard. A self-motivated leader known for both technical and business acumen.

    Chief Executive Officer, National IT Board @ Ministry of Information Technology and Telecommunication, Govt of Pakistan.

  • Shafiq Akbar

    Shafiq Akbar

    CEO, Graana

    An overseas Pakistani, Cambridge alumnus and a successful entrepreneur. Mr. Shafiq Akbar returned to Pakistan after living in the UK for 15 years. As an accomplished investment advisor and real estate developer, he not only created more than 450 jobs for the Pakistani youth, but also established a conglomerate of 7 companies. Mr. Shafiq Akbar is the Chairman and Founding Chief Executive Officer of Graana and Imarat Group of companies. He brings considerable real estate development and international business experience to the group. He is also the Chairman of Agency 21 International.

    CEO, Graana

  • Shehryar Hydri

    Shehryar Hydri

    Secretary General, P@SHA

    Shehryar has two decades of diverse experience as a Tech Entrepreneur and Marketer, founding and scaling cross-functional teams that have delivered products and services for some of the top brands in the world. Prior to joining P@SHA, Shehryar was the Director, Marketing & Operations at Convo and a member of the Convo board. He also served on the Advisory Board of (formerly Groopic) which was recently acquired by KeepTruckin. Shehryar also co-founded Trango Interactive, one of the pioneering game development and CGI studios of Pakistan. Trango was nominated in the Red Herring Asia 100 list within two years of its formation and delivered world-class content for some of the most well-known games and consumer brands in Europe and North America. He did his MBA from IBA Karachi.

    Secretary General, P@SHA

  • Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

    Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

    Data Scientist | Content Engineer | Digital Media SME | Digital Influencer

    With his inspiring videos that went viral to millions, Muzamil has become a celebrity in Islamabad. Muzamil will share his story of Lolz Studios whose videos with an over-aching aspect of doing good has inspired and reached millions. He is now the face for many popular brands and become an icon for young Islamabad entrepreneurs.

    Data Scientist | Content Engineer | Digital Media SME | Digital Influencer

  • Syed Shahzad Sherazi

    Syed Shahzad Sherazi

    Co-Founder & COO,

    I am an engineer and tech entrepreneur passionate about e-commerce, fin-tech & ed-tech sectors in Pakistan. Co-founder of Pakistan's fast-growing fashion e-commerce marketplace, enabling consumers in Pakistan to buy from a variety of small, medium and large brands and retailers from Pakistan and abroad. Before this, I have worked in the telecom sector and provided technical consultancy to various national and international telcos in Pakistan, Middle-east and Africa.

    Co-Founder & COO,

  • Taimur Rashid

    Taimur Rashid

    General Manager, Customer Success - Azure Data & AI, Microsoft

    Taimur Rashid is a cloud executive with 18+ years of experience in new market development and strategic business development, and a thought leader on the topics of digital and cultural innovation. Currently he is Head of Customer Success for Microsoft’s Azure Data & AI business. Previously, he served 10 years at Amazon Web Services (AWS), where he was a founding member of the Worldwide Commercial Sales & Business Development organization. Taimur led strategic business development through 2018 when the business reached $25B in ARR, and secured some of the most innovative startups and enterprises (Airbnb, Dropbox, Grab, Uber, CapitalOne, GE, Netflix, HSBC) to run their businesses in the cloud.

    General Manager, Customer Success - Azure Data & AI, Microsoft

  • Umar Qamar

    Umar Qamar

    Founder at Export Leftovers

    Umar is considered a pioneer in the Pakistani eCommerce Industry. He started elo (Export Leftovers) as a 2 person operation in 2013 in a small meeting room in his father's factory in Faisalabad that currently employs 107 people & has grown to become one of the biggest & fastest growing eCommerce stores of the country. elo was also recently featured in the top 100 start ups of Pakistan. He has an M.A (Hons) from University of Edinburgh and an M.Sc in Marketing Strategy from Cass Business School, London. When he is not glued to the computer screen or making product videos, he spends his time trying out new food, reading, globetrotting & improving his Marathon time.

    Founder at Export Leftovers

  • Waqar Azim

    Waqar Azim

    COO, Quixel

    Waqar Azim is a Computer Science graduate of National University of Computer and Emerging Sciences, Islamabad. He moved to Sweden in 2009 to pursue a Masters degree in Interactive Media Design.

    COO, Quixel

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