We have a long list of our distinguished speakers who have shared their valuable experiences and insights with the OPEN community.

2013tue01jan9:30 amtue5:00 pmEVNT_4_SPKRS9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Speakers for this event

  • Adnan Shahid

    Adnan Shahid

    Digital Transformation and Technology Executive

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

    Digital Transformation and Technology Executive

  • Ali Sufyan

    Ali Sufyan

    Professional for Visual Studio and Development Technologies

    Ali Sufyan have done BSCS (Hons) from University of Lahore, and also done ADSE from APTECH worldwide. He has 10+ years of extensive market experience on Microsoft technologies.

    Professional for Visual Studio and Development Technologies

  • Ambreen Malik

    Ambreen Malik

    Chief Innovation & Financial Inclusion Officer at U Microfinance Bank Limited

    Ambreen Malik runs Blue Saint, a social enterprise aiming to preserve, reimagine & modernize Pakistan's unique handmade crafts & bring them to contemporary homes. An ex-banker and expat Pakistani who writes a famous food blog as well, Ambreen will share the story of Blue Saint.

    Chief Innovation & Financial Inclusion Officer at U Microfinance Bank Limited

  • Ammar Mumtaz

    Ammar Mumtaz

    OWNER at BURNING BROWNIE

    Calling himself a chocoholic, Ammar's quest to make the perfect batch of brownies resulted in him transforming a small rack at local gas stations to the Islamabad famous "Burning Brownies" bakery.

    OWNER at BURNING BROWNIE

  • Aneeqa Ishaq

    Aneeqa Ishaq

    Practitioner and Teacher of Design Thinking and User Experience

    Aneeqa is a practitioner and teacher of Design Thinking and User Experience. She helps business redesign and digitize their services, products and experiences which wow their customers. Since graduating from Stanford University five years ago, Aneeqa has exposed 1,000+ professionals to Design Thinking, led design-focused change movement at the leading Telco, Telenor, and designed well-praised products, solutions and programs for companies, clients and collaborators.

    Practitioner and Teacher of Design Thinking and User Experience

  • Asad J. Malik

    Asad J. Malik

    Mixed Reality Designer & Artist

    Asad J Malik was born on January 11, 1996 in Abbottabad, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. He is a director and producer, known for Terminal 3 (2018).

    Mixed Reality Designer & Artist

  • Asad Umar

    Asad Umar

    Senior Leader and Policy Head at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

    Asad Umar is a Pakistani lawmaker and former CEO of Engro Corporation, which he turned into a world-renowned business group, he will share his experiences at Engro and also why Islamabad is a great place for entrepreneurs to be in!

    Senior Leader and Policy Head at Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf

  • Ather Imran

    Ather Imran

    Chief Executive Officer, Sybrid (Pvt) Limited

    Ather Imran currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director on Board of Sybrid Private Limited, a company of the prestigious Lakson Group of Pakistan, and as President of OPEN Islamabad. Sybrid is a Business Process Outsourcing company that provides customer support and managed services to clients in Pakistan, UAE and United States. With offices in Karachi, Islamabad and Sharjah (UAE)

    Chief Executive Officer, Sybrid (Pvt) Limited

  • Awais Naseer

    Awais Naseer

    Founder and CEO of Softoven (Pvt.) Ltd.

    Awais Naseer who is a Lean evangelist and practitioner for past several years. Awais has helped several local and international startups build dozens of products on lean principles. He is the founder and CEO of Softoven (Pvt.) Ltd., a lean product development agency based out of Islamabad with clients across the world.

    Founder and CEO of Softoven (Pvt.) Ltd.

  • Ayesha Hamid

    Ayesha Hamid

    Chairperson/CEO at George Washington American School of International Academics

    With a focus to promote education and entrepreneurship in Pakistan, Ayesha is CEO of a major school brand in Pakistan and has been one of the best success stories of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She has been an inspiration for many social initiatives and also a founding and board member for OPEN Lahore. Ayesha will be part of one our panel discussions on “Women in Entrepreneurship”.

    Chairperson/CEO at George Washington American School of International Academics

  • Ayesha Iqbal

    Ayesha Iqbal

    Private Equity Investment Professional, Investor, and Entrepreneur

    A senior private equity investment professional with extensive deal experience across emerging markets.

    Private Equity Investment Professional, Investor, and Entrepreneur

  • Bilal Awan

    Bilal Awan

    Entrepreneur

    An Engineer by qualification, Bilal is unique and an exemplary entrepreneur, building startups that range from waste management to restaurants.

    Entrepreneur

  • Dilawar Syed

    Dilawar Syed

    CEO at Lumiata

    Dilawar is the president of FreshDesk North America. Prior to Freshdesk, he was CEO at Yonja Media Group, a social media company. He previously ran platform strategy and operations at Yahoo! and also worked for Siebel Systems and SAP in the past. Dilawar also served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from UT Austin.

    CEO at Lumiata

  • Dr Ali Tahir

    Dr Ali Tahir

    Assistant professor NUST

    Dr. Ali Tahir received his B.Sc. (Hon​s.) degree in Computing and Information Systems in 2004 from Oxford Brookes University and subsequently a Masters degree in Geographical Information Science (GIS) from University of Nottingham in 2006. He completed his PhD in Geoinformatics from the School of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Recently, he has completed his post-doctorate at the Geo-Environmental Research Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University.

    Assistant professor NUST

  • Dr Raja Iqbal

    Dr Raja Iqbal

    Chief Data Scientist

    Experienced data scientist and entrepreneur. Founder of Data Science Dojo, a global leader in data science training and consulting. Data Science Dojo has trained over 3000 aspiring data science and machine learning professionals from 500+ companies in 10 countries.

    Chief Data Scientist

  • Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda

    Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda

    Consultant at Medicsi

    "Dr Yasmeen is one of the best and most experienced and respected gynecologists in Pakistan, having served as Head of Department in Shifa Hospital and currently managing the famous Medicsi hospital. She is also a Director on the board of Air Blue airlines. "

    Consultant at Medicsi

  • Dr. Affan Syed

    Dr. Affan Syed

    Director Engineering at AN10

    With a doctorate from University of Southern California in Computer Science, Affan is a professor and a researcher par excellence. He has won many accolades for his research brilliance and achieved many “first-times” for Pakistan. Affan will share his story and why a researcher is really an entrepreneur at heart.

    Director Engineering at AN10

  • Dr. Andrew Scheuermann

    Dr. Andrew Scheuermann

    An Entrepreneur/ Founder of Arch

    Andrew did his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has been deeply involved in entrepreneurship education. He was one of the early team members that built StartX, one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Andrew is skilled in venture fundraising and is one of the ‘fundraising architects’ in the StartX community to help other founders who have collectively raised over $2B dollars. He also helped start the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, Stanford startup weekend, and the Accel Innovations Scholars program.

    An Entrepreneur/ Founder of Arch

  • Dr. Arshad Ali

    Dr. Arshad Ali

    Executive Director, Higher Education Commission

    "Dr. Arshad Ali is currently the Executive Director at the HEC. He has over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed publications to his name. He has also been awarded numerous medals for being a distinguished scientist and researcher. He is actively working on various research projects with Stanford USA, Caltech USA, UWE UK, and University of South Brittany France. He has served as member of the International Advisory Board of the “International ICFA Workshop on HEP Networking, Grids, and Digital Divide Issues for Global e-Science”."

    Executive Director, Higher Education Commission

  • Dr. Bebo White

    Dr. Bebo White

    Departmental Associate at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

    Dr. Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University. Professor White has lectured and spoken internationally to academic and commercial audiences. He is the author of eight books and over one hundred journal/proceedings articles. His current research interests are Web Science, Social Media in Education, and Cloud Computing.

    Departmental Associate at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory

  • Dr. Faisal Khan

    Dr. Faisal Khan

    Cofounder and CEO Peshawar 2.0

    With a PhD from Oxford in Biology, Faisal is a true entrepreneur at heart. He has delved into many entrepreneurial ventures over the last decade and is the co-founder of Peshawar 2.0, a social enterprise striving to build a startup community in Peshawar.

    Cofounder and CEO Peshawar 2.0

  • Dr. Farrukh Hassan

    Dr. Farrukh Hassan

    CEO at The First Biotechnology Company

    Dr. Farrukh Hassan is PhD in Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering. She has an experience of 14 years in R&D of bacterial based bio fertilizers and 5 years teaching at university level and has 5 International Publications to her credit. She setup first Bio- Technology company in the country. She is pioneer in manufacturing and commercialization of bio fertilizers and bio based fertilizers in Pakistan. She got best Upcoming Women entrepreneur Award WiBCON 2010 and Best Women Entrepreneur Award in Science and Technology USAID 2014.

    CEO at The First Biotechnology Company

  • Dr. Syed Ismail Shah

    Dr. Syed Ismail Shah

    International Telecommunication Union\\\'s (ITU) Representative for Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste

    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.

    International Telecommunication Union\\\'s (ITU) Representative for Southeast Asia and Timor-Leste

  • Dr. Terence Jackson

    Dr. Terence Jackson

    CEO and Managing Partner of Jackson Consulting Group

    Dr. Terence Jackson is CEO and Managing Partner of Jackson Consulting Group, which partners with organizations to align strategy, people, and processes to optimize and sustain peak business performance. He has also worked on developing integrated marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 organizations while working as a director of sales for a multi-million dollar advertising firm. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University in Minneapolis.

    CEO and Managing Partner of Jackson Consulting Group

  • Ehtisham Rao

    Ehtisham Rao

    Founder at Servup. Design Thinker, Telecom Veteran

    Ehtisham is Director B2B Marketing at Mobilink and organizational transformation is his passion. He'll talk about Mobilink's initiatives of revamping it's B2B portfolio

    Founder at Servup. Design Thinker, Telecom Veteran

  • Evelyn A. Ashley

    Evelyn A. Ashley

    Managing Partner, Trusted Counsel (Ashley) LLC

    Evelyn advises clients on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and investments, corporate governance, intellectual property strategy, as well as protection, monetization and licensing; commercial agreements and ventures, including manufacturing, distribution, and agency; entity structure and related issues, corporate spin-outs, and international transactions. She has wide ranging experience and brings a refreshing, results focused, pragmatic approach to the practice of law.

    Managing Partner, Trusted Counsel (Ashley) LLC

  • Fahad Tiwana

    Fahad Tiwana

    Blogger, Engineer, Web Marketer Creator of RealityPod

    Fahad started his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 18 and so far have created 5 companies with one of them acquired by Austrlian gadget retailer and another by American large media group. Now he is using all that experience in his latest venture Tech Valley which publishes the world’s largest engineering e-magazine called Wonderful Engineering.

    Blogger, Engineer, Web Marketer Creator of RealityPod

  • Fatima Mazhar

    Fatima Mazhar

    Careem - Early Stage Markets - Director

    Fatima Mazher have Investment Banking background with a passion for operations. According to her If the operations run smoothly, everything follows..!! She is now working as Early Stage Markets Director in Careem and before that she have worked on different posts in careem.

    Careem - Early Stage Markets - Director

  • Franziska Scheinhardt

    Franziska Scheinhardt

    Senior Strategic Designer at BCG Digital Ventures

    Franziska Scheinhardt is based in Berlin, Germany. As a passionate Design Thinker and Social Innovator she deeply believes in the principles of user-centered design. Franziska has worked at Education Innovation LAB, Germany, to foster innovations in the educational sector, concluding a comprehensive user research and product development project about digital learning in schools.

    Senior Strategic Designer at BCG Digital Ventures

  • Gabriele Bartolini

    Gabriele Bartolini

    Head of Global Support at 2ndQuadrant and Managing Director of the Italian office

    Gabriele is the Head of Global Support at 2ndQuadrant and managing director of the Italian office as well as an active member of the international PostgreSQL community and local ITPUG. His commitment is to consistently contribute to the growth of 2ndQuadrant and it’s members through nurturing a lean and devops culture. A long time open-source programmer and entrepreneur, Gabriele has a degree in Statistics from the University of Florence.

    Head of Global Support at 2ndQuadrant and Managing Director of the Italian office

  • Haris Zaheer Bajwa

    Haris Zaheer Bajwa

    Attorney at Law at BAJWA IP Law Firm

    "Haris Z. Bajwa has spent over a decade developing and defending patents for the world’s leading innovating companies – including Google, Broadcom, NEC, Alcatel Lucent, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fuji Electronics, and AOL. He has worked as a patent examiner for the US Patent & Trademark Office, as well as for some of the leading firms in this field (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC).

    Attorney at Law at BAJWA IP Law Firm

  • Hussein Kanji

    Hussein Kanji

    Founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures LLP

    Hussein Kanji is a founding partner at Hoxton Ventures LLP with focus on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He is a regular investor and advisor - invested in a cupcake startup (Bea’s of Bloomsbury), advised a leading Indian media/entertainment company (Eros) and has invested in at least one unicorn in the making (Deliveroo).

    Founding Partner at Hoxton Ventures LLP

  • Ibrar Ahmed

    Ibrar Ahmed

    FinTech Speaker Senior Software Engineer @ Percona

    Ibrar Ahmed is a Agile Software / PostgreSQL Architect, Blockchain Crypto Currency / FinTech Speaker Senior Software Engineer @ Percona. He has 18+ years of Software development experience, ranges from architecting the software to extreme programming in C, C++, Visual C++, Java. Experience in development in Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and PowerPC.

    FinTech Speaker Senior Software Engineer @ Percona

  • Idris Kothari

    Idris Kothari

    Chairman OPEN Silicon Valley

    Idris is a founding member, past president, and current Chairman of the board of OPEN Silicon Valley. He has over 35 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience and is currently working as the CTO and member of the board of VSi, providing software as a service (SAS) for hospitality and medical industries. He also serves on the board of NED Alumni Association of Silicon Valley and Friends of LUMS USA.Idris has BS in Physics from SM Science College, BS in EE from NED Karachi and MS in CS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

    Chairman OPEN Silicon Valley

  • Iqbal Khan

    Iqbal Khan

    President and Technology Evangelist- Alachisoft

    Being a veteran entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the software industry, Iqbal Khan brings a lot of inside knowledge about things that OPEN promotes. He has run various software product and services businesses in the US. Currently, he runs a software company based in California and Islamabad. Iqbal has also started a non-profit in Pakistan called Sabaq Foundation that provides free video lectures to Pakistani students.

    President and Technology Evangelist- Alachisoft

  • Irfan Wahab

    Irfan Wahab

    Chief Marketing Officer Telenor Pakistan Ltd

    Irfan Wahab Khan has been Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Pakistan Ltd. since April 2013 and has also been its Deputy Chief Executive Officer since May 2015. Mr. Khan served as the Chief Executive Officer of Telenor LDI and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Telenor Pakistan Ltd. until April 1, 2013.

    Chief Marketing Officer Telenor Pakistan Ltd

  • Junaid Iqbal

    Junaid Iqbal

    Managing Director- Careem

    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.

    Managing Director- Careem

  • Junaid Kalim

    Junaid Kalim

    Founder & CEO at Kalim Group

    Junaid is Founder and CEO of kalim Group. He is voluntarily working as a Charter Member of OPEN Islamabad and TiE.

    Founder & CEO at Kalim Group

  • Kashan Ahmad

    Kashan Ahmad

    Project Director Safe City at NADRA

    Almost 20 years of professional experience on enterprise level applications. Including web, client server, distributed & date warehousing applications. Served at Digital Processing Systems as Section Lead Extraction Transformation and Loading (ETL), for data warehousing department. Served at GeoPaq Technologies as Principal Software Engineer in Project Team Lead’s capacity. Served at Elixir Technologies as Associate Development Manager. Played a major role in re-engineering of www.ehomes.com.

    Project Director Safe City at NADRA

  • Khurram Jamali

    Khurram Jamali

    Team Lead of emerging South Asia performance team Google

    Khurram has a decade long professional and entrepreneurial experience in financial services, consulting and technology across USA, Pakistan, China and Singapore. He presently leads the emerging South Asia performance team at Google, which works with ROI-driven clients that view online as a sales channel. This includes clients in the travel, classifieds, tech and e-commerce sectors. Khurram also has a start up that develops Urdu language learning apps for youngsters amongst the Pakistani diaspora.

    Team Lead of emerging South Asia performance team Google

  • Kimberlee LeBlanc

    Kimberlee LeBlanc

    Leadership Training program Coordinator USAID

    Kimberlee has been part of many Education projects of USAID in Africa and Asia.

    Leadership Training program Coordinator USAID

  • Ludger Herget

    Ludger Herget

    Rental-preneur / Airbnb superhost

    Ludger Herget is studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at TU Berlin, is a rental-preneur from Germany. He is researching the housing market for short term accommodation in Berlin. As an Airbnb superhost, he has curated user experience for guests from all over the world. By sharing and living with more than 1000 guests in his home, Ludger has a few stories about meaningful UX from real life experience.

    Rental-preneur / Airbnb superhost

  • Maliha Elahi

    Maliha Elahi

    Delivery Assurance Teradata pakistan Pvt Ltd.

    Maliha has a rich career as a consultant, trainer and executive, having served as a head of Marketing and PR for Teradata Pakistan. Maliha has been an active mentor and has served as President of Islamabad Toastmasters Club.

    Delivery Assurance Teradata pakistan Pvt Ltd.

  • Mehzad Sahar

    Mehzad Sahar

    Information Security C level Executive/ Keynote Speaker

    Mehzad Sahar is an Information Security C level Executive, Keynote Speaker, Visionary, an eloquent strategist with a flair for Information Security creativity, with 19+ years of experience and currently working as Head/Director Business security in Telenor Pakistan. He has effectively crafted Information Security framework and Infrastructure Design for different Information Systems, national level policy making and implementation, Security Risk Management, across different industries.

    Information Security C level Executive/ Keynote Speaker

  • Mohsin Lodhi

    Mohsin Lodhi

    Enterprise Trainer and Executive Development Coach

    Mohsin Lodhi is a founder, enterprise trainer & executive development coach at Mohsin Lodhi Training & Coaching Centre- a company specializing in training and coaching executives on a one-on-one basis on leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, team building and personal development skills. Mohsin has over 35 years' experience in leadership, management, consulting, sales, teaching & training experience by leading a team of 10-50 people. He has trained and coached over 14,000 executives in 7 years on a wide variety of topics. He was honored "Best Performance Teacher Award" three times at SEECS NUST-Pakistan with 97.5% feedback. He completed certifications in training from IFC World Bank (USA), Franklin Covey (USA), INSEAD Business School (France) and Stanford University (USA).

    Enterprise Trainer and Executive Development Coach

  • Mowadat Rana

    Mowadat Rana

    Psychiatrist/ Chairman of The Healing Triad

    Dr. Mowadat Hussain Rana is a renowned psychiatrist who was awarded Sitara e Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan for his contributions. He has authored of nine books and fifty national and international publications. His interests include psychotrauma, health professions education and psychosocial interventions in the field of mental health. He is currently the Chairman of The Healing Triad, an organization committed to mental health and education.

    Psychiatrist/ Chairman of The Healing Triad

  • Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

    Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

    Founder of EMS - Elementary Montessori System

    An entrepreneur for 25 years and an educationist at heart, she is the founder of EMS - Elementary Montessori System, one of the most respected educational institutions of Islamabad.

    Founder of EMS - Elementary Montessori System

  • Muhammad Haroon

    Muhammad Haroon

    PostgreSQL Consultant

    Muhammad Haroon is a PostgreSQL Consultant at 2ndQuadrant. Over a decade of experience in analyzing, designing/ developing applications, deployment, testing, configuration management, research and code reviews on diversified domains, platforms and technologies he is specialized in Database management, PostgreSQL, Technology Management,Business Intelligence, ETL, Configuration Management, VOIP & IVR based applications, SMS based applications,Call Center Solutions, Middleware, Databases.

    PostgreSQL Consultant

  • Muhammad Nasrullah

    Muhammad Nasrullah

    Founder and CEO at Integry

    Nasrullah, popularly known as Nash, is a technologist who co-founded 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.

    Founder and CEO at Integry

  • Muniba Mazari

    Muniba Mazari

    Social Activist

    Muniba is an artist and a writer. More importantly, she is a symbol of resilience and turning her adversity into an opportunity. Met with a life threatening accident that left her paralyzed, Muniba used her exceptional artistic skills to pursue her goals and become an inspiration for so many. She will be narrating the story of Dhere Bolo which is a storytelling project that believes in the extraordinary power of our ordinary Pakistani stories.

    Social Activist

  • Narjis Ali

    Narjis Ali

    CEO and President at Sure Secure Solutions

    Narjis was instrumental in helping establish OPEN’s Islamabad chapter. She has over thirty years technology and management experience and is highly skilled at Security Engineering and Security Requirements Management for large Government contracts.

    CEO and President at Sure Secure Solutions

  • Nauman Sheikh

    Nauman Sheikh

    Founder, CEO ASRYM Inc.

    Nauman Sheikh's experience in data and analytics is across 3 continents and over 2 decades and involves hands on projects from data warehouse systems to anti-money laundering, fraud detection, risk management, customer analytics and Smart Meter Analytics (IoT) solutions; all built and delivered with hands-on involvement in data architecture, ETL, NoSQL coding, statistical modeling and both predictive and clustering type of models.

    Founder, CEO ASRYM Inc.

  • Pernian Faheem

    Pernian Faheem

    Retail Lead in NTT DATA Digital

    Originally from Islamabad, Pernian is now based out of Boston. She is the Retail Lead in NTT DATA Digital and also runs her own e-commerce company that provides custom tailor made professional suiting for working women.

    Retail Lead in NTT DATA Digital

  • Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani

    Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani

    Chairman, Pakistan Council for Science & Technology

    Prof. Gilani is currently the Chairman, Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. He started his professional career as a Lecturer (Pharmacy), at the Bahaudin Zakariya University Multan, where he stayed till 1986 and later joined the Aga Khan University. Dr. Gilani has earned 3 Patents, is a Member, Editorial Boards of 10 journals of international repute, is a co-editor of two WHO Books on Essential Medicine and published around 350 articles with cumulative IF around 700.

    Chairman, Pakistan Council for Science & Technology

  • Rebecca Garcia

    Rebecca Garcia

    Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC

    Rebecca Garcia is the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a community led 501(c)3 non-profit program teaching K-12 youth to code and an advocate for tech Diversity & Inclusion especially for women and girls. Experience includes Agile/SCRUM cross-functional software engineering. Front-end & fullstack web development, program management, UX/UI - user research & testing.

    Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC

  • Rhett Power

    Rhett Power

    Co-founder of Wild Creations

    Rhett Power is co-founder of Wild Creations, an award-winning start-up toy company named one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing US Companies. A member of the United States Department of State’s International Speakers Program, he travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship, leadership, and management alongside the likes of Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann, AOL Founder Steve Case, and President Barack Obama. He has written for the Huffington Post, Business Insider, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.

    Co-founder of Wild Creations

  • Saba Zaidi

    Saba Zaidi

    Senior Interaction Designer at Google

    "Almost 7 years of UX experience: first at a startup, then Ancestry.com and for the past ~5 years at Google. Projects usually involve close collaboration with engineers, product managers and other UX'ers like research, visual and motion designers, and prototypers. Work spans mobile, web, desktop as well as emerging surfaces like Smart Displays for the Google Assistant. Graduated with Bachelors of Science and honors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Harvard ('11).

    Senior Interaction Designer at Google

  • Sadaf Tausif

    Sadaf Tausif

    Motivational Speaker

    Sadaf was a runner up in Spelling Bee 2014 contest and a writer of stories. One of her books recently got published in the US.

    Motivational Speaker

  • Saima Khan

    Saima Khan

    Founder of The Hampstead Kitchen

    "Saima Khan started as a private chef specializing in creating cuisines that focus on the enjoyment & sharing of fresh seasonal produce. Realizing there was a gap in the market She set up The Hampstead Kitchen. They focus on clientsaround the Hampstead and neighbouring areas but also travel to the rest of the UK, the US, Europe& the Middle East for our clients. Before starting Hampstead Kitchen she have served more then then 16 banking & finance organisations.

    Founder of The Hampstead Kitchen

  • Shahnaz Kapadia

    Shahnaz Kapadia

    Founder and CEO at Empowerment thru Creative Integration (ECI)

    Shahnaz has thirty years of national and international experience working as a master trainer, instructional designer and implementer of large-scale cascade projects and programs. As founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Empowerment thru Creative Integration (ECI), Shahnaz specialized in large-scale cascade training for the development sector and the Government. During her 23 years leading ECI, she worked with the Federal and Provincial Governments, over 200 Civil Society Organizations, and a very large number of international NGOs and development agencies.

    Founder and CEO at Empowerment thru Creative Integration (ECI)

  • Shamoon Hashmi

    Shamoon Hashmi

    Joint Secretary at National Assembly of Pakistan

    Shamoon Hashmi’s diverse career, spanning over three decades, has traversed multiple disciplines of print and electronic media, development sector, civil service, academia and legislative service. He presently serves as a Joint Secretary in the National Assembly of Pakistan but is more known for his TV career as an anchor, compere, Script Writer and a documentary producer. As a social activist, his personal commitment to gender and development issues are widely respected. He is a recipient of President’s award of “Tamgha-e-Essar” and PTV Award."

    Joint Secretary at National Assembly of Pakistan

  • Sheba Najmi

    Sheba Najmi

    Senior Manager, Product Design at LinkedIn | Founder & Executive Director, Code for Pakistan

    "User Experience Leader with 14 years of experience creating and leading teams, strategy, and highly functional and usable web and mobile products. Entrepreneur/CEO in civic technology. As a frequent speaker on user-centered design and civic technology, She has been a keynote speaker for audiences such as the Ukrainian Parliament, addressing global parliamentarians on citizen-centered design and engaging citizens in creating better, more transparent legislations and services. "

    Senior Manager, Product Design at LinkedIn | Founder & Executive Director, Code for Pakistan

  • Syed Junaid Ali Gilani

    Syed Junaid Ali Gilani

    Senior Information Security Consultant & Instructor/Keynote Speaker

    Syed Junaid Ali Gilani is a seasoned Information Security Professional, Keynote speaker and lecturer with 7+ years of experience in multidimensional organizations including PTCL, ZTE and Government of Pakistan. Currently he is serving Nayatel Pvt. Ltd. as Deputy Manager Network Security. In addition, he has experience in Security Governance, Risk Management, Policy Compliance and security awareness.

    Senior Information Security Consultant & Instructor/Keynote Speaker

  • 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

  • Taimur Rasheed

    Taimur Rasheed

    General Manager & Head of Worldwide Customer Success, Azure Cloud at Microsoft

    "Cloud technology executive with over a decade of experience in new market development, strategic business development, and solution architecture related to emerging technologies. He has passion for technology, business, public policy, and he enjoy bringing new ideas and products to market. Currently leading worldwide Customer Success for Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud. Previously served as Managing Director for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Platform Technology and Applications where he lead strategic business development from 2008."

    General Manager & Head of Worldwide Customer Success, Azure Cloud at Microsoft

  • Taimur Rehman

    Taimur Rehman

    Director Programs (Peace Building, Women Entrepreneurship, Democracy)

    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.

    Director Programs (Peace Building, Women Entrepreneurship, Democracy)

  • Umair Shahid

    Umair Shahid

    Head of Marketing & Products at 2ndQuadrant

    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.

    Head of Marketing & Products at 2ndQuadrant

  • Veqarul Islam

    Veqarul Islam

    Director and Chief Executive at Jaffer Business Systems

    Veqar is one of the pioneers of IT industry in Pakistan and very well respected one. He will talk about different ventures that he has been part of with a detailed personal note on how NCR’s TeraData was built in Pakistan.

    Director and Chief Executive at Jaffer Business Systems

  • Wahaj Siraj

    Wahaj Siraj

    CEO and Co-founder of Nayatel

    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.

    CEO and Co-founder of Nayatel

  • Zeenat Khan

    Zeenat Khan

    Owner at Pappasallis

    If you have lived in Islamabad at anytime during the last 25 years, you will definitely have a few memories of waiting for a table at Pappasallis with your family. Ayesha is the iron lady behind this sumptuous icon of Islamabad.

    Owner at Pappasallis

  • Zeeshan Shafquat

    Zeeshan Shafquat

    Serial Entrepreneur, Digital Media Strategist, Public Speaker

    Zeeshan is a multi-dimensional and hyper dynamic person known as a Blogger, Restaurateur, Social Media Strategist and Speaker at tech events. He owns Café Rooftop which is a magnet for people who love food in style.

    Serial Entrepreneur, Digital Media Strategist, Public Speaker

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