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OPEN Islamabad – Annual Event 2014 | Celebrating Entrepreneurs of Islamabad


Welcome to the first ever Annual Event of OPEN Islamabad under the theme “Celebrating Entrepreneurs of Islamabad” where you’ll get a chance to get in touch with the most happening people in the town. Please note that the event is invite only. All OPEN Members will get a free invite to the event, click here to become OPEN Islamabad member and join this exciting Event!

The Annual Event of OPEN Islamabad  is scheduled on 16-Dec-2014 from 10:00 AM to 05:30PM

10:00 Registration and Networking
10:30 Recitation from the Holy Quran
10:35 Welcome Note Ather Imran, Chairman of the Board OPEN Islamabad
10:45 Keynote Address Junaid Kalim, CEO Kalim Group
11:20 Panel Discussion Ayesha Hamid
Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda
Pernian Faheem
Mrs. Firoza Zaidi
Kimberlee LeBlanc
Zeenat Khan
Women in Entrepreneurship
12:00 Short Talk Ambreen Malik | Blue Saint The Story of the Blue Saints
12:10 Short Talk Fahad Tiwana, CEO Tech Valley Being a Serial Entrepreneur before 30
12:20 Short Talk Sadaf Tauseef | EMS Flying with Dreams
12:30 Live Networking
12:35 Short Talk Ammar Mumtaz | Burning Brownie The Sweet Temptation of Burning a Brownie
12:45 Short Talk Bilal Awan | 1969 The Divine Interventions
1:05 Keynote Address Veqarul Islam, CEO Jaffer Business Systems Building a World Class Brand
1:40 Networking | Lunch | Prayers
2:30 Short Talk Zeeshan Shafquat | Cafe Rooftop From Blog to Rooftop
2:40 Short Talk Maliha Elahi Creating Endless Ripples
2:50 Short Talk Dr. Affan Syed | Director ORIC FAST The not so Boring Academic
3:00 Short Talk Taimur Rehman | Dastaan Go Reviving Lost Legacy
3:10 Panel Discussion Ehtisham Rao, Director B2B Marketing Mobilink Crossing the Chasm – A conversation with Owais Anjum
3:45 Tea Break | Prayers
4:00 Short Talk Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi | Lolz Studio Building a Company without Dropping Out
4:10 Short Talk Dr. Faisal Khan| Peshawar 2.0 The new blend of Qissa Khawani and Charsi Tikka
4:20 Short Talk Muniba Mazari | Dheeray Bolo Dhere Bolo ki Loud Story
4:45 Keynote Address Asad Umar Realizing the True Potential of Islamabad
5:30 Recognition Awards Iconic Brands of Islamabad
5:45 Closing Note Owais Anjum, President OPEN Islamabad


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

Panel Discussions

Panel discussions including one on “Women in Entrepreneurship”


Budding Islamabad entrepreneurs will share their stories and experiences

Great speakers with great topics

Precisely chosen big names from our own world


Veqar Islam

CEO Jaffer Business Systems

Building a World Class Brand

03:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Veqar

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.


Asad Umar

ex CEO Engro Corporation

Realizing the True Potential of Islamabad

03:30 AM - 11:00 AM

About Asad

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!


Junaid Kalim

CEO, Kalim Group

Building a Billion Rupees Enterprise

04:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Junaid

After doing his Masters in Engineering, Junaid took over his family real estate business and made it a multi-billion rupees company. Junaid will share his experience through this exciting journey with lot of lessons to be learned.


Maliha Elahi

Consultant & Trainer

Creating Endless Ripples

04:55 AM - 11:00 AM

About Maliha

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.


Ayesha Hamid

CEO Asia Schools

Panelist “Women in Entrepreneurship”

05:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Ayesha

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”.


Pernian Faheem

Founder È Mio Pernia

Panelist “Women in Entrepreneurship”

05:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Pernian

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.

Dr. Yasmeen Mahmooda


Panelist “Women in Entrepreneurship”

05:01 AM - 11:00 AM

About Dr. Yasmeen

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.

Kimberlee LeBlanc

US Department of State

Panelist “Women in Entrepreneurship”

05:01 AM - 11:00 AM

About Kimberlee

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

Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

EMS - Elementary Montessori System

Panelist “Women in Entrepreneurship”

05:03 AM - 11:00 AM

About Mrs. Firoza

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.


Zeenat Khan


Women in Entrepreneurship

05:05 AM - 11:00 AM

About Zeenat

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.


Kuch Khas

Kuch Khas ke kuch khas batein

05:25 AM - 11:00 AM

About Kuch Khas

Kuch Khaas is a community space for discourse, learning, meaningful entertainment and participation in Islamabad. The events taking place at Kuch Khaas are changing the cultural dynamics of the town and playing a huge rule in making entrepreneurs.


Bilal Awan

Owner "1969 and the time goes on"

The Divine Interventions

05:30 AM - 11:00 AM

About Bilal

An Engineer by qualification, Bilal is unique and an exemplary entrepreneur, building startups that range from waste management to restaurants. The Annual event is being hosted at one of his restaurant, which is unarguably the most trending one in Islamabad. Bilal will share his entrepreneurial journey


Muniba Mazari


Dhere Bolo ke loud Story

05:35 AM - 11:00 AM

About Muniba

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.


Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

Lolz Studio

Building a Company without Dropping Out

06:30 AM - 11:00 AM

About Syed Muzamil

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.


Ehtisham Rao

Director B2B Marketing Mobilink

Crossing the Chasm

06:45 AM - 11:00 AM

About Ehtisham

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


Syed Javed Qamar

OPEN Global

President OPEN-Global

06:50 AM - 11:00 AM

About Syed Javed

Javed is currently serving as President OPEN Global and has been part of OPEN initiatives since it's inception. Javed is travelling specially to grace this occasion.


Zeeshan Shafquat

Café Rooftop

From Blog to Rooftop

07:30 AM - 11:00 AM

About Zeeshan

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.


Dr. Affan Syed


The not so Boring Academics

08:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Dr. Affan

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.


Faisal Khan

Peshawar 2.0

The new blend of Qissa Khawani and Charsi Tikka

08:15 AM - 11:00 AM

About Faisal

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.


Fahad Tiwana

CEO, Tech Valley

Being a Serial Entrepreneur before 30

08:30 AM - 09:15 AM

About Fahad

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.


Ammar Mumtaz

Burning Brownies

The Sweet Temptation of Burning a Brownie

08:45 AM - 11:00 AM

About Ammar

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.


Ambreen Malik

Blue Saint

The Story of the Blue Saint

09:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Ambreen

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.


Taimur Rehman

IT Entrepreneur and Urdu Daastan Go

Reviving Lost Legacy

09:20 AM - 11:00 AM

About Taimur

With his background in IT, Tamiur is reviving the old tradition of story telling (or Daastan Goyee) and would warm our session with his magical skills.


Sadaf Tausif

O-Level student

Flying with Dreams

11:00 AM - 11:00 AM

About Sadaf

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.

Organizing Team


Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali a panther with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania is currently Administering School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) NUST is a prolific researcher and academicians. He has over 100 publications to his credit in both nationally and internationally. He has been awarded numerous medals for being a Distinguished Scientists and Researcher”.

Professor Dr. Arshad Ali - Board Member @ OPEN Islamabad

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, Obaid is one of the most happening entrepreneurs in Islamabad.

Obaidullah Khawaja - Board Member, VP Outreach @ OPEN Islamabad

An engineer by education and an entrepreneur with over 15 years of strategic management experiences into a variety of successful ventures, a Bobcat from New York University – Junaid runs one of the biggest real estate, construction, brokerage and asset management groups in Islamabad. His philanthropic efforts include creating Kalim Trust which offers free food centers and assistance for poor. With his diverse experience, a large enterprise set up and community efforts.

Junaid Kalim - Board Member @ 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 US, has led a subsidiary of a Silicon Valley Company in Pakistan and has been administering his own startup “Cricout – A Social Network for Cricket” for over 2 years now.

Owais Anjum - President @ OPEN Islamabad

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, he cultivated and fostered Makabu – A leading provider of managed IT services for 10 prosperous years. Mansoor graduated as a Golden Eagle of California State University, Los Angeles.

Mansoor Khan - Charter Member, Board Member @ OPEN Islamabad

Ather, with a Masters from Purdue University, has over 15 years of professional experience with various IT and ITES organizations, and is currently Senior Vice President at Sybrid Private Limited.

Ather Imran Nawaz- Chairman of the Board, VP Programs @ OPEN Islamabad

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, VP IT @ OPEN Islamabad

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