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

  • Aban Haq

    Aban Haq

    Head of Innovation Fund - Karandaaz

    Head of Innovation Fund - Karandaaz

  • 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

  • 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

  • Affan Dar

    Affan Dar

    Engineering leader in the Azure IoT (Internet of Things) Platform

    Affan is an engineering leader in the Azure IoT (Internet of Things) Platform group responsible for building and running multiple high scale Azure services related to IoT. A few of the products that his team has built include Azure IoT Hub Azure IoT Edge Azure IoT SDKs Prior to his foray in IoT, his professional experience has been around building and managing teams that build middleware, cloud platforms, high scale messaging services and tackling complex distributed systems challenges.

    Engineering leader in the Azure IoT (Internet of Things) Platform

  • Ahmed Hassan (Simaar)

    Ahmed Hassan (Simaar)

    Senior UX/UI Designer

    Ahmed was introduced to the transformative world of design 8 years ago. Since then, he has worked in Brand, Interface and Experience design at Eikon7, KeepTruckin and now IDEATE. He feels that this is the right time to share whatever little he knows about the field with the community around him.

    Senior UX/UI Designer

  • Ahmed Waleed

    Ahmed Waleed

    Front End Engineer, eMumba

    Currently working with various teams to improve architecture and design, Ahmed Waleed loves to work on scalability and re-usability aspects of complex applications. He is very interested in exploring the upcoming web technologies and the possibilities they are going to unfold. He can be found contemplating about the future of tech atop Margallah hills on week-ends!

    Front End Engineer, eMumba

  • Ali Sufyan

    Ali Sufyan

    Professional for Visual Studio and Development Technologies

    Ali Sufyan has done BSCS (Hons) from the 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

  • Ali Zaidi

    Ali Zaidi

    Federal Minister Maritime Affairs

    Ali Zaidi is one of the famous and leading Pakistani Politician who is the current Federal Minister for Maritime Affairs, in office since 11 September 2018. He has been a member of the National Assembly of Pakistan since August 2018. His professional career includes being a successful entrepreneur and small business owner with vast experience of operating businesses in various sectors.Mr. Zaidi was Founding President of the Imran Khan Foundation US, an IRS tax-exempt 501 C-3 charity organization based in the US. He is currently a member of PTI’s Core Committee. Besides being a member of the Core Committee, also currently on the list of official Spokespersons of PTI. Furthermore, he served as International Coordinator from 2004 until 2008 and organized PTI chapters around the globe

    Federal Minister Maritime Affairs

  • Alyzeh Rizvi

    Alyzeh Rizvi

    Designer-in-Residence, IDEATE Innovation

    Alyzeh Rizvi is a designer based in Providence, US. With an undergraduate degree in architecture and a keen interest in building human-centred products and experiences, she is currently pursuing her graduate degree in Industrial Design at the prestigious Rhode Island School of Design. Alyzeh spent the last couple of years at Architizer, a tech start-up in New York City building tools to revolutionize architecture. This summer, she has travelled to Pakistan on a Graduate Commons Grant awarded by RISD to explore ‘How Sacrificial Rituals are Woven into the Fabric of Pakistani Manufacturing Processes’. She is currently working as a Lead Researcher at IDEATE in Islamabad on ‘Improving Financial Inclusion for Women in Pakistan’.

    Designer-in-Residence, IDEATE Innovation

  • 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 ex-pat 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

  • Amena Shakil

    Amena Shakil

    Head of Digital Telco Solutions at Telenor

    Amena is an accomplished professional with most of her career in the telco industry. She is the pivot behind Telenor's innovation drive on the network side for Digital Telco Solutions based on community-based as well as self-built solutions. She has 14 years of working experience in a variety of domains both in IT and networks, leading many digital transformation projects and strategic initiatives. She has Established end to the end core network and IT solutions through opensource and inhouse developed modules of both IT and core networks which are vendor agnostics.

    Head of Digital Telco Solutions at Telenor

  • Amer Ather

    Amer Ather

    Senior Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix Performance Engineering Team.

    The Netflix performance Engineering Team helps build services that are resilient to hardware and software failures. Our team collaborates with service teams in architecture review, improvement plans and its impact on Netflix ecosystem. We partner with AWS in developing a roadmap for future products and services. Netflix emphasizes on building self-service tools with a goal of accelerating developer productivity and innovation velocity. We build profiling and tracing frameworks and tools for Netflix service teams that allow full software stack analysis. Netflix performance team open source projects: Vector, FlameGraph, FlameScope, AutoBench, Abyss

    Senior Cloud Performance Architect at Netflix Performance Engineering Team.

  • 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 digitizes 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

  • Ashar Aziz

    Ashar Aziz

    CEO | Founding CEO of SkyElectric

    Ashar Aziz is the Founder, Executive Chairman of SkyElectric Inc. He is also the creator of the core energy intelligence and management technologies embedded in the SkyElectric Smart Energy System. In 2018, Mr Aziz received the most prestigious National award, Sitara-e-Imtiaz for his services in the IT Industry. Previously, Ashar founded FireEye, Inc., (NASDAQ: FEYE), a global cyber-security company, in 2004. He served as the CEO of FireEye from 2004 until November 2012 and also served as its Board Vice Chairman, CFO and CTO. Prior to FireEye, Ashar founded Terraspring, Inc., which was acquired by Sun Microsystems, Inc., in November 2002. Following the acquisition, he and served as Chief Technology Officer of the Sun N1 program until October 2003. Ashar graduated from MIT with a BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Mr Aziz later received the University of California Regents fellowship at the University of California at Berkeley where he completed his MS in Electrical Engineering Computer Science.

    CEO | Founding CEO of SkyElectric

  • Asma Khalil

    Asma Khalil

    Country Director Careem

    Asma Khalil is one of the few leaders in the country having the experience of working in several key industries of the digital ecosystem. Asma currently a country Director at Careem, is the former COO of Daraz, a start-up mentor at the NIC, an e-commerce consultant, and has held several key roles in big corporations like Telenor, Jazz and Nestle. Asma has also worked as an advisor to the government and the ministry of IT and Telecom in shaping up the e-commerce and digital policy for Pakistan.\nDeveloping the first mobile banking (Easypaisa) strategy, running the first Telco/e-commerce partnership, leading the country's first Daraz Black Friday and driving the first digital Pakistan website are a few of the many achievements that Asma has to her credit.\nWe are glad to have her as part of our panel to share key insights on the challenges of digital ecosystem expansion in Pakistan and how well the government is supporting this mission. Asma Khalil is one of the few leaders in the country having the experience of working in several key industries of the digital ecosystem. Asma currently a country Director at Careem, is the former COO of Daraz, a start-up mentor at the NIC, an e-commerce consultant, and has held several key roles in big corporations like Telenor, Jazz and Nestle. Asma has also worked as an advisor to the government and the ministry of IT and Telecom in shaping up the e-commerce and digital policy for Pakistan. Developing the first mobile banking (Easypaisa) strategy, running the first Telco/e-commerce partnership, leading the country's first Daraz Black Friday and driving the first digital Pakistan website are a few of the many achievements that Asma has to her credit. We are glad to have her as part of our panel to share key insights on the challenges of digital ecosystem expansion in Pakistan and how well the government is supporting this mission.

    Country Director Careem

  • 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 the United States. With offices in Karachi, Islamabad and Sharjah (UAE)

    Chief Executive Officer, Sybrid (Pvt) Limited

  • Atif Rais Khan

    Atif Rais Khan

    Co-Founder & Chairman LMKR/LMKT

    "Atif Rais Khan is Cofounder and Chairman of LMKR and LMKT; two distinct technology companies. An experienced CEO, Board Member, and entrepreneur with over 30 years of international business experience with private as well as government entities. Atif is also the majority shareholder and Chairman of StarTimes Communications Private Limited, a subsidiary of StarTimes Communications China - a global provider of direct-to-home (DTH) broadcasting which was recently awarded a DTH license by PEMRA."

    Co-Founder & Chairman LMKR/LMKT

  • Awais Naseer

    Awais Naseer

  • Ayesha Hamid

    Ayesha Hamid

  • Ayesha Iqbal

    Ayesha Iqbal

  • Badar Khushnood

    Badar Khushnood

  • Bilal Awan

    Bilal Awan

  • Dilawar Syed

    Dilawar Syed

  • Dr Ali Tahir

    Dr Ali Tahir

  • Dr Raja Iqbal

    Dr Raja Iqbal

  • Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda

    Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda

  • Dr. Affan Syed

    Dr. Affan Syed

  • Dr. Andrew Scheuermann

    Dr. Andrew Scheuermann

  • Dr. Arshad Ali

    Dr. Arshad Ali

  • Dr. Bebo White

    Dr. Bebo White

  • Dr. Faisal Khan

    Dr. Faisal Khan

  • Dr. Farrukh Hassan

    Dr. Farrukh Hassan

  • Dr. Rafae Bhatti

    Dr. Rafae Bhatti

  • Dr. Syed Ismail Shah

    Dr. Syed Ismail Shah

  • Dr. Terence Jackson

    Dr. Terence Jackson

  • Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

    Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

  • Ehtisham Rao

    Ehtisham Rao

  • Evelyn A. Ashley

    Evelyn A. Ashley

  • Fahad Tiwana

    Fahad Tiwana

  • Faisal Aftab

    Faisal Aftab

  • Farrukh Malik

    Farrukh Malik

  • Fatima Mazhar

    Fatima Mazhar

  • Franziska Scheinhardt

    Franziska Scheinhardt

  • Gabriele Bartolini

    Gabriele Bartolini

  • Haris Zaheer Bajwa

    Haris Zaheer Bajwa

  • Hira Attique

    Hira Attique

  • Hussein Kanji

    Hussein Kanji

  • Ibrar Ahmed

    Ibrar Ahmed

  • Idris Kothari

    Idris Kothari

  • Iqbal Khan

    Iqbal Khan

  • Irfan Wahab

    Irfan Wahab

  • Jehad Zafar

    Jehad Zafar

  • Junaid Akram

    Junaid Akram

  • Junaid Iqbal

    Junaid Iqbal

  • Junaid Kalim

    Junaid Kalim

  • Junaid Razzaq

    Junaid Razzaq

  • Kamran Kundi

    Kamran Kundi

  • Kashan Ahmad

    Kashan Ahmad

  • Khurram Jamali

    Khurram Jamali

  • Kimberlee LeBlanc

    Kimberlee LeBlanc

  • Komail Abbas Naqvi

    Komail Abbas Naqvi

  • Ludger Herget

    Ludger Herget

  • Maleeka Bokhari

    Maleeka Bokhari

  • Maliha Elahi

    Maliha Elahi

  • Meenah Tariq

    Meenah Tariq

  • Mehzad Sahar

    Mehzad Sahar

  • Melinda Good

    Melinda Good

  • Mohsin Lodhi

    Mohsin Lodhi

  • Mohsin Termezy

    Mohsin Termezy

  • Mowadat Rana

    Mowadat Rana

  • Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

    Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

  • Mudassar Hussain

    Mudassar Hussain

  • Muhammad Ahmed Khan

    Muhammad Ahmed Khan

  • Muhammad Haroon

    Muhammad Haroon

  • Muhammad Nasrullah

    Muhammad Nasrullah

  • Muhammad Wasaaq

    Muhammad Wasaaq

    Technical Lead

    Mr. Wasaaq is a professional software developer with 7 years of experience including 2.5 years of experience in Big data technologies. His expertise includes the development experience of Kafka/Cassandra/Postgres and various programming languages.

    Technical Lead

  • 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

  • Naeem Iqbal

    Naeem Iqbal

    Project & Program Management | Speaker | Trainer | Strategist | Storyteller

    Naeem Iqbal has a decent 21 years of experience in IT/ Technology Management/Contract & Project Management, Planning, Implementation and Roll-out etc. He has managed cross-cultural teams ranging from as low as 10 to as high as 500 members. He has spent more than 1450 hours of his life in delivering talks and training sessions. He has approx 3.9 Billion USD projects on his portfolio. Moreover, his experience includes engagements in Project management/implementation, Post Disaster Program Design, Implementation and Management, Social Safety net program management, Safety and Security projects execution (Smart City/Safe City Projects), Business Analysis, Training and Development, Coaching and Mentoring Start-ups.

    Project & Program Management | Speaker | Trainer | Strategist | Storyteller

  • Naeem Zamindar

    Naeem Zamindar

    Ex Chairman Pakistan Board of Investment

    Naeem Zamindar is CEO of Zamindar Capital and Former Minister of state and chairman of Pakistan Board of Investment. Naeem has on his credit the setting up of Pakistan fund initiative as Acumen Pakistan chief executive officer. Previously, Naeem had served as Wateen Telecom CEO; Mobilink (now Jazz) CEO, and a senior investment manager at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, where he was involved in over 20 investments in high tech firms. He is a professional certified by the State of Washington as a CPA and has an MBA from the prestigious INSEAD Business School. His vision is to promote and enable Pakistan as an attractive investment destination.

    Ex Chairman Pakistan Board of Investment

  • 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 of 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 modelling and both predictive and clustering type of models.

    Founder, CEO ASRYM Inc.

  • 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

  • Owais zaidi

    Owais zaidi

    Co-Founder CreditFix

    Owais is the Co-founder and CEO of CreditFix, Pakistan’s first Digital Lending Company. CreditFix utilizes Machine Learning and Big Data and combines to enable low-income borrowers to borrow for big-ticket loans for starting or growing business. It is the only digital lending player in emerging market that is doing ticket sizes up to,000 completely digitally. Owais also founded The Hive, Pakistan’s most premium co-working space which is currently in growth mode and expanding across Pakistan. He actively evangelizes open source technology and believes in the power of collaboration through crowdsourcing and social networks. He has delivered lectures across South Asia and the Middle East on electronic payments and commerce, founding and managing startups and financial inclusion. He is passionate about value creation through the use of technology for business and social development.

    Co-Founder CreditFix

  • 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

  • Rabeel Warraich

    Rabeel Warraich

    CEO Sarmayacar

    Rabeel Warraich is the Founder of Sarmayacar, a recently launched seed fund syndicate dedicated to Pakistani startups. He is currently vice president at private equity firm GIC Investment Management based in London. He specialized in Economics from the University of Oxford and Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has experience of working with Morgan Stanley, Convergent Wealth Advisors etc.

    CEO Sarmayacar

  • Rabia Pervez

    Rabia Pervez

    Project Manager | Technical Delivery Expert | Agile Coach

    Having an industrial experience of 12 years, Rabia Pervez has contributed to many areas including Analytics, Mobile Apps, Digital services and Financial Services. She started her career as a Software Developer and had hands-on experience in different technologies. Moving on she came up with roles as Technical Lead, Business Analyst and Project Manager.

    Project Manager | Technical Delivery Expert | Agile Coach

  • 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 & full-stack 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

  • 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)

  • 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 clients around 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 has served more than 16 banking & finance organisations.

    Founder of The Hampstead Kitchen

  • 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

  • Sayyed Ahmad Masud

    Sayyed Ahmad Masud

    CEO | Co-Director of Change Mechanics | Founders Institute

    Sayyed Ahmad Masud is CEO & Co-director of Change Mechanics | Founders Institute. He is an advertising & branding guy with over 3 decades in the industry who now helps build Start-ups and develop an innovation economy. He used to mentor and coach the new generation of Start-ups and aspiring entrepreneurs. Previously he is not only the part of Pakistan’s entrepreneurial ecosystem but also had a wide network in Asia and Silicon Valley. He was also the part of The Indus Entrepreneurs and the Islamabad Director for the Global Tech Accelerator. He is also teaching Entrepreneurship at the Master’s level and also in the Advisory Committees of 3 leading Universities.

    CEO | Co-Director of Change Mechanics | Founders Institute

  • 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

  • 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

    Chairman, P@SHA | CEO, TPS Worldwide

    Shahzad Shahid is the CEO of TPS Pakistan and the Middle East. Prior to his appointment to the position of CEO, Shahzad was serving in the capacity of CMO of TPS. Joining the company as a software engineer in 1999, Shahzad moved to the TPS business development team in 2004. His instinctive flair for business was a natural fit and saw Shahzad emerge as a distinctive leader with strategic, creative and financial acumen as well as strong business intellect. He has played an integral role in shaping the e-banking landscape in Pakistan through closely working with banks, telcos and financial institutions.

    Chairman, P@SHA | CEO, TPS Worldwide

  • Shandana Gulzar Khan

    Shandana Gulzar Khan

    Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Commerce

    Shandana is Parliamentary Secretary at Ministry of Commerce. She is experienced Trade and investment Legal professional with a demonstrated history of working in the legal services industry.\nShe is Skilled in Negotiation, International Trade, International Economic Law, Policy Analysis, Strategic legal frameworks and Dispute Settlement. A strong, disciplined legal professional with a Master of Laws (LL.M.) focused on Corporate Governance; Economics of Law and Regulation; WTO and International Economic Laws from the University of Cambridge.

    Parliamentary Secretary Ministry of Commerce

  • 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

  • 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 Ingrain.io (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

  • Shoaib Akmal

    Shoaib Akmal

    Cloud and VirtualizationArchitect | Consultant | Public Speaker | BlockChain Enthusiast

    I am a highly accomplished leader with 17+ years of demonstrable record of leadership and business results in the wireless telecommunication industry with expertise in Network Services developement and innovative Network Technology. Looking for a position within an organization that provides opportunities to utilize my leadership and business skills as well as extensive experience to deliver strong business results

    Cloud and VirtualizationArchitect | Consultant | Public Speaker | BlockChain Enthusiast

  • Syed Ahmed

    Syed Ahmed

    Chairman | CEO of PASHA | DPL

    Syed Ahmad is the Founder and CEO of DPL, a leading IT exports company based in Islamabad. He is also an industry leader. Currently, he is the Chairman of P@SHA, the only Govt licensed representative IT trade body in Pakistan. He is also the author of Digital Policy of PTI, which is part of PTI’s manifesto. At present, he is a member of the Prime Minister's Task Force on IT & Telecom. Syed is currently serving various government entities such as Pakistan Software Export Board, KPIT Board and incubators such as NEST I/O and Comsats Cubator-1ne.

    Chairman | CEO of PASHA | DPL

  • 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

  • Syed Shahzad Sherazi

    Syed Shahzad Sherazi

    Co-Founder & COO, Clicky.pk

    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 Clicky.pk, 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, Clicky.pk

  • 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 a passion for technology, business, public policy, and he enjoys 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 leads 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 Shafique

    Umair Shafique

    Chief Innovation Officer, IDEATE Innovation

    Umair has 10 years of total experience and he is the Chief Innovation Officer at IDEATE Innovation which is Pakistan’s first dedicated UX design firm. He is a mechatronics engineer with a double master in Innovation Management and Entrepreneurship from TUBerlin and Warsaw School of Economics with a Design Thinking certification from HPI Potsdam and UX certification from Neilsen Norman Group. He has co-founded two startups in Germany and Poland, in the domains of agriculture technology and shared economy sector, respectively. Previously, he has spent over 5 years in process engineering design, working closely with product technology centres in the FMCG sector. He is a strong believer in technology and its potential to solve greater challenges that technology combined with deep user insights can be served as a great tool to solve a lot of social problems, especially poverty. We can use right technological solutions to mitigate poverty from the regions of the underserved part of the world and that, we all, who are ‘privileged’ have an innate responsibility to give something back to where we think we belong.

    Chief Innovation Officer, IDEATE Innovation

  • 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

  • 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

  • Veqarul Islam

    Veqarul Islam

    Director and Chief Executive at Jaffer Business Systems

    Veqar is one of the pioneers of the IT industry in Pakistan and a 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Zoaib Khan

    Zoaib Khan

    Application Modernization Practice Lead, Red Hat, USA

    Zohaib Khan is currently the Application Modernization Practice Lead for Red Hat Public Sector. He helps companies makes sense of emerging technologies like APIs, Microservices and Containers and use them to deliver new capabilities and business models, the Open Source way. He has been a regular speaker at Red Hat Summit and has presented at various conferences, including StackWorld and APIWorld. He writes about DevOps, Application Modernization, disruption with technology and innovation (at his blog https://stackinnovator.com). Prior to Red Hat, Zohaib was a senior manager in healthcare and financial services and experimented with entrepreneurship by co-founding a technology services company.

    Application Modernization Practice Lead, Red Hat, USA

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