GM at Technology Incubation Center, NUST
Adnan Faisal heads the “Technology Incubation Center” at NUST, the largest tech incubator in Pakistan.
Mr. Adnan has first hand exposure to technology entrepreneurship and investing in them. His first startup, Emmaculate, was a software technology firm, which he successfully grew and later sold in 2006. He has since been investing in listed technology companies on a global scale, on behalf of various US-based hedge funds. Adnan is an MBA from IBA, Karachi and holds the CFA Charter from CFA Institute, USA.
Founder and CEO PlanetBeyond
With a Masters from Brunel University UK, Ahmer has over 15 years of experience, 11 of which are dedicated to his own venture. The venture deals with servicing the Telecom sector in Pakistan in areas like ongoing management of consumer WEB, mobile applications, Value Added Services (VAS), Customer Care, and Billing systems.
Ahmer’s vast experience has allowed him to harness strategic business skills to resolve conflicts and help bring economic prosperity to the country. He also has notable experience working for philanthropic organizations.
Chief Innovation & Financial Inclusion Officer at U Microfinance Bank
Ms. Malik is the Chief Innovation & Financial Inclusion Officer at U Microfinance Bank – a PTCL Company.
Ms. Malik is a graduate of London School of Economics and Political Science and holds degrees in Business, Development and Urban policy. She has nearly 15 years of work experience spanning Pakistan, UK and The Philippines. She has worked in Retail and Priority banking and Trade Finance with AMB AMRO Pakistan, Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan and HBL, UK respectively. A shift in career took her to the likes of Habitat for Humanity International, The Asia Foundation and Senate of Philippines. She has also taught at National University of Science & Technology – Islamabad.
Ms. Malik carries an incredibly diverse experience and is committed to bringing financial inclusion to Pakistan with a particular focus on women entrepreneurs in semi rural and rural setting.
CEO, Ovex Technologies
Amir Hussain, a qualified Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, is a cool headed and ardent corporate strategist. He has over 15 years of leadership and management experience in defining strategic road maps, and creating & maintaining collaborative business relationships that deliver. Amir is currently heading Ovex as its CEO. His association with Pakistani BPO industry dates back over six years. Before joining Ovex, he worked for KPMG Taseer Hadi & Co, and other renowned accounting and consulting firms in various senior management capacities.
Co-founder, J.A.S.B. & Associates
A chartered accountant by profession, Arsalan is co-founder and partner of J.A.S.B. & Associates, Chartered Accountants – a full service public accounting firm that has offices in Islamabad and Karachi with more than 80 team members. It provides a variety of services including accounting, auditing, taxation, corporate, and consulting. The various industries it serves includes oil & gas, telecom & technology, FMCG, development, and the public sector.
Arsalan is a true believer in entrepreneurship as it not only allows economic freedom but more importantly the freedom to think and to pursue one’s dreams and aspirations. He is also part of OPEN Islamabad’s Legal Clinic initiative. He is a sports enthusiast and has been participating in athletics, swimming, and rock climbing.
Founder & CEO of xFlow Research Pvt. Ltd
xFlow Research is based in USA and Pakistan and focuses on leading edge research in computer networking, IoT, Analytics, SDN, NFV etc. He loves technology and is passionate about it. He works with Academia on research and papers. He has two daughters, loves theater, film, psychology and a chai with good friends. Enjoy working in theater and films. Love art as well. Sometimes books as well, although never finish them. Oh another thing, he loves traveling in northern Pakistan.
VP R&D at LMKR
Asim is leading ICIL, a joint program of Code for Pakistan and OPEN Islamabad. A graduate of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, he has a strong passion for building open source apps to solve civic problems. Asim has worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Nokia Siemens Networks in the past, and also ran a software consultancy for Pakistan Air Force. With 12 years of experience under the belt, he is currently the VP RnD at LMKR.
Managing Director and Owner at Second Cup Pakistan
Having had an extensive experience in the Real estate and Construction sector in Islamabad, and in his family’s Retail Business in the Middle-East, Asim had the opportunity to bring Second Cup Coffee Co. Inc. to Pakistan through Mater Franchising rights for the country. Second Cup is now the fastest growing café chain in the country, with around 14 stores in the first four years of operations. The brand has augmented its position in the Pakistan market through a combination of excellent management, team building and robust growth in the ultra-competitive coffee industry.
An MBA from NUST Business School, he’s had an ambitious career graph of Entrepreneurship in the last 14 years, with aim to further explore the dynamic Retail sector of Pakistan through new and upcoming opportunities and build a competitive edge for all stake holders.
Ather Imran Nawaz
Chief Executive Officer at Sybrid (Private) Ltd
Ather, with a Masters degree from Purdue University, has over 15 years of professional experience with various IT & ITES organizations. He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at Sybrid Private Limited.
Besides work, Ather is an active blogger (http://thinkingspirits.com) and a mentor. He is known for creating platforms for professionals and is currently engaged in a major nonprofit effort to establish Islamabad as a knowledge city. Ather actively volunteers for educational and health welfare organizations, and regularly speaks at various universities. He serves as Chairman of the Board for OPEN Islamabad chapter.
Co – founder and CEO Aleph Private Limited
An entrepreneur with a unique vision encompassing not only the alleviation of the energy sector in Pakistan but also with an intent to payback the society in his own way. A Trojan Engineer and a Varsity Blue MBA from University of South California and University of Toronto respectively, and with over 20 years of distinguished work experience in private and public sectors, Azhar has ventured as an entrepreneur into energy sector and management consulting. He runs his own startup by the name of Aleph (Private) Limited.
Azhar brings a unique perspective to the group with his experience in public sector and management consulting.
Owner, 1969 The Story Goes On, Gelato Affairs
An engineer by qualification, Bilal Awan is a unique and an exemplary entrepreneur, building startups that range from waste management to one of the trendiest and well known restaurants in Islamabad.
Bilal is active in social circles and mentors upcoming entrepreneurs. He adds an exceptional blend of ‘delicacy’ and diversity of thought to the group.
Dr M. Ayub Alvi
Dean (Academics) at National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences
After getting PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Manchester in 1982, he joined FAST. He is currently serving as Dean (Academics) in its National University of Computer & Emerging Sciences. He established FAST campus in Lahore in 1989, before he moved to Islamabad in 1996 to set up Islamabad campus of FAST. He is also Chairperson of HEC’s National Computing Education Accreditation Council.
Dr Syed Ismail Shah
Chairman PTA, CEO ICT R&D Fund
With an extensive background in technology implementation and telecommunications policy making & regulations, Dr. Syed Ismail Shah is serving as the Chairman of the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) since 2013 and also holds the charge of CEO, National ICT R&D Fund Company since January 2016. Prior to becoming the Chairman of PTA, he served at the highest technical management position in the Pakistan’s Ministry of IT & Telecommunications as Member Telecom.
Dr. Shah has led some of the most high profile undertakings in Pakistan’s telecommunications industry, including the undertaking of the PTA regarding spectrum auction and subsequent launch of 3G/4G and growth. Dr. Shah is a strong proponent of using ICT to create smarter societies. Combination of his very strong intellectual and technical rigor with his leadership roles, has given him unique and un-paralleled perspective to become a global ambassador for unleashing the power of ICTs. Dr. Shah is a Senior Member of IEEE and has more than 100 publications in International Conferences and Journals.
CEO Discretelogix (Private) Limited
Farrukh is a serial entrepreneur and has co-founded 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.
Haroon Javed Qureshi
CEO & Founder at East West Infiniti (Pvt) Ltd
Dr Haroon is a long-term technologist and founder of East West Infiniti, an engineering organization focusing on radio and communication technology products. He is passionate about entrepreneurship and actively offers his mentorship to aspiring young businessmen in the technology field.
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.
Founder & CEO at Kalim Group
An engineer by education, an entrepreneur with over 15 years of strategic management experience in a variety of successful ventures, and 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 is a proud addition to the group.
Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate
Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, which supports startups and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem in growth markets, and has been operating in Pakistan since 2011.
CEO, Makabu Pvt. Limited
There is no alternate to experience, and Mansoor Khan has an aura that symbolizes experience and success. He has been weathered with time as one of the most successful entrepreneurs, cultivating and fostering Makabu which is a leading provider of managed IT services for 10 prosperous years. Mansoor graduated as a Golden Eagle of California State University, Los Angeles.
Mansoor was part of the inaugural event of the first OPEN chapter in Boston back in 2000. He is a philanthropist who founded the JAQ Education Trust, working for education of poor kids in and around Islamabad.
Enterprise Trainer and Executive Development Coach
Mohsin is the founder of Mohsin Lodhi Training & Coaching. He has hands-on experience of running three successful companies in Pakistan. Mohsin loves to help professionals in improving their skills to become more successful in life because he believes it’s the skills that makes them valuable and distinguished to the marketplace and unique skills let them stand out of the crowd. He has 35 years of Leadership, Management, Consulting, Sales, Teaching & Training Experience. Mohsin works as an Enterprise Trainer and Executive Development Coach.
Director Digital Solutions at Mobilink
Nabeel is a technologist & serial entrepreneur with over 15 years’ experience in various fields with diverse exposures. His expertise include Consulting & Financial Markets business management, Products/Solutions & Consulting in Digital Solutions and Real Time Data.
Head of Mobile Advertising at Telenor Pakistan
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.
Osman Saifullah Khan
Member of the Senate of Pakistan
Osman Saifullah Khan is a member of the Senate of Pakistan and represents the Federal Capital Islamabad. Mr. Khan serves on four Senate Standing Committees: Finance, Information Technology & Telecommunications, Petroleum & Natural Resources, and Planning & Development.
Before his election to the Senate, Osman Saifullah Khan held a variety of strategic and operating roles with the Saif Group, a diversified industrial and services conglomerate headquartered in Islamabad.
Osman Khan has remained a member of the Board of Management of Pakistan State Oil (PSO). He serves on the Advisory Committee to the Planning Commission of Pakistan, is a member of the Policy Board of the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) and is also an Advisor to the President, Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute of Engineering Sciences (GIKI). Osman Khan is a member of the Young Presidents Organisation (YPO).
Osman has a Master’s degree in Engineering, Economics and Management from Christ Church, University of Oxford (1995), where he was a Britannia Scholar and a Master’s degree in Business Administration (MBA) from the Graduate School of Business, Stanford University (2009).
Founder Cricout, CEO eMumba
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 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.
Owais Zaidi is a seasoned professional with over 20 years of experience in launching technology driven startups and leading growth companies. He is passionate about value creation through use of technology for business and social development.
Owais is currently the founder and CEO of CreditFix, Pakistan’s first Digital Lending Company. CreditFix utilizes Machine Learning and Big Data and combine 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 power of collaboration through crowd sourcing and social networks. He has delivered lectures across South Asia and Middle East on electronic payments and commerce, founding and managing startups and financial inclusion.
Parvin M Khan
SVP Ex-Banker /Director Finance & Admin Trusted Builders (Pvt) Ltd
Parvin Khan is an ex-Banker, MBA (Banking & Finance) & Professional Diploma holder of Entrepreneurship from IFC/World Bank. She has a rich and diversified banking experience of almost four decades.
A Senior Vice President and former Regional Head Women Entrepreneurship Development North in First Women a Bank Ltd. Former Head of Business Growth Center Islamabad. Figure headed the Collaboration & implementation of UNIDOs ( United Nations Industrial Development Organisation Women Entrepreneurship Development (WED)Program at FWBL. Established first ever Business Growth Center a joint collaboration of FWBL & UNIDO in Islamabad. Trained and developed aspiring Women Entrepreneurs to economically empower them to initiate or expand their existing businesses.
Actively involved to promote and support Women Entrepreneurship.
Currently Director Finance & Admin in self owned Company Trusted Builders. A Company involved in construction, renovation etc of residential houses and Corporate offices in Islamabad /Rawalpindi.
Active member of Trusted Club a personal development hub to groom women and men to enable them to achieve personal & professional excellence in their lives.
Professor Dr. Arshad Ali
Executive Director, Higher Education Commission
Prof. Dr. Arshad Ali a panther with a PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. He is currently the Executive Director at the Higher Education Commission, and is a prolific researcher and academician. 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.
Dr. Arshad 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”.
Rehan Muneer Malik
Chief Executive Officer at Inventive Leads (Pvt) Ltd
Mr. Rehan Muneer Malik is a graduate of business analytics and consulting from Warwick Business School, UK and a seasoned professional having work experience of more than a decade with the government, corporate and humanitarian sectors. As an impactful and inspiring motivational speaker he is keen on mentoring young people and mid-career professionals, assisting them to define individual goals and establishing ways to achieve them.
Wahaj us Siraj
Wahaj us Siraj is a man of faith and a very spirited Pakistani with deep rooted love and devotion to his country. He is a staunch believer in the concept of servant leader. A Victor from The University of Melbourne Australia, he can be summarized in one word … “PIONEER”. His outfits ‘Micronet Broadband’ and ‘Nayatel’ are names which not only speak for themselves as being one of the most advanced telecom and broadband service providers, but are also symbols of pride for all Pakistanis
His positive thinking has led him towards fronting many reforms brought in IT and telecom industry of the country in recent years. Wahaj commands a thirst of knowledge that makes him an avid reader, a quality that keeps him abreast with the latest developments of the day. Wahaj has always kept his focus on instilling good character and crafting professional traits in youth of Pakistan through rigorous training and imparting awareness, a rare skill-set that is seldom practiced and taught in the corporate world.