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”.

      Farrukh Malik

      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.

        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 ( 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.

          Owais Anjum

          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.

            Junaid Kalim

            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.

              Mansoor Khan

              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.

                Obaidullah Khawaja

                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.