As Karachi gets ready to welcome the dawn of disruption, meet the people who will be your guide into an exciting new era of innovation for Pakistan. The 021Disrupt stage will be shared by tech pioneers, VCs and corporate giants –each a revolutionary in their own right.
Here is the list of speakers who have confirmed their participation so
far. Keep checking this space to stay up to date with the complete list.
Allen Taylor leads Endeavor’s efforts to connect its portfolio of 1,000+ high-growth companies with
Silicon Valley-based mentors and investors. Since joining Endeavor in 2006, Allen has facilitated
thousands of mentoring connections, and helped Endeavor companies raise more than $1B+ in equity
Based in San Francisco, Allen also serves as the Managing Director of Endeavor Catalyst, an innovative co-investment vehicle through which Endeavor can invest into its portfolio companies. Launched in 2012, Endeavor Catalyst has raised more than $115M+ across two funds and made 80+ investments to date in 20 different countries across the US, Latin America, Europe, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Investments include Globant (NYSE:GLOB) in Argentina, Yemeksepeti.com (acq’d Delivery Hero $589M, 2015) in Turkey and Cornershop (acq’d Walmart $225M, 2018).
A native Californian and travel enthusiast, Allen has studied, worked and traveled in over 75 countries. A graduate of Princeton University, he has been recognized as a Fulbright Scholar and a Kauffman Fellow. He is married and lives in Woodside, California.
As Founder and Managing Director of CoStruct, a strategy consultancy based in Berlin, Jessica Berlin
connects dots and fills gaps between public, private, and nonprofit sector approaches to sustainable
Her work is grounded in 11+ years in security, foreign policy, economic development, and tech entrepreneurship in Africa, Asia, Europe, MENA, and the US. Whether building partnerships and programs to advance tech entrepreneurship and economic growth in developing countries, helping a company expand their business in a new market, or working to address migration and economic inclusion, Jessica is driven by both passion and pragmatism -passion to enable positive change, and pragmatism to do it in a sustainable, locally-led, demand-driven way. She holds an M.Sc. in Political Economy of Emerging Markets from King's College London, a B.A. in International Relations from Tufts University, and speaks five languages.
Paul is the Founder of Intelligencr, the global innovation scouting firm. Paul wanders around the
globe to witness what the technological revolution actually means for the future of our youth,
our cultures, and our ways of life -the geopolitics of disruption. As a consultant, he architects
innovation strategies shaped around a new augmented, nomadic & tribal human. As a sought-after
keynote speaker, he inspires audiences on five continents, having shared the stage with leaders
like President Barack Obama, Microsoft CEO Staya Nadella, Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, father
of the iPod Tony Fadell, and many others. As a serial entrepreneur, he helped shape the first ever
commercial mobile website more than 20 years ago, participated in the birth of numerous startup
ecosystems, from Tokyo to Rio de Janeiro, launched multiple products and services globally, and
invested in era-defining startups.
He is the creator of multiple shows such as the critically acclaimed 'Layovers', on the future of travel, 'The Future of Finance', on the incredible changes in financial technology, or 'Notion - the Pain of Scale', on the future of the enterprise.
Paul’s understanding of our time has appeared on The Economist, ABC, TF1 or the Japan Times. Organizations such as Microsoft, Conde Nast, eBay, Fujistu, Lagardere, SAB Miller, EDF, Ubuntu, EY, Criteo, Siemens, Tumblr, the EU or the ITU have trusted him to challenge them.
Saba Gul is an MIT-educated engineer turned entrepreneur. Currently, she is Entrepreneur-in-Residence at VentureDive, a technology
solutions studio. She is also an Investment Committee Member of i2i Ventures, a seed capital fund
for early-stage Pakistani enterprises. Previously Saba was the CEO & Founder of Popinjay, an ethical
e-commerce retailer that connects artisanal products to international markets. Popinjay’s supply
chain spanned Pakistan, Vietnam & China and its products were sold in over 20 countries worldwide,
in partnership with prominent global brands like Anthropologie.
Saba has worked as a technologist in Silicon Valley where she led product at companies like Oracle, and at Thomson Reuters where she sat at the intersection of technology and design. She has lived and worked across the world – from France to Sri Lanka to Ethiopia, and brings her global experience to her work.
Saba is a World Economic Forum Young Global Shaper, a recipient of the MIT Toyota Scholar Award, and a US State Department Generation Change Fellow. She speaks frequently on entrepreneurship and gender at forums like the United Nations, Harvard Business School, the World Bank and TEDx events. Saba was raised in Lahore, Pakistan and holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from MIT.
Rabeel Warraich is the Founder and CEO of Sarmayacar, a seed fund syndicate dedicated to investing in Pakistani startups.
Until recently, Rabeel was a Vice President in the Private Equity division of GIC, a sovereign
wealth fund established by the Government of Singapore.
Rabeel has experience of directing investment worth over a billion US dollars in investments across technology, financial and business services, healthcare, and energy sectors. Previously, Rabeel worked in Mergers and Acquisitions with Morgan Stanley based out of London after graduating from MIT. He also serves on the board of Patari, ProCheck, and Plan 9.
Dr. Danish Ali is an actor, director, stand-up comedian and radio personality who co-created Pakistan’s first English language comedy show “The Real News” which was featured on Al-Jazeera. As a pioneer of social media branding in Pakistan, Danish has 180 million views online out of which 60 million are from branded videos for over 24 multinational companies. He is also the first Pakistani comedian to be sponsored by the United States Department of State on a 3 week long comedy tour of America. In his free time Danish enjoys off-roading to remote regions in Pakistan and referring to himself in the third person.
Badr Ward is a pioneer in the industry of Digital Literacy for Children across the Arab World.
He is the founder and CEO of Lamsa, the first and leading Arabic digital reading platform for children which is ranked as the number one application for children across more than 10 Arabic markets on both Google’s Play and Apple’s App Store, and continues to produce, publish, and deliver hundreds of digital interactive books and literacy content to more than 12 Million Arabic-speaking children globally.
Ward has held management and leadership positions across Content and ICT companies delivering business and value growth, with deep knowledge and hands-on experience in both consumer and enterprise products and services, with thought leadership in the MENA mobile, digital, and content landscape.
On account of his vast and diverse knowledge, Ward was selected by the World Summit Awards as the regional specialist in e-content and innovation for instigating the UN Agenda for the advancement of the Information Society and Sustainable Development Goals, and also serves as an Advisory Board Member at the Emirates College of Technology.
Sahar Habib Ghazi is a senior newsroom leader, multimedia journalist, and community builder. Sahar believes in building safe
and nurturing spaces to enable the professional empowerment and personal growth of women and marginalized
She serves as a board member for Media Matters for Pakistan and has worked for Global Voices, The New York Times in Pakistan, Geo News, and DawnNews, a channel she helped launch in 2006. Sahar was a 2011 John S. Knight Journalism fellow at Stanford University, where she trained in design-thinking, entrepreneurship from the perspective of women, and leadership. She recently moved back to Karachi from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Jehan Ara became the President of P@SHA in 2008 and has overseen the evolution of the organization from a trade association
to a body which works actively to empower the technology sector in Pakistan. A decade of meticulous
planning culminated in the birth of The Nest I/O, a tech incubator built in collaboration with
Google for Entrepreneurs, Samsung and the US Consulate General. With Jehan at the helm, The Nest
I/O has become the epicenter of disruptive innovation in the local technological ecosystem.
Entrepreneur. Leader. Mentor. And a friend to all those who have known her, Jehan Ara continues to inspire us with her boundless energy and zest for life.
Alina has lived and worked all over Europe, the U.S., Africa, and across Asia, being actively engaged in connecting and developing innovative ecosystems across continents. Alina is the Managing Partner and Co-founder of 'Accelerate Korea', focusing on cross-border incubation and acceleration programs in partnership with public and private sectors. Being passionate about exponential and disruptive technologies shaping our future and driving economic development she contributes as an advisor, guest lecturer and mentor to various organizations.
Christopher T. Rogers, J.D. is a Partner at Lumia Capital where he is responsible for leading Lumia's
investment and value-added activities for companies with significant exposure to emerging markets
and the wireless ecosystem. Prior to Lumia, Chris was the co-founder of Nextel Communications which
he grew to $13B in sales and 19k employees before being acquired by Sprint for $35 billion. Chris
brings 30 years of mobile industry experience as a founder, advisor, and operator. Most recently,
Chris served as a Senior Vice President at Sprint (Fortune 100, 36K employees), where he oversaw
mergers, acquisitions, divestitures, equity investments and joint ventures. He also was responsible
for management and oversight of wireless spectrum licenses and Sprint's portfolio of emerging technology
Prior to to the 2005 acquisition, Chris helped spearhead the roll-up of local carriers that transformed Nextel into a major national operator. He also led the series of transactions in Mexico, Argentina, Peru, and Brazil that resulted in the creation of Nextel International, now an independent public company which reached over $6B of revenues. Chris was also responsible for negotiations with regulators, investors, and carriers in China, Saudi Arabia, India, Jordan, and Pakistan, among other geographies.
Throughout his time at Nextel and Sprint, Chris sat on the boards of numerous venture-backed companies across five countries. Additionally, Chris has served as a director on multiple public company boards and as well as several Washington, D.C.-based philanthropic organizations. He currently sits on the board of Digital Turbine (NASDAQ:APPS), NII Holdings (NASDAQ:NIHD).
Fred Walti is a global expert on developing innovation ecosystems that drive economic development.
He is the CEO of the Network for Global Innovation, a non-profit that connects scientists, entrepreneurs and investors with customers, policy makers, and other ecosystem stakeholders. He is also the Co-Founder and served as the Founding CEO of the Los Angeles Cleantech Incubator (LACI), which under his leadership grew to become a regional commercialization ecosystem with an international footprint. Today, LACI is recognized as one of the premier cleantech commercialization programs in the world: ranked as the #3 Global Incubator by the UBI Index of 1200 incubators; selected by the Department of Energy (DoE) as one of their three national incubators; and chosen by the California Energy Commission (CEC) to establish a Los Angeles Regional Energy Innovation Cluster through a $5 million CEC grant. Under Mr. Walti’s leadership, LACI has helped 67 companies raise $130 million in funding, created 1,500 jobs, and delivered more that $335 million in long-term economic value for the City of Los Angeles.
Mr. Walti speaks often to groups on creating cleantech innovation ecosystems, harnessing the region’s strengths to build a large green economy, entrepreneurship, the role of economic development in creating jobs, and public/private partnerships.
Misbah Naqvi has 20+ years of global experience in finance, impact investing, development, and fintech in Pakistan and the US. She is currently in the process of launching i2i Ventures, a US$15m founder friendly, seed capital fund, focused on early stage enterprises in Pakistan to address the capital gap faced by Pakistani startups & SMEs. Misbah has previously worked at Boloro Global Ltd, a US-based fintech startup, Acumen, a social venture fund in Pakistan and the US, and Citibank Pakistan. She has been on the Invest2Innovate Board of Advisors since 2011. Misbah holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
Ghias Khan is the 4th President and Chief Executive Officer of Engro Corporation. He joined the Board of Engro Corporation in 2015. Most recently, Mr. Khan was the Executive Director of Dawood Hercules, one of the largest holding companies in the country. At Dawood Hercules, he participated with the Board of Directors in developing a digital-first vision and strategic plan to guide the organization, and had oversight of corporate governance, communications, external relationships, and special projects integral to growth. Mr. Khan also served as Chairman of Elixir Securities from 2011-2014. Joining Dawood Group via acquisition in 2005, Mr. Khan was the CEO of Inbox Business Technologies – an enterprise technology company. During his 15 years at Inbox, he grew the employees to over 1900 and pivoted the company from a computer manufacturer to a systems integrator, and then to a technology-enabled digital services company. In his final year at Inbox, it was voted the largest technology company in Pakistan by Domestic Spend. Mr. Khan is a strong believer in sustainability and the responsibility of businesses to environmental, social, and human wellbeing. Ghias Khan holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
Mahira Khan is Pakistani TV and Film Actor best known for projects such as Humsafar, Bol and Verna, with the latter bringing her international praise for shedding light on sexual harassment and rape in Pakistan. With numerous Pakistani box office hits to her name, Mahira also starred in the Bollywood Blockbuster 'Raees' opposite Shahrukh Khan in 2017. Mahira is a Hair Care brand Ambassador for Loreal Paris and has recently debuted at the Cannes Film Festival in May 2018. For 6 years she has been associated with Shaukat Khanum educating both men and women on breast cancer awareness and has recently joined the United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees to support and highlight the plight of Afghan refugees in Pakistan. She has recently launched a go-to online portal primarily for women called Mashion.
Yaseer Bashir is a veteran of Pakistan's growing tech industry.
In a career spanning 20 years, Yasser has helped build software for diverse problems in industries ranging from online travel, to online education, immersive learning, healthcare and retail.
Yasser is also the founder and CEO of Arbisoft which is among the fastest growing software and technology development companies in the country. Arbisoft employs over 400 people and has been building technology partnerships with some of the leading businesses and institutions around the world. Before the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Yasser held key engineering leadership positions at Orthoclear, Align Technology and WorldWerx. Yasser holds a BS from LUMS and an MS from Stanford University.
Maheen Adamjee, a graduate from The London School of Economics (LSE), is an award-winning journalist and educator.
She is the co-founder of an education-technology startup called Dot & Line. Dot & Line creates scalable learning environments, enabling women to gain meaningful employment from home. Meanwhile students, in communities across Pakistan, gain access to a world class math program at an affordable price. Maheen also manages a creative space for children and volunteers her time with a health sector NGO called Patients’ Aid Foundation.
Gemma Bulos is a multi-award-winning serial social entrepreneur who has launched three social impact
organizations in three continents. Currently, she is the Director of Social Innovation and Impact
at Claremont McKenna College, teaching students how to ‘change the world’. She is also the Founding
Director of the Global Women’s Water Initiative, which trains grassroots women in Sub-Saharan Africa
to become water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) technicians, trainers and social entrepreneurs.
GWWI was shortlisted for the Humanitarian Water and Food Award and Gemma was named as one of the
Top 10 Water Solutions Trailblazers in the world by Reuters Foundation.
Prior to leading GWWI, Gemma co-founded A Single Drop for Safe Water, developing income-generating community-led water service organizations in disaster prone regions of the Philippines. Because of her work innovative international development work, Gemma was invited to co-teach a class on Social Entrepreneurship as a Social Entrepreneur in Residence (SEERS) Fellow at Stanford University.
The initiative that started it all was the global movement known as the Million Voice Choir that Gemma launched in the aftermath of 9/11. In response to the tragedy, Gemma wrote a song, called "We Rise" and decided to travel around the globe to build a Million Voice Choir across 100 cities in 60 countries to sing the song on Sept 21, 2004, in celebration of the United Nations International Day of Peace. And the rest is history.
Faraz Maqsood Hamidi is a multi-hyphenate creative tour de force. He is a professional writer and speaker, internationally
published author, poet, visiting lecturer, columnist and branding and identity specialist with
over 25 years of diversified experience in the creation, development, management and restructuring
of world class products and services into iconic brands for blue-chip clients across multiple categories.
After reading for his degree in Mass Communication from the College of Communication at Boston
University, Mr. Hamidi trained with Saatchi & Saatchi Worldwide (Singapore and London) and joined
Saatchi Pakistan as its Chief Creative in 1991.
Since 1994, he is the Co-founder, Partner and Chief Creative Office of the D’Hamidi Partnership – the agency that bears his name – where he continues to push the envelope for Pakistan’s creative community at the region at large. Alongside his professional responsibilities, Mr. Hamidi is a visiting lecturer across a number of institutes and chief columnist for Aurora, the industry’s permanent trade magazine, where he pens one f the world’s longest running advertising columns, Above-the-Line.
Finally, closer to home, he is long standing member of the Board of Studies, the Academic Committee and serves as Adjunct Faculty in the Department of Communication Design at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture.
Sana Farooq is the founder of ELN The e-Learning Network, an edutech startup with registrations from
18 countries across Europe and Asia. ELN aims to be at the forefront of educational advancement,
to revolutionize the perception and experience of e-Learning, to make quality e-Learning accessible,
affordable and achievable for every person who wants to learn. Sana is a mompreneur, TedX speaker,
mentor for Cherie Blair Programme for Women and a startup coach.
She regularly conducts sessions geared towards teaching fresh entrepreneurs about the specific trials and tribulations faced when starting a company. She was the first Pakistani female entrepreneur to be selected for the Blackbox Connect programme in Silicon Valley where seasoned entrepreneurs get exposed to the entrepreneurial community at large,. Now, as Global Ambassador for Blackbox she helps put Pakistani startups on the international stage, as well as running entrepreneurship training and coaching for The Nest I/O, Karachi.
Shahbaz Jamote is the CEO of Tilism Technologies and TelloTalk Inc. Tilism Technologies is a technology
solutions company specializing in Web/Mobile Platform Development, Mobile/Social Media Apps and
Financial Technology Solutions. Whereas TelloTalk is a communications platform which empowers businesses
by providing them with fully customizable, teleco-independent multimedia messages with comprehensive
delivery and receipt reports.
Shahbaz has over fourteen years of multiregional leadership experience in the Mobile Value Added Services industry. He has been involved in a variety of projects such as Digital Content Management, Applications Development, SMS Gateway Services, SMS Encryption Services, Mobile Banking, Mobile Marketing and Mobile Apps. This diversity has allowed him to develop a deep and extensive understanding of the industry and has given him the ability to make informed and calculated decisions. This is how he has managed to lead Pakistani tech companies to profitability, platform diversity, customer focused innovations and operational efficiency.
Hira Mohibullah, the most awarded female Creative Director in Pakistan, has been using the power of advertising to impact
positive social change in the country. In the last two years alone, she has won more than 130 International
Advertising Awards for her work, including Cannes Lions, Clios, D&AD, Spikes Asia, Ad Stars, Dubai
Lynx, Loeries, MENA Cristals, Tambuli Awards, for note-worthy campaigns such as #BridalUniform
and #BeatMe for UN Women, Knowledge is Bulletproof, #ChangeTheClap, Sting #RemakeTheBoxer and Lays
#PassASmile. Her most notable work is UN Women's #BeatMe campaign, which has been featured in the
Gunn Top 100 Campaigns of 2017 and has picked up the coveted Gold Clio amongst other notable accolades.
A working mother, Mohibullah is currently working at BBDO Pakistan as Creative Director on brands such as PepsiCo., leading a talented team of 16. She has represented BBDO at multiple international forums, including TEDxLahore, Mobius Awards (2017), Adstars (2018), and The Vowss (a 2018 Cannes Lions Fringe Event). Her contribution has been instrumental in BBDO Pakistan being named Agency of the Year at Adstars, MENA Cristals, and Dubai Lynx (Top 3) in 2018.
Having worked at companies like Ogilvy and Leo Burnett in her 8 year career, the brands she’s touched have gained fame and recognition including Coca-Cola Pakistan, Sprite, 7UP Pakistan, Sting and Lay’s. Her work has also helped UNWomen Pakistan fight gender discrimination in a country rampant with misogyny. Recently, her campaign helped APTN pass a Transgender Person’s Protection of Rights Bill.
Muhammad Waqas is a budding entrepreneur and the CEO and Co-founder of WonderTree, an Augmented Reality based startup working
for the therapy and education of children with special needs.
Through the use of technology Waqas, his co-founder Usman and their passionate team want to redefine special education and therapy by making it cheaper, efficient and accessible to everyone. In the 2 years that WonderTree has been operational, it has not only been able to change the lives of differently abled children and their families but has also represented the Pakistani startup ecosystem globally in a positive light. WonderTree was awarded the 3rd prize at GIST (Global Innovation through Science and Technology) 2016 at Stanford University at a startup competition held between 1072 startups globally. They were also the winners of APICTA Award (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) 2016 among all Asia-Pacific countries.
Before becoming an entrepreneur, Waqas was a seasoned marketer having worked on some of the most prominent local and international brands in Pakistan like Ufone, USAID, Telenor, RedBull, Dettol and many more. He is also a Rotaract member and TEDx speaker. Waqas is a devoted supporter of the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan. He believes in the talent, zest and creativity of Pakistanis and believes that in the coming years, we will be making a dent in the world. Waqas is also a strong believer in the concept of “a good business” where a business can be profitable and have exponential growth while also having a positive impact on society. Waqas wants to prove this through his company WonderTree.
Passionate about creating positive impact, with 13 plus years of experience in Pakistan and Switzerland,
Samar co-founded Epiphany, a social enterprise and impact consulting firm. She successfully hosted
an impact accelerator in partnership with Uncharted in 2017; introduced Epiphany’s women empowerment
initiative, Smashing It!; launched a workshop series addressing skills gap faced by students, aspiring/existing
entrepreneurs and working professionals; and launched Connected Women’s Islamabad chapter. Epiphany
has so far capacitated more than 1300 individuals and 100 plus startups at various universities
She acted as team lead for a digital media awareness campaign on climate change action and environmental protection, Sohni Dharti (Jul to Nov 2018), and as a core team member for Women in Renewable Energy (WIRE PK), a residential boot camp for nearly 30 women professionals and students (Sep 2018). She has also served as a moderator, panelist and discussant at a number of panels and conferences.
Prior to Epiphany, she spearheaded Karandaaz Pakistan’s communications, advocacy, community mobilization and capacity building efforts. She has vast experience in designing and curating workshops, seminars and courses for industry stakeholders. She was a driving force in the creation of the revolutionary liberal arts & sciences department at Habib University, was involved in the establishment of Karachi Institute of Technology & Entrepreneurship (KITE), and acted as a pioneering team member at Habib University Foundation.
Last November, Samar received the prestigious Young Alumni Award 2017 by Graduate Institute of International and Development Studies, Geneva, which recognizes outstanding professional achievement or community service by alumni under 40 years of age.
Sameer Chishty is Venture Partner at SparkLabs Global, the world’s 3rd biggest early-stage tech investor and the most successful
tech accelerator in Asia. SparkLabs operates a network of tech startup accelerators and tech venture
capital funds in Beijing, Taipei, Seoul, Silicon Valley (Blockchain), Sydney (AgTech), Oman (Energy),
Washington DC (Cybersecurity), and Shenzhen (FinTech & HealthTech). SparkLabs’ Shenzhen Fin+Tech
accelerator was established in 2018 in partnership with Ping An Group, a diversified Chinese financial
institution of USD 200+ billion market cap and the only incumbent financial institution to have
created multiple unicorn FinTechs in-house, including Lu and OneConnect. SparkLabs’ FinTech VC
Fund is USD 50 million. It has made 10 investments in FinTech and HealthTech companies based in
China, Singapore, California, UK, Nigeria, India, and Pakistan.
Sameer is also Founder & Chairman of Streeton Partners, a Hong Kong based merchant bank which in the last 3+ years has deployed USD 400+ million in promising financial services, FinTech, and healthtech/biotech companies globally.
An alumnus of Harvard College, Sameer has previously held many senior roles such as Global Partner in Financial Services at McKinsey (New York), Global Partner in Financial Services and Global Head of Wealth Management, Asset Management, and Private Banking at Bain (Greater China), Global Head of Consumer Transaction Banking at Standard Chartered Bank, and Managing Director at Merrill Lynch (New York).
Javaid Iqbal has been assisting businesses, governments, and academic institutions across the Americas,
EMEA and APAC in achieving strategic objectives through the use of disruptive technologies for
the past two decades. Currently, he is the CEO of TransformX, a global consultancy focused on the
Digital Innovation and Transformation space and is an Independent Advisor to technology startups
and incubators including the National Incubation Center in Pakistan. He teaches graduate-level
courses at DePaul University (USA) and partners with the Institute of Business Administration and
Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance in educating C and Board level leaders on all things
Digital. He also keynotes futuristic global conferences on topics like The Fourth Industrial Revolution,
Customer Centricity in the Digital Age, Artificial Intelligence, Digital Sales, and Large Scale
Technology Transformations. Some of his recent clients include the The Boston Consulting Group,
Infosys, The Institute of Supply Management, Informa, Ovum, and Strategic Account Management Association.
Javaid started his career in the US-based Technology Consulting Practice of Ernst & Young where his clients included GE, Motorola, and Dell before joining PricewaterhouseCoopers. He would go on to join Salesforce where he helped the Global Public Sector division grow 70% year over year for 3 consecutive years. Some of his notable clients included Procter & Gamble, Caterpillar, Abbott, Eli Lilly, BMO Harris Bank, Groupon, US Dept. of Commerce, US Postal Service, US Federal Drug Authority and The Obama Presidential Campaign.
Javaid is a Purdue and Northwestern alumnus, and a certified Independent Director by the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.
Shahid Rasool is the Founder and CEO of Cricingif, a growing cricket platform that wants to become a global leader by disrupting the industry through innovative technology and content solutions. Cricingif had humble beginnings as a modest garage startup in mid-2014. It went on to raise investment at $4m in mid-2016 and has become the fastest growing cricket platform in the world. It has millions of monthly users on the platform from multiple markets, a monthly reach of 10 million on social media, and exclusive partnerships with the likes of ICC, PCB, Canada board, Afghan board, and other cricket leagues and associations. Cricingif's head office is in Dubai while the majority of the operations are based out of its Lahore office. Born and raised in Lahore, Shahid completed his bachelors in Computer Science from FAST, Lahore. He worked both in corporate and startup environments for a total of 3 years before starting Cricingif. Cricingif is also the winner of 3 PASHA awards and an APICTA Gold award for best startup in 2017. Before graduation, Shahid was a musician with a 5 member band in the underground music scene, a DOTA enthusiast who won multiple tournaments in Pakistan, and an experienced freelancer.
Faisal Khan is an award-winning biologist and an entrepreneur with interests in AI, Bio, Design and Startups.
He has been the Founding Director of the Institute of Integrative Biosciences at CECOS University, Peshawar where he now leads pioneering work as an Assistant Professor, including the SynBioKP project which supported the award-winning IGEM Peshawar teams of 2016 and 2017 and the NCBC Precision Medicine Lab - both being Pakistan's maiden attempts in these emerging areas.
Faisal also leads Peshawar 2.0, a social enterprise that has been engineering the startup ecosystem in Peshawar for 5+ years through projects like DYS, Art+Tech Festival, Startup Weekends, Revolt and, of course, Basecamp - KP’s leading go-to place for techies and creatives. Faisal has also been advising the Government as a member of several Boards and Advisory Committees on Science and Technology, IT, Startups and Education. Rumour has it, Faisal is currently transitioning towards building a biotech company out of Peshawar at the intersection of software, hardware and wetware. Faisal holds a Master’s and a Doctorate in Systems Biology from the University of Oxford, where he also went to the Saïd Business School to read Strategy and Innovation.
In this constantly changing day and age, one can choose to develop their own career path. And this is what Amtul Baweja is doing. In addition to being the co-founder of Patangeer, she cross-functions between the fields of social development and performance arts as an actor-turned-director, producer, improviser, comedian, content creator, blogger, trainer and an educator. Specializing in the area of personal development, she works for women and youth empowerment by offering workshops and trainings on livelihood skills. She is also an experienced theater as well as on-screen actor, having starred in several plays nationally and internationally, short films, and digital content. Her passion for performance art does not stop here; she challenged herself to step into the field of direction and production and spread her knowledge as a performance art practitioner to others by teaching the art itself. Over this course of time, she has also trained and performed with three different improv troupes and is currently a member of South Asia’s first all-female comedy troupe, The Khawatoons.
R. Stewart Thompson has been active in the start-up venture space for 25 years as a builder of companies, Angel investor, Angel group leader, and dynamic fund manager.
In 2017, he integrated all these roles into Valhalla Private Capital. In his capacity as Chairman and CEO of Valhalla Private Capital, Mr. Thompson oversees direct investing of over 100 members and 4 funds under management for a total of over $80 million in deployed capital.
Since 2003, Mr. Thompson has led the members of Valhalla Angels to collectively fund over $58 million dollars into 207 companies, across 7 countries. In 2005 he created the BaseCamp program - an exclusive investment seminar for startups. Through BaseCamp, Mr. Thompson has worked with over 1000 entrepreneurs in cities across North America, South America and South-East Asia.
Currently part of the Angel Capital Association Task Force on Investor Education, Mr. Thompson was awarded Startup Canada’s Investor of the Year in 2015 and was recently named the 2018 Angel of the Year by the Canadian National Angel Capital Organization (NACO).
R. Stewart Thompson has personally invested in 40 start-up companies and as a GP in 3 funds, he has deployed over $20 million in capital. His current venture debt fund, Old Kent Road Financial, is providing returns of 18% IRR net fees annually. Mr. Thompson and his organization, Valhalla Private Capital, are currently in the process of raising an additional $100 million to deploy the venture debt model in Europe and emerging economies in the coming year.
Alden Richards currently serves as a visiting lecturer and mentor in entrepreneurship for Brown University’s Business, Entrepreneurship
and Organization(BEO) concentration as well as the university’s graduate Program in Innovation
Management and Entrepreneurship(PRIME). Additionally, he teaches a course in entrepreneurship within
the Brown Summer Program. He is also a lecturer in the history of the Space-Age and Space/Satellite
Commerce at Yale University and a special advisor to the Entrepreneurship Institute at Yale, where
he is also a fellow of Ezra Stiles College. Throughout his career, he has lectured and mentored
students at many universities, including Yale, Brown, the Institute of Air and Space Law at McGill
University, the University of Chicago, Princeton, Harvard and the Graduate School of Business at
A graduate of both Yale University and the Program on Negotiation at Harvard Business School, Alden Richards has worked within Fortune 100 companies and has been both a founder and advisor to more than 50 startups in the United States and abroad, including Pan-American Satellite Corporation (sold to Hughes/General Motors for more than $3 billion), Space Machine Advisors, Inc. (which averaged $135 million in annual revenues with only five full-time employees) and Siren Marine, Inc., which provided the first multifunction, real-time remote monitoring of private boats and commercial vessels in the United States.
In his own business career, Alden Richards has generated more than $1 billion in revenue and has conducted business in 44 countries. He continues to lecture on both the future of space development, entrepreneurship and the process of innovation throughout the world.
Gulraiz Khan, a design researcher and educator, currently works as CX Strategist at Level 3, a digital (design) lab at UBL.
He has taught design research in civic and urban contexts as a Lecturer in Communication and Design,
and as Assistant Director for playground, the center for transdisciplinarity, design and innovation
at Habib University. He received his MFA in Transdisciplinary Design from Parsons The New School
for Design in New York and is an Economics graduate from Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Gulraiz’s graduate thesis focused on civic engagement in low-income communities. He developed a Visioning and Strategy Framework for a four-year long, multiple-stakeholder engagement project in Thomas Jefferson Park in the East Harlem neighborhood of New York. Earlier in 2015, he worked as a Civic Design Fellow for the IDEO/Knight Foundation/Parsons collaboration titled Cities in Learning, and prototyped various touchpoints for a home rehabilitation ecosystem in Detroit, Michigan.
Prior to graduate school, Gulraiz also worked as a senior sub-editor at the National Desk of The Express Tribune newspaper.
Meet Gulraiz Khan and ask him: How can a transdisciplinary approach help us in designing better innovations?
Shahida Saleem is a Managing Trustee of the PEP Foundation and the Team Lead for the PEP Foundation’s Impact Network.pk program.
Shahida Saleem is also a highly experienced, award-winning, social entrepreneur. She has co-founded and managed three social enterprises and understands intimately the process of taking ideas to market and to scale. She has over 25 years of international business and management experience including work on multi-million dollar donor-funded projects. She is recognized for her "out of the box" solutions thinking and has successfully built many cross-sector collaborations to address critical social issues. She specializes in building profitable business models to impact social change, education, health, and economic empowerment sectors.
Lance Cheang is a Project Director at NEM Malaysia, a fully owned subsidiary of the NEM.io Foundation. The NEM.io Foundation is a non-profit organization founded in Singapore with members across the globe. The Foundation is dedicated to the ongoing development of NEM blockchain technology and the promotion of a vibrant ecosystem of NEM users and developers. While Lance is a serial entrepreneur with experience of running four companies in seven countries across Asia, at NEM his role is to educate governments, academia, industry, and the public at large on blockchain and its potential to change the way we transact. While at NEM, he also recruits, nurtures and unleashes young, like-minded individuals to further champion the foundations' cause.
Khurram Zafar is Country Director of 47 Ventures Investments, the first international Venture Capital fund exclusively investing
in Pakistan. He is also Director Investments at National Incubation Center, LUMS and previously
founded the Center for Entrepreneurship at the same University.
Khurram also serves as a Board Member/Director at Karandaaz Pakistan, a DFID and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation funded Special Purpose Vehicle that invests in SMEs and promotes digital financial inclusion. He is an Investment Committee Member for Insitor Impact Asia Fund and serves as a board member and member management and investment committees of PKR 50+ Billion Punjab Pension Fund. Khurram is also Board Member/Director at Mobilink Microfinance Bank and Aequitas Information Systems and serves as Member Steering Committee of Technology Development Fund of Higher Education Commission. Khurram tweets at @kayzafar.
Amna Niazi is a Celebrity Stylist and Partner at SiddySays, a lifestyle blog.
With a background in advertising and marketing, Amna is currently living the 'influencer' entrepreneur life. Running Siddysays with her best friend, Amna juggles her life as a blogger/influencer, a mother, and a wardrobe stylist. She also has some of the biggest projects on TV to her credit. What started as a hobby 6 years ago is now a full-fledged enterprise with a massive social media footprint and a name that is synonymous with good quality content and high credibility.
Amna firmly believes that digital is the present and future and anyone who doesn't show consistency and shares a point of view with the followers will be redundant in the coming times. A hardcore Lahori, Amna has an undying love for food and at the heart of it all she someday aspires to be a chef and a credible food blogger in South Asia.
Meet Amna Niazi and ask her: How do you build a blog that makes it to 100,000+ followers?
Ali Gul Pir is Pakistani entertainer who wears many hats. He is a rapper, stand-up comic, comedian, actor, and writer who
has become a household name among Pakistan’s youth. The ordinary man’s saeen, Ali Gul Pir has been
all the rage among brands looking to increase their connection with the youth, having collaborated
with brands such as Scene On and McDonald’s. Ali Gul Pir has also landed a hosting gig on his own
show on CityFM89, Unfiltered, where he picks strong messages and discusses them in a light-hearted,
witty, and conversational manner.
In a short span of time, he has become a brand through his raw, unapologetic desi content and rapping skills. Pir has also ventured into political commentary with songs like Modi Teri (371,202 YouTube views) and Wadere Ka Beta (5,386,798 YouTube views).
Jawwad Farid is the founder and CEO of Alchemy Technologies, an enterprise risk practice that builds and deploys risk, treasury,
market and credit risk platforms. He is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), holds an
MBA from Columbia Business School and is a computer science graduate. During the last 18 years,
he has worked as a consultant in North America, Pakistan and the United Kingdom with a number of
blue chip clients including Hartford Life, Aegon, American General, Goldman Sachs and ING.
His core areas of expertise include Asset and Risk Management, Product Development & the Financial Services Back Office. He has written three books on Entrepreneurship, Commodity Markets and Risk Management respectively and is an active contributor on risk training at FinanceTrainingCourse.com blog.
Jawwad has worked directly as a founder, founding team member, mentor and advisor at multiple startups. He also serves as an adjunct Faculty member at the SP Jain Campus in Dubai and Singapore where he teaches courses on Entrepreneurship, Risk Management, Derivative Products and Project Finance and has delivered over 125 courses in the last 10 years.
He has been a featured speaker on campus at Columbia Business School, University of Virginia’s Darden Business School, LUMS, IBA and CBM. He has also served as a judge at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Macau (2006), Singapore (2007), Jakarta (2008), Kuala Lumpur (2010), and Pattaya (2011). He currently serves as member of the oversight board for the PASHA Social Innovation Fund.
Areej Al Medinah is the Co-Founder and Chief Strategist at ConnectHear, a social startup incubated at The Nest I/O which
is working to increase accessibility and inclusion for the deaf through sign language interpretation
Currently she is a liberal arts student at Habib University, and is inclined towards solving social issues creatively through technology. She has done Technology and Innovation Intensive Studies at Stanford University, and was in the 2018 cohort of Stanford's Silicon Valley Innovation Academy where she worked extensively on creatively designing solutions to bring meaningful impact. She believes that with the right mix of design thinking, sustainable strategies and creative implementation, we can build sustainable solutions for our world. Previously, she has served as a fellow at the Richi Social Immersion Program Boston 2016, studied Sustainable Product Design at Harvard University and is an alumna of the US State Department Exchange Programs. Her startup, ConnectHear, was the winner of the P@SHA ICT Award for Community and Social Inclusion 2018, a Merit Award recipient at Asia Pacific ICT Alliance Awards 2018 and a finalist at TiE Pakistan Startup Cup.
Nour Al Hassan is the Founder and CEO of two companies that specialize in linguistic services and translation –Tarjama and
Ureed. Building on the success of Tarjama, which she founded in 2008, she realized there was a
demand to leverage the power of the internet to connect businesses and freelancers across the region
through a digital marketplace, which led to the formation of Ureed.
Ureed, which means I want, is an on-demand tool that creates jobs for the freelance workforce while at the same time gives businesses of any size access to a pool of talent who can translate quality content, in more than 30 languages, including Arabic, English and French instantly.
Nour has spent her career creating and building a vast network of translators, editors, and linguists from the Middle East and around the world through Tarjama, a renowned translation company, which has translated more than 200 million words in 30 languages for companies and organizations across the world. For nearly a decade, Nour has pledged her time and expertise to empower females across the region, and she is continuing to break barriers and drive the female workforce across the GCC and beyond. Tarjama trains and employs the largest network of Arabic speaking female translators in the world. Nour’s drive to enable women will continue through her latest launched venture Ureed.com, a platform that will enhance women’s global economic contribution to the workforce by offering a virtual editorial marketplace that matches Arab freelance translators, editors, content writers and interpreters in the region to employers worldwide.
Zarrar Khuhro is a Pakistani journalist who has worked extensively in both print and electronic media. He started his career
with The News and went on to work at Geo, Express, Dawn newspaper, and Dawn News TV. He is also
an executive producer and currently hosts an off-beat current affairs show on Dawn News aptly titled,
'Zara Hut Kay' with Wusatullah Khan and Mubasher Zaidi.
He tweets @ZarrarKhuhro.
Shahjahan Chaudhary is a tech entrepreneur and the current Director of National Incubation Center Karachi, a public-private partnership funded by Ignite and managed by a consortium of LMKT, HBL, PTCL, PPAF and NED University. He has previously been on the board of P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) and PeachNiche (T2F). A serial entrepreneur himself, Shahjahan is deeply interested in the interaction of technology, policy, and entrepreneurship to lift up the bottom 100 million of Pakistan.
Madiha Aijaz holds an MFA in Photography & Related Media from Parsons - The New School for Design. She is a recipient of the Fulbright Scholarship and the ROSL Visual Arts fellowship. She has taught design and photography at the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture as an Assistant Professor and is currently teaching at Habib University in Karachi, along with writing and producing films and photographs.
Hasan Habib is a multidisciplinary designer. He is the Founder of Designist, an experience design agency. He creates meaningful
experiences and enables companies to transform their business through design. Working on creating
positive social impact is at the core of his values.
Hasan holds two Masters Degrees in Digital Media Management and Digital Experience Design from Hyper Island. Additionally, Hasan is also a speaker and trainer on the subjects of Design Thinking, User Experience Design and Service Design. You can find some his spontaneous doodles on @Haboodle.
Monis Rahman is the Chairman and CEO of Naseeb Networks. He was #6 in Forbes Magazine list of Ten Big Hitting Asian Businessmen
under 50. Naseeb Networks powers Pakistan’s leading recruiting platforms ROZEE.PK in Pakistan and
Mihnati.com in Saudi Arabia. Over 50,000 job applications are processed each day and the company’s
recruiting solutions are used by over 65,000 companies to find talent.
Monis has raised over $11 Million in venture capital for the various startups. Naseeb Networks became Pakistan’s first online venture to raise venture capital in 2007. Since then Monis has also co-founded Finja which became the country’s first fintech to raise venture funding and successfully launched its revolutionary mobile payments wallet, SimSim. Monis is an active angel investor and has incubated and Co-Founded other startups including Pakistan’s first online travel portal, Checkin.pk and Pakistan’s leading ticketing platform, EasyTickets.
He was elected to the Global Board of Governors of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) in 2012, the world’s largest not-for-profit organization of entrepreneurs. He is a member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) and has served on the Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) as Senior Vice Chairman. He has also served on the Advisory Board of Acumen Fund and Board of Directors of Kashf Microfinance Bank. Monis is the recipient of the IDG Pioneer in Innovation 2008 award. He won the Pakistan Power 100 Excellence Award in 2012, an initiative promoting the 100 most influential Pakistani men and women globally. Monis completed his graduate coursework at Stanford University.
Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi is a Filmmaker, Social Media Marketer, Digital Content Engineer and Data Scientist based in Islamabad.
He is a veteran digital media consultant with extensive experience across Original Content Production,
Influencer Marketing, Effective User Reach, Brand Partnerships and Data Analytics.
He’s also the founder of Lolz Studios, a digital platform that has produced over 45 digital films that have aggregated over 400 million views across the globe. His work has been covered by popular media outlets like CNN, BBC and Reuters. He has been the face of multiple international brands like Coca Cola and Redbull and has previously been named the TechJuice’s 25 under 25 leaders of Pakistan in 2014 and Hello! Magazine’s Hot 100 Global Game Changers of 2015. He has over 8 years of experience in digital marketing, social media management, content virality & content engineering. He has given multiple TEDx talks on digital media and is a regular panelist and adviser for UNDP Pakistan as a digital media subject matter expert.
Erum Zafar has been associated with the BPO industry for the past 15 years globally and locally and has headed multiple projects across a variety of industries, such as Telecom, Finance, Utilities, Direct Marketing, Media, and Broadcasting. After spending 15 years in Australia, having completed her post-Grad education in Sydney, Erum moved back to Karachi 3 years ago and has headed the operations at ePlanet Communications ever since. ePlanet Communications Inc. is a global Business Process Outsourcing provider with a vast array of outsourcing solutions and services under one roof. They have specialized focus on each of the verticals, each working as a separate unit, which provides clients with an access to a highly specialized workforce and industry expertise, quality, and productivity. The company has seen tremendous growth over the last couple of years with new verticals created and expanding across the globe. Erum takes pride in being part of an organization with humble beginnings as a startup 10 years ago, which has embarked on a growth strategy in the last 2 years and has played a pivotal role in the expansion of the organization.
Sagheer Mufti is the COO for HBL Pakistan. He is responsible for building a corporate culture based on operational excellence
and technology capabilities for fulfillment of client services to over 10 million customers HBL
served in 25 countries. He oversees the bank’s operations, shared services, control functions including
cybersecurity and business continuity, legal, marketing and also leads the digital transformation
agenda for HBL. He served as the COO for ADIB based in Abu Dhabi for 3 1⁄2 years prior to his current
role and also previously spent 34 years at Citi in different management and leadership roles where
he led various enterprise transformation programs and business redesign responsibilities regionally
and globally. In his last role at Citi, he served as the Global Head of Anti Money Laundering Operations.
Sagheer Mufti has done his Master’s in Business Administration from The George Washington University, Washington DC, USA. He possesses overall experience of more than 38 years within the global financial industry. He brings multi-dimensional exposure of working in almost all the areas of the banking business including fields of operations, technology, compliance, risk, and business development across the world.
Sidra Iqbal is an internationally acclaimed television journalist and development activist. She is the first Pakistani to be presented the GR8 Women Award for Journalism 2014 by the Government of UAE and the Indian Television Academy. Her journey of development activism initiated with her winning the English Speaking Union’s International Public Speaking Champion 1999 in London. She was invited to the Buckingham Palace to receive her Winner’s certificate from HRH the Duke of Edinburgh Prince Philip.
Atyab Tahir is the Head of Digital Transformation at HBL.
Atyab works on integrating cutting edge concepts in financial services that will shape the future of banking in Pakistan. His list of projects include Open Banking (Open APIs), Frictionless experience for Customers, End-to-end client engagement strategy, Channel migration from branches to digital, and process redesign to use RPA.
Rizwan Ullah Khan is the General Manager of The Coca-Cola Export Corporation, Pakistan & Afghanistan Region, a position he has held since September 2005. Being a true 22-year veteran of the Company, he has served in a number of different business functions during his early career, including Operations, Marketing, Customer Services and Public Affairs and Communications (PA&C). Rizwan’s responsible for setting up the foundation for the PAC function for Pakistan and Afghanistan in 2008, reflecting Coca-Cola’s bold and transparent business ideology.
Over the years Rizwan has steered the transformation of Coca-Cola Pakistan into one of the leading socially responsible organizations in the country, by forging strong partnerships with local communities, NGOs and government agencies. Under his leadership, the Company has carried out several successful interventions in the fields of education, environment preservation and water stewardship, livelihood creation, women empowerment, and youth development.
Under Rizwan’s aggressive leadership, Coca-Cola Pakistan has secured its position in the Company’s Top 32 Markets in terms of growing volume. Rizwan also led the largest Company-Bottler collaboration in Coca-Cola Pakistan’s history by setting up the $200+ million Greenfield Plants in Multan and Faisalabad. The Company has already invested $500 million during this year on the up-gradation of the existing plants in and further $200 million of green field investment is in the pipeline to expand Coca-Cola’s production and distribution capacity in Pakistan. Rizwan is the former President of American Business Forum and a key catalyst in the formation of this Forum, an association of leading US organizations in Pakistan.
Raza Matin is a Marketing and Business Consultant for Pakistan at Google.
Raza is an experienced Business Management and Marketing professional with a demonstrated history of working in the internet and enterprise technology industry. He is a professional with a proven track record who is skilled in Innovation Management, Sales, Management, Leadership, and Business Development. Formerly, Raza was the Director of Operations and Project Management at THK Solutions (Pvt) Limited, and reported to the CXO suite. He was responsible for identification and improvement of business processes related to the delivery of software development, technology consulting and technical support services to large enterprise clients in Pakistan He was also a Team Lead at STAPLES Canada, where he was a part of the elite cross-country, Project Team program for Staples Canada, responsible for the fast-paced management and execution of new store openings, renovations and closures across the rapidly growing organization and the country. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (B.A.) in the field of Economics from Queen's University.
Dr. Bernhard Klemen is a Partner at Sarmayacar, a syndicate of foreign investors formed to promote Pakistani startups.
Sarmayacar has recently announced PKR 25 million seed funding for SimPaisa which is Pakistan’s first direct carrier billing company, a product of PublishEx (Pvt.) Ltd. As part of the financing, Bernhard Klemen, joined PublishEx’s Board of Directors. He is also the Managing Director at IOI Capital, a serial entrepreneur at BKlemen Beteiligungen, and a co-Founder of netinsurer. He has formerly been a Vice President at Morgan Stanley.
Taimoor Salahuddin better known by his stage name Mooroo is a Karachi-based Pakistani singer-songwriter, actor, director,
and producer. Since his debut in 2011, he has been nominated for Lux Style Awards four times. Mooroo
is also the Managing Director of Karachi-based production company Aflatoon Studios.
Taimoor Salahuddin was born in Lahore, Pakistan. He attended Aitchison College and Beaconhouse National University. He also studied filmmaking in the United States. In an interview, Mooroo said that his sister could not pronounce his name "Taimoor" and used to call him "Moro" or "Mooroo" which became his stage name. Mooroo released his debut single "Patakhi Larki" in 2011. Then in 2012, he released the single "Awam" with rapper Faris Shafi. He also directed its music video which got him a nomination at the 2013 Lux Style Awards for ‘Best Music Video Director’. Mooroo gained popularity in 2013 with his two singles "Tasveer" and "Tere Bina". The single "Tere Bina" won Fifth Youth Festival award for ‘Voice of the Year’ and its video was called the best video by the publication, Dawn. He was also nominated for Lux Style Award for ‘Best Emerging Talent’ in 2013. In 2014 Mooroo became the managing director of production company Aflatoon Studios. He also released a single "Itni Chikni" featuring Ali Gul Pir under Aflatoon Studios. He currently works as the managing director of Aflatoon Studios in Karachi. He has directed as well as acted in several comedy and music videos including Ali Gul Pir's "Kaisa Diya" and Talal Qureshi's "Clubbing in Multan". In April 2015, he released a single "Bandar" which was based on 2014 Peshawar school massacre. Mooroo also has a massive following of almost 400,000 subscribers on his youtube channel where he uploads vlogs and short comedy skits.
Faraz Khan is a UK-based Pakistani social entrepreneur, investor, published author and public speaker. He serves as a Director at Stimulus, an innovative consulting firm working across developed and developing countries, with key focus on supporting emerging economies in two core domains: renewable energy and sustainable economic and social development. He is regarded as a leading authority on social entrepreneurship and believes in bringing a positive change in the society with forward-thinking business models that allow him to fulfil a personal commitment to improve the lives of people in the UK, Pakistan and beyond. Faraz is a visiting professor at university of St.Mary’s London UK in the field of social enterprise and innovation. He is considered an authority in enterprise & social enterprise ecosystem development. He is the co-author of ‘Pukh Theory’, Pakistan’s first business parable. Faraz has been appointed as a member of Catalyst UKTI, and sits on the Advisory Board of All Party Parliamentary Group for Entrepreneurship (APPGE)-UK Parliament and a member of Atlantic Council US. Faraz has been nominated as one of the 100 senior leaders from 53 commonwealth countries in HRH Duke of Edinburgh Commonwealth leadership programme. He has also been nominated as Future Leader of the Year by Power 100 UK and nominated by the Asia Society to represent Pakistan in Young Leaders Conference.
Samya Arif (OCEÁ) is an internationally featured illustrator and graphic designer who works in a variety of media. After
graduating from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Communication Design in 2010,
her focus has evolved towards visual art and illustration, widely pertaining to album cover art
and varied illustration work. While creating artworks for various music acts, she has also been
a part of the electronic music collective, Forever South, as artist, designer and DJ.
Samya has also worked on various international projects such as the Mumbai based Taxi Fabric, her designs for which were featured in the British band Coldplay’s video. Her other projects include clients such as Penguin Books Random House, Red Bull, the US Embassy in Nepal, British Council Belgium, The Lily and is a regular illustrator at Pakistan’s renowned Herald magazine. Her work has been exhibited in Pakistan, England, US and India. Samya currently lives and works in Karachi, Pakistan and is a part-time professor at her alma mater.
Nabeel Qadeer, a prominent catalyst of Entrepreneurship in Pakistan, most recently assumed his role as Project Chair at United Nations Conference of Trade and Development (UNCTAD) – Commonwealth Entrepreneurship Project. He is also the driving force behind Idea Croron Ka, Pakistan’s First Business Reality Show in Pakistan. His vision was always to promote entrepreneurship in Pakistan. He is also the Co-Founder of a consultancy firm by the name of Technopsis, which has offices in two major cities of Pakistan and a client base spanning across the Middle East, Asia and United Kingdom. Additionally, he was a former Director of Entrepreneurship at Plan 9, Plan X, and Tech Hub Connect. Nabeel has recently assumed the role of Chief Innovation Officer at Superior Group, where he has the responsibility of instilling the agenda of innovation in the education system of Superior Network. Nabeel is also the founder of a new startup incubator called Innovation District 92 (ID92) where startups get first-hand access to resources of the Media Group to market their accomplishments.
Atif Azim is the Co- Founder & Chief Executive Officer of VentureDive Pvt. Ltd, and was also a part of Executive Board of the same company. Atif Azim possesses an extensive international work experience in global companies such as Cisco Systems, KPMG and Brience Inc. At KPMG he served as a senior consultant from 2000-01 based in San Francisco, U.S.A. He also Co-Founded Perfigo, San Francisco, a network security company which was later acquired by Cisco Systems. Atif also serves as an Independent Director on the board of Al Meezan Investment Management.
Atif Azim holds a B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering from the world renowned, Imperial College of Science and Technology, London and M.Sc. in Electrical Engineering & Computer Science from the prestigious Stanford University, USA.
Khaled Talhouni is a career venture capitalist and currently Managing Partner at Wamda Capital, a Venture Capital fund investing in technology-enabled companies in the Middle East, North Africa and Turkey. He started his career at Dubai International Capital where he supported the development of the MENA region’s first seed capital fund. Since then Khaled assumed a number of venture capital and startup roles including heading investments and strategy at twofour54 in Abu Dhabi.
Khaled has centered his career on identifying and investing in disruptive businesses that displace incumbent inefficiencies in traditional sectors of the economy. His areas of interest include ecommerce, Fintech, marketplaces, digital content and enterprise solutions. Throughout his career Khaled has focused on building lasting partnerships with the entrepreneurs delivering the region’s digital economy.
Khaled has invested in and managed over 60 early stage transactions including Careem, Littlebits, Mumzworld, Insider and Luxury Closet.
Adnan Shahid is a Digital Transformation and Technology Executive, who currently serves as the CEO of TPL Maps, Pakistan's largest and only licensed indigenous digital mapping and navigation startup. As part of his role, Adnan is responsible for innovative digital mapping solutions for self-driving cars, next generation marketing, and logistics management solutions.
Previously, he has served as the Chief Commercial Officer for PTCL, Founder and Chief Information Officer for ideogeny (a specialized Technology and Management consulting and training company), and Director for Postpaid Solutions at Mobilink. Adnan has an MBA from MIT (Sloan School of Management), where he was also selected as one of 12 graduate students to receive the Legatum Fellowship for Social Development and Entrepreneurship.
Riyad Abou Jaoudeh has more than 6 years of strategy and management consulting experience in the telecom and media sector in the Middle East. Prior to joining MEVP, Riyad was a Senior Associate with Strategy& (formerly Booz & Company). Riyad also helped launched an e-commerce platform focusing on toys, was country manager for Qatar at Careem, and launched a mini-burgers restaurant in Beirut. Riyad Holds an MBA from The Wharton School, a Masters in Engineering from the University of Southern California, and a bachelor of Engineering from the American University of Beirut.
Saim Siddiqui is the founder and CEO of ProCheck. ProCheck works with manufacturers to eliminate counterfeiting from their supply chain and provide end to end traceability. Their solution is deployed by the top 3 pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan including MNCs like GSK and Abbott, as well as companies across verticals as diverse as agri-business, consumer electronics and building materials.
ProCheck is backed by Grand Challenges Canada and Sarmayacar.
Thomas G. Tsao co-founded Gobi Partners in 2002. Gobi’s regional platform supports entrepreneurs from the early to growth stage andhas expanded to 8 offices across Asia.
In China, Tom and his partners were first round investors into Airwallex, Brite Semiconductor (strategic investment from SMIC),Camera360, Dianwoda (acquired by Cainiao), Kr Space, Madhouse (acquired by BlueFocus), Opzoon (acquired by Harbin Gong Da),Tuniu (NASDAQ:TOUR), UR (acquired by HLA) and Yoyi Digital. He was named to the Forbes List of “China’s Top VCs” from 2013-2015 and 2017. For two years, Tom served as the CEO of DMG (acquired by VisionChina), the largest operator of passenger information systems and digital media networks inside China’s subways. At DMG, Tom was the executive producer for the company’s award winning A Sunny Day, Dancing Without You, and A Starry Night programs, the world’s first series of subway soap operas sponsored respectively by Starbucks, Nine West and the MDA of Singapore. Tom leads the team that manages the Alibaba Hong Kong Entrepreneurs Fund, which has invested into companies like DayDayCook,GoGoVan and WeLab. Tom also helped build out Gobi’s investment team in Southeast Asia, which has invested in over 50 companies including Carsome, CiB (acquired by AsiaSoft), DeClout (SGX:5UZ), Hermo (acquired by iStyle), and MainSpring (strategic investment by Toutiao). Tom graduated from Harvard with a B.A. in Economics and was the inspiration for Seinfeld’s Movie Phone episode. In 2006, he founded SEO China, a non-profit organization, which has provided more than 170 internships for underserved college students.
Shazil Mehkri co-founded the concept of Sastaticket.pk in June 2015. In his current role, Shazil is responsible for establishing Sastaticket.pk as the leading online travel website in Pakistan. Sastaticket.pk has been created to empower the Pakistani traveller with instant bookings and comprehensive choices. It aims to deliver value by offering a range of travel products with the highest standard of service along with cutting edge technology. Previously, Shazil was Executive Director at Quality Aviation. In this role, Shazil was responsible for responsible leading the company’s strategic direction and was also responsible for introducing and managing strategic goals with a focus on improving systems, structures, and processes within the organization. During this time, one of his biggest achievements was establishing a partnership with Carlson Wagonlit Travel (CWT). Today, Quality Aviation is a leading travel management company with a presence in Karachi, Lahore, and Islamabad and with strength of over 300 travel professionals. Shazil has eight years of extensive experience of business management within different segments of the travel industry. He strongly believes that long-term success can only be achieved through developing a strong empowered team. Shazil is an economics graduate from University of Illinois – Urbana Champaign.
Mufaddal Durbar looks after Product and Finance at CoinBundle, which offers you bundles that let you invest in dozens of the right cryptocurrencies with one click. Each bundle is carefully crafted by experts to match your investment needs and preferences, whether it’s your risk profile or your beliefs. A serial entrepreneur, Mufaddal has also previously served as CTO at SaveMyScope a health startup that removes that removes the need for physicians to use bulky, expensive video towers. Their adapter slides onto your iPhone and renders your phone as a giant viewfinder, enlarging the image right onto your phone during laryngoscopies. He is also the Co-Founder of Ice Pop Co., your destination for wholesome, fresh, all-natural, flash frozen ice pops.
Syed Ahmad is the current Chairman of P@SHA and is founder & CEO of DPL, a leading software company based in Islamabad. Like no one else, DPL is setting a trend in Pakistan defying popular culture with its own counter-culture movement called “Rebel Ethos”. DPL’s mission statement reflects this: “Liberating minds to become the model IT enterprise in the region”.
Syed founded DPL in 2003 with three co-founders straight out of university. Learning from its ruthless mentor i.e. the market, DPL is now a multi-million dollar company that has top global companies as its clients in the US and Northern Europe. Syed wants to build DPL into the first large-scale IT company from Pakistan that can compete at global stage with likes of InfoSys and Accenture. In order to achieve its goals, DPL is focusing on building a team comprised of top talent and giving them an environment and culture that is no less than the Silicon Valley. DPL has already won various awards and recognition and currently going through high-growth phase.
Maroof is the Country Manager for Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP), an evidence based policy think tank based in Lahore. In his previous life he has scaled technology businesses from 0 to over a billion dollars in global revenues, raised capital, invested capital, watched product grow, bloom, mature and die. He brings a rare mix of technology, policy and data driven thinking to the table. Maroof has been bullish on Pakistan for the last three decades and has degrees in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer (RPI) and a Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) from Harvard University.