A Senior International Executive with broad experience in Board Level Strategy, Business and Operations Management, Relationship Management, Mergers & Acquisitions, People Management, Technology Business Start-ups, Business Restructuring, Turnarounds, Corporate Finance,
Remote Management, Telecommunications, Mobile Financial Services and other mobile related services. Zouhair is currently the Managing Director at ICE Advisors Limited, focused on mobile broadband, mobile financial services and adjacent technologies in mobile. He was until recently the Managing Director, Mobile for Development, GSMA, UK working on the development of eco-systems around mobile financial services, mUtilities, mHealth and mWomen. Zouhair has over the last 30 years held senior executive positions with the Dhabi Group, Orascom Telecom Holdings, Motorola UK, Millicom International, the ICI Group and PWC. He has led group level initiatives in mobile commerce and infrastructure sharing, led the financial restructuring of group debt of over US$1.8 billion, restructured a mobile company valued at US$1.0 billion, carved out and prepared a Wi-max business for sale and grown a mobile operator from a customer base of 1 million to over 31 millionover 5 years, with revenues of over US$ 1.3 billion, and a valuation of US $6.0 billion at its peak, making it one of the 5 fastest growing companies in Asia.
Zouhair has been involved with a number of technology start ups, amongst them wCities.com, a location based services company and tagstr.com a photo/video aggregator in the UK. He has advised the founders during the start up of coda payments www.codaypay.com. He has led or been a key member of mobile operator launches in Egypt, Algeria,Tunisia, Jordan and Pakistan. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and an alumni of INSEAD, France. He currently serves on the Board of Regents of Harris Manchester College, Oxford University, is Senior Advisor to the Better Than Cash Alliance, UNCDF and an Advisor on the Board of Techpolis, an international telecom consultancy.
Parvez grew up in the United Kingdom where he studied Telecom engineering at the University of North London. Having a passion for mobile phones at an early age propelled Parvez into a fast paced career spanning over 25 years of corporate, strategic, operational and
entrepreneurial experience. Parvez is a well-known figure within the telecom industry across the Asia pacific and MENA regions spanning over two decades. He was been responsible for selection, recruitment, training, mentoring and coaching hundreds of telecom professionals who have risen to ranks of CXX level positions across all five local GSM operators as well as international telecom players.
Parvez has worked with many leading international telecom players including BT, Cable & Wireless, Millicom, Motorola and Orascom, as well as local players such as Instaphone, Paktel, Mobilink, Warid, Wateen, Telenor Pakistan, Qmobile and MegaGate.
Parvez was also the founding director and chief executive of Mobilezone the largest mobile phone handset distributor in Pakistan. Prior to establishing mobilezone, Parvez was a founding member and director at Mobilink and he was responsible for all commercial activities of the company. Key successes include the launch of Jazz prepaid services and the Mobilink nationwide franchise network, both of which are considered as the backbone of Mobilink’s thirty million plus subscriber base Parvez is also a co-founder of The Mobile advantage company (MAD) and a principle consultant at Excellcomm both companies cover activities such as MVNE/ MVNO, Mobile marketing, Mobile VAS, Subscriber profiling, churn management, executive search & coaching, business process reengineering and startup venture financing.
Parvez currently works closely with leading telecom players board members and CXX team members to setup and develop business plans and new innovative products / services as well as middle management and operational staff to ensure delivery of specified KPI’s within budget. Parvez has also been invited as a mentor for university startups including NUST (discovery), comsats as well as interacted with various startups from other prestigious institutions.
Naeem Zamindar is a results-driven CEO with experience in venture capital, entrepreneurship, finance, operations, general management, in public and private companies. He is inspired to create a happier world and has a great track record of envisioning the future, transformational leadership,
leveraging innovation and technology, and fostering collaborations to enable others to consistently deliver strong business results. As the Pakistan Country Director of Acumen, he is excited about the opportunity to invest and build social enterprises/entrepreneurs that will bring about a transformative change in the way the world tackles poverty.
Previously, as the CEO of Wateen, he turned around Pakistan’s leading communications and cloud services provider, where he restructured and refocused the company, and invested in high growth areas such as mobile financial services. He was on the founding team of Mobilink, which has become one of the most successful companies in Pakistan. He left Mobilink to go do his MBA at INSEAD where his team won the European Business Plan Competition and started his venture funded social networking startup (Facebook before its time). His company became a casualty of the dotcom bust in the year 2000 after which he moved to the Silicon Valley to become a venture capitalist with Intel Capital, to invest and build successful exponential growth innovative companies. He returned to Pakistan in early 2004 to startup a successful non-profit venture called the Art of Living, an organization enabling the self-actualization of human potential for happiness. After the Art of Living started getting momentum and did not require his full time attention, he returned to Mobilink to lead the Strategy, Program Management Office and Business Development functions. He was a part of the team that massively scaled mobile users from around 2 million to 32 million within 5 years and started up and launched the broadband business division.
He is actively involved in the development of entrepreneurship as the current President of The Indus Entrepreneurs Lahore chapter and sits on the Advisory Board’s of The Center for Entrepreneurial Development, the business incubators Plan9 and Nest I/O, the leadership development organization AIESEC, and the Punjab Vocational Training Council.
Monis Rahman is Chairman and CEO of Naseeb Networks, a leading provider of recruitment, social networking, classifieds and related services in Pakistan. Naseeb Networks, an AllWorld Pakistan Fast Growth 25 company, launched ROZEE.PK in 2006 which is today Pakistan’s most
powerful recruiting platform. With over 65,000 employers and 6 Million professionals using the job portal, the company boasts a 64% placement rate amongst its over 150 daily job postings. ROZEE.PK was visited by one third of Pakistan’s Internet population in 2015. Naseeb Networks has raised $9 Million in funding is backed by leading venture capital funds Vostok Nafta, Piton Capital, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and ePlanet Ventures. He has served on the Advisory Board of Acumen Fund Pakistan and Board of Directors of Kashf Microfinance Bank where he helped navigate its acquisition by Finca.
Basit Malik is currently the Founder and CEO of FieldForce, an infrastructure analytics startup based out of the United States. He has extensive experience of working with technology and telecom clients in Middle East, South Asia, Europe, Africa and North America.
Basit is passionate about helping startups disrupt traditional businesses and create new industries. He has also frequently served as a chief advisor to telecom CXO’s on strategic and operational matters. He has worked with private equity companies and investors looking to enter emerging markets in Middle East and Africa. Basit has a MBA in Strategy and Finance from University of Maryland as well as BS in Electrical Engineering from Iowa State University.
Hasnain Sheikh is Chairman and CEO at Inov8. He is specialized in Telecommunications, Business
Analysis, Team Management.
He has a track record of delivering sustainable economic and organisational value. he is known
to be one of the most innovative tech entrepreneurs emerging from Pakistan.
He has Experienc as Chairman and CEO at Inov8 Limited June 2004 - Present (12 years)
Alman Aslam has over 39 years of professional experience in investment banking, corporate finance and advisory services. He is currently a managing partner of Ahmad Alman Aslam and Associates, an enterprise engaged in investment banking. Mr Aslam started his career
with Citibank in 1975 and continued with Citibank for 28 years, serving in various capacities. He was the Managing Director, based out of New York, responsible for all debt issued by emerging market borrowers. Mr. Aslam has also served as an Advisor to EMP Washington. In Pakistan he has served on the boards of the State Bank of Pakistan, OGDC, Adamjee Insurance, the Bank of Punjab, the Private Power and Infrastructure Board, IGI Asset Management, Punjab Small Industries Corporation, and the Punjab Coal Mining Company. He currently serves on the board of MCB Bank. Mr. Aslam has a Masters in Business Administration from Punjab University and attended the program for Management Development at Harvard University, Cambridge.
Farhan Masood is a tech innovator in physical security space. With 39 International Awards and accolades including one from MIT, he is known to be one of the most innovative tech entrepreneurs emerging from Pakistan. As the project director of Dubai e-Government He was
directly involved in Immigration and Border security related projects worth over $196 million. Over the years Farhan has conducted extensive research on human identification and access management (IAM) and is amongst the pioneers of the emerging concept of Internet of People. Farhan is currently the founder and CTO of Soloinsight, a Chicago based startup that raised $3 Million in seed capital and pioneered the cloud-based global physical security platform, which connects to enterprise tools like SAP, Microsoft and Workday. CloudGate, which is the flagship product of Soloinsight solves security, safety and compliance requirements of large buildings and construction sites.
Over the last two and a half decades Salman has played a key role in shaping the Pakistan telecom industry from a commercial perspective. Whether it was introducing the concept of mobile telephony back in the early nineties or bringing the mobile communications to the doorsteps of the common man in the early 2000s, Salman was responsible for taking key decisions at senior management positions in the telecom sector of Pakistan.
He was instrumental in bringing Internet on the mobile through the first GPRS network in the country. An expert in the field of mobile communications he has held various senior management positions including CCO Ufone, Director Marketing Zong and CEO DVCOM. Salman is a start up expert with more than a couple of extremely successful startup launches including Ufone and Zong under his belt. Apart from telecoms, Salman has also worked in the electronic media industry. Salman is an MBA from LUMS and is now venturing into another start up in the area of cutting edge mobile technologies. Salman and his wife also run Islamabad’s favorite café Chaaye Khana. Chaaye Khana has made its mark being a fast growing national franchise. We can safely say that Salman qualifies to be a serial entrepreneur.
Imtisal Abbasi is the Managing Partner at IAL Saatchi & Saatchi. He speaks Urdu, English, Punjabi and Sindhi and also the language of film, music, sports and advertising. He majored in Film from the University of Souther California and minored in Law. Imtisal started in the world of advertising,
where he fast gained a reputation for making the impossible happen. For the last fifteen years IAL Saatchi & Saatchi has been his second home, which has grown in size to be the largest and hottest ad agency in the country. While building the agency he also set up and mentored the team of what is now the largest digital advertising consultancy of Pakistan, and co-authored the highest grossing Pakistani film of all time - Ho Mann Jahan. When he's not at work he can be found on a golf course or with his two teenage sons. Do not be surprised to find him on the streets of Soldier Bazaar, or Mayfair. Eating a Nursery bun kabab or Wagyu Beef at Itsu.
Khalid Aziz is specialized in business transformation, emerging-markets, strategy and business development for the ICT Industry. He has a track record of delivering sustainable economic and organisational value. Khalid holds an MBA degree from Oxford and has extensive General Management experience in multinational and multicultural
operating environment. He is an ICT industry specialist, leading teams and technologies in diverse markets from Europe to emerging markets in MEA. Khalid continues to explore social investment impact in future capital markets and is engaged in entrepreneurial affiliations in the field of Social Innovation. He is a specialist in leading change and organisation, strategy and planning and CxO Relationship Management.
Omar Jamil is the CEO of Latitude (Pvt.) Ltd, an affiliate of Grayling PR (part of the Huntsworth Group). Omar started his career in the field of finance, including time with Barings UK, Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari & Co (Merrill Lynch), and Citibank N.A. Having spent some years in finance,
Omar entered the field of journalism. Omar has written for major publications including The Friday Times (Pakistan) and Red Herring (the U.S.), and holds an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After several years as a journalist, he went in to the field of Public Relations. He has a proven track record in developing and implementing creative, issues-led PR campaigns, including time spent as a PR consultant for the Government of Pakistan. Omar established Latitude in 2010. Omar is a member of the South Asian Journalists Association, the International Public Relations Association, the Public Relations Consultants Association, the Marketing Association of Pakistan, and the Council of Public Relations Pakistan. He continues to write as a freelancer, and often contributes to leading English dailies, as well as Aurora magazine.
Rizwan Tufail is the Founder of Innovonomics – an international development focused strategic advisory firm that works on strategies, policies and skills that will bring about social change and development by leveraging innovation and technology. The impetus for
Innovonomics came out of his work as a Fellow at the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, where his work focused on technology and innovation in emerging markets, and where he was also an In-Residence Entrepreneur, Harvard Innovation Lab. Prior to that, Rizwan was the Regional Director, Africa for Microsoft and before that had served as Microsoft’s Regional Head, Education across the Middle East and Africa region (79 countries). Rizwan set up and successfully led a technology start-up in the San Francisco area before that. Rizwan is an engineer by training, and holds a degree in Public Administration (MPA) from Harvard and a business administration degree (MBA) from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago, where he also completed his coursework for his PhD.
Sleem Hasan is a Financial Entrepreneur with a truly global background. Born in Fiji of Pakistani parentage, raised in Nigeria, Oxbridge educated, worked with the Japanese at Nikko and now
resident in Dubai, UAE. Founded Privity in 2004, an early stage venture-focused firm in Dubai; founded Hasan Financial Corporation in 1996, an independent FCA regulated buy and sell side advisory firm focusing on the Japanese Markets based in the UK. Sleem is married with 2 daughters and is resident in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.
Mohammad Shoaib Razzaq
Mr. Razzaq is a qualified Barrister from the Honourable Society of Lincoln’s Inn and has a law degree awarded from a leading university in the United Kingdom. Mr. Razzaq has a vast experience in the legal profession for more than ten years and has appeared in various high profile cases.
He himself has also been appearing in several high stake cases on behalf of the firm [ARC]. Mr. Razzaq has formerly worked in Samuel Davies, Chambers in London and has remained involved dealing various international disputes and legal matters. He has formerly also remained Director (Legal) for WAPDA and NEPRA.
An energetic, enterprising and self‐motivated professional having 10+ years of telecom and ICT experience in various commercial and strategy domains spanning marketing, strategy & business planning, new business development, mergers & acquisitions, new product development and
product management. I have worked across both fixed and mobile networks in wholesale, B2B and B2C roles and managing diverse product portfolios spanning Data, Internet, Voice, Managed and Cloud Services. With multinational and multicultural work experience spread across three countries, I am adept at working‐with and managing teams with cultural, ethnic and geographical diversity.
Tania Aidrus is responsible for business development and partnerships on the Next Billion Users team at Google which is focused on building a set of new services that are aimed at addressing trends and needs of users in emerging markets.
Prior to this, Tania was the Country Manager for South Asia Emerging Markets where she was focused on expanding the Internet ecosystem, increasing product adoption amongst consumers and businesses and accelerating innovation. This region with over 400 million consumers and almost 70 million Internet users, is amongst the fastest growing Internet user bases in the world. Prior to Google, Tania cofounded a mobile health diagnosis company called ClickDiagnostics, focused on connecting rural patients in South Asia and Africa to doctors globally. She also spent a portion of her career consulting for Fortune 500 companies and the US Government at Booz Allen Hamilton. She holds an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a BSc from Brandeis University.
A Phd Scholar in Philosophy of Management, Amina has been working with The Global Training Consulting (GTC) Group a British Organization, since 2008 as the Regional Manager of Asia. She is responsible for marketing of GTC activities at the government and private sector, relationship building between GTC and the donors, management of the local Pakistan office and marketing of GTC brand name. Amina specializes in innovative and conceptual thinking with sound commercial, financial, planning skills.
Apart from her role in British setup, Amina has a passion to serve Pakistan and initiated a concept of Entrepreneurial Alliances. The organization that is committed to eradicate poverty through providing awareness in the field of entrepreneurship and open opportunities for young youth to initiate their small startup companies. The organization is committed to perform activities for the betterment of Pakistan society in the field of Entrepreneurship. Her passion is to transform the culture of Pakistan into collectivism, knowledge and resource sharing.
A political worker and an activist, Ms. Amina has been elected as a Lady Councilor under Local Government Elections in 2015 in Islamabad, Pakistan. She believes in changing communities and societies through imparting active leadership role in the political system of Pakistan. Through her leadership role, she has worked on health, education and civic education activities within her community. She is also working and helping active participatory role to her young youth in her constituency which enables participatory and active emerging young leadership within communities. She is also a political trainer who trains young political generation into political leadership skill, constituency management, and election campaign.
A successful entrepreneur & businessman with zest for new ventures and exploration of business opportunities. With a proactive & the first mover approach Mr. Qamar possesses diversified experience in executing new projects & businesses. He pioneered in introducing Independent ATM Deployment (IAD) model in Pakistan successfully and established an outsourced ATM deployment company in Pakistan i.e. Webdnaworks Pvt Ltd “WPL”.
The company provides end to end solutions, i.e. ATM infrastructure development and deployment, setting up Payment gateways and Cash Management solutions on a completely outsourced basis. He is heading the company as a Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Under his supervision company’s operations has expanded vigorously and a list of prestigious public and private sector organizations and financial institutions came under the clientele list. The company’s growth graph shows upward trend under his strategically sound policies and directions.
Aside from ATM business, Mr. Qamar has been running a oil retail business for the last 32 years as a Chevron oil partner. He manages leading flagship Chevron retail outlets. The outlets have been awarded for the best retail sales centers in Pakistan for the last consecutive 2-3 years.
Badar Khushnood is the Country Consultant for Pakistan at Twitter. He has contributed greatly towards the technology sector of Pakistan. With approximately two decades of work experience in the Technology sector, Badar has previously worked as the Country Consultant for Google.
He currently works at Bramerz as the the Entrepreneur-in- Residence.
Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA). She has been spearheading efforts at P@SHA for the past 13 years during which time she was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA, local and international partners. With over 30 years of experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive new media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan, she has been/is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities. Her latest initiative is the setting up of a technology incubator in Karachi, a city of 25 million – The Nest i/o - in collaboration of Google for Entrepreneurs and Samsung and support from the US Department of State.
when it comes to building a better tech ecosystem.
A young digital evangelist, Saad works for Invest2Innovate as their Innovation and Community Lead. He has been relentlessly chipping his efforts towards community development as Google Developer Group's manager for Islamabad, an Acumen fellow,
curator TEDx Islamabad and as a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum. He specializes in online marketing and brand development.
Amina Mujtaba is a Patsy Pulitzer award-winning documentary filmmaker and visual storyteller. She attended Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism, founded by Joseph Pulitzer, on a merit scholarship and graduated in December 2015, completing her MS in Documentary Filmmaking and Journalism.Amina also produced an eight minutes film titled ’Unjaded’, on the unique story of an eleven year old girl, living with incurable, life-threatening fatal food allergies. The film was screened and got recognition at the short documentary film festival at Columbia University.Amina won a grant from Columbia University to fund her 30 minutes thesis film titled ‘Love, Eventually…’ which got her the Patsy Pulitzer award, selected by a panel of Academy award-winning judges. The film was based on the evolution of arranged marriages amongst South Asian immigrants in the US. The film was later screened at film festivals in the US. Prior to attending Columbia University, Amina attended New York University in 2012, where she earned her post-graduate diploma in Marketing and Strategy, and graduated at the top of her class. She has also done her MBA on a merit scholarship from Lahore School of Economics. Amina worked for seven years in the telecommunications industry at Warid Telecom and briefly at Mobilink, in the fields of brand management, marketing communication, advertising, strategy and product development. Her last role was at Warid Telecom as a Senior Manager and Head of Brands. In her telecom career, she spearheaded the launch of Glow, along with the launch of Warid’s 4G campaign, BlackBerry, Postpaid brand and numerous products and services. Upon her return to Pakistan, her interests lie in developing short and long-form documentaries and photo stories in South Asia, Middle East and Africa, focusing on social issues, invisible communities, gender roles, minorities, as well as wildlife. Currently, she is producing and directing her independent documentary film on social issues related to women empowerment in Pakistan. She is also working on her solo coffee table book, with the Punjab Government, showcasing photo stories from all over Punjab. .
Currently, she is producing and directing her independent documentary film on social issues related to women empowerment in Pakistan. She is also working on her solo coffee table book, with the Punjab Government, showcasing photo stories from all over Punjab.
Maria is the Founder and President of Women’s Digital League, an online platform that provides digital training and work to Pakistani women. Local and International media has featured her as an innovative leader.
She is actively working to encourage girls to opt for STEM at an early age through the Technovation Challenge.
Parvez is a renowned international ICT consultant who has been the CEO of Universal Service Fund (USF) & earlier served as Country Head of Siemens Telecom in Pakistan. With 35+ years of experience in Telecom,
he has been on sabbaticals to Harvard Kennedy School & Carnegie Mellon Univ. (USA), Oxford Univ. & ICC (UK), besides receiving extensive management & technical training, mainly in Europe.
Dr. Musstanser Tinauli is an entrepreneur working on a project to connect labor workers with technology literate people on social media and smart-phones. An exemplary highlight of his current career would be “Trash Track” project that he led at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology,
Boston, USA. Dr. Tinauli has worked across the globe including Europe, America, Asia and Middle East.
Raja Shahryar Noon
Shahryar is a Startup mentor who hails from a Management Consulting background and runs an NGO operating in South Punjab.
Faisal is an Acumen fellow who heads Strategy and Innovation at CECOS University and is the cofounder of Peshawar 2.0.
Uzair is the Communications Lead at Peshawar 2.0. With a global experience in the art of inbound marketing and campaigns, he has recently fallen for photography and big data.
Syed Irfan Ajmal
Irfan is a widely read columnist, having publications in international media platforms like SEMrush and Huffington Post. He is an experienced professional running a digital media agency.
Rohan David Emmanuel
Rohan is a social media enthusiast who owns a digital media agency called Digital Media Gang. He has expertise in Social Media Strategy & Consultancy.
Qaiser is the author of the best-seller ‘Tick Tick Dollar™ and is a success coach, motivational speaker, leadership & team building consultant.
Murtaza is the CEO at CyberVision International and the executive director at TiE Islamabad. He is also the director at Quantum Geoservices.
Asim has 20 years of diverse telecom experience, spanning across sales, marketing, customer service and new product & market development. He has worked with companies like Motorola, Orascom,
Telenor and Wateen both as telecom professional and entrepreneur developing immense understanding and knowledge of the business dynamics.
With close to 10 years of experience in project management, Uzma has worked in a variety of sectors and is currently the program development manager for an NGO in Palestine. Prior to this she was a senior project manager for a successful ICT4D start up in Palestine, leading the design and delivery of digital software projects in the Middle East and Africa in partnership with donors such as USAID, DFID and The World Bank.
A successful businessman, trainer and entrepreneur,Sulman has more than 6 years of professional experience in ICT and telecom domain. Sulman is regarded as one of the finest person in implementing integrated action plan for business process optimization in domains of marketing, supply chain, technology and data management. Sulman is a regular trainer for project management, data analysis and technical tools.
Sulman successfully manages his venture by the name of Tricells Technologies pvt ltd -one of the leading providers of emergency management system for government entities such as 1122 emergency services.
Ms. Shahida Saleem
Ms. Shahida Saleem is a highly experienced, award winning, social entrepreneur. She is an internationally recognized professional experienced in building sustainable social development programs using private sector partners and emerging technologies. She has co-founded and managed three social enterprises (and remains on their Boards) and understands intimately the process of taking ideas to market and to scale.
Ms. Saleem 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.