We have a long list of our distinguished speakers who have shared their valuable experiences and insights with the OPEN community.

01jan9:30 am5:00 pmEVNT_4_SPKRS

Event Details


(Tuesday) 9:30 am - 5:00 pm

Speakers for this event

  • Adnan Shahid

    Adnan Shahid

    Adnan is a former corporate C-level executive, entrepreneur and now Chief Commercial Officer of the biggest telecommunications company of Pakistan.

  • Affan Dar

    Affan Dar

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

  • Ali Sufyan

    Ali Sufyan

    Ali Sufyan have done BSCS (Hons) from University of Lahore, and also done ADSE from APTECH worldwide. He has 10+ years of extensive market experience on Microsoft technologies.

  • Ali Zaidi

    Ali Zaidi

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

  • Ambreen Malik

    Ambreen Malik

    Ambreen Malik runs Blue Saint, a social enterprise aiming to preserve, reimagine & modernize Pakistan's unique handmade crafts & bring them to contemporary homes. An ex-banker and expat Pakistani who writes a famous food blog as well, Ambreen will share the story of Blue Saint.

  • Ammar Mumtaz

    Ammar Mumtaz

    Calling himself a chocoholic, Ammar's quest to make the perfect batch of brownies resulted in him transforming a small rack at local gas stations to the Islamabad famous "Burning Brownies" bakery.

  • Aneeqa Ishaq

    Aneeqa Ishaq

    Aneeqa is a practitioner and teacher of Design Thinking and User Experience. She helps business redesign and digitize their services, products and experiences which wow their customers. Since graduating from Stanford University five years ago, Aneeqa has exposed 1,000+ professionals to Design Thinking, led design-focused change movement at the leading Telco, Telenor, and designed well-praised products, solutions and programs for companies, clients and collaborators.

  • Asad J. Malik

    Asad J. Malik

    Asad J Malik was born on January 11, 1996 in Abbottabad, North West Frontier Province, Pakistan. He is a director and producer, known for Terminal 3 (2018).

  • Asad Umar

    Asad Umar

    Asad Umar is a Pakistani lawmaker and former CEO of Engro Corporation, which he turned into a world-renowned business group, he will share his experiences at Engro and also why Islamabad is a great place for entrepreneurs to be in!

  • Ashar Aziz

    Ashar Aziz

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

  • Asma Khalil

    Asma Khalil

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

  • Ather Imran

    Ather Imran

    Ather Imran currently serves as Chief Executive Officer and Director on Board of Sybrid Private Limited, a company of the prestigious Lakson Group of Pakistan, and as President of OPEN Islamabad. Sybrid is a Business Process Outsourcing company that provides customer support and managed services to clients in Pakistan, UAE and United States. With offices in Karachi, Islamabad and Sharjah (UAE)

  • Atif Rais Khan

    Atif Rais Khan

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

  • Awais Naseer

    Awais Naseer

    Awais Naseer who is a Lean evangelist and practitioner for past several years. Awais has helped several local and international startups build dozens of products on lean principles. He is the founder and CEO of Softoven (Pvt.) Ltd., a lean product development agency based out of Islamabad with clients across the world.

  • Ayesha Hamid

    Ayesha Hamid

    With a focus to promote education and entrepreneurship in Pakistan, Ayesha is CEO of a major school brand in Pakistan and has been one of the best success stories of women entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She has been an inspiration for many social initiatives and also a founding and board member for OPEN Lahore. Ayesha will be part of one our panel discussions on “Women in Entrepreneurship”.

  • Ayesha Iqbal

    Ayesha Iqbal

    A senior private equity investment professional with extensive deal experience across emerging markets.

  • Bilal Awan

    Bilal Awan

    An Engineer by qualification, Bilal is unique and an exemplary entrepreneur, building startups that range from waste management to restaurants.

  • Dilawar Syed

    Dilawar Syed

    Dilawar is the president of FreshDesk North America. Prior to Freshdesk, he was CEO at Yonja Media Group, a social media company. He previously ran platform strategy and operations at Yahoo! and also worked for Siebel Systems and SAP in the past. Dilawar also served on President Obama’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans & Pacific Islanders. He holds an M.B.A. from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and a B.A. from UT Austin.

  • Dr Ali Tahir

    Dr Ali Tahir

    Dr. Ali Tahir received his B.Sc. (Hon​s.) degree in Computing and Information Systems in 2004 from Oxford Brookes University and subsequently a Masters degree in Geographical Information Science (GIS) from University of Nottingham in 2006. He completed his PhD in Geoinformatics from the School of Computer Science and Informatics at University College Dublin, Ireland. Recently, he has completed his post-doctorate at the Geo-Environmental Research Centre, School of Engineering, Cardiff University.

  • Dr Raja Iqbal

    Dr Raja Iqbal

    Experienced data scientist and entrepreneur. Founder of Data Science Dojo, a global leader in data science training and consulting. Data Science Dojo has trained over 3000 aspiring data science and machine learning professionals from 500+ companies in 10 countries.

  • Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda

    Dr Yasmeen Mehmooda

    "Dr Yasmeen is one of the best and most experienced and respected gynecologists in Pakistan, having served as Head of Department in Shifa Hospital and currently managing the famous Medicsi hospital. She is also a Director on the board of Air Blue airlines. "

  • Dr. Affan Syed

    Dr. Affan Syed

    With a doctorate from University of Southern California in Computer Science, Affan is a professor and a researcher par excellence. He has won many accolades for his research brilliance and achieved many “first-times” for Pakistan. Affan will share his story and why a researcher is really an entrepreneur at heart.

  • Dr. Andrew Scheuermann

    Dr. Andrew Scheuermann

    Andrew did his Ph.D. from Stanford University, and has been deeply involved in entrepreneurship education. He was one of the early team members that built StartX, one of the top startup accelerators in the world. Andrew is skilled in venture fundraising and is one of the ‘fundraising architects’ in the StartX community to help other founders who have collectively raised over $2B dollars. He also helped start the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, Stanford startup weekend, and the Accel Innovations Scholars program.

  • Dr. Arshad Ali

    Dr. Arshad Ali

    "Dr. Arshad Ali is currently the Executive Director at the HEC. He has over 100 nationally and internationally acclaimed publications to his name. He has also been awarded numerous medals for being a distinguished scientist and researcher. He is actively working on various research projects with Stanford USA, Caltech USA, UWE UK, and University of South Brittany France. He has served as member of the International Advisory Board of the “International ICFA Workshop on HEP Networking, Grids, and Digital Divide Issues for Global e-Science”."

  • Dr. Bebo White

    Dr. Bebo White

    Dr. Bebo White is a Departmental Associate (Emeritus) at the SLAC National Accelerator Laboratory, operated by Stanford University. Professor White has lectured and spoken internationally to academic and commercial audiences. He is the author of eight books and over one hundred journal/proceedings articles. His current research interests are Web Science, Social Media in Education, and Cloud Computing.

  • Dr. Faisal Khan

    Dr. Faisal Khan

    With a PhD from Oxford in Biology, Faisal is a true entrepreneur at heart. He has delved into many entrepreneurial ventures over the last decade and is the co-founder of Peshawar 2.0, a social enterprise striving to build a startup community in Peshawar.

  • Dr. Farrukh Hassan

    Dr. Farrukh Hassan

    Dr. Farrukh Hassan is PhD in Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering. She has an experience of 14 years in R&D of bacterial based bio fertilizers and 5 years teaching at university level and has 5 International Publications to her credit. She setup first Bio- Technology company in the country. She is pioneer in manufacturing and commercialization of bio fertilizers and bio based fertilizers in Pakistan. She got best Upcoming Women entrepreneur Award WiBCON 2010 and Best Women Entrepreneur Award in Science and Technology USAID 2014.

  • Dr. Rafae Bhatti

    Dr. Rafae Bhatti

    Dr. Rafae Bhatti is an information security expert and a lawyer who works with cloud-based start-ups in Silicon Valley to help build their cybersecurity and regulatory compliance programs. He has worked in technical roles at IBM Research and Oracle, and in advisory roles at Accenture Technology Labs and PwC. He is currently the Director of Security and Compliance at Mode Analytics. He received a Ph.D. in Computer Engineering from Purdue University and also serves as an Adjunct Professor of Computer Engineering at Santa Clara University.

  • Dr. Syed Ismail Shah

    Dr. Syed Ismail Shah

    Dr Syed Ismail Shah, a prolific researcher and the force behind Pakistan’s foray into 3G and 4G space, currently serves as Chairman PTA, Acting CEO ICT&RD and also a Charter Member of OPEN Islamabad.

  • Dr. Terence Jackson

    Dr. Terence Jackson

    Dr. Terence Jackson is CEO and Managing Partner of Jackson Consulting Group, which partners with organizations to align strategy, people, and processes to optimize and sustain peak business performance. He has also worked on developing integrated marketing campaigns for Fortune 500 organizations while working as a director of sales for a multi-million dollar advertising firm. He holds a Ph.D. in Applied Management, Leadership and Organizational Change from Walden University in Minneapolis.

  • Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

    Dr. Vaqar Ahmed

    Dr. Vaqar Ahmed is the Joint Executive Director at Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI). Earlier, he has served UNDP as Advisor, and has undertaken assignments with Asian Development Bank, World Bank, and Ministries of Finance, Planning and Commerce in Pakistan. He has published extensively in areas such as macroeconomic modeling, inclusive growth and infrastructure reforms, trade and taxation policies, regional trade agreements, trade in services, energy governance, border-related trade infrastructure, youth employment, women-led social enterprises, and social safety nets.

  • Ehtisham Rao

    Ehtisham Rao

    Ehtisham is Director B2B Marketing at Mobilink and organizational transformation is his passion. He'll talk about Mobilink's initiatives of revamping it's B2B portfolio

  • Evelyn A. Ashley

    Evelyn A. Ashley

    Evelyn advises clients on matters such as mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, financing and investments, corporate governance, intellectual property strategy, as well as protection, monetization and licensing; commercial agreements and ventures, including manufacturing, distribution, and agency; entity structure and related issues, corporate spin-outs, and international transactions. She has wide ranging experience and brings a refreshing, results focused, pragmatic approach to the practice of law.

  • Fahad Tiwana

    Fahad Tiwana

    Fahad started his entrepreneurial journey at the young age of 18 and so far have created 5 companies with one of them acquired by Austrlian gadget retailer and another by American large media group. Now he is using all that experience in his latest venture Tech Valley which publishes the world’s largest engineering e-magazine called Wonderful Engineering.

  • Faisal Aftab

    Faisal Aftab

    "Faisal is Managing Partner of Lakson Investments Venture Capital (LIVC). He has over 18 years of experience as an executive, investor and entrepreneur in media-tech, real estate, venture capital, financial services and management consulting. He has been employed by, or acted as an advisor to several public and private sector corporations as well as the Government of Pakistan. Prior to leading LIVC, Faisal was an Executive Vice President in New York at CloudStream Media Inc., an Intel Capital backed Over The Top (OTT) content streaming service and technology provider."

  • Fatima Mazhar

    Fatima Mazhar

    Fatima Mazher have Investment Banking background with a passion for operations. According to her If the operations run smoothly, everything follows..!! She is now working as Early Stage Markets Director in Careem and before that she have worked on different posts in careem.

  • Franziska Scheinhardt

    Franziska Scheinhardt

    Franziska Scheinhardt is based in Berlin, Germany. As a passionate Design Thinker and Social Innovator she deeply believes in the principles of user-centered design. Franziska has worked at Education Innovation LAB, Germany, to foster innovations in the educational sector, concluding a comprehensive user research and product development project about digital learning in schools.

  • Gabriele Bartolini

    Gabriele Bartolini

    Gabriele is the Head of Global Support at 2ndQuadrant and managing director of the Italian office as well as an active member of the international PostgreSQL community and local ITPUG. His commitment is to consistently contribute to the growth of 2ndQuadrant and it’s members through nurturing a lean and devops culture. A long time open-source programmer and entrepreneur, Gabriele has a degree in Statistics from the University of Florence.

  • Haris Zaheer Bajwa

    Haris Zaheer Bajwa

    "Haris Z. Bajwa has spent over a decade developing and defending patents for the world’s leading innovating companies – including Google, Broadcom, NEC, Alcatel Lucent, Samsung, Mitsubishi, Toshiba, Fuji Electronics, and AOL. He has worked as a patent examiner for the US Patent & Trademark Office, as well as for some of the leading firms in this field (Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP and Sterne, Kessler, Goldstein & Fox, PLLC).

  • Hussein Kanji

    Hussein Kanji

    Hussein Kanji is a founding partner at Hoxton Ventures LLP with focus on consumer internet, financial technology and software investments. He is a regular investor and advisor - invested in a cupcake startup (Bea’s of Bloomsbury), advised a leading Indian media/entertainment company (Eros) and has invested in at least one unicorn in the making (Deliveroo).

  • Ibrar Ahmed

    Ibrar Ahmed

    Ibrar Ahmed is a Agile Software / PostgreSQL Architect, Blockchain Crypto Currency / FinTech Speaker Senior Software Engineer @ Percona. He has 18+ years of Software development experience, ranges from architecting the software to extreme programming in C, C++, Visual C++, Java. Experience in development in Windows, Linux, Solaris, HP-UX and PowerPC.

  • Idris Kothari

    Idris Kothari

    Idris is a founding member, past president, and current Chairman of the board of OPEN Silicon Valley. He has over 35 years of professional and entrepreneurial experience and is currently working as the CTO and member of the board of VSi, providing software as a service (SAS) for hospitality and medical industries. He also serves on the board of NED Alumni Association of Silicon Valley and Friends of LUMS USA.Idris has BS in Physics from SM Science College, BS in EE from NED Karachi and MS in CS from Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago.

  • Iqbal Khan

    Iqbal Khan

    Being a veteran entrepreneur with over 25 years of experience in the software industry, Iqbal Khan brings a lot of inside knowledge about things that OPEN promotes. He has run various software product and services businesses in the US. Currently, he runs a software company based in California and Islamabad. Iqbal has also started a non-profit in Pakistan called Sabaq Foundation that provides free video lectures to Pakistani students.

  • Irfan Wahab

    Irfan Wahab

    Irfan Wahab Khan has been Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Pakistan Ltd. since April 2013 and has also been its Deputy Chief Executive Officer since May 2015. Mr. Khan served as the Chief Executive Officer of Telenor LDI and Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs at Telenor Pakistan Ltd. until April 1, 2013.

  • Junaid Iqbal

    Junaid Iqbal

    Junaid is spearheading the latest car-riding sensation in Pakistan: Careem. An C-level executive with an entrepreneurial mindset and passion, Junaid has been a turnaround and growth specialist for startups and established organisations.

  • Junaid Kalim

    Junaid Kalim

    Junaid is Founder and CEO of kalim Group. He is voluntarily working as a Charter Member of OPEN Islamabad and TiE.

  • Kamran Kundi

    Kamran Kundi

    Kamran Kundi is the Director of Technology Affairs at Elm, which is a leading provider of digital services for public and private sector inside the Kingdom. Elm is in the middle of their digital transformation journey to better serve their customers and meet the challenges of the digital age. Kamran and his team are helping build a Dynamic Learning Culture to lay the foundation for a High Performing Organization, which is optimized for speed without sacrificing reliability or quality. Kamran has worked in the Silicon Valley for IBM and couple of startups before he moved to KSA to join Elm.

  • Kashan Ahmad

    Kashan Ahmad

    Almost 20 years of professional experience on enterprise level applications. Including web, client server, distributed & date warehousing applications. Served at Digital Processing Systems as Section Lead Extraction Transformation and Loading (ETL), for data warehousing department. Served at GeoPaq Technologies as Principal Software Engineer in Project Team Lead’s capacity. Served at Elixir Technologies as Associate Development Manager. Played a major role in re-engineering of www.ehomes.com.

  • Khurram Jamali

    Khurram Jamali

    Khurram has a decade long professional and entrepreneurial experience in financial services, consulting and technology across USA, Pakistan, China and Singapore. He presently leads the emerging South Asia performance team at Google, which works with ROI-driven clients that view online as a sales channel. This includes clients in the travel, classifieds, tech and e-commerce sectors. Khurram also has a start up that develops Urdu language learning apps for youngsters amongst the Pakistani diaspora.

  • Kimberlee LeBlanc

    Kimberlee LeBlanc

    Kimberlee has been part of many Education projects of USAID in Africa and Asia.

  • Ludger Herget

    Ludger Herget

    Ludger Herget is studying Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management at TU Berlin, is a rental-preneur from Germany. He is researching the housing market for short term accommodation in Berlin. As an Airbnb superhost, he has curated user experience for guests from all over the world. By sharing and living with more than 1000 guests in his home, Ludger has a few stories about meaningful UX from real life experience.

  • Maliha Elahi

    Maliha Elahi

    Maliha has a rich career as a consultant, trainer and executive, having served as a head of Marketing and PR for Teradata Pakistan. Maliha has been an active mentor and has served as President of Islamabad Toastmasters Club.

  • Meenah Tariq

    Meenah Tariq

    Meenah Tariq’s latest position was the Head of Strategy and Accelerator at Invest2Innovate Pakistan. In her role at i2i, Meenah supported hundreds of entrepreneurs since 2015, across a wide variety of industries and geographies. She is a passionate supporter of the entrepreneurship ecosystem in Pakistan and has been designing and implementing programs to practically support women entrepreneurs, encourage entrepreneurial mindsets in young people, and equip entrepreneurs across the country with the business acumen required to scale high-impact businesses and SMEs. Beyond running the i2i Accelerator program, she conducts trainings on business creation and scale, mentors a number of startups, and teaches entrepreneurship at local business schools at the undergrad level. Meenah is also constantly experimenting with business ideas of her own - the latest is an experiential gift delivery platform operating in Islamabad and Pindi! Prior to I2I, Meenah was completing her MBA at Babson College, as a Fulbright Scholar.

  • Mehzad Sahar

    Mehzad Sahar

    Mehzad Sahar is an Information Security C level Executive, Keynote Speaker, Visionary, an eloquent strategist with a flair for Information Security creativity, with 19+ years of experience and currently working as Head/Director Business security in Telenor Pakistan. He has effectively crafted Information Security framework and Infrastructure Design for different Information Systems, national level policy making and implementation, Security Risk Management, across different industries.

  • Melinda Good

    Melinda Good

    Melinda Good is the Operations Manager in the World Bank Pakistan office. She oversees the World Bank’s approximately $8b investment program in Pakistan, covering human development, sustainability, infrastructure and economy and competitiveness. Melinda has worked in the World Bank’s Washington, DC and Indonesia offices. Melinda began her career as a lawyer in private practice, and worked with the Asian Development Bank and the Millennium Challenge Corporation.

  • Mohsin Lodhi

    Mohsin Lodhi

    Mohsin Lodhi is a founder, enterprise trainer & executive development coach at Mohsin Lodhi Training & Coaching Centre- a company specializing in training and coaching executives on a one-on-one basis on leadership, communication, emotional intelligence, team building and personal development skills. Mohsin has over 35 years' experience in leadership, management, consulting, sales, teaching & training experience by leading a team of 10-50 people. He has trained and coached over 14,000 executives in 7 years on a wide variety of topics. He was honored "Best Performance Teacher Award" three times at SEECS NUST-Pakistan with 97.5% feedback. He completed certifications in training from IFC World Bank (USA), Franklin Covey (USA), INSEAD Business School (France) and Stanford University (USA).

  • Mohsin Termezy

    Mohsin Termezy

    Mohsin seeks passionate talent who are out to write new stories.  He is a fintech professional evangelizing and supporting organizations preparing themselves for digital transformation. Born into an expat family, his belief in entrepreneurship, diversity and inclusion helped him traverse a journey of 22 years from flight simulators to payment systems to development sector engagement. Working for global brands like Citibank, Samba Financial Group, Dhabi Holdings taught him growth but his true pride is his experience of building the first true mobile app development company of Pakistan in 2001 raising money with TMT Ventures- the first VC fund of Pakistan. He is currently building ICT sector interventions with USAID Small and Medium Enterprise Activity (SMEA) program to help IT/ITES enterprises achieve growth , enable SME digitization and access to finance. He holds a bachelors in Avionics Engineering, MBA from IBA, Karachi and diploma in Supply Chain Management

  • Mowadat Rana

    Mowadat Rana

    Dr. Mowadat Hussain Rana is a renowned psychiatrist who was awarded Sitara e Imtiaz by the Government of Pakistan for his contributions. He has authored of nine books and fifty national and international publications. His interests include psychotrauma, health professions education and psychosocial interventions in the field of mental health. He is currently the Chairman of The Healing Triad, an organization committed to mental health and education.

  • Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

    Mrs. Firoza Zaidi

    An entrepreneur for 25 years and an educationist at heart, she is the founder of EMS - Elementary Montessori System, one of the most respected educational institutions of Islamabad.

  • Mudassar Hussain

    Mudassar Hussain

    Mr. Mudassar Hussain is currently serving as a Member (Telecom) in the Ministry of Information Technology & Telecom. He sits on the board of PTCL, ,Ignite, USF and PSEB. He is an expert in Telecom Policy, Information Technology, strategy formulation and Telecommunications research. Prior to joining MoITT, working as Telecom Policy & Regulatory Consultant with Ufone and being at the MoITT as Director he served on the Boards of the National Telecommunications Corporation, the Telecom Foundation and the National Radio Telecommunications Corporation.

  • Muhammad Haroon

    Muhammad Haroon

    Muhammad Haroon is a PostgreSQL Consultant at 2ndQuadrant. Over a decade of experience in analyzing, designing/ developing applications, deployment, testing, configuration management, research and code reviews on diversified domains, platforms and technologies he is specialized in Database management, PostgreSQL, Technology Management,Business Intelligence, ETL, Configuration Management, VOIP & IVR based applications, SMS based applications,Call Center Solutions, Middleware, Databases.

  • Muhammad Nasrullah

    Muhammad Nasrullah

    Nasrullah, popularly known as Nash, is a technologist who co-founded Pring, a social network that works on every phone in Pakistan with 5 million users. He's started and has sold several companies. Currently, he works as VP of Customer Solutions at Convo.

  • Muniba Mazari

    Muniba Mazari

    Muniba is an artist and a writer. More importantly, she is a symbol of resilience and turning her adversity into an opportunity. Met with a life threatening accident that left her paralyzed, Muniba used her exceptional artistic skills to pursue her goals and become an inspiration for so many. She will be narrating the story of Dhere Bolo which is a storytelling project that believes in the extraordinary power of our ordinary Pakistani stories.

  • Naeem Iqbal

    Naeem Iqbal

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

  • Naeem Zamindar

    Naeem Zamindar

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

  • Narjis Ali

    Narjis Ali

    Narjis was instrumental in helping establish OPEN’s Islamabad chapter. She has over thirty years technology and management experience and is highly skilled at Security Engineering and Security Requirements Management for large Government contracts.

  • Nauman Sheikh

    Nauman Sheikh

    Nauman Sheikh's experience in data and analytics is across 3 continents and over 2 decades and involves hands on projects from data warehouse systems to anti-money laundering, fraud detection, risk management, customer analytics and Smart Meter Analytics (IoT) solutions; all built and delivered with hands-on involvement in data architecture, ETL, NoSQL coding, statistical modeling and both predictive and clustering type of models.

  • Owais Anjum

    Owais Anjum

    Owais is currently CEO of eMumba. He is a Silicon Valley trooper for a good number of years, is a Spartan armed with an MBA from San Jose State University, the oldest public institution on the West Coast of USA. He has led a subsidiary of a Silicon Valley Company in Pakistan and is now administering his own startup, eMumba. One of the biggest achievements of his startup is “Cricout – A Social Network for Cricket” available online and in the form of smartphone apps. Owais is an esteemed and distinguished member of the Islamabad entrepreneurial circle and volunteers his time for mentoring. He has also been an active member of OPEN Silicon Valley chapter in the past.

  • Owais zaidi

    Owais zaidi

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

  • Pernian Faheem

    Pernian Faheem

    Originally from Islamabad, Pernian is now based out of Boston. She is the Retail Lead in NTT DATA Digital and also runs her own e-commerce company that provides custom tailor made professional suiting for working women.

  • Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani

    Prof. Dr. Anwar-ul-Hassan Gilani

    Prof. Gilani is currently the Chairman, Pakistan Council for Science & Technology. He started his professional career as a Lecturer (Pharmacy), at the Bahaudin Zakariya University Multan, where he stayed till 1986 and later joined the Aga Khan University. Dr. Gilani has earned 3 Patents, is a Member, Editorial Boards of 10 journals of international repute, is a co-editor of two WHO Books on Essential Medicine and published around 350 articles with cumulative IF around 700.

  • Rabeel Warraich

    Rabeel Warraich

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

  • Rebecca Garcia

    Rebecca Garcia

    Rebecca Garcia is the Co-founder of CoderDojo NYC, a community led 501(c)3 non-profit program teaching K-12 youth to code and an advocate for tech Diversity & Inclusion especially for women and girls. Experience includes Agile/SCRUM cross-functional software engineering. Front-end & fullstack web development, program management, UX/UI - user research & testing.

  • Rhett Power

    Rhett Power

    Rhett Power is co-founder of Wild Creations, an award-winning start-up toy company named one of Inc. Magazine’s Fastest Growing US Companies. A member of the United States Department of State’s International Speakers Program, he travels the globe speaking about entrepreneurship, leadership, and management alongside the likes of Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellmann, AOL Founder Steve Case, and President Barack Obama. He has written for the Huffington Post, Business Insider, Time, and The Wall Street Journal.

  • Saba Zaidi

    Saba Zaidi

    "Almost 7 years of UX experience: first at a startup, then Ancestry.com and for the past ~5 years at Google. Projects usually involve close collaboration with engineers, product managers and other UX'ers like research, visual and motion designers, and prototypers. Work spans mobile, web, desktop as well as emerging surfaces like Smart Displays for the Google Assistant. Graduated with Bachelors of Science and honors in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Harvard ('11).

  • Sadaf Tausif

    Sadaf Tausif

    Sadaf was a runner up in Spelling Bee 2014 contest and a writer of stories. One of her books recently got published in the US.

  • Saima Khan

    Saima Khan

    "Saima Khan started as a private chef specializing in creating cuisines that focus on the enjoyment & sharing of fresh seasonal produce. Realizing there was a gap in the market She set up The Hampstead Kitchen. They focus on clientsaround the Hampstead and neighbouring areas but also travel to the rest of the UK, the US, Europe& the Middle East for our clients. Before starting Hampstead Kitchen she have served more then then 16 banking & finance organisations.

  • Sayyed Ahmad Masud

    Sayyed Ahmad Masud

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

  • Shahnaz Kapadia

    Shahnaz Kapadia

    Shahnaz has thirty years of national and international experience working as a master trainer, instructional designer and implementer of large-scale cascade projects and programs. As founder and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Empowerment thru Creative Integration (ECI), Shahnaz specialized in large-scale cascade training for the development sector and the Government. During her 23 years leading ECI, she worked with the Federal and Provincial Governments, over 200 Civil Society Organizations, and a very large number of international NGOs and development agencies.

  • Shamoon Hashmi

    Shamoon Hashmi

    Shamoon Hashmi’s diverse career, spanning over three decades, has traversed multiple disciplines of print and electronic media, development sector, civil service, academia and legislative service. He presently serves as a Joint Secretary in the National Assembly of Pakistan but is more known for his TV career as an anchor, compere, Script Writer and a documentary producer. As a social activist, his personal commitment to gender and development issues are widely respected. He is a recipient of President’s award of “Tamgha-e-Essar” and PTV Award."

  • Shandana Gulzar Khan

    Shandana Gulzar Khan

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

  • Sheba Najmi

    Sheba Najmi

    "User Experience Leader with 14 years of experience creating and leading teams, strategy, and highly functional and usable web and mobile products. Entrepreneur/CEO in civic technology. As a frequent speaker on user-centered design and civic technology, She has been a keynote speaker for audiences such as the Ukrainian Parliament, addressing global parliamentarians on citizen-centered design and engaging citizens in creating better, more transparent legislations and services. "

  • Syed Ahmed

    Syed Ahmed

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

  • Syed Junaid Ali Gilani

    Syed Junaid Ali Gilani

    Syed Junaid Ali Gilani is a seasoned Information Security Professional, Keynote speaker and lecturer with 7+ years of experience in multidimensional organizations including PTCL, ZTE and Government of Pakistan. Currently he is serving Nayatel Pvt. Ltd. as Deputy Manager Network Security. In addition, he has experience in Security Governance, Risk Management, Policy Compliance and security awareness.

  • Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

    Syed Muzamil Hasan Zaidi

    With his inspiring videos that went viral to millions, Muzamil has become a celebrity in Islamabad. Muzamil will share his story of Lolz Studios whose videos with an over-aching aspect of doing good has inspired and reached millions. He is now the face for many popular brands and become an icon for young Islamabad entrepreneurs.

  • Taimur Rasheed

    Taimur Rasheed

    "Cloud technology executive with over a decade of experience in new market development, strategic business development, and solution architecture related to emerging technologies. He has passion for technology, business, public policy, and he enjoy bringing new ideas and products to market. Currently leading worldwide Customer Success for Microsoft’s Intelligent Cloud. Previously served as Managing Director for Amazon Web Services (AWS) Platform Technology and Applications where he lead strategic business development from 2008."

  • Taimur Rehman

    Taimur Rehman

    Taimur Rehman is an IT entrepreneur, a Web Consultant with UNICEF and also a Student Mentor with Middlesex University, Dubai. Sheer passion, makes him revive the lost art-form of Urdu narrations and he has performed at Literature Festivals in Pakistan, UK and TEDx.

  • Umair Shahid

    Umair Shahid

    Umair is a Data Management Professional, focused on open source software, with over 14 years of experience and has served some of the highly competitive software markets globally. With his experience of managing teams for software product releases and lust for continuous improvement, he brings in lot of value to the OPEN team.

  • Veqarul Islam

    Veqarul Islam

    Veqar is one of the pioneers of IT industry in Pakistan and very well respected one. He will talk about different ventures that he has been part of with a detailed personal note on how NCR’s TeraData was built in Pakistan.

  • Wahaj Siraj

    Wahaj Siraj

    Wahaj Siraj is the CEO and co-founder of Nayatel, one of the largest connectivity providers in Pakistan, and has championed the causes of IT industry for decades.

  • Zeenat Khan

    Zeenat Khan

    If you have lived in Islamabad at anytime during the last 25 years, you will definitely have a few memories of waiting for a table at Pappasallis with your family. Ayesha is the iron lady behind this sumptuous icon of Islamabad.

  • Zeeshan Shafquat

    Zeeshan Shafquat

    Zeeshan is a multi-dimensional and hyper dynamic person known as a Blogger, Restaurateur, Social Media Strategist and Speaker at tech events. He owns Café Rooftop which is a magnet for people who love food in style.

  • Zoaib Khan

    Zoaib Khan

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

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