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LUMS, Lahore

No Talk. All Action. Comes to Lahore!

54 hours. A brilliant Idea. A dream come true!

Startup Weekend is back! The internationally renowned event that allows aspiring entrepreneurs to develop an idea of theirs into an applicable business over the course of a weekend with plans to market and sell the product on global level. Brought to you by the premier institution of business and technology, LUMS, Startup Weekend will be held from the 14th to 16th of February. The event presents a chance for participants to rub elbows with people of excellence in their fields, in the form of coaches, mentors and guest speakers as well as forge partnerships with other participants whose skills can propel their idea to greatness. So mark your calendars, and start the brainstorming, for a weekend that is destined to be unlike any other.



Feb 14
  • Registration Starts
  • Welcome
  • Pitches Start
  • Attendees vote for the top ideas
  • Pizza & Networking
  • Teams start forming and discussing ideas
  • Co-founder dating, and say hello to your coach. Start to formalize teams and take an inventory of skills. Be honest, and direct about what resources and skills are needed for the weekend. You may stay and work as late as you want.


Feb 15
  • Arrive, simple breakfast -- use your coupons at the PDC
  • Get down to work!
  • Motivational speech and open-mic session
  • Lunch -- use your coupons at the PDC
  • Call for needs & skills
  • Coaches help teams one-on-one. They are here to help!
  • Dinner -- use your coupons at the PDC
  • Mid weekend check-in, status reports, call for help
  • Finished for the day but you may stay and work as late as you want.


Feb 16
  • Arrive, simple breakfast -- use your coupons at the PDC
  • Call for help (this is self motivated, so don’t be shy)
  • Approach a Coach...
  • Lunch -- use your coupons at the PDC
  • Gut check. Start prepping for presentations
  • Clear venue for room reconfig
  • Dinner
  • Judging & awards
  • Wrapup
  • Go home!

Sabika Nazim

Sabika Nazim is the cofounder of Convo. Convo helps your team share knowledge and content with each other and communicate effectively and in real-time over that content. It promotes a culture of sharing and open discussion which fosters deeper engagement by everyone involved. Sabika loves everything Product and is deeply involved in the daily product life cycle at the company. She also manages investor relationships and has recently helped the company secure USD 5 Million in Series A investment from Morgenthaler Ventures. Morgenthaler Ventures is one of the oldest and most reputable investment firms in the valley and has notably invested in huge successes such as Apple, Siri, Evernote, Lending Club etc.

Monis Rahman

Monis Rahman is the Chairman and CEO of Naseeb Networks, a leading provider of recruitment, social networking, classifieds and related services in Pakistan. He was #6 in Forbes Magazine list of "Ten Big Hitting Asian Businessmen under 50". Under his leadership, Naseeb Networks is Pakistan's 8th fastest growing private company according to the Harvard University Professor Michael Porter's AllWorld Pakistan Fast Growth 25 rankings, clocking in at 8,500% growth since 2007.
Monis launched ROZEE.PK in 2006 which is today Pakistan's most powerful recruiting platform. With over 50,000 employers and 10 Million professionals using the job portal, the company exceeds a 64% placement rate amongst its over 100 daily job postings. ROZEE.PK was visited by half of Pakistan's Internet population in 2012 and has experienced 18 consecutive quarters of growth. The site has won the coveted Brand of the Year Award for the past two years from the Prime Minister of Pakistan. Naseeb Networks is backed by leading Silicon Valley venture capital funds Draper Fisher Jurvetson, ePlanet Capital and angel investors including Reid Hoffman, Mark Pincus, Arif Naqvi, Fadi Ghandour and Ken Morse.
Monis completed his undergraduate degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and did graduate coursework at Stanford University. He has been featured by numerous magazines and newspapers including Forbes, The New York Times, CNN, InfoWorld, Red Herring, Infoweek, The Chicago Tribune and CIO Pakistan.
He currently sits on the Board of Governors of TIE Lahore, the Lahore chapter of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), where he also served as past President. He is on the Advisory Board of Acumen Fund and Board of Directors of Kashf Microfinance Bank. He has also served on the Central Executive Committee of the Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA). He is the recipient of International Data Group CIO Pakistan Pioneer in Innovation 2008 award. He won the Pakistan Power 100 Excellence Award in 2012, an initiative promoting the 100 most powerful and influential Pakistani men and women globally. Monis is a TEDx speaker and frequently invited to talk on entrepreneurship and Internet marketing at some of the world's top business schools and conferences.

Nadeem Zahid

Nadeem Zahid is a communications industry veteran. Over his 18 year career, Nadeem has held engineering, product management, and strategy leadership positions with leading technology companies, mostly in the Silicon Valley, where he has built, launched, and marketed several successful hi-tech products exceeding estimated $2.5 billion in net revenues. Nadeem’s career portfolio includes companies like Alcatel Telecom, Cisco Systems, Brocade Communications, Juniper Networks and Extreme Networks. Currently as Director of Product-Line Management at Extreme, Nadeem is driving the product strategy and direction for flagship enterprise and cloud data center products with disruptive technologies like Software Defined Networking.

Nadeem holds Bachelor’s of Engineering (BE) degree in Electronics Engineering from the NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan and Master’s of Science (MS) degree in Telecommunications from Boston University, USA. In addition, he earned several professional certifications including Project and Risk Management certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certificates. In addition to a busy career, Nadeem has had a very active lifestyle. He earned his private pilot license and has flown airplanes, enjoyed composing music, painting, golfing and photography. These days, Nadeem is partially located in Lahore and exploring ways to give back.

Omer Jillani


Prior to founding Happa studios, Omer gained branding experience designing for clients such as Nestle and Mitchell’s Foods. He holds a Master in graphic design from the Florence Design Academy. He has a passion for helping his clients communicate their brands USP’s through effective design.
Combining his experience with technical skills, Omer works with each client to understand their requirements and deliver design that does justice to the brand and the audience that they are trying to reach.
A musician with a penchant for adventure, he is constantly drawing inspiration from what he sees and hears around him

Imran Ali Khan

Imran Ali Khan, Computer Science Graduate from Oxford University, is the Co-Founder and COO of Before co-founding, he worked with Goldman Sachs and Deloitte. Khan’s keen interest in the finance and investment sector has proved to be the perfect match for Pakistan’s biggest industry i.e. real estate. Ever since the initial days of the portal, Imran has been the IT guru, guiding and mentoring a team of highly talented engineers. Together with Zeeshan, Imran has done for Pakistan what only a few IT entrepreneurs have been able to do i.e. introduce an entire new product and change the face of real estate in Pakistan forever.

Gilles Blanchard

Gilles Blanchard – Chairman
Gilles Blanchard, the co-founder of (the biggest real estate portal of France, joined as the Chairman in 2012. was acquired by German publisher Axel Springer for $960m during the same year.

Prior to joining, Gilles had already invested in other emerging markets like Brazil and Malaysia so that makes him no stranger to treading uncharted territory. An institution in himself, Gilles brings over two decades of experience and global exposure with a promise to take to new heights of success and benefit Pakistan’s realty market along the way.

Nahil Mahmood

Nahil Mahmood is the Founder & CEO of Delta Tech Global. He has 15 years of experience in IT and holds a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin, USA. Nahil is CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) and CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certified.
Other than being the CEO of Delta Tech Global, Nahil holds a number of leadership positions in IT:

* Founder & President, Cloud Security Alliance, Pakistan
* Chapter Leader, Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP), Lahore, Pakistan
* Founding Board Member, Pakistan Information Security Association (PISA)

Before founding Delta Tech, Nahil has held senior positions in the industry including Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at MCB Bank, Advisory Network Specialist at IBM Pakistan, Head of Access Engineering at Wateen Telecom, and General Manager Technical at WorldCall Telecom Group.
Nahil was also conferred with a regional award by (ISC)2, for his contribution to the discipline of Information Security which was awarded in Tokyo in July 2012, the Information Security Leadership Achievement Award (ISLA).
Nahil is a Globally Certified facilitator for Franklin Covey Pakistan and facilitates courses on Leadership and Management throughout Pakistan. He also is frequent national and International speaker on cloud computing, Information Security, and IT. He has spoken in 2012 in Malaysia, Singapore, and Pakistan and was also invited to Chair two conferences on cloud computing in Singapore and Dubai in 2012.
Nahil’s passion is to develop a global IT organization present in all the leading growth economies of the world, and to put together a world-class team, which can help its valued customers exploit the rivetting business benefits of cutting-edge technology.

Zeeshan Ali Khan

Zeeshan Ali Khan, an Imperial College graduate, bagged his first success in the IT business in 1999 when he was fresh out of college. That gave him the experience and confidence which he then used to single-handedly drag Pakistani realty market into the 21st century and online by co-founding
With a degree in Chemical Engineering, he may not be a property expert, but he does have over a decade’s experience in operating IT businesses. For him, sky is the limit and perfection achieved through knowledge and information is the path. It is this vision that has made him one of Pakistan’s most prominent internet entrepreneurs.

Zafar Khan

Performance Internet Based Marketer and Entrepreneur, who has bootstrapped his company to a multi-ten-million per year in sales per year. Focused on taking the organization to tackle more verticals and on maintaining the growth rate.

Umair Javed

Umair Javed, founder & CEO of TkXel, has over 10 years of software industry experience in progressively increasing responsibility positions. A workaholic who specializes in creating high performance product and services teams, he twice created a company from university lab and took it to multi-million dollar stage.

His current venture is tkxel which is a leading technology company in the mobile and social space. Founded in 2008, inside a lab, tkxel started as a services company which quickly went on to sign several big names among Fortune 500 as its customers. The more recent success under tkxel is the launch of a fast growing kids mobile gaming brand, which has already generated 6M+ downloads since its inception a few months back.

Besides Industry, Umair has a long affiliation with academia and love for teaching. After receiving his MS with a Gold Medal from LUMS, he went on to teach various MS and senior year CS courses at LUMS and other top universities, for over eight years as an adjunct faculty.

Babar Ahmad

In the short time frame of a few years, Babar has established and grown the studio to become a leading force in Pakistan’s gaming industry, launching some of the country’s most prolific and successful games to date and putting Pakistan on the global game development map.

Babar holds a Masters degree in Electrical Engineering and Management Science from Stanford Univeristy, and a Bachelors degree in Electrical Engineering from the the University of Texas at Austin.


Sajjad Kirmani

Sajjad Kirmani is the founder and CEO of INFOGISTIC rated as the Best Startup by P@sha in 2012. He is leading the efforts to further increase the organizations investment, business activity & strategic partnerships across globe. He provides guidance and mentors the technical, sales and operations team to meet their day to day challenges.
He has over 28 years of experience in Information Technology and has served in leadership positions in multinational organizations across Middle East and Pakistan. Prior to establishing INFOGISTIC in 2012, he served 14 years as Director & Executive Vice President at NetSol Technologies where he played a vital role in its global expansion as well as becoming the first company to have CMMI ML 5, ISO 27001 and ISO 20000.
Sajjad is passionately pursuing his vision to make INFOGISTIC as a center of excellence in Cyber Security and e-Health Technology.
His contributions towards Information Technology in Pakistan earned him the title of “CIO of Year” in 2010 by Teradata. He is also the CEO and Executive Board Member of DicoTech INFOGISTIC Qatar.
Sajjad holds a Master´s degree in Computer Sciences from University of London along with MBA degree from IBA. He has a passion for gardening and maintains one of the best spring gardens in Lahore.

Saad Zaeem

Saad is the Co-Founder & CEO of Caramel Tech Studios (Pvt.) Limited, a leading mobile game development studio. He is great at extracting high quality work from the team while keeping them super motivated. Saad has been in the games space for over 5-years and has been part of the production team behind Fruit Ninja, Jetpack Joyride, Stick Cricket, Order of Elements, Brain Puzzle & Friends and the upcoming mid-core strategy game, Blades of Battle, amongst others on all major mobile platforms. He oversees production, strategy and growth at the company. Saad has a BSc. (Honors) in Social Sciences from LUMS.

Sajjeed Aslam

Sajjeed carries 20 years+ board and management level experience in governance, compliance & risk (GCR), growth strategies, corporate finance, M&A, supply chain, contract negotiations, audits, operational excellence, business development, innovations, trainings and entrepreneurship. He has been stationed in Pakistan, Australia, Indonesia, Korea, UAE, China, Turkey, Switzerland, Singapore, Malaysia and African region as functional lead for different projects
He has served on the boards of management consulting, education initiative, investment bank, technology company in Pakistan, Food Company in Uganda, telecom, data analytics and executive training companies in UK
His comprehension in advisory space is the optimization of knowledge base, best practices, approach and tools he assimilated while working with some of the world best firms including McKinsey (UK & UAE), KPMG (Australia, UK, UAE, Pakistan), PwC (Korea, Pakistan), E&Y (Turkey), Deloitte (UAE) on behalf of his employers and/or clients over last 20 years.
He is a Fellow Chartered Accountant (PK), Certified Director (PK), member of European Corporate Governance Institute (UK) and Certified Financial Consultant (US).
Sajjeed is a Co-Founder of "Turnaround", a regional management consulting and Co-Founder of "NinthD", a technology based education initiative in Pakistan

Abdul Aziz

Abdul Aziz is CEO of LumenSoft Technologies. LumenSoft, a product based IT consulting company, specializes in retail software solutions. LumenSoft is one of the leading retail software solutions providers in Pakistan.
Abdul Aziz has twenty three years of work experience in different management roles. He has a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering, Masters in Business Administration (Marketing), and a MS in Computer Science. Before starting LumenSoft in year 2000, Aziz worked for the telecom sector.

Afaque Ahmed

AFAQUE R. AHMED - Founder and Chairperson, Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (KITE), Karachi, Pakistan. Afaque is the founder of KITE, a young institution located in Karachi, a city of 20 million people, cultivating entrepreneurs and change agents while currently offering interdisciplinary undergraduate education in computer science, business administration since 2013. KITE plans to offer undergraduate programs in public policy, visual arts and mass comm. in 2015/16. Technology and the entrepreneurial spirit are in the DNA of the Institute which permeates the ecosystem and in every degree offered. He likes listening to music, watching movies and organizing parties for friends and family. He lived in the US for 13 years before moving back to Pakistan 10 years ago to bring about the needed change amongst the Pakistani youth.

Ahmed Shuja

Ahmed Shuja, an entrepreneur and an Interaction Designer designing and developing software and systems since 1997. He holds a BSc (hons) in Computer Sciences from UET, Lahore and an MSc in Human Computer Interaction with Ergonomics from University College London. In the past, before he founded Obscure UX, he worked at LUMS in Pakistan and Philips in the UK among others. He provides consultancy to startups and large corporations in all habitable continents of the world, speaks at tech events, and blogs at and You can read his thoughts and connect with him at

Ammar Zaeem

Ammar is the Co-Founder & COO of Caramel Tech Studios (Pvt.) Limited, a leading mobile game development studio. He has over 6 years experience in management and marketing. At Caramel Tech, he has managed production of major games such as Jetpack Joyride, Order of Elements, Mental Combat and the upcoming mid-core strategy game, Blades of Battle. He oversees business development, production and operations at the company. Ammar has handled major marketing efforts with various Multi National Corporations including launching and managing nationwide marketing campaigns. He is a Cricket enthusiast.

Junaid Saleem

Junaid Saleem is the CEO of Kamata Pakistan, Pakistan’s first blue collar job portal. It is a portal that connects millions of jobseekers with employers through an integrated solution of web, mobile and SMS.
He has a Bachelors in Mathematics and Computer Sciences and a Masters in Business Administration. Junaid has eight years of experience in business strategy and planning and project management, working in the financial and utility sectors.

Syed Ali

Syed Ali is a techy at heart and an entrepreneur at present. He has over 15 years of experience including leadership roles at Sun Microsystems, TRG and currently is a founder of a leading cloud based asset tracking solution (EZOfficeInventory). Syed is passionate about technology and its use by enterprises to improve efficiency.
Syed is a LUMS graduate and holds a Master’s degree in CS from University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign. He is also an adjunct faculty at Lahore University of Management Sciences.

Khurram Zafar


Khurram, until recently, worked as the Chief Information Officer at a Pakistani stock exchange and was nominated the best private sector CIO of Pakistan by P@SHA. He is currently an Adjunct Professor for Entrepreneurship at Information Technology University and a Board Member at Plan9.

Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Computer & Information Technology. He has also co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and has been part of the founding team of 2 global IT consulting firms. He has also consulted for Visa, DHL, Sony, AT&T, Agilent, Merrill Lynch, and several other Fortune 500 and venture-funded start-up companies in varying capacities. Khurram is also an angel investor with an interest in the technology and agriculture sector and has been an adviser to several Venture Capital firms in the United States.

Aside from being a Prentice Hall published author, he is also a progressive farmer, an avid investor in North American securities markets, an absentee landlord of his US and Pakistan based real-estate, a poet, a magician and a proud father of three angels.

Nevil Patel

Nevil has more than 25 years of experience in Information Technology and managing companies and teams that provide high quality software solutions in secured environments for overseas clients in the US and Denmark.
He is a Certified Information System Auditor with a strong understanding of the prepaid card industry built while managing the information security and regulatory compliance requirements for a global prepaid card processor – i2c Inc - where he currently serves as Vice President, Operations.
Before joining i2c, Patel served as Chief Operating Officer at Pi Sigma Group where he built their startup Geopaq and enabled its successful acquisition within two years for $10 million. Prior to that, Patel served as Vice President of Operations at CresSoft. Where he led teams to implement technology based solutions for Global 500 companies like MCI, Northwest Airlines, BP-Amaco, GN Netcom, Aspen Technologies, etc. His single largest project had 80+ offshore resources and grossed about US $ 12 million in four years.

Shehryar Hydri

Shehryar has over fifteen years of wide ranging experience covering Technology, Media and Communication. He has worked in strategy defining roles for technology firms in addition to being a core founding member in media and tech startups.
In 2004, he co-founded Trango Interactive, an award winning game development and animation studio that is listed in the Red Herring Asia 100 and works with top global brands such as Nike, Discovery Channel, Lucas Arts, Lexus, Audi, Toyota, Mazda, UPS, Reebok and Konami.
Shehryar is also part of the founding team and on the Board of Scrybe Inc, an Adobe funded company known for its ground breaking service called, the most powerful social network for the enterprise.
Shehryar is also an advisor for several promising tech startups in Pakistan. He holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.

Sabika Nazim

Sabika Nazim is the cofounder of Convo. Convo helps your team share knowledge and content with each other and communicate effectively and in real-time over that content. It promotes a culture of sharing and open discussion which fosters deeper engagement by everyone involved. Sabika loves everything Product and is deeply involved in the daily product life cycle at the company. She also manages investor relationships and has recently helped the company secure USD 5 Million in Series A investment from Morgenthaler Ventures. Morgenthaler Ventures is one of the oldest and most reputable investment firms in the valley and has notably invested in huge successes such as Apple, Siri, Evernote, Lending Club etc.

Murad Akhter

As Co-Founder and CEO of Tintash, Murad leads a talented and passionate team of Mobile Game and App Developers, Designers, Producers and Artists. Over the past 6 years he has been responsible for grooming and hiring top talent, and driving product development of top-tiered mobile games such as Woody Woodpecker and StickCricket as well as for striking distribution and development deals with renowned game studios and brands such as Digital Chocolate, Playfirst, Universal Studios and BBC Worldwide.

Murad has over 10 years of experience in product management and software development in the high-tech industry. Prior to Tintash, he worked in Silicon Valley at Apple Computer on flagship products such as the company’s first line of 64-bit systems as well as its transition from PowerPC chips to Intel’s multi-core processors. He later worked on jukebox and VOIP applications for the Ultra-Mobile PC platform at Microsoft before starting Tintash in 2007. Murad graduated from Stanford University with an MS and BS in Computer Science.

Sameer Noorani

Sameer has been a management consultant with McKinsey & Company for over 5 years where he advised and guided top management across industries on commercial and operation strategy, prior to which he was a banker for 3 years in wealth management and global markets. Sameer Noorani has recently returned to Pakistan in early 2013 and is pursuing a few exciting ventures.

Sameer has an MBA from INSEAD and a B.Sc. from LUMS.

Huma Qureshi

Huma Qureshi is leading a team at Conrad Labs (Pvt) Ltd developing a single sign-on solution for Gemalto Inc. Previously she was at Microsoft Corp. where she worked on the design and development of Visual Studio tools for Windows Azure. She has eight years of experience in the software industry. She has an MS Computer Science from the University of Washington. She is passionate about solving complex technical challenges and designing scalable
software systems.

Naveed Chaudhry


"Mr. Naveed is the CEO of Sika Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. A wholly owned subsidiary of Sika AG, Switzerland.
With over 100 years of expertise, Sika - headquartered at Baar, with a worldwide local presence in 80 countries and some 15,200 employees, link the customers directly to Sika and guarantee the success of all partners. Sika supplies the building and construction industry as well as manufacturing industries (automotive, bus, truck, rail, solar and wind power plants, façades).

With over 18 years of corporate experience, Mr. Naveed is the pioneer in establishing Sika in Pakistan with regional offices in all major cities across Pakistan. He has been a tremendous leader and motivator for his teams throughout his career and a benchmark on his own to achieve sustainable business growth. When it comes to putting a show, where to build a culture of Performance, Setting Strategy, Vision, Values, Building Teams, requires a master showman. As a technologist, corporate leader and entrepreneur, he has been able to make people love their workplace which had previously been impersonal to them. Strangely, it is this last quality that may have the deepest effect on the way people live in his company."

Yasser Bashir

Yasser Bashir is the found and CEO of Arbisoft (Pvt.) Ltd - a software and technology development company named among the fastest growing software services businesses in Pakistan by the AllWorld Network. Arbisoft employs over 100 people and has built partnerships with some of the leading technology businesses and institutions around the world. Yasser is also the CEO and founder of DeepPixels which is a medical image processing company. Before the start of his entrepreneurial journey, Yasser held key positions at Orthoclear, Align Technology and WorldWerx.

Yasser received a BS from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and an MS from Stanford University.

Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA. She has to a great degree been responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.

Jehan has 29 years experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She 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. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and the region. She also writes for various industry publications.

Policy Advocacy through the use of cutting edge technology is one of Jehan Ara’s passions. Cyber Crime, Privacy and Data Protection legislation are some of the things she is advocating for. She is currently also collaborating on an initiative called Take Back the Tech which is meant to create awareness on how technology can be harnessed to end Violence against Women and girls.

In addition to her role as President of the industry association, she is working on an initiative known as the Women’s Virtual Network which will connect educated women with potential employers, mentors and peers remotely, thus bringing more women into the economic fold and creating a community that will evolve into a support network for professional women.

Hussain Nasir

I have several years of international business experience as a successful entrepreneur. I co-own a software export company called Rolustech. We have offices in Pakistan, UK and USA with over 300 clients in 25 countries. We are the sole partners of SugarCRM Inc USA in Pakistan.
Rolustech specializes in open source web technologies and complementing mobile technologies. We are a team of highly qualified and dedicated individuals with an interestingly proficient mix of professional backgrounds.
We as an organization provide employment opportunities to highly skilled engineers from some of the top universities along with exporting man hours to generate revenue and foreign
exchange for our country.
Hussain Nasir as an individual is extremely passionate about Business, crazy about Sports and dedicated to his Family. I am also interested in imparting knowledge and guidance to those who are perpetually seeking to learn. My specialization is International Customer Relationship
Management and Business Development. I also overlook the Human Resource Management at
our organization.

Adnan Butt

Adnan Butt started his career as a telecom product developer with Abu Dhabi group and later on switched to international content syndication. After 5 years working with the group launched his first startup, Mvergence Media which became Pakistan's biggest regional and devotional content provider. In 2009, Adnan launched his Social Media startup by the name of Walnut Media which today works with some of the biggest clients in Pakistan like Unilever, Mobilink, QMobile, Coke to name a few. An award winning agency at Facebook Studio, Walnut also partnered with Cannes Lions and endorsed the mobile category at Eurobest earlier this year. Walnut is also running Pakistan's biggest independent music studio and has been producing artists free of cost for the past 3 years and is now running the first ever digital music reality show in partnership with Universal Music. Ranging from Pakistan's first ever virtual concert to an invisible fashion show, Walnut has been wowing the consumers everyday. Working very closely with Facebook, Adnan is also developing a product for Social Media monitoring and consumer sentiment analysis on social media for local brands.

Adnan graduated from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute as a Mechanical Engineer in 2005.



Nabeel is a Project Manager by profession, with over six years of managerial experience working in the areas of management information systems, business analysis and project management. He excels in organizing & managing various functions of a business, aligning and integrating them to work more efficiently, using the power of technology.
Presently, Nabeel is the Program Manager of Plan9, Pakistan’s largest tech incubator where he leads the transformation of business ideas into scalable companies. Having successfully founded and operated a software development & consultancy firm with offices in two major cities of Pakistan, and a client base spanning across the Middle East, Asia and United Kingdom

Owais Anjum

Owais is the co-founder of Cricout, a product that brings social and crowdsourcing element to way cricket is followed online. The company was initiated over a year ago, was bootstrapped for the first 10 months, and has recently raised seed capital from the US for launch and expansion. Overall, Owais has 15 years of experience in technology, management and leadership and has built and scaled development organizations both in USA & Pakistan. His previous stint was with a silicon valley based company, Numetrics Inc., where he initiated and scaled the company from the first hire to 30 people and eventually had 90% engineering done in Pakistan. An artist by hobby, Owais is an avid student & evangelist of UI and UX design. He has a bachelors in Computer Science from GIK Institute, and an MBA from San Jose State University, California.

Zia Imran

Zia Imran was previously the Managing Director of Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), a government owned company focused on increasing exports of IT and IT enables services from Pakistan to overseas markets. Before that he was the CEO VahZay (Pvt) Limited, a software and IT products and services company based in Lahore. He also served as the Chairman P@SHA, the industry trade body for IT industry, for the year 2009. Imran has taught a very popular course in Entrepreneurship at FAST, Lahore campus. Zia also consults with startups on business strategy, marketing and operations and has advised US companies set up joint ventures and globally outsourced operations. Zia has more than 16 years of experience working in Silicon Valley and globally at leading companies like Oracle, Altera and startups both in Silicon Valley, USA and in Pakistan. While at Oracle Consulting he worked with Fortune 500 companies leading Business Process Reengineering initiatives in Finance, Order Processing and Supply Chain Management. He also led a product management group responsible for implementing best practices across the CRM product line. Zia is a serial entrepreneur who previously started a software development tools company in Silicon Valley arguably pushing the state of the art in this area to next level. His educational background includes an MBA in Finance and Entrepreneurship from University of Chicago, Booth School of Business and a Masters in Electrical Engineering from Cornell University. He earned his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology Lahore. His areas of interest are hi-tech ventures, hi-tech entrepreneurship, development economics, finance, corporate governance and the practice of entrepreneurship.

Muhammad Nasrullah

I’m founder and Chief Technology Officer of Pring (Pvt) Ltd which is Pakistan’s largest Mobile Social Network. Pring has been recognized as a 2012 Global 100 Company in California by the iconic Red Herring. Red Herring’s editorial staff was one of the first to recognize Facebook, YouTube, Skype, Google and other major technological companies that have changed the way we live and work.

Over the past two years we’ve grown to about five million users, twice the rate of Facebook’s growth in Pakistan. The great thing about Pring is that it works whether you are online or offline with just SMS access. This creates an all-inclusive dialog with everyone.

Prior to e-Business, I co-foundedByteSense (Pvt) Ltd, a company formed to bridge the gap between the industry and telecommunications users.

I’ve done my Bachelors in Computer System Engineering from GIKI and fresh out of University I started my first startup Sixth Sense where we created computer based training courses for clients like the UN and ICWFD.

I then joined Ericsson as System Integrator and later Solution Architect. During my stay with Ericsson, I worked with Warid Telecom during its early expansion

Dr Amena Hasan

Dr. Amena Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of Business for Social Progress (BSP) where she has undertaken multiple constancy assignments with Focus Humanitarian Assistance, Save the Children UK, ESRA Plus (Education Development Center In.), Micronutrient Initiative, LEAD Pakistan, Farm Forestry Support Project (Inter-cooperation), OMV Pvt. Ltd. (Oil and Gas company), Interloop Pvt. Ltd. (Textile industry) and PPEPCA (Pakistan Petroleum Exploration and Production Companies Association). The assignments involved project/program Monitoring and Evaluation, participatory research (qualitative and quantitative), capacity development of health and education department officials, community and local NGO trainings, project development and implementation of community-based projects on education, health, livelihoods, skill enhancement, and natural resource management. All the projects focus on marginalized communities and vulnerable groups especially WOMEN and CHILDREN

Aamir Saleem

Mr. Aamir is currently holding the position of Business & Marketing Manager at one of the global giants operating in Pakistan.

He holds an MBA from Lahore School of Economics and has been a part of rigorous fast-track global talent injection programs at leading MNCs. With hands-on exposure of driving & formulating business policy, planning for resource needs, managing and building teams, and setting overall direction vis-à-vis implementation of marketing strategies for the sustainable yet profitable growth of business, he is an eclectic, insightful, and resourceful individual who finds challenge in tasks that entail creative and analytical thinking.

He takes his inspiration from Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Group) and believes in the fact that building a successful business takes drive, determination, belief in what you’re creating, bulls**t and charm


Saj Khan

Senior Program Manager at Scrybe. Interested in finding obvious solutions to everyday problems. Passionate about usability, virality, gamification.

Fahad Yaqub

Founding team member at Scrybe. 7 years of hard core coding experience on desktop, web and mobile. Interested in cutting edge technology and creativesolutions to real world problems. Passionate about team building.

Junaid Haroon

Junaid Haroon Siddiqui is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science in LUMS School of Science and Engineering. He received his doctorate from The University of Texas at Austin. He has over seven years of industry experience including internships at Microsoft and Google and partially overlapping seven years of teaching experience. His areas of research are automatic software verification and parallel algorithms.

Nadeem Zahid

Nadeem Zahid is a communications industry veteran. Over his 18 year career, Nadeem has held engineering, product management, and strategy leadership positions with leading technology companies, mostly in the Silicon Valley, where he has built, launched, and marketed several successful hi-tech products exceeding estimated $2.5 billion in net revenues. Nadeem’s career portfolio includes companies like Alcatel Telecom, Cisco Systems, Brocade Communications, Juniper Networks and Extreme Networks. Currently as Director of Product-Line Management at Extreme, Nadeem is driving the product strategy and direction for flagship enterprise and cloud data center products with disruptive technologies like Software Defined Networking.

Nadeem holds Bachelor’s of Engineering (BE) degree in Electronics Engineering from the NED University of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan and Master’s of Science (MS) degree in Telecommunications from Boston University, USA. In addition, he earned several professional certifications including Project and Risk Management certificate from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA and Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) certificates. In addition to a busy career, Nadeem has had a very active lifestyle. He earned his private pilot license and has flown airplanes, enjoyed composing music, painting, golfing and photography. These days, Nadeem is partially located in Lahore and exploring ways to give back.

Neelam Irshad Sheikh

-Director Asmar Textiles Mills Pvt (Ltd). 1996 till today.
-Director Rimco Corporation Pvt (Ltd).
- Member Chamber Of Commerce Karachi, Lahore, New York & Atlana (Emmbasador North branch)
-Member Paksea, Pregma, Fashion Apparel Fair and different associations in Pakistanand & Usa.
-Member Export promotion Bureau Karachi & Lahore.
- Exporters cum Manufacturers of terry-cloth ( towels, bathrobs), allied textile items, bed-linen, knitted & woven apparel.
-Achievement awards of value added denim apparels.
- Highest quota holder and value addition awards.
-Arranged Fairs and Exhibitions with EPB to London, Paris, Frankfurt, Tokyo, Osaka, Nyc, Atlana, Dc, North Carolina, Las Vegas.
- Studied in Cathedral High School, Lahore College, IBA Karachi.
- Associat at Chander B Sharma immigration law firm

Omair Sajid

Omair Sajid has over 10 years of software industry experience and over the last decade he has been involved in IT projects covering a gamut of technologies and industries. Currently he is working as Engineering Manager at Confiz Limited where he leads a team of 150+ engineers.

Badar Khushnood

He calls himself a 360 degrees digital marketing professional, consultant, speaker and trainer. But in reality he is a mutant (good looking one!) who can captivate the audience in no time. Google would not have found a better person than him to represent Google in Pakistan.

Ahrar Naqvi

Ahrar has 20 years of experience in software and hardware systems development both in the context of product development and providing outsourced engineering services. Ahrar is currently the CEO of Ebryx, a top ranking company in the Pakistan Fast 100. Ebryx works predominantly with Silicon Valley tech companies in long term engagements in domains including cloud telephony, social networking, mobile applications, network security and telecommunications. In the past, Ahrar was the GM Pakistan and EVP Engineering at Palmchip where he oversaw work in chip design and software development in security, storage, web and telecom domains. Before Palmchip, Ahrar worked as Chief Architect and Director Engineering at Veraz Networks a VoIP company funded by premiere VCs such as Kleiner Perkins and Norwest Ventures that saw an IPO followed by acquisition by Dialogic. Before Veraz, Ahrar worked as a Senior Development Manager at Oracle where he was the architect of Service Delivery Platform, a product that was later incorporated into Oracle's eBusiness Suite. Prior to Oracle Ahrar worked as a Team Lead at a Baby Bell's technologies development group and developed award winning applications for service activation. Ahrar has an MS in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University.

Babar Khan

An advocate of the sharing economy, Babar Khan is currently building an academic start-up called Ephlux Insights that empowers disruptive innovators by sharing real time knowledge & best practices to succeed in the digital era. An accomplished serial entrepreneur and thought leader, his work has been featured in Bloomberg BNA, WARC, The Marketing Society [UK] and FullStart. In the past he has mentored with Aman Foundation, The Citizen's Foundation and The Indus Entrepreneurs. Reach him on @babarkj for consultation or speaking engagements.

Abdullah Ahmed

- CoFounder and Director at Alpha Squared.
- Over a decade of design and development experience.
- Extremely passionate about good design and user experience

Amar Ali

Amar Ali is the CEO of Intagleo Systems. It is a US based Software development company based out of Sunnyvale (California). Intagleo also has office in the UK and Asia Pacific Region.


Sarfaraz has worked in investment management and venture cap with experience in analysis and investments having worked for Lloyds Bank, HSBC and the hedge fund industry. In addition to this he is a member of a social impact investors committee which encompasses leading trusts and foundations. He has also consulted for social enterprises, supported tech startups as an adviser, is currently consulting at Acumen Fund and is a graduate of the University of London with a keen interest in entrepreneurship.

Omer Farooq

Founder at Appsters Inc., just a two month old software company.

A telecommunications engineer by degree from FAST, Lahore. With a combined experience of barely 4 years in the industry in primarily marketing agencies and a design house. Omar walked away from the safety of a job in Jan, 2012 - for the first time. Ever since then Omar has failed two startups, while working jobs in between to make ends meet. A nonbeliever in education of the classroom. Omar's primary passion lies in product design and user interface. Omar has worked with companies like Lamborghini, Nestle, Pepsi, Samsung, Telenor, Unilever, and Dell (via various agencies).

Ali Izhar

With an undergraduate degree in Mathematics from LUMS, Ali went on to work in Wealth Management/Priority Banking for organizations like Citi and Royal Bank of Scotland. After a 5 year stint in banking, he went back to LUMS to do his MBA which included an exchange semester at ESSEC, Paris. With a panache for setting up successful teams and an avid interest in entrepreneurship, Ali opted for a new field after his MBA. He is currently spearheading Carmudi Pakistan (one of Rocket Internet's latest global ventures) and looking to revolutionize the online cars classified space - both locally and on an international level

Adam Ghaznavi

Graduated from LUMS with an economics degree. Tried my hand at commercial banking for 3 years at NIB Bank limited. After setting up the Scenario Planning division at the bank. Successfully applied for the Fulbright Scholarship to learn about start-ups. Completed my MBA from Babson College in Entrepreneurship in 2012. Have been working for Rocket Internet since. Have been part of setting up Pakistan's biggest marketplace ( These days I divide my team between leading our latest venture Easy Taxi and giving direction to product and marketing for Kaymu.

Jazib Zahir

Adjunct Professor at Lahore University of Management Sciences
Business Development Fellow at d.light design Chief Operations Officer at Tintash Guidance Counselor at Lahore Grammar School

Ayesha Hamid

The American School Of International Academics (pvt)Ltd Lahore Pakistan
January 1995 – Present (19 years 2 months) 55C/3 Gulberg-111,Lahore
American College Of International Academics Lahore pakistan

President of Asian Crusade for special children,Pakistan

Chairperson of Khadija Welfare Society,Pakistan & Much More

Salman Ahsan

Salman Ahsan’s latest venture is in the power management space where he and his team are working on solutions that enable power hungry devices and appliances to run from off-grid power sources. His previous forays in tech entrepreneurship have resulted in solutions for indoor localization (a GPS that works indoors), commercialization of a foreign language acquisition algorithm for kids using story telling as the prime pedagogical tool and a tutoring marketplace framework that facilitates educators using the Socratic Method online.

Prior to Dr. Ahsan’s recent incarnation as an entrepreneur, he was a semiconductor industry veteran - starting with his graduate work on compound semiconductors (III-V and II-VI) where he assessed the GaAs/ZnSe interface using a scanning tunneling microscope (building one of the world's first few such instruments). Later he joined the silicon mainstream by working in various R&D, operations and management roles in some of the leading analog IC manufacturers in Silicon Valley. He also spent a year with LUMS as the Associate Project Director of the School of Science and Engineering while the school was being established.

Dr. Ahsan earned his BS in electrical engineering from the University of Pennsylvania, a PhD in semiconductor physics from Princeton and an MBA in strategy and entrepreneurship from UC Berkeley's Haas School of Business.

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