Musarrat Misbah
Musarrat MisbahEntrepreneur, Cosmetologist & Philanthropist
Masarrat Misbah, a beautician of international repute turned philanthropist is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Pakistan. She is the pioneer of beauty business in Pakistan. She heads Deilex Beauty Clinic and Institute established over thirty years back, which now has 35 branches and frenchises across Pakistan. Her charismatic and promising personality reflects vividly her love for beauty and more importantly her response and sensitivity for those who have accidentally lost it. In 2005, Ms. Masarrat Misbah established Depilex Smileagain Foundation to help acid burn victims through medical treatment, psycho-social support and skill training for their rehabilitation.
Sohail Aziz
Sohail AzizCEO of NASA International
Sohail Aziz is a prominent figure of Pakistan textile and apparel industry. He is running an apparel export unit in Karachi, exporting knitted and woven garments to different countries of Europe and North America. He is also a renowned educationist and has established a chain of educational institutions in various parts of Karachi. He is the CEO of Nasa International, one of the pioneer event management companies in Pakistan and have successfully taken Pakistan National Pavilions to different exhibitions of Europe, USA, Middle East and the Far East. He initiated and successfully organized the first ever textiles and apparel exhibition of Pakistan, Fashion Apparel fair (FAF) for 11 consecutive years.
Sultana Siddiqui
Sultana SiddiquiPresident, HUM TV network
Ms Sultan Siddiqui is a leading producer/director running her own production house under the name of Moomal Production PVT. Ltd. She is the recipient of several awards including PTV silver Jubilee award for the Best producer of 25 years and PTV award for best private producer. The President of HUM TV, she is the first woman in south Asia to be heading a television channel.
Dr. Farhan Essa Abdullah
Dr. Farhan Essa AbdullahDirector Operations and Clinical Microbiologist Dr Essa's Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre
Dr. Farhan Essa is a Clinical Microbiologist and Director of Operations at Dr. Essa’s Laboratory and Diagnostic Centre, where he has been working for the past 19 years. He has also served as an Assistant Professor of Microbiology and Immunology at the Dow University of Health Sciences, where he was also a member of the Research Advisory Committee
Talib Syed Karim
Talib Syed KarimChairman of the Board of Directors, OPEN Karachi
Talib Karim being the Rector of IoBM is an advocate for increased investment in STEM education and programs designed to increase our nation’s innovation workforce. Talib writes on innovation issues and also leads a consulting firm that offers government relations and technology solutions for non-profits, businesses, and governments. A lawyer and engineer by training, he previously served as the chief health and technology counsel for Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee. In addition, as a senior counsel with the U.S. House of Representatives Veterans Affairs Committee, Talib help lead investigations into ending the backlog of veterans disability benefit claims.
VEQAR UL ISLAM
VEQAR UL ISLAM DIRECTOR & CEO Jaffer Business Systems (JBS)
Having worked for over 27 years in world-renowned multinationals in Pakistan and the region, Veqar has joined Jaffer Group as a Director and is heading Jaffer Business Systems and is involved in Group affairs on the Board.

Veqar is an astute businessman, a high achiever and a marketer par excellence. He is also an inspirational leader, who has led his teams successfully and grown the businesses he was involved in. He is also known for his out of box approaches. Veqar has a Masters in Commerce from University of Karachi and has attended professional trainings in various parts of the world. He has always been a Top Global Talent in every multinational he was associated with.

Prior to his association with Jaffer Group, Veqar has been with Comptel Corporation, Nokia Corporation, Nokia Siemens Networks and NCR Corporation at senior Executive positions in Pakistan and abroad.

Ayub Butt
Ayub ButtCEO at ZRG International
Mr. Ayub Butt is the CEO and a founding member of ZRG International, a company that is now a well recognized IT success story in the region. Ayub has a passion for exploring subjects of arts and science. His technical skills and specialization include Telecom and IT convergence, Customer relationship and Contact Center technologies, Information system architecture and user interface design.
Ambreen Khan
Ambreen KhanFounder and CEO at Empyrean Foundation
Ambreen Khan is a fashion designer, educator, and a TV personality, who has been working in the Southeast Asian corridor on programs focusing on women for more than a decade. She is the first ever fashion designer from beautiful valley of Hunza, at the heart of Himalayas and situated in the northern part of Pakistan. For more than decade she has been an ardent supporter of women empowerment in south and central Asia and has brought her expertise in fashion and apparel design to programs supporting young girls and adult females in different wakes of life. Her fashion design work has been featured at international fashion shows in UK, China and Norway. As a founder of Empyrean Foundation she provide advisory and implementation consulting for the organizations such as The World Bank, BRAC and AKRSP
Muhammad Azfar Ahsan
Muhammad Azfar Ahsan CEO -Nutshell Forum
Muhammad Azfar Ahsan is a Change Activist, non-partisan Political Analyst and Entrepreneur based out of Pakistan.

As Founder & CEO of Nutshell Forum, an international conference management and training resource organization, he has organized more than four hundred national and international conferences, seminars, training workshops and group discussions in Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Dubai, Singapore and Bahrain.

Azfar is the thought leader behind ASIA MANAGEMENT CONCLAVE (formerly SOUTH ASIA CONCLAVE); an annual business leader’s conference in Lahore focusing on regional cooperation through economic synergies.

Azfar is the Member Executive Council of Marketing Association of Pakistan; an apex body of marketing in Pakistan. He served as Chairman of MARCON; Pakistan’s flagship marketing event.

He is Founder of CORPORATE PAKISTAN GROUP – CPG. CPG is a virtual group of 180 individuals from different backgrounds including ministers, federal secretaries, diplomats, defence personnel, academicians, corporate and business leaders, media celebrities and movers and shakers of civil society.

Azfar served as President of Rotary Club of Karachi Green City, the first Breakfast Rotary Club of Rotary International District 3271. He also served as Chairman of Foreign Relations Committee of Rotary International District 3271. In last fifteen years, he managed dozens of community projects all over Pakistan in the field of health and education.

He is affiliated with several professional organizations including Pakistan US Alumni Network; OPEN – Organization for Pakistan Entrepreneurs in North America; International Federation for Training & Development Organizations – IFTDO; and English Speaking Union of Pakistan.

Azeem Pirani
Azeem PiraniIslamic Finance Practitioner - Banking & Takaful
Azeem Iqbal Pirani is one of the founding trustees at Ihsaas Trust. A Shariah compliant microfinance provider which aims to help its brothers and sisters become self-reliant. He is also the Regional Head for Pakistan at FWU AG. His career has spanned over 15 years and covered Pak-Qatar Family Takaful and Meezan Bank Limited. He holds a Postgraduate Diploma in Islamic Banking and Finance from the Center of Islamic Economics in Pakistan, an MBA in International Business from the University of New Brunswick in Canada, and a BBA in Finance from the University of Houston in the United States.

Danish Lakhani
Danish LakhaniCOO- Cybernet
Danish A. Lakhani has been a founding member of Cybernet where he is currently the Chief Operating Officer and Director. Mr. Lakhani started his career as a Software Engineer at Cisco Systems in San Jose, CA where he worked as member of the ATM development team for the Catalyst 8500 series and later as member of the DWDM Engineering team for the ONS 15540/15530 optical platforms. Mr. Lakhani holds a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard Business School, a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering (with specialization in Networked Systems) from Stanford University. He earned his Bachelor of Science degree (with concentrations in Applied Mathematics – Computer Science and Business Economics) from Brown University where he was elected to Sigma XI (Scientific Research Honors Society).
Syed Farrukh Mazhar
Syed Farrukh MazharManaging Director at SGS
Syed Farukh Mazhar, a qualified Chartered Accountant, completed his articleship from Ford Rhodes Robson Morrow. Prior to SGS, he worked with Metropole and Pakistan Service Limited (PSL). He has been with SGS since 1990, where he was appointed as the Director Finance. In 1997, he was promoted to Managing Director of the organization where his vast portfolio of responsibilities include total management of the company, overseeing the entire regional operations and ensuring that SGS Pakistan offers the best in ISO certification. Syed Farukh Mazhar is a leading personality in matters relating to quality standards and has travelled extensively in relation to his work requirements. SGS Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. has four offices in Pakistan, with its Head Office in Karachi and branch offices in Lahore, Islamabad and Multan.
Jawed Akhaii
Jawed AkhaiiChairman and CEO of Martin Dow Pharmaceuticals
A towering top10 company, and moving up from #5 to #4, Martin Dow has more than 1000 employees producing world-class branded generic pharmaceuticals. Martin Dow aims to be amongst top-5 pharmaceutical companies in Pakistan and to have a strong presence in the emerging markets of the world. With a three year growth rate of 539%, Mr Mohammed Akhai.
Dr. Saqib Rizavi
Dr. Saqib RizaviEconomist in Residence at American University
Dr. Saqib Rizavi is an Economist in Residence at American University, Member Executive Committee and Advisor at US-Pak Women’s Council and a Member of the Board of Directors of OPEN Washington DC. He has also served as President of Shaheed Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto Institute of Science and Technology and Senior Economist at The International Monetary Fund
Rehan Allahwala
Rehan AllahwalaFounder at Institute of Peace
A growing team of people around the world and I collaborate on the Institute of Peace. Our goal is to open the doors among different cultures—who do not know much about each other and may even feel they are enemies—to the epiphany that we all have so much more in common than not: family, survival, career, pride, challenge, community, love and more. We invite you to join us to not just want to make the world a better place, but to make it a better place for all. We also work together on our mobile phone based education system, that works with or without the Internet, and enables 2 billion people in the world—who cannot read and write their own name even in any language—to learn to read and to discover and take advantage of a plethora of career, social and educational opportunities. Here is an introduction to the mobile phone based education system: http://www.vimeo.com/rehanallahwala/rehanschool
Syed Imran Ahmad
Syed Imran AhmadCEO of PACE Pvt Ltd
Imran Ahmad is the Chief of Executive of Pace (Pvt) Limited. Pace is Pakistan’s leading international media sales company. It was established in the early 1970’s by Imran’s father who at that time realized the importance of the Middle East as a growing market for Pakistani products and services. Arab News of Saudi Arabia was the flagship publication of Pace in its early days. Pace has been representing Time Magazine since 1978.Today Pace and its subsidiaries are working in more than 60 countries all over Africa, the CIS and Bangladesh. The group represents CNN Television for advertising sales in almost 60 countries. It also represents Yahoo for online sales in the Middle East and South Asia. Among the other leading media companies that is represented by Pace are Dow Jones International, The Economist, Los Angeles Times etc.
Mr. ZAKI Ahmed Sharif
Mr. ZAKI Ahmed SharifChief Executive at ANZO CHEMICALS
Zaki Ahmed Sharif is an Alumnus of Institute of Business Administration (IBA), class of 1982. He has served numerous social and economic causes during his time as a student and later, in a professional capacity. Actively participated in Leo Club of Lions International from class X onwards in several humanitarian initiatives for the underprivileged have nots. Was elected Faculty Representative Pharmacy Faculty at the Karachi University in 1976.
He was the youngest Lion’s Club President of Shaheed e Millat Lions Club (1982), among the Lion’s International Fraternity.
He is the founder and former President of Pharmaceutical Professional’s Club in 1989.
He has been a Council Member of Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) for three consecutive terms (1990-1996).
He was also the Vice President of MAP in 1995. While in this capacity, he coordinated with Minister of Planning Mr. Ahsan Iqbal, for Pakistan Vision 2010. He mobilized six CEO’s from leading MNCs, namely Parke David, Philips, Citi Bank, Reckitt & Colman, MRM Associates and Dadex, to actively participate in the activity. These high profile CEOs then sat together in a boardroom at Philips and deliberated for more than 18hours to make a marketing plan for VISION 2010, the aim of which was to market Pakistan to the world.
Zaki started his own business in 2010, initially as a dealer for Engro Polymers and Chemicals Ltd; before diversifying in 2013 into research-based, high-quality manufacturing and marketing of FMCG homecare and personal care products.
He was the Chairman of Standing Committee of FPCCI on Whole Sellers and Retailer; Chemical Industries in Sind Region and currently at KATI he is the Chairman Standing Committee on Workshops and Seminars. He is on the Executive Committee of KATI.
He is on the Pakistan Malaysia Business Council and also Pakistan Vietnam Business Council.
Zaki Sharif is a doer. He believes in getting results based on a three-point policy: Vision, Determination, and Passion. He has proved time and again that hard work pays off,
Nazir Ahmed Tunio
Nazir Ahmed TunioDirector at Akhuwat Foundation and Kiran Foundation
Nazir has a vast experience of 35 years, serving with government, private sector and non-governmental organizations in Pakistan and abroad. Nazir has worked in capacity of Chief Executive Officer (CEO)/Managing Director and Director/Manager and other capacities in main stream government departments and public & private sector organizations. From time to time he has been entrusted with the responsibility for leading development and execution of the long term strategy of these organizations with a view to lead the way creating shareholder value and adapt to futuristic ideas. The organizations he serve currently, create peace of mind by helping navigate through everyday life scenario and challenges faced by marginalized community specifically in the areas of education and micro-financing.
Marriam Ahmed
Marriam AhmedSr Management Professional; transforming strategy into execution. | Corporate Trainer | Leadership | HRM |
A senior management professional with over a decade of experience in the public, private & social sectors. Her diversified background has enabled her to serve as a senior executive representing leading Pakistani and U.S. organizations in Pakistan and across the globe. Her areas of expertise are training & development (management & corporate), operations management, business strategy & development, event management, relationship management & communication.
Rabia Dadabhoy
Rabia DadabhoyTrustee, Dadabhoy Foundation
Director of Dadabhoy Institute and Owner of Dadabhoy Foundation. Previously served as Director of Dadabhoy Housing (Pvt) Ltd
Afaque Riaz Ahmed
Afaque Riaz AhmedFounder and Chairperson, Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship
A third-generation serial entrepreneur with a 16 year proven track record in successful technology start-ups in the developing world; Recently turned educational philanthropist striving to make a difference in the society within his domain of influence, by funding elementary schools across the country, setting up a world class tech-centric university, creating and managing a career guidance portal, and founding and funding a network of angel investors for tech startups in Pakistan.
Rashid Ahmed Siddiqui
Rashid Ahmed SiddiquiChairman and CEO of Afeef group of companies
Afeef Group began as a packaging and printing firm. Today, it is one of the leading organizations in the industry. Since its founding in 1990 by Mr. Rashid Siddiqui, Afeef has focused on fulfilling the specific needs of our customers with the goal of developing long-term business relationships.
Zahid Haleem
Zahid HaleemExecutive Director - Finance at Shafi Foods Pvt Ltd - Everfresh Farms Pvt Ltd - Mohd. Shafi Tanneries Pvt Ltd
Mr. Zahid Haleem is Executive Director & Director Finance at SHAFI FOODS PVT LTD and Chief Financial Officer at Muhammad.Shafi Tanneries – Shafi Group. He has also served as Director Finance Everfresh Farms Pvt Ltd – Dairy Division, Co-Founder Chairman & CFO Cybersoft Technologies – World Online, Director on the Board NIB Bank Ltd and Director National Development Leasing Corporation.
Nadeem Elahi
Nadeem ElahiManaging Director of TRG HOLDINGS, LLC
Nadeem Elahi joined The Resource Group founding team at inception in 2002 and led the company’s North American portfolio operations based in Washington, DC. He currently directly oversees TRG’s offshore portfolio operations in Pakistan and has overall responsibility for global offshore portfolio operations. Before joining TRG, Nadeem co-founded FTA Direct Inc., a provider of internet-based, supply-chain solutions for the global textiles industry based in New York. Earlier, Nadeem served as Director of Manufacturing at Tanveer Textiles, a textile manufacturing business held by his family.
Zubair Mirza
Zubair Mirza CEO, Eternity Medicine Institute
This is an institute which deals with anti aging ,preventive health and health screening for people beyond the age of forty to prevent them from getting the diseases of modern civilisation like heart disease,diabetes ,obesity,arthritis ,cancer ,depression ,Alzhiemer’s disease etc by using the latest scientific research and state of the art equipment .The ultimate aim is to make sure people age gracefully and in good health even in the 7th and 8th decade
Faizan Ali Siddiqi
Faizan Ali SiddiqiManaging Director | Interlink Multi Media at Jang Group of Companies
Faizan is an accomplished growth hacker in conflict and posts conflict regions, currently the Managing Director, of IMM at Jang Group, Pakistan’s largest Media Conglomerate. Leading the charge for the growth of digital strategy and monetization of digital assets.

Previously he was the MD and Board Member Digital Globe Services, where he built the captive center of excellence and led the company through to a listing on the London Stock Exchange. In the past, he’s served in leadership roles at KPMG, Affiniti.com, Tyco US Inc, and General Electric-Advanced Materials, in the US, Europe & Middle East.

He was also the former Vice Chairman at the Pakistan Software Houses Associate & presently an Advisory Board Member at the Nest I/O.

Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed
Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed President OPEN Karachi
Dr. Zakiuddin Ahmed is a visionary strategist, healthcare entrepreneur & a physician advocate who specializes in developing socially beneficial, sustainable & innovative solutions in Healthcare through information technology with a Patient Centric Focus. Currently, he holds the following positions in different companies: President of Healthcare Paradigm, Director Patient Safety, Riphah International University, Director Digital Health, PharmEvo, CEO, Medical Voice., CEO, Digital Care, Project Director of “Connected Health” of King Saud University, Riyadh, KSA, Project Director of RAHAT. He also holds leadership position in the following professional organizations, President of OPEN (Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America) Karachi and on the board of OPEN Global, USA, President and founding trustee of eHAP (eHealth Association of Pakistan), Secretary, HealthRAB (Health Research Advisory Board)
Haroon Qasim
Haroon QasimMD - Pharmevo Pvt Ltd.
Haroon Qassim is one of the founding members of PharmEvo Pvt. Limited & currently also serves as it’s Managing Director. He also serves as Managing Director of Shield corporation Ltd. An MBA from Loyola university, Chicago, USA & also a Certified Public Accountant (USA), Mr. Haroon Qassim also sits on the boards of various institutes like Memon Medical Institute and Hospital, and English Biscuits Manufacturers’ Pvt. Ltd.

Mr. Haroon Qassim is regularly invited as a guest speaker at top notch business schools like IBA, NUST, Bahria, Hamdard etc. to name a few.

He also served as the chairman of Pakistan Pharmaceutical Manufacturers (PPMA).

Humayun Bashir
Humayun Bashir Former IBM Country CEO, engaged witStartups, Social Entrepreneurship, Advisory & Boards
40 years of diversified experience with IBM in Pakistan, Afghanistan , Iran, and MEA headquarters Dubai. IBM Pakistan CEO for 16 years. started multiple new lines of services businesses (not all succeeded) and led the way in supporting clients to manage Digital disruption , customer experience management . Analytics, Cloud , Security , Outsourcing etc.

Engaged with Incubators , Startups , social entrepreneurship leaders like Nest io, I2i, Startupweekend , SEED , via hackathons as mentor, judge, and Mock board sessions. Interacting with Plan9, Arpatech Ventures, Dotzero, 10xC , Acumen and mentoring some individual companies . As part of Team , planning the biggest Pakistan STARTUPS conference “MOMENTUM ” in Karachi to bring together Pakistan Startups Eco system…. including investors, telcos, banks, incubators , tech players from across the country and the Valley

Linkage with State Bank , contributed to Payment Summit 2016 , supporting Fintech ‘s particularly in Payment Solutions area which is the game changer for ecommerce

Good knowledge of Financial , Telecom, industrial sector . C level / board linkages. Served on Board of Directors of SILKBANK , Linde Pakistan, Karachi Port- KPT , Export Processing Zone Authority,
MAP, MIT-EP. Certified independent Director under IFC Program. Served on chambers boards and Elected President of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce & industry (OICCI ) and American Business Council (ABC) 2011-2012

Junaid Qureshi
Junaid QureshiGeneral Partner - SSJD Fund
Junaid Qurashi is a Founder and the Chief Executive Officer of SSJD Fund, an impact investment firm, investing in renewable energy projects in Pakistan. Mr. Qurashi is a seasoned entrepreneur with 20 years of experience in founding and managing sustainable development and high-tech firms in Pakistan and Silicon Valley, California. Prior to founding SSJD Energy, Mr. Qurashi worked in strategic positions for many Silicon Valley companies, including VMware/EMC, Wyse Technologies and Phoenix Technologies. He is also a founder and the Chairman of the Pakistan Green Building Council, a non-profit organization dedicated to advocating sustainable building practices in Pakistan. Mr. Qurashi also serves on the Boards of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN), Karachi and Distinguished Innovations, Collaborations & Entrepreneurship (DICE): both organizations are dedicated to promoting innovation and entrepreneurship in Pakistan and in North America.
Syed Salahuddin Haider
Syed Salahuddin HaiderPresident and CEO-21st Century Real Estate
21st Century Group is a private real estate firm based in Karachi, Pakistan, which provides investment services to a network of businesses and individual clients. We engage in commercial and residential real estate brokerage, consulting and advisory services to owners, investors, managers and developers of real property. If you are seeking to buy, sell, lease, rent or invest in Karachi, we offer all the support and services to make it easy for you. Our company’s President & CEO, Syed Salahuddin Haider; founded this group in 2001. He is serving the Real Estate Industry by a proven track record of more than 25 years; through a qualified business team and expertise of international backup support.
Mr. Nazir Vaid
Mr. Nazir Vaid Chairman at NexSource Pakistan (Pvt) Ltd
Nazir Ahmed Vaid is well known in the Pakistan’s Business, Health, Services, Telecommunication and IT Industries.. Mr. Vaid has a Graduate Degree in Science, with Postgraduate work in Management and Telecommunication. While he has also been the head of several large, industrial and commercial establishments, most of his projects are innovative and at the forefront of industry development. Hence, he has been personally involved in all areas of business development, with a special focus on Human Resources. Mr. Vaid has traveled widely, and has developed strong domestic and international relationships with people of influence in the business, industry, health and telecommunication sector. He is exceptionally well versed in Operational Procedures, Technology Integration, Health Related Projects, Telecommunications, IT-related Technology, Financial Management, Telecom Regulations, Market Dynamics and Human Resources. He provided the guidelines to the then Minister of Science and Technology to make the Internet accessible through 131 and nearest POP access from all over Pakistan without any Long Distance/NWD charges.

Mr. Vaid has worked as Advisor to AKD Group of Companies.

As an innovator his biggest challenge to train the HR. Because training material and trainers were not available for such products and services. So he developed the training material and techniques and trained his HR himself to succeed in every aspect of the delivery of the innovative products and services. This is how he has become an effective trainer and his trainings result in practically transforming people in to the targeted areas.

Mr. Vaid is doing research on TeleDiagnostics, which will allow the introduction of alarm systems and preventive maintenance for sensitive equipment via distant wired or wireless connection. Now he pursues Training as a profession more to share his experiences for the good of upcoming HR and the extra-ordinary Challenges they are and will be facing.

Specialties: Information and Communication Technology Integration in various business processes. Training in the fields of Soft Skills, Contact Center, Sales and Marketing, Personality Development, Career Planning, Change Management, Business Process Re-engineering, Operational Management and Organizational Behaviour