Saif Akhtar is a San Jose, CA native and 7-time tech entrepreneur in Silicon Valley. Today, he’s the CEO of 10xC, a pre-seed accelerator & seed fund focused on providing funding & strategic advice to early stage entrepreneurs in Pakistan as part of the PlanetN Group.
Sayyed Ahmad Masud
CEO Channel 7, CEO Change Mechanics
Sayyed Ahmad Masud launched his flagship company, Channel 7 Communications (Pvt) Ltd in 1990 which is now one of the leading Advertising & Communication companies of Pakistan. His other companies are in the domains of Television Advertising & Programs Productions (CINERGY), Events Management (EVENTS) & Social Media marketing & management (Launchpad Interactive).
His new startup Change Mechanics (Pvt) Ltd envisions strengthening the entrepreneurial ecosystem through more relevant entrepreneurship curriculum, capacity building of incubators & accelerators, helping commercialize academic research and creating a support system and mentoring network for startups. He is also the Charter & Founder Board member of The Indus Entrepreneurs, Islamabad Chapter.
He is a Rotarian and founding Director of the World’s premier seed stage Global Accelerator Founder Institute’s Islamabad Chapter. He is a Member of the Innovation Steering Committee of the Higher Education Commission, Pakistan responsible for creating a more innovative and entrepreneurial climate in Pakistani Universities by helping the University ORIC’s (Office of Research, Innovation & Commercialization) in solving societal and industrial challenges.
He is currently on the advisory board of 6 Startup companies and is an active mentor for numerous others
Dr. Farrah Arif
Founder, EdTech Worx, Professor Marketing & Entrepreneurship, LUMS
As a Commonwealth scholar, Dr. Farrah Arif obtained a PhD from the University of Cambridge Judge Business School. She is also a certified Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA), UK. Farrah runs a start-up, EdTech Worx – Pakistan’s first education technology company that is redefining experiential learning in business education through its innovative digital products. She has also been teaching Marketing & Entrepreneurship in business schools (Pakistan and abroad) since 1999 through a mix of experiential learning tools including interactive digital case studies, business simulations, and field projects. Moreover, she is a leading corporate trainer in Pakistan. Her areas of specialty are Design Thinking, Digital Transformation and Consumer Data Analytics. She sits on boards of various incubation centers in Pakistan as advisor and mentor.
Cofounder & Partner at Bramerz.com
Badar is Cofounder and Partner at Bramerz.com, a leading full-service digital media & marketing agency in Pakistan. Badar primarily focuses on Growth Hacking two of Bramerz product ventures, Fishry.com (ecommerce + performance marketing) & Publishrr.com (content publishing + monetization).
Before joining back Bramerz, Badar recently completed a small stint with Facebook as ‘Product Growth Manager for Pakistan’ where he helped add context and narrative to unique local insights buried deep inside big data analytics. Prior to that, Badar worked as Twitter and Google’s Country Consultant for Pakistan for 10 years. He acted as a one-man-army-on-the-ground for Google & Twitter liaising closely between internal teams and all-things Pakistan!
He has also worked for ASUSTeK, SMEDA & Nishat Textiles. Badar is also a founding board member and an active mentor at several tech incubators & accelerators including Plan9, LUMS LCE (NIC Lahore) and The Nest I/O, Invest2Innovate, Telenor Velocity and NIC Islamabad. Badar is also a Central Executive Committee (CEC) member at Pakistan Software Houses Association (P@SHA) and has been judging at Asia Pacific ICT Alliance (APICTA) Awards for the last few years.
Badar brings along more than 18 years of rich and diverse experience. In his previous lives, Badar secured his Masters in Economics & Management from the Lahore School of Economics (LSE).
Saad Hamid is a technology entrepreneur and digital ecosystem builder. He is currently serving as CEO of DEMO which provides consultancy, trainings, services, and research in impact-driven verticals such as innovation, entrepreneurship, skills development, technology and communications.
Saad is also the founder of SkillsFirst which is one of the biggest digital skills development program in Pakistan and also works as an advisor to national scale digital skill training programs such as KP Youth Employment Program in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chief Minister’s eRozgaar program in Punjab and DigiSkills Training Program under Ministry of IT & Telecom.
Saad has previously been affiliated with Invest2Innovate which is a premier accelerator for startups. His has over 10 years of experience in digital marketing, startup consulting, innovation management, design thinking, digital strategy, brand development, community impact and training and he has had opportunity to work with TED, WEF, IDEO, UNICEF, UNDP, Upwork, World Bank, UKAid, Telenor and Mobilink on various projects and initiatives related to community building, ICTs for Development, E-solutions & Freelancing, Digital Marketing and Design Thinking.
Saad is a Global Shaper at World Economic Forum, TED-Ed Innovator and an Acumen Fellow. He also runs the Google Developers Community in Islamabad as Pakistan’s first Google Developer Expert (GDE) and serves as as an active mentor to the startups at in the ecosystem. Saad is an alumni of Telenor Youth Forum and has long been affiliated with TED as Senior TEDx Ambassador to the region as licensee and curator of TEDxIslamabad and has also been awarded the Bill & Melinda Gates Fellowship for TEDxChange.
Saad has been recognised by the World Economic Forum as one of the Davos50 Innovators in 2018 and is an active member of the Corporate Pakistan Group (CPG). He’s also an advisor to Sehat Kahani and to Accountability Lab Pakistan.
Co-founder at Patari
Patari which provides Pakistani music and is known as the largest music streaming service in Pakistan.
Saad Idrees is the co-founder and CEO of Daftarkhwan. Daftarkhwan was initiated in 2016 and provides state-of-the-art co-working facilities to more than 300 professionals from all industries. In a short span of 3 years, Daftarkhwan has established itself as a hub for the start-up ecosystem in Lahore hosting such rockstars as EatMubarak, Tintash and Careem, among many others.
Dr. Bilal Zafar
Director (Verification) SiFive China
Dr. Bilal Zafar is the Director (Verification) SiFive China and VP Engineering at Lampro Mellon. He also has significant experience in the start-up ecosystem and was the Head of Incubation at Takhleeq Business Incubator – where he had a major role to play in building up Takhleeq into the distinguished incubator it is. Dr. Zafar pursued his PhD in Computer Engineering from University of Southern California. He also has 7 years’ experience working at Qualcomm, San Diego (A multinational semiconductor and telecommunications equipment company) as a Principal Engineer/Manager.