Dr. Bilal Zafar – Head of Incubation Center

Bilal Zafar is an engineer, team builder, and an amateur teacher.
Bilal joined UCP as Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering three days before Takhleeq was inaugurated. Prior to that, he worked as Principle Engineer and team lead at Qualcomm – a San-Diego, California-based telecommunications & semi-conductor company.
At Qualcomm, Bilal’s team created a vertically integrated ASIC design flow in an organization that was horizontally sliced. Working like a startup within a traditional semiconductor company, his team’s work unlocked huge savings in NRE cost, cut the design cycle time to almost half and improved product KPIs across the board. All of this was built because of a team culture that valued camaraderie, innovation and disciplined execution above all else.
Bilal holds PhD and MSc, both in Computer Engineering from the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California, and a BSc in Electronics Engineering from GIK Institute of Engineering Sciences and Technology, in Topi, KPK.

Junaid Malik – Incubation Manager

Junaid has a diverse academic and professional background – a thorough ‘generalist’ who thinks and acts like an entrepreneur, regardless of the industry or position he operates in. After completing a double degree in Economics and Drama from the University of Washington, Seattle, Junaid worked in Pakistan’s media and corporate sector for ten years. Ultimately, after gaining key insights across multiple industries (ranging from telecommunications, plastics manufacturing to Media) he launched his own startup, called Raise d’Bar – developing a series of food products for Pakistan’s growing health conscious urban market. Junaid’s health lifestyle product, Raise d’Bar, was accelerated by Invest2innovate (i2i), and subsequently Junaid has mentored a number of startups, including the award winning social startup making cookstoves for off-grid communities – Jaan Pak, Seattle based woman beauty brand Bath Beauteas and Prokkle, UK based toy sharing platform. Junaid was also among the founding members of Dozo!, a startup based in Thailand that used beacon technology for loyalty programs and launched CricHQ in Pakistan- a New Zealand based sports technology and cricket management platform. Junaid has also worked with Jolkona Catalyst, an accelerator program in Seattle for startups from Bangladesh and Indonesia, with their upcoming cohort of startups by conducting strategy workshops.