Mentors & Speakers

Belinda Esterhammer is the founder and CEO of NextGen Network. A serial entrepreneur, she started her own marketing and consulting agency called Springboard Group in 2017.
Prior starting Springboard, she led high-profile marketing campaigns for EY’s female entrepreneur program and worked in marketing across many sectors around the world. A tech enthusiast with international experience she empowers people to become innovators and entrepreneurs by facilitating startup bootcamps. She also sits on the committee of TEDxTinHauWomen, Asian University for Women and ICON (formerly APSMA) and is a co-host for #impact.
Belinda holds a Master of Arts (MA) degree in Entrepreneurship & Tourism and a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Management and Economics.
From universities to businesses to non-profit organizations, Belinda creates tailor-made and purpose-built workshops on marketing, innovation, startups, smart cities and women’s empowerment.

Tughral A. T. Ali has 18 years of diverse international experience, with almost a decade working on the side of Digital Financial Inclusion in Africa and Asia. He was part of the pioneering team that launched mobile money in Pakistan, while working for a telecom, and went on to head micro insurance for 11 countries in Africa and is now the head of Digital Financial Services for an American microfinance bank operating in Pakistan.
He is a Computer Systems Engineer from G.I.K.I, and holds an MBA from Warwick University. He also holds an MS in Management Studies from MIT, where he was part of the prestigious Sloan Fellow’s Program for Global Leadership and Innovation”

Usman Javaid is the CEO of Ricult, a startup with global presence that improves productivity and profitability of smallholder farm in developing countries by using technology to bridge the credit , information and access gaps.Usman is a Sloan fellow and did his MBA from MIT. He was director marketing at Telenor Pakistan and has worked extensively in area of mobile banking and mobile agriculture.

Wajahat Iqbal is a PMP® and CBAP® certified corporate professional turned entrepreneur with 16 years of experience in ICT sector. He has previously  worked  for  the  organizations  like  Elinx,  SUI  Northern  Gas  Pipelines  Ltd.,  Netsol  technologies,  Mobilink,  JBilling  Inc., APPSLink Consulting LLC and mobileLIVE Inc. He has vast experience of business analysis, project and product management and end- to-end project coordination and delivery for local as well as international clients such as Rogers Communication, Telus, Baby Doctor Inc., Transguard Group, UAE, RealLinx, USA; Infosys, India; and JBilling, Canada.
Wajahat is now an Entrepreneur in Residence at National Incubation Center, Lahore working full time on his consulting and training services company Solutions Ahead Pvt. Ltd. He is a coach and consultant to early-stage technology startups and micro-entrepreneurs helping  them  to  identify  LEAN  Startups  and  achieve  product/market  fit  using  Agile  methodologies  and  Design  Thinking.  He  is presently partnering with a few incubators/accelerators to deliver workshops  and entrepreneurs development programs  for their incubated startups. His current project is KP Impact Challenge Program that he is working on in collaboration with LUMS to nurture entrepreneurial ecosystem in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.
He obtained his undergraduate degree in Computer Sciences from Institute of Management Sciences in 2003 and a master’s degree in Software Project Management from Fast-NU in 2007. He got the PMP certification from Project Management Institute, USA. in 2011,  and  CBAP  certification  from  International  Institute  of  Business  Analysis,  Canada  in  2015.  He  has  attended  several  business analysis  and  project  management  seminars  and  symposiums,  and  taken  project  management  trainings  from  leading  local  and international trainers.In his capacity as professional trainer and consultant since 2011, Wajahat has trained several PMP and CBAP aspirants, and project management and business analysis professionals from public and private sector organizations. He has provided consultancy services to many governmental and private organizations in Pakistan including Ericsson, Descon, Mobilink, STEWART Pakistan and IBM, just to name a few.
He  is  a  strong  organizer,  motivator  and  a  team  player.  His  areas  of  interest  are  Design  Thinking,  Blockchain  Technology  and Ecommerce    space in Pakistan.