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MAKE YOUR BUSINESS STAND OUT.

  • 29th June 2024
  • Karachi, Pakistan

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Get ready for a one-of-a-kind product exhibition experience at Karachi Slush’D! Make your business stand out by showcasing your latest innovations and connect with potential partners and clients.

With a versatile and customizable space, exhibitors can set up booths that fit their unique needs and engage with attendees in a variety of ways. Whether you want to demo your product, host meetings, or create hands-on experiences that truly immerse your audience, we’ve got you covered.

Throughout the event, you’ll have ample opportunities to network with the best and brightest in the industry and stay up-to-date on the latest market trends. So don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to take your business to the next level!

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Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara

Founder & CEO, Katalyst Labs

Jehan Ara is the Founder & CEO of Katalyst Labs, a Startup Accelerator Innovation Hub and Women Leadership Fellows program. She is the former President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), where she spearheaded efforts for over 20 years and was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.

Jehan has vast 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.

Currently Jehan serves as a Member of the PM’s Taskforce for IT & the Digital Economy, as a Member of the APAC Content Safety Advisory Board for TikTok and is on the Advisory Boards of the Punjab IT Board, the Governing Body of the Sindh Digital Advisory Board and on the Industry Advisory Board of various local universities including Habib University and the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Jehan is also on the World Bank Advisory Group on Gender Diversity. She is a Board Member of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) and an International Expert for the World Summit Awards (WSA), a nonprofit research organization established to promote, assist, support, simulate, undertake and manage policy research and advocacy. She is an Independent Director on the board of the Central Depository Company and is on the Steering Committee of the Women on Board Allies and is on the Board of Trustees of the Karachi Biennale Trust. Jehan has recently been nominated for the Tamgha e Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan.

In January 2015, Jehan set up The Nest IO – a technology incubator, accelerator and innovation community hub in Karachi with the support of Google for Entrepreneurs to help provide a platform for aspiring technology businesses in the buzzing city of Karachi. The Nest IO incubated 217+ startup businesses and created a strong community of young people. Under her leadership The Nest I/O also organized the flagship innovation and entrepreneurship conference 021Disrupt/+92Disrupt which has become the go-to premier event that brings together startups, innovators professionals, investors and students on a platform to engage, learn and collaborate. She has been identified by Rest of World (ROW) as amongst the top global 100 Changemakers in Tech outside Silicon Valley.

Shehryar Hydri

Shehryar Hydri

Managing Director, Endeavor Pakistan

Shehryar Hydri, the Managing Director at Endeavor Pakistan, brings over two decades of diverse experience in Pakistan’s technology sector. He co-founded Trango Interactive, a pioneering game development and animation studio serving global brands like Lucas Arts, SEGA, Discovery Channel, Lexus, and Nike. Additionally, Hydri was a founding member of Convo, an enterprise SaaS that secured $15 million from investors like Adobe and Morgenthaler Ventures. His leadership extends to national IT policy formulation as the former head of PASHA. Before Endeavor, Hydri served as Managing Partner at Deosai Ventures, an early-stage VC fund focusing on Pakistan.

Misbah Naqvi

Misbah Naqvi

Co-Founder and General Partner, i2i Ventures

Misbah Naqvi is the Co-Founder and General Partner at i2i Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund and the country’s first female-founded VC fund. i2i Ventures has invested in TelloTalk, Edkasa, Creditbook, Abhi, Oraan, Tazah, Truck it In, EZBike, Metric, Rider and more.  

Misbah has over two decades of global experience in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, impact investing, fintech and development in both Pakistan and the US. She has worked with  Boloro Global Limited, Acumen, and Citigroup. Misbah has been closely involved with  Invest2Innovate (i2i)  as an Advisory Board Member since its inception in 2011 and is currently on its Board of Directors. She is also a Board Member at U Microfinance Bank Ltd and a Trustee on the Board of AAS. She has also recently joined the Board of Advisors for NOWPDP, a leading disability inclusion organization in Pakistan. 

 

Aatif Awan

Aatif Awan

Founder & Managing Partner, Indus Valley Capital

Aatif Awan is the founder of Indus Valley Capital, the leading early-stage VC fund focused on Pakistan. Indus Valley has been the first institutional VC to back many category-leading startups including Bazaar, Farmdar, BridgeLinx, Markaz, Zyp and Maqsad. Our portfolio startups have raised $270M+ in capital, more than a third of all funding raised by Pakistani startups in the last 3 years.

Previously, Aatif was VP Growth & International at LinkedIn and built the team that grew the network by half a billion members. Aatif also led the product integrations between LinkedIn and Microsoft after the $26B acquisition.

Faiza Yousuf

Faiza Yousuf

Founder, WomeninTechPK, CaterpillHERs & CodeGirls

Faiza Yousuf is a software engineer with over 14 years of experience building products and teams. She is a serial founder with initiatives focusing on women’s economic empowerment and improving gender parity in tech. She is a multi-award-winning community leader, and she founded WomenInTechPK and cofounded CodeGirls, and CaterpillHERs.

Faiza is an Expert-Vetted freelancer on Upwork and was featured in many of their campaigns. She is a well-known international speaker and writer, featured in various publications worldwide.

Faisal Aftab

Faisal Aftab

Founder & General Partner, Zayn VC
Faisal Aftab is a Pakistani-American who is a notable and respected figure in Pakistan’s thriving tech industry, boasting an impressive 25-year career as an executive, entrepreneur, and venture investor. As the Founder and General Partner of Zayn VC (formerly Zayn Capital VC), Faisal has played a pivotal role in driving the sector’s growth and development.
With a proven track record of success, Faisal previously served as the Managing Partner and Executive Director of Lakson Venture Capital, where he built the Lakson Fund from scratch and achieved exceptional returns within a mere three years. His investment expertise extends beyond traditional sectors, as he has made significant early investments in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Faisal’s educational background further enhances his investment acumen, with an MBA from Oxford University and joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University. This unique combination of academic achievements, coupled with his deep understanding of blockchain technology and global macroeconomics, empowers him to make well-informed investment decisions.
With two decades of experience as an active angel investor and involvement in hedge funds and venture capital funds, Faisal brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being a limited partner of the prestigious Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital Fund, 500 Startups.
Through his continued involvement and strategic investments with Zayn VC, Faisal is poised to further propel Pakistan’s tech sector, fostering innovation and attracting both local and international investors. Notable investments made by Faisal include Haball, NayaPay, PostEX, Bookme.pk, Abhi Finance, AdalFi, EduFi, Bazaar-tech, KTrade, SnappRetail, Laam.pk, Krave Mart, GrocerApp, Truck It In, Savyour, Roomy.pk, Bagallery, Trellis Housing Finance, Tazah, Zaraye, and Colabs. With an extensive track record of successful investments and a commitment to making a significant impact on Pakistan’s tech industry, Faisal Aftab continues to be a driving force in the field, shaping the future of technology in the country.
Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram

Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram

Co-Founder, Sehat Kahani

Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani, a Digital Healthcare platform in Pakistan that aims to democratize health care access for all using technology and a network of doctors. Before founding Sehat Kahani, Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram worked in micro health insurance and community health care initiatives with USAID. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the We-Empower Award 2021, Rolex Awards 2019, and UNICEF Global Goal Campaigner Award 2016.

Usama Naeem Nini

Usama Naeem Nini

Co-founder, Qureos

Usama Naeem Nini, Co-founder at Qureos, once played an instrumental role in Swvl’s expansion in UAE, Jordan, and KSA. With a vision for efficient products using data analytics, machine learning, and automation, he co-founded Qureos in 2021 with Alex Epure and Mehrad Yaghmi. Together, they aim to empower companies to discover their ideal candidates in just 24 seconds using Iris, an AI-enabled Talent Scout.

Sharmeen Khan

Sharmeen Khan

Co-Founder, Be Me

Sharmeen Khan is an American Psychological Association International Affiliate with an MS/MPhil in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. With over a decade of experience in mental health and wellness, she is also a theta-healing practitioner and instructor. Sharmeen has a private practice and founded her mental health startup, Be Me.

Having conducted two TEDx talks and been invited to speak at prestigious institutions such as Quaid-e-Azam University, JPMC, DUHS, Aman Health, Harvard South Asian Institute, NUST, Bahria University, and Federal Urdu University in Pakistan, Sharmeen is recognised for her expertise.

She has been featured on numerous podcasts and has worked in the development sector, specialising in emergency disaster relief and rehabilitation post floods, earthquakes, and other disasters. Additionally, Sharmeen’s nonprofit operates two schools in villages in Pakistan.

Abbas Shahid

Abbas Shahid

Vice President - Product, Bykea

Abbas is currently VP Product at Bykea, where has led different functions over the last few years. He has previously worked at Uber in Pakistan and East Africa, in various roles within the ride-hailing industry. He has also worked with OMD in New York, focusing on marketing analytics for clients including Pepsi, Starbucks and Lipton.

Amtul Baweja

Amtul Baweja

Actor, Comedian, Entrepreneur, and Content Creator

Amtul Baweja is a versatile talent, excelling as an actor, comedian, entrepreneur, and content creator. Her diverse online content ranges from comedy with social messages, to fashion, lifestyle, and collaborative work with her husband on Patangeer. Co-Founder of Patangeer Productions, she directs and produces digital content, including DVCs, documentaries, and music videos. Notably, her short films ‘Murder Tongue’ and ‘Solatia’ have garnered international acclaim, winning multiple awards and selection at prestigious film festivals. Amtul has also showcased her acting prowess in web series like ‘Churails’ and as a member of the groundbreaking comedy troupe ‘Khawatoons’. Additionally, she manages her e-commerce venture, PRCH, offering her own clothing line.

Kassim Shroff

Kassim Shroff

Co-founder, Krave Mart

Kassim Shroff is the CEO & Co-Founder of Krave Mart. He has 10 years of eCommerce experience in both Canada and Pakistan in various leadership roles including Product, Project Management, Business Development, Operations, Growth, Customer and Seller Experience, Localization, Incubation, Marketing and startups. Prior to this, Kassim was working at Daraz as Chief Customer Officer – leading the Customer and Seller experience team in Pakistan.

Aleena Nadeem

Aleena Nadeem

Founder & CEO, EduFi

Aleena Nadeem is the Chief executive officer and Founder of EDUFI Private Limited. EduFi aims to provide student financing solutions to the masses. The vision of EduFi is to financially assist as many middle class citizens of Pakistan as possible, in gaining higher education. EduFi has raised over $6.1 million USD to date, which is the largest pre-seed round to have ever been raised by a Pakistani start-up.

Aleena completed her high school from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she also attained the regional distinction in Economics. She completed her bachelors from the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology in 2016.Post MIT, Aleena started her career working at Goldman Sachs London in the credit division after which she worked as the fintech lead at Ventura Capital London, a late stage private equity fund in London. She left as the youngest and first female principal partner at Ventura. She raised over $50 million USD as part of the series G raise for PayTM in India, $20 million USD as part of Railsbank’s A+ round and over $60 million USD as part of Upgrade’s series D round. She is also a director in her family’s office based out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She serves as an active member of PEN (Progressive Education Network) which is a non for profit charity run by her family office which educates over 100,000 children for free every year. Aleena Nadeem is also a member of the Arts club in London and EO Pakistan where she serves on the Board.

Haider Raza

Haider Raza

Co-Founder, DealCart

8 years of experience in strategy, operations, team building and growth across FMCG, retail, mobility and marketplaces
Haider is a seasoned startup professional having built companies and products from scratch multiple times. As a Co-Founder of FindMyAdventure (acquired by GoZayaan), Haider built the first travel and experiences platform for Pakistan. At Careem, he launched and scaled multiple new categories and cities and then moved to Swl as its first hire for Pakistan where he launched the Pakistan market, set up a strong team and scaled. Recently, he also worked at the global quick commerce unicorn, JOKR, in the central operations team. Prior to startups, Haider spent 2 years at Procter and Gamble in operations and marketing, learning the ins and outs of the FMCG industry.
Haider has an MBA from London Business School and a Bsc Economics from LUMS.

Sabeena Abbasi

Sabeena Abbasi

Co-founder & Chief Digital Learning Officer, Taleemabad

Ms. Sabeena holds an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester and has conducted research on policy implications on poverty and inequality in developing countries, including the impact of microfinance institutions, financial markets, education financing, and various facets of capitalism. She is passionate about empowering communities and has demonstrated this through her work on a startup that provided opportunities for female artisans, connecting them with global markets. At Taleemabad, she has developed several impactful products, including Pakistan’s first digital teacher training program, an animated curriculum for students, and scripted lesson plans, collectively resulting in an additional 1.5 years of learning. Ms. Sabeena collaborates closely with the government on various policy interventions to transform the education ecosystem. She is also a WISE Emerging Leader and has spoken at numerous forums, including TED-Ed.

 

Ahmed Ayub

Ahmed Ayub

Chief Strategy Officer, Conrads Lab

Ahmed Ayub is the Chief Strategy Officer at Conrads Lab, a leading software services company specialising in AI/ML-based solutions for Healthcare, Infosec, Logistics, and Edtech. With over 24 years of experience in the software industry, Ahmed co-founded Airlift Technologies, a quick commerce startup that raised over $110 million, pioneering investments in the Pakistani startup ecosystem. Before this, he led software operations at firms like Folio3 and 10Pearls for over a decade. Ahmed holds an MBA from the Bradford University School of Management and a BS in Computer Science from FAST University.

Maha Shahzad

Maha Shahzad

Founder, BusCaro

Maha Shahzad an industry leader with 13 years of experience building and growing startups from the ground up. Under her leadership, BusCaro has already scaled to 3 cities and managed to secure 5.5 million bookings across Pakistan

Yasir Suleman Memon

Yasir Suleman Memon

Co Founder, Salesflo

Yasir is an avid tech enthusiast, builder, entrepreneur, runner, cyclist, husband, and a loving father to two. Yasir is the cofounder and CEO of Salesflo – An enterprise SaaS platform helping CPG companies to spearhead growth through a digitally enabled and effective sales force, automating and simplifying complex workflows and helping drive efficiency through a fully digitized supply chain.  Previously Yasir had also Co-founded Jugnu (A B2B eCommerce Platform) and has had a corporate career with Unilever for 8+ years.

Nayab Nazir

Nayab Nazir

Marketing Lead PK, Muzz

Nayab Nazir is a dedicated marketing professional with over 6 years of experience in the marketing and business domain. Currently, she leads the marketing efforts at Muzz for Pakistan, where her strategic leadership has driven exponential growth in various cities across the country. Her previous role at Metric allowed her to deliver impactful results, leveraging her extensive knowledge of markets in the MENA region. The global perspective she gained while working with markets such as UAE, US and the UK enables her to analyze and cater to diverse audiences effectively. Her journey began as a student at FAST NUCES, while she was a student she gained invaluable experience working with HR Consultants, Photoneers, and UnitedSol. Nayab’s commitment to continuous improvement and her passion for making things happen drive her to create value for herself and others. She is passionate about coaching and enabling others to reach their full potential, aspiring to grow startups through innovative marketing strategies.

Usama Naeem Nini

Usama Naeem Nini

Co-founder, Qureos

Usama Naeem Nini, Co-founder at Qureos, once played an instrumental role in Swvl’s expansion in UAE, Jordan, and KSA. With a vision for efficient products using data analytics, machine learning, and automation, he co-founded Qureos in 2021 with Alex Epure and Mehrad Yaghmi. Together, they aim to empower companies to discover their ideal candidates in just 24 seconds using Iris, an AI-enabled Talent Scout.

Amneh Shaikh Farooqui

Amneh Shaikh Farooqui

CEO/Founder, Polly & Other Stories

Amneh is an accomplished social entrepreneur and leader with two decades of experience in Pakistan’s impact sector. She’s a recognized expert in gender mainstreaming, project management, leadership development, economic empowerment, and environmental initiatives. Amneh’s work is defined by her commitment to amplifying marginalized voices by leveraging indigenous heritage, storytelling, and artistic expression. Amneh’s approach operates at the intersection of social justice, gender equality, decolonization, and fashion. She is the Curator of Women of the World festivals in Pakistan and the Founder/CEO of Polly and Other Stories, an artisan-focused marketplace. She’s also an Acumen and Miller Center Social Enterprise Fellow and author of the book “Fearless,” which profiles 50 remarkable women from Pakistan.

Saif Ali

Saif Ali

Program Manager, Orbit Startups

Saif Ali is a seasoned business development and communications professional with over a decade of experience in advertising, media, and technology. As the former Executive Director of Dastgyr, a B2B e-commerce scale-up, he played a pivotal role in securing Pakistan’s largest Series A funding of $37 million. Saif has empowered over 150 businesses, spanning SMEs to Fortune 50 companies, with strategic branding, marketing, and sales initiatives. His industry insights have been featured in renowned publications such as The New York Times, Reuters, and Asharq Bloomberg. Saif has also been a guest speaker at prestigious events including Step Dubai, +92Disrupt, Delivery Hero, Unilever, LUMS, and IBA. He is currently the Program Manager at Orbit Startups, a global venture capital firm focusing on emerging and frontier markets.

Ailia Naeem

Ailia Naeem

Senior Investment Associate, i2i Ventures

Ailia is a Senior Investment Associate at i2i Ventures. Prior to that, she has been on the Public Markets side, covering major listed equities on Pakistan Stock Exchange as an Investment Analyst. She brings the public markets’ rigor and data driven lens to the private markets. She has 8+ years of experience in investments and financial markets of Pakistan.

Adnan Shafi

Adnan Shafi

Co-Founder & CEO, PriceOye

Adnan Shaffi is a serial entrepreneur. He has previously founded two companies both of which got acquired and is currently serving as Co-Founder & CEO at PriceOye.pkPriceOye.pk is a leading eCommerce platform for consumer electronics, creating the most delightful online shopping experience by empowering consumers to find the best product for their needs.

Bilal Hassan

Bilal Hassan

Content Creator, Writer and Photojournalist

Mystapaki aka Bilal Hassan is a content creator, writer and photojournalist who posts primarily about travel and culture while opening up a window for the outside world to have a peek into what everyday life is like in Pakistan. He’s written for and been in numerous local and international publications namely VICE, the Guardian, Toronto Star, Print India and Dawn Pakistan.

Kazi Akber

Kazi Akber

Digital Content Creator and Photojournalist

Kazi Akber is a digital content creator and a photojournalist. He believes that everyone has a story worth sharing and he does so with utmost beauty and respect.

Salman Parekh

Salman Parekh

Managing Director, Manto Store

Salman Parekh, the founder of Manto, is a renowned storyteller known for his captivating narratives. With a keen interest in psychology and marketing, he creates compelling stories that resonate deeply with audiences. As a relentless learner and content creator, Parekh shapes the world through his evocative storytelling, leaving an enduring impact on all who encounter his work.

Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara

Founder & CEO, Katalyst Labs

Jehan Ara is the Founder & CEO of Katalyst Labs, a Startup Accelerator Innovation Hub and Women Leadership Fellows program. She is the former President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA), where she spearheaded efforts for over 20 years and was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners. Jehan has vast 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. Currently Jehan serves as a Member of the PM's Taskforce for IT & the Digital Economy, as a Member of the APAC Content Safety Advisory Board for TikTok and is on the Advisory Boards of the Punjab IT Board, the Governing Body of the Sindh Digital Advisory Board and on the Industry Advisory Board of various local universities including Habib University and the Institute of Business Administration (IBA). Jehan is also on the World Bank Advisory Group on Gender Diversity. She is a Board Member of the Institute of Development and Economic Alternatives (IDEAS) and an International Expert for the World Summit Awards (WSA), a nonprofit research organization established to promote, assist, support, simulate, undertake and manage policy research and advocacy. She is an Independent Director on the board of the Central Depository Company and is on the Steering Committee of the Women on Board Allies and is on the Board of Trustees of the Karachi Biennale Trust. Jehan has recently been nominated for the Tamgha e Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan. In January 2015, Jehan set up The Nest IO – a technology incubator, accelerator and innovation community hub in Karachi with the support of Google for Entrepreneurs to help provide a platform for aspiring technology businesses in the buzzing city of Karachi. The Nest IO incubated 217+ startup businesses and created a strong community of young people. Under her leadership The Nest I/O also organized the flagship innovation and entrepreneurship conference 021Disrupt/+92Disrupt which has become the go-to premier event that brings together startups, innovators professionals, investors and students on a platform to engage, learn and collaborate. She has been identified by Rest of World (ROW) as amongst the top global 100 Changemakers in Tech outside Silicon Valley.

Shehryar Hydri

Shehryar Hydri

Managing Director, Endeavor Pakistan

Shehryar Hydri, the Managing Director at Endeavor Pakistan, brings over two decades of diverse experience in Pakistan's technology sector. He co-founded Trango Interactive, a pioneering game development and animation studio serving global brands like Lucas Arts, SEGA, Discovery Channel, Lexus, and Nike. Additionally, Hydri was a founding member of Convo, an enterprise SaaS that secured $15 million from investors like Adobe and Morgenthaler Ventures. His leadership extends to national IT policy formulation as the former head of PASHA. Before Endeavor, Hydri served as Managing Partner at Deosai Ventures, an early-stage VC fund focusing on Pakistan.

Misbah Naqvi

Misbah Naqvi

Co-Founder and General Partner, i2i Ventures

Misbah Naqvi is the Co-Founder and General Partner at i2i Ventures, an early stage venture capital fund and the country’s first female-founded VC fund. i2i Ventures has invested in TelloTalk, Edkasa, Creditbook, Abhi, Oraan, Tazah, Truck it In, EZBike, Metric, Rider and more.   Misbah has over two decades of global experience in corporate finance, entrepreneurship, impact investing, fintech and development in both Pakistan and the US. She has worked with  Boloro Global Limited, Acumen, and Citigroup. Misbah has been closely involved with  Invest2Innovate (i2i)  as an Advisory Board Member since its inception in 2011 and is currently on its Board of Directors. She is also a Board Member at U Microfinance Bank Ltd and a Trustee on the Board of AAS. She has also recently joined the Board of Advisors for NOWPDP, a leading disability inclusion organization in Pakistan.   

Aatif Awan

Aatif Awan

Founder & Managing Partner, Indus Valley Capital

Aatif Awan is the founder of Indus Valley Capital, the leading early-stage VC fund focused on Pakistan. Indus Valley has been the first institutional VC to back many category-leading startups including Bazaar, Farmdar, BridgeLinx, Markaz, Zyp and Maqsad. Our portfolio startups have raised $270M+ in capital, more than a third of all funding raised by Pakistani startups in the last 3 years. Previously, Aatif was VP Growth & International at LinkedIn and built the team that grew the network by half a billion members. Aatif also led the product integrations between LinkedIn and Microsoft after the $26B acquisition.

Faiza Yousuf

Faiza Yousuf

Founder, WomeninTechPK, CaterpillHERs & CodeGirls

Faiza Yousuf is a software engineer with over 14 years of experience building products and teams. She is a serial founder with initiatives focusing on women’s economic empowerment and improving gender parity in tech. She is a multi-award-winning community leader, and she founded WomenInTechPK and cofounded CodeGirls, and CaterpillHERs. Faiza is an Expert-Vetted freelancer on Upwork and was featured in many of their campaigns. She is a well-known international speaker and writer, featured in various publications worldwide.

Faisal Aftab

Faisal Aftab

Founder & General Partner, Zayn VC

Faisal Aftab is a Pakistani-American who is a notable and respected figure in Pakistan's thriving tech industry, boasting an impressive 25-year career as an executive, entrepreneur, and venture investor. As the Founder and General Partner of Zayn VC (formerly Zayn Capital VC), Faisal has played a pivotal role in driving the sector's growth and development.
With a proven track record of success, Faisal previously served as the Managing Partner and Executive Director of Lakson Venture Capital, where he built the Lakson Fund from scratch and achieved exceptional returns within a mere three years. His investment expertise extends beyond traditional sectors, as he has made significant early investments in cryptocurrencies such as Bitcoin and Ethereum.
Faisal's educational background further enhances his investment acumen, with an MBA from Oxford University and joint Bachelor's and Master's degrees from Michigan State University. This unique combination of academic achievements, coupled with his deep understanding of blockchain technology and global macroeconomics, empowers him to make well-informed investment decisions.
With two decades of experience as an active angel investor and involvement in hedge funds and venture capital funds, Faisal brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the table. Additionally, he holds the distinction of being a limited partner of the prestigious Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital Fund, 500 Startups.
Through his continued involvement and strategic investments with Zayn VC, Faisal is poised to further propel Pakistan's tech sector, fostering innovation and attracting both local and international investors. Notable investments made by Faisal include Haball, NayaPay, PostEX, Bookme.pk, Abhi Finance, AdalFi, EduFi, Bazaar-tech, KTrade, SnappRetail, Laam.pk, Krave Mart, GrocerApp, Truck It In, Savyour, Roomy.pk, Bagallery, Trellis Housing Finance, Tazah, Zaraye, and Colabs. With an extensive track record of successful investments and a commitment to making a significant impact on Pakistan's tech industry, Faisal Aftab continues to be a driving force in the field, shaping the future of technology in the country.

Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram

Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram

Co-Founder, Sehat Kahani

Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram is the Co-Founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani, a Digital Healthcare platform in Pakistan that aims to democratize health care access for all using technology and a network of doctors. Before founding Sehat Kahani, Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram worked in micro health insurance and community health care initiatives with USAID. She has won numerous awards for her work, including the We-Empower Award 2021, Rolex Awards 2019, and UNICEF Global Goal Campaigner Award 2016.

Usama Naeem Nini

Usama Naeem Nini

Co-founder, Qureos

Usama Naeem Nini, Co-founder at Qureos, once played an instrumental role in Swvl's expansion in UAE, Jordan, and KSA. With a vision for efficient products using data analytics, machine learning, and automation, he co-founded Qureos in 2021 with Alex Epure and Mehrad Yaghmi. Together, they aim to empower companies to discover their ideal candidates in just 24 seconds using Iris, an AI-enabled Talent Scout.

Sharmeen Khan

Sharmeen Khan

Co-Founder, Be Me

Sharmeen Khan is an American Psychological Association International Affiliate with an MS/MPhil in Clinical and Counseling Psychology. With over a decade of experience in mental health and wellness, she is also a theta-healing practitioner and instructor. Sharmeen has a private practice and founded her mental health startup, Be Me. Having conducted two TEDx talks and been invited to speak at prestigious institutions such as Quaid-e-Azam University, JPMC, DUHS, Aman Health, Harvard South Asian Institute, NUST, Bahria University, and Federal Urdu University in Pakistan, Sharmeen is recognised for her expertise. She has been featured on numerous podcasts and has worked in the development sector, specialising in emergency disaster relief and rehabilitation post floods, earthquakes, and other disasters. Additionally, Sharmeen's nonprofit operates two schools in villages in Pakistan.

Abbas Shahid

Abbas Shahid

Vice President - Product, Bykea

Abbas is currently VP Product at Bykea, where has led different functions over the last few years. He has previously worked at Uber in Pakistan and East Africa, in various roles within the ride-hailing industry. He has also worked with OMD in New York, focusing on marketing analytics for clients including Pepsi, Starbucks and Lipton.

Amtul Baweja

Amtul Baweja

Actor, Comedian, Entrepreneur, and Content Creator

Amtul Baweja is a versatile talent, excelling as an actor, comedian, entrepreneur, and content creator. Her diverse online content ranges from comedy with social messages, to fashion, lifestyle, and collaborative work with her husband on Patangeer. Co-Founder of Patangeer Productions, she directs and produces digital content, including DVCs, documentaries, and music videos. Notably, her short films 'Murder Tongue' and 'Solatia' have garnered international acclaim, winning multiple awards and selection at prestigious film festivals. Amtul has also showcased her acting prowess in web series like 'Churails' and as a member of the groundbreaking comedy troupe 'Khawatoons'. Additionally, she manages her e-commerce venture, PRCH, offering her own clothing line.

Kassim Shroff

Kassim Shroff

Co-founder, Krave Mart

Kassim Shroff is the CEO & Co-Founder of Krave Mart. He has 10 years of eCommerce experience in both Canada and Pakistan in various leadership roles including Product, Project Management, Business Development, Operations, Growth, Customer and Seller Experience, Localization, Incubation, Marketing and startups. Prior to this, Kassim was working at Daraz as Chief Customer Officer – leading the Customer and Seller experience team in Pakistan.

Aleena Nadeem

Aleena Nadeem

Founder & CEO, EduFi

Aleena Nadeem is the Chief executive officer and Founder of EDUFI Private Limited. EduFi aims to provide student financing solutions to the masses. The vision of EduFi is to financially assist as many middle class citizens of Pakistan as possible, in gaining higher education. EduFi has raised over $6.1 million USD to date, which is the largest pre-seed round to have ever been raised by a Pakistani start-up. Aleena completed her high school from Riyadh, Saudi Arabia where she also attained the regional distinction in Economics. She completed her bachelors from the Massachusetts’s Institute of Technology in 2016.Post MIT, Aleena started her career working at Goldman Sachs London in the credit division after which she worked as the fintech lead at Ventura Capital London, a late stage private equity fund in London. She left as the youngest and first female principal partner at Ventura. She raised over $50 million USD as part of the series G raise for PayTM in India, $20 million USD as part of Railsbank’s A+ round and over $60 million USD as part of Upgrade’s series D round. She is also a director in her family’s office based out of Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. She serves as an active member of PEN (Progressive Education Network) which is a non for profit charity run by her family office which educates over 100,000 children for free every year. Aleena Nadeem is also a member of the Arts club in London and EO Pakistan where she serves on the Board.

Haider Raza

Haider Raza

Co-Founder, DealCart

8 years of experience in strategy, operations, team building and growth across FMCG, retail, mobility and marketplaces Haider is a seasoned startup professional having built companies and products from scratch multiple times. As a Co-Founder of FindMyAdventure (acquired by GoZayaan), Haider built the first travel and experiences platform for Pakistan. At Careem, he launched and scaled multiple new categories and cities and then moved to Swl as its first hire for Pakistan where he launched the Pakistan market, set up a strong team and scaled. Recently, he also worked at the global quick commerce unicorn, JOKR, in the central operations team. Prior to startups, Haider spent 2 years at Procter and Gamble in operations and marketing, learning the ins and outs of the FMCG industry. Haider has an MBA from London Business School and a Bsc Economics from LUMS.

Sabeena Abbasi

Sabeena Abbasi

Co-founder & Chief Digital Learning Officer, Taleemabad

Ms. Sabeena holds an MSc in Development Economics and Policy from the University of Manchester and has conducted research on policy implications on poverty and inequality in developing countries, including the impact of microfinance institutions, financial markets, education financing, and various facets of capitalism. She is passionate about empowering communities and has demonstrated this through her work on a startup that provided opportunities for female artisans, connecting them with global markets. At Taleemabad, she has developed several impactful products, including Pakistan’s first digital teacher training program, an animated curriculum for students, and scripted lesson plans, collectively resulting in an additional 1.5 years of learning. Ms. Sabeena collaborates closely with the government on various policy interventions to transform the education ecosystem. She is also a WISE Emerging Leader and has spoken at numerous forums, including TED-Ed.  

Ahmed Ayub

Ahmed Ayub

Chief Strategy Officer, Conrads Lab

Ahmed Ayub is the Chief Strategy Officer at Conrads Lab, a leading software services company specialising in AI/ML-based solutions for Healthcare, Infosec, Logistics, and Edtech. With over 24 years of experience in the software industry, Ahmed co-founded Airlift Technologies, a quick commerce startup that raised over $110 million, pioneering investments in the Pakistani startup ecosystem. Before this, he led software operations at firms like Folio3 and 10Pearls for over a decade. Ahmed holds an MBA from the Bradford University School of Management and a BS in Computer Science from FAST University.

Maha Shahzad

Maha Shahzad

Founder, BusCaro

Maha Shahzad an industry leader with 13 years of experience building and growing startups from the ground up. Under her leadership, BusCaro has already scaled to 3 cities and managed to secure 5.5 million bookings across Pakistan

Yasir Suleman Memon

Yasir Suleman Memon

Co Founder, Salesflo

Yasir is an avid tech enthusiast, builder, entrepreneur, runner, cyclist, husband, and a loving father to two. Yasir is the cofounder and CEO of Salesflo - An enterprise SaaS platform helping CPG companies to spearhead growth through a digitally enabled and effective sales force, automating and simplifying complex workflows and helping drive efficiency through a fully digitized supply chain.  Previously Yasir had also Co-founded Jugnu (A B2B eCommerce Platform) and has had a corporate career with Unilever for 8+ years.

Nayab Nazir

Nayab Nazir

Marketing Lead PK, Muzz

Nayab Nazir is a dedicated marketing professional with over 6 years of experience in the marketing and business domain. Currently, she leads the marketing efforts at Muzz for Pakistan, where her strategic leadership has driven exponential growth in various cities across the country. Her previous role at Metric allowed her to deliver impactful results, leveraging her extensive knowledge of markets in the MENA region. The global perspective she gained while working with markets such as UAE, US and the UK enables her to analyze and cater to diverse audiences effectively. Her journey began as a student at FAST NUCES, while she was a student she gained invaluable experience working with HR Consultants, Photoneers, and UnitedSol. Nayab's commitment to continuous improvement and her passion for making things happen drive her to create value for herself and others. She is passionate about coaching and enabling others to reach their full potential, aspiring to grow startups through innovative marketing strategies.

Usama Naeem Nini

Usama Naeem Nini

Co-founder, Qureos

Usama Naeem Nini, Co-founder at Qureos, once played an instrumental role in Swvl's expansion in UAE, Jordan, and KSA. With a vision for efficient products using data analytics, machine learning, and automation, he co-founded Qureos in 2021 with Alex Epure and Mehrad Yaghmi. Together, they aim to empower companies to discover their ideal candidates in just 24 seconds using Iris, an AI-enabled Talent Scout.

Amneh Shaikh Farooqui

Amneh Shaikh Farooqui

CEO/Founder, Polly & Other Stories

Amneh is an accomplished social entrepreneur and leader with two decades of experience in Pakistan's impact sector. She's a recognized expert in gender mainstreaming, project management, leadership development, economic empowerment, and environmental initiatives. Amneh's work is defined by her commitment to amplifying marginalized voices by leveraging indigenous heritage, storytelling, and artistic expression. Amneh's approach operates at the intersection of social justice, gender equality, decolonization, and fashion. She is the Curator of Women of the World festivals in Pakistan and the Founder/CEO of Polly and Other Stories, an artisan-focused marketplace. She's also an Acumen and Miller Center Social Enterprise Fellow and author of the book "Fearless," which profiles 50 remarkable women from Pakistan.

Saif Ali

Saif Ali

Program Manager, Orbit Startups

Saif Ali is a seasoned business development and communications professional with over a decade of experience in advertising, media, and technology. As the former Executive Director of Dastgyr, a B2B e-commerce scale-up, he played a pivotal role in securing Pakistan’s largest Series A funding of $37 million. Saif has empowered over 150 businesses, spanning SMEs to Fortune 50 companies, with strategic branding, marketing, and sales initiatives. His industry insights have been featured in renowned publications such as The New York Times, Reuters, and Asharq Bloomberg. Saif has also been a guest speaker at prestigious events including Step Dubai, +92Disrupt, Delivery Hero, Unilever, LUMS, and IBA. He is currently the Program Manager at Orbit Startups, a global venture capital firm focusing on emerging and frontier markets.

Ailia Naeem

Ailia Naeem

Senior Investment Associate, i2i Ventures

Ailia is a Senior Investment Associate at i2i Ventures. Prior to that, she has been on the Public Markets side, covering major listed equities on Pakistan Stock Exchange as an Investment Analyst. She brings the public markets' rigor and data driven lens to the private markets. She has 8+ years of experience in investments and financial markets of Pakistan.

Adnan Shafi

Adnan Shafi

Co-Founder & CEO, PriceOye

Adnan Shaffi is a serial entrepreneur. He has previously founded two companies both of which got acquired and is currently serving as Co-Founder & CEO at PriceOye.pkPriceOye.pk is a leading eCommerce platform for consumer electronics, creating the most delightful online shopping experience by empowering consumers to find the best product for their needs.

Bilal Hassan

Bilal Hassan

Content Creator, Writer and Photojournalist

Mystapaki aka Bilal Hassan is a content creator, writer and photojournalist who posts primarily about travel and culture while opening up a window for the outside world to have a peek into what everyday life is like in Pakistan. He’s written for and been in numerous local and international publications namely VICE, the Guardian, Toronto Star, Print India and Dawn Pakistan.

Kazi Akber

Kazi Akber

Digital Content Creator and Photojournalist

Kazi Akber is a digital content creator and a photojournalist. He believes that everyone has a story worth sharing and he does so with utmost beauty and respect.

Salman Parekh

Salman Parekh

Managing Director, Manto Store

Salman Parekh, the founder of Manto, is a renowned storyteller known for his captivating narratives. With a keen interest in psychology and marketing, he creates compelling stories that resonate deeply with audiences. As a relentless learner and content creator, Parekh shapes the world through his evocative storytelling, leaving an enduring impact on all who encounter his work.

RESTART

A RECRUITMENT DRIVE BY KATALYST LABS

Date: 19 Aug 2023
Time: 11:00 - 17:00

Location: Katalyst Labs, NICL building, Main Korangi Rd, Karachi Cantonment

Looking for a job? Join us at Restart, an official Karachi Slush’D side event!
A networking and recruitment hotspot for unassigned talent in the startup ecosystem of Pakistan.
The day will bring together recruiters from some of the biggest companies in Karachi – candidates can explore different avenues to move forward in their careers as they expand their network and interview with recruiters in break-out rooms!

Please Note:
  • Karachi Slush'D ticket holders will have free entry.
  • Non-ticket holders will be required to pay an entry of Rs. 500.
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