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Jehan Ara

Jehan Ara

Founder & CEO, Katalyst Labs

Shehryar Hydri

Shehryar Hydri

Managing Director, Endeavor Pakistan

Amtul Baweja

Amtul Baweja

Actor, Comedian, Entrepreneur, and Content Creator

Aatif Awan

Aatif Awan

Founder & Managing Partner, Indus Valley Capital

Fatima Batool

Fatima Batool

Founder and CEO, EZ Wage

Ishaq Kothawala

Ishaq Kothawala

CEO and Founder, Waada Digital Insurance

Sara Saeed Khurram

Sara Saeed Khurram

Co-Founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani

Ahsan Jamil

Ahsan Jamil

Managing Partner & Founder, sAi Venture Capital

Misbah Naqvi

Misbah Naqvi

Co-Founder and General Partner ,i2i Ventures

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai

Co-Founder, Krave Mart

Mina Salman

Mina Salman

Founder, Bagallery

Arif Lakhani

Arif Lakhani

Co-Founder, Qist Bazaar

Sehrish Raza

Sehrish Raza

Founder,BizB

Shahmeer Nadeem

Shahmeer Nadeem

Executive Director, EasyPaisa

Sharmeen Khan

Sharmeen Khan

Co-Founder, Be Me

Ahmed Ayub

Ahmed Ayub

Chief Strategy Officer, Conrads Lab

Iman Urooj

Iman Urooj

Chief Operating Officer, Safepay

Amaar Farouk Shaikh

Amaar Farouk Shaikh

Director Business Development – Pakistan, VISA

Saif Ali

Saif Ali

Program Manager, Orbit Startups

Mubariz Siddiqui

Mubariz Siddiqui

Founding Partner, Carbon Law

Osamah Nasir

Osamah Nasir

Content Creator

Bilal Hassan

Bilal Hassan

Content Creator, Writer and Photojournalist

Salman Parekh

Salman Parekh

Managing Director, Manto Store

Kazi Akber

Kazi Akber

Digital Content Creator and Photojournalist.

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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.

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.

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.

Fatima Batool

Fatima Batool

Founder and CEO, EZ Wage

Fatima has 10 + years of hands-on operational experience within family-owned FMCG and agro-commodities businesses. To date, she has employed ~15,000 employees across developed and emerging markets, including Australia, Pakistan & Indonesia which has helped her truly understand the day-to-day challenges these employees face. Her background has led to an in-depth understanding of FMCG and agro-commodities businesses, including business cycles, providing her with the ability to assess credit risk better. She has deployed this global knowledge and applied it at a micro level, focusing on the developing economies of Pakistan and Bangladesh with plans for consolidating fintech services via a financial wellness platform at a global scale. Currently the Founder and CEO of EZ Wage, a financial wellness platform or an Earned Wage Access platform that allows employees to access their earned wages before their Payday, in real-time for a nominal, fixed transaction fee of 2%.

Ishaq Kothawala

Ishaq Kothawala

CEO and Founder, Waada Digital Insurance

Ishaq Kothawala, is a Cass Business School actuary, with 14 years of insurance expertise, notably as Chief Actuary at Pakistan’s largest Takaful underwriter. He co-founded Bykea, Pakistan’s leading startup, and in 2021 launched Waada, an Insurtech Venture aiming to revolutionize insurance distribution in Pakistan, boasting 3 million active customers and $5mn in Premium, now eyeing expansion into Saudi Arabia through innovative gig agent partnerships and Telco alliances.

Sara Saeed Khurram

Sara Saeed Khurram

Co-Founder and CEO of 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. Prior to 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 Additionally, She spoke at various global events and is a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ahsan Jamil

Ahsan Jamil

Managing Partner & Founder, sAi Venture Capital

Ahsan Jamil is the Managing Partner of sAi Venture Capital, the first Pakistani firm in seven years dedicated to local currency investment. Before sAi, Ahsan held executive leadership positions across various Fortune 500 companies in the US. There, he played a key role in a $5.2 billion acquisition deal, built a high-performance (10,000+ TPS) personalisation platform, and restructured the technology infrastructure of 18 companies within a holding company structure.
Ahsan is also part of the exclusive Forbes Technology Council, a community of leading CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, and technology executives.

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. 

 

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai

Co-Founder, Krave Mart

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai is a seasoned professional with over 12 years of experience spanning General Management, eCommerce, Sales, and Shopper Marketing. He has held pivotal roles in leading organizations such as Daraz (Alibaba Group), Swvl, Unilever, and GlaxoSmithKline. Ahsan is armed with a Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Warwick, complemented by a Bachelors in Business Studies & Economics from the University of Manchester. His leadership journey includes steering teams at the national level and overseeing Commercial and Trade Marketing functions in prior positions. Currently, he serves as the Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer of Krave Mart—a Y Combinator startup—where he continues to drive innovation and excellence in the dynamic landscape of commerce.

Mina Salman

Mina Salman

Founder, Bagallery

As the Founder of Bagallery, Mina wears multiple hats, overseeing PR, fundraising, and strategy for the company. Beyond her entrepreneurial pursuits, she is also a prominent beauty influencer, leveraging her expertise to shape trends and connect with audiences. Yet, amidst her professional endeavors, she prioritizes her role as a full-time mother, balancing the demands of business with the joys of family life. With a passion for innovation and a dedication to her craft, she continues to make waves in both the business and beauty worlds, embodying the spirit of modern entrepreneurship and maternal strength.

Arif Lakhani

Arif Lakhani

Co-Founder, Qist Bazaar

Arif Lakhani is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience, specialising in mass-market products. He is the Co-Founder of Qist Bazaar, a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service designed to aid the underserved. This initiative aims to deliver equitable and sustainable support to about 170 million unbanked individuals in Pakistan. Before Qist Bazaar, Arif founded Electro Computer Warehouse, which became Canada’s largest exporter of off-lease computers, expanding its operations to Poland and Dubai.

Sehrish Raza

Sehrish Raza

Founder,BizB

With a business degree and a passion for digital marketing, Sehrish’s deeply rooted in the startup world. Before launching BizB, she gained valuable experience in three different startups across various industries. The spark for BizB came from a surprising fact: fashion is the world’s second biggest polluter. This revelation ignited her desire for positive change. Now, Sehrish is on a mission to make sustainable fashion the norm in Pakistan, a sector previously overlooked in the country. Proudly, BizB stands as one of the few startups in sustainable fashion to secure VC investment, leading the charge in transforming Pakistan’s fashion industry.

Shahmeer Nadeem

Shahmeer Nadeem

Executive Director, EasyPaisa

Shahmeer Nadeem, currently serving as the Executive Director at EasyPaisa, also holds the pivotal role of Head of Products. With a wealth of over 15 years of experience, he brings a deep understanding of managing and expanding consumer digital products across diverse sectors such as telecom, digital advertising, and fintech in Pakistan and the Middle East. Nadeem’s extensive expertise underscores his ability to navigate the complexities of these industries, promising to drive innovation and elevate EasyPaisa’s product portfolio within the rapidly evolving fintech landscape.

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.

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.

Iman Urooj

Iman Urooj

Chief Operating Officer, Safepay

Iman Urooj is the Chief Operating Officer at Safepay, a Y Combinator and Stripe-backed Fintech startup revolutionising digital payments in Pakistan. With a background in directing sales and strategy initiatives in the food industry, Iman has acted as a bridge between Latin American and Middle Eastern markets. She holds degrees in History and Economics from New York University and has coached learners worldwide for MIT Bootcamps. At Safepay, Iman has driven growth, serving major Pakistani market players, and earned recognition by winning the Visa Everywhere Initiative Audience Favorite CEMEA award in 2021. Passionate about entrepreneurship and the transformative power of digital payments, she thrives on engaging with Safepay’s customers and solving their challenges while learning from their inspirational journeys.

Amaar Farouk Shaikh

Amaar Farouk Shaikh

Director Business Development – Pakistan, VISA

Amaar Shaikh, a seasoned payments industry professional, currently serves as Director of Business Development at Visa, driving business expansion and market growth while prioritizing financial inclusion and innovation. With previous roles at Careem and Bank Alfalah, he has a proven track record in strategic initiatives, product launches, and portfolio management. Prior accomplishments include expanding digital payment acceptance in emerging markets like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq & Palestine during his tenure as Senior Manager for Merchant Sales & Acquiring for Levant and 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.

Mubariz Siddiqui

Mubariz Siddiqui

Founding Partner, Carbon Law

Mubariz is the Founder of Carbon Law and a seasoned legal expert specializing in tech startups and investors. As a prominent startup lawyer in Pakistan with vast experience, he has advised on over USD 250 million worth of startup deals, venture capital, and angel investments.

Mubariz collaborates with regulators to boost foreign investment and innovation in Pakistan. His work with the State Bank of Pakistan, which allows Pakistani founders to establish foreign holding companies, has been pivotal in driving startup investments in recent years. Mubariz also supports founder education on governance and fundraising through various initiatives.

Osamah Nasir

Osamah Nasir

Content Creator

With over a decade of experience in content creation, Osamah Nasir brings a unique perspective to his reels, primarily focusing on showcasing the vibrant food scene and the essence of Karachi. His distinct emphasis on women entrepreneurs and commitment to supporting the local economy set his content apart. He aims to uplift communities by uncovering household stories and occasionally shares personal experiences to support people in their recovery and healing journey. Osamah has a master’s degree from the University of Buckingham and seamlessly blends his professional life in the fintech space with his passion for storytelling.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Fatima Batool

Fatima Batool

Founder and CEO, EZ Wage

Fatima has 10 + years of hands-on operational experience within family-owned FMCG and agro-commodities businesses. To date, she has employed ~15,000 employees across developed and emerging markets, including Australia, Pakistan & Indonesia which has helped her truly understand the day-to-day challenges these employees face. Her background has led to an in-depth understanding of FMCG and agro-commodities businesses, including business cycles, providing her with the ability to assess credit risk better. She has deployed this global knowledge and applied it at a micro level, focusing on the developing economies of Pakistan and Bangladesh with plans for consolidating fintech services via a financial wellness platform at a global scale. Currently the Founder and CEO of EZ Wage, a financial wellness platform or an Earned Wage Access platform that allows employees to access their earned wages before their Payday, in real-time for a nominal, fixed transaction fee of 2%.

Ishaq Kothawala

Ishaq Kothawala

CEO and Founder, Waada Digital Insurance

Ishaq Kothawala, is a Cass Business School actuary, with 14 years of insurance expertise, notably as Chief Actuary at Pakistan's largest Takaful underwriter. He co-founded Bykea, Pakistan’s leading startup, and in 2021 launched Waada, an Insurtech Venture aiming to revolutionize insurance distribution in Pakistan, boasting 3 million active customers and $5mn in Premium, now eyeing expansion into Saudi Arabia through innovative gig agent partnerships and Telco alliances.

Sara Saeed Khurram

Sara Saeed Khurram

Co-Founder and CEO of 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. Prior to 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 Additionally, She spoke at various global events and is a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.

Ahsan Jamil

Ahsan Jamil

Managing Partner & Founder, sAi Venture Capital

Ahsan Jamil is the Managing Partner of sAi Venture Capital, the first Pakistani firm in seven years dedicated to local currency investment. Before sAi, Ahsan held executive leadership positions across various Fortune 500 companies in the US. There, he played a key role in a $5.2 billion acquisition deal, built a high-performance (10,000+ TPS) personalisation platform, and restructured the technology infrastructure of 18 companies within a holding company structure. Ahsan is also part of the exclusive Forbes Technology Council, a community of leading CIOs, CTOs, CDOs, and technology executives.

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.   

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai

Co-Founder, Krave Mart

Mohammad Ahsan Kidwai is a seasoned professional with over 12 years of experience spanning General Management, eCommerce, Sales, and Shopper Marketing. He has held pivotal roles in leading organizations such as Daraz (Alibaba Group), Swvl, Unilever, and GlaxoSmithKline. Ahsan is armed with a Masters in Innovation and Entrepreneurship from the University of Warwick, complemented by a Bachelors in Business Studies & Economics from the University of Manchester. His leadership journey includes steering teams at the national level and overseeing Commercial and Trade Marketing functions in prior positions. Currently, he serves as the Co-Founder & Chief Commercial Officer of Krave Mart—a Y Combinator startup—where he continues to drive innovation and excellence in the dynamic landscape of commerce.

Mina Salman

Mina Salman

Founder, Bagallery

As the Founder of Bagallery, Mina wears multiple hats, overseeing PR, fundraising, and strategy for the company. Beyond her entrepreneurial pursuits, she is also a prominent beauty influencer, leveraging her expertise to shape trends and connect with audiences. Yet, amidst her professional endeavors, she prioritizes her role as a full-time mother, balancing the demands of business with the joys of family life. With a passion for innovation and a dedication to her craft, she continues to make waves in both the business and beauty worlds, embodying the spirit of modern entrepreneurship and maternal strength.

Arif Lakhani

Arif Lakhani

Co-Founder, Qist Bazaar

Arif Lakhani is a serial entrepreneur with 25+ years of experience, specialising in mass-market products. He is the Co-Founder of Qist Bazaar, a Buy Now, Pay Later (BNPL) service designed to aid the underserved. This initiative aims to deliver equitable and sustainable support to about 170 million unbanked individuals in Pakistan. Before Qist Bazaar, Arif founded Electro Computer Warehouse, which became Canada's largest exporter of off-lease computers, expanding its operations to Poland and Dubai.

Sehrish Raza

Sehrish Raza

Founder,BizB

With a business degree and a passion for digital marketing, Sehrish’s deeply rooted in the startup world. Before launching BizB, she gained valuable experience in three different startups across various industries. The spark for BizB came from a surprising fact: fashion is the world's second biggest polluter. This revelation ignited her desire for positive change. Now, Sehrish is on a mission to make sustainable fashion the norm in Pakistan, a sector previously overlooked in the country. Proudly, BizB stands as one of the few startups in sustainable fashion to secure VC investment, leading the charge in transforming Pakistan's fashion industry.

Shahmeer Nadeem

Shahmeer Nadeem

Executive Director, EasyPaisa

Shahmeer Nadeem, currently serving as the Executive Director at EasyPaisa, also holds the pivotal role of Head of Products. With a wealth of over 15 years of experience, he brings a deep understanding of managing and expanding consumer digital products across diverse sectors such as telecom, digital advertising, and fintech in Pakistan and the Middle East. Nadeem's extensive expertise underscores his ability to navigate the complexities of these industries, promising to drive innovation and elevate EasyPaisa's product portfolio within the rapidly evolving fintech landscape.

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.

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.

Iman Urooj

Iman Urooj

Chief Operating Officer, Safepay

Iman Urooj is the Chief Operating Officer at Safepay, a Y Combinator and Stripe-backed Fintech startup revolutionising digital payments in Pakistan. With a background in directing sales and strategy initiatives in the food industry, Iman has acted as a bridge between Latin American and Middle Eastern markets. She holds degrees in History and Economics from New York University and has coached learners worldwide for MIT Bootcamps. At Safepay, Iman has driven growth, serving major Pakistani market players, and earned recognition by winning the Visa Everywhere Initiative Audience Favorite CEMEA award in 2021. Passionate about entrepreneurship and the transformative power of digital payments, she thrives on engaging with Safepay's customers and solving their challenges while learning from their inspirational journeys.

Amaar Farouk Shaikh

Amaar Farouk Shaikh

Director Business Development – Pakistan, VISA

Amaar Shaikh, a seasoned payments industry professional, currently serves as Director of Business Development at Visa, driving business expansion and market growth while prioritizing financial inclusion and innovation. With previous roles at Careem and Bank Alfalah, he has a proven track record in strategic initiatives, product launches, and portfolio management. Prior accomplishments include expanding digital payment acceptance in emerging markets like Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq & Palestine during his tenure as Senior Manager for Merchant Sales & Acquiring for Levant and 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.

Mubariz Siddiqui

Mubariz Siddiqui

Founding Partner, Carbon Law

Mubariz is the Founder of Carbon Law and a seasoned legal expert specializing in tech startups and investors. As a prominent startup lawyer in Pakistan with vast experience, he has advised on over USD 250 million worth of startup deals, venture capital, and angel investments. Mubariz collaborates with regulators to boost foreign investment and innovation in Pakistan. His work with the State Bank of Pakistan, which allows Pakistani founders to establish foreign holding companies, has been pivotal in driving startup investments in recent years. Mubariz also supports founder education on governance and fundraising through various initiatives.

Osamah Nasir

Osamah Nasir

Content Creator

With over a decade of experience in content creation, Osamah Nasir brings a unique perspective to his reels, primarily focusing on showcasing the vibrant food scene and the essence of Karachi. His distinct emphasis on women entrepreneurs and commitment to supporting the local economy set his content apart. He aims to uplift communities by uncovering household stories and occasionally shares personal experiences to support people in their recovery and healing journey. Osamah has a master’s degree from the University of Buckingham and seamlessly blends his professional life in the fintech space with his passion for storytelling.

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.

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.

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.

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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