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The cornerstone of our global community are monthly events featuring successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share lessons learned on the road to building great companies. This month Startup Grind (Lahore) will be hosting a panel of the biggest and most active investors in Pakistan.
Founder & CEO
IGNITE - National Technology Fund
Khurram Zafar is currently serving as Country Director of 47 Ventures, an international Venture Capital firm exclusively focused on early stage investments in high-growth-potential technology businesses in Pakistan. He is also a private sector, independent member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Technology Driven Knowledge Economy. Previously, as Executive Director at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), he founded the Center for Entrepreneurship, now called National Incubation Center, Lahore. Aside from founding and managing center operations, Khurram provided technology, architecture, financial and investment related mentoring to incubated businesses. Khurram has been an adviser to both Federal and Punjab governments in matters related to higher education, research, technology, agriculture, investments, innovation and startup ecosystem. He is also a founding member of the Pakistan Innovation Foundation.
Previously Khurram was Chief Information Officer at Lahore Stock Exchange where he led the technology operations for one of the highest transactional throughput and massively federated capital markets technology platforms in Pakistan. He was recognized as the best private sector CIO in Pakistan while at the Stock Exchange.
Before that, in Silicon Valley, California, Khurram co-founded Epiance and Insight Technologies. Epiance was a product company that automated the process of documentation generation for software systems while Insight Technologies used the IP for automation of human-executed, IT-enabled businesses processes for the BPO industry. Earlier in United States, at eForce and Haddon Hill Group, Khurram worked as Vice President of Technology and served Fortune 500 companies across the globe in various consulting capacities for customer relationship management, business process automation, document and workflow management, enterprise applications integration, infrastructure and security projects. Key clients included Visa, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Sony, DHL and several venture capital firms including Greylock, Norwest Venture Partners, CapitalZ and Visa Ventures. Khurram also founded and led the Security and Infrastructure Technology practice at eForce. He is a Prentice Hall published author on wireless networking technology.
Khurram did his Bachelor in Computer Engineering from McGill University in Canada in 1997, and while there, won an IBM led North America wide Java language programming contest spanning 1500 participants from Ivy League and other top universities. Khurram is a Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance approved, LUMS trained, independent director also. Khurram loves reading, writing and farming.
Khurram’s current board engagements include Karandaaz Pakistan, Mobilink Microfinance Bank, Aequitas Information Services Limited and Punjab Pension Fund.
Ali Mukhtar is the Founder, CEO of Fatima Ventures. He founded the young and progressive venture capital in 2014 with the vision to support the startup ecosystem of Pakistan. He is a graduate from University of Pennsylvania and under his leadership, Fatima Ventures has already invested to date in MangoBaaz, Beauty Hooked, Interacta, Airlift and others.
Muhammad Ali Iqbal is amongst one of the very few computer professionals who have been working in solving social problems using digital means in all three: academia, research, and industry. He currently works at IGNITE (formerly National ICT R&D Fund), a premier National Technology Fund as General Manager Solicitation and Evaluation. Mr. Ali brings with him over 17 years’ experience in Project Evaluation and Monitoring, Investments, Project Management, Research and Business development and Training with a record of high achievement in both technical and functional roles. Mr. Ali also worked at Vista Research as a Consultant, and was responsible for providing Technology & IT consultations and doing Market Analysis Research for the Vista Research’s clients from Asia and Middle East Region. He is working on different digital inclusion projects related to SDGs focusing on health, food security, education and innovation. Mr. Ali is a certified HL7 professional and has an MS in Computer Engineering.
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