Startup Grind is the largest independent startup community, actively educating, inspiring, and connecting 1,000,000 entrepreneurs in over 300 cities. We nurture startup ecosystems in 115 countries through events, media, and partnerships with organizations like Google for Entrepreneurs.
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.
Khurram Zafar is the Founder of 47 Ventures, the first and largest international venture capital fund exclusively focused on Pakistan. He is the Founding Executive Director of LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellow at Pakistan Innovation Foundation. Previously, he worked as the Chief Information Officer at Lahore Stock Exchange where he was awarded the best private sector CIO of Pakistan by P@SHA. He has also served as one of the founding board members of Plan9, a technology incubator of Punjab Information Technology Board and adjunct faculty for entrepreneurship at Information Technology University.
Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Computer & Information Technology. He has also co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and has been part of the founding team of 2 global IT consulting firms. Khurram has also consulted for Visa, DHL, Sony, AT&T, Agilent, Merrill Lynch, and several other Fortune 500 and venture-funded start-up companies in varying capacities. Khurram is also an angel investor with an interest in the technology and agriculture sector and has been an adviser to several Venture Capital firms in the United States.
Khurram has been published by Prentice Hall. He is also a progressive farmer, an avid investor in North American securities markets, an absentee landlord, a poet, and a proud father of three.
Ali Mukhtar is the Founder and 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 $615k to date in MangoBaaz, Beauty Hooked & Interacta and actively looking for more startups.
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.