Advisory board

Ambassador Shahid KamalFormer Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Ambassador Shahid Kamal

Former Ambassador to the Federal Republic of Germany

Ambassador Kamal served in the diplomatic service for 35 years until retirement in 2012. He worked at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Prime Minister’s Office, Organization of Islamic Cooperation in Jeddah, and Pakistan missions in Paris, New York, Washington, Stockholm and Berlin. As a former diplomat Ambassador Kamal worked on foreign policy, governance and public policy issues. He is an international business development consultant who follows the connectivity between academia, business and technology. He takes interest in areas of climate change, entrepreneurship, innovation and leveraging the forces of digitization and globalization.

Michael FoleyCEO Telenor pakistan

Michael Foley

CEO Telenor pakistan

Michael Foley is a Canadian citizen who has more than 30 years of sales, marketing and operational experience in the Telecom and Retail sectors. He has worked with both advanced and growth markets in more than 11 countries. Mr. Foley joined Telenor Pakistan as the CEO last year in July when he replaced Mr. Lars Christian Iuel at a significant moment in the history of Telenor Pakistan. Telenor was growing its market share and was awarded with 3G license to further develop its Internet position in Pakistan.


Jahangir Khan TareenPolitician & Industrialist

Jahangir Khan Tareen

Politician & Industrialist

Jahangir Khan Tareen is a Pakistani politician and an industrialist who serves as the Secretary General of Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insafand prior to that served as the Federal Minister of Industries, Production and Special Initiatives between September 2004 to February 2008 as part of the Pakistan Muslim League (Q) government.


Wahaj SirajCEO Nayatel Ltd

Wahaj Siraj

CEO Nayatel Ltd

Wahaj us Siraj is CEO and co-founder of Naya Tel (Pvt) Ltd., which has installed Pakistan’s first fiber to the home (FTTH) project in Islamabad in 2006-07.Before Nayatel’s launch, Wahaj co-founded Micronet Broadband (Pvt) Ltd., the first one to launch broadband Digital Subscribers Line (DSL) services in Pakistan.

Mudasir AqilCEO Finca Microfinance Bank Limited

Mudasir Aqil

CEO Finca Microfinance Bank Limited

Mudasir Aqil is CEO of Finca Microfinance Bank Limited. He is a mission centered person with demonstrated experience of leading change. Rich executive level international experience in microfinance and commercial banking. Track record of consistently delivering mission critical results by developing great teams, understanding value drivers and aligning with business strategy.
Kamran RizviFounder school of leadership

Kamran Rizvi

Founder school of leadership

Kamran Rizvi founded KZR Associates in 1991 and pioneered the self-improvement and organizational development (OD) movement in Pakistan. KZR has since spawned Navitus, School of Leadership and Riz Consulting. Having served its purpose, KZR now lives in cyberspace and its former associates continue working on its mission of Developing the Human Factor in their respective organizations.

Haider QazilbashCEO career pakistan

Haider Qazilbash

CEO career pakistan

Haider Qazilbash is CEO of Career Pakistan. Career Pakistan is nationally know as Pakistan’s top executive search (headhunter) company.  Career Pakistan finds candidates for jobs at 150+ prestigious organizations.

Muhammad Saleem RajhaSecretary BISP

Muhammad Saleem Rajha

Secretary BISP

Muhammad Saleem Ahmad Ranjha is the Founding Director of Akhuwat ,World largest interest free Micro Finance (at zero percent and no service fee) which was started in 2001 .Now part of the team which is setting up Akhuwat University which will be first tuition fee free university in the region.

Adnan ShahidCCO PTCL

Adnan Shahid


Adnan Shahid is a passionate senior executive with fire to win!! Challenges status quo and willing to champion new order. Disciplined but flexible leader with balanced practice of common sense management, business operations and people management skills. Able to inspire teams with compelling vision of shared mission. Energizes, excites and motivates team to deliver results.

Salman WassayFounder chaaye khana

Salman Wassay

Founder chaaye khana

Salman Wassay is the Founder & Chief Executive Officer at Wireless Life. Previously he served the corporate sector, Chief Commercial Officer at Ufone and Director Marketing at Zong.

Khurram ZafarExec. Director LUMS center for Entrepreneurship

Khurram Zafar

Exec. Director LUMS center for Entrepreneurship

Khurram Zafar is the founder and Executive Director at LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship. Board Director and Member of the Digital Financial Services Advisory Committee of Karandaaz Pakistan. Executive Director, LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship.



Dr. Nadeem-ul-HaqueFormer deputy chairman planning commission

Dr. Nadeem-ul-Haque

Former deputy chairman planning commission

Dr. Nadeemul Haque is former Deputy Chairman, Planning Commission of Pakistan. He did his M.A Economics (1980) and PhD (1986) from the University of Chicago, Chicago Illinois. He remained Trade Policy Advisor to the Minister of Commerce, Government of Pakistan from August 2005 to date. He has been a senior resident representative of the IMF in Egypt and Sri Lanka.

Ghazanfar AzzamPresident & CEO at Waseela Microfinance Bank

Ghazanfar Azzam

President & CEO at Waseela Microfinance Bank

Ghazanfar Azzam is the CEO & President of Waseela Micro finance Bank.He has got distinction of launching two (out of eight) nation-wide microfinance banks in Pakistan i.e. Kashf MF Bank in 2008 (now FINCA) & WASEELA in 2012 . Waseela, backed by Vimplecom, a global telecom giant, is a hybrid model combining traditional microfinance with mobile banking now operates with 40 brick & mortar branches & 55,000 agents offering, MSME Finance, Small Housing loans, savings, remittances, utility bill collection, mobile wallets.


Dr. Lorraine WarrenAuthor/Contributor at Startup Magazine

Dr. Lorraine Warren

Author/Contributor at Startup Magazine

Lorraine Warren has two decades of academic experience, joining the Russell Group University of Southampton’s School of Management in 2004 to undertake campus-wide strategic developments in entrepreneurship and innovation research and teaching. Currently, she is Director of the School’s Research Centre for Strategic Innovation. Before Southampton, she carried out a similar role at Loughborough University Business School (2002-4), focusing on technology entrepreneurship, incorporating best practice from the USA (MIT, NCSU, San Diego).