Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) announced the new Office Bearers and Central Executive Committee Members of the Association at the Annual General Meeting at a local hotel in Islamabad on September 7, 2017
At the Annual General Meeting held in Islamabad last week, P@SHA has announced that the Central Executive Committee for 2017-2018 will comprise of the following:
Chairman: Barkan Saeed
CEO at Vizteck, he has strong background in strategic execution, architecture, marketing automation, CRM automation and digital solutions. He co-founded Polar Strategy, a SugarCRM reseller partner providing CRM automation and marketing automation solutions. Also Co-founded Vizteck, which is a digital platform application development company mostly working with startups and also investing in them.
He is passionate about #startups and #executive learning and manages a group by the name of Shana Bashana with 40+ tech executives. The group uses regular meetups between members as a way for executive learning.
Senior Vice Chairman: Syed Ali
As the CEO & founder of 7Vals, Ali Syed is managing a product suite focused on optimizing business processes through improved information workflows. Their products are used by industry giants like NASA, Netflix, NBC Universal, Disney, John Deere, BBC, and CBC. Ali holds an MS(CS) from UIUC and has worked for F500s and startups ranging from Sun Microsystems to Confiz Solutions.
Vice Chairman: Haider Altaf Janjua
Haider Altaf Janjua – Founder & President Jtelemarketing. A 17 year old high school dropout – who set foot in the BPO industry 14 years ago. Today in Jtelemarketing he operates one of the largest BPO’s in the country – A company he founded Ten Years ago with 4 Employees and just $ 1000 in the bank. Now a venture employing over 600 People – Jtelemarketing has become the epitome of success not just in the industry but in corporate Pakistan, Inspiring Young Pakistanis to venture out and pursue their dreams.
Treasurer: Jawwad Ahmed Farid
Jawwad has served as CEC member and treasurer on multiple occasions, mentors the P@SHA Asia Pacific ICT Awards delegation, volunteers time for the judging and selection of P@SHA ICT Awards companies.
Jawwad’s speciality is enterprise risk systems for the financial services sector, he is a Fellow Society of Actuaries and an MBA from Columbia business school. He is also an alumni of FAST ICS Karachi – Class of 1992.
Central Executive Committee Members
- Asif Peer – Systems Ltd.
Currently serving Systems Limited as the CEO and MD – the same company where he began his career as a software developer in 1996, and now, also serving as a Member of the Board of Directors for Visionet Systems and Systems Limited. Having majored in CS at the NUCES, he completed his MBA in Marketing and Finance from IBA Karachi. He took a challenging role at the U.S. office, and then took on a wider array of responsibilities, focusing on delivery and projects. He went on to serve as the COO of Visionet Systems from 2008 to 2012 in the U.S. before returning to Pakistan and taking charge of Systems Limited as CEO. In the current role, he works closely with customers, partners, vendors, and governmental institutions while leading the multi-million-dollar expansion program for Systems Limited. The company has a market cap of $80m, it employees 3500 people and spans across 6 countries with ongoing projects in many other countries. During this tenure, the company did its IPO and won several accolades, including prestigious awards by the industry associations and Principals.
- Ahmed Ayub – TenPearls
Ahmed Ayub is the Country Manager for TenPearls and has over 16 years of experience in General Management, Cost and Profitability Management, Software Project Management and Software Development. He specializes in several key areas of Operations Management such as HRM, PMO, Finance, Administration and IT and has implemented end-to-end back office systems for enterprise level resource management, billing, invoice generation and multi-level profitability reporting. As a Certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he has established and managed PMOs, end to end project management processes and has worked on projects that cater to significant clients around the globe including SAP, Bank of America, ABN AMRO Bank N.V., JPMorgan Chase, China Mobile, Telenor and Liz Claiborne. Prior to TenPearls, he was the VP Operations for Folio3 and Head of Project Management at PixSense.
- Badar Khushnood – Bramerz
Badar Khushnood is a Cofounder and Partner at Bramerz, a leading and a pioneer full-service digital media & marketing agency in Pakistan. Badar primarily focuses on Growth Hacking two Bramerz product ventures, Fishry & Publisher. Badar was recently Twitter’s Country Representative for over a year and was Google’s Country Consultant for Pakistan for 9 years before joining back Bramerz. He acted as a one-man-army-on-the-ground for Google & Twitter liaising closely between internal teams and all-things Pakistan! He has also worked for ASUSTeK, SMEDA & Nishat Textiles. Badar is also a founding board member and an active mentor at several tech incubators & accelerators including Plan9, LUMS LCE (NIC Lahore) and The Nest I/O, Invest2Innovate, Telenor Velocity and NIC Islamabad. Badar has also been judging at APICTA (Asia Pacific ICT Alliance) for the last few years.
Badar brings along more than 18 years of rich and diverse experience working with leading brands in the global tech space. In his previous lives, Badar secured his Masters in Economics & Management from the Lahore School of Economics (LSE).
- Dr. Shoab A Khan – NUST
Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan is Professor in college of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences & Technology. He is an inventor of 5 awarded US patents and has 260+ international publications. His book on Digital Design is published by John Wiley & Sons and is being followed in national and international universities. Dr. Shoab Ahmed Khan has more than 22 years of industrial experience in companies in USA and Pakistan. He has been awarded Tamgh-e-Imtiaz (Civil), National Education Award 2001 and NCR National Excellence Award in Engineering Education. He is a member of Board of Governance of multiple groups in the Ministry of IT and Commerce. He has also served as member of National Computing Council and National Curriculum Review Committee.
- Shahzad Shahid – TPS
CEO of TPS Pakistan and Middle East. Prior to his appointment to the position of CEO, Shahzad was serving in the capacity of CMO of TPS. Joining the company as a software engineer in 1999, Shahzad moved to the TPS business development team in 2004. His instinctive flair for business was a natural fit and saw Shahzad emerge as a distinctive leader with strategic, creative and financial acumen as well as strong business intellect. He has played an integral role in shaping the e-banking landscape in Pakistan through closely working with banks, telcos and financial institutions.
- Naseer A Akhtar – Infotech Group
President and CEO of InfoTech Group, a position he has held since the founding of InfoTech in 1995. As a successful entrepreneur, Naseer A. Akhtar brought InfoTech to profitability and continues to build on that success with double digit year-on-year growth. He is a sought after speaker, mentor and has been honored with numerous industry awards and accolades. Naseer A. Akhtar sets the corporate direction and strategy for all lines of business. He focuses on customers, strategy and innovation. He has been responsible for multimillion dollar revenue generating product roadmaps that have disrupted major industries like Capital Markets, G2C and Smart Grids. He has participated in over 200 conferences and read numerous papers on various forums for ICT Policy, ICT Development, Human Development, Entrepreneurship, Trade and Investment and Global Leadership forums.
- Muhammad Yusaf Raza – Over Technologies
Head of Accounting and Finance / Company Secretary at Ovex Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd. and is responsible for overall Financial Management, Financial Planning and Budgeting for the company. He manages all Income Tax and Sales Tax matters, supervises Financial and Tax audits for Ovex Technologies and deals with corporate clients as well as professional and business organizations such as Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI), Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB), and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP). He has 09 years of experience in various sectors of the economy like Accountancy profession, Textiles and IT Sector.
P@SHA also announced appointment of the new Secretary General, Shehryar Hydri in Islamabad while Jehan Ara will continue her responsibilities as President of the Association based in Karachi.