Pit Stop at Islamabad
3 restaurants hopped within 2 hours. Lots of “healthy” food (of all kinds!). Challenged & defeated the cold of a chilly Islamabad night with sheer stubbornness & bravery. Learnt the Do’s & Don’ts of travelling to some parts of the country! 😐
Great random discussions.
Talk at NIC Peshawar
Meeting with an Old Friend in Peshawar
A pleasure meeting my friend Faisal Khan, someone who’s been one of the key driving forces behind the strong entrepreneurship landscape in KPK .. His contributions to BaseCamp as well as Peshawar 2.0 are commendable. You’ll see us working together on several initiatives soon IA!
A Night in Islamabad with Friends from the Industry
Very interesting multifaceted late night conversations with friends in Islamabad. It’s a really cold city in winters! Much awaited & after a long time, I will be in the beautiful city of Peshawar tomorrow to speak at an event organized by Telenor Pakistan for promoting entrepreneurship amongst the youth. As always, I promise to be as candid as I can be, when sharing my tales of failure.
At the sets of ICK on the shoot of last episode
Yesterday we recorded the last episode of Season 3 of Idea Croron Ka. We’ve broken all records of the previous 2 seasons in terms of Investments, partnership & sponsorships. None of this was possible without the team that enables me to drive the show, from behind the cameras.
Remembering my mother, my fan & my friend - My Dadi
Recorded the last show of Idea Croron Ka Season 3 yesterday. We set a record of the highest investment ever raised. Wore a purple tie that my grand mother gifted to me 8 years ago, months before her passing. She would’ve turned 90 yesterday. She was my mother, my fan & my friend.
For friends who’ve inquired my gym routine: I believe in a morning workout. 40 mins of Weights & 20 mins of Cardio or Visa versa. Give a day each to Arms, Chest, Shoulder & Back. Legs hold your body, keep them strong. Hit ’em atleast twice weekly. Eat Well. Run. Bless you!
A Memory From 2011
On this day 7 years ago, I spoke in Glasgow to fellow students from 21 countries about the potential of Pakistan. I predicted we’ll rise & I still stick by that prediction. A memorable & extremely significant date: Nov 24, 2011.
Keynote at Commonwealth Future Youth Summit Kaula Lumpur
Gave a keynote at the Future Youth Summit organized by CWY. Tangible discussions with reps of the King of Malaysia, ambassadors & ministers of youth from Russia & China etc. Met investors willing to invest in Pakistan’s innovation & education ecosystems.
Heading Pakistan Delegation for The Ground Breaking of Commonwealth Youth City in Kaula Lumpur
Proudly taking the Pakistan delegation to Kuala Lumpur for the ground breaking of Commonwealth Youth City on the invitation of Malaysian Government. A special delegate & Parliamentary Secretary Railways, Farrukh Habib shall be sharing the perspective of our government, youth & more.
Last Day of Entrepreneurship Class at Superior
Yes this is an Entrepreneurship class, not a one-day workshop. Pleasure teaching and learning, for an entire semester, from such bright students and in such large numbers of Superior University. Sure hope it was worth their time!
Curating Superior Entrepreneurial Forum in Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018
A pleasure curating an extremely interesting conversation on career planning, solving the job versus business and contours of pursuing entrepreneurship as a way forward for university graduates at Superior University with Qaiser F Ansari Sb – CEO Pantera Energy, Suneel Sarfaraz Munj – CEO PakWheels.com, Hasnain Sheikh – Chairman and CEO Inov8 Limited, Sadaffe Abid -Founder and CEO CIRCLE. The Superior Entrepreneurial Forum as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018 was a resounding success!
Sharing The Stage with Dr. Nasira Iqbal - A Living Legend
It was an honor & a privilege to share the stage with a woman so accomplished, so strong yet so humble. She especially became a part of the show to give her message to the youth of the country & the message was simple yet clear. “Stay positive about the potential of Pakistan; we have come a long way & we are destined to shine”.
Here’s a quick snap of Justice Sahiba’s illustrious career:
Ms. Iqbal has a degree in intellectual property law from Punjab University, a Master of Laws degree (cum laude) from Harvard Law School, and a Master of Laws from Punjab University.
She was one of the first five women to be appointed to the Lahore High Court, where she served as a justice from 1994 to 2002. She is also the president of an activist group, the Concerned Citizens of Pakistan Society (CCP). Among other honors, she received the Fatima Jinnah Medal for Women’s Rights in 2006, the Woman of the Year Star Award in 2007.
She is also a former president of the Lahore High Court Bar Association. Currently, she is an honorary legal advisor to the International Women’s Club, Lahore, and the All Pakistan Women’s Association, Punjab; a trustee of Transparency International; and a member of the Pakistan Women Lawyers’ Association.
May Allah keep her healthy & shining for years to come!
Curating Panel Talk at 021 Disrupt
A fabulous 021 Disrupt Conference organized by Jehan Ara & the fantastic team at the Nest I/O. It was great curating the panel talk on “Building Startup Teams that Win”. This conference has raised the bar high & added genuine value to our entrepreneurship landscape.
If you are an entrepreneur reading this, here is the crux of the talk that will help you:
Pick people with complementary skills; Your team should consist of people you can confide in and be vulnerable with; Choose people with the same passion/values; Bringing friends and family on board is okay – even encouraged to build a strong support system – as long as you can ensure transparency and manage relationships well; Take criticism from your peers positively.
At Startup Grind Faisalabad
Thoroughly impressed by the evolution of the entrepreneurship landscape of Faisalabad; all the right stakeholders have gotten together & are working towards the growth of startups.
A pleasure speaking to traditional businessmen reps of the chamber & startups at the Startup Grind Faisalabad.
Congrats Muhammad Bilal & team for the small yet well knit & powerful ecosystem you guys have managed to put together within the city!
Keynote at the Global BlockChain Summit & Launch of Commonwealth Youth Token organised by the Commonwealth Youth City (CWY) & Government of Malaysia
My visit to Malaysia was extremely productive. A special thanks to friends in the Malaysian Government who invited me to do a keynote at the Global Block Chain Summit & Launch of Commonwealth Youth Token organised by the Commonwealth Youth City (CWY) & Govt. of Malaysia. During the event the funds raised by the token to build a youth city in Malaysia tipped $1 Million (within 3 hours).
It was a pleasure discussing matters of mutual interest with the Minister of Federal Territories Mr. Khalid Samad, who formally inducted me to the board of the Commonwealth Youth City Initiative by presenting a wonderful memento. It was indeed an honor to launch the Asia 500 magazine in Malaysia along with the honorable minister.
Also got the fantastic opportunity to gauge the interest of Chinese Investors in the Pakistani Innovation landscape as well as their desire to help create more jobs for our youth through mega projects being planned via CPEC. Learnt from friends from the Maltese Government how the online gaming industry is huge and their dire need to attract high quality programmers / software engineers to Malta.
I am honored to have been inducted as a board of adviser for the Commonwealth Youth City Global Initiative. I’ve also been given the formal responsibility of leading CWY Youth City initiative in Pakistan as its CEO & Chairman. The role shall entail the following:
– Setting up an Innovation City funded by the Commonwealth Youth Token & Chinese Investors.
– Setting up Innovation Centers backed by CWY Global across Pakistan
– Introducing the Blockchain backed “Youth Token & Youth Coin” already launched in China as well as Malaysia to name a few.
– Building digital CPEC with China’s Economic and Innovation Council, Belt Road Initiative.
– Hosting & facilitating bilateral meetings between relevant stakeholders from China, Pakistan and Malaysia respectively.
I shall be looking forward to seeking your support & also contact of you personally whom I feel can create professional synergies with our friends of China & Malaysia.
Project Management Professional (PMP) Certification Renewal
PMP in good standing for yet another 3 years.
Catching Up with Islamabad Again
The Commonwealth Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship
Snapshots from The Commonwealth Policy Dialogue on Entrepreneurship, driven by me, at Superior Entrepreneurial Expo 2018. The dialogue revolved around entrepreneurship, education, national policy, and local and international partnerships saw representatives of The Commonwealth – Arif Zaman, Sushil Ram and Kishva Ambigapathy while Alicia Dean came all the way from Austin to join us as the delegate. The local industry was represented by Jehan Ara, Syed Ahmad, Jamil Goheer, Badar Khushnood, Qasif Shahid, Bashir Sheikh, Saad Fazil and Zaeem Yaqoob.
A special note of acknowledgement to Abeer Saqib and Faizan Mahmood – the two people who have always stood by me.
Catching Up with Syed Ahmad, CEO DPL
"Sifar Ka Safar" at TEDx Islamabad
A pleasure delivering my TEDx Talk in اردو at TEDx Islamabad.
I chose to speak on صفر کا سفر which covered my perspective on one’s ideal way of life. I revolved my talk around the four pillars of success including:
آگاہی ۔ برابری ۔ خودی – وجود
Hope it was worth your time!
You can listen to the complete talk on my YouTube channel.
In a Panel Discussion on 'Instilling Innovation'
Speaking in a panel discussion, yesterday, a day before my TEDx Talk at Islamabad on “Instilling Innovation – How to create a digital workplace of the future!” hosted by S&P Global (Pakistan).
I shared the challenges that one faces while digitizing an organization and how with technology the gap of skills like design thinking and digital skills needs to be fulfilled, and spoke of the initiatives he has taken to fulfill this gap and what the future of skills entails.
Faizan Becoming Part of the Family
Its hard to find young, dynamic professionals like Faizan Mahmood. I’m overjoyed to have him as part of the team (finally!) as General Manager Innovation, The Superior Group. Welcome on board – may you continue to shine!
Digital Admissions Meetings
Super proud of my team for burning the midnight oil to make Digital Admissions a reality! A big shout out to my friend Shahid Ali (the guy in the first picture staring at the laptop screen) for being with me through every thick and thin for over a decade now! May Allah bless you with the best of his blessings.
Iftar Hosted by Abdul Rehman Talat, Founder BlueEast and Investor at Idea Croron Ka
Lots of food, beautiful house, diverse discussions from startups, to food, to more food & ofcourse, politics.