Plan9, P@SHA and OPEN brings to you “Global Trends in Technology Innovation” with Dilawar Syed (President and CEO of Yonja Media Group)
Date: 8th July, 2013
Venue: Auditorium, Level 3, Arfa Software Technology Park.
The event is open for all. Please REGISTER NOW: http://bit.ly/1aEDqE0
Dilawar Syed is President and CEO of Yonja Media Group, a leading emerging markets social media company. Founded in 2003, Istanbul and SiliconValley-based Yonja Media Group operates major social networking, recruiting, mobile and local commerce brands. Yonja Media Group is backed by Tiger Global Management. He holds an MBA from The Wharton School of University of Pennsylvania and a BA from University of Texas at Austin.
Prior to joining Yonja Media, Dilawar was at Yahoo! where he was head of strategy and operations for Yahoo’s Platform Division. Earlier, he spent several years in leadership roles in the enterprise software industry. At SAP Dilawar launched the company’s customer relationship management solution; and at Siebel Systems Dilawar grew Siebel’s integration platform to a multi-million dollar business globally. He started his career at Deloitte Consulting and Ernst & Young in the firms’ financial services, energy and communication industry practices.
Dilawar has played a leadership role in a broad range of civic efforts globally. In 2010, President Barack Obama appointed him to the President’s Advisory Commission on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders (AAPI). The Commission advises the President on public policy concerning the Asian American community including education, entrepreneurship, civil rights and environment. Dilawar chairs the Commission’s Economic Growth Committee and drives engagement with the AAPI entrepreneur community across the U.S. In his role as Commissioner, he has engaged entrepreneurs and small businesses on policy initiatives including access to capital, patent reform, open data and Health IT, skilled workers immigration and public-private partnerships. In 2008, Governor Howard Dean appointed Dilawar as the National Co-Chair of the Democratic National Committee’s South Asian Leadership Council. He is also a board member of OPEN Silicon Valley, a South Asian American entrepreneurship non-profit.
In 2009, Dilawar co-founded American Pakistan Foundation, a Diaspora-led developmental organisation, which, was launched by the Secretary of State Hilary Clinton. He advises Dosti, Atlantic Council’s initiative connecting aspiring entrepreneurs in South Asia. Dilawar was also a member of the U.S. State Department’s Global Entrepreneurship Delegation to Turkey in 2012.