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OPTIMIZE: The Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship Forum

June 7, 2013 3:00 pm
June 8, 2013 7:00 pm
Registration is free, but attendance will cost Rs 1000. The attendance fees will be collected at the venue itself on the day of the conference.
Karachi Sheraton Hotel


OPTIMIZE, KITE’s keynote conference of the year, spanning over two days, will explore the nexus of finance, technology and entrepreneurship, and the opportunities that exist as these fields evolve around each other. This year’s conference is divided into three major parts:


. The first part will focus on financing options available for startups and projects.

. The second part will discuss the present intersections between the worlds of finance and technology (such as payments systems, lending to tech startups, and the potential for a tech bank).

. Finally, the third part of the conference will lay out a vision for the merger between the two worlds, concentrating on digital currencies, and the future of retail banking in an increasingly online world.


At the conference, you will get to hear some of Pakistan’s most distinguished personalities, in the world of banking, technology and business, discuss their vision for an inevitable evolution in the landscape of the financial and tech industries. Come join us optimize the future!


For details visit http://www.kite.edu.pk/optimize-the-finance-technology-and-entrepreneurship-forum/




Day 1: June 7, 2013 

Introduction and Opening Remarks by Afaque Ahmed 15:00-15:15

Session 1: Financing your start-up 

Panel discussion followed by Q&A  15:15 -16:15

Panelists: Jehan Ara, Faizan Leghari, Farzal Dojki, Afaque Ahmed

Tea Break: 16:15-16:45

Lending to small industries – by small industries

Panel discussion followed by Q&A 16:45-18:00

Panelists: Mansoor Siddiqui, Yasin Altaf, Isfandiyar Shaheen, Ali Abbas Sikander (tentative)


Day 2: June 8, 2013

Session 2: The current landscape in finance and technology

Laws that govern tech startups: cyber laws and financial laws

Presentation followed by Q&A 09:30-10:00

Speaker: Zahid Jamil

Developing effective payment systems

Panel discussion followed by Q&A 10:00-11:30

Panelists: Syed Irfan Ali, Jehan Ara, Zahid Jamil, Faisal Khan

Tea Break and Networking: 11:30-12:00

Crowdfunding: scope and legal frameworks

Panel discussion followed by Q&A 12:00-13:00

Panelists: Nida Farid and Zahid Jamil


Session 3: Fin-techs and the future of finance

Have banks become dinosaurs?

Presentation followed by Q&A 14:30-15:00

Speaker: Dr. Farooq Pasha

Bitcoin and digital currencies: bubble or boom?

Panel discussion followed by Q&A 15:00-16:30

Panelists: Nida Farid, Dr. Farooq Pasha, Jawad Farid

Tea Break: 16:30-17:00

The future of finance and fin-techs in Pakistan

Presentation followed by Q&A 17:00-18:30

Financial literacy, computer literacy, and a holistic education 18:30 – 1900

Speaker: Afaque Ahmed