(September 22, 2015) (Karachi) – The new Chairman and Central Executive Committee (CEC) of Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA) has been elected for the year 2015-2016. The President of P@SHA, Jehan Ara made this announcement at P@SHA’s Annual General Meeting held in CARE Pvt. Ltd. on September 17th, 2015.
Dr. Shoab A. Khan, the Outgoing Chairman briefed the Incoming Chairman Syed Ahmad and the General Body on the areas that P@SHA had focused on during the past year – especially relations with Government departments and organizations and Academia.
Goals and objectives for the coming year were also discussed during the meeting.
Strategies for taking forward initiatives for extension of the tax holiday as well the removal of the 8% WHT were discussed as were initiatives for the growth of the sector.
Speaking at the ceremony, Jehan Ara congratulated the newly elected Chairman, CEC members and Office Bearers and introduced them to the General Body who attended the meeting. She assured them the full support of the P@SHA Secretariat team.
CEO, DPL Pvt. Ltd
Syed Ahmad is founder & CEO of DPL, a leading software company based in Islamabad. Like no one else, DPL is setting a trend in Pakistan defying popular culture with its own counter-culture movement called “Rebel Ethos”. DPL’s mission statement reflects this: “Liberating minds to become the model IT enterprise in the region”.
Syed founded DPL in 2003 with three co-founders straight out of university. Learning from its ruthless mentor i.e. the market, DPL is now a multi-million dollar company that has top global companies as its clients in the US and Northern Europe. Syed wants to build DPL into the first large-scale IT company from Pakistan that can compete at global stage with likes of InfoSys and Accenture. In order to achieve its goals, DPL is focusing on building a team comprised of top talent and giving them an environment and culture that is no less than the Silicon Valley. DPL has already won various awards and recognition and currently going through high-growth phase.
Senior Vice Chairman
CEO, Sofizar (Pvt.) Ltd.
Zafar is the CEO of Sofizar, ConstellationCK. He is a highly accomplished engineer from Caltech with several electronic advertising related patents under his belt and is very passionate about performance marketing.
A very successful Internet Entrepreneur, Zafar worked at various organizations such as Nexiant and Gemstar in the US, Hong Kong and China before he moved to Pakistan and set up his own firm in 2004. He is also the Chairman of OPEN Lahore.
CEO, Next Generation Innovations
With over 12 years of experience, Farzal is the CEO of Next Generation Innovations and Co-Founder and Interim CEO of DotZero, a curated co-working space built with crowd sourced funding. In the last 4 years, Farzal has founded and Co-founded of 2 Tech Consulting firms, focusing on Payment Platforms, E-Commerce, M-Commerce & Information Portals – using Open Source & Mobile platforms. He has a dual Bachelor’s degree in Economics & Computer Science from UT Austin and a Masters from NYU.
Muhammad Zohaib Khan
CEO, A2Z Creatorz
As Founder and CEO of A2Z Creatorz, Muhammad Zohaib Khan, oversees all local and international corporate business development, joint venture and partnerships. As a Technical IT Professional he engages with upcoming technologies and directs the company to ensure the attainment of sales and profit goals in order to earn maximize return on invested capital. He is responsible for the formulation of current and long-range plans and objectives, and represents the organization in relations with its customers and the business and nonbusiness communities.
Amin Uddin Ansari
CEO, CTO 24/7 (Pvt) Ltd
Amin is the President of CTO 24/7 Lahore, Pakistan. He has over 35 years of experience in the field of IT. Amin is a graduate of the University of Memphis in Electrical Engineering. After 23 years in the US and a well-established career as Product Manager of SISCO’s title office production solution called AIM and later, as Vice President of Landata., Amin came back to Pakistan for putting the stepping stone for Descon’s IT company, Descon Information Services (DIS), in 1997. In 2007, Amin ventured alongside 4 other partners and founded CTO 24/7 Private Limited.
Talha Munir Khan
Country Manager, Knowledge Platform (Pvt) Ltd
Talhah is working at Knowledge Platform since November 2001 and where he leads the technology team. He also manages the Pakistan operations of the business. Talhah has extensive experience in building effective teams, leading engineering operations, talent acquisition, management and engagement, strategic thinking and alignment, program management, creating customer-focused culture, ensuring cross functional collaboration and use of performance support to drive delivery excellence. Having focused on learning solutions for the past fifteen years, he has deep knowledge of heterogeneous e-learning standards and numerous learning technology systems.
CEO, TEAMANTS Pvt. Ltd.
Shahjahan Chaudhary is the founder of Team::ants which is a social technology company with extreme expertise in brand design, technology and strategy.Being an IBA grad, Shahjahan believes that that Internet has changed everything. The focus of marketing has shifted from medium to content, from information to conversation and from products to ideas. His specialties include Social Media Marketing, Brand Management, Online Advertising, Brand Development, Digital Marketing, Entrepreneurship and Corporate Communications.
CEO, Personforce Consulting (Private) Limited
Atif has over 17 years of experience working in the ICT field across multiple domains and industries. During this time he has successfully envisioned, designed, developed and launched numerous products. He co-founded Personforce Inc, a leading job boards provider in the Silicon Valley and has won numerous awards including Shell’s Livewire Award of “Young Entrepreneur of the Year, 2004”, DHL YES Award of “Young Social Entrepreneur of the Year”, 2007.He has also successfully raised funds for various philanthropic activities from Google, USAID, ISIF Asia and Abraaj Consulting etc.
Dr Shoab A Khan
CEO, CARE Pvt. Ltd
Dr. Shoab Khan has a Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA. He is a founding member of Center for Advanced Studies in Engineering (CASE) and CEO of Center for Advanced Research in Engineering (CARE). He is a professor of electrical and computer engineering at the College of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering, National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST).
Dr Khan is actively involved in research and development and has 5 awarded US patents and 160+ international publications. He has more than 17 years of industrial experience in companies like Scientific Atlanta, Picture Tel, Cisco Systems, and Avaz Networks. He has been awarded Tamgha-e-Imtiaz, the Presidential Award for his contribution in the field of Engineering.
Jamal A Khan
CEO, Advanced Research Projects and Technologies (Pvt) Ltd.
Jamal Khan has over 18 years of broad management and development experience in the internet technology space. He is the founder of Arpatech Pvt. Ltd. and has served in a leadership capacity in numerous companies throughout his career, innovating and developing market leading products. As Chief Technology Officer of US Now Corp. in the mid-nineties, Jamal helped establish some of the first internet based rich applications for the Web. After serving in technology leadership roles at Instinet – A Reuters Company, and Merck Medco LLC., he joined VeriSign, where he worked in various capacities over the span of five years.
Jehan Ara remains the President of P@SHA.
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