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Jamal Arif

Jamal Arif has a career spanning over 30 years in the field of marketing and sales of electronics and hardware in USA. He has worked with top brands like Sun Microsystems, Fujitsu Electronics, Hynix, Mitsubishi Electronics, AMI and National Semiconductors and Hitachi Electronics. His roles included identifying market opportunities, developing and executing marketing and sales strategies, recruiting and working with channel partners and developing business partnerships. He has a track record of significantly boosting unit sales in fiercely competitive and down market through his strategies. Mr. Arif currently lectures at Lahore University of Management and Sciences as a visiting professor. He holds an MBA from University of Oregon USA, business diploma from Curtin University Australia and undergraduate degree in Electrical Engineering from UET Lahore. Mr. Arif was also a visiting scholar at Harvard University, USA.

Zahoor Hassan

Dr. Hassan has played a pivotal role in developing LUMS from an infant to a world class prestigious institute. His research interests include Information systems development methodologies, global software development, information technology utilization effectiveness, and management of technology. He is a strong supporter of new entrepreneurial ventures bringing innovative technology for use of masses. He has an MS, PhD and a management degree from Stanford and is currently acting as a Vice Chancellor of LUMS.

Peter Vonogs

Peter Vonogs has a career spanning over 30 years in the field of operations, business management and strategy in GCC and Europe. He was initiator and founder of the first Music e-Zine in Germany as well for the first internet party. He has worked as a COO for SafeMed a business facilitator in the GCC, Director at Telefonica in Germany, CTO for arvato Middle East and Director KPI at du. Peter is a Master in Business Management at Open University in London, BSc for Electro Engineering. He is a Certified Business Operations Professional (CBOP) and holds various certificates for Quality and Project Management.

Abdul Razzak Dawood

Mr. A. Razzak Dawood Managing Director of Descon Engineering Limited and six other private companies. He has worked as Managing Director of Lawrencepur Textile Mills and Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited. He is also a Director of United Refrigeration Industries (pvt) Limited. He was a visiting professor of Department of Business Administration at the University of Punjab, Management Association of Pakistan; Member Syndicate, the University of Punjab as well as member Senate, University of Punjab; Member, Board of Studies, Institute of Chemical Engineering and Technology and Director of Pakistan International Airlines. He was also the Federal Commerce Minister for four years in the first cabinet of General Pervez Musharraf. Mr. Razzak Dawood has been an active philanthropist and at present he is the Rector, Lahore University of Management Sciences to which his family has donated generously; Vice Chairman, Board of Governors, National Management Foundation; Member, Board of Governors, Shaukat Khanum Cancer Hospital and Research Centre. Mr. Dawood is a BSc. Mining Engineering from England and MBA Columbia University, USA.

Ahmad Jalal

Ahmad Jalal is a Managing Director at Abraaj Group, the investment firm with US$7.5B in assets-under-management. At Abraaj, Ahmad is the Head of Pakistan for the Abraaj Global Healthcare Fund and previously, his role included spearheading the creation of Pakistan Small Midcap Fund and investing across the Gulf Countries as well as the Levant.

Prior to that, he was an Executive Director with Goldman Sachs in London where he executed financial restructuring, capital raising and investing in Investment banking and the Principal Investments team within the Infrastructure space. He started his career as a Chartered Accountant with Arthur Andersen/Deloitte and later worked in transaction services advising global private equity firms on acquisitions in the retail, hotels & leisure and oil & gas sectors.

Ahmad is the Founding Director of Pakistan Fast Growth 100, the ranking of fast growth emerging enterprises, Advisory Board Member of Professor Michael Porter’s AllWorld Network. He is member of The International Institute for Strategic Studies.

Ahmad graduated in MPA in International Development from the Harvard Kennedy School, BSc. Economics from the London School of Economics and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.

Naeem Zafar

Naeem co-founded and served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile (Acquired by Oracle in November 2013) and he also teaches entrepreneurship at the University of California Berkeley.  Naeem started his own business at the age of 26 and subsequently went on to start, or work at, six startups. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems.  Twenty years, two kids, one IPO and three CEO stints later, he founded Startup-Advisor, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business (www.Startup-Advsior.com ).

Naeem works frequently with the US State Department in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across the world and was invited to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC to participate in a dialogue about starting an entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide.   He is on the International advisory board for the North African initiative at the Aspen Institute. He has travelled to 76 countries to understand cultures and how business is done and considers himself a global citizen.Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business.  Information can be found on www.NaeemZafar.com.  His books including “7-Steps to a Successful Startup” are also available on Amazon.com, Kindle and on the iTunes App store.

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