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Abdul Razzak Dawood

Razak Dawood founded Descon Engineering Limited that evolved into a leading engineering firm in Middle East and Pakistan. He served in various roles including Managing Director Lawrencepur Textile Mills and Dawood Hercules Chemicals Limited and Director United Refrigeration Industries (pvt) Limited.

He served as Federal Commerce Minister and has been serving as Advisor for Commerce, Textile, Industry and Production, and Investment of Pakistan since 2018. Mr. Dawood has been an active philanthropist and currently he is the Rector, Lahore University of Management Sciences; 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.

Naeem Zafar

Naeem is co-founder and CEO of TeleSense, an IoT (Internet of Things) startup in the AgTech space, that is addressing remote monitoring and control of post-harvest grain. Previously he served as the CEO of Bitzer Mobile (Acquired by Oracle in November 2013). 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 and 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 ).

Ahmad Jalal

Ahmad is a managing Partner at Cordoba Ventures. Previously he served as the CEO of Aman Health, MD at Abraaj Group, 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 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.

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