Silicon Valley to Pakistan: Enabling Technology Transfer

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Join us for a virtual discussion on Enabling Technology Transfer from ‘Silicon Valley to Pakistan’ on 24 June, 9 PM PKT with: - John Hoover, 🇺🇸 Acting Chargé d'Affaires - US Embassy Pakistan - Dr. Asad Majeed Khan, 🇵🇰 Pakistani Ambassador to the US - Najeeb Ghauri, Chairman NETSOL Technologies - Dr. Naveed Iftikhar, Founder Learners' Republic, Adjunct Faculty LUMS, PIDE - Shehab Farrukh Niazi, Editor in Chief - Startup Guide Pakistan - Arzish Azam, CEO Ejad Labs, Director - Startup Grind Pakistan

Najeeb Ghauri

Najeeb Ghauri is the Founder, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Group CEO of NETSOL Technologies, a U.S. corporation providing global business services and enterprise application solutions to private and public sector organizations worldwide. NETSOL Technologies is a pioneer in Information Technology ‘IT’ in Pakistan that was listed on NASDAQ Stock Exchange in the US. It is still the only and first US and Pakistan based ‘IT’ company Listed on NASDAQ. NETSOL has a global footprint with wholly owned subsidiaries in Pakistan, US, UK, China, Thailand, Australia and Indonesia. Prior to founding NETSOL Technologies, Inc. in 1997, Mr. Ghauri has 15 years of career in marketing, sales and corporate in two fortune 500 companies as Uniliver, Atlantic Richfield, (RCO- now BP).

John Hoover

John Hoover arrived in Islamabad, Pakistan as the Deputy Chief of Mission on August 30, 2017. He is a career member of the United States Senior Foreign Service who began his career with the U.S. Department of State in 1988. From 2014 to 2017, John served as the U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Sierra Leone, where he helped lead the U.S. Government’s successful response to the world’s worst-ever Ebola epidemic. Before that, he was the Director of the Office of Regional and Security Affairs in the State Department’s Bureau of African Affairs (2010-2013). Overseas, John has served in Kampala, Uganda as Deputy Chief of Mission (2008-10); Nairobi, Kenya as Economic Counselor (2004-08); Shanghai, China (2000-2004); Taipei, Taiwan (1996-2000); Mbabane, Swaziland (1989-91); and Paris, France (1988-89). In Washington, he served as Pakistan Desk Officer from 1993 to 1995. Prior to his Foreign Service career, John worked as an investment banker in New York and Tokyo, and as an English teacher in Japan. He is a graduate of Princeton University.

Dr. Asad Majeed Khan

Asad Majeed Khan is a Pakistani diplomat who serves as the current Ambassador of Pakistan to the United States. Previously, he served as Pakistan's ambassador to Japan. Dr. Asad earned his Doctorate in International Economic and Business Law (LL.D.) from Kyushu University Japan and has been a resource person at various academic institutions in Pakistan including International Islamic University, Lahore, University of Management Sciences, Foreign Trade Institute of Pakistan and Foreign Services Academy on International Trade, Law and WTO affairs.

Arzish Azam

Arzish specializes in community building, entrepreneurship and innovation travel. He’s the youngest global graduate from Founder Institute, the Country Director for Startup Grind Pakistan and the founder of some of the leading tech conferences promoting Pakistani startups. He runs the largest private tech exchange programs to Silicon Valley and Europe, featuring 150+ Pakistani startups in the past 3 years. He has received various awards and recognition at many international conferences for his work.

Naveed Iftikhar

Naveed has been working with the public sector, academia, research centers, and international development organizations for almost two decades. He is well-versed and writes widely in the fields of public policy, governance, urban development, and economic reforms. His current research and policy work focuses on entrepreneurship, public sector governance, public-private partnerships, and cities.

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