Meet The Mentors
Dr. Shagufta Feroz
Founder/Director, Integrated Holistic Care Centre
Dr. Shagufta Feroz is a family physician and an expert in holistic family medicine and nutrition. She is the Founder and Director of the Integrated Holistic Care Centre and often conducts awareness lectures and makes regular TV appearances.
Director/Partner, JBNJaws Productions | Director/Partner, CARTEL – Public Relations & Client Management | Director/Partner, GENESIS – Celebrity Management Company
Sarfraz is an entrepreneur, event manager, writer, publicist and thinker. He is currently the Director and Partner of three different event management, PR and celebrity management companies, the most popular of which is JBNJaws Productions. Sarfraz and his team are big believers in hard work and team work, and they love taking up new challenges to meet and exceed expectations.
Muhammad Abbas Rizvi
CEO, Web Sketchers | Director, eXtile
Abbas is an expert in social and digital media marketing and marketing strategies, and is an avid supporter of small business owners. He is currently the CEO of Web Sketchers, a Digital Media Marketing company specializing in social media management and web portal development. Abbas also serves as Director of eXtile, a merchandising company.
Managing Director, CHIC Ladies Shoes & Bags | Specialized Lecturer in Entrepreneurship, Lahore College for Women University
Tania Mallick is a pioneer entrepreneur of ladies shoes & bags, having launched her brand CHIC in 1991 after completing her MBA from LUMS. Currently she has an outlet at Empire Center, Main Boulevard Gulberg, Lahore. Over the years, Tania has participated in numerous exhibitions nationwide and has the distinction of having represented Pakistan as Lead Woman Entrepreneur in an exhibition at Dubai under the banner of Export Promotion Bureau. Tania is a facilitator for WomenX Lahore’s peer-to-peer sessions and she is also a specialized lecturer of Entrepreneurship at Lahore College for Women University.
Assistant Professor (Economics, Research Methods, Entrepreneurship, Strategy), Government College University, Lahore
Uzair is an Assistant Professor of Economics, Research Methods, Entrepreneurship and Strategy at GC University, Lahore and is one of the key instructors for the business education component of the WomenX program in Lahore. With an inherent interest in entrepreneurship and supporting entrepreneurs, Uzair is also involved as the Program Coordinator of MS Entrepreneurship and SME Management at GC University. He is an expert in Social Research and Evaluation Research and is a trainer in Entrepreneurship Development and Research Skills. Uzair has also had the unique honour of representing Pakistan in the 1st Lindau (Germany) Meeting with Nobel Prize Winners in Economics in 2005.
Kashif Ali Arif
Owner, Burger Hub, Lahore
Kashif is the owner of Burger Hub in Lahore and has 15 years of diverse hands on experience in: social/conventional entrepreneurship and business startup, business plan development, market research, survey & consumer behavior, stakeholder management, data analysis & forecasting, investor/franchisee selection, operations management/strategy & standardization, costing & financial management. Kashif is also a certified flight instructor with the Lahore Flying Club.
Chairperson, Sweet Affairs, Lahore | Vice-Chairperson, Waqar Shaffi Group
Asma is a graduate of Kinnaird College for Women and is currently heading the marketing and brand development departments of Sweet Affairs, a high-end bakery and café in Lahore which started off as a home-based business in 2011. She is also the Vice-Chairperson of the Waqar Shaffi Group. Asma is an experienced mentor, having mentored a diverse range of talented professionals.
General Manager, H Karim Buksh Stores (Beech Tree & Pepperland)
Kehkashan heads the Beech Tree and Pepperland brands for the H Karim Buksh stores nationwide. An MBA from LUMS, Kehkashan specializes in business development and operations management.
CEO/Co-Founder, Serendipity | CEO/Co-Founder, The Rice Bowl, Lahore
With an extensive professional background in the telecommunications, IT and financial sectors, Furqan is now the CEO and Co-Founder of two companies: the first is Serendipity, a one of a kind tech accelerator, and the other is The Rice Bowl, a leading Chinese delivery business located in Lahore.
CEO, Pronto Promo Pvt. Ltd.
Saulat Salahuddin earned her MBA from LUMS and completed her BA from the Lahore College for Women. She has built an industry-leading promotional products company from a home-based business which is now a case study SME cited as a role model for Pakistan’s promotional products industry. Her company has a client portfolio comprising more than 24 Fortune 500 companies, from pharmaceuticals to banks to FMGCs. Saulat is a trailblazer and is working shoulder to shoulder in an industry dominated by men.
Managing Director, Sefam Pvt. Ltd. (Bareeze) | Founder/Chairperson, CARE Foundation
Seema Aziz is the Managing Director of Sefam Private Ltd. (Bareeze), Pakistan’s largest fashion retailer. As one of the most successful entrepreneurs in Pakistan, she is an expert in business strategy and business development. Seema is also a prolific social activist and is the Founder and Chairperson of CARE Foundation, an organization that provides underprivileged students with access to education.
CEO/Founder, CresVentures | President, TiE Lahore Chapter
A well-known name in the Pakistani entrepreneurial space, Humayun Mazhar is the Founder and CEO of CresVentures, an angel investment firm that connects entrepreneurs with resources to kick-start the next big idea. Humayun is also the President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE) Lahore Chapter, and is truly a champion of all things entrepreneurial.
Kamil Saroop Khan
Head of Digital and Social Media, Nestle
Kamil is a Creative Conceptualizer and a digital media junkie. An innovative thinker, Kamil has conceptulized campaigns, products and strategies to bring challenge and success to lives and businesses. A results-oriented leader, he brings along rich experience in business development, brand management and development, financial management and sales promotion in the telecom/media/FMCG sector which he has leveraged to meet and exceed expectations.
Dr. Shehla Javed Akram
CEO, Don Valley Pharmaceuticals | President, Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Dr. Shehla Javed Akram is the CEO of Don Valley Pharmaceuticals and the President of the Women Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As one of the pioneer founders, Dr. Shehla’s mission to establish WCCI was to initiate an organization and forum to support and assist women entrepreneurs from all tiers of society.
CEO, Barry’s Home & Design
CEO of Barry’s Home & Design, Jamil comes from a family well-known for having laid the foundation stones of interiors and fabrics in Pakistan. He is an expert interior designer and has outlets in Lahore and Islamabad.
Co-Founder, WebWorks.pk | Communications Manager, Rocket Internet GmbH
Fatin is a PR and social media marketing expert and is the Co-Founder of WebWorks.pk, a digital marketing and online advertising agency. She also serves as the Communications Manager at Rocket Internet.
Media and Marketing Strategy Specialist | Business Manager at Maxus(GroupM)
Ibrahim is a specialist in media & marketing strategy, having developed a number of prominent promotional campaigns for local and multinational brands. He has to his credit high visibility and award winning projects such as Nescafe Basement Seasons, Nesvita Women of Strength and Everyday Khas Taste Challenge. Prior to entering the realm of marketing, he worked in the financial sector with Pricewaterhouse Coopers (UK) before returning to Pakistan. Presently, he is working in a leadership role as Business Manager at Maxus(GroupM), the world’s largest media investment group, where he is handling both traditional and digital media portfolios.
Vice-President and Head of Social Media, Cresset Technologies
Ayesha Bajwa is Vice-President and Head of Social Media at Cresset Technologies and has more than 5 years of experience in Digital and Social Marketing, Advertising and Public Relations. At Cresset Technologies, she directs Social Media vision and strategy and leads a team of Community Managers and Social Customer Care Representatives. Ayesha has her MBA in Marketing from Government College University, Lahore and topped a course on International Management from Monash Business School, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Ayesha has worked with renowned brands in Pakistan such as Sana Safinaz, Fahad Hussayn, Deepak Perwani, Niche Lifestyle, PEL, Haier, Outfitters, Faraz Manan and Rose Petal to name a few. She is always happy to talk marketing strategy and social selling to help businesses achieve their goals and objectives.
Owner, Tree Lounge Restaurant, Lahore
Usman is the owner of the Tree Lounge Restaurant in Lahore. He is primarily an HR professional with a post-graduate degree in Human Resources from London and has worked in the telecom industry for a few years. He later on became an entrepreneur and decided to work for himself. He is currently running a restaurant in Lahore for the last couple of years and is enjoying all the new challenges and the business dynamics of the food industry. The trainings that he has had are related to Resource Planning, Budgeting and Soft Skills which have immensely helped him during his journey as an entrepreneur.
Principal, Asian Institute of Fashion Designers | TV host
Ambreen is a designer and retailer and also serves as Principal at FADIN (Fashion and Apparel Design Training Institute). Ambreen has built her personal brand by hosting a TV show on HUM TV.
CEO, Excellence in Education
With an undergrad degree in Engineering from Cambridge University (UK), and later graduating from Columbia University with a degree in Industrial engineering, Anees Hussain established the Excellence of Education test preparation centers across Karachi in 1989. He currently runs 4 test preparation centers, with a to-date enrolment of 30,000 students.
Owner, Alvi Dental Hospital | Co-founder of ‘Don’t Block the Blog’ | Volunteer ‘Global Voices Online’
Awab Alvi is a Senior TED Fellow and has used online social media platform (blogs, Twitter and Facebook) to spread the message for a positive change in Pakistan. Aside from running a successful dental clinic, he is also considered the pioneer of blogging for freedom of expression in Pakistan.
Vice Chairperson, MIT Enterprise Forum
Azhar is a serial entrepreneur who has established a number of start-ups and has mentored a number of companies and teams into building successful ventures. He is the founding Vice Chairman of the MIT Enterprise Forum of Pakistan and is currently working as the CEO and Director of TAN America Fund, the first Angel fund established in the US with the primary objective of investing in the Pakistani IT firms.
(Ex) Head of Grants, Aman Foundation
Erum has 10 years of investment banking experience with Citi (London), after which she moved on to Naya Jeevan and Aman Foundation, spending 5 years in the development sector. Erum specializes in business analysis and development, and business operations.
Managing Director, Oyester Technologies | Managing Partner, BSI | Managing Director, Alltel Business Solutions | Chairman, Aga Khan Economic Planning Board of Pakistan
Faizan is a serial entrepreneur currently heading organizations involved in the manufacture of physical digital media, PET plastics recycling, and providing backend solutions for the banking industry. Faizan is also founding member and board member of the Entrepreneurs Organization (Karachi Chapter), a global organization with over 10,000 entrepreneurs, formed to share ideas and solutions for entrepreneurs. He has an undergraduate degree in Industrial Management and Engineering from Purdue University and is due to complete the joint Executive MBA from Tsinghua University & INSEAD in 2016.
GM & Head of Digital Advertising, Brain Child Communication Pakistan
A seasoned marketing and advertising professional with experience in US, Canadian & Pakistani markets, Faisal in an expert specializing in Strategic Planning, Smart Media & Communication Planning and Customer Profiling.
Owner/CEO, BMC Consulting
Faysal is a seasoned entrepreneur with 18 years of experience in content aggregation and distribution, and has enjoyed successful results in sales and marketing, and team development. He is the ex-Country Representative of Reuters Pakistan.
Director, Unnamed Co
Hamaad specializes in combining a great user experience with a data-driven mindset to produce incredible online experiences. He is a two-time entrepreneur having started high-growth gaming and e-commerce companies, and his 4 years working as a financial economist has given him a multi-disciplinary perspective across product design, marketing, finance and operations. Hamaad is currently helping Pakistan’s top fashion and apparel retailers with planning and implementing their e-commerce strategies and maximizing the ROI of their marketing investments online.
Owner/Managing Partner for Designs by Jasmine and Naz’s Collection.
With over 9 years of experience in running a fashion business both in Pakistan and the US, Jasmine is currently also enrolled in a PhD program (Entrepreneurship Education) at the University of Houston.
Jehan Ara is an IT and entrepreneur expert and recently set up an IT incubator (the NEST I/O) in Karachi. She has represented Pakistan internationally, as President PASHA, on various forums enabling technology transfers.
Senior Partner, Mind Map Communications
Khizra is an expert in marketing and advertising, with over 8 years experience in creative development for top Pakistani brands, such as Sattar Buksh Cafe, Fashion Council and TEDx.
Fashion Designer/Owner, Maheen and Gulabo | CEO, Fashion Week Pakistan
Maheen Khan is an award winning fashion designer, famous for creating designer labels such The Embroidery House, Maheen and Gulabo. Her embroidered work has been featured internationally, including in the films Snow White and the Huntsman and Cinderella, and television series The Jewel in the Crown.
Creative Director, Projects for Hob Nob group | Manager, Aamina Sheikh
Nazish has 8 years of experience in advertising, communication and public relations. She serves as Creative Director, Projects for the Hob Nob group, while also working as manager for Pakistani-American model and actress Aamina Sheikh.
Saad Amanullah Khan
Owner/CEO, Alamut Consulting | Co-owner, Big Thick Burgers
A multi-disciplinary management consultant, Saad specializes in financial advisory and resource mobilization for diversified services to corporate firms, SMEs, non-government organizations, non-profit organizations, and high net-worth individuals. Saad is the ex-CEO of Gillette Pakistan.
Team Lead, GBG Women | Chief Content Strategist, Content Marketing Tips
Salma has nearly 10 years of experience in instructional training and design, technical/e-writing and marketing under her belt. Currently she hosts Content Marketing Tips, a video blog for entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small business owners that provides small, insightful, and immensely actionable content marketing tips impacting businesses.
CEO, FCG Human Capital and Antal International
With over 15 years of consulting experience that spans higher education, national and multinational businesses, non-profit and government sectors, Shehzad is an expert specializing in developing management strategies and systems for growth-oriented small and medium organizations. His expertise lies in Strategic Planning, Financial Control Systems, and Human Resource Management and OD.
Director HR, Unilever
Shafaq Omar has nearly 15 years of solid HR experience with top multinational and local companies including Engro Foods, Nestle Pakistan, Shell and Unilever Pakistan.
Owner/Chief Resource Officer, Tohfay.com
Shehzad is an e-commerce expert and has run 7 businesses including his largest venture Tohfay.com, the first pure end-customer online product and services in Pakistan. He specializes in new business development, supply chain and marketing, and has taken Tohfay.com offerings to a landmark 4000 unique products/combinations all over Pakistan, and most recently, India.
Designer/CEO, Sonya Battla
Sonya is a high-end fashion designer who launched her brand in 1999. Today, she owns several retails outlets across Pakistan that showcase her signature line as well as her prêt a porter range. Sonya is well known for her collaborative work across the industry, and her brand is recognized internationally as one of Pakistan’s top design houses. She has shown her work on international runways, including London, Paris, Delhi and Milan.