Pakistan is the 4th largest hub of IT infrastructure development. In recent decades, the tech industry has seen a rise in the substantial levels of outsourcing, software and technological progress. Pakistan also provides services of a large number of freelancers to the world. The technology industry contributes to a large proportion of the nation’s exports. This article appreciates and values the services of the top 10 technology entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
Top 10 Pakistani Tech Entrepreneurs
1. Salim Ghauri
Mr. Salim is regarded as one of the most well-reputed technology innovators in Pakistan. Born in the city of Bahawalpur, Ghauri began his career from starting an IT job in Citibank, Saudi Arabia. After some years, he decided to settle in Pakistan and pursuing his dreams. He started working towards building NetSol Technologies, at a time when Pakistan lacked the technological association. Today, the company is ranked as one of the top outsourcing and software companies in the continent. This company specializes in providing IT solutions and financial counseling for leasing companies.
2. Umar Saif
Mr. Umar holds a remarkable educational background. He gained experience from teaching at the Institute of Technology, Massachusetts in the early 2000s before returning to Pakistan. Upon returning, he worked towards the development of the Information Technology University. He thus achieved the position of being the youngest Vice-Chancellor of Pakistan. He is also the owner of Saif Center for Innovation along with Dritte. He is well recognized as a supporter of social justice activities that Pakistan is facing. His dedication led him to develop the forum See n Report. The public forum is aimed at targeting social violence in Pakistan and helps in creating awareness amongst the youth in Pakistan. His major contributions have been in the efforts of developing the healthcare and Law and justice system in Pakistan.
He is also the owner of Saif Center for Innovation along with Dritte. He is well recognized as a supporter of social justice activities that Pakistan is facing. His dedication led him to develop the forum See n Report. The public forum is aimed at targeting social violence in Pakistan and helps in creating awareness amongst the youth in Pakistan. His major contributions have been in the efforts of developing the healthcare and Law and justice system in Pakistan.
3. Jazib Zaman
Jazib Zaman is amongst the most popular names in the IT and software industry. Born in the city of Gujranwala, Zaman began his career as a WordPress dev and theme developer. In 2007, he went to the UK for higher education after finishing his intermediate from GCU, Lahore. There, he started his career as an IT professional. He is the founder of world famous project WPArena. WPArena has been listed by all the major newspapers and media giants like HuffPost, TechCrunch, SEJ, and CNN. He has technical expertise and experience of over 10 years in the field of software and technology. Later on, he founded TechAbout under which over 100 big projects are working.
He also runs international publishing group “TechEngage“. Further, MoneySite Ltd. is also founded by him. The company provides services in online financial products and solutions. Currently, as per the NDA, he is going to launch one of the most advanced e-commerce ventures of Pakistan in 2018. As a leader, his focus is mainly on providing quality care and solutions to the customers. During setting up the ventures, he worked with over 500 clients around the globe and provided the services and consultancy.
Some of his projects are Adsert.com, EmployPost, WPDesigner.com, WPOutcast.com, ThemeIcon.com, ThemeBounce.com, ShopMust.com (An eCommerce venture) and many more.
4. Zia Imran
Mr. Zia is one of the most influential tech inventors who has worked on a diverse number of projects in the fields of energy saving and automation solutions. He is a strong name in IoT technology systems and holds expertise in entrepreneurship, invention, product development and program management.
He is also one of the founding members of the company Plan9 which is the biggest incubator of Pakistan. He possesses more than 15 years of working experience on major projects in Pakistan. He has served different well-reputed companies such as Oracle and Intel.
5. Kalsoom Lakhani
Ms. Kalsoom is amongst the few females in Pakistan who have established a name in the technology industry of Pakistan. Her focus on supporting and enriching the entrepreneur businesses in Pakistan has changed the social and economic status of the nation. She is also known as a trainer and has worked with leaders from Cambodia, Ireland, Ukraine and Bangladesh. She is the founder and owner of Invest2Innovate that is a social enterprise and serves the needs of startup companies. The company works in three main areas.
Firstly, the company provides support to businesses and leaders. The main focus is to guide and prepare the young entrepreneurs and risk takers to bring a change in the Pakistani society and market.
Secondly, the company invests into projects to accelerate the growth of markets.
Thirdly, the company provides technical data analysis and research services to other companies to work and understand the market.
Apart from establishing the company, Ms. Kulsoom has represented Pakistan on International Forums and also has the privilege of being a spokesperson at World Economic Forum, US Chamber of Commerce, and Global Entrepreneurship.
6. Jehan Ara
Madam Ara is one of the most influential female leaders in the industry of technology and innovation. Her both, technological and leadership skills as a successful businessperson, has made her a role model in Pakistan. She ranks as one of the top executives in Pakistan. In the 90’s she began her own startup organization with the name of Enabling Technologies.
Madam Ara progressed and moved to become a part of the software house i.e. P@SHA. With constant dedication and hard work, she earned the title of becoming the President of the house. Her initiative took her to develop and introduce the project NEST I/O (funded by Google).
Her contribution to the Pakistani society is in the genres of business and technological leadership, social activism, motivational speaking to create a society with,free thinkers. She has also supported many campaigns to reduce cyber piracy and internet privacy rights.
7. Monis Rahman
Success story of Mr. Monis is the result of his brilliance and his keen observation for the need of a convenient product in the Pakistani society. In Pakistan, he established and founded the company Naseeb Networks Inc. The company soon began operating and supporting various technical projects. The company is one of the most inspiring examples of starting a small company and building it into an empire.
Mr. Monis further recognized the potential for a better technological project which was launched by the name of ROZEE.PK. In a very short duration, the website has become the most popular and well-trusted sources of job recruitment in Pakistan. The company has won brand of the year award for two consecutive years.
8. Zeeshan Akhtar
Mr. Zeeshan is considered as one of the most influential young Pakistanis, who have gained popularity through his marketing and innovative technical skills. Being educated in the US, Mr. Zeeshan worked with the leading companies of LG and Samsung. After gaining insight into the field of technicalities of the Smartphone and mobile industries, he went on to establish the Pakistani brand Qmobile.
The company has launched a series of 85 mobile handsets that are marketed and compete with international brands. Within a few years, Mr. Zeeshan has become successful in bringing his company to the level of technical giants. The company’s main focus has been on providing quality products to the consumers at affordable prices.
9. Maria Umar
Ms. Maria is another Pakistani tech leader whose revolutionary ideas have cast an impact on the status journalism and digital media. She has changed the use of a digital website and showed the world that a lot more can be achieved simply through an online forum.
She is the founder of the digital forum Women’s Digital League. Her efforts are aimed towards improving the status and employment status of women in Pakistan. Her online forum offers guidance, counseling, and training and employment opportunities to the females in Pakistan. She has been nominated for “Thought Leader by AshokaChangemakers”. Her company has won the “Women Powering Work” award and she is recognized as being one of the top innovative technology leaders who has brought a change in the world.
10. Zafar Khan
Another successful example of an internet marketing company has been created by Mr. Zafar. He graduated from Cal Tech and believes in innovative and risk-taking abilities to become successful. A decade ago, Mr. Zafar founded the company Sofizar.
This Company is dedicated to providing marketing, consultancy, and B2B services to a number of clients. The company also focuses on e-commerce solutions and owns several patents in electronics and advertising. The company is efficient in building and improving the status and online positions of sites and in increasing the visibility of the sites.