Ambassador Sada Cumber, a member of the Board of Advisors for KITE, is also serving on the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board which sets policies and coordinates efforts to improve higher education in Texas. He is presently Founder and Chairman of SozoTek, Inc., a developer and provider of digital image enhancement technology to wireless imaging service providers. He is also Founder and Chairman of TCMS, LLC, a developer and licensor of proprietary digital technology for the medical and cosmetic industries and Principal of Texas Global, LLP, an Austin-based consultancy focusing on the strategic intersection of business, government and public affairs.
He served as Special Envoy to the Organisation of the Islamic Conference (OIC) and has been on numerous other diplomatic missions including representing the U.S. government in an interfaith dialogue between the Vatican and Muslim Nations and authoring an intelligence White Paper on improving US performance in Afghanistan, Pakistan and Central Asia.
Sada has served several community boards, civic organizations, advisory councils and foundations, including Texas Governor’s Business Council and Texas Economic Development Board.
He did his Bachelors from the University of Karachi in Commerce and has a Master’s degree in History, also from the University of Karachi.
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JEHAN ARA, President Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT ITES (P@SHA) firstname.lastname@example.org
Jehan Ara is the President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA). She has been spearheading efforts at P@SHA for the past 8 years during which time she was responsible for developing the P@SHA brand and for creating linkages between P@SHA and local and international partners.
Jehan has 29 years experience in Marketing, Communications and interactive New media in Hong Kong, the Far East, the UAE and Pakistan. She is a motivator, an entrepreneur, a social activist and a strong propagator of extending the power and use of Information and Communication Technologies beyond pure traditional business, to empower and enable communities. She is a regular speaker at seminars and conferences and at colleges and universities across Pakistan and the region. She also writes for various industry publications.
Advocacy through the use of cutting edge technology is one of Jehan Ara’s passions. Cyber Crime, Privacy and Data Protection legislation and Internet Freedom are some of the things she is advocating for. She has also been collaborating on a worldwide initiative called Take Back the Tech which is meant to create awareness on how technology can be harnessed to end Violence against Women and girls.
Using technology Jehan has brought together young people in IT and Business on a common platform. She has worked with collaborators to bring together IT practitioners, bloggers, activists, innovators and citizen journalists who now work on common causes and projects whenever the need arises strengthening each others’ abilities to deliver.
Using Social media – Facebook, blogging, video casts and Twitter – Jehan has highlighted the need for harnessing technology to combat social problems, for empowerment of women and to advocate for legislative reform.
One of her advocacy successes has been to prevent the “Prevention of Electronic Crimes Ordinance” (PECO) from being passed into law. Jehan worked with lawyers, activists, women’s rights organizations, ngos, young people and media to create an awareness on the dangers of this law being passed. It would have given the law enforcement agencies sweeping powers without any safeguards being built in for individuals and businesses.
Jehan has organized many activities and participated in activities meant to connect young people with industry.
In the Line of Wire
This is an online show that Jehan has hosted which includes Web-based video interviews with innovators to showcase innovation and startup culture and for creation of awareness regarding social issues and the need for a joint platform for advocacy.
P@SHA Social Innovation Fund
Launched with seed funding that Jehan was able to procure from Google, the launch of this Fund has resulted in 300 ideas being posted by young people. These ideas all involve using technology for social good. The first round of funding was announced on October 25, 2011 and the first four grantees are well on the way to turn their ideas into reality. Mentors have been attached to them to guide them and help them to identify milestones. It is hoped that this will spur the use of technology for the betterment of a larger number of Pakistanis.
On the Advisory Board of:
Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Entrepreneurship Center; and Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Plan 9 Incubation Center
RAJA SABRI KHAN,Chief Executive
Raja Sabri Khan, current Chief Executive of Integrated Dynamics, has over 27 years of R&D experience in innovative product development in the areas of aerospace and UAV systems. His company provides unmanned and robotic vehicle system solutions to the Pakistan armed forces, government R&D organizations and for export.
Current R&D includes areas of structures, powerplants, flight control systems, video and data telemetry and telecommand links, tracking systems, ground control stations, launch and recovery systems, electro-optics and sensor payloads, simulators, and lab training aids. In addition, spin off technologies from these systems have been deployed in civilian, scientific, education, research and industrial applications.
His publications vary from areas of propulsion systems, low speed aerodynamics, GIS systems and GPS technology to civilian applications for robotics, mechatronics and closed loop feedback systems.
Prior to Integrated Dynamics, he was Director (Special Projects) for SUPARCO (Pakistan Space and Upper Atmosphere Research Commission), overlooking projects in areas of UAV system design, development and manufacturing.
SALMAN AKHTAR,Founder and Co-CEO
Salman Akhtar is Founder and Co-CEO of Techlogix. Focused on delivering engineering excellence using an evolving mix of technologies, he has led the company’s growth as a methodology-driven organization.
He is the primary contributor in the development of the BPX™, the industry leading BPM/SOA delivery methodology. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and panels. Salman’s current technical interests include SaaS models of solution delivery for enterprise systems, innovative technologies for solving large scale problems in the financial services and higher education verticals and the merging of BPM/SOA, operational Business Intelligence and event driven business systems.
Salman holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He did his MS thesis research in compound semiconductor physics at the IBM Watson Research Center.
DR. ZARTASH AFZAL UZMI
Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering LUMS
Dr. Uzmi received his Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Stanford University in wireless networking systems. He has worked at renowned research organizations including Bell Labs, Nokia Research Center and HP Labs.
Currently he is a tenured Associate Professor of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering at the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Since he moved to LUMS in 2002, he has mentored several student startups, all in the information technology space.
In 2005, he co-founded Confiz Solutions, an IT services company that also runs pakwheels.com, one of the most visited Pakistani websites. Zartash enjoys working with young entrepreneurs and draws satisfaction by mentoring them in building technology solutions and innovative products.
Dr. Faisal R. Ahmad, Lead Scientist
GE-Global Research Center
Dr. Faisal R. Ahmad holds the position of Lead Scientist at the GE-Global Research Center in Niskayuna, NY. His main research activities revolve around the development of the next generation photovoltaics technologies; harsh environment sensing and investigation into new types of two-dimensional materials. Faisal’s previous research was heavily focused in the area of semiconductor optoelectronics, photonic crystal fibers and ultrafast phenomenon. Faisal holds a doctorate in physics from Cornell University and an undergraduate degree in theoretical physics from Imperial College London. He has 10 patent applications and 2 issued patents in addition to over a dozen publications in a variety of peer-reviewed journals.
JAWWAD AHMED FARID, Member of the Oversight Board for the PASHA Social Innovation Fund
Jawwad Ahmed Farid is a Fellow of the Society of Actuaries (Chicago), an MBA from Columbia Business School (New York City) and a computer science graduate. During the last 20 years, he has worked as a consultant and advisor on risk and technology in North America, United Kingdom and Pakistan with a number of blue chip clients.
Jawwad’s expertise includes Investments, Product Development, Risk Models & the Financial Services Back Office. He is the author of three books on Commodity Markets (Understanding Commodities Risk), Risk Management (Risk Application and Frameworks) and Entrepreneurship (Reboot).
Jawwad has worked directly as a founder and advisor for multiple start ups including two green field life insurance companies, technology product businesses, risk and investment advisory businesses, product focused distribution as well as micro insurance, micro pensions and micro finance ventures.
He is an adjunct Faculty member at the SP Jain Global School of Management in Dubai and Singapore where he teaches courses on Entrepreneurship, Risk Management, ALM, Derivative Pricing and Project Finance.
In addition to being a PASHA CEC member and Treasurer, he has also served as a judge at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Macau, Singapore, Kula Lumpur, Jakarta, Bangkok & Brunei Darussalam, as well as at PASHA ICT Award from 2006 – 2012. He currently serves as a Member of the Oversight Board for the PASHA Social Innovation Fund.
QASIM ZAIDI, PhD, SUNY Distinguished Professor
Graduate Center for Vision Research,
State University of New York College of Optometry
Qasim Zaidi went to college to study economics, but shifted to mathematics (probability and measure theory). In graduate school at the University of Chicago, he did research on the retinal and pre-retinal processes of color vision, and in his post-doc at Bell Labs, he worked on cortical mechanisms of color induction. Since then, his interests have shifted to the cues and strategies used in visual inferences, and to neural decoding problems. At present, he is working on two main research projects, each funded by an NEI grant. The first concerns the perception of three-dimensional shapes, and includes work on heuristics, prior assumptions, and the physical information contained in contour, texture and motion cues. The second concerns color perception in natural settings, and includes work on heuristics-based algorithms for color constancy, and on the geometrical structure of color representation. He is also working on motion perception in complex configurations.
Qasim Zaidi also takes a keen interest in teaching and a good deal of his teaching has been on the neural analysis of psychological issues. At Columbia University, he used to teach an undergraduate lecture class on the neural mechanisms of perception, learning, memory and motor control. He has taught graduate seminars on computational approaches to visual perception, both at Columbia and at SUNY. He is currently thinking about putting a class together on visual imagination.