Thu, Nov 05 2020 to Thu, Nov 05 2020
The current pandemic has in fact accelerated the progress and tech start-ups represent a new wave of entrepreneurship, which, if appropriately harnessed, can improve the overall outreach of the services in Pakistan’s software industry. The growth has been exponential, and the biggest challenge now is how the local software industry can work with the government to improve the overall digitalisation process and streamline the country’s economy.
Join us for the fifty-first session of LUMS Live: The Digitalisation of Pakistani Economy: Role of Local Software Industry. The distinguished panelists for the discussion include Mr. Syed Ahmad - CEO, DPL (Pvt) Ltd and Chair (IT Sub-taskforce), Prime Minister’s Taskforce on IT & Telecom and Ms. Ammara Masood - CEO & President, NdcTech.
Date: Thursday, November 5, 2020
Time: 4:00 pm (PST)
Location: Facebook Live
Moderated by Dr. Suleman Shahid, Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Science and Engineering and Director, LUMS Learning Institute, the session will be broadcast live via the LUMS Facebook page. Tune in to listen to our panelists discuss the challenges and opportunities for start-ups and how they can play a major role in helping Pakistan strive ahead in the 21st century.
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Profiles of Panelists
Mr. Syed Ahmad - CEO, DPL (Pvt) Ltd and Chair (IT Sub-taskforce), Prime Minister’s Taskforce on IT & Telecom
Mr. Ahmad is an IT industry thought-leader and seasoned entrepreneur. He started his award-winning company DPL, serving clients in USA, Europe, and Middle East. With a focus on "Innovation as a Service", DPL has helped various start-ups towards multi-million dollar exits and many Fortune 500 corporations in their digital transformation journey. Mr. Ahmad is currently advising the government through his role as Chair of IT of the Prime Minister's Taskforce on IT & Telecom. He has served on the board of directors of various public sector companies like PRAL (FBR), KPITB (Government of KPK) etc. He has also twice been elected Chairman of P@SHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT and ITeS) in 2015 and 2018.
Ms. Ammara Masood – CEO & President, NdcTech
Ms. Masood is responsible for strategy, developing key markets, keeping major client and partner relationships and overseeing company operations. She is an expert at shaping business strategies into pragmatic IT solutions and implementation plans. Prior to NdcTech, Ms. Masood brings with her 25 years of experience in Information Technology industry working both as an entrepreneur and in management, strategy and leading customer relationship roles in North America, Middle East & Asia. She is currently serving on the Central Executive Committee Board of P@SHA and the Industry Advisory Board of Habib University. Ms. Masood holds an MBA in Information Sciences from California State University, San Bernardino.
Dr. Suleman Shahid - Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, School of Science and Engineering and Director, LUMS Learning Institute
Dr. Shahid’s research focuses at the intersection of design, technology and wellbeing with applications to assistive technologies to enhance the quality of life of persons with disabilities, and persons with mental health conditions, learning technologies for children (child-computer interaction) and human computer interaction for development (HCI4D/ICT4D). Since 2009, he has been offering consultancy and training services in the areas of service design and user experience (UX) design and strategy. Dr. Shahid received his PhD in Human-computer Interaction in 2011 from Tilburg University, the Netherlands and PDEng (Professional Doctorate in Engineering) in 2007 in User System Interaction programme from Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.