Pakistan 100 – Meet the Leaders

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About this Event

In collaboration with 34 universities, IdeaGist started a pilot of Startup Pakistan in February of this year, supporting Prime Minister's initiative. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, this pilot has so far produced immense results. In a short span for six months, more than 2,900 students have already completed their training and passed the final test. This project is a story of delivering results against the odds of a global pandemic. 


Continuing the momentum, IdeaGist is bringing top Entrepreneur leaders to share their ideas with the young entrepreneurs, inspiring them with their stories and helping them understand the journey of an entrepreneur.


The program will be divided into the following seven Segments:

In these seven segments, our guests first will share their story of struggle along with a short interview by our hosts and in the end, students will be allowed to ask any question from them.


The following guests have confirmed their participation in this event.

  • Mr.Ahmed Ayub-    co-founder of Airlift technologies
  • Mr. Ahmed Khan -  Founder of Cheetay Logistics (Pvt.) Lt
  • Mr. Ehsan Imam - Co-founder & CEO at
  • Mr.  Farees Shah - Founder/Country Manager at Daraz
  • Ms. Hira Batool Rizvi    - CEO at SheKab Pakistan
  • Ms. Sahr Said - Founder & Director at Beauty Hooked
  • Dr. Sara Saeed Khurram - CEO at Sehat Kahani


Guest's profiles: (Alphabetical order) 


Mr. Ahmed Ayub is a graduate of Bradford University School of Management and has over 20 years of experience in General Management, Cost and Profitability Management, Software Project Management, and Software Development. He is also the co-founder of Airlift technologies, founded in March 2019, building Pakistan’s largest public transportation network. It was first launched in Lahore and then Karachi. Its mission is to solve the daily transportation problem of the masses and provide a safe, reliable, and affordable solution to the public.


Mr.Ahmed Khan is the Founder & CEO of Cheetay Logistics Pvt. Ltd. He completed his education from Aitchison and LUMS in Lahore and then finally went to Cambridge University. One of Ahmed's startups, got acquired by Rocket Internet GmbH and he later joined the company as MD Asia & Europe. Ahmed has been involved in a wide variety of roles from Analytics to IT to Operations to Consulting to Marketing to Finance. Currently, he is pursuing an entrepreneurial wave, setting up companies for ECommerce all over the world. He has set up online ventures for Etail, Classified and Marketplace in general and various verticals. Geographies he has launched include Pakistan, Myanmar, Uzbekistan, Afghanistan, Azerbaijan, Cambodia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Croatia, Belarus, Slovenia, and a few others. He also serves on the Board of Punjab Mineral Development Corporation.


Mr. Ehsan Imam is the Co-Founder and CEO of which is Pakistan's most authentic healthcare platform to find, ask, book, or consult doctors online. He has 10 years of Software development and Management experience across a broad range of positions in Web Development, Mobile Application Development, Project Management, and Scrum. He has experience for large multi-vendor projects along with a Master's degree in Technology.


Mr. Farees Shah is Co-Founder at, Pakistan's leading eCommerce portal bringing fashion to your doorstep and was the first member of the Rocket Internet team in Pakistan. He started his career at a start-up in the finance sector, Pakistan Mercantile Exchange(Formerly National Commodity Exchange Limited) where he got the true start-up experience and he worked in a variety of roles leading up to the launch of an online exchange. Prior to joining Rocket his most recent assignment was as part of the Abraaj Capital led to a turn-around at Karachi Electric Supply Company(KESC) with a focus on Distribution Strategy. He holds a B.Sc.(Honors) from LUMS and an M.B.A. from INSEAD.


Ms.Hira Batool Rizvi is an Electrical Engineer and a passionate social entrepreneur from Islamabad. Hira started her career with a local software house before heading abroad to pursue a higher education degree in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech, USA. She believes in the power of leveraging technology to improve lives translated into Pakistan’s first-ever subscription-based female taxi service She’Kab, a technology platform that connects female riders to drivers. Hira also applied for Shell Tameer Awards and made it to the final top 12 under the technology Innovation Category. Later She’Kab was further nominated for Shell LiveWIRE’s prestigious Top Ten Innovator Awards and stood out as one of the three Runner Up Prize winners to bag US$ 10,000.

Ms.Sahr Said is the founder and CEO of Beauty Hooked, a booking platform for wellness enthusiasts. Sahr previously worked at USAID as a marketing manager and at Citibank as a risk analytics manager. Sahr attained an M.B.A. in entrepreneurship at S.C. Johnson Graduate School of Management and a bachelor of arts degree at Cornell University.


Dr.Sara Saeed Khurram is the Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Sehat Kahani. Sehat Kahani which is an all-female health provider network that is working to create quality health care solutions for communities where health access, quality, affordability of healthcare is still a dream, using cost-effective ICT enabled solutions. she has won notable awards such as the Rolex Awards 2019 as Ass. Laureate, TIAW Award, CRDF Global Award, Ashoka Changemakers, ISIF Asia, The Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Awards, The Unicef- Global Goal Campaigner Award 2016, and Arpatech Young Entrepreneurs Award 2017 for her work. She is also a Cartier Awards finalist and the first frontier Innovator from Pakistan. She is an Acumen fellow  2016, a TEDx speaker,  Cherie  Blair  Foundation alumnus, and has been part of well-known accelerators such as Invest2Innovate, Frontier, and the Amplify program. Dr.   Sara    Khurram has spoken at prominent places such as KSBL Conference  2016,  Africa  Summit  2017, AI  Summit  ICTN  Karachi, and the Mobile World  Congress Barcelona 2019.


Our talented host from the industry:  (Alphabetical order)


Mr. Azhar Rizvi is an author, consultant, trainer, coach, and master strategist who helps people and organizations achieve high growth targets. He has helped more than 450+ firms redefine business strategy to scale up operations, from a few hundred thousand to multi-million dollars’ global operations.

He has authored the book, “Entrepreneuring Pakistan- 27 stories of struggle, failure and success” which details the challenges of 27 mentee organizations – in the technology, social, research, and students- which have broken the barriers and achieved exponential 10X+ growth per annum.


Ms. Eram Abbasi is an Entrepreneurial Academician having over 15 years of corporate as well as academic experience. Her work portfolio comprises working experience with organizations like Hewlett Packard (HP), IBM and universities in Pakistan like IBA, CBM, SZABIST, PAF KIET, and Bahria University. She is also an active member of various professional bodies like IEEE, QPSP (Quality & Productivity Society of Pakistan), IRMA–USA (Information Resource Management Association), OPEN, Founder Institute. Currently she is serving as Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation Development at DHA Suffa University.


Gulfam Baghoor is a corporate social scientist, entrepreneur, development consultant, and management trainer. He is a founding member of Pakistan Incubation Network (PIN) and founding director of Pakistan's largest incubation, BICON.


Ms.Huma Rasheed is a research-oriented management professional currently pursuing her Ph.D. in the field of communication from the University of Delaware, USA. She has more than 6 years of project management experience in the development and education sector of Pakistan and has worked on projects funded by leading international donor agencies, in culturally diverse environments. Huma is exploring the possibilities of bringing about social impact through behavioral change at the intersection of theory and big data. As a communication enthusiast, she provides communication and design consultancy under her own brand "Mark It". Reach out to her at for collaborations and consultations. 


Ms.  Kiran Shabbir is a dedicated research professional with M.Phil in International Development Studies. She has worked with USAID, UNHCR, NARC, and Human Development Foundation in research and communication positions. Additional areas of focus include building operations, project management, report development, and data analysis. She has been part of quantum research studies on media ethics and online media and has developed an excellent network with respective government departments, civil society, and media.


Mr.Masaood YUNUS is Based in the USA.  He is a global business technology leader and expert in Merger and Acquisitions, Innovation, and Digital Transformation across several industry verticals. An avid cricketer and sports leader, Masaood has served on the International Cricket Council (Americas) board of advisor for USA Cricket. Masaood lives in Minnesota, USA, and is also co-founder of the Pakistan American Society of Minnesota (PASofMN). 
Masaood is also an angel investor and startup advisor.


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