Khurram Zafar is the Executive Director of LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation Fellow at Pakistan Innovation Foundation. Previously, he worked as the Chief Information Officer at Lahore Stock Exchange where he was awarded the best private sector CIO of Pakistan by P@SHA. He has also served as one of the founding board members of Plan9, a technology incubator of Punjab Information Technology Board and adjunct faculty for entrepreneurship at Information Technology University.
Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Computer & Information Technology. He has also co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and has been part of the founding team of 2 global IT consulting firms. Khurram has also consulted for Visa, DHL, Sony, AT&T, Agilent, Merrill Lynch, and several other Fortune 500 and venture-funded start-up companies in varying capacities. Khurram is also an angel investor with an interest in the technology and agriculture sector and has been an adviser to several Venture Capital firms in the United States.
Khurram has been published by Prentice Hall. He is also a progressive farmer, an avid investor in North American securities markets, an absentee landlord, a poet, and a proud father of three.
Osama is the Manager Administration of LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship. He is a graduate from University of WALES institute Cardiff with a Masters Degree in Project Management. He is also a Software Engineer from University of Staffordshire. Previously, he was working as a freelance capacity building consultant with various organisations and institutions.
Osama worked as an Assistant National Director for SOS Children's Villages Pakistan, where he was responsible for managerial, operational and monitoring functions. Initiatives such as extension of schools in rural areas, upgrading of technical and vocational training center, skill development of children in SOS Youth facilities and organisation development were key milestones under his belt.
Before that, Osama worked for Cardiff University (UK) as the Program Manager for Pakistan and was designated as their Country Representative. Osama was published by University of Wales (MBA Profile for Pakistan) in 2007. During his academic years, he worked part time with the International Office and was also a cofounder of two societies in Cardiff Business School to engage international students in healthy actitives. He also taught at Institute of Management Sciences (PAK Aims) and has been an active member of various youth societies and NGOs including Community Welfare Foundation.
Osama is an adventurer, a photographer, a progressive farmer and a loving son.
Asma is the Content and Community Lead at the LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship. She is a graduate from the University of the Punjab with a Master’s Degree in Information and Operational Management. Before joining LCE, Asma was working as Content Marketing Coordinator and Assistant Team Lead Content at Sofizar/ConstellationCK.
While at Sofizar/ConstellationCK, Asma was responsible for managing inbound and outbound content of one of the company’s entertainment websites in the capacity of Content Marketing Coordinator. As Assistant Team Lead, she looked after the management, coordination and quality assurance of a team of writers. Asma’s other, short term responsibilities, at Sofizar/ConstellationCK included project coordination for a music related iOS app and admin/quality controller of a Content Management System software. Moreover, her volunteer/unofficial tasks at her previous organization included social events coordination; organizing monthly get-togethers of the content department. With writing as her skill-turned-into-profession, she has worked extensively as a freelance web content writer and blogger for numerous websites and clients.
Asma’s previous professional experiences also include working as Assistant Manager at DeltaX Consultants where she worked with several clients including Emirates Logistics, Arif Memorial Labs and Treat Group of Companies. She has also been associated with Rafi Peer Theatre Workshop in the past where she volunteered as a Press Cell Assistant at the World Performing Arts Festival 2008.
Apart from work, Asma likes to read, paint, sketch and learn newer, more diverse stuff every day.
Michelle is the Marketing Lead at LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship. She graduated from Coventry University (UK) with a degree in Advertising and Marketing. She also holds a Certification in First Line Management from the Chartered Management Institute (UK). Before joining LCE, Michelle was working as the Marketing Executive at the Social Innovation Lab at LUMS.
She has previously worked with NGO’s which cater to street children, child abuse and orphanages like SOS Village and PAHCHAAN. During her time at Coventry University she served as a student councillor as well as being a part of multiple societies. Michelle also acts as a consultant for ChaiChalk; a social enterprise aiming to revive the literary heritage of Pakistan.
Michelle is an animal lover, keen on exploring new places and hopes to achieve world domination!
Salwa Akhtar brings with her 6 years of experience of planning, managing and implementing development projects funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the United Nations (UN). She has worked on economic growth, rule of law and governance projects across Pakistan.
In her last role as the Strategic Communications Manager on the Peace-building Support Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (programme shortlisted for the 2015 British Expertise Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Development), Salwa developed and implemented the programmes communication strategy and developed communication products for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s model police stations. Previously, she was part of the core team, which launched the USAID Women in Trade initiative in Pakistan. Salwa has also provided consultancy services to UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) on migration policy and development.
Salwa graduated with a Master of Science (MSc.) in International Development: Public Policy and Management from the International School of Development and Policy Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK.
Apart from work, Salwa is an avid traveller and enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and horse-riding.
Email: salwa dot akhtar at lums dot edu dot pk | LinkedIn: Salwa Akhtar