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Haroon Kanth

CEO & Head of GCC

Haroon has over 20 years of professional work experience majorly in business and technology transformation. He specializes in strategic transformation of global enterprises through dynamic business insights, process improvements and technology transformation across end to end value chain. He has lead teams responsible for designing, deploying and managing enterprise level transformation projects; business solutions (ERP, CRM, SCM, Billing, EAM etc); data strategy and architecture; analytic platforms with cloud and on-premise solutions; and business insights and analytics solutions (use cases) using DS, AI and ML.

Haroon is also an outdoor enthusiast and thrill seeker with passion for promoting motorcycle riding in Pakistan.

Ranked as the #4 CTO in the United States (behind the CTOs from Amazon.com, Tesla Motors, and Intel) in 2014,.Stephen studied Computer Science at MIT where his Masters and PhD research focused on high-performance parallel processing. He also completed a joint MBA at the Harvard Business School & the MIT Sloan School of Management. Stephen is a TDWI Fellow & has been on the faculty of The Data Warehousing Institute since 1996. During Barack Obama’s first term he was appointed to the Presidential Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) in the working group on Networking and Information Technology Research and Development (NITRD) where he worked on development of the Big Data strategy for the US government. Haroon is also an outdoor enthusiast and thrill seeker with passion for promoting motorcycle riding in Pakistan.

Stephen Brobst

Chief Technology Officer, Global

Fawad Ahmed

Director Strategy & Digital Transformation

Over his 15 years with Unilever Pakistan, Fawad has built a well rounded experience in various local and global roles. He worked in Customer Development in Vietnam as CD Manager, before taking on an extended international stint in Unilever’s Global CD Operations, based out of Singapore.
Post his return to Pakistan, Fawad joined as CD Director in 2015, overseeing national Field Operations where he worked on automation and digitizing legacy systems and processes. Since the start of 2020, Fawad has assumed the responsibility of Director Digital Strategy and Transformation for the recently introduced function with a mandate to create digital marketing capabilities to help Unilever Brands to win consumers and to democratize digitization internally in Unilever Pakistan to create a nimble future-fit organization. He is a member of the Unilever Pakistan Management Committee and additionally Board Member of Karachi Down Syndrome Program (KDSP).

Fawad will also be presenting Unilever’s Digital Success Story “Supply Chain in Digital World” at DX Summit.

Ali has steered global billion dollar companies to success within challenging regulatory and corporate environments. Presently with Jazz, Pakistan’s largest corporate tech and digital company, he brings strategic decisions, crisis management expertise and government leadership linkages to the company’s growth trajectory. With over 25 years of diverse executive experience with both government and private sector giants, he has niche expertise in emerging market growth and a proven track record of delivery specifically in Asia Pacific. Adept at global strategy development and corporate communication campaigns, particularly in highly immature innovation markets, he is driven by a passion to nurture and develop talent across geographies. He has a commitment to empower young executives across diverse cultures and realize their potential through digital tools. Internationally, Ali Naseer spent over a decade in the tobacco industry whilst leading an established industry’s transformation into a relevant and sustainable future. He advocated for new product lines and mindset shifts within a resistant industry. He brings that change management best practices to telecom and digital industries. Prior to that, for about a decade he was a career Pakistan government official in various critical roles.

Ali Naseer

Chief Business Officer

Dr. Shahzad

Managing Director & CEO

Dr. Shahzad has over 25 years experience in Medical Research, Pharmacovigilance, Marketing & sales management & strategic management through working in various research and generic pharmaceutical manufacturing industries. He has represented Pakistan as an invited speaker at Shanghai Biotech, a premier global biotech conference for 3 years from 2010 to 2012. Dr. Shahzad graduated from King Edward Medical College in 1995. He has been a visiting faculty at Bahria University Karachi and has been associated with IBA Karachi and CBM as a member of their board of studies.
Mujeeb also heads up the Islamabad site and oversees the Philippines and Argentina operations for S&P Global Market Intelligence. Since joining the Company in 2011, Mujeeb is responsible for executing the organizational strategy at the site level to more than 1200 employees in Islamabad. He works closely with leaders from various functions i.e. content, technology, client support, sales, and account management in his role. Prior to joining legacy SNL, Mujeeb previously ran one of the largest BPOs in Islamabad with over a 1000 employees for 8 years. Mujeeb has a BS (Hons) Degree in Computer Science at COMSATS Institute of Information and Technology.

Mujeeb Zahur

Managing Director

Sarah Cottle

Global Head of Insight

Sarah was previously the Global Head of Market Insight for S&P Global Platts, a member of the Platts Executive Committee and is also responsible for the division’s news and digital strategy. In a career spanning 20 years, Sarah has held leadership positions at information providers in Europe and Asia, including Reed Business Information, Bloomberg, Dow Jones/Wall Street Journal and CNBC. Sarah joined Platts in January 2012. Sarah also works in a number of capacities to help female leaders advance in their careers, including holding the role of Executive Sponsor for S&P Global’s “Women’s Initiative for Networking & Success” in Asia, speaking at external networking events and contributing to the diversity and inclusion and corporate social responsibility agendas of S&P Global. Sarah holds a degree in French Language and Literature from the University of Sheffield, in the UK, and also speaks Italian.
As the Chief Operating Officer China for S&P Global, Clemens is responsible for setting up the domestic operations that support the expansion of S&P Global’s divisions into the domestic markets in China. Before this he was the Managing Director of S&P Global Market Intelligence in Asia Pacific, where he was responsible for Risk Services business in APAC, covering regional product and market development for ratings and credit data, research and analytics. Clemens has extensive experience in credit analytics and their application to institutions in developed and emerging economies. He joined Standard & Poor’s Risk Solutions in 2001 in London. Prior to that, Clemens was a management consultant for PricewaterhouseCoopers in Frankfurt where he was responsible for credit risk management solutions and seminars on this subject as well as the assessment of the impact of the new Basel accord on banks. Clemens holds a Master of International Economics and Business of the University of Innsbruck, Austria in a joint program with the University of New Orleans, USA.

Clemens Thym

Chief Operating Officer China

Sardar Abubakr

SEVP /Chief Strategy & Financial Officer

Sardar Abubakr believes in creating impact with people and that if you can empower youth, you can change the world. He has 18 years of learning & exploring in Europe & Asia. He has worked at Telenor Group HQ, Telenor Pakistan/Easypaisa, Cable & Wireless Communications & PwC where his experience included notable FMCG, FS, Retail & Telco exposure. He also has extensive experience in CxO/senior leadership roles in Digital Products & Platform plays, Innovation, Corporate Strategy & Transformation, Fin-tech, Finance, Business Planning & Analysis, Internal Audit, Mergers & Acquisitions, Strategic/Digital Partnerships & Joint Ventures. He is a professionally qualified accountant. a graduate of: the Harvard Business School Digital Strategy Program (DIGS), INSEAD Strategy Execution Program, Telecom Regulatory Master Class (TRMC) UK, a Six Sigma Black Belt US, a Prince2 Project Management UK, a Certified Professional in I.T. Governance, in addition to being a Graduate of the Telenor Global School of Finance Class of 2008 & the Accelerate Leadership Program of Telenor 2015.
Omer Moeen Malik is a mobile money pioneer and digital payments industry leader. He is an expert in launching digital financial businesses and services. Omer describes himself as a technologist at heart with an innovative mindset towards delivering people-centric digital solutions. He has over 18 years of professional work experience in people leadership, stakeholder management, strategy, product development and running fast paced businesses. He is also passionate about empowering the people of Pakistan through financial inclusion and digital payment solutions.

Omar Moeen Malik

Head of Digital Wallets & Payments

Saquib Ahmad

Country Director

Since joining SAP in 2017, Saquib has significantly expanded SAP’s footprint in Pakistan, exceeding growth targets and hiring local talent to enable the digital transformation of customers in both the public and private sectors. Saquib Ahmad has nearly 20 years’ experience in delivering innovation and driving business value for customers in the Information Technology and Telecommunications industry in the region. Prior to joining SAP, Saquib was Director of Sales & Business Development for Oracle. In this role, he was responsible for a sales team that qualified and built business opportunities in Pakistan and Afghanistan. He introduced new applications to these markets and strengthened Oracle’s relationships with key clients. Previously, Saquib was the Country Director, Pakistan and Afghanistan, for Comptel, where he determined the sales, partner and business strategies to optimize revenue, order intake and cost of sale. Saquib began his career with Nokia-Siemens, where he held a variety of roles, culminating in him being named Director of Sales, Middle East. Saquib holds a Master’s in Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Management and Technology in Lahore and a Bachelor’s of Engineering in Telecommunication and Electronics from the University of Engineering and Technology in Lahore, and was recognized with the Aizza-e-Sabqat presidential award for academic excellence.
DGTAL is a team focusing on innovation, from ideation to execution and adoption by our customers. In this role he collaborates with the large SAP network of innovation (labs, innovation centers, custom development, etc.), our partner and startup ecosystem and those of our customers who wish to reinvent their business. He was previously leading DGTAL O for EMEA South, an organization focused on making customer-specific innovation happen. The office of the CFO CoE consists of solution experts, who are enabling regional customers with the necessary knowledge, in order to take informed decisions on SAP technology regarding their financial, risk, compliance and governance operations. Stratis has studied Chemical Engineering in Athens and Petroleum Applications in Paris. He joined SAP Hellas in 1999, working for consulting with a focus on logistics. He assumed Project Management Roles for various implementation projects in Greece, in industries as diverse as Oil & Gas, Automotive, Consumer and Retail. Since 2007 he held various positions in Services Management in Greece – Education Manager, Client Partner and Consulting Manager, before moving to DGTAL in 2016

Stratis Pelekidis

Head of DGTAL, MENA

Ghazanfar Ali

Country Manager

Ghazanfar is a business leader with demonstrated ability to deliver high performance and profitable growth with sustainable organizational transformation. He has over 19 years experience of leading diverse organizations, regions and businesses. Ghazanfar has successfully delivered missions of transformation, the Geo expansion, and brand leadership in emerging and complex territories. His expertise lies in business transformation, strategy and execution, performance management and value delivery. He is also an expert in digital transformation, organizational transformation for value delivery, and financial Sector industry knowledge.
Hamayun is recognized as Asia’s top 100 Fintech leaders. He is a seasoned executive and entrepreneur that holds various positions as Head of Innovation & digital transformation at UBL, board member and director at Digital Mobile Money, D3, and Webcom. As an executive, he has served different multinational companies across Europe, Australia, US, and Asia. He has been a leader and member of the core team responsible for various Digital financial services initiatives. Brands to which he contributed include United Bank Limited, Wave Money Myanmar, Easypaisa Pakistan, Telenor Banka Serbia, and Paysbuy Thailand. Hamayun is passionate about delivering culture change in large, complex organisations using Design Thinking and Agile methodologies and his work focuses on innovation, digitalisation and how technology is redefining people’s expectations.

Hamayun Sajjad

Head of Digital Banking

Fatima Hyder

Chief Strategy Officer, Starcom

Fatima has over 17 years of experience in UAE and Canada working across leading CPG’s such as Unilever, Kraft, and Johnson & Johnson. Her experience has also extended into the Banking, Airline and Real Estate industries. As a hybrid planner, Fatima specializes in Integrated Marketing Communication, because after all, solving for just media is solving only 80% of the problem and she is nothing if not thorough.
International keynote speaker, trainer and coach with over 20 years’ experience as a global learning & development professional. Mark is also the founder of a learning academy for personal and professional growth. His TEDxCasey talk ‘Paws and Effect: How Teddy Bears Increase Value Perception’ was the movie trailer for his latest book “Add Value”.

Mark Carter

Director, Speaker, Author

Waqas Naeem

Country Director, Ericsson

A senior sales executive and digital enthusiast with 19 years’ experience in complex Business to Business sales and relationship management, primary at Ericsson. Waqas has been engaged on international assignments and worked with cross-cultural teams from all over the world. He has a strong and diverse leadership experience in sales, business development, strategy development, organization development and change management. He loves to work with technology and innovative solutions in the areas of Mobile broadband, internet of things and automation. Waqas is currently responsible for Ericsson’s Sales and operational activities in Pakistan and is the overall country manager of Ericsson Pakistan. He leads a strong cross functional team aided by a selected network of partners to serve digital service providers and help increase digital footprint in the country.