Our founder and CEO Kalsoom Lakhani lives in D.C. and is often approached by the Pakistani diaspora in the US to know about business opportunities in Pakistan and likewise she is often approached by young inspiring entrepreneurs in Pakistan who want to meet investors. That was the aha! moment when she realised there is a potential to connect both and form a community and that's how i2i startups and i2i angels came into being and the i2i Accelerator program was born.
Chief Development Officer
Adam comes to i2i with a background at the intersection of international development and impact investing. He helped launch the Aga Khan Foundation's Impact Investing Program, where he mobilized patient capital for projects in health, education, and microfinance and initiated the Program's small and medium enterprise portfolio. Adam then served as Entrepreneur in Residence at GSF India, a technology accelerator that spurs innovation through angel and seed investing where he mentored GSF portfolio companies across sectors such as e-commerce, travel. Adam has recently led early product research and development for the Social Capital Markets Conference (SOCAP), the premier annual convening of impact investors, and GoodCompany Ventures, a social enterprise accelerator. As i2i's Chief Development Officer, Adam is primarily responsible for steering the company's growth in new markets, originating contracts with new clients and customers, and pursuing strategic partnerships with financial institutions and government agencies. He holds a Masters in International Business and Development Economics from The Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Innovation & Community Lead
Saad is a tech, innovation and education evangelist who likes to work as a social media consultant by day and as a new media developer by the night. He is focused on building communities and making things happen by giving people a platform to talk and share their ideas. In the past, Saad has launched numerous Internet ventures and remains interested in teaching people how to use the web and digital media for economic empowerment. Currently, he volunteers as a TEDx Ambassador to Pakistan, Curator of TEDxIslamabad, Curator of Global Shapers for the World Economic Forum, Google Developer Group Manager for Islamabad and City Manager for Elance. He is also fond of attending global events and has managed to attend some world-class events such as the TEDxSummit in Doha, TEDGlobal in Scotland, TEDActive in Long Beach, The Nobel Peace Prize Ceremony in Oslo and The Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.
Business & Operations Lead
Ahsan carries a diverse experience of working with both corporates and startups. Before joining i2i, he has worked for Huawei and China Mobile, where he was managing network operations and optimization for northern Pakistan. He has also managed business development for Olaround, a location based loyalty service application designed for SME's. He is also heading one of Google's community outreach programs for local businesses, aiming to strengthen the digital presence of local businesses in Islamabad. He is a TEDster and co-curates TEDxIslamabad. Ahsan has represented Pakistan on various International forums in North America and South East Asia through the International Visitor Leadership Program and Google community platforms.
Meenah Tariq is a Fulbright scholar and MBA from Babson College, with a degree in strategy and entrepreneurship. Prior to Babson, Meenah has years of experience as a serial-entrepreneur, consultant, project manager, and finance executive. Her oldest entrepreneurial experience was at age eight, when she started making bracelets and selling them door to door. She started her first 'serious' small business when she was fourteen years old, and has, over time, been a part of four other start-ups in a variety of fields. Meenah has substantial experience consulting for entrepreneurs and non-profits. Acting as an external consultant, she has facilitated business plan development, and provided managerial and strategic support. She has also designed and executed marketing research campaigns for various products and services. Meenah believes that entrepreneurship is currently one of the strongest economic forces in the world, and the dynamics of start-ups and entrepreneurial personalities fascinate her to endlessly!