Please provide examples of any previous entrepreneurial initiatives you have pioneered.
I was responsible for setting up pilot operations for Saaf water, a social enterprise providing affordable clean water to the urban poor. I started by becoming the first sales lady and sold over a thousand capsules going door to door. As Director of operations I took the company from inception in September 2007 to two field offices serving 2700 people in major Karachi neighborhoods Lyari and Mohammadi Colony by April 2009.
Beyond your existing team, who else are you working with to achieve your objectives, eg partners, advisors, mentors?
Our Advisory Board consists of Entrepreneurs and leaders in the field of Finance, Technology and Education.
Isfandiyar Shaheen, Head of Performance Management at Dawood Hercules (DH) Corporation. He also serves on the boards of Towershare Inc., Inbox Business Technologies, Engro Eximp. Prior to joining DH he was CEO at Cyan Capital. He has also been conducting training courses in financial modelling since 2009 at IBA Centre of Executive Education.
Afaque Ahmed, Founder and president of Karachi Institute of Technology and Entrepreneurship (KITE). Before coming to Pakistan he founded Fonebooth Networks Inc. a telecommunication Company based in Silicon Valley. The philosophy and business model for this venture eventually became the basis for a similar business, the Breezecom Group of Companies, with companies based in Malaysia, Pakistan and the UAE which he founded in 2007. In 2011, his passion for science and education drove him to establish Robotics labs, an interactive platform designed to inculcate a love for science and computer programming in young Pakistanis.
Jahanzeb Sherwani, Director Real-time Communication Products at Slack Inc. He holds a PhD in Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University.
Seema Ahmed, Founder The Reading Lab Karachi. She is a speech Pathologist with 13 years of Experience in reading and speech therapy.