Pakistani Entrepreneurs

OPEN is a nonprofit organization with a focus on helping Pakistani entrepreneurs and professional with personal and business development.   The organization holds about 20 events a year.   The OPEN Forum 2010 will be held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA on June 5th 2010.  OPEN Forum, the flagship conference of OPEN Silicon Valley, annually attracts hundreds of professionals and entrepreneurs from top technology companies, exciting start-ups, global service providers and leading venture firms. This one day conference will give you the unique opportunity to network with and learn from seasoned CEOs, Venture Capitalists, Financial Market Experts, Government Policy Makers and Professionals.

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Professor Iqbal Z. Quadir, Founder and Director, The Legatum Center, MIT

Professor Iqbal Z. Quadir is the founder and director of the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT and Professor of the Practice of Development and Entrepreneurship at MIT.  In the 1990s, Quadir founded Grameenphone, which provides effective telephone access throughout Bangladesh.  For four years, Quadir taught at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, focusing on the impact of technologies in the politics and economics of developing countries.


Rafiq Mohammadi, CEO, Autonomy Interwoven

Rafiq Mohammadi is leading the Autonomy Interwoven team.  He co-founded iManage, Inc. in 1995. Rafiq also played the role of CTO at iManage, where he was a key member of the team that successfully built the company from a start-up to a profitable and growing publicly traded software company that went IPO within four years.


Faysal Sohail, Managing Director, CMEA Capital

Faysal is an entrepreneur turned venture capitalist.  Today he sits on the Board of A123 Systems, AirTight Networks, Applied Wave Research, Danotek Motion Technologies Inc., Evolution Robotics, Multigig Inc., NEA-IndoUS Ventures, Pyxis Technology Inc., and Symwave, Inc.   He helped build three companies, which became successful either via IPO or through acquisition, including Cadabra Design Automation, which was eventually acquired by Numerical Technologies (NMTC).


Dilawar Syed, PRESIDENT & CEO, Yongja Media Group

Dilawar is President & Chief Executive Officer of Yonja Media Group, an investor-backed emerging markets internet media company.  Founded in 2003, Silicon Valley and Istanbul-based Yonja Media Group operates, Turkey’s first and largest local social network.


Sumaya Kazi, CEO & Editor-in-Chief,

Sumaya Kazi is an award-winning entrepreneur and consultant advising top global brands and startups on new media strategy and implementation.  She is the CEO & Editor-in-Chief of where her team is focused on building the CNN for young professionals worldwide. Sumaya has been recognized by BusinessWeek as one of America’s “Best Young Entrepreneurs,” CNN as a “Young Person Who Rocks,” and by Silicon Valley Business Journal as a “Woman of Influence”.


Safwan Shah, President, Infonox

Most recently, from 1999 to 2009, Safwan Shah was the President of Infonox, a company he founded and then made into a leader in delivering multiple, end-to-end, payment services to casinos, banks, retail and money transfer businesses.


Monis Rahman, Chairman and CEO, Naseeb Networks

Mr. Monis Rahman is Chairman and CEO of Naseeb Networks, a leading provider of recruitment, social networking, classifieds and related services in Pakistan.  Under his leadership, Naseeb Networks launched ROZEE.PK, Pakistan’s most powerful recruiting platform, which is used today by over 27,000 employers, 1.4 Million registered professionals and 85 HEC accredited universities.


Naeem Zafar, Founder, Concordia Ventures

Naeem Zafar is a member of the faculty of Haas Business School at the University of California Berkeley, where he teaches Entrepreneurship and Innovation as part of the MBA program. He founded Concordia Ventures, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business  (


Dr. Ahmad Jan Durrani, Vice Chancellor and Professor of Engineering at LUMS

Dr. Ahmad Jan Durrani is Vice Chancellor and Professor of Engineering at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), Lahore, Pakistan since July 1, 2008.


Umair Khan, Founder and CEO,

Umair is founder and CEO of, one of the fastest growing virtual worlds for children and young adults. Umair Khan is also a Venture Partner with The Entrepreneurs’ Fund (TEFIII), an early stage, software-focused venture fund.  Umair is also founder and chairman of Verisium, a Silicon Valley based software testing tools company, and of Folio3, a services company providing offshore operations incubation to startups and other small companies.


Idris Kothari, VP of Engineering, Vertical Systems Inc

Idris Kothari has 30+ years of experience in the high-tech industry. He co-founded a number of successful Silicon Valley start-ups in Network security, PC Chip-sets and Hospitality Services.


Leila Chirayath Janah, CEO, Samasource

Leila Chirayath Janah first developed the idea behind Samasource while working as a management consultant at Katzenbach Partners (now Booz & Co.), where her clients included global leaders in the outsourcing and telecom sectors and a number of prominent non-profits.


Jeff Clavier, Founder, SoftTech VC

Jean-Francois “Jeff” Clavier is the Founder and Managing Partner of SoftTech VC, one of the most active seed stage investors in Web 2.0 startups. Since 2004, Jeff has invested in more than 70 consumer Internet companies in areas like social media, communities, search, gaming or consumer infrastructure, almost exclusively in Silicon Valley. With over 20 years of operational, entrepreneurial and venture capital experience, Jeff was recognized as one of the 13 “Web 2.0? King Makers, and in 2008, BusinessWeek named him one of “The 25 Most Influential People on the Web”.


Saad Khan, Partner, CMEA Capital

Saad Khan joined CMEA Capital in 2007 as a Partner and is focusing on the firm’s software and Internet investments.


Maurice Gunderson, Senior Partner, CMEA

Maurice Gunderson, Senior Partner, joined CMEA Capital in 2006 to focus on investments in new and innovative energy sources and technologies.  Previously, Maurice co-founded Nth Power, a venture capital firm specializing in investments emerging from the global restructuring of the energy industry.


Osman Rashid, CEO and Co-founder, Kakai, Inc

Osman is a serial entrepreneur who is currently the Co-founder and CEO of Kakai, Inc. Osman has left a strong impact on the world of education as the founding CEO of Chegg.


Rehan Jalil, President, Wichorus

Rehan has over 15 years of technical management and sales experience in telecommunications, networking and multi-core processors.


Omar Khan, Founder,

Founder of, a media aggregation and production company focusing on content delivery on mobile and tablet devices.


Michael Tanne, Founder and CEO, Wink

Michael Tanne has been involved with building search engines for a long time, starting at Verity where he directed product management. He started Wink in 2005, compelled by a belief that people could provide valuable input that would make search better.


Sean Dempsey, Co-founder, Merus Capital

Sean co-founded Merus Capital in November 2007. Previously he was a Principal of Corporate Development at Google, responsible for acquisitions and investments.


Menekse Gencer, Founder mPay Connect

a consulting service for clients seeking to launch mobile payments.   She is the founder of the Mobile Payments Series(TM) initiative which hosts panel discussions and networking events for professionals in the mobile money industry .


Babur Ozden, CEO of Berggi

an internationally acclaimed mobile applications provider (acquired by Avanzit MCE: AVZ); President of DataCert, world’s no 1 provider of legal online billing (acquired by CCH Wolters Kluwer Wolters WLSNC: NA); CEO of LenSec, no 1 provider of web-based video surveillance platform to Public School Districts in the USA; and CEO of Superonline, the most recognized Internet brand in Turkey (acquired by Turkcell NYSE:TKC).


Ethan Casey, Author

of two travel books about Pakistan: Alive and Well in Pakistan (2004, called “magnificent” by Ahmed Rashid and “intelligent and compelling” by Mohsin Hamid) and Overtaken By Events: A Pakistan Road Trip (2010).


Zainab Jeewanjee, Sales Director, Go One Global Corp

Zainab Jeewanjee is Sales Director at the Insurance aggregator Go One Global Corp and heads operations at


Salman Khan, Founder, Khan Academy

Salman Khan is the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy–a collection of 1400+ videos and software that is the most used k-12 and college educational resource on the Internet.


Elon Boms, Founder and Managing Director, Launch Capital LLC

Elon Boms venture capital experience includes structuring bio-tech, consumer products and software development deals; he also has significant finance, consulting and marketing experience.


Ann Miura-Ko, Partner, FLOODGATE

Ann Miura-Ko is a partner at FLOODGATE where her investment interests include the innovations in e-commerce, security, and big data.


Stephen Ciesinski, VP, Corporate Strategic Programs, SRI International

Stephen Ciesinski has overall responsibility for SRI’s commercial R&D business development, international offices, innovation programs, corporate energy and automotive sector initiatives, strategic marketing, and other corporate programs.


Dr Jahanzeb Sherwani, Founder and CEO of iTeleport LLC

Dr Jahanzeb Sherwani is the Founder and CEO of iTeleport LLC, an iPhone startup whose flagship app iTeleport has been among the top 100 grossing apps in both the iPhone and iPad App Stores.


Kate Fiandaca, Recruiter, GreeneSearch

Kate Fiandaca is a technical recruiter with GreeneSearch.


Mark Gorenberg, Managing Director, Hummer Winblad Venture Partners

Mark joined Hummer Winblad Venture Partners in 1990. He has served as a board member for start-up and public software companies, including AdForce, HomeGrocer, NetDynamics, Omniture, Infopia, Lathan, kwiry, Tizor and Scopus Technologies. Currently, he serves as a Director of Aria Systems, Cenzic, Crowd Factory, ontheFRONTIER, Replay Solutions, and Sonatype.


Ellen Shulman, Associate, Lee Hecht Harrison & Career Coach, Careers In Touch

Ellen is an Associate at Lee Hecht Harrison and career coach in private practice at Careers In Touch.


Richard Lowenthal, Founder and CEO, Coulomb Technologies

Richard Lowenthal is the CEO of Coulomb Technologies, which he co-founded in 2007.

Mr. Lowenthal is also a former Mayor of Cupertino, California, and has been heavily involved in the non-profit world.


Prof. Dr Arshad Ali Director General, NUST School of Electrical Engg. and Computer Science

Professor Dr Arshad Ali, Director General, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (SEECS) is a prolific researcher and academician.


M. Raghib Hussain, Co-founder, Cavium Networks

Raghib has been in high-tech industry for about twenty years. He is one of the founders of Cavium Networks, where he is currently serving as Chief Technology Officer and Corporate Vice President of Software Engineering at.


Wajahat Ali, Playwright, Essayist, Humorist

Wajahat Ali is a Muslim American of Pakistani descent. He is a playwright, essayist, humorist, and Attorney at Law, whose work, “The Domestic Crusaders” is the one of the first major plays about Muslim Americans living in a post 9-11 America.


Rajesh Setty, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Investor

Rajesh is involved in a few companies in some combination as a founder, operating executive, board member and/or an investor.


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