Fellows 2019

Waqas Halim

Waqas Halim

Project Lead - Centre for Technology in Governance

Waqas Halim is an educationist and a thought leader. He holds a Master’s in Public Administration with a concentration in International Development from Columbia University, and is a Fulbright Alumnus.

Waqas is passionate about the use of technology for social change and governance. He heads the Centre forTechnologyin Governance and the Smart Cities Initiative at Information Technology University in Lahore. He aims to develop their networks across the globe for promotion of thought leadership on Science, Innovation and Technology policy.

Anum Nawaz

Anum Nawaz

Co-Founder - My Voice Unheard, Founder - Academics Accessible, Co-Founder - Laisser-Aller-One Day University

Anum Nawaz looks at self-expression as a powerful tool to solve socio-cultural problems of our contemporary times. Her startup, My Voice Unheard is a humanistic project that aims to bring a counter-narrative to the uni-dimensional and clichéd image of Pakistan through storytelling.

Academics Accessible is an extension of My VoiceUnheard through which Anum brings academicians outside the confines of universities into public spaces to create opportunity for non-degree seeking community members to open their minds to new research. She hopes to enable public scholarship by promoting cross-cultural academia for intellectual empowerment.

Bayan Mashrequi

Bayan Mashrequi

Co-founder - Juncstart

Bayan Mashrequi’s self-motivated interests helped him learn electronics, chemistry, mechanics and 3D visualization hands-on. Studying industrial and manufacturing engineering further polished his skills.

Being passionate about design and fabrication, Bayan co-founded Juncstart, while still at college, to facilitate students and design aficionados in developing and refining their ideas through exposure to diverse tools and
methodologies. He finds the lack of understanding of product development in Pakistan a significant reason for why local products/services never see the light of day in international markets and this is where he believes he
can create impact.

Arzish Azam

Arzish Azam

CEO - Ejad Labs, Chapter Director - Startup Grind Islamabad

Arzish Azam is the CEO of Ejad Labs, a collaborative innovation hub for South Asian Entrepreneurs. He’s the Manager for Google Business Group (GBG) Lahore, a non-profit community supported by Google and is the lead
organizer for BizFest Lahore, the first Google supported technology and business conference for the region.

He is the Chapter Director for Startup Grind Islamabad and helped expand the world’s largest independent network of entrepreneurs to 10+ cities, 5+ universities in Pakistan. Arzish is the founder of the PAK-US Tech Exchange, the largest independent exchange program for Pakistani entrepreneurs to experience Silicon Valley, powered by
Startup Grind.

Humza Abbas

Humza Abbas

Founder/CEO – Auto Genie

An entrepreneur and a by-chance business graduate, Hamza Abbas is the co-founder and CEO of Auto Genie, Pakistan’s first on-demand auto services company that repairs and maintains cars at homes and offices through
easy online bookings.

His hobbies and interests related to all things automotive evolved into his profession at age twenty, when he started his company during his first year at college. He has learnt tough lessons the hard way, but Humza is passionate about triggering reforms in the automobile industry in Pakistan which is largely unregulated and lacks standards.

Mahreen Tahir-Chowdhry

Mahreen Tahir-Chowdhry

Founder and Managing Director, Botaniqué Floral Couture

Mahreen Tahir-Chowdhry is Fulbright scholar with an interest in exploring the space between technical skills education and creativity.

She is the Founder of Botaniqué Floral Couture; an enterprise established with themission to introduce first-of-its-kind sustainable luxury in Pakistan to create a celebratory eco-system curated with ‘the flower’ at its heart.

The startup is envisioned to drive social change by enhancing human capital through skills development, creating employment opportunities to empower marginalized communities as well as cultivate the beginnings of a new and exciting industry.

Saad Hamid

Saad Hamid

CEO of DEMO - Ideas for Impact, Co-founder - KNCT

Saad Hamid is a digital ecosystem builder recognized by the World Economic Forum as one of the Davos50 Innovators. He is currently working as a Developer Community Manager for Google and is also leading development of Pakistan’s first Mastercourse E-learning Platform.

He’s previously founded DEMO – Ideas for Impact, which provides consultancy and services in impact-driven verticals such as innovation, entrepreneurship skills development, technology and communications.

Saad is also the co-founder at KNCT Hub which is a co-innovation and co-working space for youth in Islamabad enabling them to connect, learn and grow.

Muhammad Ali Rashid

Muhammad Ali Rashid

Founder / CEO - Roboart

Mohammad Rashid is an electronics engineer and an entrepreneur with a keen interest in connected car technology. Together, with a strong team, he is connecting people via their smartphones and empowering them

with more control over everyday things. RoboArt’s product, MoboKey, is the world’s first Bluetooth based peer-to-peer car sharing platform. It is a smartphone application that is transforming access, security and sharing of

cars, at the same time providing numerous features to drivers. Ali’s vision is to provide users with an interconnected system that offers ease and peace of mind, freeing people from unnecessary everyday hassles.

Shikha Shah

Shikha Shah

Founder/ Co-CEO, Fibre Labs

Shikha Shah is a founder and Co-CEO of Fibre Labs. It is an alternative textile and a material science company. Using proprietary technologies, it converts agriculture waste into textiles. These textiles are environmentally sustainable,
socially good and performance wise superior.

It saves around 7,00,000 litres of water per ton of fibres, increase poor farmer’s income by 400% and makes textiles that are up to 4x durable, naturally anti-bacterial etc. The company has received grants and prices worth around $18000 from the state government and Innocity-SAP.

The company has been honored with awards like the youngest to get the best women entrepreneur transforming nation award by United Nations and Government of India, best hemp start-up by Asian Hemp Summit and Atal Innovation Medal.

Haaziq Kazi

Haaziq Kazi

Entrepreneur

Haaziq is passionate about environment and intends to create ERVIS.

ERVIS is a social enterprise which focuses on 3 areas, one is education around plastic pollution, second is cleaning waste in oceans and third to engage on circular economy. With the development of ERVIS platform, he will give people an opportunity to fix inefficiency in plastic consumption issue by providing a platform to coordinate, communicate and collaborate in order to recycle plastic and materialize the idea of “use plastic as a resource”.

Varun Kashyap

Varun Kashyap

Founder, Let’s Endorse

Varun is a graduate from PEC, Chandigarh and Young India Fellowship (Ashoka University). He is amongst five Indians selected for the German Chancellor Fellowship in 2014 and was the founding member of the Global Shapers Chandigarh Hub in 2013, a global network of leaders sponsored by the World Economic Forum.

Varun has been an aspiring entrepreneur since 2006 when he led two self-help groups as part of a project funded by the Commonwealth Youth Programme. He started Suvidha Bazaar after graduation in 2010, a farm to kitchen initiative with an objective to reduce the price gap and provide information to the farmers on what and how much to grow to maximize their income. At LetsEndorse, he is on a mission to eradicate social issues at scale.

Issac Alexander

Issac Alexander

Founder and Director Pepper House

Issac Alexander is the Founder and Director of Pepper House – a space dedicated to art, design and culture that supports creative individuals and groups with a space to work, resources to create, and a platform to exchange ideas that advance humanity toward a more inclusive and positive future.

Pepper House aims to achieve this through a range of civic engagement programs such as workshops, seminars, courses, film screenings, performances, art & design residencies, publications and exhibitions.

Haleem Khan

Haleem Khan

Professional Artist

Hailing from a strict, orthodox Muslim family, Haleem’s love with Hindu classical dance, as a young man, seemed nothing less than a sin. Many obstacles stood in his way, such as opposing his family’s wishes, religious pressure, and even financial crisis. However, his greatest hurdle was that he was boy, who wanted to learn a classical dance,which is traditionally performed by females. All of these things cornered him into thinking that these dreams may never come true. But nothing can stop a person whose passion is next to devotion.

This is self-evident in what Haleem Khan has showcased to the world with his enormous success today.  As a highly talented and appreciated dance professional, he has won many accolades and gold medals in numerous
classical dance competitions. Professionally trained under many renowned gurus, dance has now become the language he speaks most fluently and the religion he believes in deeply.

Namrata Majumdar

Namrata Majumdar

Core team, MF Vadodara

Namrata is a chemical engineer and an MBA in marketing from Nirma University Ahmedabad Gujarat. While studying she was active in organising Tech events like chemozale and iFest. After graduating she worked with ACC cements Ltd. for a span of 1 year after which she started her own proprietary firm to deal in the industrial lubricants by Total Oil India Pvt Ltd. She also was involved in consulting MSMEs for diversification and expansion of the organization.

Presently, she is a cofounder of a startup of an e- commerce site called swagup.in She is also associated to Yuvalay Charitable Trust for various activities like organizing Makerfest.