Starting with little steps and then leaping in bounds, Pakistani tech industry has come a long way through. Here we pay a tribute to the efforts of various seasoned technologists, veteran IT professionals, social media enthusiasts, digital industry specialists, the technopreneurs and the techies for sure, keeping tab on the ins and outs of the thriving Pakistani IT. We list their achievement and contributions here, along with their Twitter handles to create networking opportunities for the aspiring tech whizzards in the country.
Umar Saif (@umarsaif)
named as one of the top 35 young innvoators in the world (TR35) By MIT and received the Google Faculty Research Award in 2011. He was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2010 and received the MIT Technovator Award in 2008, Mark Weiser Award at IEEE, Percom’08, Digital Inclusion Award from Microsoft Research in 2006 and the IDG CIO Technology Pioneer Award in 2008.
Taimur Asad (@TaimurAsad)
Owner & Editor-in-Chief of Redmond Pie, a globally renowned blog which covers technology news & views about products/services from Microsoft and its competitors like Apple and Google.
Badar Khushnood (@badar76)
Country Consultant for Twitter in Pakistan. Co-founder Bramerz. Previously worked as Country Consultant for Google Pakistan.
Rizwan Virk (@Rizstanford)
Co-founder and CEO of GameView Studios which created the successful Tap franchise and was recently acquired by Japanese social gaming giant DeNA.
Farhan Masood (@Farhanmasood)
a Futurologist, CEO of SoloTech, Inventor of Smart XS and recognized by MIT Enterprise Forum as among world’s brilliant minds.
Rehan Allawalla (@rehanallahwala)
Founder and President of Super Technologies Inc., a United States based software company, providing solutions for telecom industry. He has won Asia Pacific Mobile Learning Initiatives Recognition 2012
Shakir Husain (@shakirhusain)
Entrepreneur, Start ups Specialist, Founded Creative Chaos (Pvt) Limited in Karachi, which provides outsourced technology consulting services to clients in North America, Europe, the Middle East, and Pakistan.
Jehan Ara Pasha (@jehan_ara):
President of the Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES (P@SHA). An activist for Internet freedom, Human rights, Violence Against Women & Privacy. President of Bolo Bhi.
Rabia Garib (@Rabiagarib):
She is the Chief Wrapper at ToffeeTV.com and Chief Editor at TheNewSpaces. Garib is an Eisenhower Fellow for Technology, Trade, Journalism and New Media.
Dr. Muqtaza Shah (@muqtaza)
CEO of Pring. Pring is Pakistan’s largest social network with more than 4,500,000 users.
Usman Siddique (@TheReadersClub)
winner of P@SHA Social Innovation Award for “Audible” for Urdu – Urdu Online.
Sarafaraz M. Khan (@smkhan)
Associate Vice President for Quality Excellence Program at VectraCom(Pvt) Ltd. VectraCom is among the pioneers and the largest provider of Information, Content and Wireless Applications and Value Added Services in Pakistan and the region covering Africa, Middle East, UAE and Central Asia.
Maria Umar (@MariaUmar)
The Pakistani technoprenuer on Mashables. Founder of The Women’s Digital League where she creates opportunities for women globally in and even rural areas of Pakistan using IT micro-tasking.
Zafar Ul Islam (@nedian91)
Lead Technology Strategist at Microsoft Corporation Pakistan.
Imran Zia (@ziaimran)
Zia Imran is the CEO and founder of VahZay (Pvt) Limited, a software and IT products and services company based in Lahore. Zia is also an ex-Director of Pakistan Software Export Board and served as the Chairman of P@SHA.
Basit Alvi (@bpk69)
The man who created first ever PC virus. Works with Brain Telecom.
Jibran Ilyas (@jibranilyas)
Digital Forensics addict, working as Incident Response Lead at Halock Security Labs. Advanced Malware Defense Strategist; Speaker at BlackHat.
Umair Aziz (@Umair_Aziz)
Chief Technology Officer at Creative Chaos and winner of Achievement Award by Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce and for bPass, an innovative mobile payments system
M Bilal M (@mBILALmPK)
Urdu Blogger and creator of Pak Urdu Installer.
Muhammad Jehanzaib (@_jehanzaib)
Co-founder of Artsly. A video-based social learning app. Artsly is Pakistan’s first Europe-backed startup funded by Kima Ventures, the world’s most active angel investor according to Business Insider.
Atif Mumtaz (@amumtaz)
serial entrepreneur developing innovative solutions using ICT. He co-founded Pakistan’s largest job site and human resources software company, BrightSpyre. Mumtaz has had engineering and management roles at United Nations and COMSATS and was selected as TED Fellow in 2009.
Sidra Qasim (@sidraqasim)
Winner of P@SHA Social Innovation Award for Online Store for Handmade Shoes for e-retail bus.
Sheeraz Aleem (@byteconnector)
Editor-In-Chief at Progmic blog. Works at Digital Project Manager at MerryCode.
Imran Aftab (@imranaftab)
CEO & Co-founder 10Pearls, a leading and award-winning application development company. 10pearl won P@SHA ICT 2012 Award for Best Tools and Infrastructure Application and regional Nokia competition for most innovative app in 2011.
Nabeel A Qadeer, (@nabeelaq)
Head Of Plan9 Pakistan’s first technology startup incubation program and a serial technopreneur.
Zohare Haider (@JJBaybee)
Regional Head of Digital, Wider South Asia at British Council. Zohare also writes for Social Media Today.
Saad Hamid (@SaadGH)
TEDx Ambassador, Curator @TEDxIslamabad, New Media Consultant.
Rumaisa Mohani (@RumaisaMohani)
Winner of Best Business Plan Award 2012 (Female) by GIST Initiative USA. A Pakistani who trended at Twitter in India on 14th August 2011.
Kubair A. Shirazee (@kubair)
CEO of Ikonami Pakistan. Ikonami® is a technology provider that enables facilitation, management and monitoring of change in organisations via a suite of technology tools.
Zair Abbas (@zairabbas)
UX Professional, Development Team Lead & Associate Project Manager at Creative Chaos.
Fahad Kehar (@fkehar)
Urdu blogger and founder of CricNama, first global Urdu blog on Cricket.
Abdul Qadir (@FurSid)
GettyImages Contributor, User Experience strategist, Blogger.
Faiza Yousuf (@FaizaYousuf)
Project Management Specialist, Project Manager at Tectutive, Trainer at TestersTestified, External Adviser – CSIT Department at NED University.
Ali Rehan (@ali_rehan)
co-founder and CEO of Groopic, an innovative photography app selected by Google Entrepreneurs-backed Blackbox Connect program in Silicon Valley.
Imran Hussain (@imranhussain)
VP, User Experience at Systems Limited
Liaqat Andrabi (@Slh_Andrabi)
Founder of GizmoCrazed, a portal with the latest news and developments from the world of tech and gadgets.
Farhan Janjua (@FarhanJanjua)
Award Winning Blogger for Gappu.com, Regional Editor at FutureChallenges.Org
Haris Nadeem (@harisn)
a veteran blogger and webpreneur. An android enthusiast and part of the Google Developer Group Lahore.
Usman Latif (@usman_latif)
Internet marketing evangelist specialized in Search Engine Optimization (SEO), paid Search Engine Marketing (SEM), web analytics, social media, online promotion, blogging & local marketing.
Ali Kazmi (@kazmageddon)
Digital Marketer, Branding Evangelist, Meme Enthusiast.
Imtiaz N. Mohammad (@inspirex)
Country Manager, Pakistan at Effective Measure
Khurram Mir (@khurram_mir)
Co-Founder and Chief Marketing Officer at Kaulitatem, a premier and independent Software Testing Company providing services to a global clientele.
Ahsen Saeed (@aey)
Urdu localization moderator at Twitter. Founder of Twittistaan. Head of Social Media at The Digital Factory.
Fahad Dogar (@FahadRDogar)
a researcher at Microsoft and technology enthusiast, Dogar is an alumni of LUMS and a Ph.D from prestigious Carnegie Melon University.
Abdul Hamid Kath (@ahkath)
Chief Financial Officer at Synergies Worldwide. He is a change activist and veteran social worker.
Sara Muzzammil (@SaraMuzzammil)
Digital Media Marketer, PR & Outreach Specialist. Head of Digital Strategy at The Digital Factory. Blogs at saramuzzammil.wordpress.com
Aamir Attaa (@aamir7):
Person behind Pro-Pakistani blog that consistently updates about latest happenings from Pakistan’s Telecom and IT Industry.
Sajjad Kirmani (@Sajjadkirmani)
technology entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Infogistic, serving diverse global customers and implementing best practices through international standards, including CMMI®, ISO 9001, ISO 20000 and ISO 27001.
Arsalan M. Khan (@amk)
Urdu localization moderator at Twitter. Head of Operations at The Digital Factory.
Hammad Siddiqui (@hammads)
Deputy Country Director at Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE). Author of Bootstrapping Your Career.
Sarah Paracha (@sarahperacha): Creative Director at Apease Apex, Digital Activist.
Muzzamil Hussain (@1sudo): Software Engineer, Senior Project Manager at Creative Chaos
Jabran Rafique (@jabranr) : Advocate & web mapper for Google Maps, Pakistan. Lead Developer at The United Agency.
Ahsan Mukhtar (@dj_bubble): Google Business Group Manager and alum of international Visitor Leadership Program. ProBlogger and associated with TEDxIslamabad.
Muhammad Haris (@mharis): Co-founder of Themefusion offering premium website design solutions.
Sardar Mohkim Khan (@smohkim): Digital Media Consultant, Editor Startup Meme, Contributor at ArcticStartup
Rishadullah Shaikh (@RishadShaikh): Founder of OpenSource Pakistan and Grocode.co. Digital Marketer and SEO Expert.
Basit Saeed (@BasitS_): Tech blogger, Software Engineer.
Ali Abbas (@syriz_): Project Management Professional with double Masters.
Munir Usman (@MunirUsman): Founder & CEO, Pi Labs. Microsoft MVP.
Amir Husain (@amirhusain_tx): CEO VDIWorks a leading provider of Virtual Desktop enablement and management software. Computer Reseller News (CRN) has included VDIworks in their Top 100 Virtualization Vendors for several consecutive years and winner CRN Tech Innovator Award 2012.
Zohair Chohan (@zohairchohan): Professional Blogger and founder of ITNama.com.
Faizan Buzdar (@TheOtherFB): Founder and CEO of Scrybe (convo.com).
AQ Azhar (@aqazhar): CEO and Founder of BizExcel™, A Google AdWords™ Certified Partner Company. CEO and Founder of CricLens.com – a popular PCB and ICC accredited Cricket News Portal.
Arfeen Muhammad (@arfeen77): Principal Software Engineer, Expertise in VoIP / Asterisk AGIs / Web Product Development.
Farhan Suhail (@pharhansuhail): User Interface and User Experience Professional.
Ahmed Khalid (@ehmedk): Co-Founder & CEO at One Step Solutions. Winner of P@SHA ICT Award 2013 for green and sustainable IT.
Farhan Danish (@FarhanDanish): Urdu blogger, One of the top Twitter translator.
Farrukh Zafar (@fariZafar): Co-founder and CEO at Rockefeller Innovation LLC, a digital branding company.
Moosa Hemani (@mmhemani): Search Strategist and Blogger. Expertise in SEO.
Mudassar Saeed Khan (@bahrian): Digital marketing enthusiast, Pakistan’s first Google™ Certified Advertising Partner and founder of IT Insight (technology publication), Siliconistan.com, Marketified (digital marketing agency) and Citizens’ Eye (global citizen journalism platform)
Muneeb Iqbal (@justmuneeb): Voip, Telecom, Service Marketing Expert
Arslan Ali (@arslan0644): A Context Driven Tester, Quality Assurance Professional, Trainer of Effective Tester Workshop and TestersTestified Sessions. Founding member of STEP (Software Testers Engagement Program and TestersTestified).
Adeel Mannan (@Adeel_Mannan): Founder and CEO of Swaam Tech (Pvt) Ltd an Independent Software and Quality Assurance Company. He is also CMO at Swaam Creative Sol providing the web and mobile development services to global clientele.
Shadab Durrani (@ShadabDurrani): Google mentioned him in their App. Security Hall of Fame. WordPress Developer who provides freelance services on odesk from 2009 and logged upto 35000+ hours.
Asim Kazmi (@asimkazmi): An Engineer, Software Testing Enthusiast, Co-Founder STEP and an experienced software project/team manager. He also provides part-time consultancy to SMEs on testing, requirement analysis and design areas.
Zia Chishti (Twitter?): Mr. Chishti is the founding Chairman and CEO of IBEX Global, the largest offshore-controlled business process outsourcing company in the world. With over $200 million in revenues and over 5000 employees, IBEX Global is Pakistan’s most prominent growth company creating opportunities for young talented Pakistani’s in IT Sector.
Hasan Rizvi (Twitter?): owner of Pepper.pk, local app developers, for LED Notifier Pro which hit the number one spot in Blackberry App World.
Zafar Khan (Twitter?) is the recipient of three US and international patents in automated consumer advertising technologies. Khan has been on the Central Executive Committee of P@SHA and served as Vice Chairman. He is also the CEO and founder of Sofizar, an internet based B2C marketing company.
Tayyab Tariq (Twitter?): a Fulbright Master’s Fellow from Stanford, Chief Technology Officer at Red Buffers working for an NGO to create IT opportunities for young Pakistanis.
Khurram Samad (Twitter?): Founder and CEO of GenITeam, a company based out of Lahore, specializes in developing Web2.0, iPhone and Android applications. GenITeam received Red Herring 2012 award for being amongst top 100 innovative companies in Asia.
Bilal Hashmat (Twitter?): founded CureMD, a New York headquartered company in Lahore that provides IT solutions to the growing US healthcare market.
Murad Akhtar (Twitter?) CEO of TinTash which provides iOS, android and backend development services. akhtar has been associated with Apple Computers Inc. as a Software Manager and Microsoft Inc. as a Program Manager. He holds a BS and MS degree in computer science from Stanford.
Alif Laila (Twitter?) winner of P@SHA Social Innovation Fund for Education for Sabah Rehman.
Naseer A. Akhtar (Twitter?): President & CEO of Infotech Pvt Ltd winner of Silver Award for Capizar in Financial Applications Category at Annual Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2011
Babar Ahmed (Twitter?): Co-founder and CEO of Mindstorm Studios which created Cricket Revolution™, the first PC game produced by a Pakistani gaming outfit to internationally sell in retail stores.
Abdul Aziz (Twitter?) owner of Candela , Gold Award winning retail management software at Asia Pacific ICT Awards.
Dr.Farrukh Kamran (Twitter?): Board of Trustees for Centre of Advance Research and Engineering which won two gold and five silver awards at the 11th Annual Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA) 2011 in Thailand for e-health, e-government, communication category.
Jawad Masood (Twitter?) Co-founder of Tunacode, winner of Silver Award at Annual Asia Pacific ICT Awards and selected by Google Entrepreneurs-backed Blackbox Connect program in Silicon Valley.