Our Mentors

Introduction

We are honored to have top-level leaders, entrepreneurs, department heads of reputable companies as our Mentors in Shahjehan S. Karim Incubation Center.

With their experience and knowledge, our young startup teams can walk into the right path of success. 

Hamid Kabani

Owner Kabani International, Inc. based in Los Angeles.

Hamid Kabani is the owner of a growing Private Equity Firm, Kabani International, Inc. based in Los Angeles. The firm has invested and has acquired full-service, well-known brand Hotels in North America and is in the process of building and developing various hotels across North America.

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In addition, the firm invests and operates various Franchised Restaurants, Retail markets, Residential rental properties and is developing residential real estate projects across the USA.

Hamid Kabani qualified as a Chartered Accountant in Pakistan. After moving to the USA, Hamid passed all parts of the CPA exam, with flying colors, on his first try and was awarded the certificate of merit by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants. Hamid has worked with several of the big 4 International Accounting Firms, in a senior management position. Hamid Kabani is also the president and founder of a Certified Public Accountant firm with the head office in Los Angeles, and offices around the world including London, Beijing, Dubai, Islamabad and Lahore Pakistan. His firm was recognized as one of the fastest growing firms in the USA a few years ago. Hamid Kabani has assisted business enterprises in their IPO and secondary offering, worth several billion dollars. Hamid was a member of the qualification committee of the “Board of Accountancy in California” from 1999-2006. Hamid was also selected as one of the top 100 CPAs in the USA by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and was appointed to serve on the AICPA’s Group of One Hundred (G100). Furthermore, Hamid served on the AICPA Virtual Grassroots Panel (VGP) from 2003-09.

Hamid Kabani, resides in Beverly Hills, California with his wife and their two children

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Arzish Azam

CEO Ejad Labs | Country Manager Startup Grind | Advisor to Federal Minister for Science & Technology 🇵🇰 | Pakistan's Tech Evangelist

Arzish Azam is an award-winning community builder who specializes in entrepreneurship and innovation travel. He’s the youngest global graduate from Founder Institute, the Country Manager for Startup Grind Pakistan, CEO of Ejad Labs and the founder of some of the leading tech conferences in the country including Startup Grind Pakistan Conference and the Pakistan Tech Summit.

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He runs the largest private tech exchange programs to Silicon Valley, North America and Europe, enabling hundreds of Pakistani startups / SMEs in the past 3 years. He has received various international awards and recognition for his work.

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Ashfaque Ahmed

General Manager IT - CGEIT | Digital Strategist | Global CIO Award Winner | Insurance| IT Governance | Return on investment/ROI | Advisory Board Member| Mentor to startups| CxO Global

Experienced IT resource with a demonstrated history of working in different industries. Skills include analytical thinking, creative problem-solving, Business Processes re-engineering, ERP, Big Data, Machine learning, RPA, Customer Relationship Management (CRM), Networking and Databases. Able to apply customer service concepts to IT to improve the user experience for clients, employees, and administration.

Hussein Hassanali

GM - Head, IT Audit at HBL - Habib Bank Limited

An experienced, delivery focused assurance, governance and information security professional with over 25 years of diverse international industry experience, specializing in IT and internal assurance, regulatory compliance, information security, quality assurance and project management.

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With strong interpersonal and communication skills, I excel at building relationships and influencing stakeholders. I have built effective teams and developed staff through supportive performance management and coaching.

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Mehzad Sahar

Group Head InfoSec Engro Corp

I am an Information Security C level Executive, Keynote Speaker, Visionary, an eloquent strategist with a flair for Information Security creativity. I have earned more than 22 years of international experience in managing Information Security across different global Telecom Operators, Banks, Oil and Gas, FMCG sectors .

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I hold Engineering degree in addition to more than two dozen prestigious global security certifications to design, build and manage security concepts into tangible organizational tools/services. My key strengths include, creating and leading groundbreaking projects through to fruition, adding thought leadership to areas such as Information Security Operation Centre, Intelligence, Governance, Risk Management & Quality Assurance, Business Operations Management, Technical Operations Management and Technology.

My motivation is to achieve organizational excellence in business design through a mix means of Governance, Technology and Security.

I have effectively crafted Information Security framework and Infrastructure Design for different Information Systems, policy making and implementation, Security Risk Management, gap analysis, compliance, and developed/led a team of Information Security professionals while working for different global Telecom operators/Banks.

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Asad Zaidi

CTO - Foree

Visionary leader with 20+ years of experience in ERP Lifecycle management, IT Operations management and infrastructure services. Proven track record of success in training and mentoring staff to achieve targeted goals, deploying data centers and Disaster Recovery (DR) plans, as well as refurbishing communication and network infrastructure.

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Demonstrated success in ensuring information security, supporting company to meet financial goals, improving customer service quality, and protecting information assets. Solid background in leading business technology teams and their operations and 5 successful ERP implementations. Highly skilled in process re-engineering, IT governance, development and execution of IT plans, and report preparation and analysis.

Offers innovative solutions to operational challenges;
Expert in transforming strategic plans into tactical initiatives;
Motivator and coach combining business acumen with analytical depth;

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Shaheryar Brohi

Owner/CEO at
Brohi Farms

After having completed my education with a degree in Electronics Engineering and a post-graduate diploma in Information Systems from the University of Wales, Cardiff (Cardiff Metropolitan University), I returned to Pakistan and pursued a career as a marketing professional at a US-based Software Company.

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Soon I was able to comprehend my potential in sales and marketing and therefore decided to explore these fields. Eventually, I ended up at Pak Mediacom, the second-largest media-buying house in the country at that time. Then on my learning curve took a leap and so did my growth. Heading the OOH media business for Unilever at Kinetic & Arrows Advertising, P&G & Telenor at Starcom Mediavest Group gave me the opportunity to polish my management, negotiations & strategic planning skills further.

Now I have my own agriculture products-based start-up which I have named after my late father, Raees Hazur Bux Khan Brohi who was a respectable and gentlemanly farmer from Nawabshah, Sindh.

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Khushnood Aftab Shaikh

CEO at
Viper Technology

As, CEO, Viper Technology, my focus is on the empowerment of my team to grow professionally and look at the world from a compassionate point of view

Representing Pakistan at Intel Board of Advisors for the Asia Pacific and Japan, for the last 15 years
Chairman PCA since 2015, active member P@SHA, FPCCI, KCCI,
Mentoring some startups and active adviser to some early-stage organizations.

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Viper, purely a Pakistan-based company, was founded in 1995, with its offices in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Peshawar, Dubai, and support centers in 20+ cities Nationwide. We have a team of around 200.

Started with ‘Viper’ local Branded PC assembly in 1995 and today we are at Viper Assembling Viper branded Desktops, Notebooks, Servers, Tablets, 2in1s, and workstations.
Viper is now a specialist in customized hardware for education, healthcare based on IoT. If you think that the internet has changed your life, think again. The Internet of Things is about to change it all over again

Under Viper Group; Viion technology specializes in customized applications for Android and IOS, outsourcing and BPO
TDP- A viper Group company does digital marketing, SEO, and marketing consultation.

Viper is a leader in 1:1 learning, has 1 to many engagements, and maintains a significant market share in education devices, solutions, deployments, and training.

At Viper, we work with existing technology solutions and industry-specific hardware and software, upgrading networks over time, giving you more control over major capital expenses like servers and new workstations
We streamline your systems so you’re not doing work a computer can do it for you faster, better and cheaper.

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