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Fireside Chat with Khurram Zafar on Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem: Myth or Reality?

Lahore, Friday July 21, 2017: TiE Lahore hosted an event Fireside Chat with Khurram Zafar on Pakistan’s Startup Ecosystem: Myth or Reality? at Royal Palm from 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm. TiE Lahore Chapter ( is an International, non-profit organization fostering entrepreneurship with 61 chapters in 18 different countries and 13,000 members worldwide.

TiE has always focused to bring new and relevant topics for entrepreneurs and this time was no different, the topic threw light on the challenges faced by startups and their brand development. The talk aimed to bring together business professionals, thought leaders, industry innovators, learned academicians, aspiring startups & enthusiastic entrepreneurs to highlight key themes for business development and success.

Mr. Khurram Zafar was the speaker for the event. He is Director for Karandaaz Pakistan. Previously, he was serving as an Executive Director for LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE) and Innovation Fellow at Pakistan Innovation Foundation. He worked as the Chief Information Officer at Lahore Stock Exchange where he was awarded the best private sector CIO of Pakistan by P@SHA. He has also served as one of the founding board members of Plan9, a technology incubator of Punjab Information Technology Board and adjunct faculty for entrepreneurship at Information Technology University (ITU). Mr. Zafar is a known figure of Fortune 500 and a Venture Capital Consultant. He is also an angel investor with an interest in the technology and agriculture sector and has been an adviser to several Venture Capital firms in the United States.

Faisal Sherjan was the moderator for the event. He is a former media professional with 25 years of experience in TV, new media & telephony, was the speaker for the event. Mr. Sherjan is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and co-founder, mentor and chief strategy officer for various startups. Currently he is serving as the Director of LUMS Center for Entrepreneurship (LCE).  His Talk reflected his experience in the field and generated interesting insights and ideas for entrepreneurial ventures. His moderation was an informative addition to the Talk and was highly appreciated by the audience. 

Concluding the event Mr. Naveed Khalid Chowdhry, Vice President TiE Lahore Chapter, shared the future roadmap that the chapter had envisioned. The talk ended on a positive note with active participation from the audience. The evening ended on a positive note with a networking session, where guests interacted with each other and enjoyed a pleasant environment.

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