Dr Umar Saif

Leading Technology Advisor & Entrepreneur

Dr. Umar Saif credited for being the brains behind digital governance of Punjab and one of the main driving forces behind the IT ecosystem in the country. During his tenure as Chair of PITB between 2011 and 2018, he founded Pakistan's first technology incubator, Plan 9 and carried out more than 300 projects. He is the founder and CEO of SurveyAuto.com He is also an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan. Dr. Saif received his PhD from University of Cambridge (2001) and Post-Doctorate from MIT (2002). Dr. Umar Saif has extensive experience in academia, management, consulting and entrepreneurship in the IT sector. He was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz (SI), one of the highest civil awards by the Government of Pakistan, in 2014 in recognition of his services to Pakistan. He was the first Pakistani to be named as one of the top 35 young innovators in the world (TR35) in 2011 by MIT Technology Review.

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