Advisory Board

Advisory Board


Saleem Ahmad is Senior Advisor to Afiniti, world’s largest applied artificial intelligence company, and Co-Founder of 47 Ventures, first international venture capital firm focused on Pakistan.

Saleem is a seasoned investor with a track-record of success across multiple geographies, industries, capital structure and liquidity spectrum.  His multi-billion dollar investment experience spans both private equity and hedge funds at global firms including Highbridge (JPMorgan) and Morgan Stanley.  His banking experience includes mergers and acquisitions, restructurings and financings globally at firms including Credit Suisse and Citigroup.

Saleem earned postgraduate degrees from Wharton (UPENN), where he was member of the Executive Council; London School of Economics, where he was a Britannia Chevening Scholar and a member of the Court of Governors; and LUMS, where he was recipient of the inaugural Vice Chancellor’s Alumni Achievement Award.

Saleem is passionate about microfinance, female empowerment, healthcare and literacy in developing countries.  He has keen interest in foreign policy and economic diplomacy having served as a Corporate Leader to the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.


Dr. Ayesha Khanna is Co-Founder and CEO of ADDO AI, which has been featured in Forbes magazine as one of four leading artificial intelligence companies in Asia and named Ayesha as one of South East Asia’s groundbreaking female entrepreneurs.

Ayesha has been a strategic advisor on artificial intelligence, smart cities and fintech to leading corporations and governments. She serves on the Board of Infocomm Media Development Authority (IMDA), the Singapore government’s agency that develops and regulates its world-class technology sector to drive the country’s digital economy and power its Smart Nation vision.

Ayesha is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Future Councils, a community of international experts who provide thought leadership on the impact and governance of emerging technologies like artificial intelligence.

Ayesha has a BA in Economics from Harvard University, an MS in Operations Research from Columbia University and a PhD in Information Systems and Innovation from the London School of Economics.


Zehra Hyder Ali leads one of the strategic platforms at Borealis, the 2nd largest polyolefin company in Europe, with an aim to be at the forefront of plastic recycling in Europe.  She focuses on value chain partnerships and new business models to drive circularity with an end goal of plastic neutrality.

Zehra is passionate about circular economy, sustainable materials and energy efficiency.  She founded and led Ghonsla, a social enterprise that provided sustainable insulation from upcycled paper and plastic waste to households in some of the harshest terrains in Pakistan. She has also designed and co-taught undergraduate and graduate business school courses on Social Entrepreneurship in Pakistan.

Zehra holds an undergraduate degree in Mechanical Engineering and a postgraduate degree in Technology & Policy from MIT and an MBA from IMD.


Ali Mukhtar is the founder and CEO of Fatima ventures and General Partner at Fatima Gobi Ventures (FGV), a technology venture fund co-managed by Fatima Ventures and China head quartered Gobi Partners.

Under Ali’s leadership FGV has already invested in high growth companies including Airlift, Tajir and Sasta Ticket and will continue to support the most promising tech entrepreneurs in the country.

Ali also serves as a Director at Fatima Group, one of Pakistan’s leading conglomerates, where he advises the group on strategy and investments.

Ali is a member of various global organizations including The Owners Forum and is a graduate of UPENN.


Ahmed Hussain is Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Service Sales Corporation (SSC) where he manages multiple footwear brands across retail, wholesale and online.

Previously, Ahmad was a Program Manager at Microsoft where he was part of the Leadership Select Program.  He holds four patents related to his innovative contributions in the computer security and operating system platforms.

Ahmad received his academic education from Carnegie Mellon University where he did his Bachelors and Masters in Computer Engineering.

Ahmad is a member of YPO which is a global organization of business leaders. Ahmad has been on the board of YPO since 2016.