Introducing our passionate, hard-working team that aims to empower, motivate and facilitate entrepreneurs in Pakistan
Umer Bashir graduated in Computer Science from University of Management and Technology. He has several years of experience working as a Visual and UI/UX designer. It was his creativity and skills that also won him the Start-up Weekend in 2015. He is also an entrepreneur at heart, having co-founded BeautyHooked, Technician.pk and ShadiBox. Through his familiarity of User Experience Design from Georgia Tech and User Interface design from University of Minnesota, he teaches entrepreneurs the tricks and hacks of illustration, design, creativity and innovation.
Kamran Khan is the Financial Accountant at National Incubation Center Lahore at LUMS. He has an MBA Finance from Superior University. Kamran worked as an Accounts Executive in the Finance and Accounts department of LUMS prior to joining NICL. He was responsible for the preparation and finalization of the annual budget and helped concerned departments regarding budgetary matters. Khan brings this expertise, knowledge and sharp mind-set to NICL to facilitate financial tasks with utmost responsibility.
Hooran recently finished her MSc in Global Health with distinction, from the University of Glasgow. Her research concentration is on addressing health and social issues from a multidisciplinary and gendered perspective. Hooran has experience in assisting research projects in Scotland and England, including collaborations with the University of Sunderland, University of Manchester, and the University of Glasgow. Along with research experience, Hooran has worked as an assistant at Save the Children, and an intern at Her Ground. Hooran also serves as an Alumni Ambassador for the University of Glasgow and was recently awarded the Saltire Award by the Scottish government and the University Board for her efforts in volunteering work at Scotland. Hooran is also a writing contributor to two online magazines, Qmmunicate and Behenchara.
Aqsa Munir is a BFA graduate from PUCAD. With a degree in design, she has five years of experience working as a UI/UX Designer. Additional courses on user experience from the Georgia Institute of Technology and Design Thinking by Innovation Skills Institute, added to her expertise. She has worked on different entertainment media projects like Geo Group Mobile Applications, Ten Sports, etc. She works at gathering and evaluating user requirements, in collaboration with product managers and engineers to help startups illustrate design ideas and user experience. Munir is a believer that design should be leveraged to simplify ideas enough for people to understand and delightful enough for people to want to use.
Zara has an accumulated experience of working for more than six years in Pakistan’s development sector. During her career, she has worked for both public and not-for-profit organizations including the policy hub of the province i.e, the Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab. Her last role was as a Specialist for Research Policy and Donor Management at the Punjab Skills Development Fund where she extended support to the senior management in materializing a ten-year partnership with UNICEF under the global partnership, Generation Unlimited. Zara is experienced in handling multi-sectoral programmes particularly within the sectors of health and education and has expertise in areas of research, evidence-based programme design, multi-year programme costing as well as donor management having handled projects and portfolios funded by World Bank, DFID and UNICEF.
Hailing from Baluchistan, Zara is extremely passionate about working in the development space, specifically towards improving social inequality through sustainable policies and programmes. Zara holds an undergraduate degree in Economics and Finance from the Lahore School of Economics.
Saima is a post-secondary Business Management instructor for over 14 years with specialization in the design industry with a focus on entrepreneurship, marketing and merchandising of textiles, jewelry and fashion. She has been engaged with Pakistan Institute of Fashion Design (PIFD) and Beaconhouse National University (BNU) for over a decade and more recently her alma mater Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). Some of her roles being that of an instructor, juror, thesis supervisor and product developer. Her expertise lies in developing her own course outlines and then executing them with case based teaching. Saima is a ISW (Instructional Skills Workshop) certified instructor and has also worked on a UNESCO/Kfit project on imparting management skills to Creative and Cultural Industries in Pakistan. She has also served in capacities of a management consultant and a research associate in her early career. She has coauthored case studies in her research role at LUMS prior to her active teaching career. Saima is an MBA from the Lahore University of Management Sciences.
Amina Shaikh is a recent LUMS graduate, with a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Economics. Before joining NICL, she was working as an outsourced data analyst for the Education University of Hong Kong on a youth leadership research project. She recently joined the NICL Learning and Development team as the community management associate.
Syed Mesum Ali
Syed Mesum Ali is a Qualified Chartered Accountant (ACA) and Business Finance Professional from Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) UK. In addition, He is Fellow Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and graduated from Oxford Brookes University in Applied Accounting. Mesum has worked as Enterprise resource Planning Consultant in leading textiles brand US Group and implemented Oracle R12 AP, AR, CM & OM modules. He also worked as Senior Officer Finance and Accounts at LUMS, where he was responsible for the planning, budgeting, and monitoring of annual budget along with financial reporting of LUMS employees contributory Provident Fund. He completed his articles from Mirza and Co. Chartered Accountants where he was engaged in statutory audits, assurance and Business Advisory Services. His core responsibility at NICL is financial and management reporting, ensuring adherence with policies and procedures, financial planning, and liaising with auditors.
Minahil holds an MPhil degree in Economics from University of Punjab, Lahore. Her expertise includes research and data analysis. She has assisted in the design and planning of entrepreneurial programs as well as the training curriculum at NICL. She also oversees the execution of donor-funded programs, providing monitoring, liaising and assessment support. As an economist, Minahil believes trending entrepreneurship is an aspiration to growth in Pakistan. With a drive to see things through to completion, she ensures the smooth functioning of programs under her responsibility.