Management Team

Faisal Sherjan
Director Operations

Faisal Sherjan
Director Operations

Faisal Jalil Sherjan is the Director Operations of National Incubation Center Lahore. Starting out with a Bachelors Degree in Economics, History and English Literature, he is commonly known as media professional with 30 years of experience in Television, Advertising, new media & 3G telephony. He has worked at important positions for jung group, Geo TV network, Interflow Communications and TV Asia UK.

Faisal Sherjan has recently become a full time entrepreneur and is a Co-founder, Mentor and Chief Strategy Officer for various startups including Patari, Bookme.pk, X Gear and Travly. FJS is a key evangelizer for creating high growth businesses that impact our communities. The use of technology is critical to scale and that is the fundamental thesis, FSJ brings to his role as mentor of entrepreneurs stepping up to the challenge of recognizing problems and creating solutions for them.

Khurram Zafar
Director Investments

Khurram Zafar
Director Investments

Khurram Zafar is the Executive Director of National Incubation Center Lahore and Innovation Fellow at Pakistan Innovation Foundation. Previously, 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.

Previously, he was a visiting faculty member at the Beaconhouse National University’s School of Computer & Information Technology. He has also co-founded two software product start-ups in the Silicon Valley and has been part of the founding team of 2 global IT consulting firms. Khurram has also consulted for Visa, DHL, Sony, AT&T, Agilent, Merrill Lynch, and several other Fortune 500 and venture-funded start-up companies in varying capacities. Khurram 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.

Khurram has been published by Prentice Hall. He is also a progressive farmer, an avid investor in North American securities markets, an absentee landlord, a poet, and a proud father of three.

Osama Jawad
Manager Administration & Operations

Osama Jawad
Manager Administration & Operations

Osama is the Manager Administration of National Incubation Center Lahore. He is a graduate from University of WALES institute Cardiff with a Masters Degree in Project Management. He is also a Software Engineer from University of Staffordshire. Previously, he was working as a freelance capacity building consultant with various organisations and institutions.

Osama worked as an Assistant National Director for SOS Children’s Villages Pakistan, where he was responsible for managerial, operational and monitoring functions. Initiatives such as extension of schools in rural areas, upgrading of technical and vocational training center, skill development of children in SOS Youth facilities and organisation development were key milestones under his belt.

Before that, Osama worked for Cardiff University (UK) as the Program Manager for Pakistan and was designated as their Country Representative. Osama was published by University of Wales (MBA ­ Profile for Pakistan) in 2007. During his academic years, he worked part time with the International Office and was also a co­founder of two societies in Cardiff Business School to engage international students in healthy actitives. He also taught at Institute of Management Sciences (PAK Aims) and has been an active member of various youth societies and NGOs including Community Welfare Foundation.

Osama is an adventurer, a photographer, a progressive farmer and a loving son.

Salwa Akhtar
Manager Development Projects

Salwa Akhtar
Manager Development Projects

Salwa Akhtar brings with her 6 years of experience of planning, managing and implementing development projects funded by United States Agency for International Development (USAID), Department for International Development (DFID), Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and the United Nations (UN). She has worked on economic growth, rule of law and governance projects across Pakistan.

In her last role as the Strategic Communications Manager on the Peace-building Support Programme in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (programme shortlisted for the 2015 British Expertise Award for Outstanding Achievement in International Development), Salwa developed and implemented the programmes communication strategy and developed communication products for Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s model police stations. Previously, she was part of the core team, which launched the USAID Women in Trade initiative in Pakistan. Salwa has also provided consultancy services to UN’s International Labour Organisation (ILO) on migration policy and development.

Salwa graduated with a Master of Science (MSc.) in International Development: Public Policy and Management from the International School of Development and Policy Management (IDPM), University of Manchester, UK.

Apart from work, Salwa is an avid traveller and enjoys outdoor activities, including hiking and horse-riding.

Yaser Awan
Manager Investment and Strategy

Yaser Awan
Manager Investment and Strategy

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Syed Mesum Ali
Assistant Manager Finance

Syed Mesum Ali
Assistant Manager Finance

Syed Mesum Ali Zaidi is the Assistant Manager Finance at National Incubation Center Lahore. He is Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (U.K), Pakistan Institute of public finance accountants and The Chartered institute of Public Finance and accountancy (U.K) He is also graduate from Oxford Brookes University in Applied Accounting and Finance.

Mesum worked as a Senior Officer Finance and Accounts at LUMS, where he was responsible for forecasting, Planning, Preparation and finalization of annual Budget and its monthly reporting. He was also responsible of Financial reporting of LUMS Employees Contributory Provident Fund.

Before that, Mesum worked for US Group a private limited company and is a foremost garments manufacturing company of Pakistan as Finance Executive where he was responsible for managing Receivable, Budgets, Treasury and Cash flow forecast. He also worked as Oracle Functional consultant in ERP department where he was responsible for implementation of Oracle R12 Financial module (AP, AR, CM and GL)

He did his articles from Mirza and Co. Chartered Certified accountants an ACCA approved employer in Pakistan as Trainee where he was engaged in internal Audit assignments. Business Process re-engineering, advisory and assurance, and Tax consultancy on different clients.

Mesum is an adventurer, Badminton Player, He love to travel explore different places and cultures.

Umer Bashir
Visual Designer

Umer Bashir
Visual Designer

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Kamran Khan
Financial Accountant

Kamran Khan
Financial Accountant

Kamran Khan is the Financial Accountant at National Incubation Center Lahore. He is MBA Finance from Superior University of Lahore and did BBA (Hons) from Peshawar University. Kamran worked as an Accounts Executive in Finance and Accounts department of LUMS prior joining NIC Lahore, where he was responsible for preparation and finalization of annual Budget and helped concerned departments regarding Budgetary matters. He has a hands on experience to manage the budgets of all LUMS Student societies.

Previously, Kamran was responsible to maintain Fixed Asset Register and Reports and Managing Operational & Infrastructure Grants. He has exposure regarding implementation of SAP ECC 6.0 financial management module at LUMS with IT Support.

Kamran has love for nature, travelling and has a heart of an explorer.

Fahad Iftikhar
Program Coordinator

Fahad Iftikhar
Program Coordinator

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