Technologist Nauman Sheikh on ITLoW

June 1, 2009 at 7:50 am 5 comments

nauman sheikh at ITLoWThis week on ITLoW I had a conversation with Nauman Shiekh, who is a veteran IT professional from the early batches of FAST Lahore. He started his career with the first Offshore Software setup of Pakistan, Cressoft in 1995.

He eventually moved to the USA in 1997. Having worked for 10 years in the US market with employers like NCR Corp and Experian in senior technology management positions, he returned to Pakistan in 2007 and is involved with setting up a Credit Bureau here.

Throughout his years abroad, he has maintained a connection with Pakistan’s IT industry and has contributed through articles and seminars on jobs and life in USA, technology trends and hot sectors as well as career planning and management.

In this episode, he talks about how he thinks the IT industry here should position itself, how innovation will be driven by customernauman needs and what we should do collectively to find a niche for ourselves instead of following the lead of other nations whose demographics and strengths are different from ours. Better to focus on what we do well and excel in those areas.

Nauman also thinks that it is extremely important for us to have some truly global successes so that there will be role models for younger companies to follow. He is therefore working with some companies, mentoring them, helping them to raise capital, introducing them into the US market and trying to take them global. He is working with a few companies at a time and will work with P@SHA to identify other companies that he thinks he can assist.

Nauman Sheikh is generally a person who wants to help. That is the impression I got from the first day that I met him. He is always willing to contribute. We pulled him into the P@SHA Career Expo where he ran a session on Resume Writing.  His checklist of what to watch out for, how to customize a resume, how to ensure that it catches the eye of the potential employer are all valuable to those looking for a job. This year we are going to have him run some Career Planning sessions for fresh graduates as well as for those who are already in the job market.

An amazing man with very useful advice. Go watch the interview on the CIO Webstudio and post questions that you may have. I am sure he will be only too happy to answer them.

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