In conversation with Kubair Shirazee, CEO of Ikonami
I met Kubair Shirazee a couple of years ago and was immediately impressed by his commitment to the quality of work that he does, by his professionalism and by the faith that he places in the Pakistan talent pool.
Kubair was born in the UK and considers Pakistan his adopted country. He has a BA Hons in Business Studies Services from the University of Westminister, an MSc in Business Systems Analysis and Design from the City University in London and a BGP from the Cranfield University Cranfield School of Management.
Kubair has over 11 years of experience working as a technologist designing and managing the development, roll out, enhancement and support of cutting edge applications for the management of Human Capital.
He is the CEO of Ikonami, oversees the ikonami Group and works on selective engagements. One such engagement for the past four years has been managing the rollout of the world’s largest electronic performance management implementation at the National Health Service (NHS) of the United Kingdom, the world’s fourth largest employer. The NHS is undergoing a change programme called the Agenda for Change which is the largest change management programme of its kind not only in the United Kingdom but across the globe.
The implementation of the national competence framework for the NHS is built upon ikonami’s flag ship product: the AT-Work™ branded within the NHS as the e-KSF online tool. The implementation target is to reach over 900,000 employees of the NHS who are affected by the NHS Agenda for Change. The programme has been hailed as one of the major success of IT in the NHS. Kubair has been responsible for the project since its inception.
In my conversation with Kubair Shirazee on ITLoW, he talks about his interest in Talent Management, about the growth of Ikonami and about the need for a more supportive environment for enterprise. Kubair is adamant that Data Protection and Privacy legislation are essential if the Pakistan IT industry is going to continue to grow and take advantage of the opportunities that are out there.
There is much more that Kubair talks about as he enjoys his coffee – some of it you may agree with, some of it you may not. One thing is for sure though – this is a young man who is gung ho about Pakistan, about what his company is doing here and in the future of the Pakistan IT sector. His advice, his opinion is all geared toward helping the industry to move forward.
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