Imran Zia takes over as MD PSEB

January 26, 2010 at 11:12 am 31 comments

You will remember Imran Zia as the Immediate Past Chairman of P@SHA and the CEO of Vahzay Inc, Lahore. Well, the man has changed gear and as of today, has taken on the challenging position of Managing Director, Pakistan Software Export Board (PSEB) – a position that has for some reason been lying vacant for the past two years.

The Secretary, Ministry of IT & Telecom, Mr. Nagibullah Malik, should be congratulated on the selection of such an impressive candidate to fill this post. He must have seen in Imran what many of us who have worked with him, have known for some time –  an honest, committed, hardworking and intelligent person with a passion for making a difference. Those of us who have been involved in policy discussions with him know that he has been very vocal about the policy changes that are needed for Pakistan to become a greater player on the world ICT scene.

Imran strongly believes in the raw talent that exists in this country and has been known to press the case for small and medium sized companies who need extra support from both the government and the private sector in order to overcome the challenges that they face.

Imran is a man of vision. Many of you may remember that as recently as October 14, 2009 at the P@SHA ICT Awards, recognizing the potential of Zayd Enam of MediConnect and Babar Ahmed of Cricket Revolution, he gave the time allocated for the Chairman’s address to these young men so that they could present their innovative ideas and products to the 540 people assembled at the Sheraton in Karachi. His faith in them (as well as the faith of all of us who were inspired by them) was justified when they went on to win the APICTA award and the Runner up award in their respective categories in Melbourne Australia.

Imran is an MBA (Finance and Entrepreneurship) from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business. He is also an MS (Computer Engineering) from Cornell University and a B.Sc. (Electrical Engineering) from UET, Lahore. He has over 17 years experience working in senior managerial positions in sales, consulting, product management and product development at Oracle, Altera and other hi-tech companies. At Oracle he was recognized for his contribution to the sales and consulting teams and was nominated to Club Excellence on two separate occasions – an award given only to the top performers in Oracle sales and consulting. Imran has been bit by the entrepreneurial bug and is a serial entrepreneur who has started software companies both in the US and in Pakistan. He has also been teaching  entrepreneurship at FAST-NUCES Lahore for the past couple of years.

When I interviewed him on ITLOW in April last year, he spoke about a variety of issues (I also put up a post on this blog to coincide with the interview). It will be interesting to have him back on the show after he has settled into his new position, just to see what he thinks can be done from within government.

Imran Zia is an amazing chap and his friends and associates, and all of us at P@SHA, believe that his appointment is a good omen for the ICT industry. We all know that Imran will put in 110% into his new role. However, perhaps all of us need to manage our expectations in so far as what, even a person like Imran, will be able to achieve with the limitations of the government framework in which he will find himself. Let us give him a bit of time to settle in, a bit of room to manoeuvre and to understand the lay of the land, before we begin to expect him to perform miracles.

Imran, the industry offers you its full support and cooperation. Let us join hands and work together to ensure that the brilliant minds within the Pakistani ICT sector are able to meet their true potential. Good luck Imran Zia. Our prayers and good wishes are with you as you take on this challenging role.

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31 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Farzal  |  January 26, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    this is great new for the industry.

  • 2. Teeth Maestro  |  January 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    This is great news –

    Imran sb – all the best – we await to hear some exciting news from PSEB as you start greasing all the necessary grease points ….

  • 3. Rafaeel Akbar Chaudhry  |  January 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Awesome News!

    Hope to see a new prospering PSEB under his vision.

  • 4. Qazi Atiq  |  January 26, 2010 at 4:26 pm

    Wow Awesome news,

  • 5. baan  |  January 26, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    thank god! now i’m confident that things will be awesome 😀

  • 6. Faisal Khan  |  January 26, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    Great news. I wish Imran good luck and pledge our support. Lets hope we can finally turn things around from PSEB’s end.

  • 7. Boat  |  January 26, 2010 at 5:22 pm

    Nice!!! Congrats! Lets get things rolling.

  • 8. M. Naeem Saeed  |  January 26, 2010 at 5:24 pm

    Congratulations to Imran. Hope this will be good for the IT industry and the country.

  • 9. Yusuf Jan  |  January 26, 2010 at 6:19 pm

    Congrats to Imran! Thanks to Nagibullah Malik for selecting on merit! We in the IT sector know Imran as “top of the pops!” I am sure Imran will give this opportunity his best shot. With Imran at the helm of PSEB, we are in for an exciting and progressive ride.

  • 10. Syed Talha Izhar  |  January 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    All the best!! 🙂

  • 11. Babar Ahmed  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Awesome! This is truly going to be a very exciting time for the ICT industry over the coming years with Imran Zia at it’s head! Congrats and we wish you all the best Imran!

  • 12. Yusuf Hussain  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:31 pm

    Thanks for an informative writeup Jehanara. Imran seems like a talented guy with integrity who has made a superb impact in the past.

    Certainly, I wish him the best in terms of defining and attaining his vision for PSEB’s role while navigating through the bureaucracy.

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  • 14. Jehan  |  January 26, 2010 at 8:56 pm

    Wow talk about multi-stakeholder approval – from civil activists, to young startup entrepreneurs, to industry heads, to former PSEB MDs. I appreciate the comment from Yusuf Hussain most of all. It is this kind of spirit that’s going to take us right to the top.

  • 15. Badar Khushnood  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:22 am

    Masha-Allah! Certainly a great positive development @ PSEB in years 😉

    Looking fwd to working together more closely to highlight Pakistan’s IT/IS industry on the world map, insha-Allah.

    Best of luck!

  • 16. Amer Sarfraz  |  January 27, 2010 at 1:21 am

    Great news. Haven’t interacted much with Imran on a personal level, but our recent meet-up at YLES, Lums did leave an impression of a revolutionary. Let’s hope he can save us from us 🙂

  • 17. M  |  January 27, 2010 at 6:45 am

    simply amazing! i’ve been getting alot of good news today but this is one of the best so far…

  • 18. Safina  |  January 27, 2010 at 9:33 am

    Iwould like to congratulate Mr. Imran and all the best wishes are for him.

    Yusuf Hussain during his time raised the stantard bar high and PSEB was at its peak, the proof can be seen in previous press releases and magazines. As the steering of PSEB is with Imran i really hope to see PSEB and the whole IT industry to a better position with lots of events, trainings and emergining opportunities for IT companies.

  • 19. Arbab  |  January 27, 2010 at 11:39 am

    Great! Congratulations and best wishes for him.

  • 20. Ghalia  |  January 27, 2010 at 12:17 pm

    Excellent news! Let’s shake up the govenment and tell them the IT industry is back, with Captain Planet and all his forces combined!

  • 21. Sulman  |  January 27, 2010 at 3:06 pm

    Jehan: Thanks for posting this great news. I agree with you that Imran needs some time to settle in.

    At this point what we need is a public private partnership to promote the IT sector. Imran is the person who can really make a difference. However he needs to do a lot of sorting within PSEB and build a team of qualified people like him with appropriate experience and skills.

    At least after Yusuf’s departure we have a qualified, educated and experienced person taking charge of PSEB!

    I wish Imran all the best!

  • 22. Hasan Kamal Syed  |  January 27, 2010 at 4:50 pm

    As a former student of Zia, I’d have to say this is absolutely fantastic news. It’s great to see someone that really wants to change the IT industry finally in a position to make ourselves look better to the world.

    Working for an iPhone games development company, it’s really difficult to get customers on board with the concept of Pakistani outsourcing, even though many of our firms do a better job than other places. With someone like Zia driving policy change, it seems like Pakistan finally got the right person in the right place.

    Congratulations sir, and good luck getting through that bureaucracy.

  • 23. Noman  |  January 28, 2010 at 10:41 am

    PSEB has been very quite for a while now… hopefully the inclusion of fresh minds will allow them to be more proactive in the future initiviates…
    Hoping for the best…

  • 24. Fouad Bajwa  |  January 28, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    Jehan I am as thrilled as you are! This is really great. Imran had been participating very actively with the ICT Policy advocacy efforts while working on his entrepreneurial endeavour Vahzay Inc. He is indeed a great selection! I was on the phone congratulating him earlier and sharing my best wishes as well as discussing various issues that may need some keen interest from PSEB’s end. Once again congrats to everyone!

  • 25. Farhan Khan  |  January 28, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Its a good decision and good luck for Imran Zia.

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  • 27. Salman Ahmed  |  February 1, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Good news! I think he should try to convince Paypal to start services in Pakistan.

  • 28. Arbab  |  February 1, 2010 at 11:05 am

    @ Salman: I agree. Paypal issue is pending for so long.

  • 29. Zafar Khan  |  February 1, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    Imran will bring a new dimension to Public-Private-Partnership! For once, stuff will get implemented! Congratulations PSEB on acquiring such a talented person on your team!

  • 30. Emad Rizki  |  February 8, 2010 at 2:53 pm

    I wish Imran good luck, and since he becoming MD PSEB, i am constantly praying for him to succeed in addressing our RAW talent to make the difference in the World.

    You take one step we will go long way with you, Inshallah

    Best wishes

  • 31. Siliconstani  |  March 20, 2010 at 4:23 am

    Great news Imran. Wishing you the best.


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