Time to move on

April 15, 2021 at 11:13 am 14 comments

After a period of 20 years I have made the decision to resign as President of P@SHA and will be moving on as of May 1, 2021. My resignation has been accepted by the Chairman and the Central Executive Committee of P@SHA.

In my two decades at P@SHA I have dedicated my life to the Pakistan IT & ITES industry. Day and night have not mattered, nor have weekends or holidays. It has been a passion and a belief that has driven me to an extreme that even I did not know was possible.

From the Startup Insiders initiative that was responsible for inspiring many young people into taking the entrepreneurship route, to the P@SHA Launchpad events, to initiating the P@SHA ICT Awards in 2003 and taking many of our tech innovators to the Asia Pacific to compete in the APICTA Awards and show our friends in the region the kind of products that were being developed in Pakistan. Policy interactions with the government vis-à-vis ICT Policy, the Cyber Crime Bill, Data Protection and Privacy, and engaging with students and universities to bridge the gap between industry and academia and promoting the Pakistan tech sector around the world at major events, it has been a rollercoaster ride like no other … and I have loved every minute of it.

There are many in the local IT industry whose work I admire and am inspired by and who have become personal friends and collaborators. These relationships are long-lasting and will no doubt continue to flourish.

As many of you know, for the past 6 years I have focused, for the most part, on developing and promoting the Pakistan startup ecosystem through The Nest I/O, its flagship startup conference 021Disrupt and our many community outreach events. Guiding, mentoring, and working with a community of young entrepreneurs has brought me immense pleasure. The founders from these 200+ startups – as well as others who have emerged across Pakistan – will take this country and its economy forward.

When I ponder on the brand that my team and I have created and, along with it, the perception around the world of a young, entrepreneurial and innovative Pakistan, we feel a sense of fulfillment and pride. God has indeed been kind.

As I approach the last few years of my professional and working life, I want to spend every waking hour doing what I believe will create the most impact. There are 3 areas that I am most passionate about and would like to focus my efforts on – Developing women leaders, facilitation and scaling of women owned startups and working with accelerated startups in the fintech, agri-tech, green-tech, health and edu-tech domains.

We will start on our new journey from the first of May. Wish us luck. We will need all the help we  can get. We will be reaching out to many of you to join us in this new adventure. No doubt you will be as excited as we are to assist us in our mission. Onwards and upwards!

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  • 1. Unaeza Alvi  |  April 15, 2021 at 12:17 pm

    You have indeed contributed towards the development of Entrepreneurship and IT. 👍All the best in your future endeavours. I do read your post , have participated in some sessions at Nest IO and participate in your online sessions too💞

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  • 2. Baela  |  April 15, 2021 at 1:12 pm

    Wow so forward looking Jehanara! Wishing you all the success! Winning wondn all the way! IA

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  • 3. Asim Ghaffar  |  April 15, 2021 at 2:13 pm

    all the best Jehan,,,

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  • 4. Mango Mum  |  April 15, 2021 at 2:30 pm

    Words fail me as I look at all that you have achieved and the hard work that went behind it all. Where your own health and comfort was never a consideration, it is your passion and drive that attracted the success you met at every stage. God indeed helps those who help themselves and you did a phenomenal job at doing that.

    a very big part of who I am today is what I learned from you over the years and I will forever be indebted to you for your life lessons, companionship, and love for Sassi!

    Looking forward to a lifetime of cheering you on and being of any help I possibly can, I am forever a call away.

    Love
    Hareem S.

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  • 5. Naveed Zafar  |  April 15, 2021 at 2:51 pm

    You’re a true inspiration.

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  • 6. Sultan Hamdani  |  April 15, 2021 at 3:45 pm

    Jehan I am a call away

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  • 8. iiee2030  |  April 15, 2021 at 8:38 pm

    You showed every one of us that there is a light at the end of the tunnel. You made us believe in ourselves. Speaking from one of those 200+ startups, I say you had done your job well. The amount of energy you and your team have put into many like myself is enormous and it will surely be the torch bearer and the manifestation of a Pakistani dream.

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  • 9. Syed Ahmed Reza  |  April 15, 2021 at 11:58 pm

    You are a gem of this country. I have known you from the inception of P@SHA. You are such a inspiration for all Pakistanis. We are proud of you. I sincerely mean it. You may have resigned from P@SHA. But you will always be in our hearts forever.

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  • 10. Rafaeel Chaudhry  |  April 16, 2021 at 9:28 am

    Jehan, having known you for 18 years, I can confidently say you have significant contributions to forming the Pakistani software industry. You created good memories and built great respect with your impactful initiatives. I wouldn’t have done my first startup without the motivation you and other P@SHA stakeholders provided me back in 2007. While I am sad to see you go, I am happy that your new workplace will gain an incredible leader. Stay in touch as I always look forward to learning from you.

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  • 11. Sarah Khan  |  April 17, 2021 at 6:22 pm

    More power to you.. I would like to join you in your new journey.. , awaiting to learn a lot from a gem like you!

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  • 12. Fahad Khan Chughtai (@hmfkc)  |  April 18, 2021 at 1:47 pm

    Jehan, I came to know the recent year, and being a silent follower, I am breaking my silence for the first time. Being a young Pakistani, I want to tell you, we are proud of you. We love your efforts and hope to see you in a more dynamic and game-changer mode in some new role. Good Luck.

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  • 13. Dr. Fizza Rahman  |  April 19, 2021 at 11:00 am

    Jehan. You inspire us! We wish you all the luck in your future endeavours. Goodluck!

    Love,
    Fizza Rahman

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  • 14. Syed Mudassir Mustafa  |  April 22, 2021 at 9:37 am

    Jehan Ara sahiba, I have no words for the dedication and work you’ve put together in all these years, especially for young talented individuals from IT and ITES. The way you have mentored and built incubators like no other in Pakistan is unspeakable.
    I had a pleasure to meet you once in a NEST I/O session personally where the guest speaker was YBQ. Someday I want to be the guy with one of those startups that you’ve created an ecosystem to mentor and market.
    Wish you all the best for your future project and may you bring talented ladies in the limelight of Pakistani IT industry.
    I thank you on behalf of all who could speak to you and all who could not for all what you’ve done for Pakistan.
    Allah apka hami o nasir ho!

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