The chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Dr Umar Saif has been invited by the White House to represent Pakistan at the Global entrepreneurship summit GES 2016 taking place from 22nd to 24th June 2016 alongside Jehan Ara who has also received invitation from the White House to deliver a lecture at the Stanford University for the same.
Saif is an entrepreneur and a computer scientist who has been famous for giving ICT solutions to the evolving global problems. He is the founder of Plan9 which is the main force behind the country’s IT ecosystem. He has also been known in the PITB for his role to provide such technology that enables the government to use low cost smart phones and has been successful ever since then too.
The World Bank president has also acknowledged his solution as the best among three during his governance reform landmark speech in Philippines at the World Economic Forum. Saif is also the Vice Chancellor at the Punjab University IT and has formed the Saif Center of Innovation (SCI) there.
He has also gotten the Young Global Leader Award at the World Economic Forum in 2010 while he has also been awarded with the MIT Technovator award in 2008. He was again among the world’s top 35 young innovators in 2011 being the first Pakistani to make it into the list where names of Google’s Serget Brin and Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg are found.
He has also gotten the Sitara-i-Imtiaz which is the highest civilian rank in the country as the star of excellence to bring his country immense pride given as recognition of his such services. Not to forget he has also been among the 500 most influential Muslims of the world in 2015-16 as well.