Director General, CVD, PTA
Dr. Muhammad Mukaram Khan
ICT Policy and Regulation Consultant
With more than 40 years of experience, Parvez Iftikhar is currently providing consulting services on ICT Policy and Regulation in various countries, mainly through global organizations like World Bank, ITU, DFID, USAID, and international consulting houses. Parvez has been the founding CEO of Universal Service Fund (USF) Pakistan (under the Ministry of IT), and the country-head of Siemens “Com” in Pakistan. He has been on sabbaticals to Carnegie Mellon, and Harvard Kennedy School, USA, and Oxford University UK. He received extensive technical and managerial training at Siemens, mainly in Europe. Parvez is also a member of Pakistan Prime Minister’s Task Force on IT and Telecom
Legal and Regulatory Consultant
Ms. Ameena Sohail
Ameena Sohail, a legal and regulatory consultant for network infrastructure entities and a lawyer by profession graduated from the International Islamic University, Islamabad in 1995. With experience of advising both public and private entities in the field of policy making, legislation, negotiating infrastructure contracts and defending clients before adjudicating bodies, she enjoys her work as a strategist for various advocacy assignments, the most. Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (PECA) is an important piece of legislation to her credit which was supervised by her from its formulation to its passage by the Parliament as Member (legal) at the Ministry of IT & Telecom, where all steps in the process were handled by Ameena herself and she further worked on the body of rules to be notified under PECA. Mrs. Sohail is currently the managing partner of M/s Precision Advocates and Consultants
President of Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group
Mr. Muhammad Shabbir Awan is Founding President of Internet Society Accessibility Special Interest Group (Accessibility SIG) and member board of directors ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter. Professionally a researcher in the domain of strategic studies, he is also pursuing his PhD in International Relations. Working in the domains of international relations and internet governance, Shabbir has a number of publications and international fellowships on his credit. He has also been working for the organizations of persons with disabilities since 1997 as a volunteer. Leading the working group on accessibility for persons with disabilities, Mr. Awan along with other representatives of PWDs, helped MOIT draft “Digital Pakistan” policy 2018. He is also the member of Pakistan School on Internet Governance (PKSIG) Steering Committee, Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) of Asia Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum (APRIGF), International Political Science Association (IPSA), Islamabad Council on World Affairs (ICWA), and member of Multi Stakeholder Group of Pakistan Internet Governance Forum.
Director (Cyber Security) in Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA)
Ahmed Bakhat Masood
Ahmed Bakhat Masood is currently working as Deputy Director (Cyber Security) in Pakistan Telecom Authority (PTA), previously worked in PTCL and Instaphone. By qualification, he is MS Telecom & Networks, Master in Computer Science (MCS), Lead auditor ISO 27001, MCSE. Mr. Ahmed played a pivotal role in establishment of Pakistan IXP, in making consensus amongst all stakeholders of IXP in Pakistan and currently working as secretary to IXP board. He remained Chair of Task Force on Arabic Internationalized Domain Names (TF-AIDN), a subgroup of ICANN, from July 2017 to June 2020. He also remained a member of the Program Committee of the Middle East DNS Forum, ICANN for four from 2015 to 2018. He is currently a member of the steering committee of pkSIG since 2016 and managing secretariat. Apart from other achievements, Mr. Ahmed played a vital role in the success of South Asian Network Operators Group (SANOG) 29, at Islamabad Pakistan.
Assistant Director, PTA and Vice-Chair, Asia-Pacific Regional Internet Governance Forum
CEO, Digital Dera
CEO Pacific Connect Private Limited
map, sell, deploy complex solutions for the Telecom, Networks, Security,
Lawful Intercept for Data, Internet as well as LTE.
Founder & CEO of LARUS Limited, Advisory Council Member of Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC)
Mr. Lu Heng founded his very first company at the age of 18 – a company which did business in the game industry from which he made his first success as an entrepreneur. During his studies in the Netherlands, Mr Lu learnt about the Internet in depth and had established extensive network in the industry. He foresaw that the Internet would be the future of our world, while cloud service and IP (Internet Protocol) would be the core which supported this world.
With this belief, he founded Cloud Innovation Limited in 2013, now providing millions of IP (Internet Protocol) addresses to the market. In 2016, he founded LARUS Limited, which has since become the market leader of IP (Internet Protocol) solutions provider in the world.
Mr. Lu believes that education is critical in promoting a better Internet. In 2019, he established LARUS Foundation to promote education on the Internet. The Foundation has sponsored more than a thousand of students from Africa to participate in major Internet events in the same year. Mr. Lu is presently the Advisory Council member of Pacific Telecommunications Council (PTC) to help guide the Council’s work and progress with his knowledge and industry experience.
DG, IT Board, AJK
Dr. Khalid Rafique
Marketing Lead, South Asia Frontier Markets, Google
Aaqib is a curious, purpose driven marketer with experience working in dynamic corporate and start-up environments across Europe and South (East) Asia. He is passionate about empowering emerging markets, businesses and individuals to lead better lives through technology, and bringing communities together to create positive change. Currently, he is leading Google’s marketing efforts (Ads, Consumer, Brand, Ecosystem) to develop, grow, and digitize the South Asian Frontier markets (Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka).
Head of Connectivity and Access Policy for APAC
Dr. Syed Ismail Shah
Director, Pakistan Global Next Generation Collaboration
Lt Col Numan Maqbool
Pakistan Army, Corps of Signals