Open Data Platforms

Open Source Summit 2018

Open Data Platforms

Proposed by Digital Strategy | R&D Executive | ICT4D | Civic Innovation

Asim Ghaffar, Digital Strategy | R&D Executive | ICT4D | Civic Innovation


I have an experience of around 15 years in technology with over 10 years in management roles. I have worked for Oil & Gas, Defense and Telecom sectors. LMKR was the starting point of my career and now as Vice President of R&D I have a key role in shaping company’s technology strategy and business direction.

I also provide management consultancy to startups in scaling phase. I also mentor seed-stage startups aiming to launch national scale services and am even providing technology consulting to a couple. I am a regular judge for various national entrepreneurial competitions e.g. TiE Startup Cup, NUST FICS, etc. I am a charter member of OPEN Islamabad - a not-for-profit with an aim to make Islamabad the entrepreneurial city of Pakistan. I also participated actively in National and Punjab IT policy where one of my contribution is inclusion of digital first policy in the later for all future government services.

I am a champion of civic innovation in Pakistan. I am currently the President of Code for Pakistan – largely a volunteer run organization registered as a non-profit in USA. My team has done a few things with partners including a web tool to monitor performance of legislators and a pilot solution to protect journalists under threat. We are building a tech solution to discourage online harassment of marginalized communities. Last year, we organized Pakistan's largest hackathon. I am actively working with civil society organizations in facilitating government around Open Government Partnership where my focus area is digital.

I am a member of National Curriculum Review Board where our focus is aligning curriculum of Computer Science across Pakistani universities with industry needs and modern practices. I am also a member board of studies at a couple of universities. I also helped HEC monitor delivery of an outsourced project. I served GIK Institute Alumni as the Vice President from 2011-2013.

I did my MS with a focus on AI and HMI. Occasionally I produce music.

Practical Info

03/08/2018 12:40
15 minutes
Auditurium Bahria University Islamabad Campus