Salman Akhtar – Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Salman Akhtar is Founder and Co-CEO of Techlogix. He has led the company’s growth as a methodology driven organization focused on delivering engineering excellence using an evolving mix of technologies.
He is the primary contributor in the development of the BPXâ¢, the industry leading BPM/SOA delivery methodology. He has been a frequent speaker at industry conferences and panels. Salman’s current technical interests include SaaS models of solution delivery for enterprise systems, innovative technologies for solving large scale problems in the financial services and higher education verticals and the merging of BPM/SOA, operational Business Intelligence and event driven business systems.
Salman holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Electrical Engineering from MIT. He did his MS thesis research in compound semiconductor physics at the IBM Watson Research Center.
Kewan Khawaja – Co-CEO and Co-Founder
Kewan Khawaja is Founder and Co-CEO of Techlogix. While donning multiple hats, Kewan loves playing a motivational role to bring out the best in the company’s multifaceted workforce.
His consulting interests are focused around business process management, business intelligence, and alignment of enterprise IT initiatives with corporate strategy.
Before founding Techlogix, Kewan worked at Boston-based Cambridge Technology Partners where he developed applications for American Airlines. At a previous position at Steven & Associates, Kewan developed vibration analysis software for power plants and chip-manufacturing facilities.
Kewan holds a Master’s degree in Information Systems from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Funded by the US Army’s Construction Engineering Research Laboratory, his research work at MIT was focused on developing spatial analysis tools for the US Army’s geographic information system.
Safwan Shah is an industry expert in payments, transaction processing and self-service delivery systems.
From 1999 to 2008, Safwan was the President of Infonox, the market pioneer and leader in delivering multiple, end-to-end, payment services to casinos, banks, retail and money transfer businesses. Under Safwan’s entrepreneurial leadership, Infonox developed and successfully operated financial payment platforms that touch over 100M consumers and settle over $20 billion annually. In 2008, Infonox was acquired by TSYS (NYSE:TSS) as the best in class technology platform for expanding their global payment processing and merchant acquiring business. Before Infonox, Safwan held research positions at BioServe Space Technologies (a NASA center for commercial development of space) and was an integral part of a number of landmark experiments that have been flown in the US Space Shuttle Program.
As early as 1997, in the pure Internet, social media space, Safwan Shah co-founded Chowk (www.chowk.com). Chowk, which means town square or intersection, remains the premier social website used by English speaking people of India and Pakistan for discussion and dialog on political and social issues. Several million people annually visit Chowk and it is recognized as the independent voice of reason and peace in the region.
Safwan has a Masters in Electrical Engineering and Doctorate in Aerospace Engineering from University of Colorado at Boulder. His current focus is in the area of social media and in providing strategic advisory and consulting services to several Silicon Valley companies.
Dr. Khurram Afridi is a Visiting Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at MIT. His research interest is in ultra-high efficiency and high power density Power Electronics. Prior to joining MIT in January 2009 he led the development of LUMS School of Science and Engineering (SSE), which is Pakistan’s first private science and engineering Research School. As its founding Project Director he helped raise $58 million for LUMS SSE and guided the school from a concept in 2004 through start of classes in Fall 2008. For roughly a decade Khurram was also the Chief Operating Officer of Techlogix and helped the company grow into a diversified software services company. He has also worked at Schlumberger, Philips, Lutron, and JPL. At JPL he was part of the SURFSAT-1 design team â a student designed satellite that was launched into orbit in 1995.
Khurram received his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Caltech and his Masters of Science and Ph.D. degrees in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from MIT. Khurram received the BMW Scientific Award in 1999, holds the honorary Werner-von-Siemens Chair for Power Electronics at LUMS SSE and is a contributing author of the Power Electronics Handbook. He is a member of the Board of Management of the Engineering Development Board of Pakistan and a member of the Institutional Review Board of Shaukat Khanum Hospital.
Ali H. Shirazi
Ali H. Shirazi is the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Battery Limited and Group Director responsible for Group’s financial services. He graduated in Political Science from Yale University, USA before completing his Masters in Law from Bristol University, UK.
He has to his credit work experience at Honda Motor Company in California and Bank of Tokyo Mitsubishi in New York. He practiced law at Mohsin Tayebaly & Co. – a corporate law firm in Pakistan – before joining Atlas Group. He is also on the Board of Atlas Insurance, Atlas Engineering and Atlas Asset Management.
Saeed Iqbal has extensive Investment Banking experience especially with respect to Project & Structured Finance. Prior to joining UBL, he was the Head of Structured Finance at ANZ Investment Bank, Pakistan where he was responsible for originating, structuring and executing projects in the energy, telecom, oil & gas, infrastructure and ports sectors, amongst others. At UBL, Saeed manages an award winning investment banking team of 19 specialists operating in both Pakistan and the GCC.
Over the last four years the business has closed deals cumulatively valued at approximately US$ 10.6 Billion encompassing loan syndications, fixed income issuance and distribution, project and structured finance as well as principal equity investments, private placements and M&A. Mr. Iqbal is also a member of UBL’s Executive Committee and Investment Committee and represents the institution as a Director on the Boards of a number of companies in which UBL has an interest. Saeed holds a B.Sc. (Econ) Honours degree from the London School of Economics and an MA in Development Economics from the University of Sussex.