Great news and another proud moment for the Pakistanis; Dr. Umar Saif, the current Chairman of the PITB, has been ranked in a list of the top 500 Most Influential Muslims around the globe.
Compiled by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre, the Muslim 500 is an annual publication that ranks the most influential Muslims around the globe. Three scientists from Pakistan made it to the list this year. These include Professor Atta-Ur-Rahman, president of the Pakistan Academy of Sciences and the first Muslim to win the UNESCO Science Prize; Dr Abdul Qadeer Khan, the father of Pakistan’s nuclear programme; and Dr.Umar Saif, the current chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board.
The Muslim 500 has featured the PITB head, Dr. Saif in the Science and Technology section along with the other two scientists from Pakistan, making this the only Asian country to have more than one scientists in the list.
People who are IT related are bound to be familiar with Umar Saif. Dr. Umar Saif is the source behind the successful technological and entrepreneurial activities within Punjab and in a very short period of time. Saif holds a BSc. from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar at Trinity College. Umar is the founding Vice Chancellor of the Information Technology University Punjab. He has established one of the first startup incubators in Pakistan, called the Saif Center of Innovation (SCI). Saif’s work on grassroots technologies received the MIT Technovator Award in 2008 and he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010.
A LUMS graduate, Dr.Umar Saif is a technology pioneer and one of the best technological minds this country has to offer. He has also pioneered several IT-based solutions for health and education and has done a lot of work for the entrepeneurs of Pakistan. Under his leadership, the PITB board launched Pakistan’s first government-sponsored incubator, Plan9, another accelerator program called PlanX and a co-working space for Pakistani freelancers called TechHub Connect.
Apart from his government job, he is also the Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University, Lahore, and was a core member of the $50 million Project Oxygen at MIT. His work has been acclaimed locally as well as internationally. In 2010, he was named “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum and a year later, MIT included him in the list of the ‘World’s Top Young Innovators for the year 2011′. In 2014, the Pakistani Government also honored him with the nation’s third-highest civilian honor, ‘Sitara-e-Imtiaz’.
We are proud of you Sir and we wish you all the best for your future!