Mr Khurram Zafar is currently serving as Country Director of 47 Ventures, an international Venture Capital firm exclusively focused on early-stage investments in high-growth-potential technology businesses in Pakistan. He is also a private sector, independent member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Technology-Driven Knowledge Economy. Previously, as Executive Director at Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), he founded the Center for Entrepreneurship, now called National Incubation Center, Lahore. Aside from founding and managing center operations, Mr Khurram provided technology, architecture, financial and investment-related mentoring to incubated businesses. Mr Khurram has been an adviser to both the Federal and Punjab governments in matters related to higher education, research, technology, agriculture, investments, innovation and startup ecosystem. He is also a founding member of the Pakistan Innovation Foundation.
Previously Mr Khurram was Chief Information Officer at Lahore Stock Exchange where he led the technology operations for one of the highest transactional throughput and massively federated capital markets technology platforms in Pakistan. He was recognized as the best private sector CIO in Pakistan while at the Stock Exchange.
Before that, in Silicon Valley, California, Mr Khurram co-founded Epiance and Insight Technologies. Epiance was a product company that automated the process of documentation generation for software systems while Insight Technologies used the IP for automation of human-executed, IT-enabled businesses processes for the BPO industry. Earlier in the United States, at eForce and Haddon Hill Group, Mr Khurram worked as Vice President of Technology and served Fortune 500 companies across the globe in various consulting capacities for customer relationship management, business process automation, document and workflow management, enterprise applications integration, infrastructure and security projects. Key clients included Visa, Merrill Lynch, Bank of America, Sony, DHL and several venture capital firms including Greylock, Norwest Venture Partners, CapitalZ and Visa Ventures. Mr Khurram also founded and led the Security and Infrastructure Technology practice at eForce. He is a Prentice Hall published author on wireless networking technology.
Mr Khurram did his Bachelor in Computer Engineering from McGill University in Canada in 1997, and while there, won an IBM led North America wide Java language programming contest spanning 1500 participants from Ivy League and other top universities. Mr Khurram is a Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance approved, LUMS trained, independent director also. Mr Khurram loves reading, writing and farming.
Mr Khurram’s current board engagements include Karandaaz Pakistan, Mobilink Microfinance Bank, Aequitas Information Services Limited and Punjab Pension Fund.