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Step started out as a series of workshops and small gatherings, and now with a decade's passing has grown to become the largest tech festival in Dubai. Step Pakistan is brought to you by Step, the organizers of the Step Conference, the leading tech and startup festival for emerging markets. Step Pakistan will bring together startup founders, investors, developers, and enablers from Pakistan in a holistic community to collaborate with talks of innovation, raising startup investments and the participation of startups and mentors from the outstanding tech scene in the region.






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Mashhood Rastgar


Mashhood leads the engineering team at He specializes in using the latest web technologies available to develop the best travel platform in the country. He is also an active developer community member, is currently serving as a Google Developer Expert and is speaking at several international conferences during the year.

Monis Rahman

Naseeb Networks


Naseeb Networks

CEO & Founder Naseeb Networks

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Muhammad Fahad Tanveer




Muhammad Fahad Tanveer is the Co-Founder and CEO at Edkasa. Prior to Edkasa, Fahad built a strong foundation in marketing, sales, and commercial operations working with organizations that include Nestle, Telenor, AkzoNobel, and P&G. He is an alumnus of Lahore University of Management Sciences (BSc. '06 and MBA '10) and Harvard University (ALM '16).

Rabeel Warraich




Rabeel is the Founder/CEO of Sarmayacar - the largest early stage VC firm focused on Pakistan - and a Kauffman Fellow. Prior to this, Rabeel worked with Morgan Stanley and GIC after gaining his education from MIT and Oxford University.

Previous Speakers

Mudassir Sheikha




CEO and Co-Founder at Careem Mudassir looks after growth and expansion. He spent a geeky decade in Silicon Valley before becoming a management consultant in the region. He aspires to build the Middle East's first corporate institution that will improve people's lives and inspire others. When not traveling, he is hanging out with Captains and giving engineers feedback on user interface. He is an alum of McKinsey, Stanford and USC.

Kalsoom Lakhani

i2i Ventures


i2i Ventures

Kalsoom Lakhani is the Founder/CEO of Invest2Innovate, or i2i, which supports startups and the broader entrepreneurship ecosystem in growth markets, focusing mainly on Pakistan and the region. She is also a partner in i2i Ventures, a venture capital fund for Pakistan, which is also the country's first female led institutional fund. Kalsoom has also trained young entrepreneurs, changemakers, and civil society leaders in Nepal, Cambodia, Ireland, Bangladesh, Kosovo, Ukraine, and Kazakhstan, and has spoken at numerous venues, including the World Economic Forum, Aspen Ideas Festival, SXSW, the Global Entrepreneurship Summit, and the Global Entrepreneurship Congress.

Sohaib Hasan




Sohaib Hasan is a multi-award winner and dedicated Human Resource Professional. Recently awarded for the 'Most Successful Youth Influencer - Dubai', Sohaib has an Internationally recognized career in Human Resources working in various industries across the UK, China, Germany, Pakistan and UAE. With over 500,000 active and engaged followers on LinkedIn, Sohaib is on a serious mission to help empower not only the job seeker community, but to show organizations how they can take advantage of social media platforms to facilitate brand awareness. Sohaib is consistently listed in the top list of online influencers and career advisors. His work and efforts in career coaching and personal branding never go unnoticed and which keeps him engaged in multiple live broadcasts and workshops.

Waseem Afzal




Waseem has driven OMD’s digital agenda over the past decade, breaking down silos to demonstrate the importance of this medium early on. Thanks to his dedication, our clients have been able to benefit from a strong early-mover advantage. Waseem has also been behind several industry-firsts, including the integration of digital within offline teams to create a new hybrid planning system well before anyone else in the region. Since 2016, Waseem has been responsible in incubating & scaling all diversified services including the launch of Transact, a full-service e-commerce unit within the company. In his recent appointment as Deputy Managing Director at OMD UAE, he is responsible for delivering impact and business performance.

Junaid Iqbal

Careem Networks


Careem Networks

Junaid Iqbal is the MD of Careem PAY. Trained as an economist an economist at University of Michigan, Junaid has excelled across various industries, from trading in energy futures and launching Pakistan’s first live stock market TV show, to leading privatization deals valued at $1.6 billion and co-founding Salt Arts, Pakistan's leading Arts production management agency. He previously served as the MD of Careem Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. Careem is the leading technology company for the MENA region, including Pakistan and Turkey. It’s mission is to simplify and improve the lives of people and build an awesome organization that inspires. With its technologies, infrastructure, diverse and talented people, Careem is creating work, wealth, safety transportation, trusted payments and delivered, all in a single Super App built for our customer’s everyday needs. Careem is also working alongside smart thinking governments and leading organisations to help reshape agendas that will bring greater services to people so they can actively share in modern life. Since forming in 2012, Careem has created over 1.7 million employment opportunities and generated over $US 2.1 billion in earnings; we operate in 14 countries, over 100 cities, and are valued at over US$3 billion and operate as an independent brand within the Uber family.

Jehan Ara

The Nest I/O


The Nest I/O

Jehan Ara became the President of [email protected] in 2008 and has overseen the evolution of the organization from a trade association to a body which works actively to steer the technology sector in Pakistan. A decade of meticulous planning culminated in the birth of The Nest I/O, an incubator, accelerator and community hub built in collaboration with Google for Startups. With Jehan at the helm, The Nest I/O has become the epicenter of disruptive innovation in the startup ecosystem and has for 3 years also hosted 021Disrupt – the premier flagship startup innovation conference. Jehan is a member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on IT and Telecom and is on various industry and university boards. Entrepreneur. Leader. Mentor. Jehan Ara continues to inspire young founders with her boundless energy and zest for life.  

Nameer Khan




Nameer Khan is one of the Top leading Fintech Influencers and Chairman of MENA Fintech Association. As MFTA,with its technical engagements,  within a short span of time is strategic partners with the Arab Monetary Fund and regional central banks to establish a fintech framework . Nameer Khan is Appointed as an Executive Advisor Fintech for key regulatory authorities, establishing with the central banks of the Arab world to establish a Fintech landscape and framework.

Asma Shabab




Asma is the Digital Strategy Leader at IBM UAE and advises companies and governments on how technology can help them create competitive advantage. With insights into the role of technologies such as artificial intelligence, internet of things, blockchain and big data, Asma is uniquely placed to help organizations develop sustainable strategies that address disruption and futureproof their businesses.

Taha Sajid

Limar Global Technology


Limar Global Technology

Eng. Taha Sajid is a Chief Blockchain Consultant with Limar-Tech, Blockchain training alliance certified Instructor, Technology Lead Consultant in Huawei. Earlier he has held key positions in Technical Advisory, Business Development, Fintech, Regtech disciplines while working for Ufone, ASTC, Hash Cash consultant. He has been also associated with building up Blockchain Labs and introducing Blockchain education and exploring innovative Use cases in KSA, Universities in Pakistan and Corporates clients.

Haris Aghadi




Haris is the Founder & CEO of Meddy. He is a consumer internet addict with a passion for building products that solve real problems. He has a special interest in content-focused products that help people make better decisions. Haris has a strong background in product management, SEO and startups. He rants about them on Twitter. He occasionally writes guest posts for Entrepreneur MiddleEast magazine to inspire entrepreneurship in the region. Haris is currently running Meddy - a doctor discovery platform in GCC aimed at helping people in the region make informed health decisions. He Launched Meddy out of a course project at CMU, recruited 2 other co-founders and went from an idea to a public beta in 6 weeks. It’s currently the largest online healthcare platform in Qatar & UAE. It’s been extensively covered in major news outlets like Harvard Business Review, Forbes, Entrepreneur, ArabianBusiness, etc.

Main Partners

Previous Partners

What We Cover

Step Pakistan will cover the latest trends and innovation in the technology and digital space, from fundraising and investment, to tech talent, and digitization with participation from relevant stakeholders from the ecosystem.

Investment & Fundraising
  • Government Funding
  • VC & Angel Investor Interest
  • Emerging Startups
Fintech & E-commerce
  • Payments
  • Marketplaces
  • Legislation
Tech Talent
  • Hiring local talent
  • Outsourcing tech talent
  • Entrepreneurship
Tech & Innovation
  • Healthtech
  • Foodtech
  • Edtech
  • Mobility
  • Smart Cities

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Live Stages and Tracks

Step Pakistan features a live stage, workshops and programming running simultaneously covering the latest trends and innovation in the regional technology space.

Startup & SME Programming

Step Pakistan hosts multiple online startup & SME programs to facilitate connections with investors, clients, partners.


There will be opportunities for attendees to meet the right people through general and curated virtual networking.


Matchmaking opportunities will be curated between different stakeholders through themed roundtable sessions focusing on diverse industry topics.


The Step experiences are entertaining and educational across the days of the event, giving attendees an opportunity to network differently. 


Startups, tech companies, brands government entities across various stakeholder types participate to connect with attendees and gather leads, connect with potential partners .