Twenty-two del­e­gates to rep­re­sent Pak­istan at 7th An­nual GES

Pakistan Observer - - ECONOMY WATCH -

ISLAMABAD—Twenty-one del­e­gates will rep­re­sent Pak­istan at the 7th An­nual Global En­trepreneur­ship Sum­mit (GES), which will take place June 22-24, 2016 in Palo Alto, Cal­i­for­nia. They will be join­ing more than 700 en­trepreneurs from around the world along with in­vestors and busi­ness lead­ers to ex­change ideas and best prac­tices for how to start and grow their busi­nesses. Two of the en­trepreneurs, Saima Hanif and Waqas Muham­mad, are fi­nal­ists in the Global In­no­va­tion through Science and Tech­nol­ogy (GIST) Tech-I com­pe­ti­tion, and will com­pete for seed fund­ing and men­tor­ship op­por­tu­ni­ties at the Sum­mit.

Ad­di­tion­ally, three mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion, Hira Ba­tool Rizvi, founder of She’Kab, Shamir Khan, founder of Travly, and Mavra Bari, Di­rec­tor of Islamabad’s WECREATE Cen­ter, will at­tend GES+, a spe­cial one-day sem­i­nar that will fo­cus on emerg­ing youth and women en­trepreneurs. The White House also in­vited Karachibased Je­han Ara, P@SHA Pres­i­dent and di­rec­tor of the Nest I/O, to share her ex­per­tise with en­trepreneurs from around the world as a pan­elist.

These en­trepreneurs will be joined by high-level U.S. Govern­ment of­fi­cials, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama, Sec­re­tary of Com­merce Penny Pritzker, Ad­min­is­tra­tor of the Small Busi­ness Ad­min­is­tra­tion Maria Con­tr­eras-Sweet, Ad­min­is­tra­tor of USAID Gayle Smith, Am­bas­sador at-Large for Global Women’s Is­sues Catherine Rus­sell, and Un­der Sec­re­tary of State for Public Diplo­macy and Public Af­fairs Richard Sten­gel. “I have been im­pressed and in­spired by the en­trepreneur­ship spirit here,” said Amer­i­can Am­bas­sador to Pak­istan David Hale, who met with many of the mem­bers of the del­e­ga­tion be­fore they left for the United States.—DNA

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