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