Dr. Asad Zaman

HOD (Al Nafi Economics and Social Sciences)

Dr. Asad Zaman is currently serving as an external advisor on the Monetary Policy Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan, and on the Economic Advisory Committee to the Prime Minister. He received his BS Math from MIT in 1974, MS Stat, and Ph.D. Econ from Stanford Univ in 1976 and 1978 respectively. He has taught at Economics Departments of highly ranked international universities like Columbia, U. Penn., Cal. Tech. and Johns Hopkins as well as Bilkent University, Ankara, and Lahore University of Management reference in graduate econometrics courses, internationally. He has more than 100 publications, with more than 1000 citations, in top-ranked journals like Annals of Statistics, Journal of Econometrics, Econometric Theory, Journal of Labor Economics, etc. He has published widely in Islamic Economics and is a leading authority in the field.
Dr. Asad Zaman will lead the Nafi Economics an Social Science Department, where he is actively engaged in the creation of the content along with research and development wor

Muhammad Faisal

Founder & CEO

Muhammad Faisal, Founder, and CEO of AL Nafi has worked in UK, USA & Canada in the Federal and Private space within Cyber Security, Offensive Security, Internet of things (IoT), Blockchain, Augmented Computing, Artificial Intelligence, and Quantum Resistant Encryption. Over the past 18+ years, he has worked as CISO, CSO, and CIO of major organizations. He is now working in establishing Al Nafi as the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) house accessible to people around the world in the most affordable manner.
An Alumni of Stanford, MIT, London Metropolitan University and Royal Holloway University, he is a subject matter expert in Cyber Security, Offensive Security, Digital Forensics, with a combination of Machine Learning, Deep Learning, and Artificial Intelligence.
He holds CISSP, CISM, CISA, CISMP, SSCP, ISSMP, ISSAP to name a few.

Tariq Mahmood


Tariq Mahmood achieved his MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) Karachi. IBA was established as a business school in 1955 by Pakistan with the technical support from the Wharton School and the University of Southern California. Later Tariq has taught BBA and MBA subjects as a visiting faculty at the IBA and IT subjects at BCCI-FAST. He has also conducted training for the central bank and commercial bank Auditors. He achieved many certifications and training such as CISA, CISM, CGEIT, CRISC, MBCI, CRMA, ISO 22301, ISO 27001-2, ISO 20000, ISO 38500, ISO 27017, and ISO 27018, etc. Tariq has been conducting training on said certifications and other professional IT Courses since 1995. He has delivered more than 2000 hours of professional presentations on these topics. Tariq has attended more than 200 seminars, conferences, and training programs on IT related topics from ISACA, IIA, BCI, ICAP, IBA, ISC2, CSA, and many other institutions. Tariq has been CIO, CISO, Lead IT Auditor in Pakistan, and the Middle East for 22 years. He was one of the Directors of the Board of ISACA Karachi chapter for many years and a member of the IT Subcommittee of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP).

Dr. Zeeshan Ul Hassan Usmani

Founder & Trainer

Dr. Usmani is a Fulbright Scholar and Eisenhower Fellow. He holds a Ph.D. and MS in Computer Science from the Florida Institute of Technology. His Ph.D. work focuses on big data for counter-terrorism. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, CNN, AOL News, Wired Magazine, NPR, MIT’s Technology Review, Florida Today, and The Economist. He has authored dozens of research papers, articles, and several books. His research strengths include Data Sciences, Artificial intelligence, blockchain, predictive analytics, and modeling human emergent behaviors. He loves to talk about KungFu panda, census, trees, sponge bob, disadvantages of learning and appreciation, swarm, and avian intelligence. He has worked in the USA, Pakistan, Lithuania. Sri Lanka, United Kingdom, Denmark, and the Middle East. Currently, he is focusing on blockchain applications, self-aware smart contracts, self-organized crypto assets and consequential impact of AI on society and job markets.

Dr. Junaid Qadir


Dr. Junaid Qadir is a Professor at the Information Technology University (ITU) of Punjab in Lahore, Pakistan. He is the director of the IHSAN Lab and also serves as the Chairperson of the Electrical Engineering
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Dr. Shahid Qureshi


Dr. Shahid Qureshi is the Program Director in the Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED), IBA Karachi. Dr. Qureshi has a Ph.D. in Entrepreneurship from the Technical University - Berlin, an MBA from Lahore University of Management Science - Pakistan, a Masters’s degree in Industrial Engineering and Management from the Asian Institute of Technology - Bangkok, Thailand and Bachelors in Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore. Dr. Shahid is a fellow of the Babson Business School and has obtained special training in entrepreneurship pedagogy, research, and starting up new entrepreneurial centers. He has served as visiting faculty at the Berlin Institute of Technology, the Frankfurt School of Finance – Germany, Kempton School of Business, and the SP Jain School of Business - Dubai. He is currently serving as a board member of IGNITE (National ICT R&D Fund, Government of Pakistan) and Board of Intermediate & Secondary Education Karachi. He is also part of the advisory committee for the Youth Entrepreneurship program of Prime Minister of Pakistan. He has consulted at a national and international level to help start-up entrepreneurial centers. His research focuses on entrepreneurship, technology-based firms, and entrepreneurial universities. He has published in various outlets such as the Journal of Technology Transfer, Journal of Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and International Journal of Business and Social Science, etc. Dr. Shahid designed the award-winning course for Women Entrepreneurship Program at CED which was recognized by the USASBE (United States Association for Small Business and Entrepreneurship) in Jan 2017.

Dr. Tafseer Ahmed Khan


Dr. Tafseer Ahmed has been working on Computational Linguistics for the last 20 years. He has worked on theoretical study of grammar as well as on computer applications involving Pakistani languages specially Urdu. He has worked on computational grammar, part of speech tagging, named entity recognition, text mining, author identification, word embedding,
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Azhar Rizvi

Chairman Advisory Committee / Trainer

Azhar Rizvi is a multifaceted seasoned professional who is an entrepreneur evangelist, serial entrepreneur, business & strategy consultant, business coach, social missionary, and an author. Azhar is the founding Vice Chairman and one of the main leaders of MIT Enterprise Forum of Pakistan. He has helped in developing the strategy and direction of the chapter over the past five years now. He has served as the Member on the Global Advisory Board of MIT Enterprise Forum Global (2012-2014). He is currently working as the CEO and Member Board of Directors of Cambridge Advisers Network, a boutique consulting firm working towards building the entrepreneurial ecosystem in Pakistan. Recently, he has embarked on the mission to promote entrepreneurship in the agriculture sector, especially in rural areas. As a first step, Azhar, in February 2018, joined hands with Sindh Board of Investment (SBI) and it's subsidiary SEDF to launch an Agri-Entrepreneurship program at Sindh Agriculture University (SAU), Tandojam. In 2017, he began his journey as an author to the book, "Entrepreneuring PAKISTAN-27 stories of struggle, failure, and success." www.azharrizvi.com
Al Nafi Trainer Azher Rizvi

Sana Rasheed

Sana Rasheed

Sana Rasheed hails from Pakistan and is currently working at Accenture in Eastern Europe as Lead Data Scientist. She is also pursuing her Ph.D. from the University of Nicosia, Cyprus in Blockchain. Her thesis is Citizens-as-a-Service – Conducting National Census on a Permissionless Blockchain. She is an outstanding addition to our ever-growing team and will lead all course development, content creation, teaching and delivery for Data Science Machine Learning, Deep Learning, AI, Blockchain, Autonomous Driving, and various other Emerging science. Our aim is to deliver all courses in the most basic way so that Muslims/Non-Muslims around the world in OIC countries can learn and enhance their careers and work on modernizing the landscape of their countries within their own local dialects. Now our mothers, sisters, and daughters have no reason not to study and progress in life. Now our mothers, sisters, and daughters can follow the lead of Sana Rasheed and build their careers inshAllah.
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Syed Wajahat Ali


Wajahat educational background hails from University of Karachi, Iqra University and Loughborough University where he is currently pursuing his MSc in IT. He is also studying at Harvard University, UC San Diego, and MIT where he is pursuing a professional certificate in Data Science, MicroMasters in Data Science and MicroMasters in Stats and Data Science, all sponsored by Al Nafi. Once he completes his work then he will be pursuing his Ph.D. in the same area of specialization in Data Science as well.
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Rizwan Allah Amin Afridi


Rizwan Allah Amin Afridi has a great interest in teaching and in research related to Arabic, Quran & Ahadith. He is graduated from Dar Al Uloom Karachi and completed certificate of shada-ul-Alimia. He is a student of Sheikh Al-Mufti Taqi Al-Othmani, and he got a certificate of iftah. Currently, he is studying at Islamic International University in Islamabd where he is pursuing MS in Arabic Literature..
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Kulsoom Yousuf


Kulsoom Yousuf - Trainer Studied at a Madrissa in Karachi from 1987 for seven years, studied Arabic language Grammer, Ahadeeth Nabwe, Tafseer, Fiqh, Balagha, Adab, Usool ul Hadeeth, Usool ul Fiqah etc. After that studied further (Takhasus) in Fiqh for three years with Mufti Taqee Usmani, also studied Usool Ul Iftah and Imdad Ul Fatawa and other books for studies and wrote Fatawa to 50 questions with Hazrat Shaikh Alhamdolillah. Studied Arabic, Fiqh, Hadeeth e.g. Qadoori, Mishkaat Al Masabeeh and Qatratun Nida etc. for 23 years at Karachi Madrissa during these years also participated in writing the book Lisan Ul Quran three volumes

Rehan Ul Haque


Rehan, Founder, and Lecturer is a well-qualified industry professional. Before relocating to Pakistan, he worked in various Senior Leadership positions within the UK. He has over fourteen years of experience in Information Security, Risk Management, GRC, IT Audit, Business Process Transformation, Privacy, Operational Risk and Regulatory Compliance services. He gained most of his first hand international professional diverse working knowledge across industries including Pharmaceutical, Financial Services, Professional Services, Oil & Gas and Rail Network. He holds CISA, CISM, CRISC, CSX, CBCP, CIPP to name a few. He served UK Government and Agencies in implementing the National Cyber Security Strategy in the UK. He also served as Academic Relations and Research Board of Director for an international professional body (ISACA). He served the European Union in defining a single European digital identity community across the EU as one of the founding working group members. He served Bedfordshire University as an external industry panel member.