Umar Saif

Founder and CEO of

Dr. Umar Saif is the founder and CEO of, an enterprise data analytics company. He works as the Chief Digital Officer of the Jang/Geo media group, and CEO of Khudi Ventures, an investment fund setup to support mid-stage startups in Pakistan. He is also an advisor to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in Pakistan.

Previously, Dr. Saif was a Cabinet member in Government of Punjab and served as the Chairman of the Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) from 2011-2018. His work led to a radical digital transformation of the government in Punjab and several of his initiatives were replicated throughout the country. He was the founding Vice Chancellor of ITU and established it as one of premier technology universities in Pakistan. Dr. Saif founded Plan9, Pakistan’s first government-backed startup incubator, as well as Punjab’s e-rozgaar program. He is often cited as one of the main forces behind Pakistan's startup ecosystem.

Dr. Saif received his PhD in Computer Science in 2001 at University of Cambridge and worked at MIT for several years before returning to Pakistan. He was the first Pakistani to be named as one of the top 35 young innovators in the world by the MIT Technology Review (TR35) and the first Pakistani to receive a Google faculty research award in 2011. He was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He has received the MIT Technovator Award, Mark Weiser Award, IDG Technology Pioneer Award and the British Council Outstanding Alumni Award. Dr. Saif was awarded Sitara-i-Imtiaz in 2014, one of the highest civil awards by government of Pakistan. In 2018, he was awarded the UNESCO Chair for using ICT for Development. He has been named among the 500 most influential Muslims in the world consecutively between 2015-2022. Dr. Saif has founded several technology companies and serves on the board of various private, public and financial institutions. 

Recent work by Umar Saif