About Me

About Me

Its my passion that each & every person should be able to enjoy the fruits of ICTs – rich or poor, far or near.

Using skills & expertise developed as CEO Universal Service Fund (USF) & earlier as Country-Head of Siemens Telecom in Pakistan, I work as ICT consultant advising governments in Asia & Africa on ICT Policy & Regulatory issues, particularly Universal Access/Service. I offer these services directly, as well as thru international organisations like ITU, USAID, CTO, World Bank, ADB etc.

I often get invited to speak at international forums on these topics which I love doing!

For those who may not be aware, USFs are created to fulfill governments’ obligation of providing ICT services in un-served (mainly rural) areas, where it is not viable for private sector Telcos.

With 35+ years of experience in Telecom, my love of Universal Service started in 2007 when I joined the newly formed USF Pakistan as it’s founding CEO. Within months I managed to raise it out of nowhere & started deploying Cellular Infrastructure, Optic Fiber Cables and Broadband-Internet – all thru private-sector Telcos, in the unserved areas. Since universal service programs in other countries were mostly failing, soon USF Pakistan became globally recognized as a success-story!

Earlier as country-head of Siemens Telecom, I acquired & executed multi-million-$ projects, raising telecom revenues nearly 10-fold in 7 yrs (last year turnover: US$ 300 M). I hired & trained hundreds of local engineers, built service teams & deployed them within & outside the country.

I have traveled all over the world and know English, German & Urdu. I have been on sabbaticals to Harvard Kennedy School & Carnegie Mellon Univ. (USA), Oxford Univ. & ICC (UK), besides receiving extensive management & technical training, mainly in Europe.

My proven expertise is in Universal Service issues + I have raised companies from zero to international best practice levels – both in Private as well as Public sectors!

Asia Conference, Karachi Sep. 2015
Telecom Infrastructure
sharing Seminar, Islamabad Sep. 2015
Visit A4AI Workshop July 2015
Visit May 2015
New Delh India
ICRIER conference New Delh India
Rwanda Visit May 2015