OPEN DC Annual Event - 2014
Washington, D.C--- Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN) will be hosting its annual conference, Agents of Growth: Inspire and Empower Entrepreneurial Excellence at the Capital One Headquarters in Tysons Corner on October 18, 2014 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM. OPEN’s annual conference is a premiere networking event that brings prominent South Asian businessmen andprofessionals to celebrate the new and learn from one another. The conference is anticipated to draw over 300 attendees.
Narjis Ali, President of OPEN DC, states that “Everyone understands the importance of entrepreneurship in our society. OPEN’s annual conference is a once in a year opportunity that offers not only Pakistani Americans to come together from all over the world, but anyone interested in entrepreneurship, to celebrate innovation, accomplishments and recognize ambassadors of growth. I encourage everyone in the community to attend---there will be topics of interest for everyone—from food to diplomacy.”
This year’s annual conference is expected to be a tour de force where visionaries in the fields of government, food, music and technology will share how they used their innate ingenuity to shift perceptions in their respective professions. The OPEN annual event is the largest collection of Pakistani-American entrepreneurs in the metropolitan DC area and this year will once again feature a highly accomplished set of speakers.
|Cost:||$75 - Early Bird, $100 - On Site|
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|When:||Saturday, October 18th 2014, 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM|
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|Where:||Capital One Headquarters, 1680 Capital One Dr, McLean, VA 22102|
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Mr. Durrani is a serial entrepreneur and is currently the CEO of American Halal,
which wholly owns its flagship brand,
, the first Halal certified product to be sold
nationally in the USA and now at over 10,000 retail food stores. Whole
Foods markets , the largest organic food retailer in the world with over
$13 billion in sales, has noted Saffron Road as being
one of the most successful new brand launches nationally in their 30
Farah was appointed the first-ever Special Representative to Muslim Communities in
June 2009 by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. Under the
leadership of Secretary John Kerry, the Office of the Special
Representative is responsible
for executing a vision for engagement with Muslims around the world
based on a people-to-people and organizational level. In the years since
her swearing in,
Pandith has traveled to more than 80
countries and launched youth-focused initiatives including Generation
Change, Viral Peace, the Transatlantic Leadership Network, and Hours
Against Hate (a campaign that was a partner
with the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.)
Antonio Doss was appointed Acting District Director of the
U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA) Washington Metropolitan Area District Office on March 18, 2013
. As District Director, he oversees the delivery of SBA's small business financing products,
contracting programs, and entrepreneurial coaching services in Washington, DC, Northern Virginia and Suburban Maryland.
Riaz Siddiqi is a Founder and Managing Partner at
and brings more than 32 years of experience to
the firm in the energy and asset management fields. He is a member of
the Investment Committee and Valuation Committee.
Levar Stoney is the Secretary
of the Commonwealth of Virginia
and served as the Deputy Director of the McAuliffe Gubernatorial Transition. He was the Deputy Campaign
Manager of McAuliffe's 2013 campaign for Governor.
Stoney served as Executive Director of the Democratic Party of Virginia.
At the time he was one of the youngest state Democratic party executive
directors in the United States.
Adnan Ahmed is co-founder and President of
CNSI. He is responsible for the overall health of the company and leads CNSI's management with an emphasis on identifying new
strategic markets and leveraging relationships with customers and partners.
Khwaja is founder and co-CEO of
. While donning multiple hats, Kewan loves playing a
motivational role to bring out the best in the company's multifaceted
workforce. His consulting interests are focused around business process
management, business intelligence, and alignment
of enterprise IT initiatives with corporate strategy.
Pernian is a fashion entrepreneur and Founder of "È mio Pernia,"
a bespoke tailored clothing brand that provides high-end custom
tailored professional wear for women in the US. Pernian partners
with young, emerging fashion designers in Pakistan to create unique
collections that are showcased on an e-commerce website. The È mio brand
has also established a scholarship fund in partnership with CARE
Pakistan to identify raw artistic talent in underprivileged
areas of Pakistan and financially support those students through higher
education in Art and Design.
Shahzad is a young CEO in one of Pakistan's major industries. He joined
Master Group of Industries
as CEO after completing his post graduate degree from Bentley
University, USA. His vision to bridge the
generation gap and foster healthy bonding between the experienced class
and young professionals is a driving force to sustain an innovative
work environment that has helped maintain Master as a pioneer in
creating mattresses with latest international technologies.
Spearheading the Groups energy project, Shahzad has ventured forward to
setup a 50 MW wind power plant at Jhimpi Sindh.
became a chocolatier
been an attorney in Washington, D.C. for over a decade, splitting her
time between an esteemed federal clerkship and a likewise respected
position at a prestigious international law firm.
She has now trained at L'Ecole du Grand Chocolat in southeastern France and at the Callebaut Academy in Chicago.
Taimoor Salahuddin, aka, Mooroo is the managing director of
, a production house based in Lahore and Karachi,
Pakistan. A critically-acclaimed film-maker, under Aflatoon Studios, he
has directed 8 music videos, 5 documentaries and 2 TV Commercials. His
work can be seen at facebook.com/mooroomusic
9:00 am - 10:00 am Breakfast, Networking, Registration
10:00 am - 11:30 am First Segment
Welcome Address Narjis and Imran
Key Note: Riaz Siddiqi
Interview: Farah Pandith
Youth: Pernian Faheem
11:30 am - 11:45 am BREAK
11:45 am - 1:00 pm Second Segment
Key Note: Antonio Doss
Youth: Shahzad Malik
Key Note: Adnan Durrani
1:00 pm - 1:45 pm Lunch, Networking, and Mentoring Session
1:45 pm - 2:45 pm Third Segment
Video Segment: Awam
Key Note: Levar Stoney
Key Note: Adnan Ahmed
Youth: Puja Satiani
2:45 pm - 3:00 pm BREAK
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Fourth Segment
Key Note: Kewan Khawaja
Youth: Mooroo (Taimoor Salahuddin)
4:00 pm Closing Remarks