BiographySaad is the CEO of DEMO. DEMO is on a mission to create digital opportunities for everyone and it does so through various of its projects such as SkillsFirst, Diamond Challenge, TEDxIslamabad, KNCT and GDG Islamabad. He is a Community Management, Design Thinking, Digital Branding, Entrepreneurship Innovation, Marketing Digital and Social Networking. Saad takes pride in being raised and brought up in Islamabad and has dedicated his life to helping the young people find better employment and create opportunities through digital skills and platforms.
DEMO EnterpriseDemo Enterprises Pvt Ltd is a group of impact-focused enterprises that solve the problems of tomorrow. Currently they are working on Digital skills, Digital Transformation, Digital Ideas and Digital Services. It's digital for everyone, they do digital experiments for human and Enterprise Development.
World Economic ForumSaad is part of the Davos50, a group of remarkable individuals selected by the World Economic Forum from across 150 countries based on their achievements and contributions to share their voice and ideas with the world at WEF. Along with other Shapers, Saad will be meeting Bill Gates and Jack Ma as part of “Meet The Leader” sessions along with other world leaders. Saad said that “I am honored to represent Pakistan at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2018 where I will get the opportunity to interact with world leaders and show them that innovation is the new face of Pakistan. The world is moving fast and it is important for us to create opportunities for our youth in innovation, entrepreneurship and skills that will help them make their mark as part of the 4th industrial revolution”
Personal Experience with OrganizationHe shared his personal journey of open innovation with TED, IDEO and Acumen and how they are changing the world by creating shared experienced with human-centered ideas.
TEDTED initially started off as a private conference. It was only in 2006, that it started posting talks online at TED.com and by 2012 it had over billion views. TED has created other programs to create shared experiences and support open innovation such as TED Fellows Program which is a global network of 300 innovators and trailblazers from a spectrum of disciplines and the TEDx program that let’s independent organisers create TED-like experiences in their own cities is hardly 7 years old (the first TEDx event took place in 2009) and has managed to produce over 10,000 events worldwide with 50,000 talks (ideas). I must mention here that I am a very active TEDx organizer as curator and licensee of TEDxIslamabad in Pakistan and also serve as Senior TEDx Ambassador to the region. I have been affiliated as a TEDx organizer for over 6 years now and have hosted as many as 20+ TEDx events in Pakistan, from the slums, to the himalayas with a total of 1 million views generated online and thousands of lives changed.
IDEOIDEO is definitely doing a great job by building a community for open innovation enthusiasts with the OpenIDEO platform where people from all over the world can come together to share ideas and collaborate using design-thinking. My first interaction with IDEO happened a couple of years back when I designed a pop-up TED experience for refugees settled in the outskirts of Islamabad. There I got to know that the box we used (provided to us by TED, called as ‘TED in a box”) was designed by some company called IDEO. I was fortunate to get a closer look at IDEO in 2015 when I got the opportunity to work on the Amplify Refugee Education Challenge as the In-Country Community Manager and travelled all the way to Uganda to learn human-centered design by the IDEO team itself. Now, I am one of the biggest evangelists of building ideas and connecting the dots through human-centered design in Pakistan and we are building a community of people who are passionate to share, collaborate, design and learn. I also worked on the Amplify Urban Resilience challenge as the Lead Facilitator and while working with four beautiful women from Pakistan, Bangladesh, San Francisco and Thailand, I learned that innovation can come from the places and people you least expect from. Open innovation is about opening up and accepting ideas no matter where and who they come from.
AcumenAcumen is doing great work by building an open innovation economy through the Acumen Fellows program which creates world leaders in emerging economies by giving them the opportunity to interact with each other and create shared learning experiences to fight poverty. In 2015, Acumen was named as one of the world’s top 10 most innovative companies in not-for-profit. But what’s really amazing about Acumen is +Acumen. +Acumen is a platform through which Acumen is evangelising the cause of democratising leadership knowledge. The website connects enthusiasts over a variety of course subjects such as Storytelling for Change, Making sense of Social Impact, Introduction to Human-Centered Design etc. I am very honoured to be a part of the Acumen Fellows cohort of 2016 for Pakistan along with a very awesome bunch and I really hope that I am able to share the knowledge that I gain through this journey with everyone around me.
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