STAFF REPORT LHR: Chairman Punjab IT Board (PITB) and Vice Chancellor of Information Technology University (ITU) Lahore, Dr Umar Saif, has been declared one of the top 500 most influential Muslims across the globe.

His name has been picked from amongst 1.7 billion Muslims of the world along with Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan and Dr. Atta-ur-Rehman who have contributed significantly in the field of technology.

Earlier, Dr. Saif has also been awarded Sitar-e-Imtiaz by the government of Pakistan last year for his remarkable services rendered for e-governance and smart monitoring in Pakistan.

Present honour is given by the renowned journal “The 500 Most Influential Muslims (” in its 2016 edition published by the Royal Islamic Strategic Studies Centre in Amman, Jordan.

Dr. Umar created the first start-up incubators in Pakistan called the Saif Centre of Innovation and is the founding VC ITU Punjab and is one of the main forces behind the IT ecosystem in Pakistan.

The MIT Technology Review named Saif among its list of the 35 “Worlds Top Young Innovators for the year 2011” and he was named: “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum in 2010. He is the recipient of many other awards.”

Dr. Saif attributes his new global honour to the blessings of Almighty Allah and kind prayers of his parent. He said “it is a pride for the whole Pakistani nation that our work in technology is being recognized globally.

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