IoBM alumnus, Taha Saleem, appointed as Deputy Commissioner, Central Karachi

IoBM alumnus, Taha Saleem, has been appointed as Deputy Commissioner, Central Karachi. In his previous assignment, he was serving as DG Parks & Horticulture for Karachi Metropolitan Corporation. As DG Parks, he initiated multiple plantation activities and revived horticulture events. He has also served Deputy Commissioner, Zhob in Balochistan. Taha Saleem graduated from IoBM with a BS in Economics and Finance (2010) and MBA in Finance and Risk Management (2011). Taha continues to go beyond with his determination and experience.

IoBM alumnus clears Combined Competitive Examination (CCE)-2019

Mr. Faraz Ali, an alumnus of IoBM has qualified all three stages (Screening Test, Written Exam and Viva Voce) of Combined Competitive Examination (CCE)-2019 conducted by Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC). He has been recommended for the post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) on the 14th merit number throughout Sindh (Result attached). Mr. Faraz completed his BBA (2011) and later his MBA (2012) from IoBM.

A brief profile of Mr. Faraz Ali is as below:

Mr. Faraz Ali hails from Larkana with humble family background. His father expired in 2000 and he remained under guardianship of his elder brothers. Passing through struggling phases, he managed to complete his higher secondary education from Larkana and come to Karachi for higher studies. He got admission at IoBM and studied BBA(H) and MBA with 100% scholarship at IoBM during the five years of his education. He always aspired to join civil services. Therefore, he diverted and invested all energies, during studies as well jobs, towards realization of his dream. Finally, he made to it with his recommendation for post of Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) under Combined Competitive Examination (CCE)-2019 conducted by Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC).

Key achievements:

a. Selected for admission to Ph.D Program in Business Administration at Okan University, Istanbul, Turkey.

b. Selected twice under 90% Overseas Scholarship Program (France and Mexico) by Higher Education Commission (HEC) for Masters leading to PhD.

c. Selected for Chinese Government Scholarship through a competitive process undertaken through Ministry of Interprovincial Coordination for Master’s Program under auspices of China Scholarship Council.

He did not avail himself of aforementioned scholarships in pursuit of his objective to join civil service through competitive examination due to age limitation for appearance in the exam.

Selections in various Government Services from time to time.

1. Assistant Director under State Bank Officials Training Scheme (SBOTS) Batch-19.

2. Accounts Officer (SPS-8) in Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).

3. Lecturer (Commerce) (BPS-17) recommended by Sindh Public Service Commission (SPSC) under Education & Literacy Department, Government of Sindh.

4. Junior Executive- Accounts (SPS-7) in Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC).

5. Assistant Air Traffic Control Officer (AATCO) in Civil Aviation Authority (CAA).

6. Officer Grade-1 in Banking Services Corporation, State Bank of Pakistan.

Professional Experience in Government Services:

a. 1st Service: In Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) from 2013 to 2015 as Junior Executive-Accounts/Head of Accounts Department (SPS-7).

b. 2nd Service: In Education & Literacy Department, Government of Sindh as Lecturer (Commerce) in 2015.

c. 3rd Service: In the State Bank of Pakistan as Assistant Director under State Bank Officials Training Scheme (SBOTS) Batch 19 since 2015 and is currently serving there.

What next:

Recently allocated as Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Home Department, Government of Sindh under Combined Competitive Examination(CCE) -2019. He intends to join the service.

SSK Incubation Center inaugurated at IoBM

Tech start-up business pitch decks presented by four students and an alumnus of the Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi have completed the first cohort of the SSK Incubation Program. Mr. Bashir Janmohammed, Chancellor IoBM, was the Chief Guest at the occasion that was also the formal inauguration of the SSK Incubation Center. The Incubation Center, named in memory of Late Mr. Shahjehan S. Karim, IoBM’s Founder President, aims to provide strategic and financial direction to start-ups emerging from IoBM. The event was held at IoBM on Thursday, November 19, 2020.

The Office of Research Innovation & Commercialisation (ORIC) and the Entrepreneurship & Management Excellence Center (EMEC) at IoBM have been adding value to the Incubation Center. The Incubation Faculty Committee and Incubation Alumni Council also support this initiative. Present on this occasion were IoBM’s Mr. Talib Karim, President; Ms. Sabina Mohsin, Executive Director; Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Rector; Dr. Shujaat Mubarik, Associate Dean CBM; Dr. Samra Javed; HoD, ORIC, and EMEC along with HoDs and management. The Master of Ceremony was Mr. Kamran Bilgrami, HoD Corporate Training and Manager Incubation Center for EMEC-IoBM. The projects incubated for six months include four tech-based applications, a 3D printer, and a vocational training program based on virtual reality/artificial intelligence. An IoBM MBA student has secured a seed fund of PKR 2.5 Million for a mobile application. These start-up entrepreneurs began their online pre-incubation stage in May 2020.

On this occasion, Mr. Talib Karim said that IoBM Incubation Center strives to nurture innovative ideas to bring profound social change. He said that the Incubation Center is open for students from all four constituent colleges of IoBM who can build sustainable ventures to become job creators and not job seekers. Mr. Bashir Janmohammad said that substantial efforts are needed to develop the agricultural sector to increase yield. He advised start-ups emerging from IoBM to focus on tech-based ventures. Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder said that aspiring entrepreneurs need to think about innovative initiatives. He advised that a start-up entrepreneur should begin three ventures so the probability of failure is minimized. Dr. Shujaat Mubarik advised students being incubated to keep an eye on disruptive technologies and strengthen their technical and interpersonal knowledge. During the event, Mr. Bashir Janmohammed along with Mr. Talib Karim and Ms. Sabina Mohsin presented certificates to qualified start-up entrepreneurs who received them along with their parents.

Overview of the SSK Incubation Program and Center

While delivering a presentation during the event, Mr. Kamran Bilgrami shared that the establishment of the SSK Incubation Program was part of IoBM’s five-year strategy set in 2019. The SSK Incubation Program was set up under the guidance of President IoBM to contribute to the development of a thriving and sustainable economy driven by innovative entrepreneurs and a competitive start-up ecosystem. It was also decided that the Incubation Program will cross-pollinate ideas from all four constituent colleges of IoBM so that students from various programs work together on an idea.

According to Mr. Bilgrami, SSK Incubation Center Services include four parts: Academic (theory, projects, ideation, pitch approval); Incubator (Tenant on-campus/rental mode, open-shares spaces, closed space virtual, other locations); Support (Diagnosis of needs, an infrastructure shared resources, investors, capital, access to experts network, industry connection, business service, training, collaborating, mentoring and reporting); Graduation (reports, business acceleration, business buy-out, other relevant support)

Phase one of the SSK Incubation Program began with the ideation, guidance, and pitch deck preparation followed by phase 2 that included providing an incubation space and access to business support and services. Mr. BIlgrami shared that the application form and panel interview were gauged on the following factors namely: vision/mission, problem-solving, solutions/offering, the value of solutions, credibility, scalability, and call to action. From batch 1, the recommended candidates to move on to the next level were: Bachelors (13) and Masters (4). From batch 1, the successful start-up business ideas were Lock a Plot (Bilal Khan Afridi – MBA), 3D Printer (Atif Baig – BE Electrical), Al-Qadib (Syed Hamza Mehmood – BBA).

Value-adding Initiatives at IoBM

During the ceremony, it was announced that IoBM will be collaborating with Tufail Chemicals to work on “the farm”, a food science and security initiative that will create a vertical farm in IoBM. The second initiative is the IoBM Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory). It will provide an environment to nurture entrepreneurship and intrapreneurship initiatives. The Fab Lab at IoBM will be supervised by the Institute’s Entrepreneurship and Management Excellence Center (EMEC). It is committed to addressing the evolving challenges of research, learning, and teaching by enabling and leveraging technology. The Fab Foundation emerged in 2009 from MIT’s Center for Bits & Atoms Fab Lab Program to facilitate and support the growth of the international fab lab network. It also envisions how an underserved community can be powered by technology at the grassroots level. IoBM Fab Lab will provide access to the tools, knowledge, and financial means to educate, innovate, and invent initiatives using technology and digital fabrication. It will allow anyone to make (almost) anything, thereby creating opportunities to improve the livelihoods of communities in Pakistan. Moreover, IoBM is collaborating in the corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative with the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). IoBM and KMC with close coordination with the office of Parks and Horticulture Karachi has initiated the “#LetsGreenKarachi” project. It is a sustainable plantation drive to be held across the city.

Mr. Khalil Zafar delivers a talk on management at IoBM

IoBM alumnus Mr. Khalil Zafar delivered a talk on management to the students at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM). Mr. Zafar completed his MSc in Organizational Psychology and HRM in 2014. The session was held at the IoBM auditorium on Wednesday, October 28, 2020. It was organized by the Department of Management and HR amid the guidance of its HoD, Dr. Shagufta Ghauri. This session was attended by Dr. Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik, Associate Dean CBM, Dr. Shagufta Ghauri, Dr. Mirza Dilshad Baig, students, faculty, and staff. Mr. Khalil’s talk was based on his book, “Future of Work Simplified: Develop Futurists, Understand Tech Trends, Upskill Employees & Build an Agile Organization.”

During his talk, Mr. Khalil conducted an exercise on engagement and logical thinking, shared insights on baseline knowledge associated with the talk, and shared practical ideas on effective management practices. When talking about logical thinking development, he said that humans need a leader to look up, need to read texts to know what they have to do, and understand the workplace by comprehending how humans work.

He stressed that technology has been evolving through the decades and humans need to evolve along with it. According to Mr. Khalil, the millennials are the future leaders of the corporate world. He linked the current generation with the upcoming fifth industrial revolution where the humans and the machines will be collaborating more than ever before. It is the era when machines and an automated system will replace humans. In this regard, Mr. Khalil said that those having proficiency and expertise in collecting, studying, interpreting, and using data will be the most successful.

During the session, Mr. Khalil shared the video message that Dr. Corrie Block had exclusively recorded and sent for IoBM students. Dr. Corrie is a business strategist, executive coach, and an expert on organizations of the future. During his message, he shared that artificial intelligence will replace a lot of necessary operations in finance and tech but it is never going to replace the human experience. He advised students to pay attention to the human experience. He said, “We are humans, not resources.” Speaking about human resources he said that as long as a person is employed in a company, he/she is dedicating half of their waking life to the company. He said that employers need to make the lives of their employees a meaningful half of their lives that they spend with an organization.

Mr. Khalil also advised students to finetune their communication skills for it will enhance their image when they will interact with people. He also guided the students to learn about cultures to understand the values of various regions. Speaking about values, he urged students to develop such pertinent values as time management to be competitive in this ever-competitive system.

  During his speech he shared four key points of success:

  1. To change their mindset and explore new ways to get things done. They must perform an entrepreneurial endeavor once in their life.
  2. They must learn as much as possible. They should either enroll themselves in a training program or at least watch tutorials on Youtube
  3. Reach out and connect with professionals through Linkedin to ask them questions and learn industry insights
  4. To run after learning and not after money

The session ended with a note of thanks from Dr. Muhammad Shujaat Mubarik, who thought that this session was indeed an informative one that imparted practical insights upon the students. Dr. Mubarik presented the memento to Mr. Khalil.

DG Parks and Horticulture, Taha Saleem, visits IoBM

The Institute of Business Management (IoBM) is collaborating in corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative with the Karachi Metropolitan Corporation (KMC). IoBM and KMC with close coordination with the office of Parks and Horticulture Karachi will initiate “#LetsGreenKarachi” project. It is a sustainable plantation drive to be held across the city. The first stakeholder meeting in this regard was held on Saturday, October 17, 2020, at IoBM. Director General Parks and Horticulture Karachi, Mr. Taha Saleem, an IoBM alumnus, along with stakeholders of this project attended this meeting. The participants decided on the areas where the tree plantation drives will be initiated. They also discussed various strategic objectives of this project. Besides the presence of Mr. Talib Karim, President IoBM; Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Rector IoBM, this meeting was attended by Dr. Shahid Amjad, HoD Environment & Energy Dept., IoBM; Mr. Salman Tufail, Director, Tufail Group; Mr. Salman Mahmud, CEO Future Agritech, Mr. Taufiq Pasha, Horticulture Expert, Mufti Faisal Japanwala, and members of the IoBM Alumni Association.

IoBM alumnus, Mr. Khalil Zafar’s book earns international laurels

IoBM students and alumni continue to move forward in their personal and professional lives. One such example is that of Mr. Khalil Zafar, an IoBM alumnus, who completed his MSc in Organizational Psychology and HRM in 2014. He has become one of the few people from Asia to write a book on the Future of Work. His book is titled, “Future of Work Simplified: Develop Futurists, Understand Tech Trends, Upskill Employees & Build an Agile Organization.”

This book is one of a kind, as leading thought leaders from around the world have participated in it by sharing their insights and views. The book is highly praised by Paolo Gallo (Former Head of HR, World Bank, and Former CHRO World Economic Forum) along with many other experts from around the world.

It is indeed a pleasure to know that this book has now become part of the libraries of London Business School, Oxford University’s Martin Business School, and the University of Calgary, Canada. It has also become a recommended reading book related to the ‘Future of Work’ subject.

Some of the top people who have participated in this book project are:

  • Dave Ulrich (Father of HR & Renowned Professor)
  • Nigel Willson (CTO & Chief Strategist of Microsoft)
  • Sophie Wade (Global Future of Work Expert)
  • Soumyasanto Sen (Rated Amongst Top 50 HR Professionals)
  • Yasir Fayyaz (IoBM Alumni & System Security Expert)
  • Jacob Morgan (World Renowned Speaker & Author)
  • Paul Estes (Former Director Of Dell & Amazon)
  • Robert Mosley (Former VP HR of Emirates & Etihad Airlines)
  • Dave Millner (UK based management & people analytics expert)
  • Diana Wu David (Singapore based Future Of Work expert)
  • AL Adamsen (Global Authority On AI & People Analytics)
  • Ali Fenwick (Leading Behavioural Scientist At Hult University)
  • Corrie Block (GCC Based Renowned Leadership Coach)
  • Zulfi Bukhari (SAPM Imran Khan)
  • Her Excellency Dr. Aisha Bin Bashr (Director Smart Dubai)The book is currently available in paperback and

Kindle formats in the US, Canada, Australia, Europe, GCC, and India.

IoBM family members can avail special discount by pre-ordering the paperback edition by coordinating with the author through email or at WhatsApp +971525217360.

IoBM family members outside of Pakistan can order paperback/ebook through this direct link

IoBM becomes Pakistan’s first cycling-friendly campus

The Institute of Business Management (IoBM), Karachi celebrated World Cycle Day by becoming Pakistan’s first cycling-friendly campus. This feat comes at a time when IoBM is celebrating its Silver Jubilee. IoBM’s Mr. Talib Karim, President; Ms. Sabina Mohsin, Executive Director and Dr. Syed Irfan Hyder, Rector graciously supported and encouraged this initiative.

Mr. Salman Beg, Alumni of the first Batch; Mr. Farhan Ahmed, President Alumni Association and Mr. Kamran Bilgrami, Head of Corporate Trainings EMEC, IoBM played a key role in turning this idea into a reality. Furthermore, Tufail Chemicals Group sponsored over 100 bicycles to add value to this environment-friendly initiative.

The management of IoBM envisions that once the lockdown is over, the faculty, management, staff, students and alumni, while following SOPs, will indulge in a healthy and a nostalgic activity by commuting on cycles across the sprawling campus. It will decrease the carbon footprint of the campus and help IoBM pursue its vision of promoting an environmentally friendly campus. Earlier in November 2019, IoBM’s Alumni Association established the IoBM Cycling Club that held a number of cycling events for the IoBM family.

Commenting on IoBM achieving the status of a cycling-friendly campus, Dr. Asima Faisal, Associate Professor and HoD, Health and Hospital Management Program, IoBM, said, “Cycling is truly a sustainable and healthier travel option for us and our future generations. The paybacks of cycling are too many, including aiding the environment by decreasing carbon emissions and noise thus making IoBM an ecofriendly campus. Being a professional bicycle rider myself, I have plans to ride while visiting different buildings within the campus once the lockdown ends while following SOPs. This will encourage other female faculty members who are hesitant and not motivated to ride a bicycle.”