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LEADERSHIP REPORT ON UMAR SAIF
Syeda Aeliya Fatima Zaidi
Sir Reza H Syed
BAHRIA UNIVERSITY KHI – CAMPUS
I would like to express my gratitude to all those who gave me the possibility to complete this report and also for supporting me in my work. 0 2|Page . Reza H Syed for giving me permission to commence this report on a „Pakistani young entrepreneur Mr.ACKNOWLEDGEMENT Firstly I would like to thank Allah the Almighty for making me able to this work I am deeply indebted to my instructor Prof. Umar Saif. I am alsothankful to him for his help. stimulating suggestions and encouragement helped me in all the time of research for and writing of this report.
No Table Of Contents Page No 1) A young global leader Umar Saif 2) Introduction of Umar Saif 3) Life and Education 4) Academic Career and Research 5) Entrepreneurship 6) Contributions & Achievements 7) Saif‟s Leadership Qualities 8) Awards and recognitions 9) Critics 10) Concluding Advice: 11) References 12) Appendix 13) About Saif‟s brain child i. SCI (Saif Centre of Innovation): Companies at SCI: How to propose an idea to SCI? 4 5 5 6 6 7 10 11 12 13 13 14 14 14 15 3|Page .S.e.
World Economic Forum 4|Page .A Young Global Business Leader: Umar Saif Umar Saif Born Residence Citizenship Nationality Fields Institutions Pakistan Lahore Pakistani Pakistani Computer Science University of Cambridge Massachusetts Institute of Technology Cambridge-MIT Institute Lahore University of Management Sciences Saif Center of Innovation Alma mater Known for LUMS and University of Cambridge Research and Entrepreneurship in ICTD Mark Weiser Award (IEEE Percom‟08) MIT Technovator Award IDG Technology Pioneer Award Notable awards Young Global Leader.
Lahore. where he was a Commonwealth Scholar at Trinity College.1) Introduction of Umar Saif: Umar Saif is a Pakistani Computer Scientist. from Trinity College University of Cambridge when he was only 22 years old. 2) Life and Education: Saif attended Aitchison College. called the Saif Center of Innovation (SCI). Saif worked and taught at Massachusetts Institute of Technology between the years 2001-2005. He also managed the $5 Million collaboration between University of Cambridge and MIT. Before moving back to Pakistan. Lahore. Saif‟s work on grassroots technologies received the MIT Technovator Award in 2008 and he was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010. Pakistan and established one of the first startup incubators in Pakistan. This was followed by three years at Lahore University of Management Sciences where he studied for his BSc. Pakistan. from Lahore University of Management Sciences and Ph. Saif is a tenured associate professor at the Lahore University of Management Sciences.D.D. on Pervasive Computing technologies. At MIT. Saif‟s work on Pervasive Computing received the prestigious Mark Weiser Award in 2008 5|Page . who is known for his work on using ICT solutions for developing-world problems. Saif worked at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory where he was part of the core team that developed system technologies for the $50 Million Project Oxygen. Great thing about Saif is that not only he himself is an inspiring entrepreneur but also he his innovative centre provides an opportunity to the young and talented people to be an entrepreneur and prove their capacity. He received his Ph. Saif holds a BSc. in Computer Science. funded by Cambridge-MIT Institute. in Computer Science from University of Cambridge.
focused on using technology to solve the problems in the developingworld. Digital Inclusion Award from Microsoft Research in 2006 and the IDG CIO Technology Pioneer Award in 2008. ChOpaal. Saif has (co-)founded four technology startups: BumpIn. Dr . Saif‟s research in ICTD is funded by a Microsoft Research Digital Inclusion Award and a grant by the US State Department (in collaboration with the TIER group at UC Berkeley). to help transform the economic and technical landscape of Pakistan.3) Academic Career and Research: Saif is a tenured Associate Professor at the LUMS School of Science and Engineering.com (contextual chatting). SeeNreport. Dr. called SCI. Mark Weiser Award at IEEE Percom'08. 4) Entrepreneurship: Dr. Saif received the MIT Technovator Award in 2008. Dr. a BitTorrent client designed for the lowbandwidth clients in the developing-world. BitMate has been downloaded more than 20. At LUMS.com (event tickets).Saif was a Trinity College Overseas Scholar and Commonwealth Scholar at University of Cambridge. During his doctorate studies.000 times by users from 173 countries. Pakistan. Dr. BitMate doubles the performance of lowbandwidth clients while drastically improving their fairness (upload capacity) by enabling low-bandwidth peers to help each other download faster. Saif is the founder of one of the first startup incubators in Lahore. The school is modeled along the lines of world‟s leading tech universities such as MIT and Caltech and is expected to produce a new generation of scientists and engineers.pk (SMS social networking) and TicketMy. Saif was selected as a Young Global Leader (YGL) by the World Economic Forum in 2010. 6|Page .com (citizen journalism). Saif runs the Dritte Initiative. Saif and his students developed BitMate.
pk. Distributed Systems Online. Saif has authored several influential publications and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. Amidst media bans. and Dawn News. Mobile Systems. US State Department/USAID. HEC and PITB. Two of his startups have played an important role in supporting civil society during political turbulence and natural disasters in the recent times in Pakistan. Over 3 Billion SMS have been sent using SMSall in Pakistan. called BitMate.Dr. with great reviews by CNN. they already have thousands of downloads. Dr. His research has received grants from Microsoft Research (MSR). including BBC. MIT Technology Review. Saif's research has been featured in popular media. New York Times. Cambridge-MIT Institute (CMI). was used by civil society activists to report eye witness accounts. 5) Contribution & Achievements: 1) After two years of hard work. Pakistan‟s first citizen journalism service. Distributed Systems. Within three days of releasing the BitMate client. BitMate improves the performance of low-bandwidth BitTorrent clients by 7|Page . used by hundreds of thousands of people to stay in touch. during the historic lawyer‟s movement. coordinate relief efforts and enable mobile communities. Dr. Saif released a BitTorrent client for the developing-world. New Scientist. using their cell-phones. Saif co-founded. Network Protocols and Architectures and ICT for developing world countries. Saif's research interests broadly span areas of Ubiquitous Computing. during the political turmoil (and subsequent media bans) at the tail-end of the Musharraf era. Platform is now used by leading news and TV channels in Pakistan (and elsewhere) to run citizen journalism initiatives. Pakistan‟s first mobile social network ChOpaal (now called SMSall) is one of the fastest growing SMS networks in Pakistan. Saif is also the co-founder of ChOpaal. including Geo TV (GeoDost) and Samaa TV (iSamaa) was used by reporters and NGOs to report events live during the massive floods in Pakistan in 2010. GigaOm and many others. Oxygen Consortium at MIT.
Planning to start a larger project on building a disease outbreak detection system. Saif has launched a new YGL Task Force on using ICT for Development (ICTD). BitMate is based on the popular Vuze BitTorrent client.ChOpaal. 4) Pakistan's largest English newspaper Dawn has published an article on his incubator -Saif Center of Innovation (SCI) -. Microsoft Research (Redmond) and LUMS.and our citizen journalism startup. with a few key changes to the way the application interacts with the network.. Pakistan. without cheating or adversely affecting the performance of higher bandwidth peers.more than 70%. 8|Page . Richard Anderson and his team has made a video of the collaborative course by Saif between UW (Seattle). 2) Along with a group of other World Economic Forum's Global Leaders (YGL). 5) His work on Grassroots technologies received the MIT Global Indus Technovator Award! 6) Prof. making it possible to share and download torrents in developing countries where few people have access to broadband. Story on New York Times: BitMate Brings BitTorrent to the Developing World By JANKO ROETTGERS Published: February 28. 7) Two of his startups -.com -. 3) All the good work by teams at Saif‟s SCI and Dritte payed off.won the Annual ICT PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Association) Awards. 2011 Pakistan-based researchers have developed a new BitTorrent client called BitMate that works over dial-up connections. 2008 and were shortlisted to represent Pakistan in the Asia Pacific ICT Awards (APICTA'08) in Jakarta. He runs a small pilot project on using SMS for Education.pk and SeeNreport. He was named a Young Global Leader (YGL) in the World Economic Forum in 2010.
C. 9|Page . 15) Poor Man's Broadband received funding from the Microsoft Research (MSR) Digital Inclusion Program.become the first citizens of S. Given that he was still an undergrad 10 years ago. 20 odd students attend the course from LUMS.com. 14) His collaborative project with MIT on Disease Epidemiology in Pakistan received funding from PITB. ChOpaal. The inaugural CIO awards were given to those who helped shape the Pakistan software industry in the last 10 years.com -. 11) Saif Poor Man's broadband system for the developing-world was featured in the New Scientist and the MIT Technology Review.I. 12) His collaboration with UC Berkeley's TIER group received funding from NAS/US State Department and HEC. This is the first time MSR has funded a research project in Pakistan.pk and SeeNreport. We will be focusing on TB and Malaria in Punjab.com ) 9) His dream startup incubator is finally online in Lahore! His three startups -BumpIn. 10) His research on Goal-oriented adaptive systems received the Mark Weiser Award at IEEE Percom'08.pk and SeeNreport. 13) His three-way course on "Computing for the Developing-world" with University of Washington and Microsoft Research was broadcast live between three sites. Developing-world "Teleputer" and Poor Man's Akamai with Eric Brewer's group.com.8) Saif was awarded the CIO IDG Technology Pioneer Award. He has made two goal-oriented systems: Goal-oriented Sockets and Goal-oriented Programming System.ChOpaal. He will be working on Rural WiFi and inverse-multiplexed GPRS Networks. he is humble by the recognition of his recent entrepreneurial activities (BumpIn. His paper was selected to appear in a compendium of best papers from ICTD'07 in a special issue of the ITID Journal.
This gives him the ability to see things that others have not seen and thus lead his followers in new directions. Saif is centered in integrity & is more approachable by followers. & provides opportunities to achieve something great. Dedication: Saif inspires dedication by example. and it also keeps the team well supplied with new ideas that can further its vision. Honest dealings.6) Saif’s Leadership Qualities: Integrity: Saif is a person of integrity & is the same on the outside and on the inside. Effective leaders know how to use humor to energize followers and Allah has blessed him with great sense of humour. Openness: Saif is a good leader & is able to suspend judgment while listening to others‟ ideas. For him it is a form of power that provides some control over the work environment. doing whatever it takes to complete the next step toward the vision. as well as to defuse hostility. as well as accept new ways of doing things that someone else thought of. A sense of humor: It is vital to relieve tension and boredom. He can be trusted because he never veers from inner values. He has the trust of followers and therefore must display integrity. he shows his followers that he is there with them and also at the jobs on the team. well-controlled emotions. to get outside of the box that constrains solutions. and harsh outbursts are all signs of integrity. Creativity: Saif has the ability to think differently. By setting an excellent example. 10 | P a g e . Openness builds mutual respect and trust between leaders and followers.
7) Awards and recognitions: 2010 Young Global Leader. World Economic Forum 2008 MIT Technovator Award (Grassroot Technologies) 2008 IDG Technology Pioneer Award 2008 IEEE Percom Mark Weiser Award 2006 Microsoft Research (MSR) Digital Inclusion Award 2001 Fellow. University of Cambridge 11 | P a g e . Cambridge Commonwealth Trust 1998 National Commonwealth Scholar.
Too much focused on rules: No problem on rules but there are times that they have to be bent to accommodate a bigger good. It might lead to something good if taken in the right way. but once he took a decision he never reverses it. whether good or bad. He can work nicely with many people but not work under any. He is his own boss. Have self rules: He has made his own rules to follow and does what he think is right. „one needs to live in fantasy and imagine things as great achievements come from imagination. 12 | P a g e . He takes risk where no other will take.‟ Reacting negatively to criticism: A leader should keep an open ear to criticism. Lives in fantacy (ideal world): Although he lives in an ideal world but for that he argues that. Stubborn: He has a stubborn nature.8) Critics: Saif had been criticized for the following: Dominating nature: His co-mates say that although Saif is a nice person to work with but he has a dominating nature.
com 4.partly because it makes a better story and it gives onlookers an excuse for being lazy. ^ http://www. is the key to a successful startup. longer than anyone typically anticipates.htm 13 | P a g e .saifcenter. As Paul Graham states so aptly: “In most domains. ^ http://jehanara.co.9) Concluding Advice: Undoubtedly Saif had done a remarkable job but he should remember that almost no entrepreneur or startup succeeds in its first attempt. Therefore.mit. ^ http://news.edu/technovators/gita/2008_winners_grassroots. ^ http://www. 10) References: 1. ^ https://www. ^ http://www.computerwoche.geodost. ^ http://www.microsoft.de/netzwerke/web/2366669/ 10. and partly because after a while determination starts to look like talent”.900-poor-mans-broadband-hasa-turn-of-speed.edu/umar 2.tv 11. ^ http://www. So working hard.nytimes.com/external/gigaom/2011/02/28/28gigaom-bitmate-bringsbittorrent-to-the-developing-world-504.newscientist. talent is overrated compared to determination .html 5.stm 7.html?partner=rss&emc=rss 9.com/article/mg19626305. ^ http://people.com/2010/03/04/umar-saif-named-a-young-globalleader-by-the-world-economic-forum 6.bbc.com/weekly/science/archive/080906/science9.dawn. ^ http://www. often the magic to success in the IT startup world is determination to succeed.html?feedId=online-news_rss20 3.csail.com/presspass/press/2006/feb06/0223DigitalInclusionTabletPCRFPPR.mit.wordpress. ^ http://web.uk/2/hi/technology/3583479.mspx 8.
com 14 | P a g e . Following are his thoughts about SAIF Center and Entrepreneurship (which should also appear in Spider magazine). Since. including the importance of a business plan. How to propose an idea to SCI? If anyone likes to join SCI for a venture all what he/she has to do is to send SCI a 3page executive summary of the idea to: join@saifcenter. countless recent college graduates. The Science behind Startups: The Saif Center of Innovation (SCI) has been established almost 3 year ago. Umar Saif himself on regular basis. advisors and investors. Residents of SCI are surrounded by high-tech entrepreneurs. a. pitching. with the aim to incubate IT startups in Pakistan. Saif Center of Innovation (SCI) has always been an inspiration and excellent place for anybody doing a startup to dig in with inspiring entrepreneurs all around and precious advice of Dr. SCI serves as a strategic partner to tech startups by providing space. training. with a special focus on early-stage high-tech startups. funding. This article answers many of the frequent queries. You cannot find this entire elsewhere. students and IT professionals have approached us with queries about the modalities of a startup and entrepreneurship in Pakistan. seed investment and a network of advisors.11) APPENDIX: About SCI: Saif Center of Innovation (SCI pronounced as Sky) is an incubator and training center for technology entrepreneurs and enthusiasts. corporate structure and exits. team building. Saif has designed SCI to nurture and promote entrepreneurship.
Seen report empowers citizens to report news as and when seen by an eyewitness. one can also schedule a meeting with the SCI team by sending an email to info@saifcenter. SeeNreport. BumpIn's patent pending software has been in development for 2 years. Seen report has recently launched a public beta.com is a citizen journalism service which enables cell-phone users to report news by sending pictures and SMS of unfolding news events.pk is a group SMS and social networking service for cell-phone users. With its real-time news reporting and aggregation platform. b. TicketMy.com is a web 2. It providers: Top Concerts Tickets | Top Sports Tickets | Top Theater Tickets 15 | P a g e . chOpaal currently routes close to 1 million SMS/month and provides b2b group communication services to several organizations.com is an innovative events ticket company. Companies at SCI: BumpIn. BumpIn provides a contextual chatting service. ChOpaal has successfully raised angel investment and is currently the market leader in the space of SMS social networking and group communication in Pakistan.Alternatively.com.0 social networking company. enabling live chat between people with similar interests on the Internet. BumpIn has successfully raised angel investment and is currently in public beta with 20k users. ChOpaal.