The Story Behind NIC
At the time when the Federal government was planning to set up an incubation center, two gentlemen who have worked in the entrepreneurial and the corporate space for decades sat in a coffee shop in London to discuss how they can use their experience and empower the next generation of entrepreneurs in Pakistan.
The announcement of the establishment of the incubation center aligned perfectly with their vision. They duo made use of that opportunity and as they say the rest is history. These two gentlemen are none other than Zouhair Khaliq and Parvez Abbasi.
Our Vision and Mission
Our Vision ‘Dream, Build, Rise’ is inspired by that of our forefathers and national heroes. Allama Muhammad Iqbal dreamt of a separate homeland, Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah built on that dream and turned it into a reality; Pakistan! And then the baton was handed over to us to collectively rise as a prosperous nation.
The objective of establishing the NIC is to build an active and well-connected community of change-makers, impact creators and disruptors; for these startups shall only be able to trigger the chain reaction towards a lasting and sustainable impact when imparted with the right skills. All these objectives are culminated into our mission which is:
To build and influence an ecosystem by empowering individuals and institutions to generate a positive economic and social impact.
Meet Our Team
Over the past couple of years we have developed a competent team which is capable to assist the startups and help them take their business to the next level.
Co-founder & Partner
Zouhair Khaliq is a business executive with global experience in telecom & technology with deep experience in Board strategy, operations, startups, turnarounds, M&A, mobile money, micro-finance and real estate.
He is Managing Partner Teamup Ventures, Co-Founder & Partner at Teamup, and Managing Partner at ICE Advisory LLP. He holds a portfolio of Advisory & Non-Executive Board positions.
He has worked with Orascom Telecom Holdings, the GSM Association, Gemini Holdings (Sawiris Family Office), Motorola UK, Dhabi Group, Millicom International, the ICI Group and PWC.
Zouhair was a key part of the launch team at Mobilink in 1993-96. As CEO, June 2003-08, he led Mobilink to be the largest mobile operator and the largest private sector company in the country and amongst the top 5 fastest growing mobile companies in the region.
Parvez Abbasi is a telecom veteran with diverse experience in corporate, strategic, operational and entrepreneurship.
He has more than 25 years of experience stretching across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Parvez was the founding director and Chief executive of Mobile zone the largest mobile phone handset distributor in Pakistan.
Prior to establishing Mobile Zone, Parvez was a founding member and director at Mobilink where he was responsible for all commercial activities of the company.