Monday, October 7, 2013

Fourth Ladies fund Entrepreneurship Conference: successful entrepreneurs share experiences with audiences

The successful male and female entrepreneurs have shared their experiences with the audiences at 4th Ladiesfund Entrepreneurship Conference (LEC 2013). The LEC-2013 was held at a local hotel here on Saturday with the joint efforts of Dawood Global Foundation (DGF), Higher Education Commission (HEC), French Consulate, German Consulate, Indonesian Consulate, British Deputy High Commission, Turkish Consulate, Honorary Moroccan Consulate and Ozygin University Turkey. 

The LEC 2013 was a milestone event for Pakistan that attracted a big number of people including women entrepreneurs, male and female students, dignitaries, international delegates and media who gathered to hear the inside scoop to success from people who have innovated and changed their industries. 

This year's theme was "Game Changers," and the event featured speakers from Turkey, France, Germany, Indonesia, UK and Switzerland, as well as the best of local entrepreneurship. Sherry Rehman gave the Keynote address, former UK First Lady Cherie Blair sent a special video message saying she had fond memories of her visit to Pakistan and wished to come again, pop star Zoe Viccaji sang the National Anthem along with her band. 

The day was filled with cutting-edge panels, interactive workshops, educational presentations, and theatre performance by Nida Butt, Yoga Stretch Break by Jeanette Faruqueand Indonesian cultural dance by Indonesian delegates. The event was a fundraiser for women empowerment in Pakistan and in particular vocational scholarships for grassroots girls for media studies at the Institute of Journalism as part of Ladiesfund Educate a 1000 girls programme. 

There were three panels: How to Start, Pitching for Finance and Global Game Changers. The first panel, how to start, consisted of Nida Butt, Muriel de Saint Saveur (France), Masarrat Misbah and was moderated by Rohan Malik. The second panel, pitching for finance had Cherie Faiella and Masood Lohar as panelists with Zeenat Saeed Ahmed as moderator. The third panel, Global Game Changers, included Dr Diana Kisro-Warnecke (Germany), Indri Bachitiar (Indonesia) and Imge Sabanci (Turkey) as panelists and was moderated by Shahrukh Hasan. The Speakers included Ameena Saiyid, Yasin Paracha, Hasnain Raza Laddu Bhai whose sessions were moderated by British Deputy High Commissioner John Tucknott, MD Gillette Saad Khan and MD HOM Moidul Hasan respectively. 

Amin Hashwani gave a presentation on Business Beyond Borders and Kamal Faridi gave an educational presentation on Social Media Obama 2012 Campaign in which he shared his experiences. Ladiesfund International Fellowship to China was presented to Alina Makhani by Deputy Chinese Consul General Pan Qingjiang with a special video message from Alina who was in China. Nazneen Tariq Khan and Shanaz Ramzi, donors of Ladiesfund Vocational Scholarships, were on hand to meet the winners, while DGF presented the cheques. LADIESFUND former Student Ambassadors from 10 universities across Pakistan ensured a diverse and gung ho crowd. 

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