Following are some of the presentations and talks I have given on various occasions.
March 2018: Social Media Summit, Islamabad
I was invited to speak as one of the panelists at the Social Media Summit that took place in Islamabad. The event was attended by Chief Guest Mr Lijian Zhao, the Deputy Chief of Chinese High Commission in Pakistan as well as seasoned politicians such as Ajmal Wazir Khan and Jan Achakzai and majority of the attendees were students and young digital professionals. During the panel discussion, I talked about how the digital media enables journalism and how it helps further advocacy and social campaigning. Following is a video clip of me answering a student’s question about dealing with online trolls.
December 2016: School Education Department, Government of the Punjab
During my brief stint as the Digital Comms Manager at the monitoring unit of the department, I regularly debriefed Minister for Education, Rana Mashhood Ahmad Khan on the ongoing developments as part of my job. It also included conducting training sessions for communication teams of allied departments, educators and education administrators in the bureaucracy. Following are a couple of pictures from one of my presentations to the minister.
June 2015: UMT Social Media Colloquium
I had the pleasure to attend this seminar as one of the key note speakers at the University of Management and Technology (UMT), Lahore. It was lovely engaging with students and listening to their ideas and answering their questions on how the digital media can be used to advance a cause, break news and promote one’s talent. They were especially excited about the visual examples I gave them.
July 2012: #FutureDay by Bertelsmann Stiftung – Berlin, Germany
Germany’s largest media foundation Bertelsmann Stiftung organized a one-day ‘Future Day’ event and was attended by prominent figures including policy makers and European delegates. I gave a brief presentation on how tech and business outsourcing enables Pakistan’s relevance in economic globalization.
October 2011: International Bloggers Meeting – Foz do Iguacu, Brazil
I represented Pakistan in specific and South Asia in general at the first even International Bloggers Meeting that took place in Brazil in 2011. It was an honour being a part of the discussion panel “Experiences in Asia and Middle East” along with renowned media personalities including Pepe Escobar, Jillian C York and Ahmed Al Omran. It was such a pleasure meeting personalities like Wikileaks’ Kristinn Hrafnsson and the celebrity cartoon activist Carlos Latuff who loves Pakistan by the way.
Other than being part of the discussion panel, I also gave a presentation on evolution and growth of digital media in Pakistan and how it is being used for activism and causes. You can read a roundup of the event by Jillian on this link. She mentions my presentation too.
This massive event was live interpreted in three languages switchable through the earphones. Unfortunately there are no videos available of the presentations but I did manage to grab a clip of closing remarks. You can watch me saying good bye in the following video at around 22:00 minutes.
July 2009: Punjab IT Board – Lahore, Pakistan
I was with the panel that gave a talk to the Punjab IT Board employees on emerging trends including blogging and digital media. The panel was headed by Google’s former Pakistan head Badar Khushnood.