• We know moving back is difficult

    Pakathon is a 501c3 non-profit seed fund that mentors and invests in Pakistani expats moving back to launch for-profit social ventures. We get referrals for the best candidates through our volunteer chapters around the world that engage with the Pakistani diaspora through social entrepreneurship workshops. Our flagship workshop is a global hackathon held simultaneously across our chapters that connects participants to domain experts and investors.


    Launched in 2013, Pakathon is a global organization with 85+ volunteers organized around eight volunteer chapters in the US, Canada, Middle East and Australia. By hosting events in cities abroad we connect the Pakistani diaspora to issues in Pakistan and scout for potential “Returners” – individuals who want to move back to Pakistan and do impactful work.

  • Learn more about how we're making this happen

    Expanding Clinical Trials to Pakistan

    Maham Siraj & Irtaza Haider, CReSP

    CResP solves the high costs of the US pharmaceutical industry by creating and auditing a network of quality clinical research sites in Pakistan that can offer clinical trials at lower cost. CRESP’s founders are Maham Siraj, a Master's student at Harvard University and Irtaza Haider a graduate of UC Berkley. They have 12 years of combined experience working in the US Biotech industry.

    Authenticating Medicines

    Saim Siddiqui, Founder of ProCheck

    After pitching his idea for a mobile phone based platform for the serialization of authentic medicines at our hackathon, Saim Siddiqui founded Karachi-based ProCheck. Saim left Toronto to work on building the company in Pakistan. Partnered with one of the country's leading manufacturer of medicines, ProCheck allows more than 50,000 patients access to genuine medicines.

    Empowering Professional Women

    Hira Rizvi, Founder of She'Kab

    Hira founded She'Kab, a subscription carpooling service for professional women in Islamabad. By working with the city's existing taxi infrastructure, the company allows 800 women to commute safely. After graduating from Georgia Tech, Hira worked with mentors and Pakathon to scale her business.

    Helping Pregnant Women

    Kamil Shafiq and Israa Nasir, Founders of Ammi Service

    Kamil and Israa from Team Ammi won first place at Pakathon's 2015 Global Finals in Toronto. Their product helps provide critical information regarding maternal care to pregnant women. Pakathon helped them apply into the Invest2Innovate accelerator program in Islamabad. The team has been accepted into the fall program and have moved to Pakistan.

    Training Teachers

    Ahmed Tariq Khan

    Ahmed participated in Pakathon’s hackathon event in Boston in 2014 while he was still working for Fidelity Investments. In 2015, Ahmed moved back to Pakistan and is currently working to launch a teacher training company to improve educational standards in Pakistan and is rolling out a pilot with Lecole, a private educational institute in Pakistan.

    Sustainable Energy Solutions

    Fatima Fasih, EcoEnergy

    "Thanks to Pakathon, I was introduced to my current boss, Jeremy Higgs from EcoEnergy. I had always been passionate about energy issues in Pakistan and so decided to apply and eventually work for this company that provides affordable, accessible and sustainable energy solutions to those that live in off-grid Pakistan. My role allows me to visit interior, rural Pakistan and understand the needs and wants of Pakistanis that live in complete darkness because of lack of electricity. After living as an overseas Pakistani all my life, it was this invisible nudge by Pakathon that pushed me into moving to Pakistan and work for greater impact."

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  • Returner's Program

    Pakathon's Returner's Program is designed to empower Pakistani expats who want to launch projects in Pakistan by connecting them to funding, resources and a community of like-minded change-makers. Our goal is to reverse the brain drain in Pakistan by helping skilled Pakistani expats move to Pakistan and launch businesses. We will help you in the first phase of your journey and connect you to accelerator programs operating in Pakistan.


  • Leadership

    We work hard to cultivate an open entrepreneurial ecosystem

    Asad Badruddin


    Azhar Rizvi


  • Core Team

    Faizan Diwan

    Boston Lead

    Myra Khan

    Toronto Co-Lead

    Ayisha Memon

    Toronto Co-Lead

    Sughra Mehdi

    Dubai Lead

    Akbar Agha

    Chicago Lead

    Danesh Gilani

    Washington DC Co-Lead

    Rustom Birdie

    Bay Area Co-Lead

    Osman Khan

    New York City Co-Lead

    Saroosh Gull

    New York City Co-Lead

    Ramiz Khan

    Director of Operations

    Vajiha Sipra

    Global PR Lead

    Taha Jalil

    Global Software Lead

    Ali Taiyeb

    Global Partnership Lead

    Qarib Kazmi

    Pakistan Partnerships

    Juhi Jaferi

    Global Design Lead

  • Advisory Committee

    Dilawer Syed

    President, Freshdesk, President OPEN Global, Member of President Obama's Advisory Commission on Asian Americans

    Imran Sayeed

    MIT Faculty member; started and sold two companies. Former Head of Innovation at NTT Data, Founding Member OPEN

    Rehan Jalil

    Founder and President of cloud security company Elastica; sold to BlueCoat for $280 million. Previously founder of WiChorus

    Jay Corless

    Senior Advisor, United Nations Foundation. Advocacy and funds mobilization with governments, private sector and civil society

    Fawzia Naqvi

    VP Soros Economic Development Fund with expertise structuring and implementing investment strategies

    Naeem Zamindar

    Pakistan Country Director and CEO Acumen Fund, former CEO Wateen Telecom

    Shoaib Zaidi

    Dean, School of Science and Engineering at Habib University; Co-Creator of 23 US patents

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