The University of Chicago Booth School of Business
March 19 - Leslie Mass "Back to Packistan: A Fifty-Year Journey"
November 17 - Conference on The Investment Opportunities in Pakistan
For conference presentations, please see below:
Putting Pakistan on the Global BPO Map - Asghar Husain | Investment Opportunities in PAKISTAN - Asad Hayauddin | OPIC in Pakistan - Robert Drumheller | Software Development and Business Process Outsourcing in Pakistan - Shoaib Abbasi | Investment Opportunities in Pakistan - Consul General (Chicago) | Pakistan in a Globalizing Asia - Atiq Rehman
The ChicagoGSB Pakistan launches Research Reports.
GSB Pakistan Club celebrated the Worldwide GSB Night in Karachi and Lahore
On April 12, 2007, the Pakistan-based members of the GSB Pakistan Club celebrated the Worldwide GSB Night with nearly 80 other cities globally.
In Lahore, the event was hosted by Shoaib Abbasi, '85, who recently moved there from Evanston, IL. to oversee the expansion of his firm Strategic Systems International. In Karachi, the Club's Pakistan Liaison, Mimi Gilani, AXP '02, held a reception at her residence.
These events, along with the Admissions sessions we've held in the past, will certainly go a long way in furthering the Chicago Booth brand in this emerging market's growing appetite for higher and top tier professional education. In fact, one of these events led a prospective PhD student in Lahore to encourage his Chicago-based siblings to attend our Admissions Information Session on April 28, 2007 in Chicago.
Some of us may be deterred by the low number of GSB and Chicago alumni in those cities. But, many major American cities, such as Minneapolis and Cincinnati, had only 2-3 alumni at last year's event. Moreover, one can always include prospective students and professional colleagues in such a celebration.
The Pakistan Club remains indebted to both Shoaib Abbasi and Mimi Gilani for following through on the idea, especially under severe time constraints.
Kenneth Rehage, Director of the University of Chicago's Pakistan Education Program, dies at 96
Dear Pakistani University of Chicago Alumni, students, educators, and friends:
I've been meaning to send this email out since January '07 when I first read about Prof. Rehage's death in the Chicago Tribune. Quite frankly, I did not know of the Pakistan Education Program at our alma mater. The Program actually ended in 1972 when many of us were still toddlers. Nonetheless, it is important for us to know of this piece of Chicago history, and how one of our city's premier educational institutions was involved in shaping the educational landscape of Pakistan. If anyone knows of what became of that program or knows of any of its beneficiaries, please let the Pakistan Club know.
Kenneth Rehage, a Professor Emeritus in Education at the University of Chicago who led a University program to train school administrators and teachers from Pakistan and was also a celebrated teacher himself, died Jan. 31 at the Central New Jersey Jewish Home for the Aged in Somerset, New Jersey. Rehage, a resident of New Brunswick, New Jersey, was 96.
Rehage used his insights in teaching as the Director of the University of Chicago's Pakistan Education Program. The program was established in 1957 by Francis S. Chase (Ph.D.'51), the founding Dean of the Graduate School of Education, with a grant from the Ford Foundation and provided assistance to help local educators develop programs for the improvement of education in the newly independent nation. Dean Chase passed away in 1996, also at the age of 96.
The purpose of the project was to improve education through teacher-training programs at extension centers in what was then East and West Pakistan. The project also improved facilities for students at university campuses, said Rehage, who later directed the project until its conclusion in 1972. A number of influential leaders in education in Pakistan were trained at the University during the program.
The program led to the establishment of 43 pilot secondary schools and the educational centers organized at the University of Dacca and the University of Punjab. More than 5,000 teachers and administrators were trained in the program, which frequently took Rehage to Pakistan. The program also brought Pakistanis to the University for study. Rehage was director of the project from 1963 to 1973. He was Director of the University of Chicago Peace Corps Training Program for Pakistan in 1963.
Pakistanis came to Chicago for training and the Rehage family's Dorchester Avenue home often was filled with students conversing in Bengali and Urdu, his son Larry Rehage said.
Rehage is survived by his wife, Laurel Tanner; a daughter, Joan Kleckner, and sons David and Larry (both Chicago alumni); as well as five grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service was held at the Hyde Park Union Church, on Saturday May 26, 2007. Unfortunately, most of the GSB Pakistan Club officers were at the HDF convention in Chicago that weekend, and as such, could not attend the Memorial. I did reach out to both of his 2 sons and expressed our condolences. Larry Rehage was pleasantly surprised to learn that the University now has a Pakistan-related organization.
Here's an interesting tidbit about a conference Prof. Rehage organized about the future of high school education in Pakistan and the US:
Thanks for your kind perusal.
K. Rizwan Kadir, '97
Chicago Booth Pakistan Club
The Chicago Booth Pakistan Club organized a Student-Hosted Admissions Event at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi on December 20, 2006.
The current Chicago Booth students who hosted the event were Asim Raja, '07, Ammar Rizki, '08, and Mohammad Adeel Saleem, PhD candidate. A number of prospective students attended the event to learn about the application process as well as learn more about the Chicago Booth. Besides the prospective students, the attendees included GSB alumni Faraz Azam Kazmi ('00) of Standard Chartered Bank of Pakistan and Ms. Maleeha Humayun Bangash, '03 of MCB Bank, both of whom are currently based in Karachi.
The event was advertised in local papers to attract the candidates and raise general awareness. This event, like our previous ones in 2005, was a continuation of efforts by the GSB Pakistan Club to help build the Chicago Booth brand in Pakistan.View Photo
Navaid Abidi, '06, inducted into the prestigious Beta Gamma Sigma Honor Society at the GSB
Abidi, who graduated from the Evening program in March 2006, was nominated by Prof. Nick Polson to be inducted into the honor society.
Beta Gamma Sigma is an honor society that encourages and recognizes scholarship and professional accomplishments in business. Membership in Beta Gamma Sigma is the highest recognition a student anywhere in the world can receive in a business program accredited by AACSB International - The Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business.
Students from all GSB programs are eligible for induction and are selected on the basis of grade point average in the academic year they graduate. They are inducted by a faculty committee during a ceremony which takes place in the spring quarter.
Abidiheadsupa fixed income statistical arbitrage desk at TradeMarket Group, an international private hedge fund.
Abidi has been active in community service as well. He served on the Junior Board of Apna Ghar - a shelter in Chicago for battered women of South-east Asian heritage, and has recently become involved with the Schaumburg, IL-based Human Development Foundation (HDF), which runs development projects in Pakistan.
The Chicago Booth Pakistan Club would like to congratulate Navaid on his latestaccomplishment.
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GSB Admissions & Information Event in Karachi
Chicago Booth hosted an Admissions Event at the Pearl Continental Hotel, Karachi on September 17, 2005. Rose Martinelli (Associate Dean, Student Recruitment & Admissions) flew in for the event. The turnout was about 70 attendees, including GSB alumni Faraz Azam Kazmi, '00, of MCB Investment Banking and Azam Faruque, '02, both of whom are currently based in Karachi. The event was advertised in local papers to attract the candidates, raise general awareness, and help build the GSB brand in Pakistan.
Pakistani-American GSB alumnus noted among the "Alumni to Know"
Ahmed Saeed, MBA '96, JD '96, is working for the Department of the Treasury as a 2004-2005 White House Fellow. Created in 1964 by President Lyndon Johnson, the Fellows program attracts exceptional young professionals with demonstrated leadership ability to serve for one year as paid assistants to senior White House staff and Cabinet members and to study policy formulation, current affairs, leadership, and public service. Saeed most recently worked as managing director of NextCom Venture Partners, where he oversaw all investment activities and managed the firm's operations. He has also reported and anchored television news for Muslim satellite TV, translated several historic Islamic texts for publication in English, and provided pro bono legal and business advice to Pakistani-American widows.
GSB Pakistan Club at the Imran Khan Fund-raising Dinner in Chicago
Members of the Executive Board of the GSB Pakistan Club attended the fund raising dinner in Downers Grove, IL, for the SKM Cancer Care Hospital (Lahore, Pakistan). The evening attracted well over 500 guests to show support for the great cause. View Photo
Inaugural (Administrative) Meeting
On Sunday, February 15, 2004, the following GSB'ers met at the Noon O Kabab restaurant in Chicago for lunch to establish a community of Pakistanis and Pakistani-Americans at the Chicago Booth: Omar Daud, '04, Rizwan Ebrahim, '05, K. Rizwan Kadir, '97, Kamran Shaukat Mohammed, '04, Bilal Memon,'04, Karim Shariff, '04, and Bilal Waqar, '04. The event was marked by an instant camaraderie among the attendees and a strong desire to conduct meaningful work. To that end, the following items - as well as their implementation strategies - were debated: