Pakistan - Economy and Entrepreneurship

Pakistan Club

May 3, 2014: 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM

The Pakistan Club, celebrating its 10th year, proudly hosts presentations on Pakistan's economy and the Pakistani-American contributions to the Silicon Valley.


Charles M. Harper Center
Room 219
5807 South Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, Illinois

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Event Details

Our first speaker, Mohsin Chandna, will talk about recent developments in Pakistani Economy, its re-entry into the bond market, and the formation of recent Pakistan- US Economic Working Group. He will also discuss US civilian assistance to Pakistan.

The next speaker, Riaz Haq, will speak about the Pakistani-Americans Contribution to High Technology in Silicon Valley.

Hundreds of Pakistani-Americans are working on leading edge technologies at Silicon Valley's most innovative companies as founders, engineers and managers. A Forbes story recently acknowledged that Pakistan is among a dozen countries which are birthplaces of some of the most successful Silicon Valley companies funded by Sequoia Capital, a top venture capital firm credited with early investments in Cisco and Google. Another recent article called Silicon Valley Pakistanis a"model minority". Pakistanis are engaged in research and development in areas ranging from advanced computer chips and networking to cloud computing, 3D vision and artificial intelligence. Their finger-prints can be found on almost all products coming from a multitude of startups as well as the top Silicon Valley giants such as Apple, Cisco, Google, Intel, Oracle and Microsoft. Riaz Haq ( will talk from first-hand knowledge about how Pakistani-Americans are enabling the second machine revolution.


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Deadline: 5/2/2014


10:00 AM-10:30 AM: Introductions

10:30 AM-11:00 AM: Pakistani Economy and the US Civilian Assistance to Pakistan

11:00 AM-11:30 AM: Pakistani-Americans Contributions to High Technology in Silicon Valley

11:30 AM-1:00 PM: Q & A and Informal networking

Speaker Profiles

Mohsin Chandna (Speaker)
Economic Minister, The Embassy of Pakistan

Mohsin Chandna is an officer of Pakistan Administrator Service with a blend of experience in government service and the development sector. He has worked for the Government of Pakistan for over twenty five years, as well as for USAID in Pakistan for over a year. He holds a degree in Masters of Public Policy (MPP) from the Harris School of Public Policy at the University of Chicago, and an Masters in Business Administration degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, Pakistan, which is the oldest business school outside North America to offer an MBA degree.

He has worked as Secretary Planning for the Government of Sindh. He has taught twelve courses of Microeconomics, Macroeconomics and Issues in Pakistan Economy to MBA students at IBA Karachi. He is a Bridge player of international repute and earned the rank of Silver Life Master from American Contract Bridge League. In February 2014, he won the Annual William Poissant Bridge Trophy held by Northern Virginia Bridge Association.

At present, he serves as an Economic Minister for the Embassy of Pakistan in Washington, DC. He is married and lives with his wife and three children in Washington, DC.

Riaz Haq (Speaker)
Silicon Valley technologist, investor and blogger, Riaz Haq's Musings

Riaz Haq is a Silicon Valley technologist, investor and blogger. Riaz was at the forefront of the personal computer revolution in 1980's at Intel Corp where he was responsible for microprocessor development. He was recognized as Person of the Year by PC Magazine for his contribution to the design and development of the 80386, Intel's first 32-bit microprocessor. He has founded two high-tech start-ups in Silicon Valley. He chronicles Pakistani-Americans' contribution to America in general and to Silicon Valley's high-technology revolution in particular. His blog Haq's Musings ( is widely read and followed by Pakistan watchers around the world.

He also blogs at:>


K. Rizwan Kadir, '97 

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