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Telecom & Software - Trends & Future in South Asia
Part II - Pakistan.
in Karachi in early 1950ís , B.Sc Physics , Karachi; B.S Electrical
Engineering , University of Texas , Lives in Irvine, California with
/Wealth created in 1980 - $ 300 million.
Safi Qureshi came to the U.S. in
1971 for education in engineering and worked in the Information technology
industries of California for companies such as Documenter, Computer
Automation, and Telfile Computer.
In 1980 he co-founded a
garage-based company making personal computers. As a computer industry
veteran Safi played a lead role in not only ASTís growth in emerging
markets but in changing the PC industry from a narrow corporate enterprise
into a global business . Due to Safiís intense focus , vision [ that of evolving
the digital age as a platform to develop tools that will further promote
global & personal communication in all societies.], and passion for
innovation AST earned a
reputation in the PC industry as one of the foremost brand names. It was
recently acquired in the mid 1990ís by Samsung Electronics.
Safi Qureshi has also been
instrumental in commercial development
around the world. He has traveled to countries such as China ,
Indonesia , Thailand, India , Pakistan with high level US trade
delegations to sign several landmark agreements [ Intellectual Property
He has participated in GATT,
NAFTA, APEC issues, and is a strong proponent of education and reserach at
University of California, Irvine [Bonney Center for Neurobiology of
Learning & Memory]
he was instrumental [ as member of President Clintonís Export
Council ] in ensuring that Clinton did go and talk to Pakistan military
leaders in 2000. He is currently on the board of Directors of Focus
Software International, Object Automation, NetInfo, IAFC.
His brainchild is the ALIF [ the
first letter of the Hebrew, Arabic and Urdu alphabet] which is a televised
series in the Urdu language of the Sesame Street series for Pakistan
Television broadcast to the children in Pakistan. The programme has been
broadcast from mid 1999 to 2000.
In his most recent project,
Safi Qureshi is helping Pakistan with Information Technology
efforts in becoming a major
exporter of Software . He took with him in
March 2001 two fellow
members Kanwal Rekhi [
who sold his company Excelan to Novell ] and Dr. Kailash Joshi -- of the
The Indus Entrepreneurs Group from San Jose ,California to meet the President
of Pakistan and also the dynamic Minister for Science & Technology -
Dr Ata-ur-Rehman. Later they also visited and had an interactive session
at the Institute of Business Administration at Karachi.
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