MR. SALIM GHAURI, A PROUD PAKISTANI

SALIM GHAURI AWARDED WITH HONORARY FELLOWSHIP BY ABE UK

KANWAL SALEEM
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July 23 - 29, 20
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Mr. Salim Ghauri is the President of Netsol Technologies, Inc. and the founder & CEO of Network Solutions (Pvt.) Ltd. Lahore, Pakistan, (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Netsol Technologies, Inc.) He has been a software developer since the early 1980s, and between 1981 and 1995, he designed and developed financial applications for large size databases.

Before establishing Network Solutions, Mr. Ghauri was a successful IT consultant in Australia. His last assignment was with BHP Steel in Sydney. As a system integrator he was responsible for software and hardware solutions. His main achievement was the introduction of a PC-based network in BHP Steel. From 1988-89, Mr. Ghauri consulted with the State Rail Authority of NSW Australia for its MIS reporting.

Before moving to Australia, he was in Saudi Arabia, where he started his IT career at Citibank, Riyadh in 1979. After leaving Citibank, he started his first venture with the help of local funding. Mr. Ghauri is credited with setting up the first IT-based training institute and a software house in Damam, Saudi Arabia.

Netsol Technologies is a global IT solutions provider specializing in the leasing and finance industry. It has global offices in the U.S., U.K., China, Australia, Thailand and Pakistan, and more than 150 clients worldwide. Netsol is listed on the NASDAQ U.S. and Dubai stock exchanges. Its subsidiary is also listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange, providing additional layers of transparency and credibility. It is a CMMI Level 5 company (the highest quality rating for an IT company).

The top management of Netsol works in unison to identify new opportunities and support initiatives at various levels. The finance and leasing domain, however, is gradually becoming a niche for us. We have a great team of young and sharp professionals working within our R&D shop. Our customer-facing workforce constantly provides them with information that helps us improve our existing products and identify new avenues. We also monitor various industries and markets and look closely at supply chain models to identify emerging needs.

Chairman & CEO Netsol Technologies Ltd., Mr. Salim Ghauri was presented with Honorary Fellowship by Association of Business Executives (ABE) UK in recognition of his services to the Information Technology (IT) industry in Pakistan. Mr. Salim Ghauri was first-ever Pakistani awarded with this prestigious award from ABE UK. He was presented with the fellowship certificate at a ceremony held recently. Mr Shahbaz Sharif, Chief Minister Punjab, Mr Adam Thomson, British High Commissioner in Pakistan, Mr Lyndon Jones, Founder Chairman ABE and Mr Michael Thorne, The Vice Chancellor Angila

Ruskin University was also present on the occasion.

The speakers appreciated the tireless efforts of Salim Ghauri in promoting Information Technology in Pakistan and diverting the youth towards this field. One of the country's pioneers and the harbinger of development in Pakistan's IT industry, Salim Ghauri's name resonate through the IT circles of Pakistan. Many leading journals and magazines have dubbed him as Bill Gates of Pakistan and Newsmaker of The Year.

His founding of Netsol Technologies was the result of his vision to help Pakistan actualize its potential as a leading global IT destination as well his drive to ensure a sustainable market for home-grown talent. During this tenure as CEO and Chairman, Netsol has gained worldwide recognition and exponential growth, topping the list of IT companies in Pakistan and serving blue-chip clients all over the world.

From the humble beginnings of an office with two rooms and a small team, Netsol Technologies Limited has, today, grown to organization employing over 1300 resources with a truly global footprint. It is Pakistan's biggest IT exporter, a leading IT employer and the first CMMI Level 5 certified company in the country. Spearheading the company, Salim has helped Netsol achieve global recognition as a leading supplier of IT software and solutions for the finance and leasing; capturing over 90% percent of the Chinese Auto Leasing market. His vision helped the company achieve the Asia Pacific ICT Association Award for the 'Best Financial Product . Under his visionary leadership, Netsol has emerged as Pakistan's leading IT

Company. It has won great recognition at both local and global levels, besides his success as an astute entrepreneur; Mr. Ghauri remains active in other key roles. He is, at present, the Honorary Consul of Australia for Punjab. In addition, he has chaired the Federal Government's Task Force on Information & Communication Technologies (ICT), which is entrusted with the task of reviewing national IT policy and providing recommendations in key IT related areas. Salim Ghauri is a charter member of TiE Lahore Chapter and President of the

American Business Forum. He has also served as First Chairperson of Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) of NUST Institute of Information Technology. Salim is sitting President of American Business Forum (ABF).