Meet the Team





Meet The Team

asimAsim Ghaffar

Asim is leading ICIL, a joint program of Code for Pakistan and OPEN Islamabad. A graduate of the Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, he has a strong passion for building open source apps to solve civic problems. Asim has worked as a Senior Software Engineer for Nokia Siemens Networks in the past, and also ran a software consultancy for Pakistan Air Force. With 12 years of experience under the belt, he is currently the VP R&D at LMKR. In his free time, he plays the keyboard and records music.

hamidHamid Akhtar

Hamid joined the ICIL team in July 2015, and contributes his time as the Technology Lead. He keeps a close eye on software design, development, and coding standards. Hamid has been actively programming since 8th grade, with more than 23 years of software development experience under his belt, including 15 years of professional experience providing consultancy to companies in the UK, US, Germany, and Saudi Arabia. In his spare time, Hamid enjoys playing football and has competed in international football tournaments at the school level in Europe and has been his school’s table tennis and badminton champion.

saharSahar Habib

Sahar joined Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab in May 2015 to help run Code for Pakistan’s summer internship program, but she has quickly become involved in many other aspects of the program. Her work experience spans the fields of journalism, field research and report writing, communication design, and technical writing. She currently works as a freelance writer and is a regular contributor for Images and After graduating from LUMS with an undergraduate degree in Social Sciences, she worked for The Express Tribune as part of the newspaper’s very first team of sub-editors. She also has a Masters degree in English Studies from the University of Exeter.

hiraHira Mubasher

Hira brings her diverse experience as an entrepreneur, project manager, and human resource professional to Code for Pakistan. She has over 7 years of work experience in the corporate sector and is currently working as a Quality Assurance Analyst at LMKT. With a vast portfolio of event management, with events scaling on the local and national level, she has received various appreciations and awards for her work. Hira contributes her time at Code for Pakistan as a Meeting Runner (Event Organizer) and Brigade Evangelist. She loves to cook and enjoys spending her spare time experimenting with new delectable recipes.

meeraMeera Nadeem

Meera joined the ICIL core team soon after it was established in Islamabad, and contributes her time as the storyteller and program operations lead. Meera is a McGill graduate in Anthropology and Development, and currently works with a private think tank that works towards the advancement of the causes of democratic institution building and strengthening state capacity for delivery on policy goals, the entitlement to fundamental rights, and accountability of public bodies and government. She has prior work experience in technical writing and internal communications. Meera has an avid interest in the arts and enjoys creating some in her spare time.   

qaribQarib Raza

Qarib is a computer science professional and technology specialist with over fifteen years of professional experience in the field. He holds a bachelor’s degree in CS from FAST Islamabad, and a Masters in Management from CASE, and is a founding member of the FAST Alumni Association Islamabad, that he has been managing for 7 years. Qarib is also the founding executive member of OPEN Islamabad, and has been actively involved with various organizations, and led in conducting all major hackathons that have taken place in Islamabad for the last 3 years. Qarib’s involvement in Code for Pakistan began with the first Civic Hackathon in Islamabad in 2015, when he volunteered on behalf of OPEN Islamabad, and joined ICIL as a lead after contributing greatly to the Islamabad Civic Hackathon in July 2016. He is passionate about civic engagement and community outreach, and aims to help transform the entrepreneurial ecosystem of Pakistan.

zainZain Rehman

With an LLB Honors from Birmingham University, Zain currently works as a Managing Partner at ANZ Partners Law, and is a core member of the ICIL team, offering us his expertise as a Legal Aid in all legal matters. He is most passionate about Human Rights Law, which is what drew him to contribute to Code For Pakistan the most. Zain is also actively involved in a lot of pro-bono work.


sihahSihah Waris

Sihah is the first female graduate of Founder Institute (FI) program in Pakistan, having graduated as the ‘Top-Founder’ among her peers at the Islamabad Chapter of FI. She is the Co-founder and CEO of Rise Mom, a social start-up that aims to empower working women by keeping them remotely connected with their children while they are at work. Sihah is also the founder of Solugix, a web development and and design services company, that she started in 2013. She joined ICIL as a lead after contributing her time in conducting the Islamabad Civic Hackathon in July 2016.



ICIL Alumni


omair2Umair Shahid

Umair volunteers with the Islamabad Civic Innovation Lab as a Program Manager and is one of the founding members of the chapter. He was introduced to Code for Pakistan when he volunteered to manage the logistics for the first ever Civic Hackathon in Islamabad in February 2015. Umair is enthusiastic about spreading awareness in his city about civic responsibility and lending a hand to solve problems commonly faced by the citizens of Islamabad. By day, he is a technology consultant focusing in the domain of open source software, most specifically, the PostgreSQL database.


shehzeenShehzeen Rehman

Shehzeen is an HR specialist with an MBA and 5 years of experience in the field. She brings to CFP her knowledge of both the corporate sector and the startup scene, with her most recent role being that of an HR executive with the multinational oil and gas IT solution providing firm, LMKR. Shehzeen is a people’s person who knows the value of relationships and networks in the business environment. She’s also a travel junkie with a thirst to explore and experience different cultural settings. In her free time she likes to read and write poetry.