Ebtihaj is Code for Pakistan’s former Product Manager. For the last 8 years, has worked with various public and private sector organizations, nonprofits, and civic tech communities to build relationships, create opportunities for collaboration, and develop high-impact products to solve complex civic challenges.
Prior to working with Code for Pakistan, Ebtihaj was part of the inaugural batch of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Civic Innovation Fellowship Program where he founded a startup that went on to raise $100,000 in pre-seed funding. He was the winner of the Peshawar Civic Hackathon, 2014, and eventually joined Code for Pakistan as Delivery Lead for the Peshawar Civic Innovation Lab.
Ebtihaj has a keen interest in civic innovation, open data, and the development of scalable digital services to transform governance. He is a published writer and has co-authored a position paper “Civic Fellowships: A Framework for Civic Technology Innovation” in Pakistan, which was presented at a workshop on Civic Technologies: Research, Practice, and Open Challenges at the 23rd ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2020) in October, 2020. He also authored a research paper, “Applications of Virtual Worlds”, which examined education, healthcare, and tourism globally and identified opportunities within Pakistan in those specific sectors .
Ebtihaj also leads many of Code for Pakistan’s initiatives with Code for All, an international network of civic tech changemakers that connect organizations and drive change through technology. At the Code for All 2020 Summit, he led a conversation on civic tech initiatives to address and respond to COVID-19, and in 2018, he participated in the Heroes of Tech: Code for All Global Summit 2018. He also presented the “Impacts of Civic Tech Projects in Pakistan” at The Impacts of Civic Technology Conference (TICTeC 2017) in Taiwan. In 2021, Ebtihaj worked with another Code for All member organization, Codeando México, to jointly implement two pilot projects and co-develop a framework for digital citizen-led efforts to provide input and feedback on government policies and processes.
Ebtihaj has a Master’s degree in Computer Science from the University of Engineering and Technology, Peshawar, Pakistan. He currently resides in Islamabad, Pakistan.