Mr. Salim Ghauri, CEO of NetSol, a leading technology firm welcomed 10 young people from CIRCLE’s Youth Fellowship programme to NETSOL on Tuesday 15th November for lunch and a tour of the facilities including NETSOL incubator NSPIRE. This visit was organized as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week which is taking place across the world from 14th – 20th November.
CIRCLE Pakistan, founded by Sadaffe Abid, former COO and CEO of Kashf Foundation, works towards women’s economic empowerment and employment through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. CIRCLE is based on the belief that investing in women is the smartest economic venture of today and that when women develop, communities prosper and economies grow.
The Fellows visiting NETSOL are graduates from CIRCLE’s first fellowship program held in Lahore in summer 2016. 15 young leaders participated in the Fellowship which included internships with start-ups, corporates and social enterprises for building on the job experience combined with workshops and mentoring, culminating in a Social Innovation Challenge. On this occasion, Sadaffe Abid, shared, “We are delighted that our Fellows received mentorship from Mr. Salim Ghauri, learning about building growth enterprises and innovation. They are inspired and we see such opportunities pivotal to their development.”
Participants included youth from the UN Safe Cities Challenge conducted by CIRLCE in partnership with UN Women.
Mr. Salim Ghauri offered advice to the fellows, he said, “Don’t deviate from the path you have selected for yourself. Success takes time and effort and it is essential that you remain focused in order to see your dreams coming to life.” NETSOL Technologies believes in promoting entrepreneurship and as an effort to support and further strengthen the start-up ecosystem has been actively participating in various entrepreneurial activities. By setting up an incubator, the organization hopes to equip young individuals with excellent mentors so that more and more people are encouraged to come forward and elevate Pakistan’s rank through their work.
CIRCLE aims to reach 200 young people in underserved communities through its Fellowship by 2020. CIRCLE also targets women’s unemployment and underrepresentation through its Elevate campaign and framework. To date 15 CEOs have signed the #ElevatePak pledge, committing to women’s economic empowerment.
For more information contact:
CIRCLE: Zaimal Azad, Operations and Innovation Manager. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: 0332 3799598
NETSOL: Saira Ahmad
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 The foremost IT Company of Pakistan, NetSol Technologies Ltd is the only CMMI Level 5 Company in Pakistan and a leading global supplier of enterprise solutions and services. It is listed prestigiously on the NASDAQ as well as PSE.As the leading supplier of leasing and financing enterprise solutions globally, NetSol has a strong customer base of blue chip companies in several countries, including China, Japan, Australia, Thailand and several others. Truly an entity with focus on global IT product and service offerings, it has offices around the world, including USA, UK, Australia, China, Thailand and Pakistan.
 CIRCLE Global is committed to bringing focus on women’s potential and capabilities as leaders of, and equal participants in the growth and development of communities, corporates and economies since 2014.
The venture started through conversations at Harvard between Sadaffe Abid from Pakistan, Kelly Rappuchi from the US and Oriane Kets de Vries from the UK under guidance from Professor Ron Heifetz, founder of Centre for Public Leadership at the Harvard Kennedy School. The trio share a value to promote women’s leadership and entrepreneurship and kicked off with leadership workshops in Dubai.
CIRCLE Pakistan, led by Sadaffe Abid, is developing this work through innovative entrepreneurship and leadership labs, advocacy campaigns and research. Our work contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, specifically Goal 5: Achieving Gender Equality.
What we do
- Leadership capacity building of women and youth in Pakistan through workshops, fellowship programmes, dialogues and mentoring
- Research and Advocacy to achieve women’s equal representation and access through building a knowledge base, campaigning & partnerships
- Entrepreneurship and social innovation through supporting women’s entrepreneurship and leadership in Pakistan and regionally
 The Elevate campaign encourages leaders from all sectors to commit to bringing women’s perspectives and voices on conferences, panels and forums by signing up to the #ElevatePledge to support women’s economic empowerment and advancement.
This is accompanied by the Elevate framework, a programme of leadership and public speaking workshops, and database of women experts and speakers. In this way, @CIRCLE has created a holistic approach to tackling women’s underrepresentation and building a business case for investing in women.
The Elevate Pledge:
‘I pledge that I will only participate in balanced panel with at least one woman speaker in a panel of three or more.’
Sign up on our website: www.circlewomen.org/elevate