Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB) Chairman Dr. Umar Saif has been included in the list of top 500 Muslims of 2016.
The list, comprising leading scholars, scientists, and researchers around the world, consists of two other Pakistanis as well. Prof Dr. Attaur Rehman, former Chairman Higher Education Commission (HEC), and Dr. Abdul Qadeer Khan, the founder of Pakistan’s nuclear program in the Science and Technology category.
Dr. Umar Saif, who remained a core member of the $50 million Project Oxygen at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), has been included in the list because of his services and achievements as an entrepreneur, innovator, and a tech tycoon.
Dr. Saif created the first startup incubators in Pakistan called the Saif Center of Innovation and is the founding Vice-Chancellor of the Information Technology University Punjab and is one of the main forces behind the IT ecosystem in Pakistan, according to The Muslim 500.
Previously in 2011, the MIT Technology Review named Dr. Umar Saif in its list of top 35 innovators of the year. Before that World Economic Forum (WEF) declared him “Young Global Leader” in 2010.
Haji Mohammad Abdul Wahab of Pakistan’s Tableeghi Jamaat has also been ranked at number 10 among others by the Jordan-based magazine.
Others listed on the top of the list include King Abdullah II of Jordon, Dr. Sheikh Ahmad of Al-Azhar University, King Salman of Saudi Arabia, Ayatollah Khamenei of Iran and King Mohammad VI of Morocco.