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Speaker Biography

Prof Dr Umar Saif

Prof Dr Umar Saif
Umar Saif received his academic training from LUMS, Cambridge and MIT. He received his PhD degree from University of Cambridge (2001) and Post doctorate from MIT (2002), in Computer Science.

Dr Saif worked and taught at the MIT Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) for four years, where he was part of the core team which developed system technologies for project Oxygen- a US$40 million project sponsored by the US Department of Defense and an industrial Alliance of world-class companies.

Dr Saif has authored several technical publications and is a Fellow of the Cambridge Commonwealth Trust. He was the first Pakistani to receive a PhD in Computer Science from University of Cambridge. During his doctorate studies, he was a Trinity College Overseas Scholar and Commonwealth Scholar at University of Cambridge. He has been nominated for the MIT Technovator award and the TR100 award.

He has served on the technical advisory board of several technology companies and is a regular speaker at technology forums, especially relating to the impact of IT in developing-world countries.