Keynote Speakers

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Mr. Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif

Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif is the current Chief Minister of Punjab. Mr. Sharif is the province's longest-serving Chief Minister, having held the office twice before from 1997 to 1999 and from 2008 to 2013. He belongs to a family of prominent entrepreneurs and commenced his professional career as a businessman, becoming the President of the Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 1985. He joined active politics and served as Member, Punjab Assembly during 1988-90; and as Member, National Assembly during 1990-93. He was elected as Member, Punjab Assembly again in 1993 and served as Leader of the Opposition during 1993-96. A dynamic political leader, Mr. Sharif is renowned for his strong and efficient administration and has spearheaded numerous educational reforms, improvement in health facilities, modernization of urban transport and economic uplift during his tenure as Chief Minister Punjab.

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Mr. Tanveer Aslam Malik

Mr. Tanveer Aslam Malik son of Malik Muhammad Aslam was born on June 10, 1972 in Lahore. He obtained the degree of B.Com. in 1992 from University of Karachi and that of M.B.A. (Marketing) in 1995 from South Eastern University, Washington DC, USA. A businessman, who served as Member, Provincial Assembly of the Punjab during 2002-07, 2008-13 and functioned as Parliamentary Secretary for Services & General Administration Department during 2003-05. He has returned to Punjab Assembly for the third consecutive term in general elections 2013 and is serving as Minister for Housing, Urban Development & Public Health Engineering with an additional charge of Communication & Works. He has visited USA, UK, Malaysia, UAE, Thailand and Saudi Arabia.

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Mr. Muhammad Irfan Elahi

Mr. Muhammad Irfan Elahi is the Chairman of Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab. The Planning and Development Department, Government of Punjab, is the principal planning organization at the provincial level and coordinates and monitors development programs and activities of various departments of the provincial government. The mandate of the Planning & Development Department includes provision of technical support and coordination to various Government departments in their planning activities.

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Mr. Sun Weidong

His Excellency Mr. Sun Weidong is China’s 16th Ambassador to Pakistan. At 47, he is one of the youngest Chinese Ambassadors to have been designated to Pakistan. HE Mr. Weidong has served as a Political Counsellor in India and has handled the region from his position in the Asian Bureau of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing. Both he and his wife are fluent in English and are strong advocates of education, having started their careers as teachers. HE Mr. Weidong supports the need to further the friendship and cooperation between China and Pakistan, take it to even greater heights and pass on the ‘torch of friendship’ to coming generations.

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Mr. Sadik Babür Girgin

His Excellency Mr. Sadik Babür Girginis is the Turkish Ambassador to Pakistan. In his previous assignments, Ambassador Girgin has worked for the development of relations between Turkey and Pakistan. In this context, he served in the Turkish Foreign Ministry as Deputy Director General for South Asia (2011-2013), as Head of Department for South Asia (2008-2009), as First Secretary in the office of the Deputy Undersecretary responsible for the region (2002-2003) and as Probationary Career Officer in the department covering the same region (1992-1993).

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Albayrak Holding is a Turkish conglomerate. The company was founded in 1952 by AhmetAlbayrak and for the first three decades its primary operations were in the construction sector. Since 1982, Albayrak has expanded into other sectors, including transport, logistics, waste management and media.

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Malik Muhammad Rafique Rajwana

Governor of Punjab.

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Dr. Ayesha Ghaus Pasha

Minister Finance, Punjab

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Dr. Miftah Ismail

Chairman of Board of Investment

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Mr. Syed Babar Ali

Pakistani businessman, philanthropist

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Mr. Ahmet Albayrak

Turkish businessman

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Mr. Shaukat Tarin

Ex Federal Finance Minister of Pakistan & A Senior Banker

Mr. Ding Weinig

Country Director, NORINCO (China)

Mr. Atilla D. Yerlikaya

Corporate Director, Anatolu Group, Turkey