AMAN CED Programs Certificate Distribution Ceremony 2016

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May 31, 2016: The Gani & Tayub auditorium was vibrant with the positive energy of the WomenX cohort 3 and Entrepreneurship (CIE) participants. The event was enthusiastically attended by the parents, graduates and the faculty of IBA. While giving a comprehensive outline of AMAN Centre for Entrepreneurial Development (CED) and what entrepreneurship is all about, Dr. Shahid Qureshi, Program Director AMAN CED said, 'To be a successful entrepreneur, you have to unlearn the concepts you have been learning so far.' Dr. Qureshi said entrepreneurship is about adding value to your service/product and to take small steps in order to achieve big goals. He went on to talk about Chinyoti Entrepreneurs, Islamic Entrepreneurship and a Kids Entrepreneurship Program, which is a recent initiative of CED.

The AMAN Center for Entrepreneurial Development (AMAN-CED) is envisioned to play a strategic role in promoting entrepreneurship in Pakistan and to create a new breed of youth and professionals, who believe in opportunity recognition and new venture creation. Its primary emphasis is to enable the new generation of Pakistani entrepreneurs to translate their ideas into enterprises. WomenX is a World Bank-funded 4 month global initiative, aimed at supporting women business owners through business education, networking and mentorship opportunities. IBA AMAN CED collaborated with Nestle Pakistan for promotion of entrepreneurship by launching an Entrepreneurship Development Program for the residents of Karachi and suburbs. The certificate program has been developed with a special focus on developing the entrepreneurial and managerial skills of the participants, while focusing on changing the mindset of the students from resource driven approach to an opportunity recognition approach.

Esteemed guests for the graduation ceremony included: Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini Commander Pakistan Navy (Chief Guest), Muhammad Aliuddin Ansari (Ex CEO Engro), Madiha Javed Qureshi, Corporate Affairs, Karachi (Nestle), and Syed Hussain Haider Director, AISEM/Project Director, Akhuwat University/Colleges Lahore.

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Dr. Sayeed Ghani, Acting Dean & Director IBA along with esteemed guests; distributed the certificates among the graduates of WomenX cohort 3 and Entrepreneurship (CIE) participants. As the guests handed the certificates to the graduates, Dr. Qureshi enumerated their entrepreneurial achievements. The graduates are running a myriad of successful businesses; clothing, event management, catering, schools, jewelry, tourism etc.

Addressing the audience, Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini Commander Pakistan Navy (Chief Guest) stated, 'I am moved and pleased to come here and witness these prospective entrepreneurs and IBA's contribution in enhancing their skills.' Vice Admiral Syed Arifullah Hussaini was commissioned in Pakistan Navy in June 1981. He is a Surface Warfare Specialist and has also undergone various courses abroad including from USA and China. He further shed light upon the opportunities in Pakistan and discussed its strategic importance. Providing his insights on Nationalism, Mr. Hussaini recited the National Anthem and explained its meaning. Bringing his speech an end, Mr. Hussaini said 'Every Entrepreneur is a big asset for Pakistan.'

The auditorium was teemed with enthusiasm as Mr. Syed Hussain Haider, from Akhuwat Foundation, took over the rostrum to provide a brief introduction of his organization. After spending few minutes on the history of Akhuwat Foundation, he informed the audience that in 15 years, the organization has crossed 26 billion rupees amongst 14.6 lack families in the form of Qarz-e-Hasna. 'We are an honest country and we are great entrepreneurs,' Mr. Hussain said at the end of his speech.

To conclude the ceremony, Dr. Qureshi profusely thanked his entire team and various IBA stuff members for their endless efforts towards ensuring the success of AMAN CED initiatives. In the end he wished good luck to the future entrepreneurs of tomorrow.

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