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The Advisory Board at The Nest i/o comprises of seasoned professionals with extensive experience in local as well as global IT markets. Having started and led successful startups themselves, our advisory panel members possess the breadth of knowledge and experience that will continuously help us to evolve the strategy for our incubator and co-working space.

Jawwad Farid

Jawwad Farid

CEO, Alchemy Technologies

Jawwad Ahmed Farid is a Fellow Society of Actuaries (Chicago), a MBA from Columbia Business School and a computer science graduate.  During the last 20 years, he has worked as an advisor and a consultant in North America, Pakistan, Middle East and the United Kingdom.

Jawwad’s core areas of expertise include Asset/Risk Management, Investments, Product Development, Risk Models & the Financial Services Back Office.  He is the author of four books on Entrepreneurship (Reboot), Commodity Markets (Understanding Commodities Risk), Delta Hedging (Decoding Greeks) and Risk Management (Risk Application and Frameworks).

In addition to being a PASHA CEC member and Treasurer he has also served as a judge and a mentor at the Asia Pacific ICT Awards in Macau, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Jakarta, Pattaya & Brunei Darussalam, as well as the chief mentor and judge for the PASHA ICT Award from 2006 – 2012. He currently serves as member of the oversight board for the PASHA Social Innovation Fund and the EduEnrich Education  foundation.

Jawwad has worked directly as a founder, mentor and advisor at multiple startups including two green field life insurance companies, multiple technology product businesses, financial services consulting operations, risk and investment advisory businesses, product focused distribution as well as micro insurance, micro pensions and micro finance startups.

Jawwad is an adjunct Faculty member at the SP Jain Campus in Dubai and Singapore where he teaches courses on Entrepreneurship, Risk Management, Derivative Pricing and Project Finance. As part of the Alchemy Training practice he has delivered over 125 courses in the last 11 years to treasury, risk, corporate and investment banking customers in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, Riyadh, Kula Lumpur, Singapore, Bangkok, Manama, Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad.  He has been a featured speaker on campus at Columbia Business School, University of Virginia’s Darden Business School, SP Jain, LUMS, IBA and CBM.