Our  Team

OpenWare Business brings diverse and global experience applicable for non profit, corporate and government organizations. Our team is a determined group of internationally recognized Process & technology experts working diligently to transform technological innovations into social advantage. Our response to global challenges is to apply technology for innovative, effective & scale-able solutions

Mr. Saleem M. Rafik

CEO, OpenWare Business Pvt. Ltd

Business Architect, Co-Founder Open Source Foundation Pakistan (OSFP),  FinTech Consultant, Open Source Evangelist, Agile Planner, Technology Trend Evaluator, Analytics, Strategic Vision,  Life Management Coach & Philanthropist. Extensive experience in large-scale I.T services management, global strategy development, organization development and project management with global organizations. Technology management, development methodologies, system integration and consulting experience with Fortune-100 corporations. Comprehensive experience to implement complex systems, processes and high-net projects in a true global environment. Systems and business acumen a competitive environment of banking, insurance, health, manufacturing and services industries. World Class experience in all aspects of technology, business, people and budget management with Deutsche Bank, Merrill Lynch, IBM, Price Waterhouse and EDS.

First-class experience to provide cost effective solutions with direct impact on Organizational Development and P&L. Strong leadership skills demonstrated in US, Europe & Middle-east. 

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Experience in structuring proof of concepts to demonstrate digital recommendations. Broad knowledge of architecture in logical and physical infrastructure definition & data analytics.  Specialize in FinTech; Business Intelligence; Digitizing, Large Scale Planning; Mission Critical Availability; Service Management; Security Management and Quality Assurance. 

Mr. Ameen Sharif

COO, OpenWare Business Pvt. Ltd

Mr. Ameen Sharif has over 20 years of experience in ICT and InfoSec field. Beside InfoSec auditing, his expertise lies in designing large scale ICT & security infrastructure including Tier-4 Data Center, FTTH network, Wi-Fi network and smart buildings. He has served as CISO for FFC and at various positions at government sector organizations. He holds Masters Degree in Computer Science from University of Karachi and MS-CW in Information Security Engineering from NUST. He holds CISSP CEH CRISC CISA ISMS:LI and CPTP certifications. He is member of ISACA, (ISC)2

IEEE, CSA and ISOC. He is also founding member and board member for ISOC Pakistan Islamabad Chapter and Open Source Foundation Pakistan - OSFP.

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His experience with open source software dates back to 1993 using Linux OS and hardening the kernel for secure deployment. He regularly speaks at national and international universities and conferences. He has been honored with Teradata National IT Excellency Award and Information Security Leadership Achievement Award ISLA for Asia Pacific.

Mr. Babar Zahoor

CTO, OpenWare Business Pvt. Ltd

Open Source Evangelist, Tech geek, Social Entrepreneur, renowned Linux trainer in Asia, having 18+ years of experience in Information Technology sector which includes; Open Source Technologies, Linux Systems, Cloud Computing, Project Management, Technology management, ICT4D, OS4D, Information Security, Organizational IT infrastructure planning, designing, implementation both in computer Networks & Systems, i.e. Network/Servers/Virtualization/Storage/Cluster computing.

In past he was associated with Oxfam Novib as Regional IT Manager for ASIA & AFRICA, during his tenure with Oxfam Novib he managed many small / medium technology projects in various countries i.e. Vietnam, LAO PDR, Cambodia, Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Mozambique, Pakistan, Myanmar, Niger, DR Congo etc. He was part of Global IT Architectures group in Oxfam International as core technical member, where Babar with his team from different Oxfam affiliates around the globe had designed Global SMS Model office IT Infrastructure design for Oxfam country offices (offices in 97 countries) around the globe.

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Emerging as a Social Entrepreneur, Babar is also looking for a social change in society using Open Source Technologies hence ensuring “Equal Access for Everyone to Innovative Technologies”. He strongly advocates that following in the footsteps of many developed countries, Pakistan should end its dependence on borrowed and highly paid licensed closed source Technologies and instead use Open Source Technologies, which are cost-effective, user friendly, secure and can be developed to deliver on local demands of public and private sectors at very minimum cost as compared to costly and less adaptive closed source software. He argues that it will not only help Pakistan grow strongly in this field but will help, utilize and polish the skills of our teeming youth bursting at the seams to showcase their talent and entrepreneurship. To accomplish these ambitious goals he has made a humble effort of establishing Open Source Foundation of Pakistan (OSFP) with the help of a very highly motivated team of IT experts, academicians, researchers, innovators and even the go-get-it type of students.

As a founder of OSFP his initial aims was to promote Open Source Technologies in Pakistan, educate/train Pakistani IT community/ IT Professionals and common computer users to use Linux Operating System & Open Source Technologies. To spread the word and knowledge of Linux OS & Open Source Technologies around; he is running various technology blogs & portals i.e. http://www.LinuxUrduCBTs.com , http://www.OpenSourceEducation.net , http://Youtube.com/user/BabarZahoor , https://vimeo.com/babarzahoor, http://Tune.pk/user/babarZahoor

He speaks on National / International technology events to share his knowledge and experience on IT & Open Source Technologies. Babar is also part of Internet Society Pakistan Islamabad Chapter as a member BoD, who steers the Internet Society Pakistan chapter activities.