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Dr Umar Saif joins UNDP as Advisor on SDGs

ISLAMABAD: The man credited for the ‘digital revolution’ in Punjab and former chairman of Punjab Information Technology Board (PITB), Dr Umar Saif, has started a new career with the United Nations (UN).

Dr Saif, who is known for his work on using ICT solutions for developing-world problems,  was removed as PITB chairman last year by the PTI-led government after coming into power.

Now Dr Saif has joined the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

He will be working as Advisor for Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of UNDP in Pakistan.

Dr Saif is the founder of Plan9, Pakistan’s largest startup incubator and is often credited as one of the main forces behind the IT ecosystem in Pakistan.

Last year, Dr Umar Saif was appointed as the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) Chair for using Information and Communication Technology for Development (ICTD).

Saif holds a BSc degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences and PhD in Computer Science from the University of Cambridge, where he was a Commonwealth Scholar at Trinity College.

Saif was awarded MIT Technovator Award in 2008 for his work on grassroots technologies. In 2010, he was named a “Young Global Leader” by the World Economic Forum.