Dr Umar Saif, the chairman of PITB, has been awarded the first Pakistani Sitara-e-Imtiaz in Information Technology.
Under Saif’s leadership, PITB has completed dozens of projects that leverage information technology for the betterment of the masses. For using ICT to solve civic issues and fostering an IT ecosystem in Pakistan, he has been honored with the nation’s third highest civilian honor.
The award is the latest in a long list of achievements for Umar Saif, whose work was highlighted by the President of the World Bank last year as one of three global examples of good governance.
Some notable projects undertaken by the PITB under the leadership of Dr. Umar Saif are a crime reporting sytem, I3C center to help Punjab Police, tools to improve healthcare, flood monitoring system and an electronic challan system. Alongside his work at PITB, Dr. Umar Saif has also established Plan9, Pakistan’s largest startup incubator.