Chief Executive Officer, and Director on Board of Sybrid (Private) Limited, a Lakson Group company
Ather is an experienced business and technology executive with 18 years of experience in corporate sector, the last 7 serving as Chief Executive of 2 organizations. He specializes in business, technical, and operational leadership of large technology focused organizations.
Ather previously served as Managing Director for Numetrics Pakistan and was involved in the due diligence and ultimate acquisition by McKinsey & Company in 2013. Ather has vast experience in hiring, training, mentoring, developing, and transforming knowledge workers into effective teams that have delivered results in globally distributed organizations. Ather has been involved in product development, business strategy, project management and customer engagements.
He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Computer Science from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) and Purdue University, respectively. He received a Gold Model for best academic performance from GIKI in 1999 and is an honorary member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon IEEE Computer Science Honor Society since 2003. Ather has been a founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OPEN Islamabad, and currently serving as President of the chapter as well. He is on the Board of Trustees of other philanthropic and social development organizations. Ather has published a research paper on role of Agile practices in disaster management and business continuity, that he presented in IBM CASCON conference held in Toronto in 2009. He is a certified ScrumMaster (Virginia, 2006) and has managed globally distributed Scrum teams for many years. He frequently volunteers to deliver public lectures in universities and entrepreneurial organisations, mentoring aspiring engineers and for organizations promoting literacy.
Ather serves on many committees for public and government organisations, including National Scholarship Management Committee of Higher Education Commission and Innovation Steering Committee for reforming ORICs in universities of Higher Education Commission. Ather has also served as an Industry Representative for Accreditation of NUST Business School as part of HEC’s Business School Accreditation Council, and currently serves on the Industry Advisory Committee of NUST Business School as well.
Ather is a prolific blogger who has written on management and productivity issues of knowledge workers at thinkingspirits.com.