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Imran Anwar

Greater New York City Area

Imran is a New York based corporate business & technology strategy, enterprise architecture and C-level management consulting professional. As founder of Internet/Email in Pakistan, he is among the early pioneers of the net. He established the first ISP, IMRAN.PK & co-founded .PK ccTLD (country code Top Level Domain Pakistan). He also launched credit cards there. He is an experienced serial "parallel entrepreneur"; innovator; global strategy, management, marketing & operations execution leader equally well known for thought leadership in cloud computing,...

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Areas of Expertise

  • Global Strategy

    Global Strategy for Fortune 1000

    • Business
    • Strategy
  • Innovation, Inventions, Patents, Tech & Cloud Computing

    Managing innovation

    • Software
    • Other
    • product innovation
    • business model innovation
    • Invention
    • Patents
    • Cloud
    • micropayments
  • Marketing Strategy, Branding & Business Development

    From Zero To Great

    • Marketing and Sales
    • Other
    • Marketing
    • marketing communications
    • brand development
    • Competitive analysis and intelligence

Reviews

  • RF
    I worked with Imran during my time at Our Kids, during which he worked as the CIO and assisted in the start up organization's creation of such ground breaking and definitive programs and technologies such as GPS handhelds and laptops in order for case workers to more adequately and appropriately fulfill their duties. His expertise was essential to the successful beginning of a 100 million dollar plus agency created to keep children safe and establish permanency.
    Rachel Fasciani
  • LV
    I have worked with Imran in his roles as a newsmaker, technology visionary and business thought-leader. His ability to create vision and strategy is greatly supported by his ability to communicate even complex topics to others. As a journalist, I found Imran to be a valuable source of knowledge, information, and exciting news, particularly given his industry-leading role in many ventures.
    Lisa Vaas
  • AM
    Imran was brought in to turnaround a failing $78 million project for key global accounts. His success was attributed to his project management, relationship management and creative problem solving skills. He was rewarded with a Product Management position for CA's Network Management products line. Imran applied his creative genius and passion to succeed for a successful launch. Given this success, and in recognition of his leadership, vision and ability to deliver sound product management, marketing and services, he was appointed CEO of EverTrac--CA's global mobile eCommerce joint venture, where he immediately established leadership in the industry, within months. I would recommend Imran in a senior technology, project, product or marketing leadership position, he is truly a great asset to have in any leading organization.
    Allan Mohess
  • KC
    Imran is a very impressive person, both in his knowledge and skills. He is very insightful and is always on the cutting edge. I highly recommend Imran for any suitable business or media endeavor.
    Kevin Curl
  • LM
    Want to meet one of the smartest, coolest, energetic and just all around great people around? Then you need to meet Imran. I've asked Imran to be a keynote speaker at several events I have produced on the topic of technology trends, especially cloud-based solutions, and he perpetually delivers one of the best talks of the conference. I've also had the privilege of working on other initiatives with him, and he brought unrivaled intelligence, enthusiasm, and integrity to those as well.
    Leonard Murphy
  • MD
    Imran was invited to teach the Marketing class I was in at St. Joseph's College. He impressed my classmates and me by bringing a level of real world experience and achievement that we would not have expected in a typical marketing class. We were delighted to benefit from the teaching and personal attention from the CEO of a very well known and dynamic technology company, and marketing and strategy consultant to some of the world's best known companies. But the most powerful impact that Imran had on me and my classmates was his amazing ability to teach, relate to and inspire all of us. We learnt important things, we learnt how they related to each one of us in our different ways and we were inspired to put those lessons to work. Imran's class, and his ability to communicate vision and inspiration, have been instrumental in my aiming to do great things in life and business.
    Maxine D. Wilson, MBA, PhD.c
  • SW
    Imran has always impressed my associates and me with his sharp intellect, and ability to observe technology, business, social and demographic trends and create visionary product and service offerings. His understanding of what the future will bring, what people will need, want and accept, and his ability to clearly articulate the vision, develop the business and technology architecture, define the strategy and execute operationally are incredible assets to any organization or client.
    Steven Washer
  • AN
    I remember Imran's name coming up when I worked at Crosby helping with some of the macro/political research. Always admired his stance against the military regimes - it takes serious guts!
    Alicia Nieva-Woodgate
  • BT
    "I have worked with Imran in his position as CIO in a well-respected not-for-profit organization that I serve on the board of directors of. In less than one year Imran has made a great contribution in everything from technology and business processes to public relations, strategy and branding . He is effective, professional and very well liked. I have gotten to know him also as an intellectual, dynamic, thought leader at multiple levels and would be happy to recommend him for any executive management level position in the private or public sector."
    Bruce Turkel
  • TQ
    “Imran and I worked together when I was at Computer Associates and Imran was the CEO of EverTrac. Imran is a very direct and persuasive person who clearly understands the IT industry from a truly global perspective. He is also highly technical with the ability to apply his knowledge to the business environment.” (November 21, 2005)
    Timothy Quinn
  • JI
    Mr. Anwar graciously accepted our request to be the Key Note Speaker at DePaul University's PSA Nite. Countless students of Chicago came to see him speak at our annual cultural show and he went above & beyond the expectations. The most impressive quality about Mr. Anwar was that he became so friendly with the whole group in no time. We still remember his performance; he was outstanding.
    Jibran Ilyas
  • IL
    "I have interacted with Imran, including his work as CEO of EverTrac. He has a keen ability to take a vision, develop strategy, understand new technology & complex business issues, design operational plans and then execute on them with leadership, management and great communications skills."
    Israel Levy
  • JP
    I was introduced to Imran through a colleague at ADP. We were impressed by the great contribution Imran has made in every position he has been involved in, from technology and business management, to public relations, strategy and branding . He is professional and very capable with a record of helping organizations achieve their technology, business and organizational goals. I have also gotten to know him to be an intellectual, dynamic, leader and recommend him for any executive management level position.
    Joel Pearson

My Interests

Health Sectors
Digital Health, Health IT
Geographies
  • USA
  • North America
  • Pakistan

Experience

  • Co-Founder

    PKNIC - The .PK Registry | January 1992 - Current

    Co-founder of Internet email and co-owner .PK ccTLD, PKNIC, the .PK registry. Established Internet email for the country of Pakistan, including Pakistan's first ever ISP IMRAN.NET and continue to serve as the global country code registry for Pakistan, a nation of 180 Million people.

  • Director

    Internet Society - New York Chapter | December 1995 - Current

    The mission of (ISOC-NY) is: - in support of ISOC, to assure the beneficial, open evolution of the global Internet, - to promote local initiatives, maximize the societal benefits which the Internet can bring to the New York area, and - to advance the professional development of ISOC members in the New York area.

  • Founder & President

    Information & Media Resources, Affiliations & Networks | May 1979 - Current

    As founder and President of "IMRAN" (before networks, information age, media and social networks were even invented as buzzwords) Imran Anwar was a serial entrepreneur & Internet founder in his native Pakistan. He is also a pioneer in online financial services Money-Mail™,Cashine™, NetroDollar$™) After his MBA, he brought and established MasterCard credit cards to Pakistan, one of the few countries that has a much larger MC presence compared to Visa since the start. He embarked on a campaign to educate the highest level management of the largest Pakistani banks, on credit card marketing, operations, risks and recovery, while also creating the first ever Credit Bureau there. He created CCCP, Credit Card Corporation Pakistan, which provides services to financial service companies. He also did direct personal consulting work with senior management (Chairman & CEO levels at banks like Chemical/JP Morgan/Chase, Vice Chairman Citibank, EVP American Express, Chairman MasterCard).

  • Director - Enterprise Architecture, Cloud Computing, Strategy Consulting & Servi

    Microsoft | January 2012 - Current

    The Microsoft Enterprise Strategy Program focuses on business impact and value by optimizing the use of technology to accelerate customers toward their business goals and foster innovation. It provides business executives with a programmatic approach that enables business transformation, advances technology thought leadership, and maximizes the value of Microsoft products and services.

  • Founder, Owner, Visionary, Pioneer

    IMRAN.PK | January 1990 - Current

    Imran Anwar is called the father of email in Pakistan. He is the founder and pioneer and founder of the Internet (sorry Al Gore) and email in Pakistan, and co-founder and co-owner of the Top Level Domain for Pakistan, .PK, while working with his friend Ashar Nisar in Lahore. NARGIS, a part of IMRAN.PK (Pakistan's pioneer domain), was the first ISP established in Pakistan with local dial up Internet access available in Karachi, Lahore, Islamabad, Sialkot and Faisalabad. Please visit http://imran.com for Imran's article in Far Eastern Economic Review on why he chose to get out of the ISP business when others like AOL were still sending out floppies and CDs.

  • Private Cloud & Converged Infrastructure Solutions Engineering & Marketing

    EMC | August 2010 - December 2011

    Lead solutions management & offer planning of Converged Infrastructure, Private Cloud (Cloud Computing), and Vblock technologies. Plan and manage solutions creation and offers delivered for $1 Billion domestic and global vertical segments (including Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Public Sector & Federal Government, Telecom & Media, Energy & SmartGrid), and all service provider offerings (including telcos, system integrators, virtual private cloud, managed shared services and cloud service providers). Bring to market solutions that enable rapid deployment of converged, integrated solutions delivering immediate ROI, massive TCO savings and dramatic acceleration in achieving business value. Part of the dynamic Solutions Engineering, Planning & Marketing team at VCE, the market and innovation leader Cloud Computing & Next Generation Data Center solutions coalition of Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel.

  • Solutions Management & Offer Planning Next Generation Converged Infrastructure S

    VCE (JV of Cisco, EMC, VMware, and Intel) | August 2010 - December 2011

    Lead solutions management & offer planning of Converged Infrastructure, Private Cloud (Cloud Computing), and Vblock technologies. Plan and manage solutions creation and offers delivered for $1 Billion domestic and global vertical segments (including Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Public Sector & Federal Government, Telecom & Media, Energy & SmartGrid), and all service provider offerings (including telcos, system integrators, virtual private cloud, managed shared services and cloud service providers). Bring to market solutions that enable rapid deployment of converged, integrated solutions delivering immediate ROI, massive TCO savings and dramatic acceleration in achieving business value. Part of the dynamic Solutions Engineering, Planning & Marketing team at VCE, the market and innovation leader Cloud Computing & Next Generation Data Center solutions coalition of Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel.

  • Private Cloud & Converged Infrastructure Solutions Engineering & Marketing

    Cisco | August 2010 - December 2011

    Lead solutions management & offer planning of Converged Infrastructure, Private Cloud (Cloud Computing), and Vblock technologies. Plan and manage solutions creation and offers delivered for $1 Billion domestic and global vertical segments (including Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Public Sector & Federal Government, Telecom & Media, Energy & SmartGrid), and all service provider offerings (including telcos, system integrators, virtual private cloud, managed shared services and cloud service providers). Bring to market solutions that enable rapid deployment of converged, integrated solutions delivering immediate ROI, massive TCO savings and dramatic acceleration in achieving business value. Part of the dynamic Solutions Engineering, Planning & Marketing team at VCE, the market and innovation leader Cloud Computing & Next Generation Data Center solutions coalition of Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel.

  • Private Cloud & Converged Infrastructure Solutions Engineering & Marketing

    VMware | August 2010 - December 2011

    Lead solutions management & offer planning of Converged Infrastructure, Private Cloud (Cloud Computing), and Vblock technologies. Plan and manage solutions creation and offers delivered for $1 Billion domestic and global vertical segments (including Healthcare, Financial Services, Manufacturing, Public Sector & Federal Government, Telecom & Media, Energy & SmartGrid), and all service provider offerings (including telcos, system integrators, virtual private cloud, managed shared services and cloud service providers). Bring to market solutions that enable rapid deployment of converged, integrated solutions delivering immediate ROI, massive TCO savings and dramatic acceleration in achieving business value. Part of the dynamic Solutions Engineering, Planning & Marketing team at VCE, the market and innovation leader Cloud Computing & Next Generation Data Center solutions coalition of Cisco, EMC, VMware and Intel.

  • CIO

    Our Kids of Miami-Dade / Monroe, Inc. | September 2006 - June 2008

    Helped turn startup organization's business processes and IT/MIS into a world-class enterprise. Worked with the Board's PR & Strategy Committee to create, define and communicate vision and core messages. Helped senior leaders of the State of Florida and child welfare services to identify specialized technologies using GPS, Wireless, etc. to save children at risk.

  • Founder & CEO

    Netretary.com | January 2004 - December 2008

    Netretary enables everyone to enjoy the power, freedom, flexibility and convenience of having their own virtual personal secretary, available for real world services. Ecompassing virtual secretary, tele-concierge, remote presence, and personl assistant functions, netretary helps people achieve their life goals faster, smoother and more effectively. Whether you need someone to take a letter, or drop a package, whether you need someone to make a phone call for you, or screen all your calls, look up a restaurant or directions, take dictation, send flowers, schedule a plumber, pay bills, netretary can do everything for you. At a fraction of the cost of a full time personal assistant.

  • Principal

    Cloud9Computing - nEternity - EternalSite | January 2004 - August 2010

    Cloud9 offers strategic management and technology consulting to help organizations leverage the benefits of Cloud Computing while ensuring 99.9999% uptime and avoiding the security, privacy, data integrity and service failure pitfalls XASH™ Is The New Cash. XASH is the micropayments service and exchange that enabled paying and getting paid for real and virtual world goods & services with real or virtual currencies. nEternity is a cloud computing based service that enables consumers and content creators content to stay alive in the cloud even when they have moved on to the clouds of heaven. LIVE, FOREVER™ "A dreamer lives for eternity. nEternity keeps you, your dreams & life works alive for eternity" nEternity™ ensures that your name, life story, digital works and legacy live on forever. Sign up for a free account at http://neternity.org . Add a permanent record honoring your life, your thoughts and your dreams today. Share these with people you choose or everyone. Add your Predictions, Living Will and Last Words which will be kept securely locked until a date specified by you.

  • Analyst/Commentator/Guest

    Fox News Channel | January 2002 - August 2010

    Respected and popular frequent guest and analyst, commentator on society, technology, foreign affairs, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, India, Afghanistam, global business, Terrorism Expert. Check http://imran.tv for more. Appearances on The O'Reilly Factor, Fox & Friends, Fox & Friends Sunday, Cavuto, Fox Business News, Strategy Room, Fox News Live, and more.

  • CEO

    EverTrac | January 1999 - March 2010

    A pioneer in location aware mobile eCommerce, created unique solutions enabling tracking and management of people and objects, assets and information, indoors and outdoors.

  • Project Manager

    Computer Associates | June 1997 - December 2003

    Turned around highest visibility largest client who called it a "nightmare" relationship and failing global enterprise management Unicenter, software delivery, security, asset management, and professional services project into a $78 Million sale, global deployment and reference account in less than one year. Client relationships were with Chairman Charles Wang, CTO Nancy Li, and success was crucial for the company. Rewarded financially and being given the opportunity to move into Product Management to launch CA's Network Management product line.

  • Director

    Viant | January 1997 - July 1997

    Joined an elite team consisting of visionaries, strategy and technology wizards who created a truly unique organization. Worked with some of the sharpest minds in IT/Strategy/Project Management/Implementation and worked with the leadership on everything from establishing the systems of the new organization in NY to strategy projects for the world's best known pharamceutical and financial service firm clients.

  • Product Manager

    Computer Associates | June 1997 - December 2003

    CA Chairman Charles Wang, CTO Nancy Li, and senior leadership sought a significant and successful launch of CA into Network Management. Was given role of Product Manager encompassing Marketing Manager and successfully launched broad line of (25) CA/Unicenter/NetworkIT/Pro products and options, including software to integrate with and separately manage gear from leading vendors like Cisco.

  • Anchor, Talk Show Host, Analyst, Commentator

    IMRAN.TV, GEO.TV, WWRL, KMNY, CNN, Fox News Channel | January 1990 - June 2012

    In addition to radio commentary, heard on various stations including WWRL 160 AM in Manhattan, Imran also has appeared on CNN, Fox News Channel and other TV stations in USA and globally as a guest analyst and commentator. He most often was invited to speak about global affairs, national politics, the war on terror, terrorism, Middle East peace, India-Pakistan, technology, Internet and society, privacy, security, and development. When Jang Group Newspapers' owners launched GEO Television, Imran's great experience and reputation as an engaging, entertaining and professional anchor and talk show host were leveraged extensively. This included Imran anchoring the first ever 24 hours live broadcast of a US-election (2004) by a developing nation's network television and being given the responsibilities again in 2008.

  • Credit Card Industry Pioneer Pakistan

    MasterCard | January 1990 - January 1993

    Worked single-handedly to convince MasterCard and other credit card companies to allow me to establish a branded credit card industry in Pakistan, helping start a financial services revolution, and enabling professionals, travelers and middle class consumers to start enjoying the benefits of modern day financial instruments.

  • Founder & President

    IMRAN.TV | January 1989 - June 2012

    Please visit http://www.imran.TV

  • Analyst/Commentator/Guest

    CNN | January 1989 - December 2011

    Respected and popular frequent guest and analyst, commentator on society, technology, foreign affairs, global business, Terrorism Expert. Check http://imran.tv for more.

  • Business Manager

    Jang Group of Companies | January 1985 - June 1988

    Imran was hired right out of Engineering School to create a Youth Page for Pakistan's largest publishing and newspaper chain, but within 2 hours of being there, his outspoken and bold opinion on a huge investment saved the company tens of thousands of Dollars. He was immediately asked to work directly with the Chairman and Chief Editor of Jang and to be involved in every aspect of newspaper, magazine, new media and broadcast journalism. This experience gave Imran a deeper understanding of media and technologies in developing and developed nations than most people get in a lifetime of working in the field. Imran continues to write for the newspaper/magazine as a New York correspondent.

  • General Manager / Correspondent

    MAG Weekly | February 1985 - December 2008

    Worked directly with the Chairman/Chief Editor of Jang Group Newspapers (and now GEO TV also) to take existing weekly magazine in decline to relaunch and rebrand with a whole new look and style. MAG continues to be largest and most popular English weekly in Pakistan also sold in USA, Europe and other markets.

Education

  • Columbia University - Columbia Business School

    MBA | Strategy, Marketing, Management, Media, Innovation | 1989 - 1993

  • Columbia University - Graduate School of Journalism

    MBA | Journalism, Media Management | 1989 - 1992

  • Columbia University in the City of New York

    MBA | Strategy, Global Marketing, Innovation, Media Management | 1989 - 1990

  • University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore

    B. Sc. Engineering | Electrical & Electronics Engineering | 1980 - 1984

  • Aitchison College

    HSC | Cambridge University Advanced Levels | 1977 - 1978

  • St. Paul's High School

    Cambridge University O' Levels | Maths, Physics, Chemistry, English Literature, Accounting, Urdu, English Languag | 1970 - 1976