NED to NASDAQ: A success story of Pakistani diaspora

Posted on May 3, 2007
Filed Under >Owais Mughal, Education, Pakistanis Abroad
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Owais Mughal

Measuring success is a relative term. A type of success where most people seem to agree is the success in one’s profession. Pakistan’s public universities and colleges, inspite of their little known world status, have repeatedly produced people who have excelled at all world forums. We have one such recent success to report where members of Pakistani diaspora; all with education from a public university of Pakistan; have excelled in their profession internationally.

The sucess story is of a hi-tech company in US which went public yesterday and got listed at NASDAQ. The Company’s name is Cavium Networks. It was co-founded in 2000 by Raghib Hussain, a graduate from NED University of Engineering and Technology Karachi. After the initial set-up, Raghib was joined by Amer Haider and Imran Badr; also the graduates of NED; who helped in establishing the marketing and software departments for the company respectively.

While many years of hardwork brought the success to these gentlemen and their team, the point to be noted is their roots of technical skills and education which was imparted to them in public institutions of Pakistan. I read it at PASHA (Pakistan Software Houses Assosiation) website that it is the story of people who are making it big from the corridors of NED university to Wall Street.

Up until 18-20 years ago, the three main characters of our success story, probably oblivious of each other’s existence, were studying at three different Government owned pre-engineering colleges of Karachi. Raghib went to Karachi’s Delhi Science College.

Photo to the left is a satellite image of Delhi College Karachi.

Amer Haider went to DJ (Dayaram Jethmal) Science college and Imran Badr went to Malir Cantt college. Good grades in their HSC exams got these gentlemen an admission into a public sector university (NED). Raghib was two years senior than Amer Haider and Imran Badr and went on to graduate as a Computer Systems Engineer in 1993.Amer Haider graduated as a Mechanical Engineer and Imran as an Electrical Engineer in 1995.

Despite graduating from the same university the paths of these three?gentlemen were still very different. Raghib started his career working at Zelin (Pvt.) Ltd., and then ITIM Associates in Karachi before moving to US.

Amer Haideralso started his technical and management career in Karachi with Wavetech and other local concerns before moving to the US.

Imran Badr worked in Karachi for 4 years with local companies and Reuters before moving to the US.

In US the newly founded company brought these gentlement together and the talent produced by Pakistan’s public sector educational institutes blossomed. Today Raghib is the company’s Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and VP for Software Engineering. Amer Haider is Director of Strategic Marketing and Ecosystem Development and Imran Badr is the Lead Software Architect.

In the photo above the three gentlemen standing from L to R are Amer Haider, Imran Badar and Raghib Hussain

Along the way,few more NEDians have been joined the team; specifically Faisal Masood, Syed Saadullah Hussain in Software and Sabahat Ashraf the lead technical writer. The total work force strength of the company has now grown up to 177.

Yesterday was a big day in this company’s history as it went public and we wish all the stakeholders good luck. We would also like to hear more stories of succes from you where Pakistani diaspora coming from Public institutions have done well in their profession. Please share your thoughts and experiences below.

Acknowledgements: Special thanks to iFaqeer who provided me with background material and two photos for this article.

63 responses to “NED to NASDAQ: A success story of Pakistani diaspora”

  1. saad says:

    iam really proud to hear that nedians are doing a great job all over the world , but iam really concerned about the market here in Pakistan , people doing such a great job abroad must try to divert the market here in Pakistan, so that engineers here must not have to go abroad and do the same thing, instead companies like these should pick up good students from here and make them work here. in this way not only students will be benefitted but also new tehnology will be introduced at a much low cost.

  2. Owais Mughal says:

    I was reading ‘Electronic Design’ magazine of Feb 09 when I came across this paragraph in an article on Home Networking. I was happily surprised to see Cavium Networks (and thus indirectly the NED talent :)) mentioned there in following words:

    “Celeno and Cavium Networks collaborated on a solution that transmits 1080p 60-Hz HDMI over Wi-Fi. Celeno’s CL3100 802.11n chip uses 4×4 MIMO to maximize speed and range. It works with the Cavium CNW3602 PureVu video processor, an H.264 compression chip, to deliver 480p/720p/1080p at 60 Hz over long distances, achieving sub-frame latency and perceptual lossless video quality.”

  3. Awais says:

    their website is
    they fabricate the dispensers which were previously imported into pakistan for installation at CNG stations. They fabricate gas and electrical control devices and export them. They came from the mechanical engineering department of UET Taxila, as told by our teachers

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