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. Arif Shamim says:

    Well done, guys! There is still hard work ahead.

    Securing several rounds of continued funding for start-ups in Silicon Valley requires technical capabilities, astute planning and management skills. Taking public requires extensive work on part of founders, business folks and VCs. This story success has many players than just the founders. Regardless, founders are the commendable visionaries and hence rewarded deservingly and amply. These guys made all the right moves.

    This story again highlights the beauty of our bayarea where ideas are turned into reality, irrespective of who you are and where you are from.


  2. Adnan Siddiqi says:

    Sajjad,too much capitalism is not good for health. And sorry your idea is very weak and can’t be implemented.

    BTW,Wipro acquire Axact? why would Wipro like to defame itself.Don’t we know what kinda ‘projects’ they do?

  3. Sajjad says:

    Just Imagine, InfoSYS Acquires TPS, Wipro Acquires Axact. Kashmir will be automatically resolved. Its game of economy and Survival these days. The Great megers can really bring even Nations Closer.

  4. Indian Bhai says:

    To answer your question regarding why Cavium opened its offshore site in India. One of the founders Syed Ali is from Hyderabad, India. A number of the senior managers (anil jain, zaheer sayeed) are also from India. but youre right, india is a well developed IT outsourcing destination these days.

  5. HJ says:


    So WHAT if the company has Pakistanis AND Indian founders and key executives. By no means does this take anything away from the Pakistani boys. They have done well – and yes, good role models are important.

    I wonder when we’ll get away from this us versus them mentality. Unlike the rubbish we were taught in Pakistan Studies, our identity is not “we are not Indians.” In a globalized world, sooner than later, we’d realize that we have to break the molds set in school.

    I question the wisdom of taking their business public ;-) But I can only admire that these guys – no women?? – have broken down barriers and boundaries and reaffirmed my faith that small individual steps can make bigger changes happen over time.

    Not to take any credit from NED but Dayaram Jethmal Government Science College is a fine and very underrated institution in Karachi. I still have fond memories of DJ (and Khushal Khan’s canteen) where I did everything except study :-)


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