Interaction with learners

Launch of the first-ever Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival

GILGIT, Pakistan: The first-ever Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival kicked off Monday in Gilgit with the aim of raising awareness among students and instilling motivation in them to succeed in life.

The four-day event is taking place at the historic Government Boys High School No 1 Gilgit from August 15-18, 2022 under the auspices of the Government of Gilgit-Baltistan.

The main objective of organizing the Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival is threefold:

  • Awareness: Educate students of different age groups on the different career paths available to them in a changing modern world.
  • Motivation: To motivate children to find their passion in life so that they can excel in their future career
  • Inspiration: Allow students to interact with opinion leaders and experts from different backgrounds who can inspire them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

The Career Festival will feature an exhibition for various organizations to set up their booths to showcase their institutions and provide a space for one-on-one interaction with students.

In addition, it will also include presentations/speeches from named speakers sharing their life experience, motivational real stories, and career choices with the students.

The festival is expected to attract over 10,000 students from across Gilgit-Baltistan over the four days.

Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival 2022 Schedule

Day # 01 August 15, 2022

S.No. Program Time
Arrival of guests and speakers 09:30
Arrival of the Prime Minister 10:00 a.m.
Presentation of the package 10:05 a.m.
Arrival of the Prime Minister at the Auditorium 10:10 a.m.
Tilawat of the Holy Quran – Department of Education 10:15 a.m.
Welcome address by the GB General Secretary 10:20 a.m.
Speech by the UK Prime Minister 10:30 a.m.
Visit of the Exhibition Space by the CM and departure from the CM 10:45 a.m.
Ms Umbreen Arif – Former MOFEPT technical advisor 11:00
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Colonel ImranSCO Commander 11:30 a.m.
Habib AkramAnchor Dunya TV 12:00 p.m.
Ahmad Umar – Prominent Farmer 12:30 p.m.
Professor Atta Ullah ShahVC KIU 1:00 p.m.
Refreshment & Namaz break 1:30 p.m.
Mr. Saeed WazirInspector General of GB Police 2:30 p.m.
Dr Muhammad HaroonUET Taxila 15:00
Mr. Jalaluddin Rupani Foundation 3:30 p.m.
Dr. Raja MazharMD National Book Foundation 4:00 p.m.
Dr Abdul Khaliq Jan – VC Shaheed BB Uni Sheringal Upper Dir 4:30 p.m.
Mr Agha Hasnain KhanPakistan Institute of Fashion and Design 5:00 p.m.
Dr Zubaida Sirang – Consultant ophthalmologist and author 5:20 p.m.
Dr. Moin UddinCorporate Director HR&OD, Serena Hotels 5:40 p.m.
Vote of thanks and closing of the first day – Dr Altamash 6:00 p.m.

Day # 02 August 16, 2022

S. No. Program Time
Opening speech by Mr Ibrahim Amine, Executive Vice President PAFLA 09:30
Opening speech by Dr. Ishrat Husainformer adviser to the Prime Minister on institutional reforms and austerity 10:00 a.m.
Address by Syed Faraz Answer, Partner, Business & Risk Consulting AF Ferguson & Co. (member of the PwC network) 10:30 a.m.
Address by Syed Irfan Ali, Managing Director, Deposit Protection Company 11:00
Major General Jawwad Ahmad QaziFCNA Commander 11:30 a.m.
Chaudhry Ahmed Islamfreelance co-director, PITB 12:00 p.m.
Conversation with the PAFLA Core Team

Tufail Ahmed Khan, CEO, PAFLA, Haroon Q. RajaCo-founder, PAFLA, Fahad Sheikh, Co-founder, PAFLA

12:30 p.m.
Prof. Dr. Arshad Saleem BhattiRector, Virtual University 12:50 p.m.
Dr Naveed IftikharAtomcamp Founder, LUMS Professor 1:10 p.m.
Refreshment & Namaz break 1:30 p.m.
Panel discussion with freelancers on freelancing in Pakistan, followed by a Q&A session.

 Freelancers in Pakistan

 Skills in demand around the world

 Challenges and opportunities

 Government support

 Way forward


● Eng. Fakhar

● Haroon Q Raja

● Syed Arsalan Ali Shah

● Nadia Iqbal

● Syed Faizan Ali Shah

● Qasim Sana Ramay

● Mujahid Farooq
Moderator: Doua Sukhera, Head of PAFLA Section, South Punjab and CEO, The International Institute of Entrepreneurship

2:30 p.m.
Panel discussion with Journey from Freelancing to Entrepreneurship followed by a Q&A session.

 Independents Vs Mindset

 Freelance career

 Well-being work/life balance among the self-employed

 Entrepreneurship

 Job Opportunities

 Global business


● Aitazaz Daud

● Mr Waqar Akram

● Hamza Rachid

● Qasim Agha Khan

● Mohamed Hamid Javed

● Syed Arsalan Ali Shah
Moderator: Tufail Ahmed Khan, CEO, Pakistan Freelancers Association, PAFLA

3:30 p.m.
Mrs. Sobia MaqboolRoute 16 CEO 4:30 p.m.
Mr. Adnan AfaqRoute 16 Founder 4:50 p.m.
Mr. Shehzad Ahmed – President ICMA Pakistan 5:10 p.m.
Dr. Zafar AlviCEO skills 5:30 p.m.
Vote of thanks and closing of the second day – Ghoulam RehmanVice President and Head of the Gilgit PAFLA Chapter 6:00 p.m.

Day # 03 August 17, 2022: GB Career Fest for Women 2022

S. No. Program Time
Dr. Asma HafeezMD Nephrology, AKUH 9:30 a.m.
Ms. Zahra NoreenCEO SheDev on the contribution of women in the UK creative economy 10:00 a.m.
Opening speech by Haya Fatima Iqbal, two-time Emmy Award-winning filmmaker; Professor at Habib University 10:30 a.m.
Ms Uzma Yousufcountry director of Cambridge International 11:15 a.m.
Dr. Almas Kiran – General surgery 11:40 a.m.
Mariah Dastagir Janjua on digital technologies in learning 12:00 p.m.
Dr Shahana Khurshid, Researcher in air quality and health; Professor at the LUMS School of Science and Engineering 12:30 p.m.
Mehnaz ParveenSoni Jawari Center for Public Policy, Gilgit 1:00 p.m.
Refreshment & Namaz Break 1:30 p.m.
Ms. Shamim RajaniCo-founder Genetech 2:30 p.m.
Mrs. Samia DogarCEO Pakistan Manpower Institute 15:00
Dr Maham HussainNFC Mulan 3:30 p.m.
Mrs. Kiran JawaidArchitect, CNA 4:00 p.m.
Mrs Rishm Saifullaharchitect and professor at BNU Lahore 4:30 p.m.
Mrs. Nadia IqbalAlphalogix CEO 5:00 p.m.
Ms Sultana KhanumUpwork specialist 5:20 p.m.
Ms Saima Gul – Certified Google trainer. – Valley of Technology 5:40 p.m.
Vote of thanks and closing of the third day – Dr Ayesha AC Danyore 6:00 p.m.

Day # 04 August 18, 2022

S. No. Program Time
Wing Commander, DPF 9:30 a.m.
Dr Mariam Chughtaieducator, curriculum council director 10:00 a.m.
Dr Osama KhanNSU Assistant Professor 10:30 a.m.
Dr. Nadeem Ul HaqueCV PIDE 11:00
Kamal KhanExtra Secretary Works GB 11:30 a.m.
Mr Ayaz Qaiser, Director of Student Affairs, Univ. from Sialkot 11:50 p.m.
Mr. Sibtain Ahmed– Secretary S&GAD GB 12:10 p.m.
Mr. Haider Abbottom – DG Finance Pak Inst of Parliamentary Services 12:30 p.m.
Engineer Mujtaba Ashraf and Engr. Omar AliNFC Multan Associate Professor 1:00 p.m.
Refreshment & Namaz Break 1:30 p.m.
Baela Raza JamilCEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi 2:00 p.m.
Mr. Asdaq AfzalPakistan Customs Collector 2:30 p.m.
Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi 15:00
Miss Zara ObaidUSN 3:30 p.m.
Mr. Sajid QaziSJS Finance Division 4:00 p.m.
Dr Ifzal AhmedORIC Director, KIU 4:20 p.m.
Riaz Mohamed President KPBTCE 4:40 p.m.
Arrival of the Federal Minister of the Federal Ministry of Education and Vocational Training Mr. Rana Tanveer 5:00 p.m.
Federal Minister’s speech 5:15 p.m.
Chief Secretary Closing Remarks Mohyuddin Wani 5:30 p.m.
Visit of the exhibition 5:45 p.m.
Closing of the event 6:00 p.m.