VentureDive, one of Pakistan’s leading technology solutions studios, is proud to announce the appointment of Shehzaad Nakhoda as Chief Technology Officer, and Shakir Maniya as Director Service Delivery and Growth. As one of the top employers in the technology industry, VentureDive has always been able to attract top tier talent and these appointments area significant milestone in its efforts to deliver life-changing solutions to the world.
Shehzaad is one of the co-founders of VentureDive and a veteran of Silicon Valley. He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Systems Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Electrical Engineering, both from Stanford University. In a career spanning 23 years, he has observed, enabled and participated in the evolution of the Internet, from an academic research tool to the enabler of commerce, freedom, and prosperity.
Shehzaad has also earned a number of patents in scalable server technology for enterprise and consumer applications. In software engineering and leadership positions with technology giants like Oracle and Sales force, as well as a number of startups, Shehzaad has spent his career innovating and solving problems in computer programming and software. He remains a programmer at heart, and his passion has always been in building reliable and scalable server software and optimising it for throughput and latency. For Shehzaad, software engineering is as much or more about teams and people as technical prowess.
Shehzaad says, “From its initial founding to now, VentureDive has sought to blaze the trail in Pakistan in building teams of people who thrive on solving big problems using software. I have been lucky enough to have been part of that journey as a founder and advisor. Now I get to jump in and immerse myself in helping the teams at VentureDive solve tough technology problems, while never losing sight of why we do all this cool stuff – to serve our customers, and their customers, and through that process, make the world a better place.”
A technologist by profession and an entrepreneur at heart, Shakir has a Bachelors in Computer Science from FAST-NU and an MBA from IoBM. With more than thirteen years of experience within the fields of business and technical management, Shakir has led large software service delivery teams and handled global clients, including Fortune 500 companies, and served the North American, European and Middle Eastern markets. His prior experience includes working for organizations such as SMWL, Favored Solutions and 10Pearls. Shakir has led cross-functional engagements for New Product Development, Enterprise Strategy, Product Management, Application Modernisation and 24×7 Support in the past. He also has vast experience in setting up PMO and governance frameworks.
Shakir says, “I am excited to join the VentureDive family and begin this journey. Digital disruption and digital transformation are going to be the key for business success moving forward, and VentureDive is leading on that front with successes like Careem and VistaJet. I am looking forward to help expand this sphere of success to businesses around the globe through the great team at VentureDive.”
Commenting on the new appointments, VentureDive CEO Atif Azim says, “Since its inception, VentureDive’s goal has been to create an organisation that can impact people’s lives and improve them for the better. As two of the most respected and seasoned professionals, Shehzaad and Shakir’s knowledge and expertise will no doubt play a significant role in helping to achieve our ambitions. Both of them are excellent additions to our amazing team and we’re excited about our future together.”