About us - Pakistan Agile Scrum Exchange

Learn more about the Pakistan Agile Scrum Exchange and the founders, Zeshan Ilyas and Khurram Bhatti

Welcome to PASE

PASE was established with one clear aim – to build a strong, productive, and supportive community of Agilists in Pakistan. Working with Agilists throughout the region, we arrange and deliver events, seminars, meet ups, and conferences, and also offer a range of training solutions and certifications that will allow countless organisations to embrace the benefits of Agile

The term ‘PASE’ has its origins in Bullfighting, referring to a manoeuver by a bullfighter using the capa or muleta to capture the attention of the bull and guide the course of its attack. This is somewhat reflective of the nature of the Pakistan Agile Scrum Exchange as we seek to use our knowledge and understanding of Agile and Scrum to capture the attention of organisations across Pakistan and help them use it to guide the course of its business activities.

So, whether you’re currently applying an Agile methodology or you’d like to find out more about how this approach can benefit your business, please get in touch or come along to one of our events, seminars, meet ups, or conferences in Pakistan.

Meet The Founders

We are skilled, experienced, and passionate Agilists who have earned a strong reputation within the Agile community by actively participating in the global Agile gatherings and meetups. We firmly believe that adapting Agile mindset can change work life.

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Zeshan Ilyas
Founder


With over 17 years’ experience in Agile and Digital transformation projects, Zeshan specializes in Scrum, Kanban, and Agile Coaching.


With a firm focus on Agile and Scrum methodologies, Zeshan has worked within high profile organisations, including the Gulf International Bank, HSBC, Capgemini Financial Services, The Co-operative Bank, Esperto, Talk, Talk, and more.


Having worked within the Agile sector for many years, Zeshan identified a need for a community of Agilists in Pakistan, which would bring together professionals adopting an Agile or Scrum approach, help increase awareness of Agile, and also make Agile training and certification more accessible in Pakistan.


Passionate about the benefits of Agile and Scrum, Zeshan established PASE in order to support, assist, and inspire other Agilites across Pakistan

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Khurram Bhatti
Co-Founder


Khurram’s work is about helping individuals, teams, and organizations to reach their goals by adapting new ways of thinking. He is an experienced Agile Coach, Facilitator, and Agile Trainer. His goal is to develop a healthy, collaborative and continuous improved culture where experimentation is encouraged and crafting a high focus is appreciated.


He has more than 18 years of experience in the software industry. He has worked in Pakistan and Sweden with startups, SMEs and Enterprises, industries spanning Telecom, Software Asset Management (SAM), Data Privacy, and Financial Services – with distributed and co-located Agile teams.


Khurram is an ICAgile Authorized Instructor for Agile Coaching (ICP-ACC) and Agile Team Facilitation (ICP-ATF) accredited courses (remote delivery and in person). He is Certified in ICAgile’s Agile Coaching and Enterprise Coaching tracks, an International Coach Federation (ICF) member, Agile Trainer (CSM® and CSPO®), Certified Trainer for “Training from the Back of the Room” to design learning workshops and ScrumAlliance’s CAL I and Certified Scrum Professionals® (CSP-SM).


Khurram is passionate to spread Agile awareness in Pakistan to bring a new thinking mindset in this VUCA world.


He blogs at www.khurrambhatti.com

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Nauman Majeed
Advisory board member


Nauman Majeed is operating in ICT sector over the last three decades with hands on experience to transform any organization into an IT Enabled Organization where all business processes are automated in an integrated Systems environment based on SAP, Oracle eBusiness Suite & other Applications.

Nauman has been practicing his skills in various industries covering Energy, Oil & Gas, Chemical Manufacturing, Engineering, Retail, Textile, ISP, Tyre & Rubber Manufacturing, and Cement industries.

Apart from private sector Nauman has served as an ICT leader with MNCs, USAID, World Bank and Government. Nauman has successfully delivered SAP, Oracle eBusiness Suite, eCommerce, ISP and various other ICT projects in Pakistan, Singapore & US.

During the last two decades Nauman successfully headed ICT Department of well reputed organizations like Descon, Kohinoor Maple Leaf Group, USAID’s Private Sector Power Project, PPIB, CSD and converted these organizations into efficient IT enabled enterprises.

Nauman has developed unique expertise in Organizational Change Management processes to ensure successful implementation of Software Solutions that hit every part of an organization making people to change the way they work and operate.

Nauman Majeed, serving as CIO, has successfully delivered complex IT Projects covering Organizational Change Management and Efficiency Improvement with technology & automation including ERP Implementation Programs.

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Junaid Sagheer
Torch-Bearer


Junaid has 8+ years of experience in IT Industry. He lead projects dealing with different clients from different locations, and languages mainly in English, Spanish and Chinese. He is PMP®️, PMI-ACP®️, CSM®️, CSPO®️, Certified Disciplined Agilist and Certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner and currently working as Agile Coach/ Scrum Master.

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Gul Zaman Ilyas
Torch-Bearer


Possessing almost 19+ Years of Global Professional Work Experience out of which more than half of experience is Executive Management, Entrepreneur-ship, Agile Project Management, Coaching, IT Operations, IT Infrastructure, Software Architecture & Development, IT Consultancy, Cloud Platforms, Virtualization, Security with Multinational Organizations.

He is MIT & MCS degree holder. He is also a certified Scrum@Scale Practitioner, Certified ICP-ATF, Certified Scrum Product Owner (CSPO), Certified Scrum Master (CSM).

He possess excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with individuals at all levels of technical understanding. He can bring to the table a broad technical and business knowledge with the foundation of skills to quickly adapt and grow within a new environment.

He has a history of working in some multinational companies in Software, Manufacturing, Packaging & Plastics, Datacenters, OTT, Construction and Hospitality sectors in during his career progression.

You will find him to be a strong analytical problem solver along with other outstanding skills to actively manage and work in cooperation with teams and individuals to achieve desired goals efficiently.

He has demonstrated success in doing so over the past several years and intend to continue this trend long into the future.

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Muhammad Arslan Khan
Torch-Bearer


PMP,CSM,CSPO,ITIL4,Prince2 Certified.

Currently working as Assistant Project Manager/Scrum Master in zameen.com IT Professional with excellent knowledge and experience of project management, agile methodologies including SCRUM, XP and Kanban, various ISO Standards, and business development skills.

Having extensive knowledge of bookkeeping procedures, excellent communication, interpersonal, and leadership skills.

Always ready to learn and implement new stuff, Motivating and educating people around him.

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Syeda Mahrukh Raza
Torch-Bearer


Syeda Mahrukh Raza is currently serving as a Business Analyst at Systems Limited. She has previously worked as a Project Manager where she led with an agile mindset.

She specializes in building and leading scrum teams as a Scrum Master as well as in scaling the scrum. As a Microsoft certified professional, technological decisions come handy to her.

During her free time, she loves to serve the community through business and motivational talks.

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Asma Arshad
Torch-Bearer


Employed at ClickChainInc as a Business Analyst for 4 years.

Working as Scrum Master with the organization to help retain the agility of teams. Promoting Agile community to bring other Software industry leaders toward Agile paradigm.

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Rafia Irshad Akhtar
Torch-Bearer


Working as a Business Analyst from the last 3 years. Additionally, serve as a project manager practising agile and scrum methodology. Promote Agility community in Pakistan to obtain the win-win situation in the software industry.