First-ever Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival kicks off

GILGIT, Pakistan: The first-ever Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival kicked off in Gilgit on Monday aimed at to create awareness amongst the students and infuse motivation in them to succeed in life.

The four-day event is being held at historic Government Boys High School No 1 Gilgit from August 15 to 18, 2022 under the under the aegis of the Gilgit-Baltistan government.


The main purpose of organizing the Gilgit-Baltistan Career Festival is three folds:

  • Awareness: To create awareness amongst the students of various age groups about the different career paths available to them in the changing modern world.
  • Motivation: To motivate children to find their passion in life so that they can excel in their future careers
  • Inspiration: To allow the students to interact with thought leaders and experts from different walks of life who can inspire them to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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

Besides, it will also include talks/speeches by nominated speakers sharing their life experience, motivational real-life stories, and career choices with students.


The festival is expected to be attended by more than 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 am
Arrival of the Chief Minister 10:00 am
Presentation of Bouquet 10:05 am
Arrival of the Chief Minister in Auditorium 10:10 am
Tilawat from the Holy Quran – Education Dept 10:15 am
Welcome Address by Chief Secretary GB 10:20 am
Speech by Chief Minister GB 10:30 am
Visit of Exhibition area by CM and departure of CM 10:45 am
Madam Umbreen Arif – Ex Technical Advisor MOFEPT 11:00 am
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Col. Imran, Commander SCO 11:30 am
Habib Akram, Anchor Dunya TV 12:00 pm
Ahmad Umair – Prominent Agriculturist 12:30 pm
Prof. Atta Ullah Shah, VC KIU 1:00 pm
Refreshment & Namaz break 01:30 pm
Mr. Saeed Wazir, Inspector General of Police GB 2:30 pm
Dr. Muhammad Haroon, UET Taxila 3:00 pm
Mr. Jalaluddin Rupani Foundation 3:30 pm
Dr. Raja Mazhar, MD National Book Foundation 4:00 pm
Dr Abdul Khaliq Jan – VC Shaheed BB Uni Sheringal Upper Dir 4:30 pm
Mr. Agha Hasnain Khan, Pakistan Institute of Fashion & Design 5:00 pm
Dr Zubaida Sirang – Consultant Ophthalmologist & Author 5:20 pm
Dr. Moin Uddin, Corporate Director HR&OD, Serena Hotels 5:40 pm
Vote of Thanks and Day One Closing – Dr Altamash 6:00 pm

 Day # 02 August 16, 2022

S. No. Program Time
Opening address by Mr. Ibrahim Amin, Executive Vice President PAFLA 09:30 am
Keynote address by Dr. Ishrat Husain, Former Advisor to Prime Minister on Institutional Reforms and Austerity 10:00 am
Address by Syed Faraz Anwer, Partner, Business & Risk Consulting A.F. Ferguson & Co. (a member of PwC network) 10:30 am
Address by Syed Irfan Ali, Managing Director, Deposit Protection Corporation 11:00 am
 Maj. Gen. Jawwad Ahmad Qazi, Commander FCNA 11:30 am
Chaudhry Ahmed Islam, Joint Director Freelancing, PITB 12:00 pm
Conversation with PAFLA Core Team


Tufail Ahmed Khan, CEO, PAFLA, Haroon Q. Raja, Co-Founder, PAFLA, Fahad Sheikh, Co-Founder, PAFLA

12:30 pm
Prof. Dr Arshad Saleem Bhatti, Rector, Virtual University 12:50 pm
Dr. Naveed Iftikhar, Founder Atomcamp, Professor LUMS 01:10 pm
Refreshment & Namaz break 01:30 pm
Panel Discussion with Freelancers on Freelancing in Pakistan followed by Q/A.

 Freelancers in Pakistan

 Skills in Demand Worldwide

 Challenges and Opportunities

 Support from Government

 Way Forward


●       Eng. Fakhar

●       Haroon Q Raja

●       Syed Arsalan Ali Shah

●       Nadia Iqbal

●       Syed Faizan Ali Shah

●       Qasim Sana Ramay

●       Mujahid Farooq
Moderator: Dua Sukhera, Head of PAFLA Chapter, South Punjab & CEO, The International Institute of Entrepreneurship

02:30 pm
Panel Discussion with Journey from Freelancing to Entrepreneurship followed by Q/A.

 Freelancers Vs Mindset

 Freelancers Journey

 Wellbeing work/life balance among the self-employed

 Entrepreneurship Mindset

 Employment Opportunities

 Global Company


● Aitazaz Daud

● M Waqar Akram

● Hamza Rashid

● Qasim Agha Khan

● Muhammad Hamid Javed

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

03:30 pm
Madam Sobia MaqboolCEO Route 16 4:30 pm
Mr. Adnan AfaqFounder Route 16 4:50 pm
Mr. Shehzad Ahmed – President ICMA Pakistan 5:10 pm
Dr. Zafar Alvi, PD DG Skills 5:30 pm
Vote of Thanks & Day Two Closing – Ghulam Rehman, VP and Head of Gilgit Chapter PAFLA 6:00 pm

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

S. No. Program Time
Dr. Asma Hafeez, MD Nephrology, AKUH 9:30 am
Madam Zahra Noreen, CEO SheDev on Contribution of Women in Creative Economy of GB 10:00 am
Keynote address by Haya Fatima Iqbal, Academy and two-time Emmy award winning film maker; Professor at Habib University 10:30 am
Madam Uzma Yousuf, Country Director of Cambridge International 11:15 am
Dr Almas Kiran – General Surgery 11:40 am
Mariah Dastagir Janjua on Digital Technologies in Learning 12:00 pm
Dr Shahana Khurshid, Air quality and health researcher; Professor at LUMS School of Science and Engineering 12:30 pm
Mehnaz Parveen, Soni Jawari Centre for Public Policy, Gilgit 01:00 pm
Refreshment & Namaz Break 1:30 pm
Madam Shamim Rajani, Cofounder Genetech 2:30 pm
Madam Samia Dogar, DG Pakistan Manpower Institute 3:00 pm
Dr. Maham Hussain, NFC Multan 3:30 pm
Madam Kiran Jawaid, Architect, NCA 4:00 pm
Madam Rishm Saifullah, Architect and Professor at BNU Lahore 4:30 pm
Madam Nadia Iqbal, CEO Alphalogix 5:00 pm
Ms. Sultana Khanum, Upwork Specialist 5:20 pm
Ms. Saima Gul – Certified Female Google Trainer. – Tech Valley 5:40 pm
Vote of Thanks & Day Three Closing – Dr Ayesha AC Danyore 6:00 pm

 Day # 04 August 18, 2022

S. No. Program Time
Wing Commander, PAF 9:30 am
Dr. Mariam Chughtai, Educationist, Director Curriculum Council 10:00 am
Dr. Usama Khan, Assistant Professor NSU 10:30 am
Dr. Nadeem Ul Haque, VC PIDE 11:00 am
Kamal Khan, Additional Secretary Works GB 11:30 am
Mr. Ayaz Qaiser, Director Student Affairs, Univ. of Sialkot 11:50 pm
Mr. Sibtain Ahmed– Secretary S&GAD GB 12:10 pm
Mr. Haider Abbas – DG Finance Pak Inst of Parliamentary Services 12:30 pm
Engr. Mujtaba Ashraf and Engr. Omer Ali, Associate Professor NFC Multan 1:00 pm
Refreshment & Namaz Break 1:30 pm
Baela Raza Jamil, CEO of Idara-e-Taleem-o-Aagahi 2:00 pm
Mr. Asdaq Afzal, Collector Pakistan Customs 2:30 pm
Vice Chancellor GC University Lahore Prof. Dr. Asghar Zaidi 3:00 pm
Miss Zara Obaid, NSU 3:30 pm
Mr. Sajid Qazi, SJS Finance Division 4:00 pm
Dr. Ifzal Ahmed, Director ORIC, KIU 4:20 pm
Riaz Muhammad Chairman KPBTCE 4:40 pm
Arrival of Federal Minister of Ministry of Federal Education and Professional Training Mr. Rana Tanveer 5:00 pm
Speech by Federal Minister 5:15 pm
Closing Remarks by Chief Secretary Mohyuddin Wani 5:30 pm
Visit to Exhibition 5:45 pm
Closing of event 6:00 pm
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