Dr. Shahid Mahmud is the Chairman and Group CEO of Interactive Group, an organization that has pioneered the advancement of telecommunications, Information Technology, and media infrastructure in Pakistan. Dr. Mahmud excels in addressing critical needs of the society mobilizing high-performance teams, using cutting edge communication technologies, software development and systems integration to support human wellbeing challenges in the healthcare, public safety, and education domains. A philanthropist, Dr. Mahmud is passionate about helping teach young adults and children space education and advancing their knowledge on technological driven education. His community service and youth-oriented projects include; Buraq Planetary Society, TRUCE, Zubaida Khaliq Memorial Free Hospital and Begum Mehmooda Welfare Trust. Co-Founder of Interactive Coventry (IC), the organization focuses on transforming businesses providing innovative solutions; reducing cognitive burden, improving quality of life. His academic work focuses on big data, cloud-based computation, visualization framework, and sophistication of large-scale informatics in the 21st century way of life. Dr. Mahmud holds a Doctorate in Computer Sciences from Coventry University (UK); a Masters degree in Defense and Strategic Studies from the National Defense University (Pakistan) and a Bachelors degree in Civil Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology (Pakistan). In recognition of promoting Pakistan’s Information Communication Technology Industry, Dr. Mahmud was conferred with the Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th Teradata National IT Excellence Awards held in Islamabad, Pakistan in 2014. The Eisenhower Fellowship, a global network of international leaders devoted to achieving world peace and prosperity recognized Dr. Mahmud as a McCabe Fellow in 2001. The Fellowship most recently once again recognized him as a Distinguished Fellow for 2016 for his continued excellence in his field of endeavor having a proven leadership track record. Dr. Mahmud is a Senior Fellow at the Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) and Co-chair for ICT on the Corporate Advisory Council (CAC) of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). He is also a Member of the Syndicate for Khwaja Fareed University of Engineering & Information Technology. Dr. Mahmud has in the past worked as a member of the Board of Directors of Askari Bank, a leading private sector bank, recognized worldwide for delivering financial service using innovative technology. He was Founding Director and Shareholder of Indus Vision, Pakistan’s first private satellite television services operator and SHOA (Pvt.) Limited, a nationwide Data Network Operator providing ISP, VSAT, VPN and ISDN- based services. He was Vice Chairman and Director of Shaheen Pay TV, focusing on strategy and operations. Dr. Mahmud was also the Founding Director and Shareholder at Paktel Limited, Pakistan’s first cellular mobile network. He was also Founding Director, Shareholder and CEO at PakGlobalstar (Pvt.) Limited.