Charter Members

OPEN Houston's Charter Membership come from a diverse set up entrepreneurs, executives, and leaders in education, healthcare, law, science, and technology. They provide essential leadership to the organization and are the critical element to defining and executing the mission of OPEN Houston.

Kemal Farid
MD - BlueVine Ventures
Faisal Bhutto
VP - Computex
Aly Dossa
Partner - Chamberlain Hrdlicka
Narjis Ali
CEO - Sure Secure Solutions
Manish Desai
Founder/CEO - Geometris
Kashif Aftab
CEO - IQ Tech Pros
Talib Dhanji
Partner - E&Y
Imran Iqbal
President - FMI Group
Benny Pace
President - Benny Pace PC
Qasim Sharif
CEO - Stratum Energy
Sami Ahmad
CFO - Armada Water Assets
Shahzad Bashir
CEO - Morae Legal
Mubashar Hameed
Founder - CaliberVantage
Muhammad Hasan
VP - JPMorgan Chase
Jazib Hasan
Energy Finance - BOAML
Anwer Hussain
MD - Accel Ventures LLC
Shahid Javed
Glob. Procurement Officer - JLL
Adam Kamran
COO - Sure Secure Solutions
Riaz Karamali
Partner - Pillsbury
Faiza Khoja
VP Academic Affairs - UHD
Ahmad Kamran Saleemi
Founder - 360 View Tech.
Arshad Matin
CEO - Paradigm
Tauseef Salma
VP - Baker Hughes
Ahmad Mian
SVP/CIO - HIIG
Wajid Mirza
Partner - Arthur Lawrence
Aamir Shah
SVP Energy Banking - Wells Fargo
Emil Pena
Sr. Advisor – Murrah & Killough
Celina Shariff
Pres. - Pak Pet. Marketing
Nazif Sharique
Partner - RSM
Riaz Siddiqi
Founder - Denham Capital
Shahid Ullah
Bandula Wijay
CEO - LeoMed LLC
Dr. Uzma Iqbal
Hematologist / Oncologist

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MD - BlueVine Ventures

Kemal Farid

Kemal is an investor and a veteran technology entrepreneur in software, energy, financial, manufacturing, e-commerce and health-care products & services. For three decades, Kemal has built and invested in software, electronics, engineering, IT and services businesses with a specialization in the energy industry covering production operations, hydrocarbon accounting, exploration, drilling, reservoir management and financial services.

Kemal founded and led Merrick Systems, a leading oil and gas software company that was acquired by P2 Energy Solutions. He is currently a Managing Director at BlueVine Ventures, a multi-stage Venture Capital firm that invests or co-invests in and works with pioneering companies to expand their business footprint globally.

VP - Computex

Partner & VP, Computex Technology Solutions

Faisal Bhutto

Faisal Bhutto is an industry veteran with 18 years of information technology and security experience. He serves as the Vice President of Enterprise Networking, Cloud & Cybersecurity at Computex Technology Solutions, one of the nation’s leading Solution Providers. He is responsible for all aspects of Computex’s national Cloud & Managed Services and Cybersecurity business that boast world class Network Operations Centers and Security Operations Centers in Houston and Minneapolis. Faisal has been at the forefront of several technology trends and transitions. In 2002, he was one of the earliest architects and technology visionaries nationwide that saw the TDM PBX transition to VoIP and deployed the first production Cisco Unified Communications environment in the State of Texas. He then capitalized on the multi tenancy capabilities of that platform and built Hosted Voice Services for companies of all sizes to take advantage of this revolutionary enterprise technology trend further building a Managed Services powerhouse, ENETsolutions. After a successful acquisition by Computex, Faisal now has the charter to grow the next generation cloud & cybersecurity solutions and help Computex’s customers navigate the complexities of these technology areas. Faisal holds a B.S. in Mathematics and completed his Masters in Business Administration summa cum laude from University of Houston. In addition, he holds the industry’s most prestigious CCIE certification. He also serves on several technology boards including the Global Technology Advisory board for Cisco.

Partner - Chamberlain Hrdlicka

Aly Dossa

CEO - Sure Secure Solutions

Narjis Ali

Founder/CEO - Geometris

Manish Desai

OPEN Houston President

Manish Desai is a Houston-based technology entrepreneur and a pioneer in wireless M2M applications. He is presently serving as President of Geometris LP, a telematics and asset tracking company whose products are deployed in over 250,000 vehicles worldwide.

CEO - IQ Tech Pros

Kashif Aftab

Kashif Aftab is the Founder and CEO of Saga Consulting Services, the world’s largest full service IT integration Network and the Founder and CEO of NursesPro, a Nurse Staffing company.

Partner - E&Y

Talib Dhanji

President - FMI Group

Imran Iqbal

President - Benny Pace PC

Benny Pace

CEO - Stratum Energy

CEO, Stratum Energy

Qasim Sharif

Qasim Sharif graduated in Petroleum Engineering from West Virginia University in December 1982. He worked for BJ Services in Texas for five years as an engineer in hydraulic fracturing and well completion operations primarily in the field. He was selected by BJ to work in the international operations in Egypt, UAE, Malaysia, Singapore, India, and Bangladesh. He was the Country or Area Manager in several of these locations and developed the Well Cementing, Fracturing, Acidising, Gravel Pack – Sand Control, Coiled Tubing, Relief Well / Blowout Control, and other businesses of the company. In 2009 Stratum made a sub-commercial gas discovery in its license in Romania. Subsequently Stratum made a significant second commercial gas and oil discovery there in 2012. The company is now focused on developing its commercial discovery and expects to be on production by Q4-2013. Qasim Sharif has experience as a CEO and expertise in well completions, work over and remedial operations, new venture development, exploration and production related contract negotiation and project management.

CFO - Armada Water Assets

Sami Ahmad

Sami Ahmad is CFO and Board Member of Armada Water Assets, Inc. Armada Water is a high-growth, privately-owned, oil-field services company, based in Houston, Texas. Armada is a leader in water and wastewater solutions for the oil and gas industry. Mr. Ahmad has over thirty years of experience in a variety of roles in the Water, Energy and Chemicals industries. He has deep and extensive experience in capital markets, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions and strategic planning as well as engineering and manufacturing.

CEO - Morae Legal

Shahzad Bashir

Founder - CaliberVantage

Mubashar Hameed

VP - JPMorgan Chase

Muhammad Hasan

Muhammad Hasan

Energy Finance - BOAML

Jazib Hasan

Jazib Hasan is the Head of Energy Asset Finance Solutions at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he is responsible for lending solutions in the upstream, midstream, downstream and power businesses. Prior to BAML, Jazib was responsible for structured transactions at Shell Energy Trading. Before which he spent 10 years at Deutsche Bank, in New York and Houston, where he built and ran an infrastructure and energy principal finance business. Jazib was also a trader at hedge fund Long-Term Capital Management, where he ran an equity and equity derivatives trading book. He started his career at Credit Suisse.

Jazib has an MBA (Honors) from The Wharton School, and B.Sc. in Electrical Engineering and B.A. in Economics (Honors) from Stanford University.

MD - Accel Ventures LLC

Managing Director at Chaparral Place LLC and Accel Ventures LLC

Anwer Hussain

Anwer Hussain has served as the past President of OPEN Houston and currently serves on the OPEN Houston Board. He gradauated from MIT in 1976 and did his MBA from Stanford University in 1979. Anwer is the Managing Director at Chaparral Place LLC and Accel Ventures LLC with focus on real estate development in the Eagle Ford Shale drilling area.

Glob. Procurement Officer - JLL

Shahid Javed

COO - Sure Secure Solutions

Adam Kamran

Partner - Pillsbury

Riaz Karamali

VP Academic Affairs - UHD

Faiza Khoja

Founder - 360 View Tech.

Ahmad Kamran Saleemi

CEO - Paradigm

Arshad Matin

VP - Baker Hughes

Tauseef Salma

SVP/CIO - HIIG

Ahmad Mian

Partner - Arthur Lawrence

Wajid Mirza

SVP Energy Banking - Wells Fargo

Aamir Shah

Sr. Advisor – Murrah & Killough

Emil Pena

Pres. - Pak Pet. Marketing

Celina Shariff

Partner - RSM

Nazif Sharique

Founder - Denham Capital

Founder and Managing Partner

Riaz Siddiqi

Partner, Stratum Energy

Shahid Ullah

Shahid Ullah has over 32 years of experience in the international energy sector, investment banking, mergers and acquisitions, exploration and production and also the service sector. Mr. Ullah has held senior management positions with Western Atlas International, Baker Hughes, Brass Exploration, Core Laboratories, Jefferies Randall and Dewey and Afren. Mr. Ullah is a shareholder and partner of Stratum Energy, an oil and gas producer in Romania. He is currently the advisor to the CEO and serves on the Executive Committee. Mr. Ullah was also the founding President and Director of Brass Exploration Unlimited, and an inaugural executive of PetroAlliance, a Russian-American joint venture. With a degree in Petroleum Engineering from the UT Austin, Mr. Ullah also completed Executive Development training at Oxford University and London Business School.

CEO - LeoMed LLC

Bandula Wijay

Dr. Bandula Wijay is the Former Honorary Consul General of Sri Lanka and CEO of LeoMed LLC and BinLab, Inc (a Houston, TX based Cardiovascular Device Development Company). He is one of the most eminent inventors of medical devices in the United States. He holds over 20 US and international patents. He has founded four medical device companies since 1984. He is a scientist, engineer and a businessman who has developed a variety of interventional cardiovascular devices, such as balloon angioplasty, vascular stents, local drug therapy procedures and other concepts. The “Wijay Foundation” has been supporting medical students in Sri Lanka for the last 12 years.

CEO, LeoMed & BinLab

Hematologist / Oncologist

Dr. Uzma Iqbal

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