Imran Jattala

Project Director

Imran Jattala is a Startup & Innovation Ecosystem Builder who has coached over 25,000 aspiring entrepreneurs and mentored over 600 startup teams, helping them raise more than $5M in investments. Since 2016, he has led innovation programs in 100+ universities and incubators throughout Pakistan, with a dream of making Pakistan a Top-50 Innovative Nation with a $500B Innovation Economy by 2030.
Imran's journey began with the development of a UAV as his final year project at Air University, which led to a decade of Defense R&D experience. He was part of the First Successful Shahpar UAV flight at AWC and even reverse-engineered the Fire Control Computer of Al Zarrar Tank, which he presented to President Musharraf. In 2016, he designed and established Pakistan's First Social Creative Incubation Program in partnership with the British Council and Cranfield University, UK - scaling incubation to seven university campuses across Pakistan.
Imran serves as the Chief Innovation Officer at Pakistan Investment Portal, managing the innovation process inside the organization to develop new capabilities, architectures, and business models. His expertise has been recognized by the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and USAID, where he serves as an SME Accelerator Expert. He is also the Regional Director of Startup World Cup in Pakistan and the Founding Director of Hult Prize Pakistan. Academically, he is the author of the book "Innovate Faster: Disruptive Innovation Framework" and served as an Adjunct Professor at Air University in Islamabad. As the Director of Innovation & Entrepreneurship at Zauq Group, he led the group's initiatives to build a $500B innovation economy and make Pakistan a Top-50 Innovative Nation by 2030. From 2020-2021, Imran also served as the Director of Innovation at Lahore Garrison University, where he transformed the learning ecosystem into an innovation engine within the innovation economy. Founding the Pakistan Chapter of Hult Prize and scaling it to over 70 universities across Pakistan, he has mentored over 600 startup teams and served over 100 universities and incubators in Pakistan.