GEN Pakistan celebrates World Intellectual Property Day 2018
27 Apr 2018

Islamabad April 26, 2018:  To celebrate World Intellectual Property Day 2018, Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Pakistan joined with the Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) to host an event to raise awareness about how protecting intellectual property promotes innovation and supports a vibrant start-up eco-system.  More than 50  government, start-up, and development representatives participated in the half-day event held at GEN headquarters.

Following opening remarks by GEN Vice President Mr. Junaid Zia, Mr. John Dickerson from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Commercial Law and Development Program, Ms. Noshaba Awais, Director of Technology Development Fund at the Higher Education Commission (HEC) of Pakistan, and Ms. Iram Zaidi, Deputy Director of Intellectual Property and Commercialization at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) participated in a panel discussion on this year’s World IP Day theme – “Powering Change:  Women in Innovation & Creativity.”  The discussion was moderated by Ms. Aisha K, a renowned educationist and filmmaker.  The second panel featured Dr. Vaqar Ahmed, Joint Executive Director at the Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), who presented on SDPI’s report entitled “Women Leaders in Copyright Industries.”  The final session was a fireside chat with Mr. Shadnana Gulzar Khan, Legal Advisor to the Government of Pakistan’s Ministry of Commerce.

About Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR)

The Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) is a strategic think tank dedicated to working on policy and implementation of global issues such as: like diplomacy, peace, interfaith harmony, environment, human rights, health, and education.  COPAIR is a non-governmental, non-profiting welfare organization with a key focusing on women’s rights.

About Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Pakistan

Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) Pakistan is the local chapter of Global Entrepreneurship Network (GEN) USA which operates projects and programs in 170 countries aimed at making it easier for anyone, anywhere to start and scale a business.  By fostering deeper cross border collaboration and initiatives between entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, policymakers, and entrepreneurial support organizations, GEN fuels healthier start and scale ecosystems that create more jobs, educate individuals, accelerate innovation, and strengthen economic growth.  GEN helps celebrate, understand, support, and connect entrepreneurs and those who champion them.


Junaid Zia

Vice President | Global Entrepreneurship Network Pakistan