SZABIST Karachi Campus, organized an International Conference on Interdisciplinary research in Management, Education and Social Sciences on 18th & 19th January, 2020 at Regent Plaza Hotel & Convention Center. Revolving around the theme of “New Horizons for data driven world: Challenges, Initiatives and Opportunities” the conference showcased current research and critical discourse on the importance and demand for digitalization and data management, with more than 300 Research papers from scholars around the world.
The Conference kicked off on Saturday, 18th January with the opening ceremony inaugurated by Conference patron Dr. Altaf Mukati and the President SZABIST Shahnaz Wazir Ali. Dr. Mukati welcomed all the guests including the keynote speakers who had joined from various international reputed Universities. The Chief Guest of the ceremony Provincial Minister of Sindh for Health and Population Welfare and Chancellor (SZABIST) Dr. Azra Fazal Pehchuo expressed her gratitude to the organizing committee in arranging the International Conference as it fulfills the vision of SZABIST founder, Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto.
Eminent scholar and Economist Prof. Dr. Raja Radish from University of Malaya spoke about the economic challenges and Industrial Revolution 4.0 and how should Pakistan respond to them. Another researcher Dr. Maria Dos Santose of Institute University of Lisbon, Portugal shed light on the opportunities and challenges to the world with respect to Big Data and Artificial Intelligence. Dean of Faculty of Management Sciences Dr. Amir Firoz Shamsi, presented vote or thanks to the distinguished guests and speakers. Elaborating the theme with the corporate tracks and panel discussions, the conference provided a collaborative platform for policy makers from HEC, local industrialists and academicians to figure out the implications of digitalization in logistics and transport, applied linguistics, higher education , andragogy, academia -industry – government (Triple Helix Model) for sustainability through an interactive dialogue proposing possibilities for sustainable development in diverse business and economic environment of Pakistan. The second day of the conference focused on corporate discussions pertaining to sustainable growth through project management, industry -academic linkage, financial inclusion and entrepreneurship. Additionally more than 300 scholars from different universities and walks of life across Pakistan were also given opportunity to present contemporary research ideas at the SZABIST International Conference 2020.
At the closing ceremony, Chief Guest, Syed Mazhar Ali Nasir – Former Senior Vice President FPCCI expressed his pleasure on arranging the conference on all important topic of Data Driven World. The conference chair Dr. Riaz Ahmed Sheikh wrapped up the event with an important message to the Government, Academia and Business owners to exert synergistic efforts for the development and prosperity of Pakistan.