x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Build the Building Blocks

This event occurred on
December 22, 2012
5:00pm - 9:00pm PKT
(UTC +5hrs)

The impact of TED and TEDx on the society in the recent years has, made us realize the need to bring this to our community and connect our people with ideas that can make our community a much better place to live in. We opted for a theme that not only focuses on the young but people of all ages and all walks of life. The recent examples of entrepreneurship really inspired us to opt for the theme of 'Build the Building Blocks'. So let's participate and realize how we can use our best skills to make our own path towards our success.

“Dream. Believe. Achieve.” In just 18 minutes you can become part of something big, something extraordinary, one of the building blocks to a better future. "Start with nothing and out of nothing something would be created." This is what TEDxRawalLake will teach and this is how things will go here. It's something natural, something big, that not only lets you think but helps you take the first step and you don't have to see the rest of the staircase. We’ll help you bring your world, into ours.

So let's start the conversation around #TEDxRawalLake and make your own path towards your success. !

Mehran Gate, F-9 Fatima Jinnah Park
Islamabad, 44000
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Usman Riaz

In 2011, a viral video for his song “Fire Fly” helped bring his sound from the small-but-thriving Pakistani music community to a global audience. Usman Riaz is a 21-year-old whiz at the percussive guitar, a style he learned to play by watching his heroes on YouTube. The TED Fellow played onstage at TEDGlobal 2012 with Preston Reed aswell. TEDGlobal Fellow Usman Riaz is a young Pakistani musician making a worldwide mark with his astonishing and fun-to-listen-to technique. He collaborated with other big musicians of Pakistan like Salman Ahmed and others which resulted in another hit by him called ‘Saayen’ and his own album, ‘Circus in the Sky’. Let’s listen to Mr. Riaz making a sound that feels larger than the instrument itself.

Nazia Ramzan

With a Masters in International Relations and Economics, Nazia has been associated with learning, teaching and training for the past 7 years. Nazia happily merges her work and non-work time such that she is in online mode almost always. She has successfully generated several business relationships for Torque and maintains them with exemplary diligence. She moved into the training world recently and accumulated a large following in a short span. Nazia believes that all earning begins with a desire to move forward, followed by an effort to learn, continued with the flavor of practice.

Waleed Anwar

Waleed Anwar is an unorthodox trainer in a world of conformity. For Waleed it is the connection with the audience that is of paramount importance, more than anything else. Waleed’s strong association and love for Sufism, his quest for realism and his keen interest in research makes him merge the beautiful path of Sufism, with the successful traits of realism ingrained in strong research that he conducts himself. Transform yourself, with Waleed Anwar. Be the change.

Azhar Rizvi

Mr. Rizvi is the District Chairman for Technical Education and Vocational Training of Rotary District 3270, Pakistan and Afghanistan. Vice Chairman, MIT Club of Pakistan Enterprise Forum, Founding Member of DAISY for All, Pakistan, a world wide consortium for technology based learning for the blind and vision impaired and Chairperson CSR Committee of Pakistan Software Houses Association (PASHA). He has been associated with the Information technology industry for almost two decades. During this period he has served at prestigious Multinational Orgs including NCR, AT&T and Unisys in Pakistan. He is the founding Director of THKS Technology Group & serves as the Group COO and Director. Mr. Azhar is yet another story of success through hard and intelligent work.

Parvez Ghias

Parvez Ghias is the CEO at Indus Motor Company Ltd since August 2005. Prior to joining Indus Motor, Parvez Ghias was Vice President, CFO and Director at Engro Chemical Pakistan Ltd., formerly an Exxon Mobil Corporation affiliate where his career spanned 25 years with various assignments in Pakistan, Hong Kong and Canada. Parvez Ghias is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a bachelors degree in Economics and Statistics. He also serves as an independent director on the boards of Standard Chartered Bank (Pakistan) Ltd.

Chaudhry Muhammad Saeed

An entrepreneur who over a span of 25 years has established a diversified portfolio of business ranging from textile spinning units, polypropylene and was the first to bring the concept of “under one roof shopping mall” in AJK in year 2000. C. M . Saeed has been the President of the apex trade body of the country, The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry and was appointed the Honorary Consul by the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office for Mirpur, AJK. He has a deep study on different successful economies of the world and a keen observer on economics issues of Pakistan and AJK. His business success is rooted into a simple principle of take risk yield returns, but as he always advises new entrepreneurs risk should be calculated and backed to minimize the chance of losses. His sole focus is to create employment opportunities and help develop the economy of his home state AJK.

Organizing team


Dubai, United Arab Emirates


Rawalpindi/Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Ramsha Khalid
    Communications Mastermind
  • Anam Rathor
    Guest Relations
  • Niaz Ali
    Moment Catcher
  • Amal Rathore
    Creative Director
  • Arsh Azim
    Story Whiz