Day 1

Thematic Area (1): Developing Conducive Business Environment
Research Papers
1 Technological Competitiveness – A Case Study of Manufacturing Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) in Sialkot, Pakistan (Ahsan Munir)
2 Understanding the Drivers of Sustainable Entrepreneurial Practices in Pakistan’s Leather Industry: A Multi-level Approach (Aqueel Imtiaz Wahga)
1 Ms. Saboohi Israr, Deputy Director, Security & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP)
2 Mr. Zulfiqar Ali, Director, Board of Investment (BOI), Lahore
3 Mr. Mughees Tahir, Program Manager, Plan-X
Thematic Area (2): Local and International Market Development for SMEs
Research Papers
1 Strategic HRM Practices and Knowledge Sharing in SMEs of Pakistan; The Intervening Role of Learning Commitment (Saba Akram)
2 Measuring the Linkage of Strategic Human Resource Management Practices with Service Behavior in Small & Medium Enterprises of Pakistan (Asma Saher)
3 Strategic HR Practices, Employee Empowerment and Organizational Performance: Empirical Findings from Small and Medium Enterprises of Karachi (Saba Mateen)
1 Mr. Badar ul Islam, UNIDO, Pakistan
2 Mr. Irfan Ahmed Rabbani, Chief Engineer, Pakistan Council for Scientific & Industrial Research (PCSIR)
Thematic Area (3): Entrepreneurship & Enterprise Development
Research Papers
1 CPEC: A Silver Lining of Industrial Growth or Grievous Intervention for the Small and Medium Sized Entertprises of Pakistan (Aleena Shuja)
2 Innovative Behaior of Women Entrepreneurs of Pakistan: Impact of Personality Traits, Gender Stereotypes and Cultural Values (Sidra Sheikh)
1 Mr. Yasuhiro Tojo – Chief Representative, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA)
2 Ms. Sarah Pervez – Head of Higher Education & Skills, The British Council
3 Ms. Zainab Tariq – Program Manager (Plan 9)
4 Mr. Mohammad Azam – Director, National Educational & Vocational Training Authority
5 MIT Enterprise Forum

Day 2

Launching Ceremony of SPX Pakistan
Thematic Area (4): SMEs Access to Finance
Research Papers
1 Why Pakistani Small and Medium Enterprises are not Reporting on Sustainability Practices (Dr. Zeeshan Mahmood)
2 Impact of Leverage and Risk Exposure on Financial Performance in SMEs of Northern Punjab (Muhammad Hamza Javed)
3 SME Financing: A Challenge in a Vulnerable Economy (Saqib Farid)
4 Small and Medium Scale Enterprises and Poverty Reduction: A Case of Pakistan (Mahwish Zafar)
1 Mr. Khurram Hussain, Bank Alfalah Limited
2 Mr. Mohammad Abdullah, Head of Special Projects Department, Pakistan Stock Exchange – PSX
3 Mr. Kashif Yaqoob, General Manager, New Business, Orix Leasing
4 Mr. Manzoor ul Haq Malik, Vice President, Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)
5 Mr. Hussain Haider, Akhuwat