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Naeem Zafar

President and CEO
Bitzer Mobile

Naeem is the president and CEO of Bitzer Mobile, a company that provides a platform for enterprise data mobility. He is also a faculty member at the University of California Berkeley Haas School of business. He has taught entrepreneurship and New Venture Finance since 2005.

Naeem started his own business at the age of 26 and subsequently went on to start, or work at, six startups. His first job out of Brown University with a degree in electrical engineering was to design chips and electronic systems. Twenty years, two kids, one IPO and three CEO stints later, he founded Startup-Advisor, a company focused on educating and advising entrepreneurs on all aspects of starting and running a business (www.Startup-Advsior.com).

Naeem works frequently with the US State Department in promoting innovation and entrepreneurship across the world and was invited to the Presidential Summit on Entrepreneurship in Washington, DC to participate in a dialogue about starting an entrepreneurial ecosystem worldwide. He is on the International advisory board for the North African initiative at the Aspen Institute. He has travelled to 76 countries to understand cultures and how business is done and considers himself a global citizen.

Naeem has authored five books on entrepreneurship on topics ranging from conducting market research to seeking the right funding to successful ways to start a business. Information can be found on www.NaeemZafar.com. His books including "7-Steps to a Successful Startup" are also available on Amazon.com, Kindle and on the iTunes App store.

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