1- Hello Usman, can you tell us a bit about yourself
I’m a simple guy for a small town in the North of Pakistan, in reality, however, I’d like to think of myself as a citizen of the world. An explorer and a traveler at heart, an entrepreneur and a corporate maniac both at the same time – I like it when it gets tough because it means everything is worth it, all the work that goes into designing and putting into place the right solution and the innovation which is a byproduct of such a process.
2- What are your focus areas and why?
Well – as I said, I come from a small town in Pakistan – yet look where I’m right now! So I guess hard work and your own passion does pay off in the end. From the very beginning, I focused on what I could do and how was it different from the norm. That allowed me to stand out – essentially a finance and business professional, I’ve tried to expand on what it really means to be one and that’s where the money is for me!
3- How Usman see and describe Philanthropy?
In simple terms, when you reach a point in your life, it seems rude and selfish not to share what you have benefited from with others! Someone said a long time back that sharing is caring. To me Philanthropy is just that, it’s about caring about what goes on around you, it’s about ensuring that other benefit from what you learnt the hard way and finally it’s about building a better world and better communities.
4- Where do you think you are making an impact?
Making an impact is subjective, some might view it another way while others might have a completely different take. An impact isn’t about what you think you did, it’s about what other people think of how you achieve something. The impact I’ve made is evident from what other might say about it.
5- What are some things that most people don’t know about your job?
Mostly a job is a job, it’s up to you to define it, up to you to bring it to the horizon in order for you and the work you do to matter. I’m of the view that you need to give it your best, no matter how important to menial the job you might have – be proud of the work you do, and it’ll start to show.
6- The entrepreneur world is very changing, where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
It’s about creating something, it’s not about me or anyone else. Entrepreneurship is about everything else around you, it’s about having an impact on the simplest of things. I might want to do great things, and I will! But what does matter is my understanding of what society and the world needs.
7- What were some of the biggest challenges you encountered while working as a Philanthropist?
Accepting views and making sure that you can carry them through is what it’s all about as far as I’m concerned. You face challenges and you might face them on an everyday basis – but don’t think of them as challenges – think of them as opportunities.
8- What are you most excited about at the moment?
Tomorrow! Today is all about what tomorrow can hold – I want to make it count!
What can you tell to young entrepreneurs who want to start a new adventure?
Think – Create – Innovate – Recreate! Don’t be afraid of change, stand out and prove how different you are.
9- A last Word or final thoughts?
Even though change is a constant more than ever today! Guide yourself through it within the boundaries of what you want to do and not what others expect of you! Make it count at each step.