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Dear Members,

I am pleased to share your Chapter’s activities focussing 2016 full year in review.

MARCH - 2016

•   Chapter AGM 2016 :

ISACA Karachi Chapter AGM 2016 held on 30th March 2016 at the Royal Rodale Complex DHA Karachi. A large number of chapter members attended the event. The agenda of AGM were :

  1. Seminar on ‘Global Information Security Survey’

      Delivered by Mr.Muhammad Maad.

  2. Introduction to ‘ISACA Cybersecurity Nexus (CSX)’

      Delivered by Mr.Muhammad Rehan Qadri.

  3. Approval of minutes of the AGM held on March 31, 2015


  4. Approval of the audited Financial Statements

      For the year ended December 31, 2015.

APRIL - 2016

•   Your Chapter won two international awards:

I am very proud to share that our Chapter has won "ISACA's K. Wayne Snipes Award 2015" for following two categories:

    1. Best Medium Chapter in Asia

    2. Best Medium Chapter Worldwide

In fact this is a global recognition for our chapter and we are extremely proud to earn this distinction. I wish to thank our chapter board and every chapter member for making this possible with continued & unstinted support. This is a great inspiration for all of us, I assure that the chapter board will definitely expend further efforts to win more awards for our Chapter.

•   Your chapter supported two conferences in April 2016:

ISACA Karachi Chapter supported 2nd IT Showcase Pakistan 2016 (www.itshowcasepakistan.com) and 4th Pakistan CIO Summit 2016 (www.pakistanciosummit.com) held on 05-06 April, 2016 in Karachi.

The 2nd IT Showcase Pakistan helped to promote IT products and services available to our industries and corporations across Pakistan, while Pakistan CIO Summit aimed to bring together CIOs, IT Heads, Experts, Opinion Leaders, Academia and IT solution providers under one roof.

Due to our efforts, the organizers of both conferences agreed to offer special discounts to the members of ISACA Karachi Chapter, thus a large number of chapter members attended both conferences.

•   ISACA Official Review Course in Karachi:

As you know, ISACA Karachi Chapter is the only authorized body to conduct ISACA Official Review Course in Karachi.

CISA & CISM Review courses were held in April-May 2016.

Special Discount was offered to the members of ISACA Karachi Chapter.

•   One-Day Training on Implementation of BCMS on 16-Apr-2016

Your chapter conducted one-day training session on "Introduction to the implementation of (BCMS) based on ISO22301.

This one-day training was conducted by renown industry expert Mr.Ghazali A. Wasti; he is Director IT Consulting KSA & Middle East Regional BCM leader for Protiviti in Middle East.

That training enabled participants to get familiar with the basic concepts of implementation and management of a Business Continuity Management System (BCMS) as specified in ISO 22301:2010, as well as the best practices for implementing the business continuity processes based on the ISO/PAS 22399.

The training was fully compatible with BS-25999 (Business continuity management specification) and ISO 27031 (Guidelines for information and communication technology readiness for business continuity).

•   Session on Emerging Trends in Payment Industry 20-Apr-2016

Your chapter conducted an interactive session on 'Emerging Trends in Payment Industry'. To conduct this session, we invited Mr. S. Sohail Javaad (Head of Payment Systems Division, State Bank of Pakistan). The informative event was well attended by the chapter members.

JUNE - 2016

•   Presentation on Cyber Security on 2-June-2016

Your chapter organized a presentation on “Cyber Security & Developing Enterprise Security Frameworks on 2nd June 2016 at KASBIT Karachi. To conduct this presentation we invited Mr. Syed Abid Ali, who has more than 14 years of experience in Information Security, Cyber Doctrines and Technology Management.

JULY - 2016

•   Participation in Skill & Educational Carnival 2016

Your chapter participated in “Skill & Educational Carnival 2016”, hold on July 17, 2016 at the Football Ground Aga Khan Gymkhana or in Aga Khan School, Garden, Karachi.

A large number of visitors attended the stall/booth of ISACA Karachi Chapter and showed their interest in the international certifications and in the local chapter Review Courses.

AUGUST - 2016

•   Members' Event on 31 August 2016

Your chapter organized a presentation on “Role of Internal Audit in Cyber Security” on 31-August, 2016 at ICAP Hall, ICAP, Clifton, Karachi.

To conduct this presentation we invited Mr. Riaz Nazar Ali Chunara, FCA, FCMA, CGMA Director, Internal Audit & Compliance Department, State Bank of Pakistan


•   Strategic Partner of ITCN Asia 2016 Conference & Exhibition Karachi

•   ITCN Exhibition:

A large number of students, IT/IS experts and exhibition visitors visited booth/stall of ISACA Karachi Chapter and took interest in certifications of ISACA and especially in the COBIT framework. Board members hosted the booth and provided information about role of ISACA and its Certifications, official review course conducting by chapter and entertained queries of visitors.

•   ITCN Conference (Panel Discussion)

Your chapter hosted a panel discussion on “Information Security Conference 2016 – The Changing Face of Information Security”.

From ISACA Karachi Chapter Board Mr.Attaullah I. Memon (Chair Membership) and Mr. Muhammad Maad (Treasurer) represented ISACA Karachi Chapter. The discussion was also penalized by other renown ICT industry experts. A large number of audiences witnessed & appreciated.

Chapter members were invited free in the event and offered 2 CPE Hrs.

A large number of audiences which included ISACA Karachi Chapter Members and IT Expert / professionals from leading organization attended the event.


•   Members' Event on 22 December 2016:

Your chapter organized a presentation on “Preparing for Impending Threats" on 22 December 2016 at ICAP Hall, ICAP Clifton, Karachi.

To conduct this presentation we invited Mr. Kamran Meer who is the head of IT Risk and information Security at Bank Alfalah for Pakistan and 4 countries since last 5 years; before that he served as a CISO at HBL for Pakistan and 20 countries for 4 years. He holds BS and MBA degrees and has worked for IBM and Oracle in USA, Europe and Middle East. He has been a speaker at regional events at Middle East Financial and Technical Conference, eCrime Congress, PCI Dubai and Abu Dhabi and NexGen Security, Singapore.

Best Wishes for New Year 2017

As you know your chapter board always plays its role for the betterment of chapter and chapter members, so I assure you that as per previous, we would definitely try hard to arrange more events which would not only fruitful for Chapter Members but also for other industry professionals & experts. I on behalf of your chapter board wish you a very happy new year and assure you more efforts and more dedications ahead for 2017.

Last but not the least; I would like to thank you for supporting your chapter. Feel free to contact us. As your chapter board is committed to serve you better, so that we can make ISACA Karachi Chapter as one of the leading chapters of Asia.

Thank you.

Zain A. Ansari

President, ISACA Karachi Chapter.