A joint seminar was held by FPCCI and DHA Suffa University on “Post COVID 19 Global Supply Chain Crisis” on 16th December, 2021 in the Executive Lecture Theater at DHA Suffa University. The seminar was attended by DSU faculty, staff and Industry representatives.
Ms. Farhat Umar, Director PDC & CSR and Senior Lecturer Supply Chain management kicked off the event by discussing how the Global Supply Chain Crisis unfolded post COVID 19, leading to high inflation rates throughout the world. She discussed the cascading impact that supply chain disruptions including container shortages, cargo ships traffic jams on sea, truck driver shortages, component delays and port congestion had on the global economy. She elaborated how after a global recession, the world saw a dip in real GDP in 2020 followed by higher demand of goods with limited supply which has led to global inflation, rising prices of food, brent oil and a rise in inequality throughout the world. She also discussed how Supply Chains are will become regionalized going forward, and businesses will learn to do Business Continuity Planning to survive similar challenging circumstances.
The chief guest of the event, Mr. Haif Lakhani, Vice President of FPCCI gave a detailed account of how the Pakistani Businessmen managed and mitigated the Supply Chain disruptions. He explained how Pakistan textile sector has seen a global rise in demand for their products like never before. Similarly a number of new opportunities have emerged in the wake of COVID- 19, and there are many opportunities for young people as the country steadily moves towards industrialization.
Mr. Naqi Azam, Advisor to VC DHA Suffa University discussed how Disaster Management, Blockchain and Supply Chain management are gaining importance globally. He moderated a panel discussion where he unveiled exciting new foreign blended Supply Chain Management programs that the University is planning to launch in 2022. He discussed new opportunities in Supply Chain Management for the young generation.
The Vice Chancellor of DSU, Dr. Afzal Haque gave closing remarks at the seminar. He summarized the Supply Chain crisis, its impact on Pakistan and the way forward.
Finally, Mr. Tausef Aziz, Convener at FPCCI and founder of Karachi Global Market (KGM) gave a brief introduction to his organization which will give students of Universities in Karachi a chance to market their business ideas to a larger public. He explained how students can get involved in the initiative.
On Wednesday 20th October, 2021 the Professional Development Center, DHA Suffa University organized a one-day training program on “Soft Skills in the 21st Century” for the benefit of the faculty & non-teaching staff of Mechanical Engineering, Electrical Engineering and the Computer Engineering Departments.
The session was led by Mr. Noor Ali who has an experience of 25 years in the Silicon Valley, working with an organization like CISCO he gained experience in New Product Launch, Supply Chain Management, Product Life cycle Management and Cost Reduction Strategies.
Mr. Ali is an educationist and a Career Counselor with a passion to mentor and coach people to achieve their career objectives.
He eloquently briefed the audience about the strategies to overcome the gap between the industry and academia. He shared his thoughts and designs on effective teaching and how an instructor can engage and motivate his/her students. He also shared his views on how the 3-Ds of teaching styles i.e Directing, Discussing and Delegating can promote learning and how this can mutually benefit the teacher and the learners.
Acquisition of time-management skills was stressed by the speaker. Prioritizing and multitasking were regarded as need of the day. Lastly, he spoke to the audience about the seven C’s of communication. He very eloquently explained the use and effectiveness of the principles of communication.
The session was concluded with a Q&A session followed by a vote of thanks and presentation of a plaque of appreciation to Mr. Noor Ali by Engr. Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque, Vice Chancellor, DHA Suffa University.
A hybrid mode webinar entitled “Modern Practices in Supply Chain Management” was held on 23rd June 2021 at Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI ) headquarters in Karachi. It was jointly chaired by President FPCCI Mian Nasser Hyatt Maggo – and Vice Chancellor DSU Prof. Dr. Muhammad Afzal Haque whereas Ms. Farhat Umar Director PDC conducted the said webinar.
The initiative was spearheaded by Prof. Naqi Azam, Advisor to the VC DHA Suffa University and Sheikh Sultan Rehman – VP FPCCI. This landmark event was a first in DSU history with FPCCI.
The collaboration between DSU & FPCCI is to bridge academia and industry. Such corporate linkages in economic & business sectors in Pakistan are a giant leap forward in the right direction. The webinar was highly interactive followed by a vibrant questions and answers session.
It was largely attended by Pakistan’s industrialists and SME business owners including participants from Malaysia via Zoom.
Professional Development Centre at DSU conducted a discussion on “Covid-19: Issues Faced by Students and Parents” with Mr. Ahmed Saya (Cambridge University Best Teacher Award Winner, Coach, Motivational Speaker, Trainer, Co-Founder The Bridge School).
Mr. Saya talked about the physiological issues that may arise and what can be done proactively about it. He spoke about coping mechanisms parents and students may use while facing the current limited mobility/lockdown/ economic slowdown situation. He shared from his experience, and insight being associated with the teaching profession for almost 2 decades.
The issues discussed in the session resonated with the audience which ended with an active Q&A.
Full video of the session is available below.
Professional Development Centre at DSU conducted a discussion session on “Money Matters in Challenging Times” with Mr. Naqi Azam (President Mylynx, Senior International Banker, Entrepreneur).
Mr. Naqi Azam discussed about financial aspects for individuals and households, due to job cuts, salary cuts and uncertainty. He shared from his experience, and insights developed from decades of experience working in local and international markets. He also advised people on how to save in the current economic climate.
The session ended with a live Q&A round and was attended by professionals from all walks of life.
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It wasn’t too long ago that we were all talking about strict lockdowns, staying home, and the confinement and fear that was overwhelming us with each passing day in the DSU Learning in Lockdown Interview Series. And due to the rapid increase in cases, the responsibility is on all of us to practice social distancing and act responsibly in these times despite the lockdown being eased by the government.
Take a look at our interview series video below from the initial days of the lockdown, where Ms. Asma Mustafa Khan (Coach, TV Show Host, Head of Community Engagement – Mobilink) tells us how one can stay positive in challenging times and how many good things may come out of adversity and hardships.
Professional Development Centre at DSU conducted a discussion session on “Marketing in the Age of Corona” with Mr. Omar Abedin (Group Chief Marketing Officer Imarat Group – Imarat/ Graana/ Agency 21/ PropSure).
Mr. Omar discussed different aspects of marketing in the context of the current situation. He shared about why there is a need of marketing, and how companies need to balance between CSR spending and Mktg communication spending. He also discussed how the 4Ps of Marketing needs to evolve in the current scenario, and how it’s all the more important to be available on digital.
The conversation ended on the sensitivities in marketing messaging in the current climate and how you can build your personal brand these days. The session ended on a live Q&A round and was attended by professionals from all walks of life. Please see full video below and feel free to share.