Maroof Ali Syed
Chief Executive Officer
Maroof A. Syed is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Center for Economic Research in Pakistan (CERP). He has over 19 years of entrepreneurship, investment and leadership experience in multiple sectors. Maroof’s public policy interests include Innovation for Economic Development, Data Analytics and Decision Sciences, and Governance. He combines academic work in public policy, engineering, and economics with extensive experience in leading organisations and building teams. Maroof was a co-founder and Managing Partner at Karnybo Group, responsible for leading global investment strategy in pre-IPO technology companies. Prior to that, he served as Senior Director at Broadcom Corporation driving revenue growth, strategic customer engagements and product development. Maroof also held senior technical and management positions at Silicon Spice (later acquired by Broadcom), Texas Instruments and Dialogic (acquired by Intel).
Maroof serves as a Director of Pakistan Strategy and Development at Harvard’s Evidence for Policy Design (EPoD) center and is the 2017 recipient of the Lucius N. Littauer Award from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is on the board of several NGOs including Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) and a Charter Member of Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN-Boston). Maroof has a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from Rensselaer (RPI) and a Master in Public Administration (MC/MPA) from Harvard University’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.