The elites and business tycoons of the country may have their inner circles and networks of their own, but in a somewhat surprising move, a 100 of Pakistan’s most prominent CEOs, elites and business tycoons have taken a weirdly casual approach to promote networking among themselves, a WhatsApp group.
Aptly called “Club 100-Senior Executives Network”, this WhatsApp group even got its own inauguration at a dinner last Saturday, and as expected, the event was packed with elites and big-names like Arif Habib, Dawood Hercules’s Samad Dawood and A. F. Ferguson’s Shabbar Zaidi.
So, who’s idea was this? Zeeshan Afzal, the Executive Director and Head of Corporate Finance/Investment Banking at Arif Habib Corporation. Here is his take on this,
“This platform is not for networking or pursuing self-interests. These are some of the best minds in the country. So much could be gained from their experience. So they are talking about agriculture, education and health.”
The Facebook-owned WhatsApp Messenger is easily the most popular app for messaging, only beaten by Facebook itself. WhatsApp groups have proven to be a really big hit among the youth generation as well as the adults. They provide a number of customizable options and encourage collaboration between a whole lot of people without making it any more complicated than talking to a single person. But this approach of creating a WhatsApp group to encourage collaboration between some of the best and most successful minds in the country is quite unheard of, and is really a unique approach.
One might wonder, why just a 100? Well, WhatsApp has a limit of 100 people per group and in just a few days, they had breached that limit. The creators of WhatsApp probably had no idea about this use of their service while making WhatsApp groups. This problem has also been acknowledged by the members of the group, and they are looking to develop a specific application for this purpose. Judging by their success and resources, that shouldn’t take long either.
WhatsApp group or not, it is good to see the some of the most established minds in Pakistan collaborating among themselves.
Source – ExpressTribune