Faisal Chohan

Founder,
Cogilent Solutions

Faisal Chohan is a tech entrepreneur, geek and innovator from Pakistan. He is one of the experts in the area of online recruitment, open data and human computing.

Chohan is a Computer Science graduate and started his entrepreneurial career in 2002 by becoming one of the founding members of internet start-ups in Pakistan. He spent his initial years writing code and providing customer support, while gradually expand their production in software development, micro-task based job opportunities and initiatives in disaster, open data and sanitation mapping.

Under his leadership, BrightSpyre, an online jobs platform in Pakistan, grew to 1 million users and has provided job opportunities to thousands of people in his country. He aims to build sustainable businesses in job creation and education, through crowd-sourcing projects and human-computing based games.

Chohan was awarded a TED Fellowship in 2009 and the TEDCity2.0 Prize in 2012. He was a finalist in Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge and the MIT Business Acceleration Program competitions.

His work has been covered by Wired UK, Christian Science Monitor, DW TV, BBC and many other international news channels.