The Helpers

Aatif Awan

Founder, Managing Partner

Aatif started Indus Valley Capital with a mission to help founders build the most transformational and impactful companies in Pakistan. Indus Valley has been the first institutional VC to back many category-leading startups including Bazaar, Marham, BridgeLinx, Markaz, Remotebase and Maqsad. Our portfolio startups have raised $270M+ in capital, more than a third of all funding raised by Pakistani startups in the last 3 years. 

Previously, Aatif was VP Growth & International Products at LinkedIn and built the product team that grew the network by half a billion members. Aatif also led the product integrations between LinkedIn and Microsoft after the $26B acquisition.

Areeb Zafer

Venture Analyst

Areeb is passionate about the intersection of digital, business, and strategy. He was the first hire at Indus Valley Capital as an Intern and joined as an Analyst after his undergraduate education from LUMS.

Previously, Areeb has helped build Venture for Pakistan, a platform to cultivate top talent in Pakistan to become founders. He has driven strategy pieces at Fortune 500 companies like Citi and Philip Morris International. At LUMS, Areeb led Pakistan's first and largest student-run consulting club, the LUMS Consultancy Group, to create value for private and public sector clients.