Salim Ghauri

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Salim Ghauri
سلیم غوری۔
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EducationForman Christian College Lahore Institute of Petroleum and Gas in Romania
OrganizationNETSOL Technologies Ltd.
Known forCEO of NETSOL Technologies Ltd.

Salim Ghauri is the founder and CEO of NETSOL Technologies and the dynamic force behind the success of the IT powerhouse globally. Today, NETSOL stands as a leader in providing technology solutions primarily to the global asset finance and leasing industry. With strategically located offices worldwide, NETSOL serves a diverse global clientele, including blue chip and Fortune 500 organizations.

Early life and education

Salim Ghauri attended Linzer Day High School overseen by a German principal. Following high school, in 1971, he enrolled at Forman Christian College in Lahore, Pakistan for his undergraduate studies. Upon graduation, Salim Ghauri furthered his education at the Institute of Petroleum and Gas in Romania.


Salim Ghauri is a renowned IT entrepreneur with nearly four decades of experience in the industry and is regarded as one of the most prominent figures from the Pakistani IT sector. Salim Ghauri founded NETSOL Technologies in the mid-1990s. He has been integral in leading the company and helping it grow into the successful multinational enterprise it is today.


  • Serves as the Honorary Consul of Australia for Punjab.
  • Received CEO Club Network’s Award for NETSOL as the 'Best Lease and Finance’ company at the 21st ITCN Asia conference 2022.
  • Director on Board of Pakistan Software Export Board
  • Director on Board of Punjab Skills Development Fund
  • Director on Board of Forman Christian College University.
  • Under Salim’s visionary leadership, NETSOL has won Asia Pacific ICT Association’s Award for the ‘Best Financial Product.’
  • Rated as one of the Top CEOs of Pakistan for 2022 in IT by PakWired’s ranking of CEOs. This rating has been achieved by him With immense respect for up-coming entrepreneurs, in 2015, Salim Ghauri set up NSPIRE - a state-of-the-art business incubator and platform for start-ups to establish their businesses.
  • Was selected as part of the FICAC by World Federation of Consuls Who’s Who (Third Edition) published in Belgium. (2015)
  • Has received the Lifetime Achievement Award in the IT industry from the Governor Punjab in Pakistan (2013).
  • A sought-after motivational speaker having delivered talks on various national and international forums. Domestically, Salim Ghauri has spoken at a number of universities and colleges and provided mentoring sessions to students in Pakistan.
  • On an global level, he has spoken at the China Leasing Summit in China, Open Silicon in the United States and the Asset Finance International in the United Kingdom.
  • A well-known philanthropist, Salim Ghauri is involved in various charities and causes for the lesser privileged people of Pakistan.
  • Launched the NETSOL Education Support Program (NESP) which supports the educational expenses of 652 children of the company’s entire lower-wage staff in order to provide these children with a brighter future.
  • Involved in a number of charitable projects and causes as a regular donor.


Author of two books ‘Ghauri - From Nothing to Everything’ and ‘Everything is Possible’ pertaining to his life journey, business experiences and achievements.


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