About Us


Dr Rahat Iqbal

​Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Dr Rahat Iqbal is ​Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Interactive Coventry Ltd and a Reader/Associate Professor in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University. He has a track record of project management and leadership of industrial projects funded by EPSRC, TSB, ERDF and local industries (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover Ltd, Trinity Expert Systems Ltd). He was involved in the project management and development of the EU FP7 project CHIL (Computers in Human Interaction Loop) at the Technical University of Eindhoven , Netherlands. Recently, he has successfully led a project in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover on self-learning car for predicting driver’s behaviour for personalisation of telematics and optimisation of route planning. He has managed many industrial projects, in Intelligent Systems, Predictive Modelling, User Behaviour, Information Retrieval and Fault Detection. He has published more than 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals and reputable conferences and workshops. Dr Iqbal is on the programme committee of several international conferences and workshops. He is also a fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy (HEA). Dr Iqbal has also edited several special issues of international journals within the field of Information Retrieval and User Supportive systems.


Dr Faiyaz Doctor

Research Director

Dr Faiyaz Doctor is Research Director of Interactive Coventry Ltd and a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Engineering, Environment and Computing at Coventry University. He has worked in industry and academia to develop Novel Computational Intelligence Solutions addressing real world problems related to smart environments, Energy Optimisation, Predictive Analytics and Collaborative Decision Support. His work has resulted in high profile innovation awards (best KTP regional finalist 2011, Lord Stafford award for Innovation) and an international patent on improved approaches for Data Analysis and Decision-Making using Hybrid Neuro-Fuzzy and Type-2 Fuzzy Systems: wo/2009/141631. He has led and co-led projects funded through the Newton Fund and Conacyt (Mexico), the TSB in collaboration with local industry (e.g. Jaguar Land Rover Ltd) and though collaborative consultancy with international partners (e.g. Ministry of Labour, Saudi Arabia). Dr Doctor has published over 50 papers in peer reviewed international journals, conferences and workshops. He regularly serves on organisation and programme committees of several international conferences and workshops in the field of Computational Intelligence. He is also a member of the IEEE and IEEE Computational Intelligence Society.


Dr Brian More

Director of Intellectual Property (IP)

Dr Brian More is Director of Intellectual Property (IP) and serves on the Board of Directors of Interactive Coventry Ltd. He works as Director for Intellectual Property at Coventry University with responsibility for policy, protection, valuation and commercialisation of all forms of IP. He manages a portfolio of 20 patent families, trademarks, designs and copyright. He has had 25 years experience working with Intellectual Property, is an inventor on 6 patents and jointly owns 3 trade marks. Dr More has been active in starting 15 companies using IP and attracting investment into them. He is passionate about education and training in the IP arena and developed accredited courses for academic and industry use. He has published 20 peer reviewed papers on research, innovation and entrepreneurship. He worked at CEA, NPL and BNFL's Company Research Laboratory. He is a Director of 2 companies and sits on 3 national advisory panels. He sits on the Board of Trustees of the Institute of Nanotechnology prior to which he was Chairman of the Steering Group to the Institute. He has worked for private contractors on assessment of development proposals in the field of Nanotechnology and worked on EU Framework projects as commercialisation consultant.

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Dr Shahid Mahmud

Director of Business Strategy

Dr Shahid Mahmud is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Interactive Group. He has more than 31 years of professional experience in the field of ICT. He has served on various federal committees of the Government of Pakistan addressing the formulation and implementation of the National Telecom and IT policies. Dr Mahmud is 2016 Distinguished Eisenhower Fellow. He is also a Senior Fellow, Global Think Tank Network (GTTN) and Co Chair for ICT on the Corporate Advisory Council of the National University of Science and Technology (NUST). He is active in several philanthropic activities, working with youth-oriented and community service projects such as Buraq Planetary Society, TRUCE, Begum Mehmooda Welfare Trust and Zubaida Khaliq Memorial Free Hospital. He has been the founder director and shareholder of Paktel Limited, Indus Vision, Pak Globalstar (Pvt) Limited, SHOA (Pvt) Limited, and Shaheen Pay TV (Pvt) Limited. He has also served as a Director of Askari Bank for over six years. In recognition for having spent his entire career in promoting IT in Pakistan, Dr Mahmud was given the Lifetime Achievement Award: at the 12th Teradata National IT Excellence Awards for 2014.

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Mr. Usman Yousuf

Director of Business Development

Mr. Usman Yousuf is Chief Executive Officer UAE at Interactive Group. His primary responsibilities include developing and implementing business strategy for the Middle East operation, forging key partnerships and alliances, and directing technical and project teams. In addition to being a certified Project Management Professional (PMP), he is also certified in logistics and The Open Group Architecture Framework 9 (TOGAF 9 Level 2). He has completed training in Strategic visioning, time management and negotiation and attended numerous workshops and trainings over the course of his career. He has worked with the United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) in his previous role in business development at a regional IT firm. He is actively involved with the Buraq Planetary Society (www.buraqsociety.org) as Vice Chairman and volunteers his time for the development of Pakistan’s youth. He has lived in the UAE for over 12 years and is fluent in English, Urdu and Arabic.

Mr Shayan Mahmud

Mr. Shayan Mahmud

Director of Branding and Social Media Strategy

Shayan Mahmud is Managing Partner of Eikon7, Islamabad and Director of Branding and Social Media Strategy at Interactive E-Solutions ltd. His creative, yet enterprising views are a testament to the principles that Interactive values above all else. At just 25, he has experienced the world with eyes both eager, and nostalgic. Having ties to China, England and Pakistan among others, gives him unique access to different world wide cultures, and ideals which he utilizes with relish both at work and outside. He has big dreams and he is paving his way towards them, one client at a time.

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