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IT Careers Panel (Faisal Abbas, Aabir Rizvi)

Faisal Abbas is a technology aficionado and a geek at heart. He currently works as a Consulting Manager in the Tech Advisory area within Accenture. Faisal’s career spans over 16 years and he has worked with several Fortune 500 firms, such as Oracle, IBM, and Dell.

Faisal earned a B.S. in Computer Engineering from Sir Syed University, Pakistan, M.S. in Computer Science from Pakistan, and recently earned his MBA in Finance from Louisiana State University. Faisal has a passion for teaching and training individuals on cutting-edge technologies. In 2013, when he moved to Chicago from Austin, Faisal, with a local community member, felt the need to provide free-of-cost training to community members on easy-to-learn IT technology topics and to get them ready for the job market. With the overwhelming response, Faisal recently started his own YouTube channel to expand the scope of knowledge transfer.

Faisal has a passion for long-distance running and has completed several half marathons and finished the 2018 Chicago Marathon.

Aabir Rizvi is a people-loving, tech-loving, and above all Mola Ali (A.S.)-loving individual. He moved from Karachi to Chicago in 2002 and completed his Undergraduate Degree at the University of Illinois at Chicago. Aabir also completed his Project Management certification from Northwestern University and is actively pursuing an MBA from University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Aabir is an active member of the Chicago Shia Community and has been reciting Nohay/Manqabats for over 20 years.

Aabir is a technologist by profession and works at Microsoft as a Customer Engineer. He specializes in helping Microsoft’s Premier Customers with their Collaboration Technology needs and helps build their top leadership a road map to onboard the Microsoft Cloud platform. Aabir also plays a critical role in Microsoft’s college hire program and mentors new hires joining Microsoft in their group.