Shoaib Ahmed (businessman)

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Shoaib Ahmed
Shoaib Ahmed

(1964-05-03) 3 May 1964 (age 58)
TitlePresident, Tally Solutions
SpouseNilofer Ahmed
AwardsThe Economic Times Now – Retail Leadership Award (2013)

Shoaib Ahmed (born May 3, 1964) is an Indian Software Evangelist and TED Speaker.[1] He was the President of Tally Solutions,[2] the leading Indian Financial ERP system with over 1 million clients and a worldwide presence in 100 countries. He was nominated by his peers in the Indian Retail industry for the Economic Times Now 'Retail Leadership Award' and was a member of the Regional Council of NASSCOM, and a Founding Member & Fellow of iSPIRT, the Indian Software Products Industry Round Table, think tank for the Indian Software Products Industry[3]

He is now incubating Catalystor – an enterprise with the intent to make technology effective for businesses.[4]

Early life and education[edit]

Ahmed, born in Bangalore in the State of Karnataka, is the son of the Late Honourable Justice S.M.Sait of the Karnataka High Court. Justice Sait, was also Secretary of the Karnataka State Hockey Association and Secretary General of the Indian Hockey Federation.[5] Shoaib did his degree in St. Josephs College, Bangalore, and post graduation from the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta.

Software evangelism[edit]

Ahmed, in addition to his role as President of Tally, is actively involved in mentoring software products and entrepreneurs in India. As a Fellow in ISPIRIT, he leads the Software Adoption Initiative (SAI).[6] He actively mentors startups both as a member of the Indian Angel Network and through CIIE – Centre for Innovation, Incubation & Entrepreneurship at Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad. He is on the advisory committee of the Glocal University[7] and was a member of the regional council of NASSCOM

Shoaib Ahmed receiving the Retail Leadership Award from Economic Times Now, Newspaper

Entrepreneurship and awards[edit]

Ahmed started as an entrepreneur by co-founding his own company, Vedha Automations, which developed a unique Point of Sale (POS) retail product – Shopper, later acquired by Tally in 2005.[8] Ahmed received the Economic Times Now 'Retail Leadership Award' in February 2013. He was nominated by his peers in the Indian Retail Industry.[9][10]


  1. ^ "Design your LUCK and Engineer your BLESSINGS".
  2. ^ Central Leadership Team. Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  3. ^ Forbes India Magazine – Is iSpirt an Alternative to Nasscom?. Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  4. ^ "Shoaib Ahmed quits homegrown enterprise software maker Tally". FactorDaily. 6 January 2017. Retrieved 10 April 2017.
  5. ^ Karnataka State Hockey Association -Celebrity Members. Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  6. ^ iSPIRT : Our People. Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  7. ^ Advisory Board.
  8. ^ Software Products: Funding and Opportunities, Shoaib Ahmed, Tally Solutions (Part 3 of 3) | ProductNation – The industry watering hole for software product industry. An iSPIRT initiative. Retrieved on 22 May 2016.
  9. ^ Award. Retrieved on 23 May 2016.
  10. ^ "Tally Education | TallyAce, TallyPro, Tally Guru Certification". Retrieved 2 April 2020.