Danyaal Balkhi

Managing Director Roomph & VP Operations Ascendant

Danyaal has over nine years of experience successfully developing, scaling, and
leading startups and is best known for creating impactful and insightful business

His career is diverse, working for multinationals and startups. This gives him a unique competitive advantage in his personal and professional spheres.

Danyaal excels at multiple roles; his most recent position is VP of Operations at
Ascendant and the Managing Director for Roomph, creating strategies for convenient
hotel bookings to strengthen the hospitality and tourism sector of Pakistan.

Before this, he was the Global Head for Cross Border at the e-Commerce giant,
Daraz, working holistically to bring together key stakeholders with new and emerging
markets to uplift and streamline e-Commerce flow across six countries under his

His experience around startups stems from his co-founding his own back in 2015;
Mandi Express, a venture incubated at The Nest i/o by Google and Samsung. There,
his expertise lies in building collaborative teams within SBUs to align them with the
company’s long-term strategy.