PTI Social Media Team

Pioneers of Political Activism in Pakistan on Social Media

Jibran Ilyas

Core Team

Chicago, USA

Jibran Ilyas serves as a Director of Global Incident Response for a leading Cyber Security Firm and is an Adjunct Lecturer at Northwestern University for a Digital Forensics course. Jibran has been part of PTI Social Media Team since 2011 and has served as Central Facebook lead and iPhone App Co-Lead. Currently, he is a member of Social Media Core Team, where he leads strategic initiatives for SMT.

In 2011, Jibran was appointed Facebook admin for PTI Chicago page and from there he was promoted to PTI USA Facebook Admin in 2012. Also in year 2012, Jibran started working on PTI's Official iPhone Application with Co-leads Haris Siddiqui and Aly Boghani. The application was released on January 20, 2013 and became the first ever mobile application for a political party in Pakistan. In year 2013, Jibran quit his job in Chicago and traveled to Lahore to become part of Election Campaign 2013 and worked in National Campaign office in Lahore from March 2013 to May 2013. He was promoted to PTI's official page and Imran Khan's official page admin during the campaign. He traveled on almost all Campaign Jalsas with a team of passionate volunteers and provided coverage for all Official Social Media channels. Post campaign (On June 10, 2013), he was promoted to PTI's Central Facebook page lead where he led central facebook pages. As the facebook lead, Jibran introduced several new features on facebook pages such as detailed testimonials from supporters and short User Feedback graphics to build a narrative and to promote the true feelings of the Pakistani people, in the context of the historical times we live in.

Jibran managed a Global team of volunteers for PTI regional and overseas facebook pages and led the PTI's narrative on Facebook for the historical Dharna for 126 Days. Under Jibran's tenure of about one and a half years, PTI's Central Facebook page grew from 852,000 Likes to 2.46 Million Likes, while Imran Khan's Official Facebook page grew from 964,000 Likes to 3.29 Million Likes (all without any paid promotions). The secret of the success was the heartfelt captions him and his team wrote on all posts, and maintaining a high standard for the content according to PTI's Social Media Code of Conduct. Jibran also undertook the initiative of creating a list of all official facebook pages on PTI's website and worked with Social Media Core Team to get two signature pages (PTI Official and Imran Khan Official) "verified" by Facebook. Jibran's tenure as Facebook Lead ended on January 23, 2015. Since then, Jibran has been serving SMT as a Core Team member.

In his day job, Jibran serves as an investigative lead for high profile data breaches. As a thought leader throughout the years, Jibran has presented on the topics of computer forensics and cybercrime at several global security conferences including DEFCON, Black Hat USA, DHS Threat Intel Exchange, Microsoft Digital Crimes Conference, etc. In 2008, he was respectfully credited with being the first researcher to publish a whitepaper on memory dumping malware and its connection to large scale breaches in the retail industry. Visa Inc. soon thereafter issued Jibran’s findings in a two-page “Visa Data Security Alert”.

Jibran has a bachelor's degree in Networks Technology from DePaul University and a Master's degree in Information Technology Management from Northwestern University (USA).