CEO & Founder
BQE SOFTWARE, INC
Shafat founded BQE in 1995 to simplify the lives of millions of service professionals allowing firms to save time on back-office business functions so they can focus on what they love most -- the work their clients hired them to do. An engineer by trade, Shafat was acutely aware of the challenges professional service firms face when it comes to billing, time tracking, and project accounting. To meet these needs, he created the software that would become the basis of the Core platform. Over 24 years later, Shafat oversees a global enterprise that supports thousands of professional services and legal firms and over half a million users.
In 2015, BQE launched a software product specifically to meet the needs of legal firms and its functionality has been integrated into the award-winning Core platform. BQE Software won the 2016 K2 Customer Satisfaction Award and the 2019 Innovation Award for AI from CPA Practice Advisor. BQE was recognized for the past several years with Comparably Awards including Best Company for Diversity and Top 50 Best CEOs for Women.
Shafat holds a master's in structural engineering from the University of New York and a bachelor's degree from the National Institute of Technology (NIT).