Since 2008, COMSATS Institute of Information Technology (CIIT) has been annually organizing ‘The South Asian International Conference (SAICON) as the custodian of the South Asian Chapter of the Academy for Global Business Advancement (AGBA) with the exception of 2009. The SAICON provides an excellent platform to the academicians, research scholars, corporate professionals, and entrepreneurs from the business, economics, and social sciences to interact and exchange their break through ideas and elaborate on ever-evolving market dynamics. The SAICON endeavors to promote and facilitate the research culture.  It aims at effectively playing its role in linking the researchers with the industry through its website enabling a networking environment round the clock.
Knowledge has been in-arguably the pivotal tool appealing creativity and innovation. The same has emerged with greater force for business management in the modern age of fast growing the state of the art technologies. Management in this context is getting more crucial with every turn of the day. The economic comparative advantage and competitive edge have great stake in discovering and diffusion of the new knowledge.  
The present day organizations are bent upon acquiring the ability to manage the knowledge dynamics. Innovation is no more a blue-moon, it is an everyday demand. Drive to success is not a mere stroke of chance, it is a leadership trait. Economic comparative advantage seeks novel strategies. Theme of the SAICON 2013 captures these current aspects i.e. ‘Management, Innovation, Leadership, Economics, and Strategy’. Hence, the SAICON 2013 will provide a platform to all the stakeholders to discuss domestic, regional, and global implications of the theme areas.


 Since its inception in 1998, COMSATS has grown tremendously in our national context with 7 fully functional campuses across the country i.e. Islamabad (Principal seat), Abbottabad, Attock, Lahore, Sahiwal, Vehari,  and Wah campuses,  and 6 more in the offing i.e. Gujrat, Karachi, Kotli,  Larkana, Peshawar ,and Quetta  with an additional possibility of establishing a campus in Gulf in near future. It has over 20,000 enrolled students in 5 faculties with 17 departments.  Presently, 37 graduate programs and 30 under graduate programs are on offer in which around 20,000 students.  Among 2000 plus faculty members more than 450 are PhD holders while about 500 are in pursuit of PhD in different universities of the World.  The remaining faculty are MS/MPhil in relevant fields. CIIT has proudly produced more than 18000 graduates since its inception.