Here are the first confirmed speakers / panelists for #PMAC19


– Development Economist
– Ex-Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
– Former Undersecretary, United Nations
– Former Vice President, World Bank

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Director, IBL Group
including Searle, IBL and,
IBL HealthCare Ltd.

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 Board Member, Silkbank Ltd.
-Ex (Citibank, Habib Bank,
Union Bank, and Chairman of KSE)

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Metage Capital Ltd. UK
Previously with Nomura Europe and Credit Suisse First Boston

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– CEO Karachi Education
Initiative – Former Chairman of
National Bank of Pakistan and
Pakistan Stock Exchange

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– Award Winning Financial Analyst
– Host, My Worst Investment Ever Podcast
Valuation Master | Advisor | Speaker
– Former President, CFA Society Thailand

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Executive Director
Banking Supervision Group
State Bank of Pakistan

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Pak Brunei Investment Co.

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Founding and Senior Partner
Mandviwalla & Zafar Associates
and President, SAARCLAW

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Deputy Chief Executive Officer
Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Ltd.

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CEO, TPL Corp Ltd.
Director, TRG Pakistan Ltd.

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Group Managing Director
Martin Dow Group

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Karandaaz Pakistan

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Entrepreneur, Investment
Banker and CEO
Elixir Securities

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Executive Teaching Fellow Behavioural
Decision Science, London School of
Economics and Political Science

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Partner and Head of Pakistan Practice
Clyde & Co.

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Investment Banker/FinAdv;
Member Board, Privatisation
Commission; Ex-Member EC, Board of
Investment; and Co-Founder, baseH


Director & Co-Founder
Symmetry Group

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Conference Agenda

08:00 am – 09:15 am
Registration and Networking Tea / Coffee

09:15 am – 09:20 am
Recitation & National Anthem

09:20 am – 09:25 am
Welcome Address – Hamza W. HashmiChief Executive Officer, TerraBiz

09:25 am – 09:35 am
Opening Remarks – Ali Akhai Chairman, Martin Dow Group


09:35 am – 09:45 am
M&A Scene & Relevance of this Conference
Adnan Rizvi Partner, KPMG Pakistan, Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG MESA Region

09:45 am – 10:10 am
Special Presentation: The Unique Growth Story of Martin Dow Group – Four Major Acquisitions Within a Span of Just Seven Years
Javed Ghulam Mohammad Group Managing Director & CEO, Martin Dow Group

10:10 am – 10:30 am
M&A & Private Equity in Pakistan – Overview & Opportunities for Investors
Fawaz ValiaaniEntrepreneur, Investment Banker, and CEO, Elixir Securities

10:30 am – 10:45 am
International Perception of Pakistan as an Investment Destination
Taimur Malik Partner  & Head of Pakistan Practice, Clyde & Co.

10:45 am – 10:55 am
Q&A and interaction with audience

10:55 am – 11:15 am


11:15 am – 11:45 am
Fireside Chat with Ex-Governor SBP
Guest: Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
Development Economist; Ex-Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
– Former Undersecretary, United Nations; and Former Vice President, World Bank
Moderator: Mehmood Mandviwalla
Founding and Senior Partner, Mandviwalla & Zafar Associates and President, SAARCLAW

11:45 am – 12:30 pm
Banking Sector M&A in Pakistan – Discussion with Icons
Shaukat TarinBoard Member Silk Bank / Ex-President, HBL & Union Bank
Muneer KamalCEO Karachi Education Initiative / Former Chairman of NBP and PSX
Moderater: Khurram Schehzad Member Board, Privatisation Commission, and Co-Founder, baseH

12:30 pm – 01:00 pm
M&A Masterclass
Sadeq SayeedChairman, Metage Capital Ltd. UK / Ex-CEO, Nomura Europe & EX-MD, Credit Suisse First Boston

01:00 pm – 02:00 pm


02:00 pm – 02:30 pm
International Keynote – How to Value Any Company in the World LIVE VIDEOCAST
Andrew Stotz, PhD, CFA
Award Winning Financial Analyst; Host, My Worst Investment Ever Podcast; Valuation Master; Advisor; Speaker; and Former President, CFA Society Thailand

02:30 pm – 03:00 pm
Growth Story of Searle Pakistan in a Fireside Chat
Guest: Rashid Abdulla Director, IBL Group including Searle, IBL, and IBL HealthCare Ltd.
Moderator: Adnan Rizvi Partner, KPMG Pakistan, Head of Deal Advisory, KPMG MESA Region

03:00 pm – 03:15 pm
How Our Mind Tricks Us When Making Strategic M&A Decisions?
Dr. Umer Taj Executive Teaching Fellow Behavioural Decision Science, London School of Economics and Political Science

03:15 pm – 04:00 pm
Panel Discussion on Achieving Growth Through M&A
Ayesha Aziz CEO, Pak Brunei Investment Co.
Ali JameelCEO, TPL Corp Ltd. and Director, TRG Pakistan Ltd.
Nadeem Amjad KhanDeputy CEO, Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Ltd.
Ali SarfarazCEO, Karandaaz
Moderator:  Faseeh Mangi – Bloomberg Journalist

04:00 pm – 04:15 pm
Role of SBP in Banking Sector M&A
Dr. Inayat Hussain – Executive Director, Banking Supervision Department, State Bank of Pakistan

04:15 pm onwards
Distribution of Mementos, Vote of Thanks & Closing Tea

The organizer reserves the right to change/alter the program


After the unprecedented success of the 1st & 2nd editions, we expect that the 3rd edition will exceed expectations. Our objective continues to be the provision of a forum where serious discourse can take place on the various aspects of this uniquely specialized, extremely important and thoroughly interesting topic of Mergers & Acquisitions. We aim to discuss threadbare most of the headline transactions that have taken place in the recent past and give potential buyers and sellers the ideas, tools, and methodologies to carry out successful M&A deals.

We will discuss international best practices, regulatory regimes, the role of advisors and postmerger challenges & solutions in the light of the latest industry developments. During times of economic hardship, it makes good sense to close ranks and join forces in an effort to arrest and reverse the slide and boost business activity. In troublesome times such as these that Pakistan is transitioning through M&A makes for good business sense, so here were are with the 3rd Edition of the Pakistan Mergers & Acquisitions Conference with great new insights from Industry leaders awaiting your pleasure and profit. Please mark your diaries. We look forward to welcoming you to an event that you cannot afford to miss.

International Keynote

How to Value Any Company in the World

Learn a structured framework to value any company in the world. Quickly analyze a company’s value, reduce valuation errors, and save time.

Andrew Stotz, PhD, CFA is an awardwinning stock market analyst who had 20 years on the clock at investment banks before starting A. Stotz Investment Research, a stock selection and fund advisory firm in Asia. He is the current CFA Society Thailand president.

Who Should Attend

CEOs, CFOs, corporate treasurers and board members

CFA Charterholders, Chartered Accountants

Investment, Corporate and Commercial Bankers

Private Equity players

Consultants and advisory firms

Lawyers wishing to understand the financial logic of M&A and buyouts

Government regulators: ministries of finance, central bank & stock market regulators

Financial Analysts, Fund Managers, Aspiring Finance Students

At the crossroads of corporate strategy and finance lies valuation. Companies create value by investing capital to generate future cash flows at rates of return that exceed their cost of capital. The faster they can grow and deploy more capital at attractive rates of return, the more value they create. The mix of growth and return on invested capital relative to the cost of capital is what drives the creation of value.

In this engaging, one-day workshop, participants will learn how to quickly analyze and value more companies to reach investment decisions faster.

Business owners, CEOs, MDs, CXOs, financial analysts, fund managers, portfolio managers, and anyone else interested to learn about valuation

Group discussions, real-life case-studies, exercises, videos

  • Establish the context of valuation
  • Conduct strategic and financial analysis
  • Identify methods of valuation
  • Learn asset based, multiples based and DCF based methods
  • Differentiate how various methods can be applied
  • Understand the advantages and disadvantages of various valuation methods
  • Why value value?
  • Fundamental principles of value creation
  • Frameworks for valuation
  • Estimating the cost of capital
  • WACC and its impact on DCF based valuation
  • Overview of generally accepted valuation methods
  • Advanced valuation issues
  • Special situations – valuation in emerging markets, valuing high-growth companies

With 26+ years of business experience, Syed Asim Rashid is an award-winning, internationally recognized leader known for business turnarounds, developing leaders and creating solid shareholder value. Asim is the President & CEO of CreativeSwan that helps organizations become increasingly successful. Previously, he served as Regional Director GE Energy where his intrapreneurship resulted in business expansion over 12 countries of the Middle East. During the course of his career, Asim has been actively engaged in M&A integrations. He saw the challenges first-hand, solved complexities arising out of M&A deals and led the process of integration. Asim also held key positions with Engro (formerly Exxon), Siemens and Japan Power.

Asim holds an MBA from Manchester Business School, UK, MS in Global Energy Management from University of Colorado Denver, USA, and Electrical Engineering degree from NED University, Karachi. He extensively studied leadership, strategy, advanced finance, M&A and investments. Asim attended world-class programs at Harvard, MIT, Wharton, Booth, INSEAD, AMA, GE and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He is a GE trained Coach, and 6-Six Sigma Greenbelt, who holds double Train the Trainer/Facilitator certificates from Association for Talent Development (ATD), USA and American Management Association (AMA).


“Very good training….. we are thrilled to hear the feedback….. keep it up” – Power & Energy

“The best ever training I attended in my 17 year banking career…..” – Banking and financial services

“I learned a lot after having such a nice session….. went very well indeed” – Telecom & Digital Technology

“We are more than 110% happy with your session…..” – leading business school

“We never attended such a customized workshop for our sector…..” – Development sector

“Amazing insights for senior leadership…..” – FMCG

“Most engaging session I ever attended…..” – Fertilizer

“You helped us achieve our business objectives….. very practical….. real world conversations…..” – Chemical/Petrochemical

“You are a natural coach…..” – Oil & Gas

“Thank you for guiding our team how to negotiate better and increase profitability…..” – Textile

“We’d love to have you back shortly…..” – Ports & Shipping


For branding/ partnership opportunities, registration(s) and further details, please contact
For registration(s), send us your Name, Designation, Organisation, Mobile, E-Mail and Postal Address to

Mohammed Phaysal
Mobile: +92 300 213 3849
Tel.: +92 21 3483 3775 / 3480 1888

Cancellation Policy

Refunds are not allowed, however substitutes may attend, provided we are informed in writing at least 5 working days in advance. In the event of unforseen circumstances, MAP reserves the right to postpone, amend or cancel the event.

Registration Investment
13% SST will be added

16 Credit Hours (claimable for conference and workshop)

Conference Fee: 12,000 per person
Workshop Fee: Rs. 35,000 per person
*Gold Pass (Conference+Workshop) Rs. 40,000 per person
(You save Rs. 7,000)

The fee includes conference kit, lunch, refreshments and business networking

Praise For PMACs

It has been an excellent experience, conference is very well organized, the list of panelists/presenters is fantastic and honestly, it’s great to see M&A discussions happening at this forum because it gives an opportunity for companies and all the stakeholders to learn from the best.
Shazad DadaChief Executive Officer, Standard Chartered Bank

This conference on M&A is one of the greatest I’ve attended. It goes for our company itself looking for any merger or acquisition and I think this has given me a lot of insight and some of the speakers have given very good direction. This will help us a lot.
Aftab Tapal CEO, Tapal Tea

Very timely and comprehensive conference when a chain of M&A activities are on the go.
Sajid Hussain EVP & Group Head Audit & Risk Review, UBL

My compliments to team TerraBiz for organizing 1st M&A conference. It was extremely well organized, very much on time and most interesting point that quality of speakers & panelists was extremely good. They were from top of the field from financial world, legal world, advisory as well as the chartered accounting firms so there was a lot of learning. I want to say if there is similar conference again, I would very much like to spend the whole day.
Kamal A. Chinoy Executive Director, Pakistan Cables

The quality of speakers was really good. I hope more and more such conferences are organized.
Abdul Aleem CE/ Secretary General, OICCI

Good to hear from those who decided and executed the M&As.
Shahzad Shahid CEO, TPS Pakistan

Partial List of Past Participating Companies

Al Meezan Investment, A.F. Ferguson, Bayer, Aga Khan Education, Beaconhouse, ABL Asset, EY, Business Recorder, Ali Gohar, EFU Life, Askari Bank, Avanza, BASF, DataNet, IBA, Dewan Mushtaq, Adamjee Life, Al Baraka, Compass Consulting, Emirates Supply Chain, Ellahi Capital, Attock Cement, Bank Alfalah, Alfalah Securities, Deloitte, Fauji Fertilizer, Gaditek , Geo Tv, Getz Pharma, HBL, Habib Metro, HUM Network, IGI Life Insurance, Ijaz Ahmed & Associates Advocates & Legal Consultants, Interloop, IIL, IoBM, International Petrochemicals, JS Bank, K-Electric, Linde Pakistan, Lucky Tex, Macter Pharma, Mandviwalla & Zafar, Marketing International Services, Martin Dow, MCB Bank, KPMG, NIT, NIB Bank, Pak Oman, Pakistan Cables, PARCO, PAIR Investment, Samba Bank, Sattar & Sattar Legal Counsels, Shafi GlucoChem, SILKBANK, SSGC LPG, TPS, Lucky Cement, Summit Bank, Sybrid, Tapal Tea, Searle, TPL Holding, Unilever, United Arab Shipping Agency Co., Universal Freight Systems, World Wide Group, Attock Cement, Byco Petroleum, OICCI, CCL Pharmaceuticals, Darul Sehat Hospital, Dewan Sugar Mills, EFU Life, Genix Pharma, HF Global Services, ICI, Lucky Cement, Macpac Films, Masood Textile Mills, Metro Capital, National Foods, NBP Fund Management, Packages Limited, PEL, PPL, PSE, TPL Properties, United Towel Exporters, AEG Travel Services, Ali & Associates, Attribe Solutions, State Bank of Pakistan, BMA Capital, Cyan Ltd., Dewan Cement, Dollar Industries, Faysal Bank, FTC Management, HaidermotaBNR, Ignite, JASB Consulting, LCMD, Marine Group, MCB Bank, Dawood Hercules Corporation, UBL, National Bank, Tower Share, Pakistan International Bulk Terminal, Puma Energy, S&P Global Market Intelligence, Samba Bank, Shajar Capital Pakistan, Shield Corporation, ZIL, Hi Tech Lubricants, Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, PharmEvo, ATCO Laboratories, Bank Al Habib, BlueEx, Efroze Chemical, Gatron Industries/ Novatex, et al.

Sponsors / Partners

    Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
    - Development Economist
    - Ex-Governor, State Bank of Pakistan
    - Former Undersecretary, United Nations - Former Vice President, World Bank

    Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has had a broad-based development career in leading national and multilateral organizations spanning over 37 years. She served as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan from 2006 to 2009, Under Secretary General of the Economic and Social Commission of the Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), Senior Special Advisor on Economics and Finance and Assistant Secretary General UN, the UN Secretary General’s G20 Sherpa and Vice President, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at The World Bank. She was also Senior Special Advisor to the President of Asian Development Bank (ADB). In 2018, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar served as Federal Minister of Finance, revenue, economic affairs, statistics division, planning and development as well as industry and commerce areas in Pakistan’s caretaker government.Dr. Shamshad has advised various governments and the private sector in specific areas of development, governance, poverty, privatization, and public-private partnerships in numerous sectors. As Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, she was nominated Asia’s Best Central Bank Governor by the Emerging Markets Group in 2006 and Bankers Trust in 2007. She was also amongst Asian Wall Street Journal’s top ten Women Business Leaders in 2008. Dr. Shamshad is a Chairperson of Karaadanz, a not-for-profit Company that focuses on fostering economic growth and creating jobs through financial inclusion of unbanked individuals and unserved enterprises, with a special focus on women and youth. She was a Post–Doctoral Fellow and U.S Full-bright Scholar at Department of Economics, Harvard University. The learned doctor is also a PhD Economics from University of Paisley, UK, Masters of Arts with Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, UK and MSc (Economics) from the University of Islamabad and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Punjab.

    Rashid Abdulla
    Director, IBL Group including Searle, IBL, and IBL HealthCare Ltd.

    Mr. Rashid Abdulla has been associated with the IBL Group through his family ownership in the Group Companies. More than 50 years ago, he started his career in the Group as a part time Trainee while completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. He has since risen in the Group through various appointments of increasing responsibility and has held the position of CEO and Group M.D. for the last twenty years. He serves as Director on the boards of several companies associated with the IBL Group including The Searle Company Limited, International Brands Limited and IBL HealthCare Limited. Mr. Abdulla is one of the most senior and respected business professionals in the country and in addition to his active supervision of the Group companies; he is an avid sponsor of various philanthropic and charitable organizations. He is one of TCF’s Co-Founders and first Chairman of the Board of Directors of TCF.

    Shaukat Tarin
    - Board Member Silk Bank
    - Ex-President, HBL & Union Bank

    Mr. Shaukat Tarin – Director A senior banker with 45 years of international banking experience, Mr. Tarin, after 22 years with Citibank N.A., was responsible for turning around Habib Bank Limited from a USD 230 m loss making entity into an entity earning an operating profit of USD 30 m in three years. He was also Chairman and CEO of Union Bank in his last position. He built this bank from a balance sheet of USD 250 m to USD 2.2 bn and Profit after Tax from breakeven to USD 30 m in 6 years. From October 2008 to February 2010 he remained the Minister for Finance, Economic Affairs and Planning of the Government of Pakistan and helped the country prevent an imminent default. His efforts stabilized the economy of Pakistan and growth rate was restored. His effort and conduct in the government has drawn wide spread appreciation from both the international as well as domestic stakeholders/audience.

    Sadeq Sayeed
    Metage Capital Ltd. UK  Previously with Nomura Europe and Credit Suisse First Boston

    Mr. Sayeed gained global prominence for his lead role in the acquisition of the EMEA & Asia businesses of Lehman Brothers in 2008 as the CEO Nomura International. He has over 30 years of experience in investment banking and has served as Managing Director of Credit Suisse First Boston

    Muneer Kamal
    CEO Karachi Education Initiative
    Former Chairman of National Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan Stock Exchange

    Muneer Kamal’s diverse corporate governance experience includes having previously served as Chairman of Pakistan Stock Exchange, Chairman of National Bank of Pakistan, Trustee of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital, Director of Engro Corporation, Director of New Horizon Exploration & Production Ltd., Director of Government Holdings Private Ltd., and Vice Chairman of KASB Group. Muneer Kamal’s career in banking & financial services sector spanning over 35 years started with Citibank Pakistan where he served in various local and international positions, including Head of Country Public Sector & Financial Institutions. Subsequently, Muneer Kamal went on to executive roles, appointed in President/ CEO roles at Faysal Bank Ltd, Union Bank Ltd. and KASB Bank Limited, successively. He currently serves as a member of the board at Dawood Hercules Corporation. An advisor to the Dawood Hercules Group, Muneer Kamal’s current area of responsibility is to develop the next generation of business leaders, in his role as CEO of Karachi Education Initiative, which funds the graduate management school Karachi School of Business & Leadership. Mr. Kamal has an MBA degree from the University of Karachi.

    Andrew Stotz, PhD, CFA
    - Award Winning Financial Analyst
    - Host, My Worst Investment Ever Podcast;  Valuation Master; Advisor; Speaker
    - Former President, CFA Society Thailand

    Andrew Stotz, PhD, CFA is the CEO of A. Stotz Investment Research, a company that provides institutional and high net worth investors with ready-to-invest stock portfolios that aim to beat the benchmark through superior stock selection.

    While previously as Head of Research at CLSA, Andrew was voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the Asiamoney Brokers’ Poll for two years in a row. He was also voted No. 1 Analyst in Thailand in the Institutional Investor magazine All-Asia Research Team Report.  Andrew has been a lecturer in finance for 25 years at various universities in Thailand and is currently a research faculty and a member of the international advisory board at Thammasat Business School and an adjunct professor at the University of Science and Technology of China. He served two terms as president of the CFA Society Thailand.

    Dr. Inayat Hussain
    Executive Director – Banking Supervision Group
    State Bank of Pakistan

    Dr. Inayat Hussain has bought a diversified experience of over two decades in Banking Supervision, Regulations, Policy and Operations. He currently serves as an Executive Director of the Banking Supervision in the State Bank of Pakistan. He is responsible for Financial Stability, Supervision of Financial Institutions, Enforcement function and Banking conduct. He is a member of the Council of Regulators and Monetary Policy Committee and Financial Stability Executive Committee of the State Bank of Pakistan. He has also been on the boards of International Islamic Financial Market and Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. He holds Master’s degrees in business administration, FRM and CFA designations and doctorate degree in economics and finance from Curtin University, Australia.

    Ayesha Aziz
    CEO, Pak Brunei Investment Co.

    Ayesha Aziz,  Managing Director, Pak Brunei Investment Company Ayesha Aziz is associated with Pakistan Brunei since its inception. She has worked with ANZ Banking Group for over ten years in various areas including Treasury, Portfolio Management, Planning and Financial Engineering. She was also involved in business operations and subsidiaries of Pak Oman Investment Company. She is the director on the Board of Primus Investment Management and Chairs the Board of Awwal Modaraba Management Ltd. Ms. Aziz is an MBA from IBA and a qualified CFA.

    Mehmood Mandviwalla
    Senior Partner, Mandviwalla & Zafar Associates
    President, SAARCLAW

    Mr. Mehmood Mandviwalla is a Barrister-at-Law from Lincoln's Inn, London and did his LLB (Hons.) from the London School of Economics and Political Science. He has extensive experience spanning over 30 years in all aspects of commercial and corporate law. He has significant experience of successfully consummating multiple M&A transactions primarily in the banking and pharma sectors. Mr. Mandviwalla is currently the president of SAARC LAW and is on the Board of Directors of GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan Ltd. as well as the British Overseas School. He has served as a Director on the Board of the State Bank of Pakistan and was also the Caretaker Minister of Law and Prisons in the Caretaker Government of Sindh in 2013.

    Nadeem Amjad Khan
    Deputy CEO, Al Baraka Bank (Pakistan) Ltd.
    Director, Representing Al Baraka Islamic Bank B.S.C (C)

    Nadeem Amjad Khan is FCA and currently working as Deputy Chief Executive Officer in AlBaraka Bank (Pakistan) Limited. Possesses 20 years of rich experience with Al Baraka Banking Group, is also a member of various committees at the Group Level. He has worked with leading accounting firms at senior positions in the past and enriched students of accountancy by imparting invaluable knowledge. He specializes in accounting, tax, Islamic banking, and Strategy, treasury and capital markets. He is also a member of the different committees engaged in the development of accounting standards for interest free modes of financing and investments.

    Ali Jameel
    CEO, TPL Corp Ltd. and Director, TRG Pakistan Ltd.

    Mr. Ali Jameel is also the CEO of TPL Corp Ltd. and the director of TRG Pakistan Ltd. Mr. Jameel has served as the CEO of Jahangir Siddiqui Investment Bank. He has also held several advisory posts in Board of Investment, Economic Advisory Council, Pakistan’s information technology and telecommunication sectors, including appointments on the Task Force on Telecom Deregulation, the Fiscal Incentive Group on the IT Commission and the Task Force on Venture Capital. Mr. Jameel received his BSc. Degree in Economics from The London School of Economics. He is also an Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and qualified in 1994 at KPMG  Peat Marwick in London.

    Javed Ghulam Mohammad
    Group Managing Director and CEO
    Martin Dow Group

    Javed Ghulam Mohammad is a qualified fellow member of the ICMAP. His professional experience spans over 25 years and has worked on several key positions in various local & multinational companies. He started his pharmaceutical career from Abbott Laboratories followed by Getz Pharma, Martin Dow, and Briogene. He served Martin Dow as Managing Director from August 2010 till October 2012 after the acquisition of Roche brands and manufacturing facility. Afterwards, he joined Briogene as CEO for over 2 years. For the last 4 years, he has been associated with AJ Research & Pharma (subsidiary of Al Jomaih group, Saudi Arabia) based in Malaysia as CEO. Under his leadership, AJ Pharma has progressed tremendously from a startup company to operations in more than 7 countries.

    CEO, Karandaaz

    Mr. Ali Sarfraz is CEO of Karandaaz Pakistan, a nonprofit company set up by the United Kingdom Department for International Development (DFID) and Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. He is leading the company in improving financial inclusion through SME financing; employing technology-enabled digital solutions, and producing and disseminating policy research relevant for Pakistan. His professional journey - spanning nearly two decades - encompasses experience across private, public and not-for-private sectors. He was engaged in advising private sector firms while working in senior strategy and operational positions in Asia, Europe, and the US. He also developed new strategies in the wake of mobile number portability for a major mobile operator in Pakistan. Furthermore, he has worked in senior policy positions focusing on building conducive business environments, developing a skilled workforce and adopting technology used in the Federal and Provincial Government. He has an MBA from INSEAD and a BS in Electrical Engineering from UT Austin.

    Fawaz Valiaani
    Chief Executive Officer
    Elixir Securities Pakistan

    Mr. Fawaz Valiaani is the CEO of Elixir Securities. He is an entrepreneur and investment banker having over 18 years of experience in securities brokering, investment banking & private wealth management. He has previously worked in Dubai, London and Karachi covering advisory in most asset classes including equities, fixed income, corporate finance, Islamic investments, commodities and real estate. Fawaz has extensive experience in origination, structuring & execution of deals with major investment banks, alternate asset managers and private equity funds. Prior to Elixir, Fawaz was with BMA Capital as an Executive Director & Chief Operating Officer and Member Board of Directors and at Halkin Investments LLP as Head of Advisory & Principal Investments and Founder & CEO of Valliani Capital in Dubai. Previously he has also worked at Fidelity Investments in Boston as an Associate Financial Analyst and with Merrill Lynch as an Assistant Financial Consultant in Washington DC, USA.

    Dr. Umar Taj
    Executive Teaching Fellow Behavioural Decision Science
    London School of Economics and Political Science

    Umar is a Research Fellow in Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School and an Executive Teaching Fellow in Decision Making at London School of Economics and Political Science. His interest lies in helping businesses apply the latest insights from behavioural economics and neuroscience to achieve positive outcomes. His work spans across the domains of tech, health, finance, HR, politics and international development. He provides consulting and training services to over 50 global organisations.

    Taimur Malik
    Partner and Head of Pakistan Practice
    Clyde & Co

    Taimur acts as strategic counsel to clients across different industry sectors. He is based in the Dubai office and supports clients across the Middle East and Pakistan. He regularly advises governments, sovereign wealth funds, financial institutions, listed companies and Fortune 500 companies on ……. matters including ……… M&A and joint ventures in countries across Asia, the Middle East and Africa. He is an alumnus of the Georgetown Leadership Seminar and has also attended The Hague Academy of International Law. He also holds an MBA from the University of Oxford.

    Adil Ahmed
    Director & Co-Founder
    Symmetry Group

    Co-Founder of Symmetry Group & a seasoned tech entrepreneur. Adil is one of the pioneers of Digital Media in the country and has played a pivotal role in the growth & evolution of the digital marketing industry in Pakistan. With over 16 years of industry experience of working with companies including Yahoo, Maktoob & ESPN Digital in the Middle East and other regions. Adil carries Digital Marketing experience across several Digital Verticals. He has a reputation of being a visionary with a constant quest of introducing new trends & successfully launching Tech Ventures. He is a firm believer in the power of Content Marketing & Brand Storytelling in the digital space with a unique blend of technology & creativity to create memorable brand experiences.

    Shoaib Qureshy

    Mr. Shoaib Qureshy is the Founder & CEO Bulls Eye Communications Group, a creative agency network with strong presence in the advertising, activation, content, brand consultancy and digital services. Bulls Eye just recently got into a JV agreement with DDB Worldwide which is the 4th largest agency network and creatively the most awarded in the world and this move is poised to shape more impact on the Pakistani advertising landscape in the years to come.

    Mr. Shoaib is an IBA graduate class of 94 and started off his career with P&G in Brand Management before he moved on to the agency side and then took the bold entrepreneurial plunge and started his very own agency in 2002. Mr. Shoaib is a strategy person and is a well-respected industry thought leader and speaks and writes regularly at all the leading forums in Pakistan.

    Omar Moeen Malik

    A Mobile Money pioneer and Digital Payments industry leader. An expert in launching digital financial businesses and services. A technologist at heart with an innovative mindset towards delivering people-centric digital solutions. Over 18 years of professional work experience in people leadership, stakeholder management, strategy, product development and running fast paced businesses. Passionate about empowering the people of Pakistan through financial inclusion and digital payment solutions.

    Mr. Omar has been part of the core Mobile Financial Services team at Telenor since before launch in 2009. Omar is a B.Sc. graduate of the University of Texas at Austin, and has over 3 years of experience in working as a Software Engineer with different organizations in the States. He also holds a MBA degree from LUMS, Pakistan.

    Dr. Umar Taj
    Behavioural & Decision Scientist

    Umar is a Research Fellow in Behavioural Science at Warwick Business School and an Executive Teaching Fellow in Decision Making at London School of Economics and Political Science. His interest lies in helping businesses apply the latest insights from behavioural economics and neuroscience to achieve positive outcomes. His work spans across the domains of tech, health, finance, HR, politics and international development. He provides consulting and training services to over 50 global organisations.

    Syed Fakhar Ahmed - Chief Marketing & Communication Officer, K-Electric

    Mr. Fakhar Ahmed has over 20 years of diversified management experience in Communications, Media Relations, Corporate Affairs, FMCG Business, Strategic Planning, CSR, Investor Relations and International Development. He has worked as the Head of Creating Shared Value & Special Projects for Nestlé in the Greater China Region, and as Head of Corporate Affairs & Corporate Communications for Nestlé Pakistan including work in Afghanistan.

    Formerly he has also worked at the Aga Khan Development Network, UNDP & USAID Projects, Banking, Finance and public sector organizations. He holds an MBA in Marketing, MA in Political Science, is a member of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (UK) and has undergone various international executive management trainings. He has been on the board of various Development Sector organizations, and has been associated with multi-sector development initiatives locally and internationally.