Jawad Majid Khan, a seasoned financial sector professional joined Bank Makramah Limited (BML), formerly known as SMBL, as the President & Chief Executive Officer on March 26, 2021.
Prior to joining BML, he served as Director – Emaan Islamic Banking, Silk Bank Limited after moving from Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Limited as Group Head Distribution, Middle Markets & SME. A Graduate in Economics with Specialization in Development Economics and International Monetary Policy, from Quaid-e-Azam University, Islamabad; an alumnus of the Harvard Business School (HBS), Boston USA and National Defence University (NDU), Islamabad (National Security). He has also completed Director’s Certification from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS). He holds the distinction of being the youngest Country/Group Head of a Commercial Bank in Pakistan with many milestones to his name in the banking industry in a span of about 23 years.
A pioneer in Islamic Banking in Pakistan his role was pivotal in establishing, conversion & successfully running three Islamic Banks in Pakistan – Alfalah Islamic Banking, Dubai Islamic Bank and Emaan Islamic Banking (Silkbank). The various initiatives have earned him and these organizations International/Regional recognition for products diversity and land mark transactions both on the Corporate & Consumer/Retail Banking under the ambit of Islamic Banking Industry.
He is also on the Board of Advisors for various think tanks and youth forums. He has been delivering lectures at National and International forums on Islamic Finance, Banking and SME/Retail Banking covering Pakistan & Regional Markets and has regular appearance on both National & International media On a philanthropic side, he is serving as Chairman, “AL-NASR” Trust, registered with the Government of Pakistan dealing with social development programs of Health, Education, Agriculture and Environmental Development in the Northern Areas of Pakistan.
Mr. Mehdi has over 40 years of experience and expertise in Financial Sector Corporate Sector, Investment & Development Banking, Branch Banking, and Capital Market as well as he has a vast experience in corporate governance, policy formulation and development, project appraisal implementation, monitoring & evaluation, restructuring and collaboration with international agencies.
He has a first class record in academic qualifications holds Master from Karachi University, Diploma in Banking (DAIBP) Institute of Banking in Pakistan, Obtained Second Position in order of merit, Bookkeeping & Accountancy Intermediate, London Chamber of Commerce.
He had worked with NDFC (financial Institution) as Chairman and in Senior positions, was looking after the entire Operational and Managerial activities of NDFC including Treasury, Banking, Branch Operation, Capital Market, IT, Loaning functions including appraisal implementation and recovery, Projects Finance, Admin & Human Recourses Divisions, was actively involved in computerization of NDFC working and operations, remained involved in process of Amalgamation / Merger of NDFC with NBP under section 47(B) of Banking Companies Ordinance 1962, Developed and implemented Severance Package for NDFC employees along with SBP, Finance Department GOP and World Bank.
Has also worked as Financial Advisor and Consultant for and on behalf of many groups, Mr. Mehdi has worked with the Honorable High Court of Sindh – Karachi for many years as “Member Finance” reporting directly to Honorable Chief Justice of Sindh.
Mr. Zafar Iqbal Siddiqi, a highly admired business professional possessing core expertise in Information Technology (IT) and Finance and had worked in various government authorities to name a few included the State Bank of Pakistan, the Federal Board of Revenue, the Pakistan Ordinance Factories where he was indigenously responsible to implement the automation and IT enabled processes within these government institutions. Based on his commendable performance, the Government of Pakistan was pleased to lend his services to International Monetary Fund (IMF) / World Bank (WB) for his off-shore deputations as Project Incharge / ICT Consultant / Project Manager for IT related banking reforms / business reforms, modernization and automation projects in Tanzania, Kenya, Zanzibar, South Africa, Ghana, Swaziland, Nepal and Bangladesh as WB/IMF funded projects.
Mr. Wajahat Ahmed Baqai, who served as a SEVP/Group Chief, Credit Management Group in National Bank of Pakistan (NBP), is a seasoned and top-performing banking professional accredited with managing various credit portfolios over the last 35 years possessing a diverse set of experience enriched with managerial, administrative and functional expertise where he held several leadership and strategy positions during his tenure at NBP.
Ms. Fauzia has over 33 years of well-rounded Senior Management experience mainly in the Pakistani financial sector, which encompasses a multinational commercial bank (Deutsche Bank AG), two stock brokerage houses (Smith International Securities and AMZ Securities), an investment bank (ORIX) and a development Financial institution (Pak Kuwait Investment Company). In 2008 she was Business Development Head at Arkaan Capital Partners LLC, a Sharjah based finance company, and part of the Emirates Investments Group. In addition, she has worked as an independent Financial Consultant in Karachi as well as the UAE.
Other than working in the financial sector, Fauzia also headed an IT company which was an outsourcing platform for US based companies in the health care sector. She additionally worked as Director Projects for a pharmaceutical company (one of the leading importers & distributors of Oncology and lifesaving drugs in Pakistan), where she was overseeing the Supply Chain, Distribution and Regulatory Affairs Departments.
As a consequence of her working experience in diverse entities, with varied responsibilities, Fauzia has developed significant skills in multiple business areas. In the financial sector, the areas of her expertise include Credit, Corporate Finance and Investment Banking, and she has led transactions which encompass debt / equity fund raising, syndications, IPO’s, M&A, private placements and corporate/debt restructuring.
She also conceived and established the Chinese Desk for bonding business at Deutsche Bank, as well as the Credit, Marketing, Credit Monitoring and Portfolio Management divisions at ORIX, and led the listing and fund raising transaction for AMZ’s venture capital company. At Arkaan, she was part of the core team in 2007-8 for structuring, developing and marketing an energy fund, in partnership with Credit Suisse. She also established a Distressed Assets Fund for a company in the UAE in 2014.
She was also part of the Executive Management Team at Smith International Securities, ORIX, Pak Kuwait, AMZ Group and AJM Pharma, which was responsible for Corporate Planning, policy matters, formulation of future strategies and human resource development for the said companies.
Due to her background, especially in the financial sector, she is well qualified, and has the relevant experience to play an effective role as a member of the Board of Directors of a bank / financial institution in Pakistan.
While Fauzia is confident that she would be able to play an effective role in any organization which she become a part of, the areas where she feels that she would be able to add considerable value are Corporate Finance, Credit / Risk, Private Equity, Venture Capital and Strategy. She has already played a significant role in Corporate Finance and Private Equity in her previous assignments, and has also been actively involved in establishing new divisions and/or corporate entities within or on behalf of the companies where she has worked, either individually, or by leading a team.
Fauzia has always had an excellent rapport with the teams that she has led, and has encouraged the ones who show initiative to take leadership roles. She has additionally structured and developed numerous deals for project or transaction financing, conducted successful negotiations on behalf of her employers and corporate clients, and has abundant experience with regard to trouble shooting and handling of difficult or complicated situations.
Fauzia’s major strengths include integrity and professionalism, both of which have stood her in good stead over the course of her career.
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