Our keynotes take a high level approach to Pakistan's economy. We bring together a seasoned politician who has shaped Pakistan’s investment and trade policy, a successful investor who has expertise on bringing international investment to Pakistan and an experienced banker who understands Pakistan’s financial sector and the role it plays in supporting the country’s economy. Each keynote will rely on a combination of their experience and their vision for the future of Pakistan. Additionally, a leading policy expert will discuss evidence-based policy design as a means to improve policy implementation. Following an initial address, the keynote speakers will field appropriate questions from the audience.
Humayun Akhtar Khan
Former Commerce Minister of Pakistan
Humayun Akhtar Khan’s career spans the areas of politics, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and the actuarial profession.
Mr. Khan entered politics in 1990 as a dynamic and young reformer in the then indifferent world of Pakistan politics. Unconstrained by a non-feudal background and fresh from exposure to the rigorous actuarial profession, Mr. Khan advocated tailoring of policies to empower the working middle class.
From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Khan was State Minister for Investment and Chairman, Pakistan Board of Investment. The 1997 Investment Policy he presented is still considered as among the best reform initiatives in the developing world. It opened Pakistan to foreign investors resulting in billions of dollars of FDI into Pakistan.
From 2002 to 2007, Mr. Khan was Pakistan’s Commerce Minister. A firm believer in the development benefits of international trade, Mr. Khan worked aggressively to liberalize bilateral and multilateral trade. His main initiatives include FTAs with China, Malaysia and the South Asia region. Internationally, through his visible role in the Doha multilateral talks, he was recognized as an ardent supporter of global trade talks. He was designated a facilitator in the Hong Kong Ministerial in 2005.
Mr. Khan remains deeply engaged in public policy. He piloted the Blueprint for Pakistan’s Economic Revival and in 2011 authored the Road Map for Pakistan’s Recovery. He is also the inspiration behind and the Chairman of the Institute for Policy Reforms (IPR). IPR represents his belief in the future of the country and the role of public policy in its turnaround. He believes that an increase in the country’s governance capacity is essential to enable it to face its many challenges. At a time when public trust in leadership is at an all-time low, his vision for a progressive and dynamic Pakistan has a refreshing and reassuring appeal.
Aly S. Jeddy
Partner at The Abraaj Group
Aly Sheezar Jeddy is a Partner at The Abraaj Group, a leading investor in 29 high-growth markets across South America, Africa, Turkey, the Middle East and South and Southeast Asia. Abraaj is the largest private equity firm based outside the U.S. and Europe. At Abraaj, Mr. Jeddy plays Group-wide investment and firm management roles. Since 2005, Mr. Jeddy has been a close advisor to the Group on firm strategy, organization, change management, skill-building, growth and innovation.
Before joining Abraaj, he was a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, based in New York, where he led the Firm’s Private Equity & Principal Investing Practice for the Americas. At McKinsey, Mr. Jeddy served asset management, private equity and hedge fund clients across North America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia. In addition, he served investors on their alternative assets strategy. He also led McKinsey’s thinking in private equity and alternative assets.
Mr. Jeddy serves on the Board of Overseers of the International Rescue Committee. He also serves as a Senior Advisor to Endeavor, an innovative organization supporting some of the most promising new entrepreneurs around the world. Mr. Jeddy is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Dalton School. He also serves on the Board of the Aziz Jehan Begum Trust, the pre-eminent institution serving the blind in Pakistan.
Previously, Mr. Jeddy has had experience at the War Crimes Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Office of the Prosecutor and at the World Bank where he helped design welfare programs in Egypt. Mr. Jeddy has also supported the leading human rights lawyer in Pakistan on advising the Prime Minister of Pakistan on advancing gender equality there.
Mr. Jeddy received an A.B. in Economics and Engineering Science at Dartmouth College where he was the Valedictorian and currently serves on the Alumni Council as well as the Board of Visitors of the Rockefeller Center. He earned his J.D. from the Yale Law School in 1999 with Honors.
Mr. Jeddy lives in Manhattan with his wife and three daughters.
Chairman of Samba Bank, Pakistan
Dr. Nadeem is the Chairman of Samba Bank in Pakistan which is owned by Samba Financial Group, for whom he also serves as the Group Treasurer and a member of the Group Management Committee. Dr. Nadeem joined Samba Financial Group as Group Treasurer at its transitional stage in October 2003. In addition to his Chairman responsibilities in Pakistan, he is directly responsible for managing Samba Financial Group’s proprietary investment portfolio of $18 Billion which is invested globally across all asset classes. Dr. Nadeem also holds business responsibility for all Global Markets activities across the bank and serves on several boards and senior committees in the bank.
Before joining Samba, Dr. Nadeem was with Citigroup. He started his career with Citigroup New York in 1993 and was promoted to MD of Derivatives Trading in 1999 as Head of Interest Rate Options in London. In 2000, Dr. Nadeem took responsibility as Head of the MENA region Citigroup Sales and Trading franchise where, in addition to building some key customer relationships, he had extensive interaction with the regional regulators, working closely with several central banks to advise them on market reforms.
Dr. Nadeem is also one of founding members of PEN (Progressive Education Network), a non-profit philanthropic organization in Pakistan, committed to promotion of primary and secondary education for underprivileged children. Today the organization has 39 schools and is responsible for the education of over 12,000 children.
He holds a Ph.D., MSc. and BSc. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences. He has authored several papers in the field of Analog Integrated Circuit Design. He is a member of Eta Kappa Nu, Tau Beta Pi, and Sigma Xi honor societies for high achievement in scientific fields. He is also a holder of the Darlington award for co-authority of one of the most quoted papers in the field of high-resolution analog to digital conversion. He is married with four children and currently resides in Saudi Arabia.