Arif Naqvi - Founder and Group Chief Executive The Abraaj Group
Arif Naqvi is the Founder and Group Chief Executive of The Abraaj Group which he established in 2002. Under his leadership, The Abraaj Group has emerged as a leading investor in growth markets with US$ 7.5 billion in assets under management and returning c. US$ 4 billion to investors. Employing over 300 people, the Group has 25 country offices spread across six regional hubs in Dubai, Istanbul, Mexico City, Mumbai, Nairobi and Singapore.
With over 25 years’ experience of investing in public and private companies, Mr. Naqvi has led the Group’s involvement in some of the most notable private equity transactions in growth markets over the last decade.
Mr. Naqvi is a Board Member of the United Nations Global Compact, Chairman of the British Asian Trust Advisory Committee - Pakistan, and the Middle East Centre Advisory Board of the London School of Economics and Political Science. Mr. Naqvi also serves on the Board of the IMD Foundation, Endeavor Global, Pakistan Human Development Fund and the Advisory Board of Columbia University’s Middle East Research Center.
Mr. Naqvi has been the recipient of numerous awards, including the Oslo Business for Peace Award, the highest form of recognition given to individual business leaders for fostering peace and stability through creating shared value between business and society, and the Sitara-i-Imtiaz, a prominent civilian honor awarded by the Government of Pakistan. In 2011, he was named as one of the 50 most influential people in the global private equity industry by Private Equity International.
In 2008, Mr. Naqvi and his family established the Aman Foundation, the largest private social sector enterprise in Pakistan, which supports sustainable development in healthcare, nutrition and education.
Mr. Naqvi is a graduate of the London School of Economics and Political Science
Humayun Akhtar Khan - Former Commerce Minster of Pakistan & Former Chairman of the Pakistan Board of Investment
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. He entered with a political vision at a time when politics was about survival alone. He infused energy and purpose in the country’s political institutions.
From 1997 to 1999, Mr. Khan was State Minister for Investment and Chairman, Pakistan Board of Investment. Immediately, he presented a new Investment Policy to deregulate and rationalize processes to capture Pakistan’s investment potential. These efforts bore fruit. Domestic and foreign investment grew rapidly. The 1997 Investment Policy 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. This position combines a number of roles. The Commerce Minister builds business competitiveness for international markets, is responsible for the country’s international trade policy and is the country’s chief trade negotiator. A firm believer in the development benefits of international trade, Mr. Khan worked aggressively to liberalize multilateral trade. 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.
With multilateral trade talks at an impasse, Mr. Khan pursued liberalization through a series of bilateral and regional trade agreements. His main initiatives include FTAs with China, Malaysia and the South Asia region. These were some of the most complex and sensitive agreements to pursue with the need to harmonize political, diplomatic, and trade considerations.
At the same time, he asserted Pakistan’s commercial interests in the world trading system. To support domestic business against unfair competition, he strengthened the country’s trade remedy laws. He also initiated legislation for increased domestic commerce. During this period, he maintained special relations and coordinated activities with his counterparts in the USA and the EU, as well as in developing countries.
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.
Shujaat Nadeem - 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 the one of founding members of PEN (Progressive Education Network, pen.org.pk), a non-profit philanthropic organization in Pakistan, committed to promotion of primary and secondary education for the underprivileged children. Organization today has 39 schools and is responsible for the education of over 12,000 children.
He holds a Ph.D., MSc. And BSc. From 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.
Imran Sayeed - Technology Panel on (Date TBA)
Imran Sayeed is the Chief Technology Officer for NTT Data, Inc. the 6th largest IT services company in the world with $16 Billion in revenue, and part of NTT Group, the world’s largest telecommunications company with $130 Billion in revenue and 220,000 employees. In this role Sayeed works with the leadership to help define the technology strategy and direction for the global organization. Sayeed came to NTT through its acquisition of Keane, where he led a 7000 person technology consulting organization and before that netNumina, a boutique technology strategy and consulting form that he founded and grew from a 15 person startup to one of Computerworld’s Top 100 emerging companies and Inc 500’s fastest growing businesses. Previously, as a founder of Open Environment, Sayeed grew the company from a 10-person startup to an IPO.
Sayeed is also part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management where he teaches in the MBA program. He was also the founding global President of OPEN, an entrepreneurship and leadership organization, which has over 4000 executives and entrepreneurs in 9 cities around the world. He also holds a patent on Internet technology he jointly developed with Citibank. Sayeed has also been named by Computerworld as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013.
Sayeed attended Brown University where he majored in Engineering, and Harvard University, where he did post-graduate work in business, marketing and product development.
Ali Rehan - Technology Panel on (Date TBA)
Ali Rehan is the CEO and co-founder of Eyedeus Labs, a startup based in Lahore Pakistan, which is widely known for their imaging technologies, particularly their product Groopic. Groopic received rave reviews and feedback from top tech websites and international media including CNN, TechCrunch, Gizmodo and many more! At Eyedeus, he handles the business side of the startup, but is also actively involved in the prototyping of new technologies. Apart from working on his startup, Ali is actively working towards the promotion of an entrepreneurial and startup culture in Pakistan. He also acts as the ambassador of Silicon Valley based Blackbox Accelerator in Pakistan, to help the budding entrepreneurs connect with the Silicon Valley eco-system through Blackbox.
Bill Hogan - Energy Panel on (Date TBA)
William W. Hogan is the Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policyat the Harvard Kennedy School. He is Research Director of the Harvard Electricity Policy Group in the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and a longtime member of the Kennedy School Faculty Appointments Committee. He served on the faculty of Stanford University, where he founded the Energy Modeling Forum (EMF), and is past president of the International Association for Energy Economics (IAEE).
Professor Hogan's research focuses on the interaction of energy economics and public policy, with an emphasis on the restructuring of the electricity industry in the United States and worldwide. He has worked to design the market structures and market rules by which regional transmission organizations coordinate bid-based markets for energy, ancillary services, and financial transmission rights. Selected papers are available on his website, www.whogan.com.
Professor Hogan received his undergraduate degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and his PhD from UCLA.
Afreen Siddiqi - Energy Panel on (Date TBA)
Dr. Afreen Siddiqi received her S.B., S.M., and Ph.D. from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Mechanical Engineering and Aerospace Systems. Afreen has worked as an engineer in software development, oil and gas sector, and in the aerospace sector with multi-national corporations such as National Instruments, Schlumberger, and Orbital Sciences Corporation.
Currently, she is a Research Scientist in the Engineering Systems Division at MIT, and a Visiting Scholar in the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program in the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.
Her research is on quantitative systems analysis for informing strategic planning and policy decisions for use of natural resources, with a special focus on investigating the emerging couplings between water, energy, and food security in Pakistan and the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region.
Adil Najam - Energy Panel on (Date TBA)
Dr. Adil Najam is a Professor of International Relations and Earth & Environment at Boston Univeristy. Formerly, he was Vice Chancellor of the Lahore Univeristy of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Director of the BU Frederick S. Pardee Center for the Study of the Longer-Range Future. He has also taught at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). Dr. Najam served as a Convening Lead Author for the 3rd and 4th IPCC Assessment Reports, work for which the IPCC was awarded the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize.
Prof. Najam is a past winner of MIT’s Goodwin Medal for Effective Teaching, the Fletcher School Paddock Teaching Award, the Stein Rokan Award of the International Political Science Association, the ARNOVA Emerging Scholar Award, and in 2010 was awarded the Sitara-i-Imtiaz (Star of Excellence), Pakistan’s highest civil award. He has authored over 100 scholarly publications, most recently co-editing: South Asia 2060 (2013), The Future of South-South Economic Relations (2012) and How Immigrants Impact Their Homelands (2012). He has served on the Advisory Board of the Human Development Report and was elected a Fellow at the International Institute for Sustainable Development (IISD) and also the Human Development Capability Association (HDCA).
In 2009 Dr. Najam was nominated by the UN Secretary General to serve on the UN Committee on Development (CDP). He serves on the international boards of The Asia Foundation, WWF-International, the International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA), the Consensus Building Institute (CBI), the Pakistan Center for Philanthropy (PCP), the South Asia Network of Development and Environment Economics (SANDEE), and is Board Chair for LEAD-Pakistan.
Waqqas Mir - Law Panel on (Date TBA)
Waqqas Mir is a partner at the Lahore office of Mohsin Tayebaly and Co. - one of Pakistan's premier corporate and commercial law firms. The firm is headquartered in Karachi, the commercial capital of Pakistan. Waqqas is an Advocate of the High Courts of Pakistan, a Barrister of Lincoln’s Inn (UK) and has a Master's degree from Harvard Law School where he was a Fulbright scholarship grantee. He has also previously served as a Joint Director at the Competition Commission of Pakistan - the country's anti-trust watchdog. Waqqas regularly advises and represents the private sector as well as government institutions on a broad range of adversarial and non-adversarial matters. On the litigation side, his practice focuses on civil, commercial/banking, intellectual property law, company law, regulatory law, competition law and constitutional law litigation. Waqqas also has a significant amount of experience working on commercial transactions and he has advised corporate clients on matters relating to mergers and acquisitions, regulatory compliance, securitization of loans and due diligence in privatization of state-owned enterprises. He has a first degree in economics and obtained his law degree from the University of London.
Muhammad Ali Nekokara - Law Panel on (Date TBA)
Muhammad Ali Nekokara has been serving in the Police Service of Pakistan since September 1999 performing challenging and high-pressure police field assignments in Lahore and various districts of Punjab. In addition to his field work, Mr. Nekokara has performed staff assignments, most notably as Principal Staff Officer to the Chief Minister of Punjab.
Mr. Nekokara, a Senior Superintendent of Police is presently the Principal Staff Officer to the Inspector General of Police in Punjab. He holds a Master's in Criminal Justice from the London School of Economics and a Master's in Public Administration from the Harvard Kennedy School.