Board of Directors

Mr. Shazad Ghaffar (Chairman of the Board)

Mr. Ghaffar established London based Observatory Capital Management in 2003, and is its Chief Investment Officer. Until the end of the 2021 Observatory was focused on managing hedge funds for large institutional investors. Since then it has focused on managing a private investment vehicle. Mr Ghaffar previously worked at investment banks including Bankers Trust and Banque Paribas, in London and in New York as a trader and portfolio manager in credit markets. Mr. Ghaffar has an MA (Hons) in Economics from Cambridge University and was a Sloan Fellow at the London Business School, where he received a Master’s degree.

Mr. Najam Aziz Sethi (CEO)

Najam Aziz Sethi is an alumnus of Government College University, Lahore, and Cambridge University, UK. (MA Economics). He was Alumnus of the Year and Eric Lane Fellow of Clare College, Cambridge University, in 2011.

He is a Founder-Editor in Chief of The Friday Times, Daily Times (and Daily Aajkal (2008-2009). He was Pakistan Correspondent of The Economist, UK, from 1990-2009 and of Economist Intelligence Unit from 1997-2007.

As South Asia’s most decorated independent journalist, Mr Sethi has three international press freedom awards, the Courage in Journalism from Committee to Protect Journalists, New York; Freedom in Journalism Award from Amnesty International; and Golden Pen for Freedom from the World Association of Newspapers in 2009. In addition to the above, he was interim Federal Minister for Accountability in 1996-97 and interim Chief Minister of Punjab province in 2013.

Most recently Mr. Sethi remained the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) which saw under his leadership the inauguration of the lucrative Pakistan Super League and return of international cricket to Pakistan.

Mr. Syed Muhammad Mehdi Mohsin

Mr. Mehdi Mohsin is one of the leading names in Fast Moving Consumer Goods Industry, and has been associated with the Company for over 35 years managing its various affairs over the years. He has in the past also held the position of Chairman of the Company.

Syeda Umme Kulsum Imam

Syeda Umme Kulsum Imam has over 20 years extensive experience in the fast-moving consumer goods industry, and has served on the board of the Company during critical junctures of its growth and evolution.

Mr. Aamir Amin – Independent Director

Mr Amin is a Chartered Accountant by profession from Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) with training from Ernst & Young – Pakistan and also a Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA). He has work experience of over 16 years, substantially in financial services industry. He currently holds the position of Head of Finance at NIT, as well represents NIT as Nominee Director on various Boards.

Mr. Rizwan Bashir – Independent Director

Rizwan Bashir has an extensive sales management experience of over 30 years in the leading fast-moving consumer goods (FMCG) multinational Corporations including Unilever and British American Tobacco. He has been directly involved in managing the front-line salesmen, distributors and in leading the field management. On his regional role with Unilever Asia as Head of Customer Development, he has been providing system and people development support to 16 countries in the region based out of Malaysia. He has designed and delivered a range of training programs that focus on organizational development through individual skill enhancement and organizational system development. He has designed and developed training programs that are currently being used by many of corporations including IFC and the World Bank.

Syed Manzar Hassan – Independent Director

Syed Manzar Hassan is a Fellow Member of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. He has over 20 years’ experience in Financial Management, Financial & Management Reporting and handling Corporate Matters with a Specialization in Corporate Finance, and is registered with the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance. In addition to the above, he has also worked with Crescent Greenwood Limited and A.F. Ferguson and Co, a member firm of PWC.

Mr. Abdul Hamid Ahmad Dagia

Mr. Abdul Hamid Dagia is a Fellow of the Institute of Charted Accountants of Pakistan, 1970. He has worked at senior management level in Smith Kline & French of Pak Limited, K-Electric, Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. and Jahangir Siddiqui Investment Bank Limited. He was a member of the Karachi Stock Exchange Limited and members of its Finance and Taxation subcommittee. He has served on the boards of several prominent listed and unlisted companies, presently holding directorships DATA recall (Pvt.) Ltd., Technology Trade (Pvt.) Ltd., Shezan International Limited, Bolan Castings Limited, and Azgard Nine Limited.