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About

Established in 2005 by fourteen of the country’s leading Corporates and Business Groups as an advocacy forum to improve the general business environment of the country.

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Our Values

Founding Objectives

To provide for the formation and exchange of views on any question connected with the conduct of business in and from Pakistan.

To conduct, organize, set up, administer and manage campaigns, surveys, focus groups, workshops, seminars and field works for carrying out research and raising awareness in regard to matters affecting businesses in Pakistan.

To acquire, collect, compile, analyze, publish and provide statistics, data analysis and other information relating to businesses of any kind, nature or description and on opportunities for such businesses within and outside Pakistan.

To promote and facilitate the integration of businesses in Pakistan into the World economy and to encourage in the development and growth of Pakistani multinationals.

To interact with governments in the economic development of Pakistan and to facilitate, foster and further the economic, social and human resource development of Pakistan.

What We Do

What We Do

The Pakistan Business Council (PBC) is a business policy advocacy platform, established in 2005 by 14 of Pakistan’s (now 67) largest private-sector businesses and conglomerates, including multinationals. It is a professionally-run organization headed by a full-time chief executive officer.

The PBC is a not-for-profit entity, registered under Section 42 of the Companies Ordinance 1984. Though it is not required under the law to do so, the PBC follows to the greatest extent possible, the Code of Corporate Governance as applicable to listed companies.

73 Member Companies
11% PBC's Contribution to National GDP
18% PBC's Contribution to Tax Receipts
18% PBC's Contribution to Exports

Management Team

Pakistan Business Council is lead by professionals and economic experts who are pushing Pakistani businesses forward everyday.

Muhammad Ali Tabba
Chairman

Muhammad Ali Tabba

Muhammad Ali Tabba
Chairman

Muhammad Ali Tabba

Muhammad Ali Tabba is the Chief Executive of Lucky Cement, part of the Yunus Brothers Group that has diversified interests in Cement, Chemicals, Energy, Textile and Real Estate sectors.

He also serves as the Chief Executive of Yunus Textile Mills Ltd., a state-of-the-art home textile mills with subsidiaries in North America and Europe. Simultaneously spearheading both these organizations, he also provides strategic vision as Vice Chairman of ICI Pakistan Limited. A generous philanthropist with extensive engagements in many community welfare projects, Mr. Tabba serves on the Board of Governors at numerous renowned Universities, Institutions and Foundations.

He is the Vice Chairman of a Not-for-Profit Organization, Aziz Tabba Foundation that is working extensively in the field of education, health and housing. The Foundation runs state-of-the-art cardiac hospital, Tabba Heart Institute and a kidney center; Tabba Kidney Institute. Aziz Tabba Foundation’s mission is to provide humanitarian and welfare service to community at large from all over Pakistan. Recognizing his commitments in the social development sector of the country, World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2010 bestowed the title of Young Global Leader (YGL) to Mr. Tabba in recognition of his outstanding services and contributions.

Towfiq Chinoy
Vice-Chairman

Towfiq Chinoy

Towfiq Chinoy
Vice-Chairman

Towfiq Chinoy

Mr. Towfiq Habib Chinoy, was associated with International Industries Ltd. (IIL) since 1964 and retired after serving for 36 years as Managing Director.

He currently serves as an Advisor to International Industries Ltd. and International Steels Ltd. and is the Non-executive Chairman of Jubilee General Insurance Company Ltd., Packages Ltd. and HBL Asset Management Ltd. He also holds Directorships of International Steels Ltd. and IGI Investment Bank Ltd. and is a Trustee of the Mohatta Palace Gallery Trust and Habib University Foundation and was one of the 14 founder Directors of the Pakistan Business Council.

Mr. Chinoy has served as the Member of the Engineering Development Board, Government of Pakistan, the Advisory Boards of Ports and Shipping Sector, Ministry of Communications, Director on the Boards of Port Qasim Authority, National Refinery Ltd., Dadex Eternit Limited, Linde Pakistan Ltd., Jubilee Life Insurance Co. Ltd., and Pakistan Center for Philanthropy. Has served as a Chairman of PICIC Commercial Bank Limited, Pakistan Cables Ltd. and the Board of Governors of Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture. He has also served as the President of the Sind Club.

Abrar Hasan
Board Member

Abrar Hasan

Abrar Hasan
Board Member

Abrar Hasan

Abrar Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of National Foods Limited, the leading multi-category food company in Pakistan producing over 250 different products, marketed both in Pakistan and exported to 35 countries worldwide.

Under his leadership, NFL has become a 13.5 billion rupee conglomerate, with ISO: 9001, ISO: 22000, HACCP certifications and numerous industry awards.

alihMr. Hasan joined NFL as Plant Director in 1993 and held that position for 4 years. He was elected Deputy Managing Director in 1997 and then as Chief Executive shortly thereafter. In 1996, he led the development of a comprehensive Human Resource Management System which was the first of its kind for any national company in the country. He also led the development of an international marketing infrastructure starting in 1999, which has led to international sales volume crossing Rs.1 billion today.

As the Chief Executive, Mr. Hasan is providing direction and leadership to the Company by setting a clear vision for future growth – Vision 20/20, which aims to become a Rs. 50 billion company by the year 2020. The Company is set to deliver its long-term goals by focusing on top brands, growing customer base and aggressive international expansion.

Mr. Hasan has actively pursued new market opportunities and delivered successful strategies to drive NFL’s vision, focusing on continuous innovation, highest standards of quality and superior consumer value. He has steered the company to deliver steady sales growth year on year, clearly evident from the dramatic expansion in sales, from only Rs. 200 million in 1993 to Rs. 13.5 billion today; an enviable growth rate, ranging from 20% to 30% each year; despite tough economic conditions. This translates into an increase in NFL’s market capitalization from only Rs. 20.57 million in 1993 to Rs. 40 billion today.

Recognizing the vital role of Information Technology in business development, Mr. Hasan brought about an IT revolution in the Company. In February 2003, NFL became the first local food company to put in an ERP system (Scala) which was subsequently up-graded to SAP ERP system, in a record 6 months deployment.

Through the platform of the Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), Mr. Hasan was part of the team which launched TAM Peoplesmeter in Pakistan in September 2007 and the MEMRB Consumer Insight Survey, in August 2008, both first of their kind tools in Pakistan. He has also pushed for regulating advertisement ethics via PAS. As past Chairperson, Anti-counterfeit and Infringement Forum (ACIF), Mr. Hasan strongly supports creating awareness about counterfeit and IP infringement among consumers and other stakeholders.

Mr. Hasan is a staunch supporter of Corporate Social Responsibility; an Adult Literacy Programme for employees was started at NFL as early as the year 2000. In 2007, he spearheaded the development of a Sustainability Strategy, which is guiding all business functions across the board till today.

As a visionary and marketing leader, Mr. Hasan has addressed audiences of a diverse section of marketing organizations, conferences, seminars, educational institutions, and various publications. He has appeared on several business TV talk shows discussing the business environment and economy in general. He has received numerous accolades, including Marketing Excellence Award 2008 from the Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP).

Ali S. Habib
Board Member

Ali S. Habib

Ali S. Habib
Board Member

Ali S. Habib

Ali Habib is the Chairman of Indus Motor Company Limited (a joint venture of the House of Habib, Toyota Motor Corporation, and Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan).

He also heads and oversees the operations of the House of Habib – a conglomerate of companies employing over 15,000 people whose interests range from automobiles to auto-parts; ceramic tiles to packing materials; and chemicals.

The Group has four publicly-listed companies. He is currently on the Board of Directors of Habib Metropolitan Bank, Shabbir Tiles & Ceramics Ltd., Thal Ltd. and Pakistan Business Council.

Ali is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (Mechanical Engineering). He has attended the PMD Program at Harvard University. He is the Founding Chairman of the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers’ Association and the Founding Chairman Young Presidents Organization Pakistan Chapter.

Ali devotes his time and attention to social welfare, education and benevolent activities and is a Trustee on the Boards of Habib University Foundation, Habib Education Trust and was also actively involved in the setting up of the Habib University, which offers world-class academic programs in liberal arts and sciences and is also a member on its Board of Governors.

Mr. Ali Habib has served as Chairman of the Pakistan Business Council and currently serves as a Director on its Board.

Arif Habib
Board Member

Arif Habib

Arif Habib
Board Member

Arif Habib

Mr. Arif Habib is the Chief Executive of Arif Habib Corporation Limited (The holding Company of Arif Habib Group).

He is also the Chairman of Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited, Pakarab Fertilizers Limited, Fatimafert Limited [Formerly: DH Fertilizers Limited], Aisha Steel Mills Limited and Javedan Corporation Limited.

Mr. Arif Habib has remained elected President/Chairman of Karachi Stock Exchange six times in the past. He is the Founding Member and Former Chairman of the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited. He has served as Member of the Privatization Commission, Board of Investment, Tariff Reforms Commission and Securities & Exchange Ordinance Review Committee. Over the years he has been nominated on the Board of Directors of a number of companies owned by the Government of Pakistan. Presently he is director of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation (PIAC), Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Company Limited (SNGPL) and Pakistan Engineering Company Limited (PECO).

On the social services front Mr. Arif Habib is a significant participant of welfare activities of different organizations. He is the Chairman of Arif Habib Foundation and Director of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy (PCP) and Karachi School for Business and Leadership (KSBL). He is also a Trustee of Fatimid Foundation and Memon Health & Education Foundation.

Bashir Ali Muhammad
Board Member

Bashir Ali Muhammad

Bashir Ali Muhammad
Board Member

Bashir Ali Muhammad

Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Mr. Mohammad Bashir joined the Board of Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited in 1982. He is a fellow member of Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA), United Kingdom.

Mr. Mohammad Bashir has a very rich and extensive experience in commerce and industry. He is currently the Chairman of the Board of Directors of Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited and Pakistan Business Council. He is also a Director of Gul Ahmed Energy Limited, Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited, Education Fund for Sindh and Habib University Foundation.

Mr. Bashir holds honorary government and industry positions in 11 pioneering organizations in Pakistan and around the world. Mr. Bashir is the Honorary Consul General of Sweden & has also served as the President of International Textile Manufacturers Federation (ITMF) for the period of 2011-2012 and as Vice President from 2008 to 2010. Chairman of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (1989 – 90), Chairman Pakistan Swiss Trade and Industry Committee (1981- 2000) and as Chairman of the Pakistan Britain Advisory Council (2002 – 2005). He has also been a member of the Export Promotion Board Government of Pakistan (1995-1997 and 2002 – 2007) and was member of the Economic Advisory Council in 2000-2003 and again currently a member of the Economic Advisory Council of the Government of Pakistan from 2008 – 2013. He is also a Founding Director and Vice Chairman of the Pakistan Business Council. Currently Mr. Bashir Ali Mohammad serves as Chairman and Director on The Pakistan Business Council’s Board.

Mr. Bashir Ali Mohammad has been a recipient of the prestigious Sitara-e-Imtiaz award in 2006 from the government of Pakistan for his meritorious services rendered towards the country.

Iqbal Ali Lakhani
Board Member

Iqbal Ali Lakhani

Iqbal Ali Lakhani
Board Member

Iqbal Ali Lakhani

Chairman of the Lakson Group of Companies – five of which are listed on the Stock Exchanges of Pakistan.

Mr. Iqbal Ali Lakhani has been a part of diversified range of businesses such as paper & board, soap, detergents and toothpaste, printing & packaging, food and insurance. Three Funds of a Group Investment Company are also listed and traded; American franchises/ affiliation includes Colgate-Palmolive Company & McDonalds Corporation.

The spectrum of his unlisted Companies includes textiles, surgicals, media (T.V. & Print), software development & consultancy, travel & tourism, investment & mutual funds, ISP-broad band & data centre, business process outsourcing house into call centre & I.T. The businesses of the Lakson Group provide gainful employment to over 12,000 persons.

Mr. Lakhani attained his Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of California at Berkley, U.S.A., with Majors in Marketing and Finance. While at UC Berkley, he received many awards such as Beta Alpha PSI – The National Accounting Fraternity, Honour Students’ Society – High Scholastic Attainment, Departmental Citation Award – Outstanding Undergraduates

Accomplishment, Phi Beta Kappa – High Attainment in Liberal Scholarship etc. Mr. Lakhani has over 38 years’ experience of Senior Management in consumer marketing, finance, manufacturing, industry and government relations. Areas of special interest cover marketing, total quality management and leadership. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs and Director of Pakistan Business Council. In addition, he is also on the Board of Trustees of the Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust. Previously he has served as the Chairman Cigarette Manufacturers Association of Pakistan, Chairman Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan and Vice President American Business Council of Pakistan.

Mr. Lakhani has travelled widely and has attended international seminars, meetings and conferences in several countries of the world.

Nauman Ansari
Board Member

Nauman Ansari

Nauman Ansari
Board Member

Nauman Ansari

Mr. Nauman Ansari has been Chief Executive Officer, President and Director at Bank Alfalah Limited since July 2017. Mr. Ansari served as the Chief Executive Officer and President at Faysal Bank Limited since May 2014 until May 22, 2017 and also served as its Acting Chief Executive Officer from April 1, 2014 to May 2014, Head of Corporate & Investment Banking and Acting Head of Commercial Banking. Mr. Ansari worked at Standard Chartered Bank-Karachi, Bank of America-Karachi, ABN Amro, Fortis Bank and Crescent Commercial Bank. He has extensive credit, corporate and investment banking experience. He serves as the Chairman of Faysal Asset Management Limited. He served as a Director of Agritech Limited since November 03, 2013. He has been a Director of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance since 2014. He has been Director of Faysal Bank Limited from April 1, 2014 to March 29, 2017. Mr. Ansari holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Business Studies.

Shabbir Diwan
Board Member

Shabbir Diwan

Shabbir Diwan
Board Member

Shabbir Diwan

Education
MBA Master of Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration, University of Karachi.

Date of Birth
March 2, 1961

Professional Association

  • Member Board of Governors of “Patients Aid Foundations” of JPMC the 2nd largest Government Hospital of Karachi
  • Member & Director, Pakistan Business Council
  • Member, Pakistan-India Joint Business Council, constituted by Ministry of Commerce Govt. of Pakistan
  • ex-Hon. Deputy General Secretary, Memon Medical Institute

Business Profile

  • Executive Director of Gatron (Industries) Limited Pakistani– a public listed company and largest manufacturers of Polyester Filament Yarn & PET Preforms in Pakistan.
  • Director, Novatex Limited (producer and exporter of PET Resin, PET Preforms and BOPET film
  • Director, ThalNova Thar Power (Pvt) Limited

(Both Gatron & Novatex are major donors of “The Citizen Foundation” (TCF) schools)

 

Shazia Syed
Board Member

Shazia Syed

Shazia Syed
Board Member

Shazia Syed

Shazia Syed is the Chief Executive Officer and Chairperson of Unilever Pakistan Limited.

She joined the Board on 1st November 2015. Prior to this, Shazia was Chairperson, Unilever Sri Lanka Limited. She has held various senior management positions across most categories at Unilever Pakistan and other markets, including Unilever Vietnam as Business Unit Leader for Personal Care. She joined Unilever as a management trainee and has completed her 26th year in the organization last year.

Besides being a director of Unilever Pakistan Limited, she is also the director of Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited. Shazia is an active advocate of diversity in the workplace and believes that enabling and facilitating working women from all backgrounds across all sectors should be every leader’s top priority.

Syed Yawar Ali
Board Member

Syed Yawar Ali

Syed Yawar Ali
Board Member

Syed Yawar Ali

Syed Yawar Ali was educated at Aitchison College Lahore and got his Bachelors in Chemical Engineering and Masters in Management Science from Stevens Institute of Technology in New Jersey (USA).

He also completed the Advance Management Program from Harvard Business School in 1992. He joined his family business i.e. Packages Limited and then became Managing Director of Milk Pak Ltd. In 1988 Milk Pak joined hands with Nestle for a very successful Joint Venture.

Syed Yawar Ali is currently Chairman of Nestlé Pakistan Limited, Wazir Ali Industries Limited, Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan and Director of Pakistan International Airlines. He has also been on the Board of Directors of State Bank of Pakistan and Chairman of Lahore Electric Supply Company.

He is also Chairman of the Pakistan India Joint Business Forum (PIJBF) a committee to “Promote Trade with India”, and Punjab Power Development Board, Member of United Nations Committee on Contributions, member of the steering committee of Pakistan Trade and Investment Policy Program and also a member of the Tax Advisory Council, Federal Board of Revenue.

Dr. Zeelaf Munir
Board Member

Dr. Zeelaf Munir

Dr. Zeelaf Munir
Board Member

Dr. Zeelaf Munir

Dr. Zeelaf B. Munir joined EBM, family-owned and managed business, in 2010 as the Chairperson Executive Management Board and was appointed the Managing Director and CEO in 2015.

EBM is the largest biscuit manufacturers in Pakistan with the widest range of brands and is also one of the largest FMCG companies in Pakistan. Its products are marketed both in Pakistan and exported all over the world.

Building upon its strong foundation of over four decades and its market leadership, EBM and its megabrands continue to grow under Zeelaf’s leadership. The company has further enhanced its market share and has achieved record growth in sales and profitability. In 2015, EBM received the Best Place to Work award in FMCG and national companies’ category. Zeelaf continues to innovate at EBM, channelling her many years of administrative and leadership expertise and peoples’ skills into setting exciting new directions for the company and its popular brands, well-poised to achieve its vision 2020.

Zeelaf has over twenty years of professional experience in diverse fields from healthcare to business. Her career, which extends from clinical practice to leading multi-state organizations to serving on the Board of a global supply chain company, is much like the woman herself; enterprising, dynamic and purposeful. She has made her mark wherever she has been, challenging the status quo and leading change, due to her visionary leadership, entrepreneurship and management expertise.

Zeelaf is a coveted speaker and has been a frequent invitee at conferences and in the electronic media, both in the US and in Pakistan. She has actively worked with think-tanks and governmental and non-governmental agencies in both countries for bilateral US-Pakistan relationship and the Pakistani diaspora. She has been elected and served as President of APPNA (Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America), the largest Pakistani association outside Pakistan. She was also a founding member of the American Pakistani Foundation. She has led the Delaware Psychiatric Society as President, and is an active member of the Asia Society, the Acumen Fund and various other NGOs. She is currently a member of the Pakistan Business Council. She is also a Board Member of the Community Development Program, Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh and the iCare Foundation.

Zeelaf completed her medical degree from Dow Medical University, Karachi. She moved to the United States in mid-nineties, pursuing a specialization in psychiatry from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Zeelaf also received a Master’s degree majoring in Health Finance & Management from Johns Hopkins University, and completed multiple management courses including at Harvard Business School.

Ehsan Malik
CEO

Ehsan Malik

Ehsan Malik
CEO

Ehsan Malik

Ehsan Malik has since January 2016 been the Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Business Council and by virtue of that position a director of the PBC. Prior to this he was the Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Pakistan and spent a total of 24 years with Unilever in UK, Egypt and Sri Lanka.

A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Ehsan is an alumni of the Wharton and Harvard Business Schools.