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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 79) 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.

82 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.

Syed Yawar Ali
Chairman

Syed Yawar Ali

Syed Yawar Ali
Chairman

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 (AMP 111) from Harvard Business School in 1992. He joined his family business i.e. Packages Limited in 1972 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, Prime Genetics (pvt) Ltd. He has also been on the Board of Directors of State Bank of Pakistan and Pakistan International Airlines and Chairman of Lahore Electric Supply Company, Chairman, Agricultural Development Bank of Pakistan and Chairman, Pakistan Dairy Association.

He is also Co-Chair of the Pakistan India Joint Business Forum (PIJBF) this committee is Notified by Ministry of Commerce (Pakistan) to “Promote Trade with India”, Director Leadership for Environment and Development (LEAD) Pakistan, Director Global Change Impact Studies Centre, Director Punjab Board of Investment & Trade, Member of United Nations Committee for Contributions, Chairman, Steering Committee of Dairy & Rural Development Foundation. Member, Pakistan Trade and Investment Policy Program and also Director of Pakistan Business Council.

Vice Chairman

Saquib Shirazi

Vice Chairman

Saquib Shirazi

Saquib Shirazi has been the Chief Executive Officer of Atlas Honda Limited since 2000. He is a graduate of the Wharton School of Finance and did his MBA from the Harvard Business School.

He started his career with the Bank of Tokyo and was subsequently appointed as the CEO of Atlas BOT Investment Bank. In addition to being a member of the Atlas Group, he currently serves as a Director of Pakistan Cables Limited. In the past, he has also served on the Boards of Pakistan Petroleum Limited, National Refinery Limited, Sui Southern Gas Company Limited, Cherat Cement Limited, Cherat Paper Limited and the Privatization Commission of Pakistan. He has also served on Harvard Business School’s Global Alumni Board and was its President for the years 2006-2008. He is currently a member of Harvard Business School’s Advisory Board.

Abdul Samad Dawood
Board Member

Abdul Samad Dawood

Abdul Samad Dawood
Board Member

Abdul Samad Dawood

Vice Chairman of the Board
Engro Corporation Limited

Executive Summary

Samad has 15 years of experience in management and governance. Samad joined the Engro Corporation Board in 2009 and now serves as Vice Chairman of the Board. He is also Chairman of Engro Foods Limited, and sits on the Boards of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, Dawood Lawrencepur Limited, Engro Fertilizer Limited, Reon (Private) Limited, Dawood Industries and Trustee on the Board of Dawood Foundation. Additionally, he is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization.

Experiences

Samad has previously served as Independent Director by International Industries Ltd. and Independent Non-Executive Director by Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd. He has also served on the board at Engro EXIMP Pvt. Ltd., Inbox Business Technologies Pvt. Ltd., The Hub Power Company Limited, Tenaga Generasi Limited, Pebbles (Private) Limited and World Wild-Life Fund for Nature-Pakistan. He was previously CEO of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited and Cyan Limited. He also commands operational experience gained at Dawood Lawrencepur Limited and Dawood Hercules Chemicals.

Academic

  • Graduate in Economics from University College London, UK
  • Certified Director of Corporate Governance from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate
Abrar Hasan
Board Member

Abrar Hasan

Abrar Hasan
Board Member

Abrar Hasan

Abrar Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of National Foods Limited (NFL), the leading multi-category food company in Pakistan. He 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. Recognizing the vital role of information technology in business development, Mr. Hasan brought about an IT revolution in the Company by implementing SAP and its other value added modules like SUCESSFACTORS, which have brought about greater operational efficiency. Being a staunch supporter of Corporate Social Responsibility, he assisted with the launch of the Aagahi Adult Literacy Programme (AALP) within National Foods Ltd.  in collaboration with The Citizens Foundation (TCF), which aims to equip under privileged men and women with basic literacy skills.

In 2007, he spearheaded the development of a Sustainability Strategy of the company, which is today guiding all business functions across the board. Focus is laid on the value chain, particularly in the case of red chilies where farmers are given training to improve quality and increase per acre yield of the crop. This has resulted in collaborative work with Pakistan Agricultural Coalition, to institutionalize the supply chain for chilies, ultimately resulting in trading of Red Chilies on the Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX).

With a strong emphasis on UN SDG number 5 of Gender Equality, Mr. Hasan is an advocate of retaining top talent through Family Friendly Policies by ensuring female staff has options such as on-site Daycare and telecommuting. The business impact of such initiatives is monitored through IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, where a case study was published on National Foods.

As a visionary and marketing leader, Mr. Hasan has addressed audiences of a diverse section of marketing organizations, conferences and 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), and the Best Work Place Award 2015. He is member of the Board of Directors of various strategic forums like the Associated Textile Consultants, Cherat Packaging Ltd, Pakistan Business Council, The Heath Foundation and Engro Friesland Campina.

Mr. Hasan currently resides in Karachi, Pakistan, and is a graduate of the Krannert School of Management at the Purdue University in Indiana, USA.

Ali S. Habib
Board Member

Ali S. Habib

Ali S. Habib
Board Member

Ali S. Habib

Ali S. Habib is the Founding and current Chairman of Indus Motor Company Limited (a joint venture with Toyota Motor Corporation & Toyota Tsusho Corporation of Japan) and is also on the Board of Directors of ThalNova Power Thar (Private) Ltd.; a 300-MW mine mouth lignite power plant (project under development). He heads and actively oversees the operations of the House of Habib (HoH) companies (www.hoh.net). HoH is a conglomerate of companies employing over 10,000 people. Activities 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 Habib-Metro Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. (a joint venture with Metro AG, world’s #4 retailer).

He is the Founding Chairman of the Pakistan Automotive Manufacturers’ Association and the Founding Chairman Young Presidents Organization Pakistan Chapter and is also serving as a Director on the Board of Pakistan Business Council (& was also it’s past chairman).

Ali Habib is a graduate of the University of Minnesota (Mechanical Engineering). He has completed the PMD 51 (1986) from Harvard University and has completed Executive Management Programs at Harvard (in 2007 & 2018), at Stanford (in 2008) and at Wharton.

He also devotes his time and attention to social welfare, education and benevolent activities and is a Member on the Board of Governors of Habib University, as well as a Director on the Board of Habib University Foundation and a Trustee of the Habib Education Trust. He has also served for many years on the Board of Governors of Shaukat Khanum Memorial Trust.

Arif Habib
Board Member

Arif Habib

Arif Habib
Board Member

Arif Habib

Mr. Arif Habib is the Chief Executive of Arif Habib Corporation Limited. He is also the Chairman of Pakarab Fertilizers Limited, Fatima Fertilizer Company Limited, Fatimafert Limited, Aisha Steel Mills Limited, Javedan Corporation Limited and Sachal Energy Development (Pvt.) Limited

Mr. Arif Habib remained the elected President/Chairman of Pakistan Stock Exchange for six times in the past and was a Founding Member and Chairman of the Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited. He has served as a Member of the Privatisation 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 by the Government of Pakistan.

Mr. Habib participates significantly in welfare activities. He is one of the trustees of Fatimid Foundation and Memon Health & Education Foundation as well as a director of Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, Karachi Education Initiative, Pakistan Business Council and Karachi Sports Foundation.

Bashir Ali Muhammad
Board Member

Bashir Ali Muhammad

Bashir Ali Muhammad
Board Member

Bashir Ali Muhammad

(Sitara-e-Imtiaz)

Mr. Bashir Ali Mohammad 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. 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 founding Director and former Chairman of the Pakistan Business Council. He is also the Director of Gul Ahmed Energy Limited, Habib Metropolitan Bank Limited, Education Fund for Sindh and Habib University Foundation.

Mr. Bashir holds honorary government, Trade and industry and consular positions which include, Chairman, Committee to Improve Pakistan’s rating on Ease of Doing Business Index, Honorary Consul General of Sweden, Member, Advisory Board of CPLC Government of Sindh, Member of Pakistan France Business Council, Member of Pakistan German Business Council, Member of Tax Reforms Commission, Ministry of Finance and Member of Tax Advisory Council, FBR.

Mr. Bashir 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), 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 & 2008-2013. He was also a member of the Advisory Committee, Federal Tax Ombudsman, Government of Pakistan (2011 – 2014)

In recognition of his services he was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan in 2006 and has also been conferred as Justice of Peace. On April 7, 2017, Mr. Bashir was awarded with the Grade d’ Officier in the National Order of Merit by the President of the French Republic.

Muhammad Ali Tabba
Board Member

Muhammad Ali Tabba

Muhammad Ali Tabba
Board Member

Muhammad Ali Tabba

Mr. Muhammad Ali Tabba is the Chief Executive of Lucky Cement Limited. Lucky Cement Limited is one of the largest producers and leading exporters of quality cement in Pakistan. Lucky Cement has also made cement manufacturing investments in Democratic Republic of Congo and Iraq.

He also serves as the Chief Executive of Yunus Textile Mills Ltd (YTM), a state-of-the-art home textile mill and the largest exporter of home textile products from Pakistan with subsidiaries in North America and France. Mr. Tabba also serves in the capacity of Vice Chairman of the Board of ICI Pakistan Limited. ICI Pakistan Limited is the leading producer of Polyester, Soda Ash, Chemicals, Life Sciences and Pharmaceuticals products.

Mr. Tabba is also the Chairman of KIA Lucky Motors. The company has entered into a joint venture agreement with the South Korean carmaker to manufacture, assemble, market, distribute, sell, offer after-sales service, import and export all types of Kia motor vehicles, parts and accessories in Pakistan.

Mr. Tabba also serves in the role of Chairman Lucky Electric Power Company Limited. Lucky Electric Power Company is setting up a 660MW supercritical coal power plant at Port Qasim, Karachi.

All of the above companies are sponsored by YBG which is one of the largest export houses and business conglomerates in Pakistan.

Mr. Tabba is also the Chairman of Pakistan Business Council (PBC). PBC is a business policy advocacy platform comprising of the largest private-sector businesses and conglomerates, including multinationals in Pakistan. Pakistan Business Council aims to improve the general business environment of the country. He is the former chairman of All Pakistan Cement Manufacturing Association (APCMA), a regulatory and apex body of the cement manufacturers in Pakistan. He has been appointed by the Government of Pakistan to serve on the Board of Directors of Pakistan International Airlines Corporation Limited.

Mr. Tabba has recently been appointed to the Council of Business Leaders. The body is constituted and headed by the Prime Minister and is tasked with providing feedback on boosting exports, increasing investment, tariff and taxation policies.

In recognition of his outstanding services and contributions in the social development sector of Pakistan, World Economic Forum (WEF) in 2010 bestowed the title of Young Global Leader (YGL) on Mr. Tabba. For his distinguished services rendered in the field of entrepreneurship, public service and philanthropy; government of Pakistan in 2018 conferred upon Mr. Tabba “Sitara-e-Imtiaz,” one of highest awards government of Pakistan bestows upon a civilian.

Mr. Tabba is the Vice Chairman of a not-for-Profit organization, Aziz Tabba Foundation. Aziz Tabba Foundation is the philanthropic arm of Yunus Brother Group which is working extensively in the field of social welfare, education, healthcare and housing. The Foundation runs two state-of-the-art hospitals in Karachi; 170 bed Tabba Heart Institute (THI) which is a dedicated cardiac care hospital and 100 bed Tabba Kidney Institute (TKI), a specialized institution providing comprehensive treatment for Nephro-Urological disorder.

Muhammad Aurangzeb
Board Member

Muhammad Aurangzeb

Muhammad Aurangzeb
Board Member

Muhammad Aurangzeb

Mr. Muhammad Aurangzeb joined HBL on April 30, 2018 as the President & CEO.

Prior to this responsibility at HBL, Mr Aurangzeb was the CEO for JP Morgan’s Global Corporate Bank based in Asia, with a rich international banking experience of over 30 years in other senior management roles at ABN AMRO and RBS based in Amsterdam and Singapore.

Mr. Aurangzeb received his BS and MBA degrees from The Wharton School (University of Pennsylvania), and he is the only Pakistani to be invited to the exclusive membership of the Global CEO Council organized by WSJ/DowJones group.”

Riyaz T Chinoy
Board Member

Riyaz T Chinoy

Riyaz T Chinoy
Board Member

Riyaz T Chinoy

Mr. Riyaz T. Chinoy was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of IIL on 12th August 2011, after serving the Company since 1992 in various positions. By profession he is a qualified industrial engineer and has obtained a B.Sc. in Industrial Engineering, from Case Western Reserve University, USA. He is also a certified ISO 9001 Lead Auditor and a Certified Director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.

He has had extensive experience of all processes ranging from production, operations, procurement and project development. His previous employment was with Pakistan Cables Limited, where he worked as a Commercial Projects Manager and prior to that, as Project Engineer. He has served as the Chairman of the Landhi Association of Trade and Industry and Amir Sultan Chinoy Foundation and is a member of the Pakistan-India CEO’s Business Forum, Pak-Australia Business Forum, The Institute of Industrial Engineers Pakistan and the Pakistan Engineering Council. He is also the Chairman of IIL Australia Pty Limited, a fully owned subsidiary of IIL. He is also a Non-Executive Director on the Boards of International Steels Limited and Bulleh Shah Packaging (Pvt) Ltd. Lastly, he is also a trustee of the Citizens Trust against Crime (CTAC), of LITE Development and Management Company and is also the Chairman of the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG) and is also the Treasurer of Management Association of Pakistan

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.

Professional Association

  1. Member Board of Governors/Managing Committee of “Patients Aid Foundations” of  JPMC the 2nd largest Government Hospital of Karachi
  2. Member & Director, Pakistan Business Council
  3. Member, Pakistan-India Joint Business Council, constituted by Ministry of Commerce Govt. of Pakistan
  4. ex-Hon. Deputy General Secretary, Memon Medical Institute – A Not-for-Profit 170 Beds Hospital

Business Profile

Executive Director of Gatron (Industries) Limited Pakistani – a public listed company and largest manufacturers of Polyester Filament Yarn & PET Preforms in Pakistan.

Executive Director, Novatex Limited – largest non-textile exporter of Pakistan producing PET Resin, PET Preforms and BOPET film

Director ThalNova Thar Power (Pvt) Limited

Taimur Dawood
Board Member

Taimur Dawood

Taimur Dawood
Board Member

Taimur Dawood

Mr. Taimur Dawood earned his Bachelor Degree in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, USA and MBA from Columbia University, New York, USA. Prior to joining Descon, Mr. Taimur Dawood worked as an equity analyst at Graham Partners, a technology focused hedge fund. He also worked at UBS as a technology analyst.

Mr. Taimur Dawood has over 15 years of work experience in a variety of fields that include product marketing, project finance, strategy development and implementation, turn around management, mergers and acquisitions.

In addition to being Chairman of Descon, Mr. Taimur Dawood is also Director of TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs). He was also former President of Young President Organization’s Indus Chapter.

Yousaf Hussain
Board Member

Yousaf Hussain

Yousaf Hussain
Board Member

Yousaf Hussain

Mr. Yousaf Hussain, President & CEO Faysal Bank, has around 25 years of diverse local & international professional experience. His previous experience has primarily been with ABN AMRO Bank, where he held multiple senior managerial positions in Corporate & Transaction Banking and led multiple landmark international Investment Banking & Treasury transactions across major industries. Yousaf has also been at the forefront of two bank acquisition & integration transactions.  His experience also includes senior position with Samba Bank and earlier roles with MashreqBank, UAE and Mobilink/Motorola.

He has been with Faysal Bank Ltd. since Aug. 2008, where he has contributed significantly to the growth of the franchise through senior management positions within Corporate, Risk & Special Assets Management Group. He was elevated in early 2017 to become the President & CEO of Faysal Bank Ltd. Mr. Hussain’s vision & strategy has led the Bank to successfully embark upon a retail led growth strategy in terms of aggressive network expansion coupled with smooth ongoing transformation of the franchise from a conventional to a progressive Islamic bank.

Yousaf is an Electrical engineer with an MBA from Lahore University of Management Sciences.  He is a member of the Executive Committee of Pakistan Banking Association & also a Council Member of the Institute of Bankers-Pakistan. He is also actively engaged with Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Zeelaf Munir
Board Member

Dr. Zeelaf Munir

Dr. Zeelaf Munir
Board Member

Dr. Zeelaf Munir

Built upon a strong foundation of commitment and dedication and with a legacy that spans over five decades, EBM and its mega-brands continue to grow under Dr. Zeelaf’s leadership. The company is currently Pakistan’s largest biscuit manufacturer as well as one of the leading FMCG companies.

After being awarded the title for ‘The Best Place to Work’ for a second time in the FMCG and national companies’ category, EBM has now been given the award for ‘Employer of the Year’ by the Employer Federation of Pakistan for 2018.

Dr Zeelaf B. Munir, currently the Managing Director and CEO of English Biscuit Manufacturers (EBM) since 2015, first began her journey with the organization in 2010. She has over 20 years of professional experience in diverse fields ranging from healthcare to business. Her career extends from clinical practice to leading multi-state organizations, Zeelaf also serves on the Board of a global supply chain company.

Zeelaf is a coveted speaker and has been a frequent invitee at conferences as well as in the electronic media, both internationally and in Pakistan. She is currently a member of the Pakistan Business Council (PBC) and serves as a director on its board. She is also a Board Member of the Community Development Program, Planning and Development Department, Government of Sindh, IBA Corporate Leaders Advisory Board (ICLAB), World Wildlife Fund (WWF) and the iCare Foundation. She has been elected and has served as President of APPNA (Association of Pakistani Physicians in North America), the largest Pakistani association outside Pakistan.

Zeelaf completed her medical degree from Dow Medical University, Karachi. She moved to the United States in pursuit of a degree specializing in psychiatry from the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis. Zeelaf also has a Master’s degree in Health Finance and Management from Johns Hopkins University and has subsequently 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.