Board of Directors

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Ms. Dominique Liana Russo – Chairperson of the Board of Directors
Dominique Russo is Chief Executive of Dhabi Holdings PJSC. Ms. Russo has two decades of investment management, corporate structuring, and nation level advisory experience. She commenced her investment management career at Merrill Lynch’s New York headquarters as a representative and later moved to the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) with the financial services practice of strategy firm Booz Allen Hamilton. Since her arrival to the GCC a decade ago, Ms Russo has advised various GCC governments and semi-governmental entities on economic development strategy, investment affairs, and related policy development.

Mr. Ali Sultan is a seasoned banker with over 20 years of experience in the financial sector of Pakistan and the Middle-East; offering knowledge across global markets, investment banking & fund management.

Currently, Mr. Sultan is working for Bank Alfalah Limited as Group Head of Treasury & Financial Institutions where he is managing both conventional and Islamic treasuries and financial institutions coverage for the Bank.

Prior to joining Bank Alfalah, Mr. Sultan was the Director, Financial Markets Strategy and Conduct Department at the State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank) and was responsible for implementing the Central Bank’s strategic goal of policy formulation & development of vibrant financial markets.

Mr. Sultan has also served with BNP Paribas as Regional Head of the Financial Institutions Group and with Standard Chartered Bank, covering treasury, capital markets and financial institutions across the Middle East.

In addition, Mr. Sultan was previously also on the board of Pakistan Mercantile Exchange (PMEX) as a nominee director on behalf of SECP. He has actively participated in international professional forums like IMF meetings, WB and Euro-money conferences.

Mr. Hanspeter Beier is currently Client Relationship Manager, Portfolio Manager focusing on European Equities, macroeconomic Analyst, and Member of the Executive Committee.

As an acknowledged authority on the European Stock Market, Mr. Hanspeter Beier joined the Executive Committee of GHP Arbitrium in 2004.

Previously Mr. Hanspeter Beier was head of portfolio management and Chief Financial Officer with a subsidiary of a major European bank before being appointed CEO of a Swiss private bank.

Mr. Naqvi is presently the Director Investments and New Business Startups in Associated Constructors Limited and has almost twenty five (25) years of professional experience in the financial services industry. Mr. Naqvi started his career with Citibank, Pakistan in 1982 and his subsequent assignments include, Head of Economics for the National Development Finance Corporation (NDFC) where he was in close liaison with government economic, planning and finance ministries as well as a permanent representative of the CDWP, five (5) Year Plan Expert Working Groups. He was also the Managing Director, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Research for Taurus Securities from 1997 to 2004. He was a member of various committees of the Pakistan Stock Exchange and played an active role in promoting the cause of capital markets.

Mr. Naqvi served on IGI Funds Limited Board between January 21, 2006 to October 14, 2013 and Chairman of IGI Funds Audit Committee between October 16, 2012 to October 14, 2013. Throughout his tenure with IGI Funds, he was an active member of the Board and Audit committee especially with regards to strengthening the role and scope of Risk Management at the company. Mr. Naqvi holds a Bachelors degree in Economics from the University College London, United Kingdom.

Mr. Tufail Ahmad is a retired banker with 36 years of experience with major multinational banking groups and over 20 years of risk related experience largely of Middle East & South Asian markets.

After a brief career with Pakistan Petroleum Limited, in the filed of Oil & Gas he moved to a banking career, which he started as a Management Trainee in 1980 with Grindlays Bank, which was at the time majority 48.8% owned by Citi Group. During his first 25 years of service, 100% ownership of the Bank changed hands from Citi Group to ANZ Banking Group in year 1984, and to Standard Chartered Group in year 2000 and subsequently was fully amalgamated in to SCB.

He gained multi-functional experience of Branch Banking, Corporate Banking, Audit, General Management, Consumer Banking, Compliance, and Risk Management, and served in Pakistan, and foreign locations; Bahrain, Dubai, and the United Kingdom. He rejoined Standard Chartered Bank In Pakistan, as Chief Risk Officer in year 2007, where he also represented SCB on the Board of Directors of Standard Chartered Services Limited, the management company for SCB Modaraba, and Standard Chartered Leasing Company from 2007 to 2011.

Earlier, he had also served National Bank of Fujairah (a local United Arab Emirates based entity) in the role of Head of Risk Management from year 2005 to 2007.

His last position was Chief Risk Officer at NIB Bank Limited (majority owned subsidiary of Fullerton Financial Holding, Singapore) from year 2012 to 2016. During his tenure at NIB Bank Limited, he represented NIB on the Board of Directors of a wholly owned subsidiary PICIC Asset Management Company from 2015 to 2016, and also an affiliated company, namely PICIC Insurance Company Limited from 2012 to 2014.

Mr. Ahmad obtained MBA & BBA (Honours) degrees from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, and a B.Sc. (Honours) degree from University of Karachi. In addition as part of continuing education program, he had obtained a post-graduate certificate in Investment Management from California State University Northridge (CSUN), USA.

Ms. Rahman is the Chief Executive of Alfalah GHP Investment Management, and has over eighteen years of experience in investment banking, research and asset management. She started her career with Merrill Lynch in Investment Banking and transitioned to ABN Amro Bank in Corporate Finance.

Maheen assumed stewardship of Alfalah GHP in 2013. Prior to that, she was CEO at IGI Funds between 2009-2013. Ms. Rahman also serves as Senior Vice Chairman of the Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan, Director at Glaxo Smith Klein Pakistan, Director of Pakistan’s Institute of Corporate Governance, Governor for LEAD Pakistan. Ms. Rahman has also been featured on Fortune’s 2015 40 Under 40 Top Ten Women to Watch.

Ms. Rahman holds a B.Sc. (Hons) in Economics from LUMS and a M.Sc. Finance and Economics from Warwick Business School, UK. She completed a Series 7 qualification from the NYSE in 2000 and holds certifications from the Institute of Capital Markets.

Edward Hurt is currently Head of Finance, Treasury and Investments for Dhabi Holdings PJSC which is a private investment vehicle of a senior Abu Dhabi ruling family member. Edward is responsible for the finance and treasury function for the holding company of a $3 Billion portfolio spread across a number of industry sectors and geographies. Key sectors in the portfolio include Real Estate, Telecoms, Financial Services and Energy.

Key activities include financial planning, control, analysis and reporting to the Executive Management Team and advising them, interacting with the portfolio companies for reporting purposes and funding requirements, operational improvement, debt restructuring, M&A, and new investments.

Mehreen Ahmed is currently heading the Retail Banking Group of Bank Alfalah. She joined Bank Alfalah in April 2012 as Group Head Consumer Business and New Initiatives. She carries 30 years of banking and non-banking experience, including institutions like Soneri Bank, MCB Bank and Standard Chartered Bank. She holds an MBA Degree in Finance and Marketing from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA).