Mr. Shahab Khawaja has served in the public sector for almost 36 years as a career Civil Servant of Pakistan Administrative Service (previously District Management Group) and has held many key positions such as Federal Secretary of Privatization and Industries and Production, Additional Secretary Population Welfare, Joint Secretary Economic Affairs Division, CEO of Small and Medium Enterprises Development Authority (SMEDA) and held Director’s position in various recognized companies. He has extensive experience in the field of social development, particularly in legal matters, community mobilization and community development. He is also a Certified Director, under Listed Companies’ requirements, as prescribed by the SECP.
Prior to the above-mentioned positions, he served as Secretary to Department of Agriculture and Livestock and Dairy Development, Government of Punjab. Post retirement, he also held the positions of CEO, Competitiveness Support Fund (CSF), a joint Project of Ministry of Finance and USAID and as the Executive Director, Fertilizer Manufacturers of Pakistan Advisory Council (FMPAC). He has served on a number of Public Sector Organizations’ Boards and has represented the Government of Pakistan in multiple International Bodies and Seminars such as UNDP, UNFPA, UNIDO, ECOSOC APO etc.
Mr. Shahab Khawaja holds an MSc. in Chemistry as well as Post Graduate Diplomas in Development Administration from Birmingham University, UK and in Public Policy from University of Connecticut Hartford, USA
Mr. Imtiaz Gadar has been associated with JS Global Capital Limited since December 2021 and has been leading the company as its Chief Executive Officer since October 2022. Mr. Gadar brings a rich experience of 20 years in local & international Brokerage / Investment Banking, Portfolio Management, Research and Investor Relations.
He has diversified experience based out of local / international broking and Equity Capital Markets at JP Morgan Pakistan and the local affiliate of Bank of America – Merrill Lynch, where he was recognized multiple times by Asia Money and CFA Society Pakistan as the Best Pakistan Analyst. As part of his ECM efforts, he has managed transactions worth over US$1.8bn ranging from M&A, Buybacks, GDR Offerings, IPOs and SPOs, Rights Offerings and Tender Offers.
Prior to joining JS Global, he was associated with Bank Alfalah Limited for more than eight years as Head of Capital Markets, where he established and managed award -winning Public & Private Principal investment and Advisory businesses, being recognized for landmark Buy & Sell side M&A and Public Offerings on multiple occasions. Simultaneously, he assist ed in leading the bank to being voted Best in Investor Relations by CFA Society Pakistan for eight years running in addition to being awarded the Best Equity Corporate Finance House (Banks).
Mr. Gadar is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and Masters in Business Administration (MBA) specializing in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration.
Mr. Fahad Viquar Siddiqui is a career banker & has recently relocated to Pakistan from Canada in 2020. During his career, Fahad has held Senior Management positions in various geographies like Asia, Middle East & North America while been associated with Fi nancial Institutions such as, HSBC, Standard Chartered, Barclays Bank & Bank of Montreal. Fahad brings deep & well -rounded experience with him in which he has successfully covered all spectrums of Consumer & Retail Banking, Wealth Management, Business & Digital Transformation, Change, Program & Project Management, Transaction Banking & Customer Experience. He joined JS Bank Limited, Pakistan in 2021 as Head of Products. He leads Secured & Un-Secured lending, Green & Social loans, ADC & Customer Propositions, including Wealth management, Employee Banking and Retail deposit products. He is also a member of JS Bank’s “Extended Leadership team”. Fahad Siddiqui holds an MBA from University of Middlesex, UK a nd is also a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP). His passion & focus in transforming businesses has led him towards becoming a Global PROSCI “CERTIFIED” Change practitioner.
Mr. Amin Muhammad Virani is a seasoned professional with over 30 years of diversified work experience in Finance, Accountancy, Risk, Compliance, Strategic Planning, Audit & Internal Controls. He has served in various leadership roles with local and multinational financial institutes including United Bank Limited, Union National Bank (UAE), Bank Muscat, Mashreq Bank (UAE), Allied Bank Ltd and Price Waterhouse Coopers. He is a Chartered Accountant – Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. Amin has extensive banking industry exposure in delivering robust solutions at C-suite level, analyzing portfolio of opportunities, preparing financial information for external publications and communications to the capital markets. Amin is associated with JS Bank as Chief Financial Officer since September 2022.
Mr. Scheder has 39-years of professional corporate and banking experience, including serving as board member, senior public-company executive and senior international investment banker. As a Chief Financial Officer, Mr. Scheder was responsible for leading implementation of corporate governance processes and overseeing public corporate filing and regulatory requirements. As a Chief Executive Officer and Board Member, Mr. Scheder ha s hands-on experience operating and advising on how to build and scale sustainable businesses. As a senior international investment banking executive, Mr. Scheder developed deep corporate and business development, mergers and acquisitions, finance, and fundraising skills.
Mr. Scheder currently serves as the independent board member of 500 Global (California, USA) and Board Member and Chief Financial Officer of Drover AI (Montana, USA). Mr. Scheder’s previous roles included Founder and Chief Executive Offic er of various start-ups, Managing Director of Deutsche Bank AG (Frankfurt, Germany), Managing Director of ING Barings/BHF -Bank (Frankfurt, Germany) and Associate Director of Bear Stearns & Co. (New York, USA). Mr. Scheder began his career with Peat Marwick & Mitchell (New York, USA).
Mr. Scheder earned a Bachelor’s of Arts in Economics from Stanford University. He also attended Stanford Executive Program at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and New York University’s accounting program.
Syed Jafar Raza is a finance professional, with over 2 decades of experience in the areas of Trade Finance, Corporate Relationship Management, Investment and Transaction Banking.
He holds a Master’s degree in Commerce and Business Administration from University of Karachi and Institute of Business Administration, respectively.
He is currently heading Investment, International and Transaction Banking Group at JS Bank.
He held various senior management roles with Bank Al-Habib and Askari Bank Limited where he also served as nominee director of the latter for its brokerage subsidiary.
Mr. Waqas Anis is a career banker and a digital enthusiast currently serving as the Chief Digital Officer at JS Bank Limited, where he previously served as the Head of Digital Transformation & International Business. Waqas has over 20 years of professional experience in various local and multinational organizations such as ABN AMRO Bank N.V., Faysal Bank, The Bank of Punjab, and Atlas Bank. He has also worked extensively in the tech implementation business with Inbox Consulting Pvt. Ltd.
Waqas has been leading Digital Banking at various Financial Institutions with a dynamic experience in payment systems, G2P / P2G payments, consulting, IT, ADC, CRM, and Financial Sector Digitization. He has led various large-scale automation programs in the banking industry including Organizational Integration, Financial Service So lutions, Digital Onboarding, Business Process Re-engineering, Alternative Distribution – E-Banking, Core Banking Migrations, and various CRM initiatives.
Waqas holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from Institute of Business Management Karachi, and graduated in Software Engineering from Bahria University, Islamabad.
Rabiya Javeri Agha has been one of senior most bureaucrats in the Government of Pakistan and has spent 37 years in public service. She was the first female President of the Pakistan Administrative Service Association, the largest federal association of civil ser vants in the country. She is a graduate from Mount Holyoke College, USA and the Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford. Rabiya was conferred an honorary Doctorate in Law from her alma mater MHC for her work on women and vulnerable groups.
As Secretary, Ministry of Human Rights, she was instrumental in the drafting of 18 human rights – based legislations; including the very progressive Transgender Act 2018. Ms. Javeri also helped draft Pakistan’s first and only Child Marriage Restraint Act, whic h outlawed the practice of early age marriages for young girls in Sindh.
She has recently taken charge as Chairperson National Commission for Human Rights (NCHR), and was unanimously selected by all three political parties of the Parliamentary committee. Under her leadership NCHR held nation-wide consultations to develop a 3 -year strategic plan. The strategic plan identifies five core functions of the Commission: Complaint Redressal, Legal Watchdog, Knowledge Production, Awareness/Advocacy and Policy Advis or.
In the last ten months, the Chairperson has spearheaded the work on the core functions. The achievements include the enactment of Torture and Custodial Death (Prevention and Punishment) Act, adoption of the enforced disappearances bill and the bill to decr iminalize suicide. In addition, NCHR’s report on Minority rights has been applauded in the UK’s House of Lords while the President of Pakistan has launched an action plan on mental health based on the NCHR’s Mental Health report. The Commission has resolved 2613 complaints of Human Rights abuses across the country and taken 116 suo-moto actions on Human Right violations.
She has also actively advocated and raised awareness on various Human Rights issues ranging from juvenile justice to prison reforms, journalist protection and minority rights. The credibility of the Commission has been amplified under her guidance with the government and judiciary seeking the Commission’s help in critical inquiries.