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Altaf Noor Ali

Qualified Chartered Accountant and practicing Chartered Accountant. He is a regular contributor to the Accountant an ICAP publication.

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Akbar Bilgrami

Mr. Bilgrami, an MBA, is a seasoned banker who has international and local banking experience of over 40 years, which includes 24 years from 1961 to 1985 with Bank of America. For four decades he has worked in Pakistan, the Middle East and the Far East and South America on senior positions looking after responsibilities for Country Regions and International levels. For three years with Bank of Credit & Commerce International, he was heading as Country Manager Panama Republic and later as Deputy General Manager National Bank of Oman Muscat. Thereafter, he was associated with Habib Credit & Exchange Bank Limited, as a senior executive and member of Executive Committee.

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Amer Aziz Saiyed

Mr. Saiyed is an Advocate. He was formerly the Company Secretary and Legal Counsel at UniLever Pakistan. He is presently the legal advisor to the Banking Ombudsman.

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Andrew Hiles

Andrew has over 15 years experience of business continuity planning. He is an international speaker on business continuity and contingency planning and has featured on conference programmes in the USA, Europe and the Pacific Rim. He has broadcast on radio and TV. He has over 300 published articles on business continuity and edited the IBM GUIDE Disaster Recovery Manual He was founder and for some fifteen years Chairman of the first international user group for business continuity planning and was a founding Director of the Business Continuity Institute, the international body for certification of business continuity professionals.

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Faisal Agha

Barrister-at-Law educated at University of Buckingham and University of Miami and called to the Bar at the Lincolns Inn.  Mr. Agha has been practicing Civil & Commercial Law at Karachi since 2000. He is a lecturer at the Sindh Muslim Law College. Mr. Agha has acted as legal advisor for the Privatization Commission, M&A deals for leading financial institutions. He has also advised a number of local and foreign banks in conceptualizing, structuring and formalizing consumer products. He has rendered legal services to commercial banks in drafting in house set of standard finance and security documentation and on regulatory, corporate and numerous other issues, including matters pertaining to structured finance, restructuring of existing debt, security issues and compliance with the regulatory framework.

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Javed Hussain

Javed Hussain  is a senior government official who has served as Joint-Registrar SECP at Karachi . He has worked at different positions at Karachi and Islamabad with the Commission and its predecessor body the Corporate Law Authority. He has conducted a number of training courses organized by professional bodies and is also the author of the definitive publication ‘Judgements on Company Law.

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Karim Hatim

A banker by profession Karim is a Qualified Chartered Accountant. And member of ICAP’s technical committee, Mr. Hatim was the former Chief Operating Officer of NBP Capital Ltd and presently is the Head of Investment Banking at Pak Kuwait Investment Bank.

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Qamar Abbas

Barrister-at-Law, educated at Government College Lahore and called to the Bar at the Inner Temple London. Mr. Qamar has been pratising Civil & Commercial Law at Karachi since 1970. He is a member of American Bar Association and the International Bar Association and is also author of various books such as “ International Banking Laws & Regulations “ Pakistan Chapter ( Oceana Publication Inc NY), “ Income and Capital Taxation of Corporations” Pakistan Chapter ( Butterworth UK) and “ Enforcement of Foreign Judgments” Pakistan Chapter ( Matthew Bender).

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Salman Kureshi

Mr. Kureshi is a senior, conceptually literate marketing and management professional, regarded by many as among the foremost practioners in the country. His career, spanning over four decades, has encompassed the development and implementation of successful strategies for a considering variety of businesses and products.

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Saeed Habib

Mr. Saaed Habib holds a post graduation degree in Business Administration & Economics. He has over eighteen years of experience in Investment, Commercial & Corporate Banking. Mr. Habib is a Certified Master Trainer and Certified Moody's Financial Analyses product user and has conducted a number of highly successful workshops on credit & risk management, rescheduling and restructuring of non-performing loans, corporate finance, credit administration and anti money laundering.

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Simon Drimer

Simon Drimer is Principal Consultant based in NMG's Singapore office, and has spent the past 12 years working mainly on strategy and distribution development project for life, non-life and funds management clients across fifteen countries. Most recently Simon has led projects in Thailand to review the opportunity for non-life Bancassurance, in Malaysia to develop a business plan for a takaful venture, in India to analyze the profitability and growth drivers of the non life and life sectors, and in South Africa to look at the opportunity for health insurance outsourcing. Simon Has presented at numerous conferences and written articles in various Asian publications on financial services topics including: Customer lifetime value, Customer Retention, Insurance M&A process, Synergy Assessments across banks\insurers, Bancassurance and private pensions schemes.

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Tariq Sultan

Mr. Sultan holds an MBA and a Master’s degree in Accounting & Finance from U.K. and is a member of IBP, ICMAP, CMA Canada, and Institute of Internal Auditors, U.S.A. He has over 15 years’ experience of working in financial institutions in Pakistan and Canada. He served on the board of a multi-purpose Modaraba for 7 years. Currently he is heading Commercial Affairs Division of the Telecom Regulator, Pakistan Telecommunication Authority. He successfully implemented Sarbanes Oxley Act, 2002 at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Toronto - the first bank in the world that implemented SOX 404 a year ahead of its scheduled date. He was also involved in the implementation of Basel II and Business Continuity Planning at CIBC.

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Thomas Carrol

Thomas Carroll is a Principal Consultant of Kingswell. He is an expert at providing High Availability and DR Solutions, Business Continuity, Project Management and Procurement Management. Thomas has outstanding customer facing skills and is an excellent communicator and trainer coupled with an ability to actively manage change. He has been a board level director for many years excelling in building strong customer services and technical solutions departments. Thomas has worked world-wide delivering, consulting and training to a wide variety of organizations including global Banks, Telecom companies and service providers. Thomas is a member of the British Computer Society.

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Wajih Ul Hassan

Former banker and Qualified Chartered Accountant, Mr. Hassan was the former Country Financial Controller of ABN AMRO Pakistan. 

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Alan Calder

Alan Calder is an international authority on information security management. He led the world’s first successful implementation of BS 7799,the information security management standard upon which ISO 27001 is based, and wrote the definitive compliance for this standard, IT Governance: A Manager’s Guide to Data Security and BS7799/ISO 17799’ The 3rd edition of this book is the basis for the UK open University’s postgraduate course on Information Security and a North American edition has just been published.

Alan is a founder director IT Governance Ltd. Before that, he was CEO of Wide Learning a supplier of e learning, of Focus Central London and before that of Business Link London City Partners (BLLCP). He was also a member of the DTI’s Information Age Competitiveness Working Group. He is a member of the Certification Services Certification Committee, which certifies compliance with international standards including ISO27001/BS779.

Alan works with a wide range of clients on IT governance and information security which include design implementation and deployment of management systems and the development and writing of white Papers. He is a consultant to companies including Cisco. He also speaks at seminars and presentations on IT governance, regulatory compliance and information security. He regularly blogs on IT security issues at

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Asadullah Saleem

The workshop leader is Mr Asad Ullah Saleem. He has done MBA from LUMS and has a Master in Economics with university distinction.

He has worked with State Bank of Pakistan (SBP) mainly in the areas of prudential regulations, performance monitoring of banking sector and risk management.

Subsequent to SBP he moved to Allied Bank Ltd (ABL). He was member of the team that turned-around an ailing bank into one of the most dynamic banks in the country. He worked as Credit Executive. In 2004 he helped the bank in establishing first-ever Risk Management Division to perform risk management on intergrated basis.

He is currently Head of Risk Management at PICIC and possesses extensive experience and knowledge over the subject.

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Christopher Hall

Christopher Hall has extensive in risk management, capital allocation and its use in value-based management. This includes alternative ways of evaluating and reporting operational risks and incorporating them into a risk and capital framework in order to add value to the organization.

Christopher has a degree in Computing and Statistics, is a Chartered Accountant and has a Masters in Finance from London Business School. He has extensive experience in many areas of finance after 18 years in financial services companies. Christopher has previously been CFO / Risk Manager / Compliance Officer of a hedge fund and Head of Capital at Barclays Bank.

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Jonathan Hart

He has been an independent consultant since 1979 and has specialized in delivering business solutions for telecoms billing, process design and the application of information technology. He has delivered may courses on billing topics and process design as well as business performance and profitability improvement, and undertakes practical productive projects such as developing end-to-end business process improvements and assisting due diligence investigations in acquisitions. He has advised companies (AT&T, Vivatel, Saudi Telecom Company, Ministry of Communications Australian Federal Government, Cable & Wireless OFCOM among others) in the Middle East, Europe and Australasian on revenue assurance methods, Interconnect strategies and the selection and implementation of billing and CRM systems. He was also selected as Expert Witness for interconnects litigation cases. Jonathan is the author of the Book “Billing for Telecommunications” first published in 2002, and co-author of the “Bulling Guide”(1997). Jonathan is a member of the Global Billing Association.

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Irfan M. Tayebaly

B.Com ., BBA (Hons), LL.B,MBA, Advocate High Court, Senior Partner has been practicing law for over 25 years and has been involved predominantly in corporate, banking financial, corporate and privatization matters. Taking advantage of his MBA Degree and his five year’s experience as an international corporate, banking and financial legal adviser at London, Mr. Irfan M. Tayebaly specializes in corporate, banking and financial law and practice. Mr. Irfan M. Tayebaly is primarily responsible for advising high end corporates, banks, leasing companies, modarabas, investment finance companies, brokerage houses and other corporate clients on behalf of the firm. He is probably the most experienced lawyer in privatization transaction of banks and financial institutions in Pakistan and TFC (bond) issues in Pakistan. He also specializes in acquisition and sale transaction of banks and financial institutions and other corporate acquisitions and mergers.

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Mr.Authony Dedman GM

Mr.Authony Dedman GM retired from the British Army after 25 year of exemplary service as an Ammunition Technician during which he served in Bahrain, Oman, Belize, Cyprus and Falkland Islands. He was awarded the George Mention in Dispatches for his service in Northern Ireland where he dealt with many hundreds of suspect items and rendered safe numerous improvised terrorist devices and booby-traps, on more than once occasion whilst under terrorist fire. After leaving the military, he spent 4 years as an Explosives Officer with the Anti Terrorist Branch of the Metropolitan Police in central London, during which he rendered safe a variety of explosive devices aimed at domestic and foreign. Tony supervised the clearance and forensic investigation of a number of terrorist bomb attacks against military bases in the UK.Tony is currently employed as the Deputy Principal and Senior Explosives Instructor with the ISSEE, where in addition to his deputing responsibilities, his skills and expertise are focused on the design, preparation, delivery and evaluation of course material.

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Prof Alan Hatcher MBA-Principal

Alan is recognised as being the first person to found a private academic institution for the training of personnel involved in Counter Terrorist activities. He recently the Homeland Security Group whose aim is to provide a turkey solution for organisations that require seamless security systems. Alan has over 35 year experience in the security field as both an operator and a planner and uses the knowledge gained during this time to educate and train other in the requirements of operators in the front line fight against terrorism and crime. He advises several governments and provides security systems audits and analysis. He is also regularly invited to paper around the world on Counter Terrorist related issues.

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Syed Ali Azhar Naqvi

Syed Ali Azhar Naqvi Has a B.A in Economics from Pomona college, California and has done graduate study in Economics from Claremont Graduate School, California. He is based in Karachi and runs a training and management consulting practice. Naqvi started his banking career in Citibank, New York and held various positions in both the local and overseas operations in his 17 years in the Bank. He has extensive experience in the establishment, propagation and maintenance of portfolio, credit related standards for Citibank’s corporate/commercial businesses locally and overseas. Later as Senior Executive Vice President, United Bank Limited, He was responsible for managing all recoveries relating to the Bank’s overseas non-performing loan portfolio. His far-reaching training experience, as programme Director for Saudi American Bank in Saudi Arabia, and his association with trainings in New York, London, Singapore, Athens, Istanbul, Dubai, Cairo, Prague, Karachi and Colombo have given him the expertise to conduct invaluable training courses on credit/risk management issues.

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Syed Jaffar Ali

Syed Jaffar Ali has been a Banking professional for over 30 years. With a Degree in Law and a Master in Economics, he worked with United Bank Limited, where, after several years in Branch management, he joined the UBL Staff Collage, where he Conduct regular Training programmes.

He also developed and conducted courses for the Institute of Bankers. He joined BCCI, working with their African Region, both in Training and Credit Management. Returning to Pakistan, he moved into Corporate Banking. Following the closure of BCCI, he worked with Askari Commercial Bank and Standard Chartered Bank, assisting the latter institution to develop their formal Organization Learning set-up.

Mr. Jaffar Ali continues to conduct Programmes at the Institute of Bankers in Pakistan.                  

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