Board of Trustees

Mr. Aasim A. Siddiqui
M.D, Marine Group of Companies

Aasim Siddiqui has actively developed various transport and logistics projects in Pakistan in the last 20 years. He is currently the Group Managing Director of Marine Group of Companies, which is the biggest and most diversified business group in the shipping, logistics and cargo handling industry of Pakistan.

He is also on the board of directors of 14 other companies of the group.

Mr. Siddiqui has played a major role in the development and financial structuring of the following large infrastructure projects; Pakistan International Container Terminal (PICT), the only public listed container terminal of Pakistan, which is now operating as a part of ICTSI terminals; Pakistan International Bulk Terminal (PIBT), the first modern coal/cement terminal which is also a public listed company on the Karachi Stock Exchange and Pakistan Intermodal Ltd. (PIL), Pakistan’s first private freight train operator connecting the ports with the inland container depots through rail-road linkages.

In 2009, Mr. Siddiqui initiated Organization for Social Development Initiatives (OSDI), an NGO which is focusing on poverty alleviation through sustainable development in the rural areas of Pakistan.

Recently, he has also initiated a policy research institute, by the name of Manzil Pakistan that focuses on policy public matters.

Aasim Siddiqui is also a part of the executive committee of the All Pakistan Shipping Association (APSA) and is playing a significant role in the development of the shipping and logistics industry of Pakistan۔.

Mr. Sharique Siddiqui

Currently, Sharique Siddiqui is CEO, Pakistan International Bulk Terminal Ltd., (PIBT), which is setting up Pakistan’s first Coal, Clinker and Cement bulk handling Terminal at Port Qasim. PIBT is a public listed company with a planned investment of US$ 250 million.

He has served as Director Projects and Chief Operating Officer of Pakistan International Container Terminal Ltd. (PICT) from the year 2002 to 2012. PICT is a modern container terminal facility at Karachi Port and was set up at an investment cost of around US$150 million and is listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.

He is also a serving Director of Marine Group of Companies since 1997. Marine Group has varied operations in shipping, logistics and cargo terminals in Pakistan.

Sharique A. Siddiqui holds a B.A Economics and M.A Economics from Tufts University, Boston, USA.

Mr. Numan Nabi Ahmed
CEO, The Brand Partnership (Pvt.) Ltd.

Holding a Commerce degree from Karachi and having studied Advertising & Communication Management at USA, Numan Nabi Ahmed, is a well-known name in the advertising and media circles in the country.

He today heads one of the largest Communications Group in Pakistan with a proven track record in building strategies for branding, advertising, media planning, sports, marketing, ad sales, event management and television productions. With a remarkable track record of turning around businesses and setting new trends in the world of Integrated Marketing Communication in Pakistan he has been able to bring many firsts to his credit.

Numan Nabi Ahmed is a familiar face as a speaker and television host. He serves on the Board of Zindagi Trust and OSDI as well as being a founding member of the Friends of the Cardiac Surgery.

Mr. Jawaid Iqbal
President & CEO, CMC (Pvt.) Ltd.

Holding a LLB degree from the University of Sindh, Syed Jawaid Iqbal is President & CEO of CMC (Pvt) Ltd, an exclusive affiliate of Ketchum, New York, USA.

He has hosted and moderated a number of programs on radio and television on business, current affairs and social issues and has also interviewed numerous prominent political, social and business personalities for radio and television.

Jawaid Iqbal was the President of South Asian Media Association (SAMA), based in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He is the Founder/Chairman of South Asia Forum, a body that hosts Seminars and Conferences to discuss regional issues in the global perspective.

He was Chairman, Board of Governors of Central Institute of Arts Crafts (CIAC) at Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, for three consecutive terms of three years each. He is Member, Board of Directors of NAPA (National Academy of Performing Arts) and is Founding Member of the Advertising Association of Pakistan (AAP).

He founded a private sector think tank - “Moderates” in 2003, with a view to strengthening tolerance, interfaith harmony and democracy. He received the prestige "Genesis Award" from the Ark Trust Inc. a national non-profit organization based in Los Angeles, California, USA.

Mr. Ali Jehangir Siddiqui 
Managing Partner, JS Private Equity

Ali J Siddiqui is the Managing Partner of JS Private Equity, Pakistan’s largest private equity firm. He joined JS Group in 2002-2003 as an Executive Director of JS Investments Ltd. a private sector mutual fund manager. Prior to JS Group, Ali was based in Hong Kong as a Director at Crosby, a private equity firm and was part of a team that managed over USD 400 million in private equity and venture funds investing in Asia-Pacific.  

He has co-founded and invested into a number of emerging market companies within Agriculture, Aviation, Banking, Energy and Ports sectors. Siddiqui is a member of the Corporate Advisory Council at the National University of Science and Technology (NUST) and Community Development Board (CDB) of the Government of Sindh. He has also been recognized as a Young Global Leader for the influential World Economic Forum based in Switzerland.   

Ali Siddiqui is passionate about finding and implementing large-scale solutions to poverty and disaster relief and supports a number of charitable and sustainable development organizations. He is a board member of Acumen Fund, a social enterprise fund headquartered in New York that invests in Africa and Asia in businesses that serve the under-privileged.   

Ali Siddiqui is also the CEO for the Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation, which is actively involved in philanthropic work nationwide across Pakistan. He graduated from Cornell University with a BA in Economics and has also attended executive education programs at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and the University of Cambridge. 

Brig (Retd) Ghulam Muhammad Mohatarem
Security Analyst and Consultant

Having a distinguished career, spanning 33 years in the Army. Brig (Retd) Mohatarem, has held main stream jobs of commanding Tanks and Mechanized troops, apart from holding senior positions in the Military Intelligence, key operational staff appointments. He was an Instructor in the Military Academy.

He served as the Chief United Nations Military Observer based in Sarajevo during the War in Bosnia Herzegovina. He has diplomatic exposure as Pakistan’s Defense Attaché in Bangladesh and Myanmar for four years. After retirement from the Army, he served as the Home Secretary to the Government of Sindh.

Presently, he is working as a Security Analyst and Consultant. He is an elected President of PECHS and is also on the Governing Body of DHA Residents Society.

Brig (Retd) Mohatarem has attended two specialized training courses on Counter Terrorism in the United States and one in ‘Negotiations and Conflict Resolution' under UN aegis in Switzerland. He holds a Masters in Defense and Strategic Studies and an MBA.

Syed Perwez Shahid
(Rtd.) Corps Commander

Commissioned in the Pakistan Army as an infantry officer in October 1969, Syed Perwez Shahid has served in various commands, staff and instructional appointments. He is a graduate of Staff College Quetta, National Defense College Islamabad, US Army Infantry School and US Army Staff College۔

Perwez Shahid has attended executive courses at Harvard and Stanford Universities USA۔

He retired as Corps Commander in April 2005. From June 2005 to May 2008 he served as CEO of The Citizens Foundation, an NGO providing quality education to the less privileged in Pakistan.

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