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CEO AND GM FOR RECKITT BENCKISER (RB)
Shahzeb Mahmood is the CEO and GM for Reckitt Benckiser (RB) West Asia (Pakistan and Afghanistan), one of Pakistan's major and oldest multinational FMCG businesses, employing 500+ people, multiple manufacturing sites and distribution across the country. RB Pakistan is one of the fastest growing businesses in the North Africa Middle East cluster and also globally seen as a high potential business. The business has multiple categories across household, Pharma and personal care.
Shahzeb joined RB after a successful 16+ year career working with Unilever across sales and marketing and across Pakistan, Singapore and West Africa. His experience includes operational roles in Pakistan (Sales Director Modern & General Trade, Marketing Director Beverages etc.), in Singapore (Global Director Channels & Customer) and in West Africa as VP Sales for the Unilever business.
Shahzeb is a graduate of the IBA in Karachi, BBA/MBA class of 1997. He is married with 3 children and a passionate sports person with particular interest in golf, cricket and football.
DIRECTOR MARKETING @ RB
Fahad is an astute business leader & a passionate marketer at heart who believes in the power of insight, intuition & simplicity, with 16 years of proven performance across multiple geographies & FMCG categories.
He started his career at RB as a management trainee in 2001, after graduating from IBA, Karachi. After spending the first 2 years in operational sales, he moved to brand management into increasingly senior roles within RB and was promoted to a Regional Marketing Manager AME based in South Africa in 2008.
Fahad joined the global category team at RB CHQ in 2011 as a Global Brand Director on Dettol, and later did a short stint in Dubai as the Marketing Director Dettol for Developing Markets before returning to Pakistan as Director Marketing. During the last 12 months in the role, the RB marketing team has driven a broad based growth across the Health, Hygiene and Home portfolios.
Fahad is currently settled in Karachi with his wife and 3 kids, and loves to play football and golf over weekends.
HEAD OF MARKETING & SALES
Aamir Khawas a business graduate with an illustrious career spanning over 15 years with both local and multinational companies.
Aamir’s area of expertise lies within organizational growth and business development, Marketing, Sales and Supply Chain Management, Distribution Strategies with strong leadership and talent management skills. He has been a major contributor at various management & board level stakeholders based on his strategic depth & knowledge of business management.
During his career he has managed diversified teams both locally and internationally and he is a firm believer that its people who make a difference between possibility and impossibility.
DIRECTOR MARKETING HALEEB FOODS LTD
Mansoor Nawaz have over 2 decades of work experience in organizations such as Nestle Pakistan, Engro Foods, Friesland Campina and Coca-Cola in positions as Group Brand Manager, New Initiatives Manager, Marketing Manager and more recently as Director Marketing at Haleeb Foods Ltd. He enjoys teaching and have been part of the LUMS adjunct faculty teaching ‘Corporate Entrepreneurship’ at the Suleman Dawood School of Business. He is a strong advocate of establishing critical concepts of POPs and PODs in the marketing process discourse.
CEO OF LATITUDE (PVT.) LTD
Omar Jamil is the CEO of Latitude (Pvt.) Ltd, an affiliate of Grayling PR (part of the Huntsworth Group). Omar started his career in the field of finance, including time with Barings UK, Khadim Ali Shah Bukhari & Co (Merrill Lynch), and Citibank N.A. Having spent a few years in finance, Omar entered the field of journalism. Omar has written for major publications in Pakistan and abroad, including The Friday Times (Pakistan) and Red Herring (the U.S.), and holds an MS from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism. After several years as a journalist, he went into the field of Public Relations. Omar has a proven track record in developing and implementing creative, issues-led PR campaigns, including time spent as a PR consultant for the Government of Pakistan. Omar established Latitude in 2010, and has since worked with a number of national and multinational brands, including Warid Telecom, Gul Ahmed, Rozee.pk, Dell, AkzoNobel (ICI Dulux), and Nestle Pakistan amongst others. Omar is a member of the South Asian Journalists Association, the International Public Relations Association, the Public Relations Consultants Association, the Marketing Association of Pakistan, and the Council of Public Relations Pakistan. He continues to write as a freelancer, and often contributes to leading English dailies, as well as Aurora magazine.
With a major in Philosophy, Farah started her career as a banker. But when she moved to Chicago in the 90s, the dot com boom was in full swing. She switched industries and hasn’t looked back since. Passion and innovation are the driving factors in all Farah does - to look at brands and see potential where none existed, or to extract that one missing element which will make a campaign stand apart. Be it rebranding exercises, traditional marketing campaigns, app creation, social media strategy or simply trend-spotting - these are the drivers of a perfect daily diet for Farah. Currently obsessing over ‘disruptive innovation,’ She runs her own brand consultancy and has a rich array of clients based in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE and Pakistan.
EHSAN A. MALIK
CEO, Pakistan Business Council (PBC)
Ehsan Malik is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Pakistan Business Council, a research based business advocacy body representing the leading manufacturing and services businesses in Pakistan which include 22 multinational companies from 12 countries. Prior to joining PBC in January 2016, Ehsan was the Chief Executive Officer of Unilever Pakistan for nine years. Over a 24 year career with Unilever, Ehsan served as CEO of Unilever Sri Lanka and earlier led the consolidation of Unilever’s regional businesses in Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria and Sudan.
Ehsan is Member of the Board of Directors of Abbott Laboratories Pakistan Limited, IGI Life Insurance Limited, National Foods Limited, Gul Ahmed Textiles Limited and International Industries Limited.
A Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales, Ehsan is an alumni of the Wharton and Harvard Business Schools.
HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS (BRAND & MARKETING)
Khadija joined Standard Chartered Bank in February 1997 and took on the role as Head of Corporate Affairs in February 2014. Her role was expanded in November 2015 to include the Brand & Marketing portfolio. Previously, from 2012 to 2014, she was the Country Head of Talent Acquisition for Pakistan. Prior to this, Khadija led the Learning & Talent Development team in Pakistan from 2008 to 2012.
With over 18 years of experience at the Bank, Khadija has worked in multiple areas, including CB Marketing and Product Development, Human Resources and Corporate Affairs. During the Grindlays Bank regional acquisition, Khadija led change management and communications initiatives whilst heading Corporate Affairs for the Bank. During the local acquisition of Union Bank, Khadija was part of a change management team which ran culture workshops across Pakistan to help engage and integrate both Union and Standard Chartered Bank staff.
She has received a coaching skills certification from Results Coaching Systems, Dubai and is an IAF certified facilitator. At Standard Chartered Bank, she is a certified Gallup certified Strengths Finder coach and a Standard Chartered certified Expert level facilitator.
Khadija is a MS in Mass Communications from Boston University, Boston, USA and a BSc in Management from London School of Economics, London, UK.
Naveed Asghar is a seasoned professional and an astute marketer with over 23 years of emerging markets experience. He is currently working with HBL, Pakistan’s largest bank, which has a footprint in over 25 countries across 4 continents in the capacity of Chief Marketing Officer. Prior to joining the Bank, he has worked at senior levels with some of the most iconic brands such as Lipton, Coca-Cola, Knorr, Sunsilk etc. Naveed is known for his value addition and has a strong track record of consistent delivery with blue chip multinational companies like Unilever, Coca-Cola, Pepsi Lipton International and Fronterra. He holds a Masters in Business Administration degree from LUMS.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MONDELĒZ PAKISTAN
Usman Muneer is the Managing Director at Mondelēz Pakistan, maker of some of the world’s most iconic food and beverage brands, including Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate, Tang and Trident gum. As Managing Director, Usman is responsible for leading the business to deliver short and long term growth agenda in Pakistan.
He has over a decade’s experience in managing consumer businesses across several international markets, including the Middle East, Africa and Pakistan. After graduating in Pakistan, Usman joined Procter & Gamble, where he spent his first five years managing iconic Shampoo brands like Head & Shoulders.
He then moved to Dubai where he managed P&G’s Personal Care portfolio for two and a half years for the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region. Following that, he moved to Johannesburg where he managed Pampers for sub – Saharan Africa that included markets like South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria and was responsible for creating an Africa expansion plan for Pampers.
Under his leadership in last two years, Mondelez Pakistan has gained significant share in its core categories and has made strides in organizational culture and capability.
Usman grew up in Pakistan and holds a Masters of Business Administration with Honours from Lahore University of Management Sciences. Usman is an avid reader and a cricket fan.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR FOR MIDDLE EAST & AFRICA
As Kantar Media’s Regional Director for Middle East & Africa he is responsible for business development and for media research businesses and operations based in the MENA region.
His initial education and training was in engineering, later joining the UK's Engineering Council gaining Professional Engineer status. He has also specialised in the field of Management Sciences and hold three postgraduate qualifications, including an MBA in Management from London.
He started his career in the UK Civil Service and then at Hitachi. He has been within this industry and at Kantar for over 26 years, during this time accumulating both an extensive and diverse international experience spanning 29 countries across engineering, operations, marketing, project management, business development and regional business management.
His professional ‘claim to fame’ is that he co-authored an audience measurement paper which was later selected as one of the top 30 world research best practice papers for the last decade by ESOMAR and published in 2007 in ESOMAR’s 'Best Practice - 30 Visions for the Future'.
CEO, MRB PAKISTAN
Mrs. Saima Qamar did her Masters in Psychology from University of Karachi in 1989 and got Advanced Diploma in Clinical Psychology (post magisterial) from the University of Punjab in 1992. She has more than 25 years of experience in Marketing & market research coupled with local and international exposure, and is known as 'GURU' in Qualitative research in Pakistan. Her marketing experience leads he towards strategy and planning, team building, Product / service development and essential integrated communication required for any business; during this tenure, she has headed two businesses in Marketing role and research industry(Head of Business Units) and two others in partial marketing capacity (as business development and strategy architect).
Her Marketing Research experience comprises of corporate communications, strategic client consulting, business management and development, systems / protocols and Knowledge development / management and developing, managing and training research teams.
As a chair person Kantar Insight: the scope now involves a broader function involving all 3 Kantar Brands (MRB, TNS and MB) in terms of client Leadership and consultancy, with a greater focus on developing Kantar Public( the social research and wing of Kantar ) and training and developing talent with greater focus on qualitative research.
REGIONAL CREATIVE DIRECTOR (BBDO MIDDLE EAST & PAKISTAN)
Ali Rez is one of the most awarded creative directors in the Middle East and South Asian region. Being ranked among the top 15 creative directors and top 10 art directors in the world by the Advertising Big Won Report. He has won more than 100 International Advertising Awards in his career, including Cannes Gold Lions, D&AD pencils, Clios, Effies, One Show, LIA and Dubai Lynx, among many others. Ali’s creative experience has contributed to BBDO being named Network of the Year by Campaign MENA, while he has led BBDO Pakistan to be named 2015 and 2016 Agency of the Year by Campaign Magazine, and to be named one of the 20 most creative agencies in Asia. He's brought home the first Gold Cannes Lion for Pakistan, won the only Gold Outdoor 2015 Clio in all of Asia, and has been a part of the Clio, Effie, and Ad Stars jury panels. Ali’s work has been exhibited at museums such as the Tate Britain, and he has lectured at prestigious institutions including Oxford University.
MANAGING PARTNER, IAL
Imtisal Abbasi is creator of the iconic Commander Safeguard character and perhaps the only Pakistani creative director to have provided global creative leadership for a billion dollar brand. More recently he co-authored the screenplay of Ho Mann Jahan which is amongst the top 3 biggest hits of 2016. Having brought IAL Saatchi right at the top of the A-List, his entrepreneurial drive has led him to set up of what is now the largest digital advertising consultancy of Pakistan and a prestigious post production facility. When he's not at work in IAL as its Managing Partner he can be found on a golf course or with his two teenage sons. Fiercely private, Imtisal is the guardian of a thousand secrets, many his own.
CEO, REIMAGINE - MANAGEMENT CONSULTANCY
Uzman Jaffrey is an Independent Consultant who set up his practice in January 2016 under the name of ‘Reimagine’ based in Karachi. He has completed a number of assignments for several clients which include Adamjee Foods, EBM, Chalk (UAE) and Bank Alfalah.
Prior to starting his consulting practice, Uzman has worked with Unilever, Jang Group, HBL, AL-Rajhi Investment Group (KSA) and Aman Foundation. He has held a number of senior positions during his career.
He has versatile experience in brand, marketing, innovation and general management. His key strengths lie in business strategy formulation and execution and in developing human capital to orchestrate company objectives.
He has developed his own training programs, which impact thought and mind to achieve desired results. He has conducted various workshops in following areas:
Reimagine the ‘art of presentation’.
Branatomy – proprietary brand and marketing matrix
Uzman did his MBA in 1997 from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
GM, ADCOM LEO BURNETT
17 years in the industry, primarily with JWT, O&M, Publicis Red, (a short freelance stint in London), currently with Adcom Leo Burnett as General Manager, planning world domination.
Manghi's career began as a copywriter, followed by 8 consecutive years as a creative director, often (ironically) playing strategy lead. 5 years ago he put on a suit and switched from creative to management.
VICE PRESIDENT, MARKETING FOR COCA-COLA
Shakir Moin is the Vice President, Marketing for Coca-Cola China, Korea, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Mongolia and Macau.
In his current role, Shakir leads marketing strategy, execution, innovation, ecommerce and marketing capability development for Coca-Cola portfolio of beverage brands in the 6 markets. Shakir has been with The Coca-Cola Company since December 1996. Over the past twenty years, Shakir has lived and worked in eight countries in Asia Pacific, in various marketing and general management roles. His last assignment was based in Thailand, as Vice President, Marketing for Coca-Cola ASEAN.
Shakir was awarded “Asian Super Achiever Award” by CMO Asia in 2010. He has also won the coveted Coca-Cola Worldwide Marketing Excellence Award multiple times.
VICE PRESIDENT COMMUNICATIONS, TETRA PAK
Khaled is the Vice President Communications for the Greater Middle East and Africa region with over a now responsible for Tetra Pak’s communications, advertising and sponsorships strategy, crisis management and security planning and execution throughout the region.
He has more than 5 years’ experience, which started in advertising and then continued in international sales, marketing and branding in Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) and Food Packaging Industries.
Khaled has been in senior leadership positions with regional and global responsibilities in over countries with multinational companies including Tetra Pak and The Coca-Cola Company.
Khaled has a Bachelor of Commerce degree from Concordia University - Canada. He also completed several executive programmes in leadership and management at Ashridge - UK, IMD - Switzerland and Harvard Business School - USA.
In his ‘spare’ time, Khaled is also a serial investor in several start-ups, an American Environmental Technology Company (Green Source Energy), a Lebanese Private Bank (Cedrus Bank), a Trendy Swedish Beverage Company (Caliente) and is a Co-Founder and CEO of a Global Social Media Company based in Dubai (My-Sign).
Khaled is a board member of the Marketing Society Middle East and a regular speaker at International Marketing and Branding conferences around the world where he candidly shares his extensive experience, learnings and observations.
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR, OGILVY & MATHER
Sadia is a Creative Strategist, qualified film maker and one of Campaign Asia’s Women to Watch in Marketing.
Sadia began her career at JWT as an art director. A Postgraduate in Global Media and Postnational Communications, and a Chevening Scholar, she is clearly a pioneering force in the industry. Sadia believes that she “fuses creative leadership with a strategic outlook” which she has brought to household names such as Olpers, Kraft, Sunsilk, Cadbury, Coca Cola and Knorr.
Sadia is a Fulbright Scholar with almost 15 years experience in Advertising.
She also teaches at the art school she graduated from and at a business school in Karachi.
CEO, WHAT’S NEXT
Born in a family of engineers at birth it was decided that Ali would continue the legacy. Graduated in 1998 from the University of Kansas with majors in Civil engineering and Business administration. He started his career with an engineering consultancy as resident engineer. Ali then moved to Pakistan in 2003 and started a career in communications & advertising, a field he was always passionate about.
He spent close to 2 years working on public relations for global brands such as P&G, Toyota Indus, Emirates Airlines, TCS and others. Ali has extensive experience of telecommunications industry and led the creative and media team that relaunched telecom leaders Mobilink, Telenor & Ufone in Pakistan and Banglalink in Bangladesh along with launching iconic brands like Indigo, Jazz, Talkshawk, djuice & easypaisa. In 2006 Aurora Awards his agency team won 9 awards for Telenor’s ad campaigns and PAS award for Ufone communications in 2012 & 2015. Ali focuses on building communication strategies and executions that lead to work that is effective because it is fresh, entertaining and intelligent. He has extensive experience at senior management level working in top agencies on clients both multinational and local conglomerates, be it repositioning a global brand like Dettol or a local market leader Gul Ahmed, media buying and planning for telco giant Telenor or local beauty brand Skincare, Strategic Communication for international donor USAID or local social marketing organization Greenstar, experiential marketing for single largest activation project for British American Tobacco or local dairy visionaries Engro Foods, he has closely worked in sectors ranging from airlines, beverages, confectionary, dairy, energy drinks, FMCG, telecom, tobacco and others.
With over 18 yrs. of experience in management, marketing communications and advertising he is credited for turning around 2 leading agencies from years of operating losses to positive earnings within the first year of taking over operational reigns while delivering significant growth every year after. In 2016 he launched a creatively led entertainment company “What’s Next” that solves business problems with audio-visual content and brings a unique storytelling ability that elevates brand messages in today’s media saturated marketplace.
CEO, J. WALTER THOMPSON PAKISTAN
A Hunter, a hiker & a diehard F1 fan. A gregarious, outgoing and adventuress guy who believes in taking up challenges & harnessing the chaos. Aware of life’s challenges, he affirms life without resentment. 17 years back got into advertising by an accident, and ever since then, that accident became a passion.
Started his career with Publicis and Hewlett Packard as his first ever client. Then the quest commenced through Orient McCann, Ogilvy, Evernew & then reached at J. Walter Thompson almost 6 years back. Was tapped to set up Walter Pakistan which grew rapidly under his leadership, producing highly awarded and effective work for its clients. In November 2015 was promoted as CEO of J. Walter Thompson Pakistan.
Through this journey he worked on some of the biggest brands like Coca-Cola, Nestle, BAT, Unilever, Pepsi & a lot of other local clients, which gave him the skills & expertise to carry out this voyage smoothly & faster than ever before.
He strongly believes in team work and unison. Words like respect, trust, integrity & credibility are guardrails for his professional career.
EXECUTIVE CREATIVE DIRECTOR – MULLENLOWE MENA
Global citizen. Creative junkie. Technology geek. Art lover. Floyd worshipper. Cricket buff. Proud dad. Shahbaz is an award-winning creative soul, with over 19 years of through-the-line experience in a wide range of sectors, across Asia-Pacific, U.S.A. and Middle East.
Having worked for agencies such as Asiatic JWT, JWT Bangkok, Interflow, Ogilvy, Fallon, Carmichael Lynch, ICLP, Promoseven 360, MullenLowe Mena. He combines innovative thinking with a commercial eye to ensure creativity that gets results.
During his career, he has worked on brands like American Express, Shell Oil, Lipton, Close-Up, Hyundai, Polaris, Coleman, Timex Watches, BMW, Gibson Guitars, Qualcomm, Skywards, DHL, Porsche, Pepsi, McDonalds, GNB, GM, Opel, Emaar, The Dubai Mall and many others.
His work has been recognized at various international creative awards shows, including Clio’s, New York Festivals, Spikes Asia, Summit International Awards, Golden Montreux, One Show, Epica, HOW Magazine digital awards to name a few.
CEO BOND ADVERTISING & BOND PR
Seema went to Mount Holyoke College, USA and pursued academic instruction in politics, economics, literature, film...and all things wonderful. Her background combines Socio-economic Development with an expertise in Communications. She followed this up with a stint at Central St Martin's in film. She joined the advertising business and it was love at first sight! She produced a television show on advertising "The Big Idea", which won her the “Exceptional Contribution Award” from the Pakistan Advertising Association.
Seema taught, spoke, wrote and produced many a campaign. Won awards. Lectured at various educational institutions. Seema has also served as Council Member for the Marketing Association of Pakistan, Special Olympics Pakistan & is a board member of APWA RLCC (Raana Liaquat Crafts Colony). Seema has served as a juror for Communication Design theses at the IVSAA for a number of years. Seema is involved in pro bono communication work for a number of organisations including TCF, Special Olympics, RLCC & Karawan e Hayat.
Seema is member of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Advertising Association (PAA).
Seema now runs Bond Advertising & Bond PR and continues her love affair with pr & advertising.
MANAGING DIRECTOR, MEDIA | DIGITAL, KANTAR IMRB
Over the last 25 years, that he has been in market research and consultancy, Hemant has been a witness to dramatic changes in the media landscape and consumption.
From the time when Print and Radio were the primary vehicles of communication, to the rise of Cable & Satellite Television, and now in the era of Digital media, he has worked with media owners, advertisers, content creators and media planners to set up audience measurement systems, evaluation metrics as well as understanding audience preferences to develop relevant content.
His current focus is on understanding how social media, online and mobile can be used effectively to communicate and build audience connect
Hemant is an MBA from University of Mumbai and been with Kantar since 1989.
FORMER CEO AND FOUNDER OF MUTUALMIND
Former CEO and Founder of MutualMind, a social analytics software company based in Dallas, USA. Accomplished executive and entrepreneur with vision and hands-on experience in digital strategy, transformation, product development, digital media measurement, customer experience and insights using data and analytics.
JWT, LEADING KARACHI DIVISION
Having managed accounts and communications in four markets, Sara brings a progressive and driven approach to the world of advertising. Currently working with J Walter Thompson Pakistan, Sara leads the Karachi office on both MNC and Local power clients such as Unilever, Shell, HBL, GSK, Engro and EBM.
Sara began her journey with JWT Pakistan 13 years ago, but made her way to JWT Bangkok and JWT London in regional and global roles and also managed the Unilever portfolio at LOWE MENA for the MEA market. She has a Communications degree from Bennington College, USA.
(SR. FELLOW – MARKETING, INSTITUTE OF BUSINESS MANAGEMENT (IOBM))
Ejaz Wasay joined the Institute of Business Management as Senior Fellow Marketing in January 1, 2011. A year later, he was appointed Head of the Department of Media Studies, a position he has held since, in addition to his teaching role in Marketing. His association with academia goes back to 2005 – having started out as a Visiting Faculty. He has over 37 years of industry experience in Marketing, Corporate Communications and Advertising. He has worked with several leading local companies as well as MNCs including United Bank Limited, Orient McCann-Erickson, Lever Brothers (now Unilever), Glaxo, Philips and Gillette. With Gillette over a period of 10 years (1984 to 1994), he worked in Pakistan, Brazil and the Middle-East, and was last based in Dubai – UAE, as Marketing Manager Middle East. He remained a Council Member - Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) for over 15 years, and was its President in 2005. He has been writing on Marketing-related subjects for publications such as Aurora and Marketing Review for over 20 years. He has been a Jury Member of PAS Awards since its inception.
DIGITAL MARKETING STRATEGIST & TRAINER GOOGLE PARTNER AND FOUNDING PARTNER AT BURN THE SKY
Rob is a digital marketing strategist and trainer specializing in mobile marketing, mobile commerce and user experience. He helps businesses develop their digital strategy, refine customer journeys, improve UX and increase online sales.
He is Founding Partner at Burn The Sky, the digital strategy and training business working with clients including American Express, CVC Capital Partners, Evolution Gaming, HSBC, John Lewis, O2, Paddy Power, PwC and global agency networks networks Dentsu Aegis, Havas, IPG, Omnicom and WPP.
He’s passionate about helping businesses build the digital skills and capabilities for their teams. Rob delivers face-to-face and online digital training for Google Digital Academy, AVADO, the IDM, E-consultancy, the Digital Marketing Institute, E-marketers and B2Bmarketing. He also lectures at HULT Business School and Kingston University.
Rob is Commercial Director with This Place, the digital design studio delivering world class user experience solutions for global retail, utility and Fintech clients.
Rob has written 3 Mobile best practice books
- Mobile Marketing Strategy Guide for Smart Insights (updated in May 2016)
- Mobile Marketing Best Practice Guide for E-consultancy
- 10 key decisions for M-Commerce success
CONSULTANT, TRAINER AND CEO, 2-THE-POINT, SINGAPORE
With twenty-five years of global Marketing experience, now works as a freelance consultant/trainer based in Singapore, specializing in Brand Marketing within the Asian region.
His aim (reflects in his company name “2-The-Point”) is to help marketing teams improve their business results through providing clear, practical recommendations based on the latest trends and best-practice. He also knows Pakistan well, having spent 5 years here as Unilever HPC Brands Director from 2001-2006
MANAGING PARTNER & BRAND STRATEGY DIRECTOR AT IAL, SAATCHI & SAATCHI
Nida Haider is the Managing Partner and Group Brand Strategy Director at IAL, Saatchi & Saatchi in Karachi. An English Literature graduate from Bennington College in the US, Nida has been instrumental in developing and expanding the role of Brand Planning in the advertising industry in Pakistan.
Nida has almost 20 years’ experience at top agencies like Young & Rubicam in New York City and Goodby, Silverstein and Partners in San Francisco. During her time at GS&P, her team won several International advertising awards for Doritos “Crash The Super Bowl” including an Effie for business results. Doritos also made advertising history by airing the first ever consumer-generated ad for a national stage. This was an industry first, that many now follow.
In 2010, Nida joined IAL, Saatchi & Saatchi as Head of Brand Strategy. Within a year, she helped bring home the first ever major international award won in Pakistan: the Communication Arts Advertising award for a print ad raising awareness for acid attack victims. This ad was also shortlisted for a Clio. Additionally, she has strategically led pitches that have doubled the agency’s business in just five years.
Her passions are travel, coffee and trying to make sense of millennials.
DIRECTOR, CONSUMER BUSINESS, THE SEARLE COMPANY LIMITED
Mustafa has been heading the Consumer Business of Searle - one of the fastest growing pharmaceutical companies, in Pakistan – since August, last year. Prior to this, he was the Managing Director, at Nielsen Pakistan, from 2013- 2016. He possesses over two decades of experience in insights, account planning, customer marketing, and general management, working with organizations such as P&G, Lowe, Unilever, Nielsen, and Searle. He is one of the founding members of the Market Research Society of Pakistan.
IDEA MAKER/ STORYTELLER
Danced with briefs, ran away with ideas, battled dragons, encountered monsters, was rescued by muses, climbed heights, saw wonders, experienced free falling, seized moments, battle scarred but never broken, interacted on a deep and productive level with Knorr, Lux, Sunsilk, Lipton Yellow Label, Brooke Bond Red Label, SunSilk, HBL, Engro Foods, and Gul Ahmed amongst others, thrives in a symbiotic relationship with brands, always in love with the first love, advertising.
CEO AND FOUNDER - FLYINGHEDGEHOGS
To grasp her Company Logo is to know Arshy Ahmad. No, she’s not flighty or liable to prick; she’s one who will win you the sky, and with enchanting adaptability, no less.
Arshy’s fourteen years of experience in Corporate Marketing add up as prolifically as the field itself. Primed with an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Arshy’s very first foray into Brand Management was with the renowned multinational consumer goods company, Unilever. After working for this prominent corporation in Pakistan and reaching a senior position at its UK division, she moved on to work at Coca-Cola, UK.
It speaks to Arshy’s keen attachment to kin and country when she left a climbing career in the UK to return to Pakistan. Once home, it took her three short years as Media and Digital Head of L’Oreal to become its General Manager of the Professional Products Division. With a relentless appetite for striking her own path and making her own mark, she founded the brand consultancy, Flying hedgehogs (a sole proprietorship) in January of 2014.
Flying hedgehogs specializes in Brand Strategy Development and 360-Degree Marketing Plans. As a small startup, Arshy’s vision for Flying Hedgehogs is to satisfy her personal passion, drive, and creativity, by serving as exclusive a client-base as possible. There is no ocean too wide and no peak too steep for Flying Hedgehogs to circumvent. Indeed, chartering Flying Hedgehogs comes with the commitment that if you want that endless blue sky, you shall have it.
Is the Chief Commercial Officer of Jazz, Pakistan’s leading telecom operator with over 50 million subscribers. Prior to his position as CCO, Asif was Chief Marketing Officer with JAZZ.
Asif has over 20 years of Marketing, Commercial and leadership experience for both fixed line and mobile networks with expertise in both terrestrial and submarine communications at several telecom organizations in Europe, Africa and Middle East. He is a specialist in launching telcos in technologically challenged markets like Senegal, Mauritania, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Sudan, Chad and Mali.
Before Jazz, Asif was Group Commercial Director for Espresso Telecom, where he headed prioritization of business and consumer plans for its five operational units. He was Managing Director of Orange UK and has held several strategic and leadership positions at Wanadoo, Talk Talk and O2 UK.
Asif is a British national, with master’s degree in business Administration from Ashridge Management School, UK. Additional Asif is a Chartered Marketer having gained his certification in 1997. He is a global citizen and is fluent in English, Urdu Punjabi and has a basic proficiency of Arabic and French.
FILM DIRECTOR | CEO DREAMTEAMFILMS
Amena Khan, a tier-1 film director of Pakistan, started her career in theater, steadily moving forward as she’s worked as an actor, anchor, editor and director on television. For over 18 years, Amena has been well known as one of the few leading Ad-film Directors of Pakistan. She established DreamTeamFilms, a film production company, in 1999 and has been successfully delivering quality films for both local and international clientele/brands. She owns a state-of-the-art post-production studio, two more film companies and a budding organization specializing in stop-motion animations and comics. Winner of several laurels and awards, including Lux Style Award, IM award, she believes in adventure, building teamwork, no compromise and delivering excellence. She’s played a central role in revamping and upgrading the look and perception of many brands in Pakistan. Fearlessly been the first to introduce many contemporary filming, stunts and special-effects techniques to our media industry, building skills of both on-shoot and CGI/post-production related local personnel. She’s launched musical careers of several Pakistani music stars with unforgettable videos, and directed commercials in picturesque locations across the globe, featuring famous Pakistani, UAE, Egyptian, Brazilian, Lebanese and Indian (Bollywood) celebrities and stars. Moving into feature films, Amena is a force unstoppable.
FARAZ MAQSOOD HAMIDI
(CO- FOUNDER- THE D’HAMIDI PARTNERSHIP)
Faraz is an advertising legend. He has been spotted scaling the K2 on weekends with his Russian mistress, Anya Petrolova, and her beloved uncle, Sacha Gorky — his mentor, and the inventor of the full-stop. He is loved and despised (sometimes on the same day) for his monumental talents. He has been known to bring a Bengal Tiger to its knees by coyly whispering forgotten Punjabi slurs into its ear. He can cook a neat desi omelette with one hand while conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the other. In his downtime, he hang-glide over the cliffs of Murree. He writes poetry that gives Shakespeare convulsions in his grave. His last novel was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for countless years and was penned overnight in Morse Code. He has cursed; he has lied; he had to leave a trail of broken hearts behind to be married to the most beautiful woman in the world — who knows nothing of Anya (... well, not yet). His children, both blond, entered the world holding onto their personalized silver spoons. his family traces its roots to the tallest tents of the first Muslims. Conquest is in his blood — which runs like the currents of his fabled imagination. His dreams are decoded fortnightly to set the economy right. Presidents swear by me. Victoria’s Secret sends him samples to approve. He has written headlines on scraps of paper that have changed the course of history. He can speak in Mandarin to the Chinese and in sign-language to the North Koreans. Although he is temperamentally reclusive, his executive office handles all his fan mail — which comes perfumed. The French are devotees of his sense of style; the Japanese have covertly transcribed his moral conscience and personal integrity into a manual; the Panamanians are opening the debate to rename their canal after his late-great-grandfather, who was lost at sea — and was last spotted doing the butterfly across the South Pacific and may still be. He is the subject of the BBC’s next documentary on Mass Influence. Spielberg insists on filming his bio-pic. Once, during a picnic in Aleppo, he negotiated a peace deal with ISIS — just to see what it feels like. The UN has asked to charter aircraft for him should he ever care to visit with his good friend, Angelina, who shares creative vision and his sense of humour. (Oh, the peals of laughter!) He has done all of this. But he has never had a chance to applaud his agency's work.
SHAHBAZ MAQSOOD KHAN
DIRECTOR MARKETING AT JAZZ
Shahbaz Maqsood Khan is the Director Marketing at Jazz, the biggest telecom brand of Pakistan with more than 50 million subscribers.
He has over 15 years of diverse management experience in Brands, Category Management, Sales, Media & Digital transformation. Shahbaz has held strategic leadership roles through most of his career while managing different brands in various categories both locally and globally.
In his current role, Shahbaz has been accredited for bringing back the biggest brand of Pakistan, Jazz. He has devised a robust brand strategy and introduced Jazz as a single brand architecture with complete ecosystem of mobile financial services, devices, internet, voice & digital solutions.
In his previous role at Telenor, he was responsible for bringing in exceptional business results & brand growth. During his FMCG stint at Unilever, he steered the vision & brand strategy for globally renowned brands like Lipton, AXE & Brooke Bond both within and outside of Pakistan.
Shahbaz has an ambition of contributing positively towards the people and image of Pakistan. Which is strongly reflected in the communication of brands that he has led over the years. He is an MBA from NUST Business School with specialization in International Marketing & Technology Management.
(CONSULTANT MARKETING, BRAND DEVELOPMENT, COMMUNICATIONS-STRIDE, THE NETHERLANDS)
Extensive global experience in Marketing, Management, Brand building and Communications in numerous capacities including VP International, Regional SVP, CMO, Agency Managing Director, Worldwide Account Director ,and Marketing Consultant. Waheed has managed global brands and businesses across a range of categories (FMCG, Technology, Durables, Service and Financial) for clients such as Philips, Unilever, ING, Commodore, Colgate Palmolive, Toshiba, Nestle and Emirates. Waheed has set up global multi-cultural and multi-discipline teams to build brands, strengthen agency networks, turn-around troubled businesses, and convert sour relationships into partnerships. He also led re-structuring and centralization of several global brands, developed centralized marketing, brand and communication strategies, helped rooting core business activities into a single focused vision, managed the transition, established global centres of excellence and global leadership teams for several global brands. During his long career he has been based in Germany, Dubai, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore and The Netherlands with O&M, JWT, Y&R, DDB and Commodore.
DIRECTOR OF LUMS CENTRE FOR ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Starting out with a Bachelors Degree in Economics, History and English Literature FSJ as he is commonly known brings 30 years of experience in advertising, Television, 3G telephony, New media and digital publishing to his current role as an entrepreneur, angel investor and mentor to a number of technology startups in Pakistan.
In his current involvement with companies like XGear, Travly, Patari, Cfx Comics, AutoX, Fictive Labs and Bookme he develops, articulates and helps execute business strategies for growth.
Recognizing the inexorable shift towards e commerce, information, data flow measurement and analysis FSJ is the key evangelizer for going digital with almost any business and is a strong believer for data being key to customer understanding and the most important growth driver.
He is currently the Director of LUMS Centre for Entrepreneurship.
Fouad Husain, the Media guru of Pakistan, pioneer of many firsts, inspiration for all redesigned the process, developed individuals and the the abc of Media.
18 years of stellar experience which focus on strategic communication planning involved with brands and media vendors in various roles of brand marketing, research, channel sales, media planning, content, and recently digital.
Prior to his role as CEO, GroupM Fouad has had a long association with his company as MD Mindshare where he brought the agency to not only the biggest and best stature in the market but also won the first Campaign Asia media agency of the year award.
Being in the epicenter of brands, media and agency he has played a major role as a strategic advisor to both clients and media networks. He contributed to building the locally produced international franchises like Pakistan Idol & Masterchef paving the way for a completely new avenue of programming and brand affinity; first ever deal structuring with Geo for the cricket world cup of 2007; winning more than 15 international and local awards year on year; and now carving the Digital path for the industry with the first ever GroupM Digital Day in the market, winning Digital Agency of the year.
DR EHSAN UL HAQUE
MARKETING PROFESSOR SULEMAN DAWOOD SCHOOL OF BUSINESS & LUMS
Dr Ehsan ul Haque is Professor of Marketing at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Pakistan. He has contributed several cases and articles to regional and international books and journals. In 2010, Dr. Haque co-authored Principles of Marketing: A South Asian Perspective with Philip Kotler, Gary Armstrong and Prafulla Agnihotri. This book has become a standard undergraduate marketing text in the South Asian countries. Dr. Haque has played a founding role in the establishment of two important institutions in Pakistan—LUMS and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA). At LUMS, he has served in a variety of administrative positions over the last thirty years, ending his administrative stint after serving as the Dean of the Business School. At SMEDA, he was the founding chief operating officer of this federal government agency.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, IVS (INDUS VALLEY SCHOOL OF ART & ARCHITECTURE)
Madiha Aijaz is a photographer and filmmaker. She holds an MFA in Photography & Related Media from Parsons - The New School and Bachelors in Design from the Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture (IVS). In 2007, she was awarded the Fulbright scholarship. Her experience in the development sector includes; as the head of Education, Communications and Outreach program for the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN), Pakistan. She was also the program head of the Postgraduate Diploma in Photography at IVS. Her photographic work on the Hindu temples in Pakistan was published by Niyogi Books in New Delhi (Abbasi, Aijaz, Historical Temples in Pakistan – A Call to Conscience, 2014).
She is an Assistant Professor at IVS and teaches film, photography and design courses.
PARTNER, ECOM PK PVT. LTD
A graduate of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Koraishy started his career with a brief stint in sales at the agrochemical and pharmaceutical company, American Cyanamid.
He moved on to Unilever where he spent almost eleven years working on some of the company’s top brands including Surf Excel, Sunsilk, Fabric Care portfolio, Brooke Bond, Lux, Ponds, Rexona and Axe progressing from management trainee to regional brand activation director (Skincare & Deodorants) during that time. During his stint with Unilever he worked both in Pakistan and internationally in Thailand.
Subsequently, he joined PepsiCo as Marketing Director Beverages for the Pakistan market unit (responsible for Pakistan & Afghanistan). Highlights of his tenure there included a PAS Award in 2012 for Pepsi’s 2011 Ramzan campaign and winning PepsiCo’s global Mountain Dew Un-containable award for delivering sustained growth in the largest Mountain Dew market outside the USA in 2011.
After leaving PepsiCo, Koraishy worked at Damas in the UAE in the luxury retail industry as Marketing Head covering UAE and all markets in the Middle East region. This stint was followed by a stint as General Manager Marketing at Tapal Tea, which is Pakistan’s largest tea company.
Since mid-2016 Khurram has been involved with ECOM PK Pvt. Ltd, an ecommerce management company, as a partner focusing on strategy and business development.
In 2014-15, Koraishy has also served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Advertisers Society, which is an industry body that represents the industry’s interest in various forums including lobbying with the government.
Khurram enjoys a round of golf in his free time and works out regularly in the gym.
(M.D , NIELSEN PAKISTAN)
Quratulain has over 20 years of marketing research management & training experience with Aftab Associates and Nielsen Pakistan. The first urban Socio-Economic classification system (which is used till date as the common currency) was developed by her in 1998. She also developed the rural socio-economic classification system in 2002. She is currently Representative of ESOMAR (The Global Society which promotes and regulates market research practices worldwide) for Pakistan. Understanding the attitudes and behavior of Pakistanis is her passion and she is a regular speaker at various educational institutions.
REGIONAL DIRECTOR, APRAIS
Sensational, motivational, intellectual, experimental, practical and above all, highly experienced and innovative, Sunil is all that and more! His 28 years in advertising in top executive positions in one of the largest communication companies in India, Hindustan Thompson (JWT), and managing clients like PEPSICO, Nestle, Hero Group, SmithKline Beecham, Unilever, Godrej, DeBeers, Kellogg’s, DSP Merrill Lunch, Mattel, Standard Chartered Bank, etc. have resulted in a wide range of experience across diverse brands, consumers and markets. He has been a witness to, and a part of the sweeping changes that have overtaken India in the last decade.
For the past 10 years he has run his own consultancy company, Igniva Consulting and also represents APRAIS Worldwide as Regional Director in South West Asia, specializing in evaluation of client-agency relationships, and Results International, a financial advisory, as Managing Partner-South Asia.
He has anchored serialized TV programs on Marketing and Advertising; acted in feature films; lectured in Management Institutes across India and has been the keynote speaker at forums like IAA, etc., and continues to be actively involved in theatre and sports commentary.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR, HABIB UNIVERSITY
Saima Zaidi is an Assistant Professor of Practice in the Department of Communication and Design at the Habib University, Karachi. She has been teaching concepts of design, as well as typography and visual communication since 2000 at the Department of Visual Studies, University of Karachi and for several years also at the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, Karachi.
She has researched, edited and designed the acclaimed book titled Mazaar, Bazaar: Design and Visual Culture in Pakistan published by Oxford University Press, Karachi (2010), in collaboration with the Prince Claus Fund Library, Amsterdam.
Zaidi’s practice focuses on editorial design and curatorial projects. She is core team member of Numaish-Karachi, an award-winning collective engaged in designing interdisciplinary interventions in the public realm. An upcoming international place-making project is ‘DIY City-Karachi, Manchester’, an amalgam of design, culture, science and technology in partnership with MadLab and the British Council, Pakistan.
She has an undergraduate degree in Communication Design at the National College of Arts (NCA), Lahore, and received her Masters from the Pratt Institute, New York.
FMCG MARKETING AND SALES PROFESSIONAL, UNILEVER
Fariyha Subhani has 20+ years of leadership experience across brand building, brand development, sales and customer development. She has worked extensively with consumers and customers, developing strategies, innovation ideas, advertising development, on-ground and digital activations, locally and in International roles
She has a strong capability and experience in end-to-end business solutions, demonstrated through turning around not just brands but entire categories at Unilever. Her most significant achievements were turning around brands like Lux, Surf Excel, Fair and Lovely and returning them to double digit growth. Most recent is the turnaround of entire Ice cream business for profitability and growth. She has vast experience working and heading Homecare, personal care, Foods and refreshments categories.
As a leader most rewarding has been recruiting, developing, enabling and empowering world class talent and teams and helping consumers to look good, feel good and get more out of life
Fariyha loves travelling, exploring, music, movies, enjoying different cuisines, fitness. She also enjoys socializing and spending time with family.
HEAD OF CORPORATE AFFAIRS & MARKETING AT UNITED BANK LIMITED (UBL)
Ali Habib brings with him 27 years of professional experience spread over the banking and fast moving consumer goods (FMCG) industries, both in Pakistan and the Middle East. His prior assignments include Marketing Manager at Procter & Gamble (P&G), Marketing Director at Reckitt Benckiser and Head of Corporate Affairs at Standard Chartered and NIB Bank. Ali has been with UBL for the last 18 months where he has led an increasingly aggressive and coordinated approach on the Bank’s brand development and communication efforts. Ali is an alumnus of Aitchison College Lahore, and holds an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi.
SEEMA TAHER KHAN
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF AIRWAVES MEDIA (PVT) LTD.
Married for 37 years to Taher Khan, Chairman of Interflow Group of companies. She is currently the CEO of Airwaves Media which includes TVOne, Newsone & Waseb TV, Director of Radio 1 and CEO of Pyramid Production. President and Creative Director for Interflow and group companies. She has spent 26 years as an advertising practitioner engaged in the creative execution of multiple multinational and national brands campaign. Seema has directed and produced hundreds of Television commercials and public service communications. Travelled extensively attending international conferences and seminars on advertising and worked with foreign production houses all over the world. Produced and directed several plays and serials for TV One and political talk shows for Newsone. As CEO of Airwaves took charge of the company in 2005. Today TVOne is a premium channel, and Newsone & Waseb have made their mark in the electronic media.
She has initiated, sponsored, developed, produced and implemented hundreds of Welfare projects, media and on ground particularly for women and children. Worked in collaboration with UNICEF on Rights of Child, Polio and Women Welfare and UAIDS projects. She is the Member Executive Committee of Cancer Society and a Patron on Fatimid Foundation 1985 till today. Member of Think Tank for Hisaar Foundation, an organization of Food and water sustainability.
GROUP HEAD MARKETING, SILK BANK
22 years of marketing experience at Unilever focused on brand development and strategy, country operations management and risk management. Left Unilever in Aug 2015 and now working as Marketing Consultant.
Joined Unilever Pakistan in 1993 and career highlights include category and brand strategy development and deployment e.g. turning around the Wall’s Ice Cream business and establishing it as a Power Brand. Changing the Laundry category dynamics via launch of mass market brand. I have also worked in the Household Care and Channel Development roles in Unilever.
In 2007, I moved to Unilever Head office in UK as Global Audit Director Categories and Marketing, and I have been involved in pioneering and establishing the marketing risk and control management process for Unilever Categories at a global, regional and country level. In this role I have worked with all the Global Categories (Foods, Personal Care, Home Care and Refreshment) and leading countries (USA, France, Italy, Netherlands, Russia, Poland, Portugal, Greater Caribbean, Singapore, Greece, etc).
SYED ABDUL KARIM
Syed Abdul Karim Tanveer has been working in the advertising and branding industry for over 15 years with experience spanning across markets (Middle East, South Asia and North America), across disciplines (Branding, Activation, Digital, Retail, Experiential) and across categories (Telecoms, Beverages, Snacks, Foods, Household, Automotive and more). Journey began with Ogilvy in Pakistan from 2000 and continued with DDB for 8 years in the Middle East. In his last role he was Head of Branding for Mobily - a leading Telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia before relocating to the United States where he is working independently as a strategy consultant.
Besides building brands, he is an avid thought leader and trainer focused on branding and the changing world of communications. Abdul Karim also actively participates as a speaker, writer and blogger in his free time."
(MD – STARCOM MEDIAVEST GROUP, INDONESIA)
Over the last 18 years, Yasir has worked in media on the agency and broadcaster side. During his agency career, he has held leadership positions in Singapore, Indonesia and Pakistan. Yasir took charge of SMG Indonesia in 2013 and is responsible for expansion and future proofing of the agency in Indonesia. Prior to joining SMG, he was the Regional Lead for Unilever - Southeast Asia and Australia, at Mindshare in Singapore. He was responsible for Unilever team targets, identifying opportunities and scaling ideas across multiple screens, for the Unilever brands. Yasir plunged into the digital space when he took a 3 year break from the agency life in 2007 and joined GEO TV Network, where he was responsible for Partnerships, Licensing and Digital Platforms. He successfully launched some first-to-market digital initiatives like the News alert via SMS, mobile content services and Pakistan’s first live streaming channel on You tube. Yasir has also served on Jury for several key media industry awards in Indonesia and Singapore.
FARHEEN SALMAN AMIR
Her 18 years as a marketer can be summarized as “If you love your job, you’ll never have to work another day in your life!” She is the Board Director Foods & Refreshment – Unilever Pakistan 2016 till date. She has been involved with Unilever since 1998 and has never looked back. Travelling throughout the world for various operational and professional courses, be it Global Impulse Brand Development – London 2015 or Unilever High Potential Leadership program – London 2012 or Competitor Intelligence & External Focus – Shanghai China 2010 she has progressed with time and has been able to attend to various avenues at Unilever be it Mass skin, Ice cream or Food and Refreshment. She’s married to her best friend & have 2 boys under the age of 10 (She is a proud homemaker after work and assuage her natural guilt as a working mom by indulging in an endless stream of activities for her kids....such events not only help her kids’ social development but also hone her skills as a marketer who’s always on the lookout for emerging consumer trends.
Ecd Ogilvy & Mather
I have decided never to grow up because it’s a trap. The moment you think you have grown up, you stop being curious. Curiosity may have killed the cat but it is at heart of all great ideas. Great ideas are what we live for and cracking one is a great high. And it happens very seldom, cling on to your curiosity it will never let you down. So with great curiosity I am going to be a part of The Jury for PAS 2016.
MD & CEO, Bayer Pakistan
With a professional journey spanning 25 years across 3 continents, Amir is currently the Managing Director & CEO of Bayer Pakistan. His journey started with Instaphone in 1990, and after short stints with IBL/P&G and BEST FOODS, Amir started a long and exciting career with Nestle which he cherished for 18 years. During this time he got exposure to Marketing, Sales & General Management while working in Pakistan, Australia and Africa and managed some of the top Global brands . Recognizing his passion and in-depth understanding of marketing, he was given an international role to lead the Marketing Excellence across Asia, Oceania & Africa, based in Sydney. During this time he successfully rolled out key initiatives of “Communication The Nestle Way” and “Integrated Commercial Planning”, besides other projects. In 2009 he moved to Kenya to expand Nestlé’s Dairy Business across 22 Equatorial African countries. Developing marketing and communication strategies across 22 countries with diversified consumer profile and media landscape, helped him sharpen his marketing acumen. After 3 years of exploring and enjoying Africa, he moved back to Pakistan to lead the Dairy Business. In 2013 he decided to take a career break and pursue his long term interest of teaching. He was associated with SDBS, LUMS teaching Marketing and Brand Management.
Ali Hayat Rizvi
With a background in Engineering, Business Administration and Theater, Ali fell into advertising completely by chance and now, like all creatives, claims it was a well thought out plan. Ali is a cricket fanatic, the proud father of two and lives in mortal fear of an unauthorized biography.
Ali A. Rizvi
Group COO, Interflow Group
Ali Rizvi graduated in 1998 from the University of Kansas, USA, with majors in Civil engineering and Business administration. He has over 18 yrs of experience in management, marketing and advertising. Starting his career with an engineering consultancy firm in USA, as the Director Marketing, he has extensive experience at senior management level working with top agencies in public relations, creative and media disciplines before joining Interflow group in 2009 with Contact Plus. Ali has worked with both multinational and local conglomerate, in sectors ranging from airlines, FMCG’s, telecom, dairy, tobacco, confectionary and various others. His insight and experience makes him an amazing leader, who leads by example and influences his entire team to work with dedication and honesty. His firm belief in empowering employees and encouraging them to take mature decisions ripples a positive effect through the entire organization. His ‘open-door’ policy and ‘fun-at-work’ style is a great motivator for his team.
CEO & Founder, Flying Hedgehogs
Arshy’s fourteen years of experience in Corporate Marketing add up as prolifically as the field itself. Primed with an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Arshy’s very first foray into Brand Management was with the renowned multinational consumer goods company, Unilever. After working for this prominent corporation in Pakistan and reaching a senior position at its UK division, she moved on to work at Coca-Cola, UK. Arshy and her keen attachment to kin and country were apparent, when she left a climbing career in the UK to return to Pakistan in 2010. Once home, it took her three short years as Media and Digital Head of L’Oreal to become its General Manager of the Professional Products Division. With a relentless appetite for striking her own path and making her own mark, she left the corporate world and founded the brand consultancy, Flying Hedgehogs (a sole proprietorship) in March of 2015. With a person as astute and versatile to change as Arshy at its helm, Flying Hedgehogs’ strength lies in recognizing your strength. Flying hedgehogs specializes in Brand Strategy Development and 360-Degree Marketing Plans. Indeed, chartering Flying Hedgehogs comes with the commitment that if you want that endless blue sky, you shall have it.
Regional Director, Impact Bbdo
Versatile, passionate and highly accomplished, Irfan has over 20 years of experience in advertising. He’s worn several hats throughout his career, from communications and marketing to business development, brand management to account planning within the telecommunications, automobiles, banking and FMCG sectors. Currently Regional Director at Impact BBDO, Irfan oversees the agency's telecom clients across the GCC, Levant and Africa. Irfan has been instrumental in helping build clients' businesses across diversified markets all over the world, and he's got a success story to share for every business he's helped build up, no matter how challenging the market or how diversified the cultures may be. When asked about how to survive & succeed in the high-octane international advertising arena, Irfan comments that though he is equipped with a Master’s Degree, but no school taught him how things really work, and that the best teacher is experience and what one learns on the ground and in trenches.
CEO, DAWN Media Group
Hameed Haroon is a recipient of the Sitara-e-Imtiaz and the Hilal-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s third and second highest civil awards, in addition to being conferred the title of ‘Knight Order of Merit of the Italian Republic’, awarded for "merit acquired by the nation" in the fields of literature, the arts, economy, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities and for long and conspicuous service in civilian and military careers. He serves as Managing Trustee – Mohatta Palace Museum, Managing Trustee – Endowment Fund Trust for Preservation of the Heritage of Sindh, Chairman – Sindh Indigenous and Traditional Crafts Company, Member – Board of Governors Lahore Museum, Member – Committee for the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Monuments and Member – National Cultural Heritage Committee. He has published several books on art, including “The Holy Sinner”, a 600 page catalogue of the non-calligraphic works of Pakistan’s reputed artist, Sadequain.
Cheese Marketing Manager / Middle East Innovation Manager, Frieslandcampina
Adil started his Marketing career with P&G Pakistan before leaving to work with Reckitt Benckiser and currently with Dutch Dairy cooperative, FrieslandCampina. During this 15 year career, Adil has worked in multiple countries in both local, Global and Regional marketing roles with his respective countries and across various categories ranging from Haircare to Laundry to Food.
Managing Director, Resource Edge
A senior business and marketing management professional , Afzal Shahabuddin, in a career spanning over 20 years, has a solid track record of successful brand launches, turnarounds and solid business performance to his credit. He obtained his MBA in Marketing from Institute of Business Administration, Karachi after doing his Bachelors of Engineering from NED University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi, Pakistan During his career he has been associated with companies like Coca-Cola, Philips, Gillette/Procter and Gamble and Nokia in senior management positions. Besides Pakistan, he has also worked in other emerging South Asian markets like Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Nepal. Since 2010, Afzal is heading Resource Edge, a company focused on business, marketing and commercial strategy as well as international business development and outsourced program management solutions for clients in South Asia and GCC. With offices in Pakistan and Bangladesh, Resource Edge works with global companies, SME’s and development organizations in diverse sectors like FMCG, agri-based products, consumer healthcare, consumer durables, telecom, IT, retailing and media. He is passionate about the rapid growth of mobile/digital media and e-commerce, advent of the big data and resurgence of media like cinema and combining them with the traditional touch points to “mix it up” to reach the connected consumer. He is married, has three daughters, and is a music buff who enjoys many diverse genres especially the sub-continental classics.
CEO- Media Pulse & Media Matters
Aleem is a figure well known and respected in the marketing and corporate sector of Pakistan and is among distinguished personalities in the marketing, advertising and PR world. He is an entrepreneur, who strongly believes in paying back to the society and participates in social development programs. He holds a Master's degree in Marketing, besides having several leadership courses under his belt. His professional career spreads over a span of 2 decades. He has provided consultation services for various top-notch multinational and blue-chip organizations. He possesses outstanding leadership skills and believes in uniting and leading. With his innovative approach, he strives to nurture the most talented winning teams in advertising, media buying and communication sectors. He is currently spearheading one of the leading media agencies Media Pulse as well as a PR agency namely Media Matters. He has also been associated with various business schools as a visiting faculty member for over a decade. Aleem has served on the executive council of Marketing Association of Pakistan and media technical committee of Pakistan Advertisers Society. His down-to-earth vibrant personality and a firm belief on value system, makes him stand firmly against every challenge, both in his personal and professional life.
Ali Rez started as a Physics undergraduate before ending up in advertising in San Francisco, where – when not involved in mountain biking accidents - he spent more than a decade working on global brands such as Adobe, 7UP, ChevronTexaco, Dr Pepper and HP. In what was described by many as madness, Ali then moved to Pakistan, and quickly became one of the most prolific award winners in South Asia and Middle East, collecting more than 75 global awards in under two years, including Pakistan's first Cannes Lion in 2014, and, for good measure, following it up with two Gold Lions the following year. His creative direction took BBDO Pakistan to be named 2015 Agency of the Year by Campaign magazine. Ali has won every single important global advertising award, all of these a first for the country: D&AD, OneShow pencils, Clios, LIA, Dubai Lynx, Communication Arts, Spikes Asia, and Adstars. His work has been featured at major art galleries like the Tate UK, and has won a United Nations Peace prize. This year Ali has been ranked amongst the top 15 creatives in the world by the Big Won report. Ali focuses on building creative strategies and executions that lead to work that is effective because it is fresh, entertaining and intelligent. In the words of Helmut Krone, he is "only interested in the new." A firm believer that curiousity fuels creativity, Ali has traveled to 101 countries. Including to North Korea on Kim-Il Sung's private plane.
Started as copywriter in 1999, he became Creative Head in 2005. Launched Olper's! Won the Fulbright Scholarship in 2006 and did a three year Master programme in Film from California. After coming back in 2010 he joined RED as part time ECD and re-launched Servis with SERVIS SHOES FOR EVERYONE. In 2015 he started ROCKETMAN FILMS and makes films now!
CCO – PTCL
Adnan Shahid is the Chief Commercial Officer (CCO) of Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (PTCL), Pakistan's largest ICT and Broadband company. Over his 18 year of professional career, Adnan has held technology, marketing, and strategy leadership positions in different industry verticals. He also founded two companies. He is currently responsible for the consumer business, marketing and customer care of PTCL. Adnan is an Electrical Engineer from NUST and holds a MBA degree from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA in Innovation and Global Leadership. He also holds the distinction of being a Legatum Fellow - MIT Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship.
Ali Hasan Naqvi
General Manager, Marketing, The Dawn Media Group
Syed Ali Hasan Naqvi is responsible for marketing DAWN, Pakistan’s leading English language daily. In addition to the newspaper he is also responsible for DAWN’s stable of magazines, Herald, Spider and Aurora. A recent addition to his portfolio is dawn.com, the Group’s dynamic web portal. Naqvi has been associated with mainstream media in Pakistan for the last 20 years and has played a pivotal part in devising strategies over the eras to keep media, primarily print relevant to the advertiser. His association with print media has led him to hold important positions in its representative organisation the All Pakistan Newspaper Association, where his experience has often been employed to devise policies for the print media industry. Naqvi has been instrumental in introducing Country and Industry Trade Reports to DAWN’s repertoire. To conceive these highly successful reports that have become reference documents for trade and commerce, Naqvi has globe trotted visiting countries like Japan, Korea, Singapore, UK, USA, Germany, Sweden, Australia, New Zealand, UAE, Malaysia etc. Naqvi heads a team of marketing professionals and is responsible for an annual budget of approximately $2.5 million. Naqvi who holds a degree in business administration and a Master in Political Science, is an avid reader, indulging in topics that range from religion to politics to management and philosophy. Naqvi also regularly teaches management students at one of Karachi’s leading business school in a bid to train future professionals.
Head Of Brands, Marcoms And Media, Etisalat Group
Akbar Khan is heading brands, Marcoms and media operations at Etisalat group. Based in Abu Dhabi, he is responsible for the brand Strategy and communication for the entire footprint of 18 countries. Previously, he has served Pakistani telecommunication industry for 15 years in various roles at ufone, Mobilink and Paktel. Before joining Etisalat group, he was chief marketing officer for Ufone.
Marketing Director-hair Care, Unilever Indonesia
Asima has 15+ years of FMCG experience across local and international markets. She began her career with Reckitt Benckiser & Colgate Palmolive before she joined Unilever in 2001. The first seven years of her career she worked across various personal care categories including skin cleansing, hair and skin care. To diversify her experience she moved to Foods in 2008 for a few years before she took over The ‘New Initiatives (NI) Department’ in 2012. As a NI lead she was responsible for the launch and market development of new brands and premium formats/ white spaces. Along with this, Asima also took over the activation department. Her last role in Pakistan was Marketing Director- Foods & Beverages before she moved to Indonesia last year. Currently, Asima is looking after hair care for PT. Unilever Indonesia and is based out of Jakarta. She has a certificate in filmmaking from’ London Film Academy’ and enjoys watching films and photography. She is more comfortable behind the lens than in front of it. A foodie at heart, loves travelling, discovering new places, meeting new people and cooking.
Ahmed Hussain Kapadia
Group Chairman, Managing Director, Synergy Group
A visionary entrepreneur with foresight is a genuine exception in the advertising industry. Having worked both in the Brand Management and Advertising side, his entrepreneurial vision brings a totally unique philosophy to the advertising business. His rather unconventional projects and exceptionally formulated strategies have made a host of brands a success story. His obsession to tie in results and bring changes in the advertising industry took him forward to building an organization that is comparable to any international organization of repute.
CEO, Engro Foods
Babur did a post-graduation with Agriculture science and an executive education form Santa Clara University CA, Insead and Harvard. He has 30 years of FMCG experience in the field of sales and distribution, trade marketing and supply chain besides top management experience in setting up systems, structures, processes and effective cross functional teams for strategy building and its execution. He joined Engro Foods in 2005 and is a founder member of EFL, prior to which he worked for Wellcome Pharma, Russel Ucalf, Reckitt Benckiser and Haleeb Foods.
Dr. Ehsan ul Haque
Professor Of Marketing At Suleman Dawood School Of Business Lahore University Of Management Sciences
After doing his undergraduate in electrical engineering, Dr. Haque pursued his MBA from the Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania and further received his PhD in marketing from the University of Texas at Arlington. He has contributed articles and cases in various international journals and books. In 2010, Dr. Haque co-authored Principles of Marketing: A South Asian Perspective with Philip Kotler, Gary Armstrong and Prafulla Agnihotri. This book has become a standard undergraduate marketing text in the South Asian countries. Dr. Haque has also played a founding role in establishing LUMS and the Small and Medium Enterprise Development Authority (SMEDA) in Pakistan. Currently, he is enjoying his research work on the development of the Pakistani Film Industry. His teaching interest are in Marketing and Management of Social Enterprises. He has received many accolades from students and executives alike for his provocative style of case teaching.
Sr. Fellow – Marketing, Institute of Business Management (IoBM)
Fouad is recognized as media industry stalwart. Group M and its agencies specifically Mindshare Pakistan has thrived under his stewardship over the period of time. He has over 18 years of experience in media industry, with focus on Strategic Communication Planning with intense involvement with brands and media vendors in various roles of brand marketing, research, channels sales, content and media planning. Prior to his role as CEO - GroupM, Fouad has had a long association with this company as MD Mindshare Pakistan. Being in the epicenter of brands, media and agency he has played a major role as a strategic advisor to both Clients and Media networks. He believes in pioneering people, developing individuals and process redesign. In his professional experience he has contributed to building multiple firsts in the Media Industry of Pakistan, the latest of which being introduction of locally produced international franchises like Pakistan Idol and MasterChef Pakistan paving the way for a completely new avenue of programming and brand affinity. Under his management the company also did the first ever Agency lead deal structuring with GEO television for the cricket world cup of 2007. With his profound leadership Mindshare Pakistan has won 9 International Awards including Mindshare regional Original Thinking awards in addition to 6 PAS awards. In continuation of his success in GroupM Pakistan, we are ready to set new standards in the market and the wider region.
Co- Founder- The D’Hamidi Partnership
Faisal did his MBA from LUMS in 1989 and joined Unilever as a management trainee. In 1991, he joined PepsiCo Pakistan in the franchise function. He served PepsiCo for 19 years in positions of increasing responsibility. His last assignment was to serve as the Business Unit General Manager of West Asia where he grew the bottom line five times in five years. Prior to heading the West Asia Business Unit, he played the role of Chief Marketing Officer of Middle East & Africa region where he was credited with launching brands like Mountain Dew & Tropicana across multiple countries in the region and for entering markets where PepsiCo did not exist before. In 2009, Faisal left PepsiCo to found Maxim – an agriculture company. Maxim started off as cattle feed mill and over the last years has diversified into live animal imports, Insemination, farm equipment, additives and most recently into forage seeds. Other than Maxim, he serves on the following boards: Lahore University of Management Sciences
With a major in Philosophy, Farah started her career as a banker. But when she moved to Chicago in the 90s, the dot com boom was in full swing. She switched industries and hasn’t looked back since. Passion and innovation are the driving factors in all Farah does - to look at brands and see potential where none existed, or to extract that one missing element which will make a campaign stand apart. Be it rebranding exercises, traditional marketing campaigns, app creation, social media strategy or simply trend-spotting - these are the drivers of a perfect daily diet for Farah. Currently obsessing over ‘disruptive innovation,’ Farah lives in Kuala Lumpur with her husband and son, 2 German Shepherds and Chotoo the cat. She runs her own brand consultancy and has a rich array of clients based in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE and Pakistan.
Faraz Maqsood Hamidi
I am an advertising legend. I have been spotted scaling the K2 on weekends with my Russian mistress, Anya Petrolova, and her beloved uncle, Sacha Gorky — my mentor, and the inventor of the full-stop. I am loved and despised (sometimes on the same day) for my monumental talents. I have been known to bring a Bengal Tiger to its knees by coyly whispering forgotten Punjabi slurs into its ear. I can cook a neat desi omelette with one hand while conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the other. In my downtime, I hang-glide over the cliffs of Murree. I write poetry that gives Shakespeare convulsions in his grave. My last novel was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for countless years and was penned overnight in Morse Code. I have cursed; I have lied; I’ve had to leave a trail of broken hearts behind to be married to the most beautiful woman in the world — who knows nothing of Anya (... well, not yet). My children, both blond, entered the world holding onto their personalized silver spoons. My family traces its roots to the tallest tents of the first Muslims. Conquest is in my blood — which runs like the currents of my fabled imagination. My dreams are decoded fortnightly to set the economy right. Presidents swear by me. Victoria’s Secret send me samples to approve. I have written headlines on scraps of paper that have changed the course of history. I can speak in Mandarin to the Chinese and in sign-language to the North Koreans. Although I am temperamentally reclusive, my executive office handles all my fan mail — which comes perfumed. The French are devotees of my sense of style; the Japanese have covertly transcribed my moral conscience and personal integrity into a manual; the Panamanians are opening the debate to rename their canal after my late-great-grandfather, who was lost at sea — and was last spotted doing the butterfly across the South Pacific. And may still be. I am the subject of the BBC’s next documentary on Mass Influence. Spielberg insists on filming my bio-pic. Once, during a picnic in Aleppo, I negotiated a peace deal with ISIS — just to see what it feels like. The UN has asked to charter aircraft for me should I ever care to visit with my good friend, Angelina, who shares my creative vision and my sense of humour. (Oh, the peals of laughter!) I have done all of this. But I've never had a chance to applaud your agency's work.
Farhan S. Qureshi
CEO, Starcom Mediavest Pakistan
Farhan is a communication/media strategist with almost 20 years of experience gained from working extensively in diverse markets including US, Afghanistan and Pakistan. His expertise and skill set covers all facets of communication management having worked with clients like P&G, Coke, Mondelez, Samsung, Total, Engro, National Foods, Dawlance, etc. in Pakistan. While in the US, he worked on very complex communication research assignments for American Express, Coke, Disney, Pfizer, IBM, Microsoft, Reuters and many other fortune 100 companies. He is a rare media professional who has a formal background in research and complex statistical modeling. In addition to his notable quantitative skills, Farhan has also been recognized globally for his creativity and his agency has won numerous awards for innovation in the last five (5) years. Farhan received a master's of science degree in communication research from Boston University (USA) and MBA in marketing from the IBA.
Farahnaz Haider Shaikh
General Manager Marketing, ZIL
Farahnaz Haider Shaikh joined the advertising industry in 1990. Over the next 18 years, she led some of the most iconic campaigns seen by the industry; capping her career as Executive Creative Director JWT Pakistan and Consultant to the WPP Group. In 2012, Farahnaz moved to the other side of the table and joined ZIL Ltd where she is GM Marketing. She has served as juror on several panels, is a published author and counts her ability to not to throw that much loved client pushback to communication partner i.e. ‘I’ve worked at an agency so I know how it works’; a commendable achievement.
CEO, Ontex Pakistan
Haroon Rashid started his career in Marketing with Lakson Tobacco, affiliates of Philip Morris, working on leading brands like Morven Gold and Red & White. He then moved on to GlaxoSmithkline, looking after the oral care portfolio of global brands like Aqua fresh, Macleans and Sensodyne. Following his initial years of extensive marketing exposure he joined Tapal Tea as General Manager and led the marketing team with award winning campaign of Danedar in 2011. His journey of marketing and commercial acumen took him to Shan Foods where once again he led the team to yet another award winning campaign of Shoop noodles, a new category in Shan’s portfolio. With over 23 years of extensive marketing, senior commercial and leadership roles, he is at present the Country General Manager of Ontex Global, a leading multinational company in personal hygiene products. With a degree in Marketing and Management from University of California, he also is an adjunct faculty at SZABIST, where he passes on his experience to the new breed of business managers.
Chairman & CEO, Mullenlowe Rauf Group
As Chairman and CEO of the Mullenlowe Rauf Group, Khalid is a second-generation advertising professional, who has been part of the industry for over four decades! A hardcore car and motorsport enthusiast, he runs the group with the precision of an F1 team!
Mohammad Jerjees Seja
CEO, Ary Digital Network
Mohammad Jerjees Seja, also known as ‘JJ’, is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) ARY Digital Network Pakistan. Previously holding the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at the same organisation, JJ has been at the helm of the media giant’s affairs for more than 10 years now. Under JJ’s leadership, the network has progressed a lot especially ARY Digital, which has turned around to be Pakistan’s #1 entertainment channel. He has played a major role in bringing the network to the top of the media horizon in Pakistan. Currently he is also spearheading the films front for the network as well and delivering promising results whether it is film production, distribution or marketing. He is credited to bringing the ARY Films brand to the forefront of the film industry in just a few years. Previously, JJ has also been associated with other major media and advertising groups of the country such as Evernew Group, Orient McCann Erikson (Carat Media) and Interflow Group (Ogilvy & Mather). With a career of more than 17 years with a leading role experience in media marketing, productions, media buying and planning and associated fields. JJ has grown to be a respected name in the media fraternity in regard to his professionalism and successful ideas that have repeatedly brought exceptional results for whichever organisation he has been associated with. JJ has completed his business education from Greenwich University Pakistan.
With almost 26 years of experience, Mehdi brings with him deep knowledge of marketing, advertising and media industry. During his career he has worked with companies like Interflow Communications, NTM, Media Vision Marketing, Matrix Media, Prime TV and now at FM 107 at senior management roles that has made him an all-rounder leader that has significantly contributed towards the growth of the industry. He has done his Bachelors in Physics and Mathematics from University of Punjab and later his Masters in Business Administration from Adamson University, Manila, Philippines.
Mr. Nanji did his BBA for Central State University Oklahoma and his MBA from the IBA. He has more than 28 years experience of working as a Marketer in both Multinational and renowned local companies like Unilever Pakistan, English Biscuit Tapal and Millac Foods. He migrated for 4 years to the USA and worked for a Wall Mart store with a turnover of $ 700 million as an Assistant Manager. Mr. Nanji has advised a number of companies on Marketing and Sales, has taught at the IBA for 6 semesters, has a following of around 5,000 students and friends on Face Book where the focus is on Marketing related issues. He has been a guest speaker at different forums and Universities. The Program Brand Power was conducted by him on TV1 and Stories of Success on Indus TV. Mr. Nanji also has a blog by the name of mahmoodnanji.com.
Mariam Ali Baig
Mariam Ali Baig has been the editor of Aurora magazine since it was founded in 1998. Published by the Dawn Media Group, Aurora is Pakistan’s leading advertising, marketing and media magazine. Mariam also heads the Business Development & Research Department of the Dawn Media Group in Karachi and in this capacity is also involved in developing corporate and product advertising for the Group’s print portfolio. Mariam started her career in 1975 when she joined MNJ Communications as a copywriter trainee. She later became Creative Manager at the agency. In 1980 she joined South Publications in London as Marketing Manager and later assumed the position of Director Marketing Services & Promotions. Mariam was on the panel of jurists for the 2011 INMA Awards as well as the on panel of jurists for the PAS Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015. Mariam holds a BA in History from the University of Aix en Provence, France.
MD, Neilsen Pakistan
Mustafa Moosajee has about 20 years of experience in the field of Market Research, both on the client and agency side. He started his career in 1995 with Procter & Gamble, where he continued till 1998. Post this, he worked as a freelance consultant for a year. This was followed by a year’s stint at Lowe & Partners Pakistan, as Marketing Research Manager, where he led communication strategy and advertising research projects. In 2000, Mustafa joined the Consumer Insights department at Unilever, and managed the research needs for over 10 categories and 25 brands. He left Unilever as the Department Head in 2010 and moved to the agency side, joining Nielsen Pakistan as the Client Services Director, Retail Measurement Services. In his three years as Director, he was successful in building a winning presence, integrating teams, and leading the team to achieve consistent double-digit growth rates. He is currently the Managing Director at Nielsen Pakistan.
Co-Founder & Managing Partner Mcordis, Uk
Paul is the Co-Founder of mCordis with more than 13 years of experience in mobile marketing. Previously, Paul served as Chief Marketing Officer & Managing Director of the EMEA branch of the Mobile Marketing Association (MMA). He has over 26 years’ experience in a wide variety of sales, marketing, business development and commercial roles spanning several different industries and market sectors including automotive, printing, internet development and management consultancy. Paul has been a speaker at over 280 mobile events, in 37 countries to a combined audience of over 42,000 people. In 2012 he was recognised as the leading speaker on mobile marketing worldwide by C-Squared. He is a Business Leader in The Marketing Society, a Fellow of the Institute of Direct & Digital Marketing (IDM), a Member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing and a mentor in the Marketing Academy. He sits on the editorial Board of the IDM Journal and was voted one of the Top 50 influencers in mobile marketing in the UK by The Drum magazine 2013 & 2014.
CEO, Aftab Associates
Quratulain has over 20 years of marketing research management & training experience with Aftab Associates and Nielsen Pakistan. The first urban Socio-Economic classification system (which is used till date as the common currency) was developed by her in 1998. She also developed the rural socio-economic classification system in 2002. She is currently Representative of ESOMAR (The Global Society which promotes and regulates market research practices worldwide) for Pakistan. Understanding the attitudes and behavior of Pakistanis is her passion and she is a regular speaker at various educational institutions
Dy. CEO Al Shaheer Corporation Ltd.
Rizwan Jamil has a rich experience of Marketing, Sales and Business Management across a wide range of product categories. His professional schooling was at Unilever where he spent 22 years and helped develop some outstanding advertising for power brands like Surf & Lipton. He moved from the position of Business Head for Unilever Pakistan’s Tea Division to Lafarge, the Paris based global leader in construction solutions. In Lafarge Pakistan, Rizwan created brands and introduced innovation in an otherwise commodity industry. He has recently joined Al Shaheer which is Pakistan’s largest meat Company in the organized sector, offering brands like Meat One and Khaas. A past Chairman of Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), Rizwan has been on the Advertising jury since the programme’s inception.
CEO, Mrb Pakistan
A senior market research resource with considerable experience in all types of Qualitative and quantitative techniques and strategic inputs. All in all a 25 years of research experience both on client and service side, with abilities of handling full research projects from Proposal writing to report documentation and presentation. With a capability of taking research from mere data presentation to actual boardroom with actionable strategies. Team management and Team building has been a key asset which has resulted in having senior management leadership roles since last 13 years.
MD, Jang Group Of Companies
Sarmad Ali is the Managing Director at the Jang Group, Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate. He is responsible for marketing and advertising sales of all print and online brands of the group. This includes eight of the country’s leading print titles including Daily Jang & The News. Sarmad has over twenty years-experience in marketing, advertising & media management. He has been associated with the Jang Group since 1994 when he joined the group as Executive Director of The News. In 1997 he took over as the Group’s Executive Director Marketing. In 2006 he was promoted as Managing Director. Prior to joining the Jang Group, Sarmad had been associated with some of country’s leading advertising agencies including IAL/Saatchi, where he worked as Director Client Services from 1987 - 93. Described as of one of Pakistan’s marketing thought leaders, Sarmad has been thrice the President of Marketing Association of Pakistan. In 1999, he was awarded the Marketing Excellence Award for his contribution in the field of marketing. He has also received the Asian Brand Leadership Award. He is presently President of the International Advertising Association’s Pakistan Chapter and serves on its global Board of Directors. He is associated with the Management Association of Pakistan as its Treasurer. He is the secretary general of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society and has previously served as its President. He has also served as member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Privatisation & Investment in 2003 and the Sindh IT Board from 2001-03. Sarmad has also been on the Board of Governors of the Worldwide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P). He has a master’s degree from Villanova University, Pa, USA.
Sarfaraz A. Rehman
Sarfaraz is both a chartered accountant and business executive having contributed his expertise to multinational companies such as Unilever, SB (GSK), Jardine Matheson/Olayan JV and PepsiCo during his rich and illustrious career. In 2005 Sarfaraz helped establish Engro Foods as its CEO. He took a sabbatical from Engro Foods to establish the Karachi School for Business and Leadership project in 2012. Sarfaraz rejoined Engro Foods as CEO in 2013 where he remained CEO till July 2015. Since then, he has been involved in consultancy projects with ICI and IBL. Sarfaraz is deeply interested in playing his part in giving back to society and has worked on an online interactive education model for mass education, to resolve the issue of literacy in Pakistan over the next decade. In the past he was also associated with Shaukat Khanum Hospital as part of their Marketing Finance Committee and with WWF as a Director for 3 years being heavily involved with the blind dolphins’ project. He is also heavily associated with Hisaar Foundation and its work on water/environmental issues in Pakistan. Sarfaraz also conducts a well established coaching and mentoring role, with many business executives and younger university graduates.
GMD, Jang Group Of Companies
Shahrukh Hasan is the Group Managing Director of the Jang Group. He is an MBA from the Institute of Business Administration. He graduated top of the class and was awarded a gold medal in marketing. During a distinguished career, spanning nearly 30 years, he has worked in the Jang group for close to 20 years. He has also worked in Dawn, Financial Post and Exxon Chemicals, then the largest company in the world, and one of the most prestigious multinationals in Pakistan. Mr. Hasan has worked in almost all departments of the media, including Brands, Marketing, Sales and Distribution, Editorial, HRD etc.
Chief Executive, Be Ddb
Shoaib Qureshy is Chief Executive BE DDB and Bulls Eye. He has been in the marketing and advertising business for over 21 years and his agency network serves leading multinational and national clients in advertising, activation, content, brand consultancy and digital services. He is a strategy person and passionate about brands. He is also a well-respected industry thought leader and speaks and writes regularly at all the leading forums. He was also featured in the inaugural edition of the “100 Business Leaders of Pakistan”, a best seller business book.
Ad Film Director & Advertising Consultant
During her advertising career spanning over 20 years, Semyne has held the positions of Executive Creative Director and National Creative Director at JWT. After her long stint has an agency creative, she pivoted towards production and direction, and founded an independent creative consultancy and production house, Option A. In 2011, Option A won a PAS Award for a 3 part animated series for kids. Semyne has taught creativity at ZSABIST, and has been part of the PAS jury for the last 5 years. Currently on a sabbatical, she has been exploring Northern Pakistan, Nepal, and parts of Balochistan, delving into meditation, mindfulness, and nature watching as a tool for enhancing creative productivity. She conducts training, using these techniques.
CEO Bond Advertising & Bond Pr
Seema went to Mount Holyoke College, USA and pursued academic instruction in politics, economics, literature, film...and all things wonderful. Her background combines Socio-economic Development with an expertise in Communications. She followed this up with a stint at Central St Martin's in film. She joined the advertising business and it was love at first sight! She produced a television show on advertising "The Big Idea", which won her the “Exceptional Contribution Award” from the Pakistan Advertising Association. Seema taught, spoke, wrote and produced many a campaign. Her favorite being an AIDS Awareness campaign in public health. Won awards. Lectured at various educational institutions. Seema has also served as Council Member for the Marketing Association of Pakistan, Special Olympics Pakistan and is a board member of APWA RLCC (Raana Liaquat Crafts Colony). Seema has served as a juror for Communication Design theses at the IVSAA for a number of years and is involved in pro bono communication work for a number of organisations including TCF, Special Olympics, RLCC & Karawan e Hayat. Seema now runs Bond Advertising and Bond PR and continues her love affair with pr and advertising.
Sohail spent 18 years with Unilever after joining them in 1985. Over the years the assignments include marketing of Tea, Edible fats, Detergents, etc. A sales and a media job and a secondment to UK at the corporate head office. He Joined Mindshare in 2003, and was serving as the CEO of Groupm Pakistan till May 2014 and is engaged as a consultant of the group that includes Mindshare, Maxus, Media Edge and GroupM ESP.
Co-Founder, Moxie Women
Content Marketing Strategist | Speaker | Co-Founder, Moxie Women | Team Lead for Google Business Groups (GBG) Women Salma Jafri is a content marketing specialist with 15+ years of experience. She started her marketing career in 2000 with Deloitte & Touché, moved to technology marketing with a software house and eventually became Content Manager for an e-learning firm based in Austin, TX. These myriad experiences helped her forge her own path in 2008 and she soon started helping clients as an entrepreneur-marketer. Her clients include international companies such as Dell Tech Page One, LinkedIn Marketing Solutions, Top Rank Marketing, Upwork (formerly known as Elance), and local companies such as TCS and Engage Consulting. Armed with an MBA, Marketing from the Institute of Business Administration, Salma soon realized that traditional marketing does not work in a digital world. In the online marketplace, content is always king and authentic promotion is it’s queen. She started training entrepreneurs and business owners on the inner workings of digital content marketing as a means to build an authentic brand experience. Salma is the Host of video blog “Content Marketing Tips” on YouTube. She is also a Channel Partner and Contributor to internationally acclaimed magazine Entrepreneur.com. Salma is also an evocative storyteller and has spoken at many prestigious events around the world including, Global Entrepreneurship Week, Tech Forum Central Asia, Pak-US Women’s Council, The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), The Nest I/O, Markedu and more. Salma’s passion is helping women entrepreneurs with personal branding, and to facilitate this she volunteers as Team Lead of Google Business Groups Women, Karachi, and as a mentor at Womenx (a World Bank funded program for women entrepreneurs). In 2014, she was the recipient of the Ponds Miracle Woman award for successfully balancing motherhood and business.
Syed Abdul Karim Tanveer
Abdul has been working in the advertising and branding industry for over 15 years with experience spanning across markets (Middle East and South Asia), across disciplines (Branding, Activation, Digital, Retail, Experiential) and across categories (Telecoms, Beverages, Snacks, Foods, Household, Automotive and more). Journey began with Ogilvy in Pakistan from 2000 and continued with DDB for 8 years in the Middle East. In his last role he was Head of Branding for Mobily - a leading Telecommunications company in Saudi Arabia. Besides building brands, he is an avid thought leader and trainer focused on branding and the changing world of communications. AK also actively participates as a speaker, writer and blogger in his free time.
Founder, Ebrandvalue, Turkey
Founder of eBrandValue, a Silicon Valley start-up based in Mountain View, CA, Dr. Akcura received his academic tenure with assignments in various universities such as Carnegie-Mellon, PA, and Purdue, IN and with publications in top tier journals such as Marketing Science, Management Science and Decision Support Systems. His professional experience includes various assignments with IBM and P&G in Istanbul, Manchester, London and Brussels. He holds a PhD and an MBA from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BSc in Industrial Engineering from Bogaziçi University, Turkey.
Tauqeer a. Muhajir
CEO, Millennium Media
Tauqeer A. Muhajir has been associated with the media business for over 30 years. He has been associated with prestigious publications like Khaleej Times, Gulf News, and Dawn in Senior Management positions. His last employment position was General Manager, Dawn Group of Publications after which he founded Financial Post in 1993 and later a Holding Company Millennium Media in 1998. Besides representing Khaleej Times in Pakistan, he is publisher of three magazines Money, Fashion Collection, and the South Asian Arts magazine Nigaah. Tauqeer has hosted several international and national events in recent years including the South Asia Media Summit in Feb2013. He has also been associated as a business analyst/anchor with channels like Indus News and Business Plus. He has attended an Executive Program in Business Administration at Columbia University, USA and has been a guest speaker at several Universities, MAP and other forums on Media. He has also been on the jury of PAS awards for the last 5 years. Tauqeer has a serious interest in Arts and has co-authored two books “Six Decades of Painting in Pakistan” and “20 Pakistani Painters You Should Know”.
General Manager, Snacks, Pakistan & Afghanistan, Pepsico
I have been at PepsiCo for 8 years. In my first role in beverages managing 7 bottlers in Pakistan, I led an exciting challenge of deploying aligned startegies to combat aggressive competition. I built my ability to collaborate with a broad sprectrum of bottlers and developed creative solutions to win bottler trust and in the marketplace. This also entailed building a strong footprint in non-carbonated beverages portfolio through winning innovations and timely bottler investments. Today, I am leading a highly energized team delivering strong business growth in Pak Snacks. Prior to PepsiCo, I started my career with British American Tobacco in 1995 where I held various positions in sales and marketing for 8 years. I was a part of business turnaround in 2001 involving pricing and positioning overhaul of multiple brands, after which I was moved to Indonesia on secondment. Post that, I worked in Shell for 4 years as Marketing Manager Pakistan and Oman giving me multi-country management experience. Currently, I lead the development of snacks business. With the market in early stage development and PepsiCo boasting a 50%+ value share, the challenge is to build new consumption occasions to drive the industry, innovate while staying price relevant to consumers and strengthen distribution and agro backbone. I am an MBA from Karachi. I enjoy playing golf, reading variety of books and spending time with my wife and two lovely daughters.
Usman Muneer is the Managing Director, at Mondelez Pakistan, maker of some of the world's most iconic food and beverage brands, including Tang, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate and Oreo biscuits. As Managing Director, Usman is primarily responsible for overseeing the Sales & Marketing, Finance, and Logistics-support departments in Pakistan. He has over a decade's experience in managing consumer businesses across several international markets, including the Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan. After graduating in Pakistan, Usman joined Procter & Gamble, where he spent his first five years managing iconic Shampoo brands in Pakistan like Head & Shoulders. He then moved to Dubai where he managed P&G's Personal Care portfolio !or two and a half years for the Middle East, North Africa, and Pakistan region. FOllowing that, he moved to Johannesburg where he managed Pampers for sub – Saharan Africa that included markets like South Africa, Kenya, and Nigeria and was responsible for creating an Africa expansion plan for Pampers. Usman grew up in Pakistan and holds a Masters of Business Administration with Honours from Lahore University of Management Sciences. An avid cricket fan, Usman is married and has one child.
Consultant Marketing, Brand Development, Communications-Stride, The Netherlands
Extensive global experience in Marketing, Management, Brand building and Communications in numerous capacities including VP International, Regional SVP, CMO, Agency Managing Director, Worldwide Account Director ,and Marketing Consultant. Waheed has managed global brands and businesses across a range of categories (FMCG, Technology, Durables, Service and Financial) for clients such as Philips, Unilever, ING, Commodore, Colgate Palmolive, Toshiba, Nestle and Emirates Waheed has set up global multi-cultural and multi-discipline teams to build brands, strengthen agency networks, turn-around troubled businesses, and convert sour relationships into partnerships. He also led re-structuring and centralization of several global brands, developed centralized marketing, brand and communication strategies, helped rooting core business activities into a single focused vision, managed the transition, established global centres of excellence and global leadership teams for several global brands. During his long career he has been based in Germany, Dubai, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore and The Netherlands with O&M, JWT, Y&R, DDB and Commodore.
MD – Starcom Mediavest Group, Indonesia
Executive Creative Director, Spectrum Y&R
Zohra has extensive experience in media – 39 years in advertising and 5 years in journalism. She worked as a copywriter and creative manager at MNJ Communications between 1971 and 1981 after which she joined journalism as an editor with Pakistan’s major newspaper publishing group. She also worked on readership research, marketing and promotion for the same group. As Chief Creative Officer at Spectrum Y&R, Zohra’s responsibilities include the steering of campaign development involving review of communication brief, providing strategic direction to the campaign and monitoring creative development at different stages. She is also responsible for appointing and training personnel for the creative department.
CEO, National Foods Limited
Abrar Hasan is the Chief Executive Officer of National Foods Limited (NFL), the leading multi-category food company in Pakistan producing over 250 different products, marketed both in Pakistan and exported to 35 countries worldwide.Under his leadership, NFL has become a 13.5 billion rupee conglomerate, with ISO:9001, ISO:22000, and HACCP certifications and numerous industry awards. Mr. Hasan joined NFL as Plant Director in 1993 and held that position for four years. He was elected Deputy Managing Director in 1997 and then as Chief Executive shortly thereafter.In 1996 heled the development of a comprehensive human resource management system which was the first of its kind for any national company in the country. He also led the development of an international marketing infrastructure starting in 1999, which has led to international sales volume crossing Rs.1 Billion today. As the Chief Executive, Mr. Hasan is providing direction and leadership to the Company by setting a clear vision for future growth - ‘Vision 20/20’, which aims to become a Rs. 50 billion company by the year 2020. The Company is set to deliver its long-term goals by focusing on top brands and customers, and aggressive international expansion. Mr. Hasan 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. He has steered the company to deliver steady sales growth year on year, clearly evident from the dramatic expansion in sales, from only Rs. 200 million in 1993 to Rs. 13.5 billion today; an enviable growth rate, ranging from 20% to 30% each year; despite tough economic conditions. This translates into an increase in NFL’s market capitalization from only Rs. 20.57 million in 1993 to Rs. 40 billion today. Recognizing the vital role of information technology in business development, Mr. Hasan brought about an IT revolution in the Company: in February 2003, NFL became the first local food company to put in an ERP system (Scala) which was subsequently up-graded to SAP ERP system, in a record 6 months deployment in 2008. Through the platform of the Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), Mr. Hasan was part of the team which launched TAM Peoplesmeter in Pakistan in September 2007 and the MEMRB Consumer Insight Survey, in August 2008,both first of their kind tools in Pakistan. He has also pushed for regulating advertisement ethics via PAS.As past Chairperson, Anti-counterfeit and Infringement Forum (ACIF), Mr. Hasan strongly supports creating awareness about counterfeit and IP infringementamong consumers and other stakeholders. Mr. Hasan is a staunch supporter of Corporate Social Responsibility; an Adult Literacy Programme for employees was started at NFL as early as the year 2000. In 2007, he spearheaded the development of a Sustainability Strategy of the company, which is today guiding all business functions across the board. 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). His local and national activities include: Member, Board of Directors, National Foods Limited Member, Board of Directors, Associated Textile Consultants Member Board of Directors, Cherat Packaging Ltd Associate member, Pakistan National Committee, International Chamber of Commerce (Past) Chairperson, Anti Counterfeit and Infringement Forum (Past) President, Pakistan Advertisers Society Member, Management Association of Pakistan Member, Marketing Association of Pakistan, and Founder member, Editorial Advisory Board, Triple Bottom Line magazine. Mr. Hasanresides in Karachi, Pakistan, and is a graduate of the Krannert School of Management at the Purdue University in Indiana.
His most recent claim to fame was, earlier this year, as ‘the man behind the chick(en) with the naked leg’, titillating an auditorium full of high-school students, and scandalizing their teachers in attendance. Rewind a few years earlier and he was spotted tying up a student in ropes during a design studio class. Random sightings over the years indicate an unhealthy desire for torturing students as a thesis juror and as adjunct faculty in both Architecture and Communication Design Departments at IVS since its early days. Multiple tenures on the Communication Design Board of Studies and the Academic Committee ensured that even the faculty weren’t spared his outspoken bluntness. Reports of him popping up on thesis juries have also come in from Szabist and the Karachi University Dept. of Visual Studies as well where he has been an almost-regular fixture for a decade. Ofcourse award show juries are another matter altogether and the reasons for his presence on this jury panel may lie elsewhere, possibly in some connection with his professional career probably not his years as an architect working for one of the leading architectural design firm more likely his 18+ years at Adcom, as Creative Director, then Chief Creative Officer, during which time the agency built a formidable reputation as a creative powerhouse in face of tough competition from Multi-national agency networks or his two year sabbatical from Adcom during which he was at the helm of Green Man’s Ark, an integrated communications endeavor, that resulted in three PAS awards being bagged by the start-up including Best in Digital in 2014. (Reports suggest that he’s back at Adcom with a different mandate now, as Chief Innovation Officer) In this span of time, there is evidence of a varied body of work: from large scale campaigns for big-budget clients to design intensive work for clients that wouldn’t be a blip on the radar of most agencies… butall of it memorable enough to win accolades over the years. He attributescredit for all those awards to the teams at the two agencies, which is how it should be. However he is adamant for not sharing the credit for the chicken with the naked leg with anyone. Whether worthy of applause or vitriol, he insists that he was the only one responsible for the Nando’s spoof of Angelina Jolie’s provocative pose at the 2012 Oscars Red Carpet.
Ceo- Media Pulse & Media Matters
Senior Director and Regional Head for Client and Product Marketing, CEMEA at Visa Inc, Dubai
Amer is a senior marketing and general management executive with over 28+ years of experience in the payments and FMCG industry. He is currently based in Dubai with Visa and responsible for Client marketing and Brand/Product marketing for the CEMEA (Central Europe, Middle East & Africa) region. Amer supports the markets in developing joint marketing programs with clients and developing consistent brand communication which connects with its consumers strengthening the Visa brand. Prior to that Amer was based in Singapore where he supported the South East Asian markets in growing the Cross Border Business working with key bank partners. Amer has been with Visa for nearly 9 years. 6 of which were in Pakistan where he opened and established the Visa International office in Pakistan in 2006. As Country Manager, in six years he increased the number of Visa issuing banks from 6 to 22 and grew the card base from less than 1 million to over 10 million. He developed a young and dynamic team which worked closely with the client banks to introduce new card programs, augment overall card usage and by building and strengthening the Visa brand. Some of his work included the launch of Visa Watan cards for the flood affectess in partnership with Bank Alfalah, HBL and UBL, Pakistan Remmitance Innitiative (PRI) to leverage Visa products which can facilitate the flow of remittances. Before joining Visa he was with Coca-Cola for six years, where in addition to re establishing the Coca-Cola brand, growing market share he helped establish a bottling plant in Afghanistan. Amer’s interest in the field of sundry marketing of financial services takes lead from his first job at American Express where, during his eight years tenure, he held various positions in Sales and Marketing of Travelers’ Cheques, Cards and Travel Services. Amer is married with two children, a boy of 14yrs and a girl of 7yrs.
Faculty member - IBA
Arshy Brings with her 12 years of FMCG, local and International marketing experience. She started her Career in Brand Marketing at Unilever Pakistan and then moved to Unilever UK with the Frozen Foods Division as Category Marketing head. Later she moved as Senior Mkt Manager for Coca-Cola GB working for the Red Coke Franchise across Europe. She joined L’Oreal Pakistan as the Media and Digital Head in January 2011. With Arshy’s sound background in Brand management, her business acumen and leadership skills, she was promoted to General Manager Professionnel Products Division in June 2013. In February 2013, Arshy decided to take on a new project ; Her Children. She is now a part time mum and part time visiting Faculty member @ IBA, teaching Advertising. Arshy’s Three Passions in Life – Family, Food and Flying to exotic destinations (with the food and family of course)
CEO at MutualMind, Social Media Intelligence & Management Platform - USA
Co-founder and CEO of MutualMind, a social media listening, intelligence and management system which enables businesses to monitor as well as promote their brand on social networks while providing actionable analytics to increase ROI. MutualMind works with OEM partners and service providers to provide white label and integrated product solutions for social media monitoring, measurement/insights and engagement. MutualMind has provided social intelligence to global brands including GE, Kraft Foods, Nestle, P&G, Starbucks. My expertise and experience is to take ideas from concept to successful commercial products. My strength is to solve business problems by leveraging technology, processes and people. I have extensive experience with web 2.0 and social technologies for business applications, communication and collaboration software and solutions, data mining and analytics, enterprise applications and mobile devices and applications. I have strong skills in areas of technical product delivery, software architecture, technical strategy, technical sales, client management, business analysis, program management, system analysis/design/development and IT security solutions (CISSP). As past chair at MIT Enterprise Forum DFW chapter, I lead a team of volunteers which produced high quality educational events for DFW entrepreneur community. Specialties Social networking & collaboration software, Social and Web Analytics, Enterprise Solutions Architecture, Connected wireless devices, Mobile applications. Business and technical strategy and planning. Business case development with financials. Client management. Application & systems architecture, analysis and design. Product management. Application development, integration & deployment. IT security solutions with focus on application security.
Country Head Pakistan Line Plus Corporation
Bilal is currently Country Head Pakistan for Line Plus Corporation, the makers of LINE messenger app. Currently busy growing LINE into Pakistan's top messenger platform. It's that simple! Previously he was a founder & chief marketing officer at e-Business which is developing Pring a mobile social network accessible over web and mobile. Being a business strategist and excellent growth hacker, he had overseen Pring’s growth to over 7 million users in 18 months. He had lead customer marketing & development team, cracking code of how can industry engage consumers via mobile using Pring. His team worked with over 200 businesses ranging from MNCs to SME and micro businesses. These includes the likes of Nokia, Coke, Unilever, P&G, Levi’s etc. He also helped Pring gain international recognition at Mobile Marketing Association among global giants like Warner Bros. & Sony Music, making Pring the only member of the association in this region. Pring has also been awarded Global Top 100 Company by Red Herring in California in 2012. Apart from being a serial entrepreneur with 3 start ups and prior to Pring, Bilal has been part of the core team establishing The Resource Group. Being a part of its international client services operations in US and Philippines, managing fortune 500 clients directly. Their names included Northrop Gruman, Yokohama, Lego, Victoria’s Secrets, Seiko etc.
Professor Marketing - Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS
Ejaz Wasay, currently senior faculty in Marketing, at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM), has over 37 years of industry experience in the fields of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Advertising. He has worked with several leading local companies and MNCs including Awami Autos, Orient McCann-Erickson, Unilever, Glaxo, Philips and Gillette, and held senior level positions. With Gillette over 10 years, from 1984 to 1994, he worked in Pakistan, Brazil and the Middle-East, and was last based in Dubai – UAE as Marketing Manager Middle East. Ejaz Wasay has been Council Member, Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) for several years, and its President in 2005. He has been contributing articles on Marketing-related subjects to publications such as Aurora and Marketing Review. Before joining IoBM as regular faculty, he was visiting faculty for over five years, and has taught at HIMS and IBA as well.
Co-Founder, The D'Hamidi Partnership
I am an advertising legend. I have been spotted scaling the K2 on weekends with my Russian mistress, Anya Petrolova, and her beloved uncle, Sacha Gorky — my mentor, and the inventor of the full-stop. I am loved and despised (sometimes on the same day) for my monumental talents. I have been known to bring a Bengal Tiger to its knees by coyly whispering forgotten Punjabi slurs into its ear. I can cook a neat desi omelette with one hand while conducting the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra with the other. In my downtime, I hang-glide over the cliffs of Murree. I write poetry that gives Shakespeare convulsions in his grave. My last novel was on the New York Times Best Sellers List for countless years and was penned overnight in Morse code. I have cursed; I have lied; I’ve had to leave a trail of broken hearts behind to be married to the most beautiful woman in the world — who knows nothing of Anya (... well, not yet). My children, both blond, entered the world holding onto their personalized silver spoons. My family traces its roots to the tallest tents of the first Muslims. Conquest is in my blood — which runs like the currents of my fabled imagination. My dreams are decoded fortnightly to set the economy right. Presidents swear by me. Victoria’s Secret send me samples to approve. I have written headlines on scraps of paper that have changed the course of history. I can speak in Mandarin to the Chinese and in sign-language to the North Koreans. Although I am temperamentally reclusive, my executive office handles all my fan mail — which comes perfumed. The French are devotees of my sense of style; the Japanese have covertly transcribed my moral conscience and personal integrity into a manual; the Panamanians are opening the debate to rename their canal after my late-great-grandfather, who was lost at sea — and was last spotted doing the butterfly across the South Pacific. And may still be. I am the subject of the BBC’s next documentary on Mass Influence. Spielberg insists on filming my bio-pic. Once, during a picnic in Tora Bora, I negotiated a peace deal with the Taliban — just to see what it feels like. The UN has asked to charter aircraft for me should I ever care to visit with my good friend, Angelina, who shares my creative vision and my sense of humour. (Oh, the laughter!) I have done all of this. But I have never juried a PAS Awards Show.
Country Head, Golin Pakistan
Fareshteh is the Head of GOLIN Pakistan with responsibility for developing the PR business and execution across the country. When Golin started in Pakistan over a year ago she was the first choice for the position of Country Head. She enjoys the day to day cut and thrust of building brand stories and crafting brands for life in the local media. Hers is an eclectic background. Her portfolio of experience includes active journalism followed by Editor at high end publications for 18 years during the first phase of her career. Mid term career was at Unilever Pakistan where she spent a decade developing media led strategies for global Brands like LUX, Pond's, Sunsilk, Magnum, Knorr and Lipton. Fareshteh is a mother who thoroughly enjoys the active life of her teenaged son and is relieved her two main hobbies of reading and keeping up with the world on social media are passions that dovetail beautifully with career demands.
CEO & Managing Director UPFL
Joined Unilever in 1989, right after graduation. For next 12 years, till 2001, worked on several HPC categories like Hair, Personal wash, Laundry and Skin care right up to marketing director level. Moved to Bangkok In 2002 as Brand Development Director for Omo Asia, where sheI led several innovations and development of Dirt is Good brand key vision for Asia. Returned briefly, in 2004, to Unilever Pakistan on Personal Wash category but went back to Bangkok in 2005 to head up Household care for Asia. Came back to Pakistan in 2006 as Marketing Director Foods - Savoury, Spreads, Desserts and Drinks categories. In 2009 took over entire foods ie Food retail beverages and IC marketing and sales (45% of Unilever Pakistan business) plus CMI. In 2013, activation was also been added to the responsibilities. On the lighter side of life, she enjoys travelling and exploring the world, connecting with people, music, movies, reading and spending time at home with family…favourite cuisines are Italian and Japanese, besides being a die-hard fan of Pakistani food!
Hameed Haroon is Chief Executive Officer of The DAWN Media Group. The Group publishes DAWN the leading English language newspaper from Pakistan. It also publishes three of Pakistan’s better known magazines - ‘Herald’ on current affairs, ‘Spider’ on Information and Communication Technology, and ‘Aurora’ on marketing and advertising. The DAWN web portal ‘www.dawn.com’ is considered by media experts as one of the most popular news sites especially for expatriate Pakistanis. Hameed Haroon was also instrumental in setting up ‘DawnNews’ Pakistan’s first English Language news channel. He has also contributed to popular radio playing an integral role in the development of City FM89 the Group’s radio station. Born in Karachi, Pakistan Hameed Haroon received a Master’s degree in Regional Studies (East Asia) from Harvard University. He was also awarded a Master’s in Political Economy and a Master’s in Economics by Boston University. He started his career in media in 1974 as Assistant Editor of ‘Star’ and became Chief Executive Officer of PHPL in 1998. He continues to serve as the president elect of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society, the representative body of all major newspapers and magazines in Pakistan (having served several terms including four consecutive terms from 2001-2008). He was awarded the Sitara-e-Imtiaz, Pakistan’s highest civil award in 2004 in recognition for his contribution to promote art and culture. In 2006 he was conferred the Italian Order of Merit as one of the "most outstanding public personalities in Pakistan" on behalf of the President of Italy. March 2011 witnessed him receiving the Hilal-e-Imitaz, Pakistan’s second highest civil and military award for his contributions in the promotion of the arts and culture in Pakistan. He is Chairman Mohatta Palace Gallery Trust, Member Board of Governors Lahore Museum, Member of the Committee for the Protection and Preservation of Cultural Heritage Monuments and Member of the National Cultural Heritage Committee. Hameed Haroon has published many books on art the most notable among them ‘The Holy Sinner’ a 600 page catalogue of the non-calligraphic works of Sadequain, Pakistan’s reputed artist. He also published ‘The Raj Library’ a fascinating and comprehensive collection of 25 books on Karachi and its cultural hinterland. Besides his varied interests Hameed Haroon is fluent in Mandarin, Chinese and has one of the largest private collections of paintings and books, notwithstanding rare maps, textiles and furniture.
Harald Reedtz Tokeroed
Digital Strategist, Partner and Chief Consultant, Oxygen, Denmark
Harald works as a digital strategist and has worked within digital business development in international corporations for the last 10 years. He has specialised within the fields of digital strategy, digital process optimization, mobile marketing, digital communications and platforms as well as social media strategy. Harald is Strategic Advisor and Chief Consultant in Oxygen, a company dedicated to intranet & web solutions as well as advising companies and brands about digital strategy to realise their true brand potential in the digital landscape. Specialties:
• Digital Strategy & business strategy • Business Process optimization • Social Media and Digital Media Strategy • Email & mobile marketing (newsletter & sms) • Digital/online communication strategy
Chairperson Marketing Department, Institute of Business Administration
Dr. Huma Amir has a PhD in International Marketing from the prestigious Warwick Business School in UK. She is currently employed at the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi, serving as Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Business and Economic Research (CBER), and as Chairperson of the Marketing Department. Dr. Amir’s areas of interest include International Marketing, Marketing Management, and Consumer Behaviour. As Senior Research Fellow at CBER, she is responsible for helping develop international linkages between IBA and other international business schools and research institutions. As part of her efforts to introduce IBA and to showcase its facilities, Dr. Amir was instrumental in hosting Pakistan’s First International Marketing Conference at IBA, in mid-2012, at which speakers from more than 10 countries participated. The conference is now an established feature and takes place every second year. Prior to joining the academia, Dr. Amir spent more than 15 years working to set up and run an export-based leather garment business supplying to high street retailers, mostly in UK. While writing her PhD thesis she also worked as a Consultant for Pakistan’s largest business policy advocacy group to develop a National Business Agenda (NBA) which is a compilation of what businesses want the government to do in the area of policy reform. Dr. Amir also played a key role in an international project on Food Processing Industry of Pakistan for S-GE (Swiss Global Enterprise, Zurich, Switzerland).
Chief Executive Officer, Adcom
Charged with a passion for advertising, Imran joined Adcom in 1997- an already well known advertising agency in Pakistan, founded by his father S.M. Akhlaq in 1965. Imran has helped to make analysis and strategy one of Adcom’s key strengths, thanks to the analytical thinking abilities he developed as an engineer at MIT and a creative flair nurtured at Harvard’s design school. Not only has Imran been able to maintain Adcom’s historic legacy, he has also made it one of the most dynamic advertising agencies in Pakistan today. He inspires his team of over 200 young professionals in unleashing a brand’s potential through innovative and creative communication strategies. As Adcom celebrates its 50 years, Imran has made sure that Adcom becomes as much an agency of the future as it is about a legendary past.
Imtiaz N. Mohammad
Head of Marketing Kaymu.pk
Imtiaz is Head of Marketing at Kaymu.pk, a leading e commerce community in Pakistan. He also serves the Community Manager for Google Business Groups - (GBG) in Karachi. Prior to Kaymu, he served as the Country Manager Pakstan for Effective Measure, an internet audience measurement and media planning company, which he led for over two years, helping to standardize digital audience measurement in Pakistan. Imtiaz has also headed two technology startups, along with 5 years in the financial services sector. He started his career in advertising.
COO, IAL Saatchi Pakistan
Imtisal Abbasi speaks in tongues, Urdu, English, Punjabi and Sindhi but also that of film, music, business and dosti, deftly handling each to spin a story or two, with the most successful being the agency he came to as an employee and now runs. During this time he has had to throw a punch or two (learnt at boarding school as a child) - both literal and metaphorical so you are best advised to avoid rolling your eyes or saying 'Are you sure about that?'. At the University of Southern California he majored in film but did courses in law to appease his barrister father, graduating sum cum laude. After a passing flirtation with both the Pakistani film and television industries, Imtisal settled into a long cohabitation with the somewhat seductive and temperamental world of advertising. Where he fast gained a reputation for making the impossible happen. Rumour has it he is the best 'closer' in the business. For the last fifteen years IAL Saatchi & Saatchi has been his second home and when he's not at work he can be found on the golf course or with his two teenage sons. Do not expect a sighting at a ball or a party. But don't be surprised to find him on the streets of Soldier Bazaar or Mayfair London. Eating a Nursery ka bun kabab or sushi at Sakura. Imtisal keeps his friends close and is the fierce guardian of a thousand secrets, many his own.
Khalid J. Siddiqi
Strategy and Management Consultant
Khalid Siddiqi is recognized as a professional manager of companies and as a strategy and management consultant. He has held leadership positions for over 15 years serving as head of Gulf Marketing Research (Dubai), Nielsen Pakistan and CNBC Pakistan, and most recently, The Hunar Foundation. Mr. Siddiqi is an ardent believer of the power of education and development of human resource as the core foundation for achieving the full potential of individuals, our society, and our country. He currently consults with corporations in various sectors as well as international development institutions and NGOs on aspects of efficient operations management, communications, human development and social impact. He has consulted on the GOP Vocational Training Reform Support Program which is being administered by GiZ (German Aid Organization) and sponsored by EU, The Royal Dutch Government, and the German Government. As recognition of his commitment and leadership, he was nominated as the Founding Chairperson of the Association Private Training Institutes of Pakistan. Mr. Siddiqi has served on the Board of the Pakistan Broadcasters Association, The Institute of Business Management (CBM), AISEC, the American Business Council, Management Association, Marketing Association, and Market Research Society. He serves on the Advisory Board of Engineering Associates. Mr. Siddiqi’s life and work experience spans across the US, Middle East and Pakistan. He is well traveled, and actively pursues golf, photography and cooking. He has spoken at professional and academic conferences and enjoys coaching and mentoring students and young professionals. As a member of the Greens Committee at the Karachi Golf Club he has taken the opportunity to plant over 600 new trees and continues to look for more spots to keep planting. Mr. Siddiqi has a MBA in Marketing from Xavier University, USA, and lives in Karachi.
Advisor, Millac Foods
Mr. Nanji did his BBA for Central State University Oklahoma and his MBA from the IBA. He has more than 25 years experience of working as a Marketer in both Multinational and renowned local companies like Unilever Pakistan, English Biscuit Tapal and Millac Foods. He migrated for 4 years to the USA and worked for a Wall mart store with a turnover of $ 700 millon as an Assistant Manager. Mr. Nanji has advised a number of companies on Marketing and Sales, has taught at the IBA for 6 semesters, has a following of around 5000 students and friends on Face Book where the focus is on Marketing related issues. He has been a guest speaker at different forums and Universities. The Program Brand Power was conducted by him on TV1 and Stories of Success on Indus TV. Mr. Nanji also has a blog by the name of mahmoodnanji.com.
Mansoor Karim Sheikh
Chief Executive Officer, JWT Pakistan
If someone had told Mansoor 20 years ago that he would be heading Pakistan’s only multinational advertising group in the future, he would have laughed it off. Apart from being the Group CEO for JWT, Contract and Tmedia and currently heading a 160+ staff in 3 offices, Mansoor is also the president of YPO. He has recently been awarded as one of the most influential people in Pakistan Power 100 list. Mansoor is based in Karachi where he lives with his wife and 2 children. Starting off at MNJ as an account executive Mansoor built his career path working on diverse brands in some of the most ‘happening’ agencies in town. He rose to the Account Director level at Asiatic JWT where he was overseeing Rs. 200 million worth of beverage advertising for Unilever. 2001 saw him take a slight detour from advertising to oversee Operations at one of the largest animation houses in the country Post Amazers. Being on the ‘other’ side gave him a perspective that helped when WPP offered him the opportunity to head Contract Advertising in Pakistan and save it from a swim or sink situation. It swam and 2 years later, Mansoor moved to JWT, this time as President. An avid snooker player who has represented the country at a regional level, Mansoor still manages to squeeze in a game or two when time and his two under 10 kids permit.
Mariam Ali Baig has been the editor of Aurora magazine since it was founded in 1998. Published by the Dawn Media Group, Aurora is Pakistan’s leading advertising, marketing and media magazine. Mariam also heads the Business Development & Research Department of the Dawn Media Group in Karachi and in this capacity is also involved in developing corporate and product advertising for the Group’s print portfolio. Mariam started her career in 1975 when she joined MNJ Communications as a copywriter trainee. She later became Creative Manager at the agency. In 1980 she joined South Publications in London as Marketing Manager and later assumed the position of Director Marketing Services & Promotions. Mariam was on the panel of jurists for the 2011 INMA Awards as well as the on panel of jurists for the PAS Awards in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. Mariam holds a BA in History from the University of Aix en Provence, France.
International Marketing Speaker, Trainer & consultant – Denmark
Having presented his knowledge and ideas in nearly 40 countries, Michael Leander has been active in the digital marketing landscape since 1995. With a multichannel direct marketing background, his experience covers all aspects of digital marketing. Michael Leander has consulted an impressive number of global brands across multiple verticals. Today he spends his time sharing his experience through consulting, training and speaking primarily in emerging markets. Michael is a also invited to judge at direct marketing, digital marketing and loyalty marketing award shows around the world, and actively takes part in shaping the future of direct & digital marketing through his engagement in various associations.
Managing Director, Nielsen
Mustafa Moosajee has over 18 years of experience in the field of Market Research, both on the client and agency side. He started his career in 1995 with Procter & Gamble, where he continued till 1998, as a freelance consultant for a year. He then worked as a Marketing Research Manager at Lowe & Partners Pakistan, where he led communication strategy and advertising research projects. In 2000, Mustafa joined the Consumer Insights department at Unilever, and managed the research needs for over 10 categories and 25 brands. He left Unilever as the Department Head in 2008 and moved to the agency side, joining Nielsen Pakistan as the Client Services Director, Retail Measurement Services. In his three years as Director, he was successful in building a winning presence, integrating teams, and leading the team to achieve consistent double-digit growth rates. He is currently the Managing Director at Nielsen Pakistan. Mustafa holds an MBA from the University of Santo Tomas, Manila. He has also taught Marketing Research as visiting faculty member at various business schools in Karachi. Further, he is a member of the Adhoc Council of the Market Research Society of Pakistan (MRSP), who took it upon themselves to revive this much needed professional association.
CEO, Think Tank Advertising
At the age of 17, Nagina Faruque started her career at SASA Advertising in 1986, and since then has headed the creative departments of Asiatic Advertising (now JWT), and later, Orient McCann Advertising where her campaign for Mortein Ordourless (scratch & sniff) gained international recognition for Marketing & Effectiveness. Think Tank was established in 1998. The Agency has gone on to be nominated as finalist by Aurora for producing the Best Nationwide Advertising Campaign, Yeh Hi Hai Sikka Raij ul Waqt, for Habib Bank’s first post privatization campaign for the Visa Debit Card. Think Tank Advertising was also nominated as finalist at PAS for its campaign for UBL Sila Mila. She has served on the Board of Communication Studies at Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Karachi. Nagina currently serves as Executive Member of the Karim Khan Afridi Welfare Fund for Drug Awareness, Islamabad, and is on the committee of the Karachi Grammar School Lifeline Blood Donation Camp
Chief Executive Officer, Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan
Naqi graduated from IBA in 1990 and joined Network Television Marketing as Marketing Manager, where he was responsible for TV Marketing TV Commercial airtime. In 1996, he joined Philips Pakistan as Product Manager where he was responsible for Philips Compact Fluorescent Lamps. In 1998 he joined Procter and Gamble Pakistan as Trade Marketing Manager where he was responsible for launching Male Grooming products In 2001 he was promoted and transferred to Procter and Gamble Middle East & Africa Hub in Dubai as Regional Business Manager and headed their Personal Care Division. In 2006 Naqi was transferred to Regional Head Quarter in Geneva, Switzerland and was responsible for Braun Domestic Appliances – CEEMEA Region. In 2008 Naqi was promoted as Associate Marketing Director for Personal Power Divisions responsible for Duracell Alkaline & rechargeable batteries in Switzerland In 2010 Naqi was transferred to Procter and Gamble South Africa as Associate Marketing Director and for the next 3 years led Beauty and Health & Wellness categories such as Pantene, Olay, Gillette, Vicks and Oral-B. He served in this post till July 2013. In August 2013, he took over as Chief Executive of Reckitt Benckiser Pakistan and is currently in that position.
Country Manager, Millward Brown Pakistan
Noaman Asar is Country Manager for Millward Brown (MB) Pakistan since July 2014. Noaman has over 16 years of experience in the industry, including FMCG, Media, Advertising and Research across Pakistan, the UAE and KSA, having worked in all three countries. Noaman was working at JWT Pakistan as National Planning Director before joining MB. He served JWT for 4 ½ years. Before that, he has also worked at Oasis as Deputy Director from 2007 to 2009. Noaman has vast experience on client side too with Procter and Gamble (1998-2003), Al-Ghurair Foods (2003-2004) and Sunbulah (2004-2007). His career gave him an opportunity to work on brands like Pantene, Ariel, Pampers, Sunbulah, Al-Shifa, Shell and Olpers in 3 different geographies (Pakistan, UAE and KSA). Noaman loves cracking insights. When he is not busy digging insights; he enjoys training youth on topics such as “self-development” and “career guidance”. His other hobbies include reading and travelling.
Managing Director-MENA Region, Millward Brown
Prashant manages the Millward Brown operations for MENA region; is a specialist in brands and communication research. Before moving back to Middle East in Oct’12; he was heading the Thailand office for about 5 years. He is a post graduate in Marketing Management and has over 19 years of market research experience working across sectors including FMCG, Durables, Telecom, Financial Services and Luxury products servicing clients in India, the Middle East, Korea, China and South East Asia markets. Has managed long term partnership with FMCG clients like Unilever, Nestle and non – FMCG clients like Ford Automotive, DeBeers/Diamond Trading Co, Castrol and Samsung. Started his career at IMRB in Mumbai across two stints and with TNS in India & Middle East before moving to Millward Brown in 2006. He has presented research papers at Indian research forums and internal conferences at the IMRB and TNS; has been a regular speaker at client seminars in Thailand and now in Middle East.
Senior Vice President - Consultant Business Strategy, The MARS Agency
Qaisar Shareef concluded a nearly 30-year career with Procter & Gamble in 2011. He joined the company in 1981 in Cincinnati, Ohio and served in several roles within the US and in P&G’s international operations in Marketing and in General Management. Most recently, he headed up the P&G operations in Pakistan; a role in which he served until early 2011, before returning back to the US. He is based in the Washington DC area. He is currently providing consulting services on business strategy projects to various clients. He has also recently joined as adjunct faculty in the MBA program, George Washington University, Department of International Business. In 1991, Qaisar launched the Procter & Gamble subsidiary in Pakistan and served as Country Manager for 5 years, following which he was transferred to Ukraine as the head of P&G start up operations there. Both of these assignments have been significant experiences in starting up new businesses. During the course of these assignments he successfully launched a new distributor network for P&G products as well as assisted global advertising agencies in setting up affiliates in these countries to serve P&G brands’ marketing needs. In 2006 he was once again assigned to head up P&G operations in Pakistan. He has headed up P&G’s business in international markets for over 12 years - in Asia, Middle East and Eastern Europe. The P&G businesses in Pakistan and Ukraine today have a combined sales turnover of well over three-quarters of a billion dollars. During his tenure at P&G Pakistan, the company made significant investments in local manufacturing plants. In 2012 Procter & Gamble Pakistan received the Award for Corporate Excellence from Department of State in Washington DC, recognizing the company’s contributions in corporate social and environmental responsibility, and it’s excellence in community engagement. During his tenure in Ukraine P&G acquired a major manufacturing plant which was successfully integrated into the P&G operations led by Qaisar. During his assignment in Pakistan he was twice elected to the Management Committee of the Overseas Chamber of Commerce in Karachi. He served as chair of the the taxation and CSR subcommittees of this chamber. He was also twice elected to the Executive Committee of the American Business Council in Pakistan. Over the course of his P&G career, Qaisar has worked in Marketing, Market Research, on Sales teams and in General Management with full P/L responsibilities. He has worked in North America, Asia and Eastern Europe; in developed and developing markets. During his time at P&G Pakistan, Qaisar worked closely with several non profit organizations engaged in providing education to the under privileged and in disaster relief. He continues to serve on the boards of some of these organizations. He is presently serving on the board of HOPE USA, and Executive Committee of US Pakistan Foundation. He is also on the Board of OPEN DC, organization of Pakistani entrepreneurs. He was recently elected as President, Montgomery County Muslim Council, in the Greater DC area. Qaisar is originally from Pakistan and first moved to Cincinnati in 1977. He has a bachelor of science degree in management from the Middle East Technical University, Ankara, Turkey, and an MBA from the University of Cincinnati, in Ohio.
Country Marketing Director Lafarge Pakistan
Rizwan brings his passion for brands to his current role at Lafarge Pakistan. Lafarge is a Paris based MNC, a global leader in providing innovative construction solutions. Heading Marketing, Business Strategy & Innovation, Rizwan has taken on the challenge of creating a brand and bringing innovation to an otherwise commodity industry. 22 years with Unilever, Rizwan Jamil has gathered a rich experience of Marketing, Sales and Business Management across a large number of categories. He was instrumental in turning around power brands like Surf and Lipton and is responsible for creating much remembered advertising campaigns for these brands and others. He led the team that pioneered “Lux Style Awards” in Pakistan. A past Chairman of Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), it was under Rizwan’s leadership that the concept of People’s Meter came to life in the country. Lafarge Pakistan
Chief Executive Officer, Oasis Insights
A senior market research resource with considerable experience in all types of Qualitative and quantitative techniques and strategic inputs. All in all a 23 years of research experience both on client and service side, with abilities of handling full research projects from Proposal writing to report documentation and presentation. With a capability of taking research from mere data presentation to actual boardroom with actionable strategies. Team management and Team building has been a key asset which has resulted in having senior management leadership roles since last 13 years.
Managing Director, Jang Group
Sarmad Ali is the Managing Director Marketing & Advertising Sales of the Jang Group, Pakistan’s largest media conglomerate. He is responsible for marketing and advertising sales of all print, electronic and online brands of the group. This includes eight of the country’s leading print titles including Daily Jang &The News. Sarmad has over twenty years-experience in marketing, advertising & media management. He has been associated with the Jang Group since 1994 when he joined the group as Executive Director of The News. Under his stewardship In 1997 he took over as the Group’s Executive Director Marketing. In 2006 he was promoted as Managing Director of Group’s Marketing and Advertising Sales function. This portfolio represents 33% of Pakistan’s AdspendPrior to joining the Jang Group, Sarmad had been associated with some of country’s leading advertising agencies including IAL/Saatchi, where he worked as Director Client Services from 1987 - 93. Described as of one of Pakistan’s marketing thought leaders, Sarmad has been thrice the President of Marketing Association of Pakistan. In 1999, he was awarded the Marketing Excellence Award for his contribution in the field of marketing. He has also received the Asian Brand Leadership Award. He is presently President of the International Advertising Association’s Pakistan Chapter. He has previously served as Council member of the Management Association of Pakistan and has also been on the Executive Council of Market Research Society of Pakistan. He represents the Jang Group in the All Pakistan Newspapers Society and is the Chairman of its Advertising & Accreditation Committee. He has also served as member of the Prime Minister’s Task Force on Privatisation& Investment in 2003 and the Sindh IT Board from 2001-03. Sarmad has also been on the Board of Governors of the Worldwide Fund for Nature-Pakistan (WWF-P). He has a master’s degree from Villanova University, Pa, USA.
Ad Film Director and Advertising Consultant, Option A
Semyne Khan has been in the field of advertising for over 20 years. She has not only held senior positions of Executive Creative Director and National Creative Director at JWT, but has founded an independent creative consultancy and production house by the name of Option A. Semyne’s experience encompasses all aspects of creativity and creative expression whether it is in traditional or new media. She has expertise in telling brand stories through design, animation, photography, and film. Her forte is bringing together diverse groups of talented people in order to produce a superior piece of creative work. Semyne’s portfolio of work includes original campaigns for Lux, Sunsilk, Engro Foods, HBL, English Biscuits, Knorr Noodles, Ponds, Bata, Suzuki, Warid , Lipton and Brooke Bond Supreme, amongst numerous other brands. Semyne won a PAS Award in 2011 and has the distinction of being the only independent creative consultant to have done so.
Founder & CEO, S&S Communications
Sheji Kazmi : Carries loads of experience of heading Creative Teams for leading Ad Agencies, with a rich background of working with national and multi-national clients which include: COCACOLA, ENGRO, Mc DONNALD DOUGLAS, PAN AM, US AIDS, PEPSICO, UNILEVER PAKISTAN, NUTRASWEET COMPANY, SANDOZ PAKISTAN, SEARLE PAKISTAN, JOHNSON AND PHILLIPS, JOHNSON AND JOHNSON, WOODWARDS, NICHOLAS and few overseas clients. Actively participated in the field of SOCIAL PUBLIC WELFARE SECTOR as a team member for US Aid Programs for Child Health and Population Control. Conducted Focus Groups and Field Research related to Child Health. Developed Documentaries and ‘Infomercials’ apart from POS Material in various regional languages. Designed the first Pakistani Brand for Contraceptives, “SATHI’. Also have the honor of designing the second Pakistani Brand, ‘HAMDAM’. Produced the first ever TVC on the subject for Pakistan, with the adaptation in all regional languages. An instrumental team member to fabricate Advertising Strategies for creating consciousness related to public issues and at times helped different clients to develop their Marketing Strategies. Also developed CORPORATE IDENTITY SYSTEM for TCS and MASTER GROUP OF INDUSTRIES. Trained a number of art students, young executives from advertising world in visuals, production copy and client service. A visiting lecturer for many institutes.
CEO, GroupM Pakistan
Sohail spent 18 years with Unilever after joining them in 1985. Over the years the assignments include marketing of Tea, Edible fats, Detergents, etc. A sales and a media job and a secondment to UK at the corporate head office. He Joined Mindshare in 2003, and is currently the CEO of Groupm Pakistan, which consists of Mindshare, Maxus, Media Edge and GroupM ESP.
Tauqeer A. Muhajir
Chief Executive Officer, Millennium Media
Tauqeer A. Muhajir has been associated with the media business for over twenty five years. He has been associated with prestigious publications like Khaleej Times, Gulf News, and Dawn in Senior Management positions. His last employment position in 1993 was General Manager, Dawn Group of Publications when he founded Financial Post and later on the Holding Company Millennium Media. Besides representing Khaleej Times in Pakistan, he is publisher of three magazines Money, Fashion Collection, and the South Asian Arts magazine Nigaah. Tauqeer has hosted several international and national events in recent years including the South Asia Media Summit in Feb2013. He has attended an Executive Program in Business Administration at Columbia University, USA and has been a guest speaker at several Universities, MAP and other forums on Media. He has also been on the jury of the first PAS awards. Tauqeer has a serious interest in Arts and has co-authored a book “The Big Picture decades of Painting in Pakistan”.
General Manager, Geometry Global Middle East & North Africa
Vaquas is in the communication industry for the last 20 years. He spent his first 13 years of professional life in Pakistan working with industry giants like Orient McCann and Interflow Communications. He then helped launched Ogilvy & Mather in Pakistan as the core member of the management team back in 2006. Vaquas moved to Dubai in 2008 and is working with Memac Ogilvy group since then. He was amongst the leadership team that launched OgilvyAction, the very first activation company in Dubai. He led on a number of international client portfolios including BAT, Unilever, GSK and Castrol, Qualcomm, ENOC, Infiniti during the course of time. As a General Manager, Vaquas is now leading Geometry Global, a WPP company across Middle East and North Africa. Geometry Global is a transformative agency, inspiring people to buy well through behavioral change. He brings with him a strong entrepreneurial spirit and always manages to find ways to get his team to be inspired and give more of their best. Geometry Global now has footprint in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Lebanon, Egypt, Tunis and Algeria. In addition to his responsibilities for the Geometry Global growth and creative excellence, he also heads Ogilvy Noor in the region. Ogilvy Noor is a bespoke Islamic branding and consultancy company, offering clients who are specifically looking to understand the culturally diversified Muslim consumers around the world. Vaquas’s expertise lies in strategic planning, channel planning, ROI, shopper, social and digital.
Consultant Marketing, Brand development, Communications, STRIDE
Extensive global experience in Marketing, Management, Brand building and Communications in numerous capacities including CMO (VP Marketing & Sales), Agency Managing Director, Worldwide Account Director, VP International, Regional SVP, and Marketing Consultant. Have managed global brands and businesses across a range of categories (FMCG, Technology, Durables, Service and Financial) for clients such as Philips, Unilever, ING, Commodore, Colgate and Toshiba. Waheed has set up global multi-cultural and multi-discipline teams to build brands, strengthen agency networks, turn-around troubled businesses, and convert sour relationships into partnerships. He also led re-structuring and centralization of several global brands, developed centralized marketing, brand and communication strategies, helped rooting core business activities into a single focused vision, managed the transition, established global centres of excellence and global leadership teams for brands like Philips, ING, Colgate, TNT Express Worldwide, Unilever, Bacardi Europe, etc. Have been based in Germany, Dubai, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore and The Netherlands with O&M, JWT, Y&R, DDB and Commodore
Chief Innovation Officer, Leo Burnett Group Of Companies MENA & Publicis Middle East
Tuqan is one of the MENA region’s most experienced and respected digital marketing experts, with a diverse agency career in the UAE that spans over 18 years. Throughout this time Yousef has led the digital strategy and delivery of some of the Middle East’s most iconic brands. As the Chief Innovation Officer of Leo Burnett Group Of Companies MENA & Publicis Middle East, Yousef is working to create an environment of experimentation within the Group, encouraging its creative teams to combine the Leo Burnett HumanKind philosophy with innovations and breakthrough technologies. Yousef joined Leo Burnett in 2014 following an 8 year tenure at Flip Media – the region’s largest digital agency - where he had served as CEO since 2007 and worked with Leo Burnett across the Group’s network since Flip Media’s acquisition by Leo Burnett in 2012. Yousef is the most outspoken and visible evangelist for the role of digital marketing in the region. He is a regular university lecturer & keynote speaker, and is a frequent contributor to regional and international publications and events. Yousef is a Board Member of the International Advertising Association's UAE Chapter and a member of the international branding think-thank, Medinge. He is also a Goodwill Ambassador for the charity Gulf For Good, an avid marathon runner and an aspiring chef.
Zohra has extensive experience in media – 28 years in advertising and 5 years in journalism. She worked as a copywriter and creative manager at MNJ Communications between 1971 and 1981 after which she joined journalism as an editor with Pakistan’s major newspaper publishing group. She also worked on readership research, marketing and promotion for the same group. As Creative Director at Spectrum Y&R, Zohra’s responsibilities include the steering of campaign development involving review of communication brief, providing strategic direction to the campaign and monitoring creative development at different stages. She is also responsible for appointing and training personnel for the creative department.
Aleem is a figure well known and respected in the marketing and corporate sector of Pakistan and is among distinguished personalities in the advertising world. He is an entrepreneur, who strongly believes in paying back to the society and participates in social development programs.
Senior Director Cross Border Business at Visa Worldwide PTE Limited, Singapore
Amer is a senior marketing and general management executive with over 25 years of experience in the payments and FMCG industry. He is currently based in Singapore with Visa Inc and is responsible for providing support to grow the cross border business for the South East Asia and Australasia markets. This includes working with banks in the markets to grow their cross border business by analyzing, identifying and jointly implementing incremental business opportunities for both the banks and Visa.
Experienced Marketing Specialist
General Manager & Head of Emergency Medical Services at Aman Foundation, Pakistan
Prior to this assignment he has worked in Unilever Pakistan for over 19 years as marketing head for Personal Wash, Beverages and Laundry categories. Post Unilever, Athar worked for, Novartis Consumer Business, Wateen Telecom, launching the business as Head of marketing and GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan as Country Manager-OTC/Consumer. Put together Athar has been marketing responsible for some of the most vibrant FMCG brands in Pakistan like Dove, Lux, Rexona, Lifebuoy, Liril, Breeze, Yellow label Tea, Yellow label Teabags, Capri, CaC1000, Macleans, Aqua Fresh, Horlicks, and Wateen broadband and voice products. He has been over 30 years in the marketing and communications arena in Pakistan.
Producer/ Director, Diagram Motion Pictures
Babar graduated from the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture in Karachi Pakistan. Initially exploring the design and advertising industry he decided to pursue his passion for photography and motion picture. Starting with music videos for top Asian artists, he introduced an unexplored flavor in the form of an inventive visual canvas to the Pakistani audiences. This became his trademark style over the years. Creating Diagram Motion Pictures in the year 2001, Babar engaged Diagram Internationally, mainly in the European market catering to experimental short films and musical animated shorts. Gearing up for his first feature length film Babar currently works on TV commercials producing and directing a number of celebrated and memorable works both with Diagram Motion Pictures and other production partners for various local and International brands.
Chief Executive Officer JWT Bangkok Chief Executive Officer SEA
Bob started his advertising career with Benton & Bowles/DMB&B in Amsterdam in 1987 where he worked on clients such as Toyota, Texaco, Royal Dutch Telecom and Procter & Gamble. In 1992 he moved to Philips Consumers Electronics where he was responsible for global advertising and music marketing projects. After two years he decided to return to the agency world as general manager of DMB&B’s direct marketing and promotion unit. He joined a small creative agency (DSDS) in Amsterdam as managing partner and became Managing Director when DSDS was bought by Ogilvy & Mather in 1998. In 2001 Bob moved to Asia to become Group Managing Director of O&M in the Philippines. After four years he moved to Jakarta as CEO of the Ogilvy Group, the largest agency in Indonesia. Under his leadership the agency grew significantly and won the ‘Agency of the Year’ Award for two consecutive years. In August 2007 he joined JWT Bangkok where he oversees the JWT Group including JWT Advertising, JWT Connect (Digital), VERVE (PR) and Degree (Design). In January 2013 Bob was promoted to CEO South East Asia.
Dr. Ehsan Ul Haque
Professor of Marketing at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS
Sr. Fellow – Marketing Institute of Business Management (IoBM)
GM Marketing at ZIL Ltd
Farahnaz has spent the major part of her career in Advertising. Starting off in 1991 as a copywriter at what was then R Lintas, shespearheaded campaigns for several leading brands during stints at Blazon, Spectrum and JWT. She capped off her advertising career as Executive Creative Director at JWT before moving to the other side of the table as GM Marketing at ZIL Limited. Farahnazcurrently oversees the soap portfolio and new business development at ZIL and tries not to be the client from hell when dealing with her advertising agency.
Foods Director – UPL CEO & Managing Director UPFL
Joined Unilever in 1989, right after graduation. For next 12 years, till 2001, worked on several HPC categories like Hair, Personal wash, Laundry and Skin care right up to marketing director level. Moved to Bangkok In 2002 as Brand Development Director for Omo Asia, wheresheI led several innovations and development of Dirt is Good brand key vision for Asia. Returned briefly, in 2004, to Unilever Pakistan on Personal Wash category but went back to Bangkok in 2005 to head up Household care for Asia. Came back to Pakistan in 2006 as Marketing Director Foods - Savoury, Spreads, Desserts and Drinks categories. In 2009 took over entire foods ie Food retail beverages and IC marketing and sales (45% of Unilever Pakistan business) plus CMI. In 2013, activation was also been added to the responsibilities. On the lighter side of life, she enjoys travelling and exploring the world, connecting with people, music, movies, reading and spending time at home with family…favourite cuisines are Italian and Japanese, besides being a die-hard fan of Pakistani food.
General Manager at Global Food Industries - Sharjah
Fuad is based in UAE for the last two year and in his current role he is leading a Snacking business for the Albatha Group. Prior to moving to UAE, Fuad held the position of VP Marketing in Engro Foods. Fuad completed his MBA from Krannert Graduate School of Management in Purdue University, USA and started his career with Unilever Pakistan. He spent over 11 year with Unilever in various roles within Marketing and Sales. From Unilever he moved to Danone (Biscuits Division), one of Europe largest food companies, working for them in Karachi, Paris, Athens, Cairo and Dubai. During his time at Danone, the Biscuits division was sold to Kraft Foods, USA and he was thus a Kraft employee before joining Engro Foods. Fuad has a passion for brands and has worked on a wide range of categories in his career. He understand the nuances of marketing and believes that consumer insights and innovation are two critical pillars in realizing business success. He has managed global brands such as LUX and Oreo and knows that consistent and insightful communication are essential to create mega brands.
Irfan Wahab Khan
Chief Marketing Officer, Telenor Pakistan
IrfanWahab Khan is the Chief Marketing Officer of Telenor Pakistan. He has over 20 years of experience in Mobile Telecommunication in a variety of leadership roles working is USA, UK, Pakistan and Asia Pacific. He is associated with Telenor since 2004. He was previously the Head of Asia Distribution. He has also worked with Cable & Wireless UK, Orange, T-Mobile US and has a consulting background from Telcordia Technologies (Bell) and Ericson. Irfan Khan holds a Master of Science degree in Mobile communication from University of Westminster UK, an advance management program from INSEAD and Financial Management from Harvard Business School.
Jury Chairman | PAS
A prominent Writer, Advertising Guru, Intellectual, and former Information Minister, Javed Jabbar has diverse interests which include extensive association with virtually all aspects of media and also cover environment, voluntary development work, public policy and international affairs.
Senior Corporate Executive- FMCG at Engro Foods Limited.
Muhammed Amin is the Senior Corporate Executive- FMCG at Engro Foods Limited. Prior to this appointment, he was the CEO of Mondelez Pakistan Limited (Formerly Kraft Foods Pakistan Limited). He has a professional work experience of over 25 years at various management levels in Finance, Strategy,Marketing and Sales disciplines. Prior to joining Mondelez, he was associated with Gillette for eleven years in Pakistan and overseas and Bristol-Myers Squibb for seven years. He last served Gillette as Regional Business Director, Middle East & Africa. He is member of the Board of Directors of Engro Foods Limited and the Executive Committee of the Lasbela Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Previously, he has served on the Executive Committee of the American Business Council of Pakistan.
Managing Director at Nielsen
Naheed Z. Yahya
Associate Professor Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture Graphic Designer, Illustrator, Artist
Qualifications of Art and Design from Academy of Arts College, San Francisco, and National College of Arts, Lahore, Naheed's career spans over 25 years of experience as an academician, designer, exhibiting artist and graphic consultant. She has also been associated with the Pakistan advertising and media industry with her stints in advertising agencies like SASA, Asiatic and DJ Keymer. She has worked with ‘SHE’ Magazine as an Art Editor and has also illustrated children's books for Oxford University Press. Naheed has worked as a Graphic Designer in a newspaper publication in the US, has taught at a private school and has also been a member artist at a co-op gallery in California where she exhibited as well as taught art to children. Naheed has been associated with the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture since its inception. She currently teaches and is also engaged in freelance art and design projects for many commercial and non-commercial entities. She has been honoured with many prestigious awards that include Presidential Merit Award Scholarships, NCA, Lahore, 2nd Award Original Design at Industrial Graphic Show, California, USA, 1st prize Spot Illustration, California, USA, Runner up at the Noma Concours for Children's Picture Book Illustration, Tokyo, Japan. Most recent Award being one of the recipients of Habibian Women's Par Excellence Award in celebration of 50 years of Habib Girls School this year.
Chief Executive Officer | Brand Hotline
Omar Abedin is the CEO and Lead Consultant at Brand Hotline Inc., a Dubai-based consulting and training firm specializing in Brand Equity & Communication, working with clients in the Middle East, Pakistan, and North America. He brings over 20 years of global marketing expertise to his work with multi-national and local brands.
Rizwan brings his passion for brands to his current role at Lafarge Pakistan. Lafarge is a Paris based MNC, a global leader in providing innovative construction solutions. Heading Marketing, Business Strategy & Innovation, Rizwan has taken on the challenge of creating a brand and bringing innovation to an otherwise commodity industry. 22 years with Unilever, RizwanJamil has gathered a rich experience of Marketing, Sales and Business Management across a large number of categories. He was instrumental in turning around power brands like Surf and Lipton and is responsible for creating much remembered advertising campaigns for these brands and others. He led the team that pioneered “Lux Style Awards” in Pakistan. A past Chairman of Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), it was under Rizwan’s leadership that the concept of People’s Meter came to life in the country. Lafarge Pakistan
Chief Executive Officer at Oasis Insights
Digital Strategists, Consultant and Program Manager, Masters Program, Media Sciences, SZABIST
Salman Abedin is an advertising and marketing communications professional with over 17 years of experience in industry and academia. He has worked for Contract Advertising Executive Director Planning, Starcrest as Director Strategic Planning and Br&W as Director Creative Strategy. Salman has taught Marketing and Advertising courses at SZABIST and Hamdard University. He is currently Associate Professor in the Media Science Department at SZABIST and teaches Advertising Strategy and State and Nation Building Courses. His research interests are in product design and in educational uses of technology. Salman has an MBA from IBA, Karachi and is currently pursuing an MS in Media Studies from SZABIST.
Ad Film Director and Advertising Consultant Option A
Group Managing Director, Jang Group of Publications
CEO, West Asia
30 years of diversified and multi-functional experience of General Management, Brand and Sales Management in leading multinational corporations, with proven track record of delivering results and team development. Prior to his current job he has worked at Dabur International Ltd., Unilever Pakistan, and Rafhan Foods
CEO of Groupm Pakistan
CEO, Sting Communications, India
Sensational, motivational, intellectual, experimental, practical & above all, highly experienced and innovative is all of that and more! His interest in performing arts, especially theatre, and also radio journalism and broadcasting led naturally to an interest in advertising, and in 1978 Sunil joined Hindustan Thompson (a subsidiary of J. Walter Thompson Company), India’s premier Advertising Company, in Delhi. His 28 years in advertising in top executive positions, and heading India’s one of the largest communication company Hindustan Thompson, have resulted in a wide range of experience across diverse brands, consumers and markets, and he has been witness to, and a part of the sweeping changes that have overtaken India in the last decade. His successful journey through the corporate world is an inspirational story of progress & dynamism. He started his own consultancy Company, Sting Communications and also represents APRAIS Worldwide as Regional Director in South West Asia, specializing in evaluation of client-agency relationships. He has anchored serialized TV programs on Marketing and Advertising; lectured in Management Institutes across India and has been key note speaker at forums like IAA, etc and continues to be actively involved in theatre.
Syed Jawaid Iqbal
President and CEO, CMC Pvt. (Ltd)
Advertising and PR Involved in Corporate Promotion, Issue Management, Crisis Containment, Political Risk Analysis, Government / Parliamentary Relations, Business & Financial PR, Media Representation, Public Opinion Campaigns, Communications Strategy Development, Media Strategy Development, Corporate Identity Development, Corporate Counselling, Seminars and Conferences at national and international level, Public Service Campaigns, Press Service and Media Contacts, Speech Writing and Lobbying for a number of prestigious clients. Publishing Editor and Founder of numerous magazines and publications, including: SOUTHASIA, ENTERPRISE and SLOGAN, which highlights trends and developments in Public Relations, Advertising, Marketing, Internet, Print & Electronic Media and Market Research. TV and Radio Hosted and moderated a number of programs on radio and television on business, current affairs and social issues. Has interviewed a number of prominent political, social and business personalities for radio and television. These include General Pervez Musharraf, Benazir Bhutto (former Prime Minister of Pakistan) Farooq Leghari (former President Pakistan) General Mohammad Ershad (former President of Bangladesh) and Nawaz Sharif (Prime Minister of Pakistan.)
ADVISOR MARKETING, BRAND DEVELOPMENT& COMMUNICATIONS
Waheed has extensive global experience in Marketing, Management, Brand Development and Communications in numerous capacities including CMO, Managing Director, Worldwide Account Director, VP International, Regional SVP, and Marketing Consultant. Waheed has managed global brands and businesses across a wide range of categories (FMCG, Technology, Durables, Service and Financial) for clients such as Philips, Unilever, ING, Commodore, Colgate, Emirates, Toshiba, Kellogg’s and Nestle. He has set up global multi-cultural and multi-discipline teams, built &strengthened agency networks, turned around troubled businesses, and converted sour relationships into partnerships.
Waheed has been based in Germany, Dubai, Pakistan, Indonesia, Singapore and The Netherlands
with O&M, JWT, Y&R, DDB and Commodore.
Yousaf Baig Mirza
Group CEO of Express Media Group
Mr. Yousaf Baig Mirza is one of the leading professionals in the field of media management having held top positions in the public as well as in the private sector locally as well as internationally. Several channels in public and private sectors have been launched by Mr. Mirza including PTV-World, Geo Entertainment, Geo Super, PTV-News, Dunya TV and most recently PTV-Sports. Mr. Mirza is the only person who was appointed as MD PTV 3 times in the history of PTV. He has spent the longest period in PTV which is more than eight years. Presently he is holding the position of Group CEO of Express Media Group, managing all Print & Electronic Media of Express Group. Mr. Mirza is the only Media Professional who has worked in the International DTH Market operated from London. Mr. Mirza is a Commerce Graduate from University of Punjab, a Chartered Accountancy Finalist and did his Master in Business Administration from London. • Special Achievement: Mr. Mirza has also been honoured with the prestigious “Media Man of the Decade Award” by the Advertising Association of Pakistan in the year 2000.
Research - Insights & Strategic Marketing Professional
Zahid has 20 years experience of managing Market Research & Consumer Insights, Innovation and Strategic Marketing for local and multi-national companies. He began his career with a Market Research Company in Lahore in 1992 and later on went to work in South Africa, UAE and the UK working in regional and global roles. He is currently working with Millward Brown (a WPP research company) who just opened up offices in Karachi and offers state of the Art Advertising Testing, Brand Equity Measurement tools among other services.
Director & Chief Executive Xenith PR (Pvt.) Ltd.
A Corporate Image professional, Public Relations specialist with over thirty-seven years of high profile and successful career in large multinationals and reputable organizations; extensively exposed to Television, Radio and the literary circles; established writer, poet and a free lance journalist. In 1999, established Xenith PR in affiliation with Fleishman Hillard of USA. Established PR department in ICI Pakistan and was the first female to be appointed in the management cadre Established Guest Relations Departments in Karachi, Lahore and Rawalpindi at Hotel Inter-continental and devised a comprehensive program, that was adopted by the entire Middle Eastern Division. Managed three departments - Personnel, Coordination & Corporate Promotion at Digital Communications (Pvt.) Ltd., while also serving as General Manager, Digital Radio Paging.
Managing Director Resource Edge
Senior Business Leader, Cross Border Business, South East Asia & Australiasia
Anwar H. Rammal
Chairman, Asiatic Public Relations
Director Administration and Programmes for the National Academy of the Performing Arts
Asad Ur Rehman
Global Media Innovation Leader Foods Busniess, Unilever
Dr Prof. Ehsan Ul Haque
Associate Professor of Marketing at the Suleman Dawood School of Business, LUMS
Head Department of Visual Studies University of Karachi
Sr. Fellow - Marketing Institute of Business Management
Managing Director for SCJ's West Africa Cluster
Regional Director Digital Development
President Pakistan Software Houses Association for IT & ITES
Founder The Joined-Up Company
Mr.Nanji did his BBA for Central State University Oklahoma and his MBA from the IBA.
International Marketing Speaker Trainer & Consultant - Denmark
Chairman and CEO opf Naseeb Networks
Mr. Amir Paracha
Marketing Director - HPC Unilever Pakistan
CEO Brand Hotline
CEO - TNS Aftab
Commercial Director Lafarge
Chief Commercial Officer Ufone PTML
Managing Director at Jang Group of Companies
Group Managing Director Jang Group of Companies
President at Hum Tv
CEO Sting Communications India
Syed Ali Akbar
Country Marketing Director Coca-Cola Export Corporation
Creative Director, Creative Unit
CEO, Millenium Media
Group Head Marketing Public Affairs & ADCs Burj Bank
Assistant Professor Chairperson Department of Marketing
Chief Executive Officer The Aman Foundation Pakistan
Country Manager Visa International (Asia Pacific) LLC.
Global Media Innovation Leader Foods Business, Unilever
Associate Professor SZABIST
Managing Director The Nielsen Company
CEO Eyecue Production Design
Sheeraz Y. Wania
Yasmeen Ahmad Zaim
Director Market Research Link
Ali Ahmed Khan
Associate Professor of Marketing at the Suleman Dawood School of Business LUMS
C.O.O IAL Satchi & Satchi
Managing Director Yumi Restaurant International
CEO / Creative Director, Think Tank Advertising
President and CEO of Dawood Islamic Bank
C.E.O Option A
Head of Programming & Advisor to Chairman (SAAMA TV)
C.E.O Vision Consulting