In his extensive and dynamic career, Mr. Rahat Aziz has amassed a wealth of expertise in corporate law, governance, and conducting trainings. Currently, he is a Founding Partner of SA Associates Corporate Consultants and Trainers, a renowned corporate law firm based in Karachi. He is also serving as the Assistant Professor and Director of the ORIC Project at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi since December 2020, thereby demonstrating unwavering dedication to education, academic development and legal practice. His training experience includes significant contributions to renowned forums like the "Employees Federation of Pakistan" and "Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan," where he conducts sessions on corporate laws, governance, and decision-making.
Regarded as a sought-after trainer, he has organized exclusive training programs for various corporate sector companies, including Fauji Fertilizer, Buyer (Pakistan) Limited, Shell (Pakistan) Limited, and Sindh Bank Limited. His expertise extends to delivering insightful knowledge to governmental authorities like the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan, Pakistan Navy, and State Bank of Pakistan, focusing on topics like contract management and legal aspects.
In the international arena, he conducted a two-week training on "International Petroleum Laws" for the Ministry of Oil & Minerals, Republic of Yemen, held at SWISS - Grand Hotel, KL, Malaysia. As a seasoned corporate lawyer, he provides consultancy services to esteemed clients, counting GSK (Glaxo Smithkline Pakistan Limited), PNSC (Pakistan National Shipping Corporation), and Dawood Group among them.
Throughout his career, he has actively engaged in teaching as a visiting/adjunct faculty at renowned institutions such as ICAP, IBA, ICMA, IoBM, NIBAF, KSBL, and DOW University of Health Sciences. His dedication to education and legal practice has garnered accolades, and he serves as an Independent Director on the board of EFG Hermes Pakistan Limited, a multinational brokerage house listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange.
Driven by a passion for continuous learning and an unwavering commitment to contribute to the fields of corporate law, governance, and education, he remains focused on making a lasting impact and driving progress within his areas of expertise.
Mr. Shaikh is an accomplished professional with dual credentials as Fellow Chartered Accountant and Chartered Certified Accountant, achieving a historic milestone by earning five Gold Medals in an ICAP examination. He is also alumnus of NUS, Singapore, having attended its International Leadership Development Program. In his passion to contribute to public interest, he served eight years as elected Council member of ICAP, culminating in the role of the Youngest President of ICAP in 2019-20. Mr. Shaikh has made significant contributions to the accountancy profession regionally and globally, serving as a Board member of SAFA and as a member of the PAIB Committee of International Federation of Accountants (IFAC). Currently, he represents Pakistan as Technical Advisor on the global Board of IFAC.
In his corporate career, Mr. Shaikh has been a transformation leader, known for setting clear goals, empowering teams, and consistently delivering exceptional results. He currently holds positions as an Independent Director and Chairman of the Audit Committee at Alfalah GHP Investment Management Limited and Dow University of Health Sciences. His past roles include serving as the Chief Financial Officer at Pakistan International Airlines, Director Finance & Business Administration, Head of Supply Chain, and Chief Internal Auditor at K-Electric Limited. He has also headed treasury and MIS functions at the Shell Group and worked in Assurance and Business Advisory section of A. F. Ferguson & Co.
Mr. Shaikh's passion for human capital development is evident in his years of teaching Strategic Financial Management courses to CA & ACCA professionals, with an alumni network of over 2,000 CAs worldwide. He is a frequent speaker at conferences and seminars, both in Pakistan and abroad, representing IFAC. Mr. Shaikh is also a regular speaker at the ICAP Directors Training Program.
Ms. Nausheen Ahmad currently holds the positions of Company Secretary and General Counsel at Habib Bank Ltd. She began her legal career at Surridge and Beecheno after being called to the Bar from Grays Inn London in 1983.
Ms. Ahmad holds an LLM from the University of London, LLB from Kings College London, and a degree in philosophy of religion (AKC) from Kings College London. She is a registered Advocate of the Sindh High Court, Pakistan. Throughout her career, she has worked as in-house legal counsel for companies like ICI Pakistan Ltd, Unilever Pakistan Ltd, and Pakistan Petroleum Ltd, and she served as Head Legal and Company Secretary at ICI Pakistan for a decade.
Currently, Ms. Ahmad is a director of First Women's Bank Ltd. and serves on the Advisory Board of the Lyceum School. She has been a Non-Executive Director of the Central Depository Company and has contributed to the task force on Corporate Governance of the Karachi Stock Exchange and the Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Actively representing HBL, she is involved with the legal and regulatory committees of the Pakistan Bank Association and the Pakistan Business Council. In 2006, she was accredited as a Mediator and Master Trainer by the Centre for Effective Dispute Resolution, UK. She regularly conducts Mediation training and is qualified to train in corporate governance and dispute resolution. Recently, she attended a course on Board Governance and Leadership offered by the Institute of Directors, UK.
Abdul Hameed Shaikh
Mr. Abdul Hameed Shaikh is a renowned Civil Servant and Tax Expert. He is passionate about teaching from his childhood and takes pride in developing innovative and novel methods of pedagogy. He is an Engineer from the University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi (NED) and served as Assistant Engineer, in Pakistan Steel Mills Corporation (PASMIC), Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC), Rural Development Department (RDD) and Sindh Local Government (SLG). Later on, he qualified for Provincial Civil Services (PCS) examination and served as Section Officer in Sindh Secretariat, Government of Sindh. He did his Masters in Economics, with Bachelors in Law & Legislation (LLB). Subsequently, as a qualified Civil Servant (CSS), he joined the Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) and has served for two decades at various positions i.e. Chief of Sales Tax/Income Tax Policy (Direct and Indirect Taxes), at FBR HQ, Islamabad, Commissioner Audit & Legal. He is currently serving as Commissioner Appeals-I, Karachi, being the most prestigious legal assignment at FBR. Simultaneously, Mr. Hameed enjoys conducting capacity building sessions and imparting training to the Senior Civil Servants, at National Institute of Management (NIM), Inland Revenue Service Academy (IRS) and Pakistan Customs Service (PCS) Academy. He is also visiting Faculty at Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAP), Institute of Cost & Management Accountancy (ICMA), Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He is a well-known expert having a vast and rich experience spanning over 23 years in audit, assessment of tax techniques and adjudication of direct and indirect tax appeals. He is a ready reckoner of tax matters.
Mohammad Sohaib Saleem
Mr. Sohaib is an accomplished Assistant Professor and Director of the ORIC Project at the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi, contributing since December 2020. Prior to this, he has served as an Assistant Professor at the same institution from May 2015 to November 2020, demonstrating his dedication to education and academia.
Mr. Sohaib’s legal expertise is highlighted through roles as an In-house Legal Counsel at Pakistan State Oil (PSO) Ltd. from April 2010 to May 2015 and Sole Legal Adviser at KalSoft Ltd. from May 2008 to March 2010. Additionally, he has taught Business Law at the College of Management Sciences from January 2008 to December 2010 and served as a Lecturer in the Department of Law at SZABIST from January 2007 to May 2015.
During his career, he has also held the position of Deputy Legal Adviser/Deputy General Manager at Karachi Electric Supply Company from January 2007 to May 2008 and significantly contributed to managing international business of polyester at Tradeline International from January 2003 to December 2006.
His strong educational background includes an LLM from the prestigious University of California, Berkeley, School of Law (Boalt Hall) in 2014 and an LLB through the University of London's International Program in 2007.
He is an esteemed member of various boards and affiliations, including the Board of Advisors at ICCBS (KU), Wadhwani Foundation, NED ORIC, and SECP Fintech Regulation Pak.
With multifaceted experiences and a commitment to excellence, I continue to drive innovation and progress in my fields of expertise, making valuable contributions to the academic and legal spheres.
Muhammad Noman Akhter
Mr. Akhter is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP). His professional journey spans diverse roles in both public and private sectors. Currently, he is serving as an Independent Director on the board of Arif Habib Dolman REIT Management Limited and hold key positions in Proton Technologies (pvt.) Limited, Tech Menders (pvt.) Limited, and real estate projects. As a visiting faculty member at KnS Institute of Business Studies, he has helped students pursue CA (ICAP), ACCA (UK), and ICMAP (PAK) qualifications. Previously, he has contributed over a decade at the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP), rising from Deputy Director to Director, overseeing the regulation of companies listed on the Pakistan Stock Exchange, including NBFCs. He has specialized in detecting fraud and malpractices, including insider trading and front running in mutual funds. He actively participates in roles that drive positive change, serving in a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) for a money laundering case and committees for sector audits and negotiations with Private Independent Power Producers. Prior to that, he has held key positions at Pakistan Cables Limited and A. F. Ferguson & Co. (PWC), where he has engaged in audit and assurance services for reputable organizations. Mr. Akhter has well-rounded experience and expertise making him a valuable asset in various sectors.
He is a registered Advocate with Sindh Bar Council and Karachi Bar Association since 2013 as a High Court Advocate with an experience of more than five years in litigation pertaining to Corporate, Commercial, Family and Succession matters.
Currently indulged in civil practice having expertise in Corporate and Commercial Law under the firm name of S.A. Associates Corporate Consultants and Trainers. He is also involved as Visiting Faculty at DOW and Ziauddin University Faculty of Law.
He is qualified from University of London International Programme (LLB Hons) in the year 2013, and has completed his Masters of Business Administration (Finance Major) from Institute of Business Management.
He has received mediation accreditation by the Institute for Strategic Conflict Resolution & Development (ISCRD) in which he received training on the Singapore mediation model as well as the EMTPJ mediation model approved by the European Commission. Considering such certification, he is a certified Mediator.
He has conducted trainings to a number of professionals from the forum of S.A. Associates, belonging to the corporate sector and other civic associations.