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Board of Directors
ChairmanMr. Hussain Dawood serves as the Chairman of the Board of Dawood Hercules Corporation. As an entrepreneur, businessman, and philanthropist he has driven the Group and its investments since 2002 into new fields of business and achieved new levels of growth in revenues. His vision is to make contributions to sectors that are drivers of the economy and society.
He also serves as the Chairman of Engro Corporation.
Committed to human development, Mr. Dawood is the Co-Chair of the Board of Trustees for The Dawood Foundation (TDF). Established in 1962, TDF focuses on creating collective change by building interactive spaces for formal and informal learning. He is the Founder and Chairman of the Board of Governors of Karachi School of Business and Leadership, a graduate management school focused on developing effective leaders.
Mr. Dawood also acts as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Karachi Education Initiative and is a member of the Board of Governors at the Islamabad Policy Research Institute.
Mr. Dawood has been leading the Group’s engagement with the World Economic Forum since 1992. He holds an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, USA, and is a graduate in Metallurgy from Sheffield University, UK.
Shahzada DawoodVice Chairman
Vice ChairmanShahzada Dawood joined the Board in May 1996 and currently serves as Vice Chairman. He also serves on the Boards of Engro Corporation and Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd.
He is known for his expertise in corporate governance, turnaround, and transformation to industries in Pakistan. He is all about finding growth and innovation opportunities through mergers and acquisitions in textiles, fertilizers, foods, and energy for diversified public-listed companies. He stewards the Group’s technology investments, including companies focused on changing industries through the Internet of Things.
With a deep interest in philanthropy, Shahzada is a Trustee of both The Dawood Foundation and Engro Foundation. He serves as a Member of the Global Advisory Board for Prince Charles’ charity, Prince’s Trust International, contributing towards its vision that every young person should have a chance to succeed. Intrigued about the understanding of life beyond Earth, he is on the Board of Trustees of the SETI Institute, a non-profit research organisation. He has been participating in the World Economic Forum and is leading the institutionalisation of key international networks and contacts. Shahzada is an M.Sc. in Global Textile Marketing from Philadelphia University, the USA, and an LLB from Buckingham University, UK.
Abdul Samad DawoodDirector
Abdul Samad Dawood
DirectorAbdul Samad Dawood has been a director on the Board of Dawood Hercules Corporation since 2002. He is the Vice-Chairman of Engro Corporation which aims to alleviate the most pressing challenges of Pakistan by operating in sectors critical to the nation’s economy and development, which include petrochemicals, food and agriculture, energy solutions, and telecommunications infrastructure. He is also the Chairman of FrieslandCampina Engro Pakistan Ltd., which he joined in 2012, as a Board of Director of (then) Engro Foods Ltd.; he played a leading role in merging the organisation into a global dairy giant, Royal FrieslandCampina N.V., based on the convergence of their values, goals, and ability to address Pakistan’s nutritional challenges.
Samad’s rich and diverse experience of management and governance spans over 18 years, with a special interest in mergers and acquisitions. He has led more than $4 billion worth of M&A deals, including the Group’s acquisition of HUBCO from National Power International Holdings B.V. in 2012 and the sale of DH Fertilizers to Fatima Fertilizer Company Ltd. in 2015. He is an active director on the Board of Pakistan Business Council, a pan-industry advocacy group that promotes easing of barriers to enable Pakistani businesses to compete in regional and global arenas. He is also a director and trustee of Boards across varied industries including investment holding, petrochemicals, renewable energy, and education, some of which are The Dawood Foundation, Engro Fertilizers Ltd., Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd., Reon (Private) Ltd., and Dawood Industries. In addition to governance, he has served as Chief Executive Officer for Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd. and Cyan Ltd. and is an active member of the Young Presidents Organisation.
Samad is a graduate in Economics from University College London, UK, and a certified director of corporate governance from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.
DirectorSabrina Dawood is the CEO of The Dawood Foundation (TDF), a philanthropic organisation working to promote education and the creation of informal learning spaces and opportunities. Some of the projects under TDF are the TDF Ghar, TDF Nature Series, The MagnifiScience Children’s Studio, Dawood Public School, and Karachi School of Business and Leadership. Another ongoing project in the informal education space is the construction of Pakistan's first interactive science museum, The MagnifiScience Center.
Sabrina is Director of the Boards of Engro Corporation Ltd., Dawood Hercules Corporation Ltd., Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd., Karachi Education Initiative, and Trustee at Engro Foundation. She is also a member of the Board of Governors of the National Management Foundation of Lahore University of Management Sciences and on the Board of WWF – Pakistan. She Chairs the Hussain Dawood Pledge which is multiple corporate billion-rupee contributions of services, kind, and cash for the mitigation and/or relief of COVID-19 and its ramifications.
Sabrina holds an MSc in Medical Anthropology from University College London and a BA from London School of Economics in Anthropology and Law.
DirectorParvez Ghias joined the Board in March 2010. Parvez is the Chief Executive Officer and Director at the Habib University Foundation (HUF) since January 2017.
Before joining HUF, Parvez was the Chief Executive Officer of Indus Motor Company Ltd. from August 2005 to December 2016. He also serves as an Independent Director on the Board of Shell Pakistan Limited and Stylers International Private Ltd.
Parvez is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and holds a bachelor’s degree in Economics and Statistics.
Shabbir Hussain HashmiDirector
Shabbir Hussain Hashmi
DirectorShabbir Hashmi joined the Board in September 2015 and is also the Chairman of its Audit Committee. He serves as an independent director on the Boards of Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd., Engro Powergen Qadirpur Ltd., HBL Asset Management Ltd., and FINCA Microfinance Bank Ltd. He serves on the Board of Governors of The Help Care Society which operates K- 12 schools in Lahore for underprivileged children.
His career spans more than 35 years of project finance and private equity experience. In his prior experience in corporate governance, Shabbir has held more than 24 Board directorships as a nominee of CDC/Actis and 11 directorships as an independent.
In executive roles, he has directed the Pakistan operations at Actis Capital, one of the largest private equity investors in the emerging market. Prior to Actis, he was responsible for a large regional portfolio of CDC Group Plc. for Pakistan and Bangladesh. He had a long stint with USAID and later briefly with the World Bank in Pakistan, with a focus on planning and development of the energy sector.
Shabbir is an engineer from Dawood College of Engineering and Technology, Pakistan, and holds an MBA degree from J.F. Kennedy University, USA.
DirectorKamran Nishat joined the Board in 2020. He is serving as an Independent Director at the Board of Cyan Ltd. and as Director at the Board of Briogene (Private) Ltd.
With a rich professional experience in different sectors for more than 35 years, he is currently the Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Muller & Phipps Pakistan (Private) Ltd. He is also serving in the capacity of Chief Executive Officer at M&P Express Logistic (Private) Ltd., M&P Logistic (Private) Ltd., Logex (Private) Ltd., Tech Sirat (Private) Ltd., Veribest Brands Pakistan (Private) Ltd. and Tech Sirat Technology (Private) Ltd.
He is a member of Executive Committee and Chairman of Finance and Taxation subcommittee at the American Business Council. He has served as the President of American Business Council as well. He is also serving as the member of the Advisory Council at the National Skills University Islamabad. He served as the Member of Accounting and Auditing Standards Committee (South) of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP), Information Technology Committee (South) of the ICAP and Management Association of Pakistan.
He is a Chartered Accountant and a fellow member of ICAP.
Hasan Reza Ur RahimDirector
Hasan Reza Ur Rahim
DirectorHasan Reza Ur Rahim joined the Board in April 2014. Mr. Rahim is the Chairman of Cyan Limited & he also serves on the Boards of Dawood Lawrencepur Limited, Atlas Insurance Limited and Hum Network Limited. He is an accomplished professional who has over 35 years of domestic and international experience in the Banking & Financial Services industry. Previously, he was the Executive Director of the Chairman’s Corporate Office at the Dawood Hercules Group. Mr. Rahim spent 15 years at JPMorgan where he held several senior positions both in Pakistan and abroad. His accomplishments include assisting in establishing & heading the Global Corporate Bank in Bahrain, Qatar & Saudi Arabia, He served as a Senior Country Officer of Pakistan and was an integral part of the Regional Corporate Finance team based in Singapore. He has originated, led & executed large complex M&A transactions & Privatizations totaling USD 5.0 billion, Sovereign Debt & Bond issues of over USD 2.0 billion in the Telecom, Airlines, Banking, Oil and Gas and the Petrochemical industries. Earlier in his career Mr. Rahim was also with Mashreq Bank PSC, ANZ Grindlays Bank plc with whom he was transferred to and lived in Zurich, Singapore, Bahrain and Dubai. He received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Delaware in USA.
DirectorImran Sayeed joined the Board in April 2018. He is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Working with the MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center, he has started and established entrepreneurial ecosystems in Central America and South Asia. Imran is the co-founder of Teach the World Foundation, a global literacy non-profit that is using technology to radically transform how children across the world learn to read, write and do math. He is also the founding global President of OPEN, the largest Pakistani entrepreneurship and leadership organisation in the world.
Previously, Imran started and headed the Digital practice for NTT Data. He came to NTT through its acquisition of Keane, where he led a 7,000-person technology consulting organisation. Prior to Keane, he was an entrepreneur for 13 years, having founded 2 successful software product and services companies including, Open Environment (grown to IPO), and later NetNumina (sold to Keane in 2005). He holds a patent on internet security technology that he jointly developed with Citibank. He was named by Computer World as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013.
In governance roles in Pakistan, he currently serves on the Board of Inbox Business Technologies Private Ltd., Karachi Education Initiative, Engro Infiniti Private Ltd., and Teach the World Foundation and previously as a Director on the Board of Engro Corporation.
Imran attended Brown University for his undergraduate degree in engineering and Harvard University for his post-graduate work in business.
Inam ur RahmanChief Executive Officer
Inam ur Rahman
Chief Executive OfficerInam ur Rahman was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of Dawood Hercules Corporation on 1st December 2016 and continues to serve in the same capacity. Inam’s journey with the group is now over a decade long when he first joined as CEO of Dawood Lawrencepur Ltd. in September 2009. During his career, he has served on the Boards of Engro, HUBCO, SNGPL, SECMC, Cyan, and Inbox Business Technologies to name a few. He is now leading the next foray of DH Corp into the global technology sector. Inam brings more than 30 years of experience across diversified industries including energy and renewables, education, food, enterprise technology, textiles, lifestyle, and business consulting.
An environmentalist at heart, he launched Reon Energy which is an enterprise solar power EPC that has now grown to be the leading name in its area in the country. Inam believes that energy all over the world should be renewable and free. With a passion to develop and grow people, he has taught at the undergraduate level at LUMS and F.C. College and at present devotes his time in governance roles at Karachi School of Business and Leadership. He is a firm believer in the capabilities of Pakistanis and is committed to upskilling and reskilling our people in order to compete internationally.
Inam holds an MBA degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), in addition to an engineering degree from UET Lahore.
Meet the Team
Inam Ur RahmanChief Executive Officer
Inam Ur Rahman
Chief Executive OfficerInam ur Rahman joined the Board in December 2016 and is currently serving in corporate governance roles across various publicly listed firms associated with the Dawood Hercules Group. He brings more than 27 years of experience across diversified industries including energy & renewables, education, food, enterprise technology, textiles, fashion & apparel, lifestyle & business consulting. He was appointed as the Chief Executive Officer of the Group’s parent investment company, Dawood Hercules Corporation, on 1st December 2016. He is also the Chairman of Inbox Business Technologies and Chairman of EmpiricAI Ltd. An environmentalist at heart, he launched Reon Energy, an enterprise solar power EPC, and continues to serve as Chief Executive of Tenaga Generasi Limited, a 50-megawatt wind power plant. His passion is to develop and grow people. He has taught at the undergraduate level, and at present devotes his time in governance roles at Karachi School of Business & Leadership. He holds an MBA degree from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS), in addition to an engineering degree from UET Lahore.
Mohammad Shamoon ChaudryChief Financial Officer
Mohammad Shamoon Chaudry
Chief Financial Officer
Mohammad Shamoon Chaudry has more than 23 years of progressive and varied experience in the financial sector including financial control and governance. Mr. Shamoon started his career in investment banking within Corporate Finance/Advisory in Pakistan. He then moved to New York selling listed equities to funds investing in emerging markets. Subsequently,heshifted to development finance helping Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs). During this period, he has worked at government and policy level; industrialsector level and with other individual enterprises.
He was in the GCC region for the last twelve years, working primarily in Islamic investments, asset management and financial control. Mr. Shamoon has extensive experience in managing private equity and real estate investments globally and notable expertise in structuring and developing investment products and asset management. During this period,he has managed investments in the UK, USA, EU, South East Asia, and GCC.
Mr. Shamoon was also adjunct faculty at LUMS, teaching various courses in Finance. He has a master’s in finance from London Business School and an MBA from Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).
Humera AhmadHead of HR
Head of HR
Humera Ahmad joined the DH Group in 2010 and is currently serving as the HR Head and Secretary to HR & Remuneration Committee of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited.
She is an accomplished professional with HR experience that spans over 20 years in diverse sectors such as life sciences, safety, energy, textiles and investments.
Her expertise in the field stems from working in different types of organisations including trading, manufacturing and startup as well as hierarchical, matrix and team-based structures. This diverse and rich perspective enables her to understand HR challenges faced by different businesses and partner with them to reach innovative solutions. This diversified experience led to her becoming a key member of the team that set up the Group’s solar energy company, Reon Energy limited. Before that she was leading the HR function at Dawood Lawrencepur Limited and Tenaga Generasi Limited. Prior to joining the DH Group, she worked at DuPont for 10 years.
Humera holds an internationally recognised professional certifications, SPHRi™.
Asim AkhundCompany Secretary
Asim H. Akhund is the Company Secretary of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited. In addition to his company secretarial responsibilities, he also manages the legal affairs of the DH Corp.Mr. Akhund joined the in January 2019. Prior to moving in-house, he has practiced law through premier law firms in Pakistan. He holds an LLM degree from the University of London and is a member of Sindh and Karachi Bar Councils as well as a member of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries of Pakistan and a Certified Director from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.
Mr. Akhund has diversified experience with various industries including FMCGs, investments, oil and gas and pharmaceuticals at senior positions in legal, compliance and company secretarial roles.
Amjad AliHead of Internal Audit
Head of Internal Audit
Amjad Ali is a seasoned audit professional with over 16 years of work experience in the field. Currently working as Head of Internal Audit & Secretary Board Audit Committee (BAC), he is leading the Internal Audit Department at Dawood Hercules Corporation. Mr. Ali has been with the group since June 2010. Helping the management achieving the strategic and operational targets, he also provides assurance to the BAC on adequacy and operational effectiveness of internal controls. Mr. Ali is also working as the driving force for the implementation of the Company’s Code of Conduct and all related policies. He is the focal person for the whistle blowing mechanism. He has also been involved in special engagements. He performed comprehensive internal audit and compliance reviews of organizations like Pakistan International Airlines, Sapphire Textile Mills Ltd, Civil Aviation Authority to name a few in his previous association with PWC Pakistan. He loves to play table tennis for leisure. He likes going through articles relating to leadership, general management and entrepreneurship from HBR and Entrepreneur. He is also fond of watching inspirational movies based on true stories.
Ghalia NaseerHead of Forums and Engagements
Head of Forums and Engagements
Ghalia Naseer’s current role with DH Corp involves bringing learning and innovation from global and regional thought leadership events around the world, back to Dawood Hercules Group companies. Her previous experience with the group includes communications for Chairman’s Corporate Office, and a field sales role for the Group’s digital enterprise solutions business Inbox Business Technologies.
Previously, in the enterprise technology sector, she was responsible for executing field marketing programs for demand generation of Oracle's products and solutions across South Asia Growth Economies. She has developed integrated marketing communications and prospect lifecycle management at one of the fastest growing Business Process Outsourcing firms in the world, TRG/IBEX Global. She has also advocated and successfully launched the brand of a start-up systems integration firm. She has a graduate degree in Business from IBA Karachi, an undergraduate degree in Computer Science from FAST-NU. She has explored coral reef life as a technical scuba diver certified in decompression dives and is active in local community cycling clubs.
Shah Faraz SalimGeneral Manager
Shah Faraz Salim
Faraz Salim is a business professional with 22 years of experience in business consulting in emerging markets. He has worked with multinational conglomerates in strategy, execution, marketing & communications and business technology implementation. Mr. Salim successfully set up and operated a boutique business consulting and research firm, Edesa Consulting. He is currently General Manager at Dawood Hercules Group.Heis known for driving change and has initiated many projects and strategies including companywide technological implementations, business turnovers, management changeovers and corporate branding executions. His areas of interest include micro entrepreneurship, energy transitions and consulting services to small and medium sized businesses as well as conglomerates. He has a Master’s degree from Hult International Business School. He is a passionate musician and enjoys playing drums & guitar.
Farhia JabbarHead of Communications
Head of Communications
Farhia Jabbaris a seasoned communications professional with more than 15 years of hands-on experience in corporate communications, public relations, marketing management, strategic planning and business development. She has a graduate degree from IBA and holds an MBA degree in marketing. She is a proactive, self-motivated and a committed individual, with a track record of high-quality strategic achievements for a diverse portfolio of employers. She has helped both Pakistani & multinational companies/ brands to overcome communication barriers enabling them to sustain competitive advantage and enhance reputation.
Her strengths are developing and executing distinctive, high-impact campaigns that have strengthened corporate reputation, outpaced the competition and dominated the marketplace. She has counseled MNCs, mid-sized companies and not-for-profit organisations on how to respond to a range of communications and business challenges. She has also provided senior management counsel across all aspects of reputation protection & promotion.She has a track record of effectively using various communications disciplines to support businesses and individuals manage and cultivate relationships with the core stakeholders to drive positive business outcomes. She indulges in running, horse riding and swimming for relaxation and building focus.
AdvisorArif Janjua has over 35 years of experience in operational management and consulting in the software, mobile, and internet services industry. As an operational manager, Arif was the CEO of IDrive, a venture-backed company in online storage services. Prior to that, he was at Infospace, initially as President of Consumer Services and later heading the Corporate Development function. He was instrumental in forging relationships with mobile operators and content providers around the world. Most recently, as Chairman of Citilabs, a leading provider of mobility analytics solutions, Arif spearheaded the growth and eventual sale of the company to Bentley Systems. In his consulting life, Arif was a partner with the Boston Consulting Group and prior to that, the Global Head of A.T. Kearney’s management consulting practice for the Technology vertical. His clients included some of the leading technology companies and mobile operators around the globe. Arif is currently a Senior Advisor with DH Corporation leading their technology initiatives. Arif received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from the University of Engineering & Technology in Lahore, Pakistan; Pakistan, Masters in Electrical Engineering from the University of Windsor, Canada, and an MBA from the Haas School of Business at UC Berkeley.
AdvisorSaeed Kazmi is serving as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Vasona Systems International, LLC (VSi), a Silicon Valley-based company he co-founded in 2015. VSi is a global technology consulting company providing a broad range of services and solutions to enterprises worldwide. It offers a digital transformation in cutting-edge technologies including AI, BlockChain, Cybersecurity, and Cloud computing. Saeed is an innovative Senior Executive and seasoned serial entrepreneur with more than 25 years of success across the technology, hospitality, and mobile application industries. Leveraging extensive experience founding multiple hi-tech startups and conceiving new market-defining technologies, he is a valuable asset for tech companies struggling to find direction or in need of expert guidance in growing their market share. His broad areas of expertise include high-tech startups, international business development, hospitality brand partnerships, high power team management, venture capital, and operational organiszation. Saeed holds an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from NED Engineering University in Karachi, Pakistan, and a master’s engineering degree at Oregon State University (OSU). In 2008, he was named to OSU’s Academy of Distinguished Engineers.
AdvisorIdris Kothari is an innovative Senior Executive and seasoned serial entrepreneur with more than 30 years of success across the technology, semiconductor, hardware, Blockchain, Cybersecurity software, and mobile application industries. Leveraging extensive experience founding multiple hi-tech startups and conceiving new market-defining technologies, he is a valuable asset for tech companies struggling to find direction or in need of expert guidance in new product development. His broad areas of expertise include software development, startups, international business, cloud computing, product management, venture capital, Agile methodologies, and web services. Throughout his executive career, Idris has held leadership positions at tech companies including Vasona Systems International LLC, Vertical Systems Inc., VPNet Technologies (Avaya), and VIA Technologies, Inc. As Co-Founder of Via Technologies, he helped lead one of the first fabless semiconductor companies. He then co-founded VPNet Technologies, the first company to build Virtual Private Network hardware accelerator systems. Idris holds an MS in Computer Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology, and a BS in Electrical Engineering from NED University of Engineering and Technology in Pakistan.
AdvisorImran Sayeed joined the Board of Dawood Hercules Corporation in April 2018. He is part of the Entrepreneurship and Innovation faculty at the MIT Sloan School of Management. Working with the MIT’s Entrepreneurship Center, he has started and established entrepreneurial ecosystems in Central America and South Asia. Imran is the co-founder of Teach the World Foundation, a global literacy non-profit that is using technology to radically transform how children across the world learn to read, write and do math. He is also the founding global President of OPEN, the largest Pakistani entrepreneurship and leadership organisation in the world. Previously, Imran started and headed the Digital practice for NTT Data. He came to NTT through its acquisition of Keane, where he led a 7,000-person technology consulting organisation. Prior to Keane, he was an entrepreneur for 13 years, having founded 2 successful software product and services companies including, Open Environment (grown to IPO), and later NetNumina (sold to Keane in 2005). He holds a patent on internet security technology that he jointly developed with Citibank. He was named by Computer World as one of the Premier 100 IT Leaders for 2013. In governance roles in Pakistan, he currently serves on the Board of Inbox Business Technologies Private Ltd., Karachi Education Initiative, Engro Infiniti Private Ltd. and Teach the World Foundation and previously as a Director on the Board of Engro Corporation. Imran attended Brown University for his undergraduate degree in engineering and Harvard University for his post-graduate work in business.
AdvisorMark Thompson is an expert on executive leadership, business strategy, and innovation who has spent over 25 years leading teams and building companies from the ground up. He delivers actionable, valuable, and practical advice for leaders at all levels of an organisation. His most recent bestseller ADMIRED is a primer on how the world’s “Most Admired Companies” achieve long-term success and growth as well as the qualities that are common to “Most Admired Leaders”. Mark was Charles Schwab’s former Chief of Staff and Chief Customer Experience Officer, and the Executive Producer of Schwab.com which today has assets of over $3 Trillion. He is a co-founding advisor of Sir Richard Branson’s Entrepreneurship Centres. Mark is a founding advisor of the Stanford Realtime Venture Design Lab and served as a visiting scholar at his alma mater, Stanford University, and adjunct faculty at the World Economic Forum, World Business Forum, and John F. Kennedy University.
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