Management Team

Mr. Syed Mehdi Hasnain

Chief Executive Officer

Syed Mehdi Hasnain is one the leading Business, Operations Excellence and Resource Management brains in Pakistan at current. A unique career that started at grass-roots level in Pakistan working hands-on diverse Industrial manufacturing and installation projects in Power, Cement, Oil and Gas and Chemical sectors. Now with 25 years of experience in manufacturing, steel, automotive, retail and electronics industries has served in USA as Worldwide Director of Quality with APC-Schneider; a multi-billion dollar world leader in Data Infrastructures and UPS systems, prior as Global Planning & Launch Manager with MEMC (Inventors of semi-conductor wafers $ now listed as SUNEdison) and Product Manufacturing and Quality Champion with ITT Industries a conglomerate from MI. He has had the distinction of co-founding the first Pakistan based global e-commerce portals (among them winning the prestigious PASHA awards twice in Pakistan IT industry.
Investing over a decade of Learning and Development initiatives in North America, His recent assignments as Head of Operations at International Steels Ltd. He is the founding partner of consulting venture AMG International which is providing strategic and financial leadership to top-end management of major large and medium size organizations both within Pakistan and across the Globe. Mehdi holds BE in Engineering and dual MBA in Operations Management and Finance (PA-USA). He is a Certified Black-Belt for Six-Sigma Quality and Lean and a Lead Auditor for ISO/TS Standards.

Mr. Azhar Hussain

Director Projects

Azhar Hussain served Pakistan Navy as an Engineer for over 37 years and attained the coveted jobs of Deputy Chief of Naval Staff (Materials) in Naval Headquarters and Director General Munitions Production at Ministry of Defence. His post retirement assignment was of Managing Director of Karachi Shipyard & Engineering Works for 3 years. Mr. Hussain did his Post Graduation in Marine Engineering in 1976 from Royal Navy Engineering College, Plymouth, UK, and MSc in Defence & Strategic Studies from National Defence College, Islamabad, in 1997. He was awarded Sitara e Imtiaz (M) and Hilal e Imtiaz (M) by the President of Pakistan for his distinguished services in the Navy. He joined THF at the time of its inception in 2009 as Chief Operating Officer and currently serves as Director Projects looking after Projects of setting up of Vocational Training Institutes across Pakistan.

Mr. Syed Tariq Husain

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. Husain was the CEO of Emirates Investments Group LLC from 2011 to 2014, prior to which he served as CEO of Emirates Global Islamic Bank Limited from 2005 to 2010. Throughout his career, he established and developed start-up ventures and businesses. Mr. Husain has more than 30 years of experience, of which last 14 have been focused on private equity investments and real estate; food and agri investments; and Islamic banking and structured finance, Islamic insurance and fund management. Mr, Husain had senior assignments in leading activities focused on Shari’ah compliant investment banking, real estate investments, Ijara fund management and Takaful businesses. At ANZ Bank, he headed regional and country-specific divisions and functions including treasury, planning and strategy, retail banking and internal audit. Mr. Husain is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales 1981. Subsequently he qualified as a Chartered Accountant from Pakistan (1987) and Canada (1986). He also has an MBA in Finance and Accounting from Schulich School of Business from York University, 1977.

Mr. Nabeel Zafar

Senior Manager Academics & QA

Mr. Nabeel Zafar is one of the prominent management professionals within the technical, vocational education (TVET) landscape of Pakistan, having versatile career spans over a decade with strong governance, leadership, academics & teaching, experience in various operational, technical & academic management roles. He has been part of various national and foreign TVET training programs organized by NAVTTC, PUM, SES, GIZ, USEFP etc.
He is a seasoned expert and renowned commercial CAD/CAM trainer, holding degrees in the industrial and manufacturing engineering, masters of engineering management with specialization in quality and a another master’s degree in automotive manufacturing. Having diversified experience in the field of education and manufacturing i.e. computer aided design and manufacturing, reverse engineering, tools, dies and moulds development, curriculum development from six months technical programs till four years engineering programs, pedagogy, academic management, MIS / ERP / MRP/ SIS design and deployment, quality system procedure development and implementation etc. He also contributed in the development and initiation of GIZ’s German dual training program (CVT) in Pakistan and was part of curriculum development and verification activities at national level. His work has been appreciated and encouraged by numerous foreign academicians and professors of education.

Ms. Ayesha Haq

Manager Resource Mobilization and Marketing

Ayesha Haq joined THF in January 2017 and she is responsible for overseeing the effective management of Hunar’s Resource Management & Development and Brand Marketing.
Ayesha brings a rich experience of 16 years of Canadian study and work experience in the field of Management, Donor stewardship, Fundraising and Strategic Planning for the Non-Profit Sector, with a track record of orchestrating innovations that generate high impact results. She also carries management and marketing experience in the estate and facilities development industry
Ayesha is passionate about engaging people on behalf of the world’s most vulnerable individuals and is a strong advocate of empowering those living in poverty with sustainable opportunities for improved livelihood. Driven by this compassion Ayesha has worked for and served on the Board of Canadian non-profit organizations. Furthermore, she was also the President for Developments in Literacy Toronto (DIL Toronto) for 4 years during which time she spearheaded the overall direction, management, fundraising strategy and creative vision that lead to the growth and reach of the organization in Toronto.


Major (R) Muhammad Riaz, Principal

Farouq Ahmed & Aftab Shamsi Technical Institute, Lahore

Major (R) Muhammad Riaz, Principal FAASTI served Pakistan Military Corps of Electrical and Mechanical Engineering (EME) for 25 years, he holds a bachelor degree in Mechanical Engineering. He possesses multidimensional engineering experience, includes working as technical training officer, chief engineer, executive manager production, manager repair and maintenance and has a proven ability of successful business. He served at various setups of Pakistan Army e.g. technical training center, administrative posts at GHQ, field workshops, base workshops that includes academic management, staff training, shop floor working, line assembly, manufacturing, ancillary department, overhauling shops etc. Besides that he also performed duties as project manager Mangla Dam raising project and also served as chief engineer at Lahore gymkhana club.

Air Cdre. (Retd.) Nasiruddin, Principal

Delhi Mercantile Society Technical Institute, Karachi

Air Commodore (Retd) Nasir brings with him rich work experience of 31 years in in the field of management, electronics and administration. He during his tenure with PAF has served as Instructor at PAF Academy Risalpur and various Training Institutes of PAF. Besides serving at various staff and senior command appointments in PAF, he has also served as Director Technical in Civil Aviation Authority Pakistan. Air Cdre Nasir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aviation Electronics Engineering from College of Aeronautical Engineering, and Master degree in Information technology. He is a Graduate of PAF Air War College and a recipient of Sitar-i-Imtiaz Military.

Mr. Haresh Kumar Khatri, Principal

Hajiani Ashraf Khatoon Technical Institute, Rashidabad (Dist. Tando Allahyar)

Mr. Haresh Kumar Khatri’s career encompasses 20 years of experience in Education System Development and Management followed by numerous trainings and internships. He served various renowned organizations like Saint Patrick’s Institute of Science and Technology as Vice Principal, AMANTECH as Head of Academics/Manufacturing & Construction Sectors, in WAPDA as Protection and Instrumentation Engineer and also shared expertise by providing consultancy services in TEVT sector. Mr. Khatri holds bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering, from M.U. E.T. Jamshoro, and also qualified an IVQ Diploma in Electrical Engineering and Teachers Training from City & Guilds UK. He has worked as Assessment Manager, External Verifier, Internal Verifier and Master Trainer in Vocational Training for City & Guilds U.K. and as Head Examiner, External, Institute Inspection Officer, Paper Setter and Assessor for Sindh Board of Technical Education Karachi.

Mr. Iqbal Dugal, Principal

Sahib Dad Abdul Mannan Khan Technical Institute, Kharian

After doing B.Sc. Engineering (Mechanical) from U.E.T Lahore in 1980, Iqbal Dugal joined Govt. of Punjab technical education department and served the Punjab TEVTA for about 35 years in different positions. These included Teaching, Management and Administration). He retired in Dec. 2015 after serving for 11 years as principal of the Govt. Swedish Pakistani College of Technology, Gujrat.

Mrs. Bilquis Ahmed, Principal

Women’s Vocational Training Institute, Karachi (Starting January 2017)

Mrs. Bilquis Ahmed has many years of experience in the Aviation Industry in the field of training, recruitment and management with Pakistan International Airlines as well as other International airlines. She also managed the Human Resource department of ASA, a renowned Architecture firm, for five years. Following that she joined Hunar Foundation as the Principal of Women’s Institute, where she successfully introduced the Hair cutting and Beauty Therapy courses as per the City & Guilds standards.

Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ishfaque Ali, Principal

PakArab Technical Training Institute, Multan (Starting January 2017)

Ishfaque Ali brings with him rich work experience of 25 years in in the field of management, electronics and administration. Prior to joining Hunar he has served in key positions and across the country in the Pakistan Army. A qualified post Graduate in Computer Science from BZU Multan along with Bachelor Degree in Telecommunication (Electrical) from NUST Islamabad, Lt. Col. Ishfaque also has experience of managing various projects including management and coordination of Multan Technical Education Centre.

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