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 Tohfay.com) 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. Abdul Majeed Motiwala

Senior Consultant Finance & HR

Mr. Abdul Majeed Motiwala has done his Chartered Accountancy from A.F. Ferguson & Co. (a member firm of Price Water House) Karachi, he has served Ernst & Young at E&Y Middle East Head Office as Audit Manager and also with British Cables Co. He has spent 23 years with Pfizer Pakistan Ltd. ( which is a merged company of Pfizer Laboratories Ltd, Park Davis Co Ltd and Pharmacia Ltd ) where he enjoyed various positions including Director Finance for 10 years, HR Director and Marketing Director. Before his retirement, he was elevated to the position of Chairman, Managing Director and CEO of Pfizer Pakistan Limited and Wyeth Pakistan Limited. At present, he is holding a position of Vice President Social Welfare Department at Al-Huda International Welfare Foundation.He is alumni of Harvard School of Management, Stanford University and University of Indiana- USA.


Mr. Nabeel Zafar

Head of Technical Operations, Research and Quality Assurance

Mr. Nabeel Zafar, Deputy General Manager is among the core management team of THF having manufacturing, building and infrastructure development experience. His versatile career spans over a decade with strong technical, research & development accomplishments in various operational, engineering design, manufacturing and management capacities. He is a seasoned expert and renowned commercial CAD/CAM professional, 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 engineering and manufacturing management i.e. computer aided design and manufacturing, reverse engineering, tools, dies and moulds development, building, infrastructure and layouts development, MIS / ERP / MRP/ SIS design and deployment along with quality system procedure development and implementation etc. His work has been appreciated and encouraged by numerous foreign specialists and professors.

Ms. Ayesha Haq

Deputy General Manager Resource Mobilization / Regional Manager - North

Ayesha Haq 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.


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.

Air Cdre. (Retd.) Nasiruddin

Head of Grants Management and Industrial Links

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. Arif Rahman

Deputy General Manager – Resource Mobilization Department

Arif Rahman brings with him experience of over 18 years in the field of Marketing and Sales with wide and successful Senior Management experience of FMCG, Electrical Appliances and Below the Line (BTL) Activation. He has served with both leading multinational and local organizations namely Johnson & Johnson Pakistan, Dawlance Private Limited, HELIUM and Nabi Qasim Group. Mr. Rahman worked with J&J Consumer for 14 years and last held position of Marketing Manager. Serving later as Executive Vice President Marketing at Dawlance, he was responsible for strategy and execution across specific functions of retail marketing. Mr. Rahman also worked as Account Director at Helium Pvt. Ltd; heading the consumer engagement team handling P&G, Nestle, Dalda and other leading brands. As Senior Marketing Manager at Nabi Qasim Group, he ventured into Channel Development of Modern Trade along with other Marketing responsibilities. Mr. Rahman holds BBA and MBA in Marketing from Hamdard University.


Institute Managers (Principals)



MR. MUHAMMAD ZAHEER

Delhi Mercantile Society Technical Institute, Karachi

Muhammad Zaheer is Manager, Academics & Quality Assurance at The Hunar Foundation (THF), at its Head Office in Karachi. Zaheer is responsible for supporting the organisation in development and implementation of academic planning and strategy; curricula and instructional design; faculty development; internal audit and quality assurance for its TVET institutes across Pakistan. With a decade of experience in TVET in Pakistan, in the public and private sectors, Zaheer has had opportunities for gaining insight and acumen for understanding and management of TVET education with an appreciation of existing challenges, and learner/industry needs. Zaheer has a Masters in Business Administration and is a certified Lead Auditor for ISO 9001.

Wg Cdr. (Retd.) Asad Ali Khan

Sahib Dad Abdul Mannan Khan Technical Institute, Kharian

Mr. Asad Ali Khan has more than twenty years experience of training, human resource management, sales and marketing, maintenance and operations of sensitive electronic systems on the inventory of PAF. He has served as Chief Administrator in SSVTI in Technical and Vocational Education (TVET) sector of KPK Pakistan. He has been deputed as Production Control Officer at PAC Kamra coordinate with Engineering universities and Colleges, Human resource management and training of technicians working in PAC, Marketing of PAC products in international and domestic markets, Production planning of aviation products, and commercial ventures.

Mrs. Naila Hayat

Women’s Vocational Training Institute, Karachi

Being the Principal of The Women Vocational Institute she brings in prolific work experience of over 13 years in the Education, Management and Administrative field and blends in the Fashion Industry with ease for she has been closely associated with the related industry for over 10 years. During her incumbency in the well known schooling systems, she worked as the Campus In charge. She has a brief experience of working as a Students Counselor in the Greenwich University for rich number of years.

Lt. Col. (Retd.) Ishfaque Ali

PakArab Technical Training Institute, Multan

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.


Mr. Haresh Kumar Khatri

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.

CAPT(R) AHMAD JAMAL SIDDIQUI

Farouq Ahmed & Aftab Shamsi Technical Institute, Lahore

Mr. Ahmad Jamal Siddiqui has joined THF as Principal of FAASTI. He is a professional practicing Mechanical Engineer for the last 33 years in Pakistan as well as abroad. He has graduated in Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore, and afterwards served in various national and multinational organizations on senior administrative and technical posts. He started his career from the Pakistan National Army in the Corps of Electrical & Mechanical Engineering in the rank of Captain. He contributed towards developing National Skill Strategy, National Vocational Qualification framework, Accreditation Manual, Skill Standards & Curricula, Labor Market Information System etc. He is a member of Standing Committee on TVET and Lahore Chapter Federation Chamber of Commerce & Industry Pakistan. He has also had the honor of establishing five Vocational Training Institutes in the remote areas of South Punjab, in the districts of Layyah and D.G. Khan, for the poor and downtrodden families with the collaboration of District Boards of Management, Layyah and DG Khan under the administrative control of PVTC, Government of Punjab.

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