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.
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. 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, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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