Sarfaraz A Rehman
Executive Coach and Consultant, Former CEO at Engro Foods Limited.

Commenced my career with Unilever and then moved to SB (GSK), during their merger years. Later, joined Jardine Matheson/Olayan JV in the Middle East, where I handled business development and logistics alongwith Finance. Moved to Pepsi in 1998 and was Country Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan. In 2005 started Engro Foods as CEO. It became a leading FMCG company in Pakistan. Engro Foods among several performance awards, won the G20 Global Top 15 Companies award. The first Pakistani company to get this award.

In my spare time, I do mentoring and coaching for younger executives and college leavers and give motivational speeches at relevant events.

Shakeel Khokar
CEO - Interflow
In 1992 Shakeel began his career writing copy at JWT. With every tagline that reflected his intuitive strategic flair and eye for the bigger picture, he drew deeper into the world of Strategy and Account Planning. His early knack for strategic creative work led him to Pakistan’s premier media group Jang as Business Development Manager, a role that cemented his lifelong love for Media and its contribution to brand building. In 1996 he joined OrientMcCann as Media and Business Director on HSBC, Coke, Reckitt and Gilette. His successes at Orient earned him the title of Regional Director at Interflow. Under Shakeel’s watch, Interflow’s revenues doubled, gaining him a place on the Executive Management board. Hordes of great campaigns and crazy hours later, Shakeel rejoined Jang Group as Director Marketing and Sales to launch GEO. The brand became an immediate success and stands to date as an example of brilliant brand building. With GEO and Interflow exemplifying him, by 2006 Shakeel was picked by Ogilvy&Mather to launch brand Ogilvy in Pakistan as CEO and Chief Creative. Shakeel’s leadership quickly won Ogilvy some of Pakistan’s biggest and most exciting brands: KESC, Coke, Mondelez portfolio (including Cadbury and Tang), British American Tobacco, Warid, Nestle and Unilever brands to name a few. During his tenure, Ogilvy grew to become one of Pakistan’s most formidable agencies with the revenues to match. Shakeel also launched SohoSquare at Ogilvy and by 2009 Ogilvy had become Pakistan’s 2nd largest agency by revenues. For all his strategic-savvy, Shakeel is really a storyteller at heart. Aggravated by the institutionalized and sanitized advertising around him, Shakeel went on to found Slingshot in 2014, a Creative Camp that specializes in strategically-sound storytelling, from Ideation to Execution. This old-school/new-age agency model of Slingshot met with quick success. Slingshot produced over 40 ad films in just two short years, and won a couple of big local clients to boot. However the only thing Shakeel loves more than a good story is a good challenge! And so today he is back on home ground as CEO of Interflow, excited to shepherd in his ethos of disruptive (and always productive!) creativity that takes no prisoners.
Amin Rammal
Director – Asiatic Public Relations, Firebolt63 and The Brand Crew
An avid learner with an entrepreneurial spirit, Amin has co-founded start-ups in marketing communication and technology. He has over two decades of local and international experience in integrated marketing communications starting with advertising. A long-time advocate of the creative application of data and technology to solve problems, Amin’s exposure to digital strategy and analytics began from the early days of the industry with a leading digital marketing firm in the US working on projects related to integrated customer experience, cross-channel media optimization and ROI-based measurement models. He also led marketing for one of the pioneers in cloud-based health information which was listed among the top 5 on Forbes Fast tech 25 companies in the US.
Seema Jaffer
CEO - Bond Advertising , PR & Digital
Seema went to Mount Holyoke College, USA and pursued academic instruction in politics, economics, literature, film...and all things wonderful. Her background combines Socio-economic Development with an expertise in Communications. She followed this up with a stint at Central St Martin's in film. She joined the advertising business and it was love at first sight! She produced a television show on advertising "The Big Idea", which won her the “Exceptional Contribution Award” from the Pakistan Advertising Association. Seema taught, spoke, wrote and produced many a campaign. Won awards. Lectured at various educational institutions. Seema has also served as Council Member for the Marketing Association of Pakistan, & Special Olympics Pakistan. She is currently board member of APWA RLCC (Raana Liaquat Crafts Colony; CIRCLE - A platform to advance women’s economic participation and empowerment; & FOCUS - A platform for the business of media & entertainment. Seema has served as a juror for Communication Design & Media Studies theses at the IVSAA, Szabist, Habib University as well as juror for She Loves Tech & Nest Startup Women's' Weekend. Seema is also a member of the Karachi Biennale 19 Committee. Seema is involved in pro bono communication work for a number of organizations including TCF, Special Olympics, RLCC & Karawan e Hayat. Seema is member of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan Advertising Association (PAA) & on the Organizing Committee for ADASIA Lahore 2019.
Mahrukh Shaikh
Idea Whisperer and Co – Founder, Wundernerf
A Modern Political History graduate from University of Karachi, Mahrukh Shaikh has been in the Advertising industry for over 12 years now. She started her advertising career at Adcom in 2006, later joining Ogilvy & Mather Pakistan in 2011; returning to her roots at Adcom Leo Burnett as the Agency’s Creative Director for the Karachi portfolio in 2013. In 2017, Mahrukh finally decided to venture out into the creative wilderness of ideas and content with two equally inquisitive and creative partners as the co-founder and idea whisperer for WUNDERNERF.
Khadija Hashimi
Head, CA and B&M Pakistan - Standard Chartered Bank
Khadija Hashimi is Head, Corporate Affairs and Brand & Marketing with Standard Chartered Bank, Pakistan and is a member of the Bank’s Country Management Team, responsible for driving commerce and prosperity through the Bank’s unique diversity. Khadija builds the narrative internally and externally with stakeholders and profiles the Bank through marketing the Bank’s products, services and business segments through disruptive and client focused interventions. In the process, she protects and enhances the bank’s reputation and delivers on the brand promise. Her work stretches from brand launches, such as the Emirates Standard Chartered credit card, to sustainability initiatives such as leading the bank’s work in avoidable blindness through Seeing is Believing, as well as girl empowerment through Goal. By education, Khadija attained a MS in Mass Communication from Boston University, USA and a BSc in Management from London School of Economics, UK. She has additionally attained the Certificate in Director Education from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.
Ejaz Wasay
Sr Fellow Marketing - Institute of Business Management
Ejaz is Head of Media Studies and Sr. Fellow Marketing at the Institute of Business Management (IoBM) since January, 2011. He has industry experience of just over 37 years in the fields of Marketing, Corporate Communications and Advertising, and has worked with leading MNCs and local companies, including Unilever, Gillette, Philips, Orient McCann-Erickson and UBL. He has worked overseas with Gillette in Brazil, and in UAE where he was working as Marketing Manager Gillette Middle-East from 1992-1994. He has contributed articles on Marketing-related subjects to publications such as MAP’s Marketing Review and Aurora – a publication of the Herald Group, over many years. He has also been on the Council of the Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) for about 15 years and was its President in 2005. He joined the Jury Panel of PAS at the time of launch of the Awards, and had been on the panel every year.
Zohra Yusuf
Chief Creative Officer - SpectrumY&R
Chief Creative Officer at Spectrum VMLY&R, Zohra Yusuf joined the agency in October 1986. Prior to that she worked at the Dawn Group of publications, first as an editor and later as General Manager, Research & Development. Her career in advertising, however, goes back even further. From 1971 to 1981 she worked at MNJ Communications in various capacities, learning the art and craft of advertising from Javed Jabbar. Apart from overseeing the development of advertising campaigns at Spectrum VMLY&R, Zohra is responsible for the training of creative talent – a task she enjoys as it involves interacting with young people. Many well-known names in the advertising profession currently started their careers under Zohra’s guidance. Apart from advertising, Zohra Yusuf is a deeply committed human rights activist and has served as Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission for two terms. She remains an HRCP’s board member.
Umar Alam
CEO - Create
with over 14yrs of Global consumer goods experience, Umar is one of the top marketing leaders globally and in Pakistan. He has lived and led marketing teams in Pakistan, Singapore, London, Istanbul and South Africa, globally leading businesses in south asia, Europe, Central Asia, north and latin America and developing markets in africa, managing brands like Lifebuoy, Dove, Axe, Rexona, Cif, Huggies, to name a few. Passionate about creating brands with purpose and inspiring people towards positive change, he has founded and leads a new age creative, idea and strategy agency called Create Think Tank (ctt.agency), along with serving on the boards of multiple other marketing organizations.
Umair Saeed
COO - Blitz Advertising
A communication planning and strategic management expert with over 15 years of experience, Umair is the Chief Operating Officer at Blitz. He has been a Blitz Man for 10 years having worked with an array of multinational and local clients for creative, digital and conventional media, content, activations and public relations. As a firm believer in knowledge sharing, he mentors future leaders through School of Leadership, trains young marketers as a subject area expert, and also works with top business schools as a specialist faculty for Marketing, Advertising & Media Science programs. Umair has previously been associated with Hip Media, Leo Burnett and DDB in Pakistan.
Syeda Ayesha
ECD - BBDO Indonesia
Having been a key member of the team that established BBDO Pakistan, Ayesha returned to the network to take on the creative leadership at BBDO Indonesia as the Executive Creative Director. With over 15 years of experience in advertising, Ayesha has extensively worked across an array of categories including FMCG, automotive, telco, beverage, dairy, food and nutrition. Her creative leadership helped lead to 3 Creative and 2 Digital Agency of the Year (AOY) Awards, and 3 prestigious National Pakistan Advertisers' Society (PAS) Awards. PepsiCo, Fonterra, P&G, Unilever, Exxon Mobil, Guinness, Mercedes, Nestlé, Coke, Honda, LG, XL, Telenor, Tetra Pak, L’Oreal and Garnier have been her key clients. Prior to joining BBDO Indonesia, Ayesha has held senior creative roles at Ogilvy, affiliate agencies of the Publicis Groupe, and Dentsu. Ayesha believes in the transformative power of communication design and the value it brings to digital and traditional marketing practices. Ayesha has been on the jury for Spikes Asia 2018.
Saima Qamar
Chairperson - Kantar Pakistan
Saima is a veteran researcher and marketing strategy expert. Her career spans across more than 25 years and stints with major MNC and Local Organizations on the client and agency side. Academically a Clinical Psychologist and a mother of three, (a girl and two boys) she managed her home and career simultaneously. She played a pivotal role in developing and propagating qualitative research in Pakistan, turning it into a viable research method. However, she did not limit herself to this only and broadened her horizon, into Quantitative methods and Social research. Bringing in international models to Pakistan has also been her forte and she was one of the pioneers in introducing Millward Brown and TNS Products to Pakistan, particularly, brand health Tracking, Link Test, Needscope etc. Saima is an avid reader, and loves to read, history, classic fiction and certain contemporary authors as well. Her Favorite Genre being Historical Saga. In her free time indulges herself by knitting and cross stitching.
Mohtashim Abbasi
Independent Research Consultant
Mohtashim has over 15 years of experience in Market Insights where he’s worked with a wide variety of categories and brands to convert consumer data into brand and marketing strategy. One of the key aspects of any market research professional is evaluating in market activities to evaluate their effectiveness, with media being the biggest consumer facing marketing activity evaluating the success of a campaign on delivering its objectives is one of the key roles he fulfilled. As the media landscape has changed with the advent of digital evaluating media in this arena as well as deriving consumer insights from digital platforms has been his focus in the recent past.
Moazzam Ali Khan
Director - Create
with over 15 years of blue chip consumer goods experience in both marketing and general management leadership roles. Moazzam has vast experience in the marketing sector in MNCs such as L’Oreal and Unilever. He started out in Marketing in the Home and Personal category at Unilever and went on to perform a Global Marketing Role for Knorr in London, UK and Hamburg, Germany. During the last 7 years of his corporate career, he helped build L’Oreal, Pakistan as General Manager Marketing and Sales. He is now a Leadership facilitator and an entrepreneur, pioneering retail, creative and technology companies like Resource Linked and Create Think Tank.
Kiran Kohati
Head of Media - HBL
Kiran Sardar Kohati – Head Media and Marketing Services, HBL - is a well respected and seasoned professional with almost 20 years of diverse experience in marketing, advertising, media, brand & commercial proficiency, with a diversified portfolio of brands. She is also the project lead for HBL Pakistan Super league – one of the largest events in Pakistan. She possesses strong commercial acumen and analytical skills and her key strengths include branding and communication planning, relationship management, negotiations and reorganizing & turnaround management.
Farheen Salman
Director Brand Development Ice Cream - Unilever
Farheen joined Unilever as a Management Trainee in 1998 right out of college. She has worked in a number of categories across both Home & Personal Care category leading brands like Lux, Fair & Lovely & Lifebuoy. She then joined the Wall’s Ice Cream business as Head of Marketing & Sales. Farheen spent 2014-15 in Turkey as Brand Development Director Ice Cream North Africa, Middles East & Turkey. She worked with the global team and crafted an innovation & communication program for the portfolio that was instrumental in bringing the NAMET ice cream business back to sustained double-digit growth. She joined  the Unilever Pakistan Board upon her return in 2016 as Foods & Refreshment lead. She is also director of the Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited board and has been busy  the proud winner of 8 PAS awards last year. Farheen is a mother to two boys and believes her life is extremely energetic due to having two pre-teens in her life! Farheen prides herself on her purpose of life which is “Unapologetic drive to create a “WOW” balance!” Farheen joined Unilever as a Management Trainee in 1998 right out of college. She has worked in a number of categories across both Home & Personal Care category leading brands like Lux, Fair & Lovely & Lifebuoy. She then joined the Wall’s Ice Cream business as Head of Marketing & Sales. Farheen spent 2014-15 in Turkey as Brand Development Director Ice Cream North Africa, Middles East & Turkey. She worked with the global team and crafted an innovation & communication program for the portfolio that was instrumental in bringing the NAMET ice cream business back to sustained double-digit growth. She joined  the Unilever Pakistan Board upon her return in 2016 as Foods & Refreshment lead. She is also director of the Unilever Pakistan Foods Limited board and has been busy  the proud winner of 8 PAS awards last year.   Farheen is a mother to two boys and believes her life is extremely energetic due to having two pre-teens in her life! Farheen prides herself on her purpose of life which is “Unapologetic drive to create a “WOW” balance!”
Farhan Khan
CEO - Starcom
Farhan joined Starcom Pakistan in March 2017. He was with Starcom MENA for 10 years and worked on industries like Automotive, FMCG, Telecom Technology, Healthcare & Fashion. He is a dynamic & performance driven professional with 19 years of media and research experience across different geographies at both multinational and local conglomerates. He has an entrepreneurial leadership style with the passion, tenacity and vision in directing core management activities to drive business growth with key focus on Digital media. Farhan is a “disruptor” who has the innovative strategic planning skills to create “Meaningful Human Experiences” that lasts long term brand & consumer relationship. He believes focusing & investing in Data & Technology to become future ready agency. He also believes that nothing is impossible if you have the will.
Aleem Durrani
CEO - Media Pulse
An entrepreneur driven by his passion to give back to society, Aleem is among distinguished personalities of Pakistan’s marketing, advertising, media, and public relations sectors. During his professional career spanning over two decades, he excelled in brand marketing introducing new brands that to this day rule Pakistani households. He also founded Media Pulse and Media Matters – Pakistan’s leading media planning and public relations firms respectively – providing expert consulting to a diverse range of top-notch multinational and blue-chip organizations. Aleem has served on the executive council of the Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) and the media technical committee of Pakistan Advertisers Society (PAS), a Member of Electronic Media Council of Pakistan Advertising Association (PAA) besides being associated with business schools as a visiting faculty member. He actively participates in social development programs and strives to nurture the most talented winning teams in advertising, media planning, and communication sectors. Aleem holds a Master’s degree in Marketing, in addition to several leadership courses under his belt.
Shahnoor Ahmed
CEO - SpectrumY&R
Shahnoor Ahmed is the founding Chairman and CEO of Spectrum Communications (Private) Limited. A graduate from Karachi University, he started his career in 1970 and has worked for some of Pakistan’s top advertising agencies. Shahnoor set up Spectrum Communications, in 1978. Starting with a few clients, the agency rapidly grew with the acquisition of some of the finest blue-chip accounts: American Express Bank & Travel Services, Sandoz, Colgate-Palmolive, Mitchell’s Fruit Farms, English Biscuit Manufacturers, ABN AMRO Bank and later The Futures Group, Citibank, PIA, Chevron, LU Biscuits, etc. The agency, in a tradition set by Shahnoor, allows creative freedom and continues to attract the best talent in the country. In 1995, Spectrum entered into an affiliation with Young & Rubicam now known as VMLY&R which is part of WPP – one of thethe world’s largest communication group. Shahnoor personally ensures the adoption of WPP’s global policies and liaises with the network on shared accounts. He is responsible for new business development, as well as overall agency management.
Sadia Qutubuddin
Executive Creative Director - Ogivly & Mather
Sadia is an Advertising and Branding professional leveraging seventeen years of expertise in varied advertising mediums with a proven talent for capturing audiences' hearts and minds to drive success for startups and Global Fortune 500 corporations. She is the Executive Creative Director at Ogilvy (Pvt) Ltd. and excels in strategic creativity with expertise in writing TV commercials, copy and graphic design. She has worked on numerous social and commercial campaigns, focusing on local and foreign banking, telecoms, and FMCG industries. Sadia is also a Fulbright Scholar with a recent MFA in Film and TV Production. Having written, produced, directed and edited six short films;  thus she brings an enhanced understanding of media, entertainment, storytelling and consumer insights to the table
Ali A. Rizvi
CEO - What’s Next
Graduated in 1998 Ali has over 20 yrs. of experience in management, marketing communications and advertising with leading advertising agencies and is credited for turning around 2 agencies from years of operating losses to positive earnings within the first year of taking over operational reigns. Ali focuses on building communication strategies that lead to work that is effective because it is fresh, entertaining and intelligent. He has extensive experience at senior management level working in top agencies on clients both multinational and local conglomerates, be it repositioning for a global brand, media buying and planning for telecom giants, Strategic Communication for international donors, experiential marketing for single largest activation project. He has worked closely in sectors ranging from airlines, beverages, confectionary, dairy, energy drinks, Pharmaceuticals, FMCG, telecom, tobacco and others. He spent close to 2 years working on public relations for global brands such as P&G, Toyota Indus, Emirates Airlines, TCS and others. Ali has extensive experience of telecommunications industry and led the creative and media team that relaunched telecom leaders Mobilink, Telenor & Ufone in Pakistan and Banglalink in Bangladesh along with launching iconic brands like Indigo, Jazz, Talkshawk, djuice & easypaisa. In 2006 Aurora Awards his agency team won 9 awards for Telenor’s ad campaigns and PAS award for Ufone communications in 2012 & 15. He is a prominent writer in leading marketing magazines and has been part of the jury for PAS Awards for last 3 years.
Waheed Bhatti
Advisor: Marketing, Brand Development, Communications - Stride, The Netherlands
With undiminishing energy, passion and enthusiasm, Waheed Bhatti is keeping the skill alive to grasp the bigger picture and quickly bring the most complex situations down to a single issue, clearly define the vision and the mission, make sure both are internalized and get the best team together that turns the situation around. He has been based in Pakistan, Germany, The Middle East, The Netherlands, Indonesia, Singapore and back to The Netherlands, managing a range of global brands worldwide from the USA to Australia. They include Unilever, Philips, Nestle, Kellogg’s, Colgate Palmolive, Emirates, etc. Other than unifying and centralizing several global brands, he has successfully built the agency networks in Eastern Europe and the Middle East, and got Indonesian operations out of severe crisis. Mr. Bhatti has also been on the “other side of the table” as the EVP worldwide marketing for Commodore. He has been a “senior expert at PUM Netherlands advising in setting up a Digital company in Indonesia and an Organic Food business in Macedonia. The agencies he has worked with are Asiatic, Ogilvy, JWT, Y&R and DDB. He spoke at many international marketing and advertising events. For last few years, Mr. Bhatti has been working as an advisor marketing, brand development and communications and has always been a keen supporter of the industry in Pakistan.
Dr. Farrah Arif
Professor - LUMS
Dr Farrah Arif – LUMS Professor and PhD Cambridge- is the Founder & CEO of EdTech Worx - an education technology company. The company’s innovative educational products are positioned to develop high quality human capital in Pakistan and abroad. With a distinguished career as educationist, corporate trainer, strategic thinker and strategy consultant, Farrah has helped many organizations optimize their business strategy to drive sustainable revenue growth and profits. Her clientele includes large corporations such as Telenor, Jazz, Packages, EasyPaisa, Engro Foods and Bulleh Shah Packages. Her areas of specialty are Business Digital Transformation Strategy, Marketing in the Digital Age, Consumer Data Analytics and Simulation, and Design Thinking.
Cyrus Shah
Head of Brand and Marketing - Standard Chartered Bank
Cyrus Shah is an MBA with specialization in Marketing. He is a result oriented Marketer/Banking Professional with more than 18 years of demonstrable and diversified experience across leading MNC's like Standard Chartered Bank, Citigroup, Philips Electrical, FedEx etc of delivering resulted oriented marketing programs at both Regional and Country marketing roles spanning across Asia, Middle East & Africa.
Aly Mustansir
Trainer & Consultant - AlyM Brand Consulting
Aly Mustansir began his professional life with Unilever. He spent a significant part of his career with the company in Pakistan and abroad, and was responsible for major assignments including launch of Wall’s Ice Cream in Pakistan, turnaround of the Sri Lankan ice cream business, and relaunch of the 50-year old Lifebuoy brand. In 2006, Aly joined HBL (Habib Bank Limited) as Head of Marketing & Brand Management where he relaunched the brand with a new positioning and corporate identity, and centralized Marketing for all businesses of the bank across the globe. During his tenure, HBL was awarded the “Buzziest Brand” in the financial industry. In June 2013, Aly joined the Abu Dhabi Group in Pakistan as the Chief Marketing Officer of Bank Alfalah. He relaunched the Alfalah brand and restructured the marketing process and organization. In 2017, Bank Alfalah received a Superbrand nomination as well as other marketing awards including a PAS Award for Best Financial Services Campaign. Aly advises and guides companies on building brands for business growth, optimizing marketing infrastructure and budgets, and using media effectively and efficiently. He also trains marketing teams on developing strong and insightful communication. Aly has served two terms as Chairman of the Pakistan Advertisers Society. The PAS Awards were launched during his first tenure. Aly also serves on the jury of international marketing awards and delivers lectures on Marketing and Branding to a variety of audiences within and outside Pakistan. Aly has received various prestigious awards including the MAP Excellence Award for ‘Contribution to the field of Marketing Management’ in 2011, and ‘Asia’s Most Influential CMO’ by the World Brand Congress in 2015.
Sarwar Khan
Managing Director - Maxsus Global
Sarwar Khan has been in the media/advertising industry for almost 20 years and is currently working with Maxus (groupm) as Managing Director. He started his career in 1999 with mullenlowe as a media planner and after five years left them as Director Media Services. In 2004, he joined Mindshare as the Head of Corporate Business where he spent a year and a half and had the opportunity to work on some of the leading brands in the country. In late 2005, he launched Maxus Pakistan and today after 13 years, maxus is one of the leading media agencies in the country, serving its clients across multiple disciplines like media planning and buying, activations, content development, brand consultancy and digital services
Noaman Asar
Managing Director - Millward Brown Pakistan
Noaman leads Kantar in Pakistan as Managing Director. He is associated with Kantar for the last 5 years and can be credited for the successful launch of Millward Brown in Pakistan. In the last 2 years he has effectively brought together all brands in Pakistan under the roof of Kantar. Before Kantar, Noaman was at another WPP company – JWT, as their National Planning Director. He served JWT for 4 ½ years. He joined Oasis as Deputy Director from 2007 to 2009. Noaman has vast experience on client side too with Procter and Gamble (1998-2003), Al-Ghurair Foods (2003-2004) and Sunbulah (2004-2007). His career gave him an opportunity to work on brands like Pantene, Ariel, Pampers, Sunbulah, Al-Shifa, Shell and Olpers in 3 different geographies (Pakistan, UAE and KSA). Overall, Noaman has over 20 years of experience in four industries (FMCG, advertising, research and media). He enjoys reading books, coaching youth and delivering talks as hobby.
Muhammad Ehtisham Khan
GM Marketing - Candyland
Ehtisham is the General Manager - Marketing at Candyland Pakistan. Being the head of marketing of Pakistan’s leading confectionary, he oversees a diverse portfolio of more than 40 brands spread across 10 categories. Ehtisham has a versatile commercial background with a forte in marketing strategy and innovation management at several multinational and local companies like J&J, Abbott Consumer, Tapal and Engro Foods. During the course his career, he has had the opportunity to lead marketing functions for different markets in the MENA region. His credentials also include experience in retail excellence and revenue growth management. Ehtisham is passionate about giving back to the community through his teaching efforts at different business schools. He is a keen golfer and an avid reader.
Eqan Ali Khan
General Manager Strategy, Business Development & Innovation - ICI Pakistan Limited
Mr. Eqan Ali Khan has over two decades of diversified leadership experience in corporate strategy, business operations, marketing and business development. He is a growth specialist and enjoys working with multi-functional teams to develop and execute business turnaround. He is currently the General Manager for Strategy, Business Development & Innovation and a part of the corporate leadership team at ICI Pakistan Limited. In this role, he is responsible to develop corporate strategy & growth pillars for the organization as well as lead business development initiatives and drive Innovation. Under his leadership, the company has launched EXPLORE - ICI Pakistan’s first intrapreneurship program for corporate innovation. Prior to joining ICI Pakistan Limited, Mr. Eqan worked for Engro Corporation in various leadership positions. As Director - Consumer Staple Foods, he orchestrated the turnaround of Engro’s consumer staples business and led the launch of ‘Onaaj’, which was recognized as the ‘Best in Culinary’ by Pakistan Advertiser’s Society. As Head of Strategy, Business Development & Finance; he was instrumental in developing Engro Corporation’s strategy & growth pillars and for the successful launch of ‘Engro Rupiya’ and ‘Engro Islamic Rupiya’. As Business Head - Commodities, he delivered growth & profitability in Agribusiness as well as started operations in other commodities. He was also the Secretary of the Board Investment Committee of Engro Corporation for 4 years. A marketer at heart, he has held various positions in Marketing & Sales through his career and holds a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
Khurram Koraishy
General Manager Marketing - Al Karam Textiles
A graduate of the Judge Business School, University of Cambridge, Koraishy started his career with a brief stint in sales at the agrochemical and pharmaceutical company, American Cyanamid. He moved on to Unilever where he spent almost eleven years working on some of the company’s top brands including Axe, Brooke Bond, Lux, Ponds, Surf Excel and Sunsilk, progressing from management trainee to regional brand director during that time. During his stint with Unilever he worked both in Pakistan and internationally in Thailand. Amongst many award winning campaigns Sunsilk 21st century woman reality show won a global Mindshare award for best TV content. Subsequently, he joined PepsiCo as Marketing Director Beverages for the Pakistan market unit (responsible for Pakistan & Afghanistan). Highlights of his tenure there included a PAS Award in 2012 for Pepsi’s 2011 Ramzan campaign, highly successful launch of Sting in the energy category, PepsiCo’s global Mountain Dew Un-containable award for delivering sustained highest global growth in the largest Mountain Dew market outside the USA. Pepsico Pakistan marketing was awarded best marketing unit in the Business unit competing with 8 different countries. After leaving Pepsico, Koraishy worked at Damas in theUAE in the luxury retail industry as Marketing Head covering UAE and 11 markets in the region. This stint was followed by a stint as General Manager Marketing at Tapal Tea, which is Pakistan’s largest tea company where he delivered sustained double-digit growth over more than 3 years and won a PAS award for best campaign in hot beverages for Chenak brand. Since mid-2016 Khurram has been involved with ECOM PK Pvt. Ltd as a partner focusing on strategy and business development. In 2014-15, Koraishy has also served as the Chairman of the Pakistan Advertisers Society, which is an industry body that represents the industry’s interest in various forums including lobbying with the government. Koraishy also serves on the board of Move Pakistan Foundation which is an NGO/charity focused on education and healthcare for underprivileged children in Orangi town, Karachi. Khurram likes to escape to the golf course on the weekend and is an avid Crossfit and running enthusiast during the workweek.
Zulfiqar Ansari
General Manager Marketing - Tapal Tea
Zulfiqar Ansari is an MBA with over 18 years of experience in brand development and brand building in a number of key FMCG categories. He started his career at Unilever Pakistan Limited working on brands like Lux, Energile and Clear and has since worked in leadership positions in the marketing functions of ZIL, Engro Foods Limited, and English Biscuit Manufacturers. A veteran of over 50 campaigns and some landmark media innovations, he currently is the General Manager Marketing in Tapal Tea Pvt. Ltd, the largest tea company of Pakistan, purveyor of brands such as Tapal Danedar, Tapal Family Mixture, and Tapal Mezban. An avid automobile enthusiast, he enjoys restoring and racing cars.
Madeeha Noor
CEO – The Idea-list
Writer, dreamer, believer in all things magic, Madeeha Noor has also found time to dabble in advertising the past 17 years as a Strategist and Creative head, galvanizing powerhouse brands like Coca Cola, PepsiCo and Nestle. Currently she is busy brewing potions of love and healing in her cauldron of hope and spends her weekends contemplating the color blue.
Naveed Asghar
Naveed is a highly energetic, action oriented business leader with 25 years of rich experience with some leading blue chip multi-national companies, across different geographies. He has an enviable track record. He is considered to be a dynamic communicator; a strategic thinker, possess strong inter-personal skills. He has delivered in various leadership roles & takes pride in building some of most high voltage brands & teams. He is currently the CMO at HBL over the last 4 years.
Ali Rashid Khan
Director Marketing - National Foods
Ali Rashid became a marketer out of a natural curiosity to understand why we as people make certain decisions the way we do and in the 11 plus years of experience in marketing and sales, that curiosity has only grown. This quest started with Reckitt Benckiser in 2006 and since then he has worked at GSK Consumer Healthcare, Engro Foods and National Foods Limited, a journey through which Ali has had the privilege of managing household brands like Olper’s Milk, National Recipe Mixes, Dettol, Horlicks and Omore. He has an MBA from IBA Karachi and an MSc in International Marketing from the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow. Ali is currently managing the Spice Division for both local and international markets at National Foods.
Asif Aziz
Chief Commercial Officer - Jazz
Asif is Chief Commercial Officer of Jazz, Pakistan’s leading telecom operator with over 56 million subscribers. Asif led the rebrand of Mobilink to JAZZ, which was a more customer focused brand. He was then instrumental in the merger of Jazz and Warid, having successfully transferred the brand equity of Warid to build a new, reinvigorated Jazz brand. Asif has over 25 years of experience in telecom organisations across Europe, Africa and Middle East. He is a specialist in launching services in technologically challenged & emerging markets. Asif is a British national, with master’s degree in business Administration from Ashridge Management School, UK. Additionally, Asif is a Chartered Marketer having gained his certification in 1997. He is a global citizen having lived in multiple countries. He is fluent in English, Urdu and has a basic proficiency of Arabic and French.
Samra Maqbool
Head of Communications & Marketing Services - Nestle
After completing her MBA in International Business from University of Bristol, UK, Samra joined Nestlé Pakistan as a Management Trainee in 2000. Samra is passionate about great brand building, and has been instrumental in developing a culture of experimentation and innovation in Nestlé Pakistan. Her sponsorship of Digital as a key communication platform coupled with focused capability building, have been pivotal in transforming how we communicate with consumers. During her time as the Communications Director, she drew inspiration from young talent, many of whom she had a chance to mentor, whilst also contributing positively to some of our iconic local as well as global billion dollar strategic brands. Samra’s high spirited, passionate demeanor makes her an effective and authentic leader and a role model. She’s married and has 2 children. With a career spanning over 18 years in Marketing and Communication functions, she’s gathered a diverse marketing and management experience and has recently assumed a new role as Head of Strategy and New Business Development.
Sami Qahar
Marketing Director - Haleeb Foods
Currently holding the reins at Haleeb Foods as Head of Marketing, Sami Qahar has over 15 years of solid experience in the FMCG business with global giants like Nestle, Mondelez, and Henkel. Sami has found his calling whilst leading Haleeb Foods back to its former glory with innovative new products that resonate deeply with their customers. Being an IBA grad and a keen learner, Sami is in the process of completing his doctorate in Business Psychology from Strathclyde University, Glasgow. Besides that, he is also the co-founder of ‘Marketing Phir Say’ that aims to close the gap between what is taught at business schools and what actually happens in the cut-throat corporate world. An avid film critic, sports fanatic and brand analysts, Sami contributes to a number of well-known publications nationwide that make for both emotionally & analytically appealing reads.
Omer Jilani
CEO - HAPPA Studios
Omer Jilani, Entrepreneur & Graphic Designer, founded Happa studios in 2006 with the idea to create exceptional design and communication. A graduate of the Florence Design Academy, Omer believes good design is always good business and the right design agency will think like the client and push brands to be the best. Happa studios offers creative communication solutions including graphic design, social media photography and videography. Omer’s ethos reflects in the design aesthetic of the studio: form follows function. Taking this idea one step further, Omer initiated a start-up support where Happa studios invests in viable new companies and small businesses that require creative and digital marketing such as COLABS, Pakistan’s first customised co working space, and Uninama, a student centric website offering deals and discounts.
Nida Haider
Managing Partner & Group Brand Strategy Director - IAL Saatchi & Saatchi
Nida Haider is the Managing Partner and Group Brand Strategy Director at IAL, Saatchi & Saatchi in Karachi. An English Literature graduate from Bennington College in the US, Nida has been instrumental in developing and expanding the role of Account Planning in the advertising industry in Pakistan With almost 20 years experience at top agencies like Young & Rubicam in New York City and Goodby, Silverstein and Partners in San Francisco, Nida has assumed multiple roles from Client Services to Copywriting to Strategy throughout her career. During her time at GS&P, her team won several International advertising awards for Doritos “Crash The Super Bowl” including an Effie for business results. Doritos also made advertising history by airing the first ever consumer-generated ad for a national stage. This was an industry first, that many now follow. In 2010, Nida joined IAL, Saatchi & Saatchi as Head of Brand Strategy. Within a year, she and her team brought home the first ever major international award won in Pakistan: the Communication Arts Advertising award for a print ad raising awareness for acid attack victims. This ad was also shortlisted for a Clio, another first for Pakistan. Additionally, she has strategically led pitches that have doubled the agency’s business in just five years. Her passions are travel, coffee and trying to make sense of millennials.
Humayun Farooq
Director Marketing - RB Pakistan
Marketer by passion and a food connoisseur outside work, Humayun Farooq is the current Marketing Director for the Health portfolio at RB Pakistan. Post his Masters degree from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Farooq has an extensive marketing experience spanning over 15 years. He has been the mastermind behind several breakthrough campaigns both locally and internationally in the beauty, healthcare, personal care and food industries. As a marketer, he believes in driving brands by finding their emotional connect in addition to their functional benefit. He is a strong propagator of leading brands with a purpose to ensure social impact over and above the commercial gains. Beyond work, Farooq is a food lover and is always up for experimenting food and sharing his experiences through his blog. He has a zeal for traveling and adventures in addition to him being a fitness freak in his daily routine. Work, eat, travel (staying fit!) – and repeat!
Quratulain Ibrahim
Managing Director - Nielsen Pakistan
Quratulain has over 20 years of marketing research management and training experience. She is the Managing Director of Nielsen Pakistan. Quratulain is a passionate Information Consultant and has spearheaded the development of the Wealth Index (Socio-Economic classification, living standard measures) of Pakistani households. She also represents Pakistan at ESOMAR (Global society which promotes and regulates market research practices worldwide) and is a regular speaker at various industry fora.
Fawaz Ahmed
COO - Ismail Industries
Fawaz is the Chief Operating Officer for the Snackcity Division at Ismail Industries Limited, one of the largest FMCG companies of Pakistan. Previously he was Head of Marketing for all the food divisions in the company, i.e. Candyland, Bisconni and Snackcity where he was responsible for the strategy development and execution of the company’s 45 brands spreading over 4 food categories. Under his leadership the company developed communications that were more creative, consistent and impactful resulting in a marked improvement in brand perception and growth. Fawaz has around 20 years’ experience developing brands in the FMCG and Consumer Durables sectors. He has actively worked in promoting and building brands in a variety of cultures and has traveled to over 30 countries as part of his brand assignments. He has a proven track record of effectively developing and executing strategy that deliver business results.
Faisal Durrani
Managing Partner - Digital Invasion Films
With over 20 years of experience, Faisal Durrani has worked with many of the world’s leading agencies including McCann, FCB, JWT, and Ogilvy to name but a few; and countless popular brands like Coca Cola, Nestlé, PepsiCo, HBL, SC Johnson, Gillette etc. Under his leadership as the Managing Director, BBDO Pakistan, won almost all prestigious advertising awards both locally and internationally. He currently spearheads digital film production and content as the Managing Partner of his business venture, Digital Invasion Films. When he isn’t solving complex challenges at work, you’ll find Faisal roaring a two-wheeler on the streets of Karachi or displaying his culinary skills in the kitchen!
Assam Khalid
Strategic Planning Director - BBDO Pakistan
Working as both a Creative Director & the Strategic Planning Director at BBDO Pakistan, Assam is one of the most prolific advertising award winners in the region, having won close to 300 international industry accolades - including 2 Gold Cannes Lions. He is the #1 Strategic Planning Director in Pakistan & MENA and is one of the top 3 in the world as ranked by the Big Won Report in 2015. Armed with a Masters degree in Advertising from the University of Texas at Austin and over a decade of experience in creative communication, Assam has a real passion for creating disruptive ideas. He has served on Juries for a number of international advertising awards and has been a speaker at Dubai Lynx and Spikes Asia. He has also been a speaker at the University of Oxford and the London School of Economics and has also given 2 TEDx talks.
Asima Haq
Director Beauty & Personal Care - Unilever Pakistan
Asima has 18+ years of FMCG experience across local and international markets. Currently she is looking after the ‘Beauty & Personal Care ‘division for Unilever Pakistan and is part of the local Management Committee. She has been with Unilever since 2001 and has worked across various categories including cleansing, hair care, skin care, foods and beverages. In 2015, she got expatriated to PT. Unilever Indonesia and was responsible for their hair business till she moved back to Pakistan last year. Asima enjoys watching films and photography. A foodie at heart, loves cooking, travelling and meeting new people.
Amna Khatib Paracha
GM Digital - GroupM
Amna Khatib Paracha is a veteran of the media industry and has been part of the communication world since the last 18+ years. She started he career with Interflow moving to Joining Mindshare in 2001. Where she joined as a Media planner and then climbed the ranks to Head of Corporate Planning Business. From MS, in 2008 Amna moved to MediaCom (now Starcom). In 2009, she joined Universal McCann - the media arm of Orient McCann in the capacity of COO and started and led the media business. In 2011, Amna shifted career's from Traditional communication planning to Digital planning when she joined Converge Technology and led the digital business in the capacity of Vice President of the company. Under her leadership the company rose to one of the top Digital agencies of Pakistan working on Unilever, Nestle and Mobilink digital businesses. Amna re-Joined GroupM in 2014 and established the Digital arm for GroupM. GroupM works across all the group agencies in Pakistan, and is now the leading Digital agency in Pakistan. For their achievements in 2016 & 17, they also won Campaign Asia "GOLD" Digital agency of Pakistan along with outshining the SAF GroupM agencies by being crowned the New ME award winner. Amna's expertise is spread across Brand and Communication Strategic planning, Innovation and Ideation in Traditional and Digital media. Setting up successful business operations, Trainings and business development.
Adnan Syed
Chief Creative Officer - Adcom Leo Burnette
Adnan dreamed of becoming an architect. Always. Advertising was never on the radar; at best a vague blip on the periphery. Fate obviously had other plans. Architecture veered off into design territory and, 25 years later, with experience of delivering award-winning communication solutions for top tier local and multi-national brands, he is now Chief Innovation Officer at Adcom Leo Burnett/Zenith. Under his leadership as Creative Director, and then Chief Creative Officer, Adcom built a formidable reputation as a creative powerhouse, winning the highest number of local awards in the past two decades. He has been an active proponent of bridging the academic and professional design fields, teaching communication and architectural design, authoring articles for trade publications, as well as jurying at academic and industry awards. Design craft has been a life-long fascination and as an avid watercolourist, he believes nothing can soothe and inspire the mind better than laying-down the perfect wash!
Shagorika Heryani
Head of Strategy, MENA – Grey
Shagorika is an experienced brand strategist and marketer with a career spanning 15+ years. As Head of Strategy for Grey MENA, Shagorika helps brands invigorate their businesses and drive leadership by maximizing their digital-first marketing ecosystem, directly impacting purchase, brand reputation and loyalty. She leads Grey’s efforts to deliver famously effective strategies that sit at the intersection of cultural behaviour, consumer motivation, and technology.
Tahaab Rais
Regional Head of Strategy, MENA - FP7
Possessing strategic leadership, integrated communications, and management experience spanning MEA and Asia, Tahaab specializes in Business and Data Analysis, Brand Strategy, Creative Strategy, Content Strategy and Digital Strategy, Cross-channel Integrated Solutions, Relationship Marketing and Customer Experience Management. He heads strategy, data, intelligence and creative effectiveness for FP7/McCann Worldgroup across the MENAT region. As an industry thought-leader, he speaks on international and regional stages and also, acts as a creative mentor for young marketers, advertisers and start-ups on all things to do with creativity and marketing in the new-age. He loves playing with creative technologies and gaming, he enjoys learning from movies, and expresses himself through photography and poetry. He also runs his own start-up and an NGO. And loves being a dad!
Usama Qureshi
CEO - Hamdard Laboratories
Mr. Usama Qureshi is one of the youngest leaders in the corporate sector with over 18 years of experience in general management, stakeholders’ management, marketing and business turnaround. He is currently serving as Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of Hamdard Laboratories (Waqf) Pakistan, the leading manufacturer and supplier of FMCG, herbal medicines & healthcare products. In just one year of his take over, Usama has transformed Hamdard into an exciting, modern and technology driven organization. Hamdard Pakistan is not only having a fresh brand outlook, perception and packaging of over 500 products in Hamdard’s portfolio has been enhanced after the successful rebrand of a 110-years-old brand. Prior to his role at Hamdard, Usama was engaged at K-Electric Limited as the Chief Marketing & Communication Officer and Chief of Staff. At K- Electric, he was an integral part of the top tier team that led to a complete turnaround of the organization, receiving various accolades for playing a lead role in revitalizing K-Electric. His biggest contribution, among various others, was the successful re-branding of K-Electric from KESC, an initiative led by him, leading into not only change in brand image but also the overall perception of the organization. In his former role at Pakistan State Oil (PSO), looking after the ‘fuel cards’ finance and operations unit. Usama is the Co-Founder and Director of Oasis Energy Limited, a Dubai (DIFC) based holistic solution provider of power generation, transmission and distribution of electricity. He is also a member of the Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI) serving as Chairman, Standing Committee on Energy, and Director of Pakistan – UK and Pakistan – UAE Business Councils.
Sara Koraishy
CEO - JWT I Grey
Experienced in the communications industry – Sara started her advertising career in 2002 with JWT Pakistan before taking on international assignments in Bangkok and in London. In 2010, she moved to Publicis (RED Communications) Lahore, as Pakistan Business Director where she was responsible for the overall P&L. Sara then joined Lowe MENA before returning to JWT Pakistan in 2016 as General Manager Karachi & Islamabad, where she has been successfully managing a diverse portfolio of clients. She was appointed CEO for JWT | GREY at the start of 2019 where under her leadership the agency will offer end to end marketing & communications expertise and capabilities offered by both the networks, across all disciplines including; creative, digital, design, social media, shopper marketing, activation, and production.
Saad N Pall
Director Marketing - Uber
Saad is a marketing strategy professional with more than a decade of experience in marketing and consulting at companies like Coca-Cola, Accenture and SAP, spanning geographies including the US, Singapore and Pakistan. He currently leads marketing at Uber in Pakistan. Saad has an MBA from Emory University’s Goizueta Business School, and is an active member of the Fulbright Alumni Association.
Qashif Effendi
CEO - Reem Rice Mills
Qashif Effendi has over 24 years’ international experience of working at CEO, Director and General Management positions in multinationals in the MENA and South Asia regions. He has worked with Chevron, Philips, Unilever, Tetley, Abu Dhabi National Industrial Projects Co., UAE and currently as CEO at Reem Rice Mills (Pvt.) Ltd, a 100% multinational JV of Al Ghurair UAE and Al Mohaidib KSA. Brands like Philips Whirlpool, Dalda Cooking Oil, Brooke Bond Supreme, Tetley and Reem achieved tremendous growth during his stewardship. He is an alumnus of IBA with a passion for learning. He has been a visiting faculty at IBA, Szabist and CBM for over 13 years teaching Brand Management, Marketing, Advertising and Technopreneurship. Voted as one of 100 top performing company CEO’s in 2017 by CEO Club Pakistan, he is an advisor to the Board of WE-NET (Pakistan Women Entrepreneurs Network for Trade).
Omar Abedin
Director Marketing - Careem
Omar graduated from IBA in Karachi with an MBA in marketing in 1991, and since then has worked in multiple geographies on many different categories, brands & businesses. Throughout his career, Omar has enjoyed working with organizations that value innovation, insight & data-based decision-making & team development to drive towards developing powerful brands as a part of the culture. His role has been that of change agent, revenue engine & growth driver. From 2010-2014, Omar advised brands across multiple categories and geographies on various aspects of marketing & sales. He also developed & launched 3 start-ups, including 800-Battery, the Middle East's first roadside battery replacement service. More recently, Omar led Starcom Mediavest Pakistan, a leading media agency in Pakistan, as CEO. He currently works at Careem Pakistan as Marketing Director. Omar has also published a book on personal branding titled "Building Brand YOU!". It's available at http://tinyurl.com/o2q9vxl.
Faiza Khan
Chief Disruptor – Core Innovations
Avid Storyteller – Ideas ATM – Strategy Advocate Jumped deep into the bad, bad world of advertising more than 15 years ago and never looked back. With award-winning work under her belt, Faiza remains a woman on a mission- to create and curate great advertising. Always in a state of evolution, she combines ingenuity and innovation, fostering a deeper resonance on all platforms.
Khwaja Shariq Mustafa
CMO - Telenor
Shariq is a career marketing professional with proven record of achievements in business development and brand management across industries. He has served in various positions both in Telecom as well as FMCG sector locally and internationally. He prides himself as a consumer champion with expertise in marketing best practices. He is skilled at leading multi-functional & multi-cultural teams, a skill acquired through his diverse experience spanning various organizations and positions. Currently, he serves as Director Marketing for Telenor Pakistan.
Maryam Wazirzada
Managing Director - Iris Communications
A prominent, sought after entrepreneur, consultant trainer, and marketing researcher, Maryam Wazirzada is dedicated towards helping organizations unleash the untapped potential of their teams since the past 20 years. Her current strategic focus is on her marketing research business and along with that Maryam and her business partner, also happen to be the only women in Pakistan who also own a brand activation firm. Besides being a marketing consultant, Maryam has been passionate about corporate training for the past 18 years. She is also one of the Managing Partners for FranklinCovey Pakistan, which is a franchise for the largest brand in the world of human and organizational development. Maryam is a senior consultant for FranklinCovey Pakistan where her expertise allows her to make a difference in the training and HR world.
Imran Afzal
CEO - Vowel Communications
Imran Afzal is currently the CEO and Co-Founder of VOWEL, a full-service advertising and communication hot-shop with emphasis on creative & production. Before this, Imran was the CEO of JWT Pakistan from 2015 till 2018. With almost two decades of industry experience of working on brands like Coca-Cola, Unilever, Shell, Nestle, BAT, Pepsi, HBL, Ufone, Honda and many more, Imran is a specialist in the management of brand architecture and brand building, as well as a leading expert in Pakistani consumer psychology. Imran started his career at Publicis in 1999 with HP as his first client, there was no looking back since then and his career steered through McCann, Ogilvy, Evernew and landing him at JWT in 2009. In 2011 Imran was tasked to establish Walter Pakistan a division of WPP where he and his team won Pakistan’s first ever APAC Effie Award in 2013 for a Pepsi Pakistan campaign.
Faisal Rana
Head of Communications & Marketing Services - Nestle
Faisal Rana joined Nestlé Pakistan as Head of Communications and Marketing Services in August 2018. Faisal brings with him tremendous experience with his previous marketing and commercial assignments in Pakistan as well in other complex markets like Nestle Malaysia and Nestle Philippines. During his career, Faisal has worked on various commercial positions. He was Group Brand Manager and later Commercial Head for Nestlé Waters retail business and played a pivotal role in complete restructuring of the Nestlé Waters organization as well as driving strong market leadership. In 2008, he was appointed Head of Trade Marketing and before moving abroad, Faisal was the Business Executive Officer for Coffee, Beverages & CPW. During his time in Malaysia & Philippines, he has gained experience with various Marketing & Communications units of the company, where he successfully drove improvements in media, marketing excellence, communication strategy, creative development and agency management etc., delivering greater transparency, spend efficiency with focus on ROI, creating significant value for the organization. He has also been representing Nestle in wider FMCG industry forums as well. His earlier experience of managing the Communications & Marketing Services Department in the first half of 2017 has helped further strengthen his well-entrenched knowledge of the Pakistani Market.
Ehmer Kirmani
CEO - MI Films
Ehmer Kirmani is an Imagery Producer & Film Director at MI FILMS WORLDWIDE, someone with over 20 years of experience working in advertising & Film Industry. His journey started with his foray in strategy & creative in advertising, working with global agencies on leading brands like Nestle, LU, IFFCO, Jazz, Toyota, Emirate, BAT, Phillips & Morris, Al Futtaim, New Holland Tractor, General Tyre, Tapal, National, Hilal, Mayfair, Capri, Golden Pearl, HOM, TCS, Roche, Novartis, GSK, 3M, Meezan Bank, Bank Alfalah, Dulux, etc. and creating some of the most iconic brands. However, passion drew him into starting MI Films Worldwide and with his prior experience with the best brands in the world, he tapped into a need in our market – the need to tell great brand stories through the magic of film. He has been working with creative agencies & media houses as their imagery TVC productions partner, directing and producing the captivating stories for world's leading brands by creating the visual identities and pushing the boundary of beautiful imagery to produced inspiring brand imagery that’s bring the magic in every film he do. Over a decade working closely producing work with a range of film directors, table top directors and cinematographers, his commercial directions predominantly revolves around categories like personal & beauty care, food & beverage, automotive & durable, life & style and table top premium food content where his interested in creating visually appealing & inspiring work that has a cinematic style & approach. If agency have a brand story to tell, his job is to work with agency’s creative team, with a storyteller's heart, he knows how to unlock the magic and translate that into a story that people love.
Azam Jalal Khan
CEO - Digitz
Azam Jalal Khan, is a Tech Product Manager turned marketer with over 17 years of experience in Digital Media and Technologies spanning from North America to Asia. From developing his first iPhone app, before the first iPhone was released in North America, Azam has dabbled in different industries and regions to build mobile and digital strategies.Since, he moved back to Pakistan, Azam has spearheaded and developed Pakistan's largest digital media agency covering a vast client base. Working on companies like Coca-Cola, GSK, P&G, Unilever, Toyota and many more, Azam has been able to develop power teams that have delivered various award winning digital media campaigns. His agency has been awarded as the Best Digital Agency by Campaign Asia in 2018. He graduated from University of Windsor with a double major in Software Engineering and Internet Marketing.
Farah Sayeed
Independent Consultant
With a major in Philosophy, Farah started her career as a banker. But when she moved to Chicago in the 90s, the dot com boom was in full swing. She switched industries and hasn’t looked back since. Passion and innovation are the driving factors in all Farah does - to look at brands and see potential where none existed, or to make them the best that they can be. Be it rebranding exercises, traditional marketing campaigns, app creation, social media strategy or simply trend-spotting - these are the drivers of a perfect daily diet for Farah. Currently obsessing over ‘disruptive innovation,’ Farah lives in Karachi where she runs her own brand consultancy with a rich array of clients based in the US, Singapore, Malaysia, the UAE and Pakistan.
Babur Sultan
Business Management Consultant and Director BRANDKEY Communication Pvt Ltd
Babur Sultan has successful career of 33 years in leading national and multinational FMCG companies. Presently, working as management consultant. Last assignment was as Chief Executive Officer of Engro Foods Ltd 2015-16. Engro Foods was one of Pakistan's fastest growing and leading producers of dairy products and frozen desserts. He has played an instrumental role in acquisition process where-in FrieslandCampina acquired 51% shares of Engro Foods. FrieslandCampina is a world sixth largest dairy company. Prior taking CEO’s responsibility, served the organization as Vice President Sales and Senior Vice President Supply chain. Prior to joining Engro, worked as Head of Sales and Trade Marketing at Haleeb Foods, Head of Sales Reckitt Benckiser for their consumer division and Sales & Marketing Manager, AgrEvo, a subsidiary of Hoechst. Also served as Board member: Engro Foods Ltd, Engro Foundation, Engro Foods Supply Chain Private Limited, Dairy and Rural Development Foundation and Chairman Pakistan Dairy Association. Babur holds a Master degree in Entomology (agriculture science) from University of Karachi and attended Agri-business Management program at University of Santa Clara, California. Has Certificate of Director Education from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance while also attended Advanced Management Programs at INSEAD and Harvard.
Andy Wilson
Head of Strategy - BBDO Asia
Andy Wilson has lived and worked in Asia for eighteen years. He is the Head of Strategy for BBDO Asia, leading planners across the region and developing innovative and effective communications strategies. Under his leadership BBDO has been the most effective network in Asia-Pacific for the last 5 years.