Tuesday, November 2, 2021

A G Khalid: Masterful creative wizard

A G Khalid has been hailed as the guru to the majority of the graphic designers in the present generation in Pakistan. Many of saplings planted by him have grown into gigantic trees now. Most of his own creative designs have stood the test of the times. He surely is the living legend of the communication, design and graphic industry. He’s acclaimed to be the first person to have gained command in technology in Pakistan and then he passed on the skills to his contemporaries and students. He founded the graphic department in some of the most prestigious media organizations to be regarded as the trend-setter in the world of arts and design.

Starting his career as Art Director at Circuit Advertising, he was the creative link to have complemented the group of seasoned journalists who launched Newsline magazine with great fanfare in 1989. The following year he was lured to spearhead the Art department of The News as the Jang Group set off to bring about a revolution in newspaper trade. The logo of The News, designed by him, has continued to shine for many years even after he left the organization.

He was the Executive Director (Design) of The Carrot Company, the first state of the art production house to have pioneered the 2D graphic solution in Pakistan. He spearheaded Manhill Advertising and produced compelling designs for corporate. He then founded and headed the Art department of ARY Digital Television Network for four years before joining K & N Foods in 2004 where he has played momentous role in the phenomenal growth of the company, whose designs and products have remained market leaders for more than 15 years now.

At the KTF Education, he was engaged in teaching Pakistan’s first-ever software for desktop publishing and design. He then passed on the legacy to the new generation of artists by teaching them at the esteemed educational institutions like University of Karachi, SZABIST, Iqra University, Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture, Asian Institute of Fashion Design and Central Institute of Arts and Crafts.

Saturday, October 23, 2021

Haji Mohammad Rafiq Pardesi

Haji Muhammad Rafiq Pardesi is a Pakistani business tycoon based in Dubai UAE. Haji Rafiq started his career by stepping into his family business of textile in 1982 in Dubai UAE. Haji Rafiq strategically focused on both trade and regional diversification which led his family business to enter into real estate and gold bullion in UAE, Pakistan and Africa. Haji Rafiq took his family to the new height of success and after proving his mettle he accepted new challenges and introduced HMR Group in 2015 under his exclusive captaincy.

His leadership led the family business won numerous awards in textile trading, gold bullion and real estate in Pakistan and UAE. Haji Rafiq entered into partnership with Emaar and Al Ghurair groups of UAE and established joint ventures businesses in UAE and Pakistan for real estate development and gold refining. Goldcrest towers in JLT, Dubai; the World Trade Centre, Islamabad; and Crescent Bay Karachi are key real estate projects where pivotal role played by Haji Rafiq Pardesi exclusively and with joint venture partners.

Besides his remarkable business acumen and success, Haji Rafiq is also known for his philanthropy. Under his leadership, Barkati Foundation is providing free of cost education to under privileged children in schools, universities and Madrassas (Doctors, Engineers, Chartered Accountants, Hafiz e Quran, Islamic scholars & Mufti education).

Haji Rafiq Pardesi has the honour to become the first ever civilian honorary member of The Alamgirians Association- Military College Jhelum, Pakistan. Haji Rafiq Pardesi was awarded “Who is Who Professional Award” (Pakistan Chapter) in the category of Luxury Real Estate Development in 2016. In recognition services for the nation the Nazaria e Pakistan Council awarded Gold Medal to Haji Rafiq in 2017.

Haji Rafiq Pardesi has association with various bodies as under:

  • Director, Pakistan UAE Business Council of Federation of Pakistan Chamber of Commerce & Industry (FPCCI)
  • Member, Pakistan China Business Council of FPCCI
  • Member, Pakistan Tanzania Business Council of FPCCI
  • Member, Pakistan Morocco Business Council of FPCCI
  • Member, Sub Committee Diplomatic Mission & Embassies Liaison, The Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industry KCCI)
  • Member, Pak-China Joint Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Lahore, Pakistan
  • Member, Tanzania Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture, Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania
  • Member, Swiss Business Council, Dubai, UAE
  • Member, SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry
  • Honorary Member, The Alamgirians Association, Military College, Pakistan
  • Member Advisory Board, Sir Syed University of Engineering & Technology, Karachi.
  • Trustee, World Memon Organization
  • Member, Board of Trustees, Barkati Foundation Trust, Pakistan.
  • Member, Board of Trustees of many Masjids, Madaris & Schools in Pakistan.
  • Ex President, Pakistan Business Council UAE
  • Ex Vice President Pakistan Association Dubai UAE

Saturday, October 9, 2021

Arshad Khalil


An Entrepreneur Par Excellence

Arshad Khalil, one of the pioneers in the field of Information Technology in Pakistan, has mentored thousands of youngsters who have earned fame and recognition over the years. 

He has been associated with graphics and IT related industry all his working life. A post graduate in business and commerce, he acquired education from the University of Karachi and the Institute of Chartered Accountant of Pakistan. 

After completing education, he joined family business of manufacturing of printing types and after that of printing press and allied industries. He marketed Apple Computers hardware and software in Pakistan during 1990s. In this period was, he also involved in selling Agfa Image setters, Lushcer textile printing software and Wacom digitizers. 

In 1990, his company had supplied Apple Computers to the Jang Group when they ventured in the publication of their iconic English newspaper ‘The News’ which possessed the first fully computerized set-up in the media industry of Pakistan.

Arshad Khalil introduced Arena Multimedia in Pakistan by opening the Shahrah-e-Faisal Centre and then attracted other entrepreneurs to invest in other Arena Multimedia Centers as Master Franchisee in the country.

Arena Multimedia is a chain of Multimedia training centers and has centers in Karachi and other cities of Pakistan, teaching Multimedia courses. They are credited to have revolutionized computer education, having trained thousands of personnel, the majority of whom enjoyed success in their professional life.

Arshad Khalil, an entrepreneur par excellence, still proudly owns and looks after the first Arena Multimedia Centre, besides being chairman of Jin Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd, a software export company, having offices in Islamabad, Multan and Karachi.

Friday, February 26, 2021

Saba Akbar Abadi

Saba Akber Abadi, settling first in Hyderabad and finally in Karachi after migrating from India, leaves a remarkable legacy to relish.

Quietly and humbly, a far-sighted poet, Saba wrote national songs even before the creation of Pakistan.

Known for his silent, yet inspiring contribution to Urdu poetry; naat, marsia, ghazal, rubai and unique research on the Persian poetry of Ghalib, Omar Klayam and Amir Khusro is Saba Akbar Abadi.

His role in Pakistan Movement is worth highlighting. “Zamzama-e-Pakistan,” a creative collection of Saba’s three patriotically pulsating poems, published on May 14, 1946 in Agra, was the first publication dedicated to Quaid-e-Azam before the creation of Pakistan.

While courageously fighting the poetic battle for Pakistan under extreme circumstances, Saba produced Zamazama-e-Pakistan the thunderous roar and the blitzkrieg of the Muslims of the Indian subcontinent for a separate homeland and a promising Pakistan.

Profile by Parvez Jamil

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Mahtab Akbar Rashdi

Mahtab Akbar Rashdi a lady with great enthusiasm and spirit came into the education scenario of our system with a will to do something for the young generation of our country. She faced all hurdles so bravely that she doesn't even call it a hurdle. She made her appearance on media from Radio Pakistan and from there onwards she started her journey towards television. The viewers of PTV remember the days when she appeared on the PTV like a storm and made a respectful space in every heart of the Pakistani viewer by her confident and luminous hosting for the various shows she conducted. Having experienced all superior designations in Govt. and in education field.

Monday, January 4, 2021

Khadija Bano

Khadija Bano Ahmed is an educator and activist with over 20 years of experience working with, teaching and mentoring young people. She has taught English Literature and Language at the Beacon House, Bayview Academy and Nixor and is widely recognized for her training, teaching, mentoring and development skills.

Khadija was on the curating and on-ground team for the Kara Film Festival from 2002 - 2007 and was involved in a range of roles from concept development to fund-raising. She enjoys the arts and theater and other than her involvement with high school productions, she has also worked on a number of documentaries, particularly on the research and subtitles. Most prominent amongst these is the award-winning Parveen Rehman documentary. Khadija is passionate about social causes and has been active in fund-raising for local NGOs like Faith and Imkaan. She serves on the Board of the Central Jail school for incarcerated children of inmates and on the Board of JoyGPS, a start-up looking to connect worthy social causes with funding.

Tuesday, December 29, 2020

Muhammad farid Alam

Mr. Farid Alam has over 20 years of experience in the financial sector. Before joining AKD Securities as Deputy CEO in 2007, he was working first as the Head of Mutual Funds Division and then as the Head of Treasury at Pakistan Industrial Credit and Investment Corporation (PICIC) where he was involved in first buy out of state-owned mutual funds by the Privatization Commission and thereafter in managing the funds. He also spearheaded mergers of 13 closed end funds into one fund by identifying and adopting the shortest legal course eliminating courts involvements. Under his dynamic leadership, the Net Asset Value (NAV) of the funds grew at a very healthy pace beating KSE- 100 index and other parameters set by the management. Mr. Alam gauged the appetite of the market and raised over Rs. 3.4 billion through right issues by first convincing the management, board of directors and then the investors, which was a new trend in the mutual fund industry.

Mr. Alam also reorganized ICP SEMF under NBFC Rules 2003 and managed floatation of two new funds.

Mr. Alam acted as the Domestic Consultant for Asian Development Bank on Financial Sector Intermediation Loan (FSIL), during 2004. The assignment included review and reporting on various policies and procedures agreed by the Government of Pakistan with ADB. These related mainly to monetary policy, foreign exchanges, money and capital markets.

Before joining PICIC, he was the Head of Finance and Secretary to the Executive Committee and Board of Directors at CIRC, Government of Pakistan where he was actively involved in remedial banking. He paved the way for Government institutions to place their funds with private sector banks meeting certain criteria which not only enhanced the income of the corporation but also cleared the hurdle for other organizations once for all.

He has extensive investment banking experience which he gained during 10 years of his stay with Crescent Investment Bank Limited-the first investment bank in Pakistan, where he served in various capacities including Treasurer, Equity Strategist, Chief Financial Officer and Manager Corporate Finance. He also managed clients portfolio of over PKR 3 billion.

Mr. Alam is a fellow of Chartered Accountants (FCA) and serves on various Committees of the Institute of Chartered Accountants including a high powered Economic Advisory Committee.