Board of Directors

Profile of Directors

Mr. Suleman Lalani, Chairman

Mr. Lalani is presently the Group President of Jahangir Siddiqui & Co. Limited (“JSCL”).

Before his elevation to the position of Group President, he served as Vice-Chairman for brief period and before that he served JSCL as its Chief Executive Officer for more than a decade. Prior to joining JSCL, he was Executive Director Finance & Operations and Company Secretary of JS Investments Limited where he served as CFO and Company Secretary for seven years.

Mr. Lalani had started his career with JSCL in 1992 where he worked for over eight years. In year 2000 he was promoted to the position of Chief Operating Officer of Jahangir Siddiqui Investment Bank Limited, a subsidiary of JSCL. In January 2002 he joined The First Micro Finance Bank Limited as its Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.

Mr. Lalani is a Fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and has more than 30 years of experience in the financial services sector. He has also completed the Board Development Series Certificate Program conducted by the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.


Current directorships:

  1. JS Investments Limited
  2. Al-Abbas Sugar Mills Limited
  3. TRG Pakistan Limited
Mr. Ali Hussain, Director

Mr. Ali Hussain has over forty seven years of professional and managerial experience in both corporate and private entities. For the past thirty two years he has been managing his own global organizations and international financial investments in the field of technology, medical electronics and strategic investments with operations in USA, Canada, Singapore, UK and Germany. His portfolio of past acquisitions has created significant value through growth and M&A.

Currently, Mr. Hussain manages a portfolio of banking, ecommerce, Fintech and digital technology investments along with family office. In Singapore he manages a technology incubator to promote entrepreneurship and invests in early stage companies. He has also founded Sajjad Foundation, a private charitable foundation primarily devoted to education and health care projects in Singapore, Pakistan and other countries.

Mr. Hussain holds a Master’s degree in Electrical engineering from Stanford University.

He was appointed as director of the BankIslami on April 29, 2011 and continues to hold directorship in the Bank.

Mr. Akhtar Abbas, Independent Director

Mr. Akhtar Abbas is a highly competent lawyer and human right activist. He is serving the community for almost two decades through his untiring passion and commitment towards his profession. He has Bachelor and Masters degrees in Law from International Islamic University, Islamabad with a special focus on comparative study of Sharia and Common Law. He also has a Masters Degree in Political Science from Punjab University. As an advocate High Court, he has participated and played a pivotal role in several cases of public and constitutional importance throughout his career.

He has recently worked as an Assistant Advocate General with the Government of Punjab. He has also worked as Legislative Consultant to the Senate of Pakistan, where has worked with Standing Committee on Law and Justice. He voluntarily assisted the Chairman of the Committee in research, drafting and comparative study of different laws in proposing new legislation through private member bill. Other than his legal services, he has been teaching various law subjects at top universities of the country including COMSATS University Islamabad and Bahria University Islamabad as a visiting faculty member. He also appears in TV shows as a legal and political analyst.

He has also attended numerous trainings, workshops, and seminars of significant importance including but not limited to National Security Workshop (NSW-12); the highest course on the subject in the country offered by National Defense University and National Media Workshop (NMW-7) from the same university. He has graduate from Pakistan Naval War College Lahore where he attended Maritime Security Workshop (MARSEW-19). He has also attended a training course on Eco-Tourism held in Philippine organized by Asian Productivity Organization, Japan. He holds two diplomas in Business and Diplomacy From European Academy of Diplomacy Warsaw, Poland.

Mr. Haider Ali Hilaly, Independent Director

Haider Ali has been a principal investor in equities for 22 years. He currently serves as the Chief Executive Officer of Ithaca Capital (Private) Limited, a privately held investment holding company with a 22 year track record of deploying growth capital in various businesses across multiple sectors in Pakistan including transportation, leasing, power generation, outsourcing, armed security, vehicle rental, technology, publishing and FMCG.

Prior to joining Ithaca, he has worked in early stage private equity and merchant banking. For the past 12 years he worked at a special situations hedge fund. His core expertise includes investment selection, portfolio construction, capital allocation and management, risk management, valuation, financial control, corporate governance and investor relations.

Haider graduated cum laude and Pi Sigma Alpha from Hamilton College in the United States and he holds an MBA degree from the London Business School. He is also a certified director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.

Ms. Iffat Zehra Mankani, Director

Ms. Iffat Mankani has joined JS Investments Limited in April 2021. She brings with her over 20 years of global experience in both public and private markets across multiple asset classes. During her 11 years working in capital markets in Pakistan, she held various senior strategy and research roles, both on the buy and sell-side of the industry, including the National Investment Trust, JS Investments Limited and BMA Asset Management Company Limited amongst others.

Working as a sell side analyst, Iffat was frequently quoted in the financial press, and was well­-known for her accuracy as a strategist. In her buy-side roles as a Chief Investment Officer at JS Investments (2005-2007) and BMA Asset Management (2007-2011), she led the successful implementation of a disciplined asset and risk allocation process, resulting in consistent top quartile performance for funds under management. These included some pioneering products in the industry, such as the asset allocation fund, capital protected fund, index fund, an offshore fund and separately managed accounts.

In her most recent role, Iffat was working in the Deals Advisory team at PwC Canada, where she made significant contributions in the space of complex financial instruments and private debt valuations amongst others, helping to steer the business toward sustainable growth. Moreover, she also held diversified roles in the risk management groups of leading Canadian Banks (Bank of Montreal and CIBC) associated with their quants and trading risk oversight teams. In addition to making numerous value additions in her role as a Risk Manager of equity, fixed income and structured product desk, she also spearheaded bank wide regulatory and infrastructure projects and initiatives.

Iffat holds a Master of Finance from Rotman School of Management (University of Toronto) and Master of Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.

Mr. Sulaiman Sadruddin Mehdi, Independent Director

Sulaiman is the CEO/Director of TPL Developments and is leading all the development initiatives of USD 100 mn TPL REIT Fund-I and is also responsible for all new developments of the TPL.

Before TPL, he has served as CEO of Cyan Limited, formerly Central Insurance Company Limited (CICL). In 2011, Sulaiman orchestrated the business restructuring of CICL (Insurance) to Cyan (Investments/PE), a landmark transaction, and the first of its kind in Pakistan.

Before Cyan, he has also served PICIC (DFI), PICIC Asset Management Company Ltd., Allied Bank and ABL Asset Management Company Limited. He has had the privilege of establishing two leading Asset Management Companies.

As a senior executive he has been working on strategy, mergers and acquisitions. He is a proven business leader with a track record of delivering sustainable change and superior results. Sulaiman’s experience spans over 22 years in multiple areas of real estate development and financial services including investments, operations, marketing, legal and corporate affairs.

Amongst his prominent achievements have been the acquisition of HUBCO from National Power in June 2012 for PKR 6bn and exited in March 2018 for PKR 22bn resulting in gains of approx. PKR 23bn (including dividends) in less than 6 years. He also had the privilege of leading the election process of HUBCO for DH Group twice in 2012 and 2015 and managed 8 out of 11 seats with just 17.5% shareholding while managing the rest through proxies.

He has been the youngest Chairman of the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX). At PSX besides being the Chairman of the Board, Sulaiman was also the Chairman of the Nomination Committee, Human Resource and Remuneration Committee and Regulatory Affairs Committee. He was also Chairman Pebbles Ltd., the real estate arm of Dawood Hercules (DH) Group and spearheaded all real estate initiatives of the Group. He is a Founding member of the Presidential Initiative for Artificial Intelligence and Computing (PIAIC) and a Member of the Committee on Emerging Technologies of MOIT. He is also an Independent Director on Sind Energy Holding Company (Pvt) Ltd., Banklslami Pakistan Ltd. and Aga Khan Cultural Service Pakistan (AKCSP).

He has also served on the Board of Dawood Lawrencepur Limited, FOCUS Pakistan (an Aga Khan Foundation backed NGO), lnbox Business Technologies (Pvt.) Ltd., lnbox Consulting (Pvt.) Ltd., lnbox Corporation (Pvt.) Ltd., Sach International [Pvt.) Ltd., The Institute of Business Management (IOBM) and Unity Foods. He has also represented Sindh as an Independent Member on Private Power and Infrastructure Board (PPIB).

He holds a master’s degree and is also a fellow member of The Institute of Corporate Secretaries of Pakistan (FCIS). He is also a Certified Director from the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).

Syed Ali Hasham, Director

Mr. Hasham is currently serving at JSCL as its Company Secretary. Before joining JSCL, he was associated with Deloitte Yousuf Adil, a member firm of Deloitte and had experience of working in Pakistan and Qatar. During his association with the firm, he was involved in various statutory audits and special assignments relating to DFI & commercial bank, Non-Banking Finance Companies, mutual funds, retail and aviation sectors.

He has over eight years of experience in the fields of finance, taxation, auditing, internal control evaluation and corporate affairs.

Mr. Hasham is an associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and holds a Bachelor degree in Commerce from University of Karachi. He also has completed Corporate Governance Leadership Skills (CGLS) – Director Education Program from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).


Current directorships:

  1. Bankislami Pakistan Limited
  2. JS Infocom Limited
  3. JS Engineering Investments 1 (Private) Limited
  4. Mahvash and Jahangir Siddiqui Foundation
Mr. Rizwan Ata (President & Chief Executive Officer)

Mr. Rizwan Ata is one of the Pioneers of Islamic Banking Industry in Pakistan. He has been associated with BankIslami since 2019 and has played an instrumental role in the exceptional growth that the Bank has achieved since then.

Prior to joining BankIslami Mr. Rizwan Ata has served in several leadership roles in different local and international banks, such as, Group Head Islamic Banking at Bank Alfalah, Group Chief Islamic Banking at Allied Bank, Group Head Branch Network and SME at Meezan Bank as well as several leadership roles at Emirates Bank Int.

Along with a rich Banking Experience Mr. Rizwan Ata has a strong Academic Background, he holds a Master’s Degree from LUMS and other Leadership and Management certifications from INSEAD and University of London.