Head of Priority & Transaction Banking
Saqib Ahmed Khan has over 30 years of vast exposure to liability, corporate finance, Islamic and investment banking. He has also worked in multi-disciplined business functions having a track record of successfully developing individuals and teams; and demonstrated expertise in implementing the strategies for long, short and mid-term successes.
He started his career from Bankers Equity Limited (BEL) as Manager Projects. He worked with National Development Leasing Corporation (NDLC) as Head of Corporate Finance and afterwards, he joined Islamic Investment Bank Ltd as Vice President. He also served with Escorts Investment Bank as Senior Vice President. His last assignment was with Bank Alfalah as Head Liability & Cross Sell where he worked for 12 years. Saqib graduated in Business Administration from Western Illinois University before going on to do his MBA from the Loyola University, New Orleans, USA.
Who or what inspired you to choose your life’s path?
During my college days in the late seventies, I was impressed by bankers working for foreign banks in Pakistan and abroad; like in Chase Manhattan, Citibank, Bank of America, Grindlays, Mashreq, Emirates, HSBC , BCCI etc. They were mostly MBAs from USA as there were not too many good MBA schools in Pakistan at that time except IBA, Karachi. As such, I proceeded to USA in 1981 to do my BBA and subsequently MBA to become a banker upon my return to Pakistan.
If you could spend the day with one person from history, who would it be and why?
I would like to spend one day with Mr. Nelson Mandela. He has inspired me because of his long and peaceful struggle against apartheid. He was kept in jail for 28 long years on Roberts island off the coast of Cape Town in South Africa by the white supremacists government but he did not budge. He wanted equal rights and opportunities for all South Africans be they white, black or of Asian origin. After becoming President of the country he did not take punitive actions against the previous white dominated government officials and advised the South African people to move forward.
If you were given the ability to change one thing in the world, what would you choose and why?
The foremost thing I would change in this world is to ensure speedy and swift justice to all without any regard to caste, color, creed, social status and religious beliefs. I feel that without justice the society would crumble in the long run and one would witness a bloody revolution like the French and Russian revolutions. Hazrat Ali said 1400 years ago and I quote, “A Society can live with Kufr but cannot survive on injustice and cruelty.”