Syed Ahmed Iqbal Ashraf, President National Bank of Pakistan has rich experience of over 34 years in domestic and international banking. Mr. Ashraf is a Fellow of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (FACCA) from UK; from where he not only acquired his education but also started his career. His work experience spans three continents and he worked in the UK, USA and UAE for 19 years before he decided to return to Pakistan.
Prior to becoming the President of NBP, he was MD/CEO of PAIR Investment Company Limited. Mr. Ashraf has also enjoyed commanding positions in NBP; he was in-charge of International Operations and managed and revamped Corporate & Investment Banking Group. He played a pivotal role in the establishment of a network of branches in the UK and USA. Another high point in his career is the establishment of Investment Banking Group from scratch for Habib Bank Limited. He successfully established the largest DFI, a JV with China’s largest Policy Bank in Pakistan. During his tenure as the Deputy Managing Director & COOâ€“Pak China Investment Company Ltd. he successfully appraised multiple projects. He restructured, reformed and repositioned The Bank of Khyber as the Managing Director/CEO. He has also served as Country Head Investment Banking & Head of Financial Institutions for Societe Generale (SG) â€“The French International Bank from
1996 to 2002. Amongst his achievements at SG was the appointment as the Financial Advisor to Privatization Commission of Pakistan for the successful privatization of United Bank Limited. During his tenor with SG, he also successfully arranged numerous syndicated facilities as the Sole Arranger. He also helped the SG consortium to be appointed as Financial Advisor for privatization of PESCO, by the Privatization Commission.