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Board of Trustees

Mr. Liaquat H. Merchant (Sitara-e-Imtiaz)

Chairman & Executive Trustee

Liaquat H Merchant is a lawyer by profession who qualified in Bombay (India) and has been practicing law since 1964. He is a barrister from Gray’s Inn and has the distinction of being one of Pakistan’s reputed civil lawyers
Liaquat Merchant is the grandson of Jinnah’s sister Mariambai who lived in Bombay. Mr Merchant was appointed as Administer of the Estate of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah by the High Court of Sindh at Karachi in 1980 and was also appointed as a Trustee of the Qauid-e-Azam Aligarh Education Trust by the same High Court in 1984. Liaquat Merchant is the Founder and Managing Trustee of the Jinnah Foundation a registered charitable trust which renders services to the poor, needy and deserving sections of society in the field of human development (health and education) as well as the Founder President of the Jinnah Society which was established by him to propagate the principals, ideals and vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah as a nation building exercise. Liaquat Merchant is a former Deputy Attorney General of Pakistan and has established a large number of trusts and other non-government organisations in Pakistan on which he serves as a member. Education and Health are his passion and social service takes up a large part of his time.
Liaquat Merchant has been responsible for various publications on Jinnah including Jinnah a Judicial Verdict, The Jinnah Anthology, M. A. Jinnah CD ROM Project and Quotes from the Quaid.
In recognition of the services rendered by Liaquat Merchant in the field of education and health and propagation of the ideals, principals and vision of Quaid-e-Azam Mohammad Ali Jinnah by his various publications and for establishing an managing various Jinnah related institutions involving public services, the President of Pakistan conferred Sitara-i-Imtiaz on him in the year 2008

Mr. Muhammad Ejaz

Managing Trustee

Mr. Muhammad Ejaz is the Managing Trustee of Jinnah Foundation (Memorial) Trust. He is the founding Chief Executive of Arif Habib Dolmen REIT Management Limited, which has the distinction of launching South Asia’s first listed REIT. He has over 20 years experience in the fields of Banking, Investments and Project Management. Mr. Ejaz has served in senior roles at leading local and international banks. He is a graduate of Computer Science and holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He is a certified Director and a certified Financial Risk Manager (FRM). He sits on the boards of several Arif Habib Group companies and actively participates in the group’s CSR initiatives. He is a regular visiting faculty member at IBA and has also participated as a trainer in SBP and SECP led initiatives.

Mr. Muhammad Ehsan Ibrahim

Executive Trustee

Mr Muhammad Ehsan Ibrahim is an Executive Trustee of Jinnah Foundation. He is a Mechanical Engineer from the University Of California - Davis, USA. He has been associated as Managing Partner with Husnain Builders. He is a private investor. He has also been associated as Technical Director with Universal Brushwares Ltd, and Anwar Date Industries ltd, Director - Hamid Ibrahim & Co Ltd and Vice President – Karawan-E-Imdad Society since 2001till Present. He is instrumental in growing the operations of the foundation and its day-to-day management

Mr. Sirajuddin Cassim

Vice Chairman

Mr. Sirajuddin Cassim started as a partner in Daudally Siraj & Company, Chartered Accountants and has remained engaged in financial, investment advisory and corporate consultancy services since 1985. He was a member of the Karachi Stock Exchange and Islamabad Stock Exchange. He served on the Board of Directors of the Karachi Stock Exchange in 1990 - 91 and served as the Vice President of KSE in 1993 and as the President in 1995. He served as the Chairman of the CDC in 1995. He has also held the offices of Vice President -KSE (1993), President- KSE (1995), the Chairman CDC (1995), Vice President -Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Managers (1997 to 2000), Executive Director - Standard Chartered Mercantile Leasing Company Limited (1989-98). He has vast experience of serving as member of the Taxation & Fiscal and Banking & Fiscal sub-committees of the Karachi Chamber of Commerce & Industries.

Mr. Nasim Beg

Mr. Nasim Beg, a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan, is currently the Chief Executive Officer of Arif Habib Consultancy (Pvt.) Limited along with being the Executive Vice Chairman of MCB-Arif Habib Savings & Investments Limited, an Asset Management Company that was conceived and set up by him and which he headed as Chief Executive till June 2011.With over forty years of experience in the world of trade and finance, both inland and abroad, Mr. Nasim Beg is one of the most highly respected professionals of the country. He has to his credit top Executive offices of NIT, Allied Precision , MCB-Arif Habib Savings & Investments Limited , Arif Habib Consultancy (Pvt.) Limited, and as Director of Silkbank, Aisha Steel Mills Limited, Pakistan Opportunities Limited, Safemix Concrete Products Limited and as Non Executive Chairman of Arif Habib Dolmen REIT Management Limited and Power Cement Limited.

Mr. Ali M. Inayatullah

Mr. Ali M Inayatullah Ali has a sound background in Logistics. He is currently engaged in developing a Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) start up. Mr. Ali completed his undergraduate degree in Economics at the College of Wooster, USA and later did his MBA from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi. He has been associated with Jinnah Foundation as a trustee since 2013 and is leading the management of Post Graduate Scholarship Committee.

Mr. Hasan A Bilgrami

Mr. Hasan A. Bilgrami is the Founding Chief Executive Officer and Director of BankIslami. He was previously associated with:National Investment Trust (NIT) as the Head of Asset Management; Gulf Commercial Bank (now PICIC Commercial Bank Limited) as Country Manager; ORIX Investment Bank as General Manager Corporate Finance . he has an overall 19 years of professional experience. He is a Director on the Board of BankIslami's subsidiary, BankIslami Modaraba Investment Limited, Director of KSB Pumps Limited as well as a Chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also the President of the National Council of the Institute of Cost and Management Accountants. The other offices that he has held include: Director of Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance; member of the Institute of Capital Markets, Pakistan; Director on boards of PICIC, Soneri Bank Limited, Crescent Commercial Bank Limited, Fauji Fertilizer Company Limited and National Refinery Limited.

Mrs. Sharmin Shahid

Ms. Sharmin Shahid has over 14 years of experience in the field of Securities Brokerage and Portfolio Management. She was awarded the top position in her Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce and is also a certified Director. She has been awarded the Top 25 Companies Award on behalf of Arif Habib Limited for several years. She actively participates in welfare activities and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Memon Health and Education Foundation (MHEF).

Mr. Muhammad Jawaid Iqbal

Mr Muhammad Jawaid Iqbal is a banker turned entrepreneur. He has nearly 30 years of invaluable experience in Corporate and Investment Banking. Mr. Jawaid Iqbal’s last assignment was as Group Chief, Treasury, Corporate and Investment Banking at Allied Bank Limited. He was proactively involved in setting up the Corporate and Investment Banking Group at the Allied Bank and helped ABL emerge as one of the foremost banks in the field, winning numerous awards. Prior to ABL he worked in senior positions at Emirates NBD Bank and National Bank of Pakistan. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) and also holds a Masters degree in Business Administration. Before joining Allied Bank, he served at major banks in Pakistan at leading positions. He has also served as the president of the CFA Association of Pakistan. He takes keen interest in social initiatives especially those related to education.

Mrs. Naseem Merchant

Naseem Merchant is not only an academically qualified Montessori Directress but also a Lawyer who earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Bombay and Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Karachi. She is a trained Montessori Directress and has background experience of working in a Montessori School.
Naseem Merchant also worked at Liaquat Merchant Associates (LMA) for two years as an Associate in the Corporate Division
Naseem Merchant is one of the Founder Trustees of Jinnah Foundation and has been largely instrumental in setting up the kindergarten Section at Jinnah Foundation School and later established the Montessori Section as well. She is a source of inspiration to the Teachers and the young students in the kindergarten and the Montessori sections.
Naseem Merchant is dedicated to the cause of education and the welfare of women. She is a devoted Gardener and Horticulturist in her own right