The BPF Business and Professionals Programme Advisers consists of a group of high-achieving, talented, influential and committed British Pakistani professionals’ and business people from a wide range of professions including Finance, Medicine, Law etc. dedicated to developing the next generation of British Pakistan leaders and entrepreneurs. Below are some of our advisers:
Kashif Zafar is Co-Head of Global Distribution and Co-Head of Macro Products within the Investment Bank at Barclays. Based in London since 2009, he also leads Distribution for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. He is a member of the Markets Executive Committee, the Global Diversity Council of the Investment Bank and the UK and Europe Citizenship Council.
He serves on the board of the British Pakistan Foundation, and in the US he serves on the boards of Middlebury College, International House and American Pakistan Foundation. He is an Associate Partner of Acumen and a member of the Global Advisory Councils of Developments in Literacy and South Asian Youth Action.
Kashif graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Middlebury College and holds an MBA from the Wharton School of Business.
Naseem brings 24 years of trans- Atlantic industry experience in research and development, corporate development, business development, and marketing. Naseem most recently served as Chief Scientific Officer at Smith and Nephew Plc, where he oversaw corporate R&D, divisional manufacturing QA/QC and product development functions.
Naseem is a qualified medical doctor, from the Royal Free & University College Medical School, London and has an MBA from Kellogg Graduate School of Management.
Dr. Kaukab Rajput
Dr. Kaukab Rajput is an expert in diagnosis of hearing loss in children with complex problems. She has worked at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London for over seventeen years and currently leads the Cochlear Implant Department. In her own words: “I am constantly striving to do the best for my little patients. I firmly believe that every child must be given the opportunity to achieve their full potential despite disabilities such as hearing impairment.” She is leading an international study on prevention of hearing loss in children undergoing chemotherapy.
Judge Tanvir Ikram
District Judge (MC) Tan Ikram was called to the Bar in 1990 and admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He was head of department and equity partner in a medium size law firm & specialised in criminal defence and prosecution work and is a former President of the London Criminal Courts’ Solicitors’ Association. Appointed to the Bench in 2009, he hears extradition and terrorism matters in London and also sits as an Associate Judge on the Sovereign Base Areas in Cyprus where he also acts as HM Coroner.
Here, he is the Deputy Lead Diversity and Community Relations Judge and supports the Lead Judge in projects engaging with the community and in promoting diversity on the Bench and is also a tutor at the Judicial College. He is a contributing editor to Archbold Magistrates’ Court Criminal Practice 2017 and is an Associate Fellow at the University of Westminster. He is also the holder of two honorary degrees, Doctor of Laws (LLD) from the University of West London and the University of Wolverhampton.
Mohammed Khamisa QC
Mohammed is a senior QC specialising in the field of commercial fraud particularly within the banking and financial services sectors and is a partner at the Mishcon de Reya LLP. He joined the firm in 2015 and sits within the Banking and Finance Group. Mohammed was called to the Bar in 1985 and was made Queen’s Counsel in 2006. He sits as a part-time judge and is a bencher of Middle Temple Inn.
During more than 30 years of continuous practice he has advised clients from the UK, United Arab Emirates, India, Pakistan and other regions on a wide range of both criminal and civil matters. He is listed in the Legal 500 as a leading QC in the field of fraud.
Professional Services Forum
Akhter Mateen joined BPF as a Board Member in 2014. He is currently a Non Executive Director of Great Ormond Street Hospital and CABI. Prior to this he served as Chief Auditor of Unilever plc and Unilever NV. In his 29 year career at Unilever, Akhter worked in various operational and global leadership roles in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Latin America, South East Asia and the UK. He holds an MBA in Finance from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.
Entrepreneurs & Start Ups Forum
Shahid Azeem is an award winning British-Pakistani entrepreneur and philanthropist, and one of Surrey’s best-known business leaders. In addition to a string of successful businesses, he has been named one of the Top 100 most influential Muslims in the UK by Royal Bank of Scotland.
Co-Founder of South Street. South Street is an independent FCA regulated UK based fully integrated manager, operator and developer of commercial and residential real estate.
Adnan leads on all strategic business development and global investor relations and has over 20 years real estate experience.
Adnan has deep investment and transactional experience and has led the acquisition and development for all of South Street’s projects and oversees future pipeline, fundraising and transactions.
Adnan is a qualified Real Estate Finance Solicitor and prior to South Street practised law at one of the top five global law firms, Dentons.
ARTS & CULTURE Forum
Faisal Shaukat is Founder and CEO of ISP Events, an enthusiastic London-based events management company specialising in high-profile events and off-the-charts happenings since 2003. With over 30-year experience and a great love for the industry, his main goal is to tell unforgettable stories by creating outstanding events.
Other than being a successful cultural entrepreneur, Faisal Shaukat is an award-winning host and presenter who has been the frontman in numerous concerts, award ceremonies, gala dinners, seminars, conferences and corporate events. Revered for his elegance and confidence, he stands out as a charismatic and engaging presenter whose contagious energy and great sense of humour keeps audiences engaged.
Passionate, innovative, adaptable and an excellent communicator no matter the context, Faisal is a keen observer whose strong management skills and close attention to detail are a guarantee for success. An incurable optimist who will plan for the best but never hesitate to put out the fire and turn around the worst, he is fearless in his approach and dedicated to delivering the best events to the most complex of clients.
Faisal’s brainchild – ISP Events – collaborates with various embassies and their cultural institutes by organising, supporting and promoting their cultural events. The company also built a strong reputation amongst the leading symphony orchestras of the UK, while also working closely with various international and national artists. Despite its European focus, it has always remained connected with the Asian and, most importantly, with the Pakistani diaspora, producing remarkable events on a regular basis.