The BPF mentoring scheme has been developed under the “Business and Professionals Programme” to address the under-representation of British Pakistani professionals in different industry sectors and at all levels. Currently we provide mentorships under professional forums such as those for:

  • Law
  • Medicine
  • Finance
  • Professional Services
  • Entrepreneurship & Start Ups
  • Digital Services and Technology
  • Other

The mentors under each of the professional forums have been selected for their years of service and breadth of experience within their chosen field but also for their commitment to helping aspiring professionals and entrepreneurs. They are appointed for an initial period of 12 months and may seek re-appointment.

Please complete an online application form if you interested in becoming a mentor and can deliver mentoring under any industry sector:

Please find below some of our current mentors:

Law

Mohammed Khamisa QC (Partner at Mishcon de Reya LLP):

Mohammed Khamisa is a senior QC specializing 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.

Deputy Senior District Judge (Chief Magistrate) Tanweer Ikram:

Tanweer Ikram was born and schooled in Slough. After graduating in law from Wolverhampton Polytechnic, he was Called to the Bar (I) in 1990 and admitted as a solicitor in 1993. He was a partner in a regional firm and specialized in criminal defence and prosecution. In 2007, he was elected President of the London Criminal Courts’ Solicitors Association and is, now, a Bencher of Inner Temple. Tanweer was appointed a District Judge (MC) in 2009. In 2013, he was appointed the Deputy Lead Diversity and Community Relations Judge and is ’ticketed’ as a specialist judge in extradition and is also an Associate Judge of HM Court of SBA, Cyprus. He is a contributing editor of Archbold Magistrates’ Courts Criminal Practice 2018 (Sweet & Maxwell). He is Visiting Professor at the University of West London and the Pakistan College of Law in Lahore and is the holder of two honorary doctorates in law (LLD).

Medicine

Dr Kaukab Rajput (Lead, Cochlear Implant Department, Great Ormond Street Hospital):

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.

Finance

Kashif Zafar (Co-Head, Global Distribution and Co-Head, Macro Products, Barclays Investment Bank):

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. Prior to joining Barclays in 2005 as Head of US Rates Distribution in New York, Kashif worked in several roles at JP Morgan and Credit Suisse in the US for 13 years, including Coverage Banking, Debt Capital Markets, Derivatives Marketing, Derivatives Structuring, and Rates Distribution. 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.

Professional Services

Mohammad Shoaib Memon (Chief Financial Officer, Europe Arab Bank plc):

Mohammad Shoaib is the Chief Financial Officer at Europe Arab Bank (EAB) plc, part of the Arab Bank Group, one of the largest Middle Eastern financial institutions. Mohammad Shoaib has professional experience of more than 17 years and in his current role as CFO is responsible for wide ranging matters including strategic planning, financial reporting and control, taxation and regulatory matters. He also leads the Marketing & Communications and Facilities teams at EAB. Prior to EAB, he was associated with Ernst & Young and KPMG. Mohammad Shoaib is a member of ICAEW, ACCA and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and has attended leadership program at the Harvard Business School. He is a member of the Financial Services Faculty of the ICAEW, Arab Bankers Association and the CFO Committee of the Association of Foreign Banks UK. He is also the President of UK Chapter of ICAP and is a regular speaker at conferences and events. His other interests include cricket, golf, racquet sports and football. He is also closely involved with a large scale higher education and health services project in lower Sindh, Pakistan.

Entrepreneurship and Start Ups

Adnan Zaheer (myFinancepartner, PwC):

Adnan is a Fellow Chartered and Certified Accountant and MBA. He has over 15 years’ experience in FTSE100 and SMEs. As a professional within myFinancepartner at PwC Digital Private Business, he assists SMEs in scaling up, fundraising and strengthening their reporting and financial processes. Before joining PwC, he supported the turnaround of Arena Flowers to become one of UK’s top three flowers company by courier. He also assisted a Fintech start up Smart Pension to be the second largest pension auto enrolment company and its multi-million pound fundraising. He worked in technology, fintech, retail, manufacturing, education and leisure sectors. Adnan was 2016 UK finance Director of the year for growth companies’ finalist.

Digital Services and Technology

Kausar Qazilbash (Managing Director, Analytics and Resources Industries, Accenture):

Kausar Qazilbash is the Global Lead for Analytics and Digital Industry Solutions for Resources Group that covers Oil & Gas, Utilities, Power Generation, Metals, Mining and Chemical Industries. He advises a number of Fortune 500 clients on the of Digital Technologies covering, Analytics, Mobility, IoT, Interactive and Cloud. He also leads the development and deployment of Digital Industry Solutions in his clients’ industries. He led a number of Digital Transformation programmes for his clients with specific focus on Industrial Internet of Things and its adoption in traditional IT and OT legacy environments. Before joining Accenture, he worked as an Oilfield Services Engineer with Schlumberger Wireline Kausar is a Mechanical Engineer with an MBA from IMD Lausanne.

Moderator:

Farmida Bi (Chair, Europe, Middle East & Asia, Norton Rose Fulbright LLP)

Farmida is a partner in The Fulbright London office and has specialised in capital markets and Islamic finance transactions for over 20 years, advising on English and New York law. She is European Head of Islamic Finance at Norton Rose Fulbright. Farmida acts for arrangers, dealers, issuers and trustees on a wide range of debt instruments, including project bonds, debt programmes, high-yield bonds, private placements and Islamic bond issuances. She has also advised a broad range of participants in the securitisation of a wide variety of assets in numerous jurisdictions, and in structured debt restructurings and workouts. Farmida has acted on many high profile transactions, including for Lloyds Bank in a Supreme Court case confirming it had the right to redeem £3.3 billion of enhanced capital notes, issued at the height of the banking crisis; for the Government of Pakistan on its issuance of more than US$7 billion of bonds and sukuk in the past four years; for Goldman Sachs on its debut US$500million sukuk, the first by a US financial institution; and for the International Committee of the Red Cross on the world’s first ‘Humanitarian Impact Bond’, an initiative that drew investment from the private sector to design, build and operate rehabilitation centres in Africa. A recognised expert in the capital markets field, Farmida is named a ‘leading individual’ for debt capital markets in Legal 500 2017 and ranked in securitisation in Chambers 2017. Farmida is also ranked in Band 1 for Islamic finance in Chambers UK 2017 and named as a ‘leading individual’ for Islamic finance in the Legal 500 2017.Farmida has collected many accolades for her work and has twice been awarded ‘Best in Banking and Finance’ at IFLR’s European Women in Business Law Awards; named one of the five most powerful Muslim women in the UK at the inaugural Muslim Women Power List published by The Times; and named Commercial Lawyer of the Year by the Society of Asian Lawyers. Farmida is a graduate of Downing College, Cambridge and qualified as a solicitor in 1992 and as a New York attorney in 1999.

Panelists:

Habib Motani (Partner, Clifford Chance):

Habib Motani is a leading international financial markets lawyer, with particular expertise in relation to derivatives, securities lending, repo, netting and collateral and clearing and settlement systems. A Partner since 1986 in Clifford Chance’s International Financial Markets Group. Habib is the global head of Clifford Chance’s Derivatives practice. He specialises in OTC and securitised derivatives, structured capital markets products including derivative linked retail and wholesale structured products, investment banking sales and trading advisory work, Islamic derivatives, securities lending and repos, netting and collateral and their regulatory capital treatment and in the infrastructure aspects of the financial markets, such as payment and settlement systems, clearing systems, prime brokerage and custody.

Shaistah Akhtar (Partner, Mishcon de Reya):

Shaistah is a Partner in the Dispute Resolution department specialising in complex commercial litigation, fraud, investigations and regulatory compliance. Her experience spans a number of industry sectors ranging from global investment banks, asset management firms and private equity houses to pharmaceutical companies, real estate developers, software firms and the defence industry. She also acts for high net worth individuals. Shaistah’s practice often has an international element and she has extensive experience of litigation and investigations in a number of European, Middle Eastern and African jurisdictions. Examples of her work include: representing senior individuals in Bahrain as part of the US$10 billion Saad v Al-Gosaibi investigation; acting for UK and offshore insolvent investment funds in litigation and regulatory investigations to recover significant assets, including recovering almost £100 million for Connaught Income Series I Fund UCIS investors against Capita Financial Managers Limited; and advising senior management of GlaxoSmithKline in the Chinese Government’s bribery investigation. Shaistah is a recommended lawyer in legal directories, described as “excellent” for commercial litigation, “tenacious” and a “real street fighter”, achieving successful outcomes in some of the most challenging cases. She has spoken at and chaired a number of conferences, including regular slots with the BVCA and the Cambridge Economic Crime Symposium. Shaistah is Co-Editor of Dispute Resolution in the Gulf: GCC Approaches and Egyptian Influencers.

Zeeshan Hussain (Director, Progeny Corporate Law):

An experienced and trusted employment solicitor, Zee protects the interests of companies and senior executives throughout the UK, providing representation at court and tribunal as well as support with business restructures, redundancy, resolving workplace disputes, exit negotiations, and mediation. An advocate of innovation in legal services, Zee’s approach has been fuelled by a desire to improve the flexibility, accessibility and service clients can expect from the legal sector. Zee began his career working in-house for a FTSE 100 company, before taking advantage of the Clementi reforms to the legal market to become part of the senior management team that created the first and largest legal services company in the UK. This was followed with roles in private practice for a UK Top 50 law firm and, most recently, as a partner for a national firm based from their Manchester office. A former chamber of commerce president and current co-opted school governor, Zee has lived and worked across the UK. Born and raised in the north-east before moving to Bristol for university, Zee is now based in Manchester and undertakes a national role.

Ben Haider (Managing Director, QC Legal)

As a former University of Leeds/Chester College of Law graduate in the law and former practising lawyer, Ben has been at the vanguard of legal search and select for the past two decades. He established QC Legal almost 15 years’ ago, a business that has been accredited by Goldman Sachs as being ‘best in class’. Ben sits alongside Senior Management Teams, Managing/Senior Partners and Boards, as very much a Thought Leader. QC Legal has a business footprint that sits in the UK but advises on the most complex team acquisitions internationally. What makes QC Legal and Ben unique is their absolute commitment to quality, underpinned by just how many magic circle, white shoe and leading national law firms they act for, and all from sunny Manchester! A true Masterclass in search and select.

Shams Rahman (Partner, Edwin Coe):

Shams joined Edwin Coe as a partner in the Litigation & Dispute Resolution team in September 2014, specialising in commercial and property related litigation. Before joining Edwin Coe, he previously worked at Bishop & Sewell LLP as a partner in their Dispute Resolution team, and at Payne Hicks Beach.
Shams’ expertise extends to all forms of property contracts, partnership, company, shareholders and building disputes, consumer law regulation, and all aspects of commercial and residential landlord and tenant disputes. Shams has extensive experience in acting for commercial and private clients both here and abroad and is experienced in using alternative dispute resolution methods where appropriate to achieve the best results for his clients, including commercial mediation and arbitration.

Running Order:
6:15pm: Registration
6:40pm: Introduction to BPF by Asif Rangoonwala / Zahra Shah
6:50pm: Introduction by Farmida Bi
7:00pm: Speakers interviewed by Farmida Bi (Moderator)
7:45pm: Qs and As
8:00pm: Networking (drinks and Canapés)
9:00pm: End

Venue: Norton Rose Fulbright LLP, 3 More London Riverside, London SE1 2AQ

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Our inspirational speakers include:

Keynote Speaker: Aneel Mussarat (CEO, MCR Property Group) – TBC

After completing high school, Aneel started to buy, renovate and rent out properties in Manchester that were within the range of £10,000 upwards. Aneel worked dedicatedly in his “buy to let” business and Aneel developed important contacts with the stakeholders of his business. His hard work and commitment earned him good name and reputation among his business peers. Aneel moved up the ladder with time and started, constructing and renting out properties through a Private Limited Company named as “Classic Homes”. Due to his success in private housing market, Aneel’s interest expanded into commercial sector. Aneel also specialized in student residences in Manchester, most notably he undertook the “Student Villages” project. He is also famous by the title of “Student Housing Magnate”. In January 2013, Mussarat was awarded the Businessman of the Year award at the British Muslim Awards. He is also part of the Conservative Friends of Pakistan Group.

Adeeba Malik (Deputy Chief Executive for QED)

Deputy chief executive Adeeba Malik was awarded the MBE for her work with ethnic minorities and businesses and the CBE for services to community cohesion.
She has held many ministerial and non-ministerial appointments on national boards including the Women and Work Commission and British Waterways. She has also chaired the National Ethnic Minority Business Forum. Adeeba has served on the Advisory Board on Naturalisation and Immigration, the National Clinical Assessment Authority and the Green Deal Women’s Panel.
Appointments closer to home have included board member at regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, governor of Sheffield Hallam University and director of Northern Ballet.
She is on the Bradford Opportunity Area board and a member of The Cabinet Office Race Disparity Advisory Group.

Waseem Nazir (Solicitor and Part-Time Judge)

Waseem Nazir is a renowned Solicitor in the field of human rights, asylum and immigration. Waseem is principal and managing partner of Batley Law, a niche law firm, representing a wide and diverse community of clients. The firm has secured a legal aid contract and carries a specialist quality mark for excellence.
Waseem has also recently been appointed a freelance Judge of the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber), Waseem is an established asylum and human rights practitioner.
Waseem has also worked with Leeds Beckett University as a lecturer, teaching undergraduate law students in the area of Mental Health Law and Policy.
Pragmatic, forward thinking and pro-active, Waseem has built a solid reputation in the field of asylum and immigration over the past 10 years. Waseem has a very strong client following, reflecting his commitment to client care and high success rate. He has a passion for human rights and about the plight of refugees entering this country, many of whom have gone through harrowing and traumatic experiences in their home countries.
In addition to his work commitments, Waseem is actively involved in the local and wider Asian community, and has a large network of contacts within the business and legal community.

Zulfi Hussain (Founder and CEO of Global Promise)

Zulfi is one of Yorkshire & Humber’s best known and most respected entrepreneurs and has been recognised as one of the top 100 most influential people in the region by Business Insider Magazine.
Zulfi has won numerous awards for his personal and professional achievements and his contribution to connecting and building communities at home and abroad. These include:
• Honorary Doctorate in Education from University of Bradford 2011
• MBE for Services to Business and Services to Charity 2008
• IAB Social Entrepreneur of the Year 2007
• IOD Director of the Year 2007
• CSV Volunteer of the Year 2007
Zulfi has a strong business & commercial focus with significant experience of developing effective long term strategic client and supplier relationships, providing consultancy, and working with people at all levels, across the UK, Europe, USA, China, India, and Pakistan.
Zulfi writes regularly on social inclusion, coaching and mentoring, equality & diversity, and inspiration leadership. He has been widely quoted within the press, including the Guardian, Yorkshire Post and Telegraph & Argus.
His television appearances include the BBC and Sky in the UK, Dhoordarshan TV in India, and PTV in Pakistan.

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This event is kindly sponsored by Eighteen Islamabad. Find out more about them here.