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)

She is a partner in our 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 lawyer, I have been at the forefront of the search and selection scene for almost twenty years. With vast industry experience and a genuine network that expands international markets and with global presence, we are well placed to make a difference. So what makes us different? As a recent graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Programme, we have a demonstrable track record in lateral and creative thinking; we offer immense value add; we shape markets and are particular experts in the partners and teams space, including law firm mergers. What really sets us apart, unique to industry, is that we ‘care’ to do the ‘right thing’; we see success as a by-product of good behaviour; we don’t hanker after fees. We strive to build long term and sustainable relationships and are at the cutting edge of change in a marketplace full of commercial and economic uncertainties.

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