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Board of Directors

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar
Dr. Shamshad Akhtar has had a broad-based development career in leading national and multilateral organizations spanning over 37 years. She served as the Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan from 2006 to 2009, Under Secretary General of the Economic and Social Commission of the Asia and Pacific (UNESCAP), Senior Special Advisor on Economics and Finance and Assistant Secretary General UN, the UN Secretary General’s G20 Sherpa and Vice President, Middle East and North Africa (MENA) at The World Bank. She was also Senior Special Advisor to the President of Asian Development Bank (ADB). In 2018, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar served as Federal Minister of Finance, revenue, economic affairs, statistics division, planning and development as well as industry and commerce areas in Pakistan’s caretaker government. Dr. Shamshad has advised various governments and the private sector in specific areas of development, governance, poverty, privatization, and public-private partnerships in numerous sectors. As Governor of the State Bank of Pakistan, she was nominated Asia’s Best Central Bank Governor by the Emerging Markets Group in 2006 and Bankers Trust in 2007. She was also amongst Asian Wall Street Journal’s top ten Women Business Leaders in 2008. Dr. Shamshad is a Chairperson of Karandaaz, a not-for-profit Company that focuses on fostering economic growth and creating jobs through financial inclusion of unbanked individuals and unserved enterprises, with a special focus on women and youth. She was a Post–Doctoral Fellow and U.S Full-bright Scholar at Department of Economics, Harvard University. The learned doctor is also a PhD Economics from University of Paisley, UK, Masters of Arts with Degree in Development Economics from the University of Sussex, UK and MSc (Economics) from the University of Islamabad and Bachelor of Arts (Economics) from the University of Punjab. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Dr. Shamshad is Chairperson of Board Special Committee on UFG, Board Nomination Committee and the Board Human Resource and Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Imran Maniar
Managing Director
Mr. Imran Maniar has taken charge as MD, SSGC. Mr. Maniar is an accomplished professional with more than 30 years of strong track record in building, leading and advising private equity and corporations in mergers and acquisitions, restructurings, turnarounds, capital market transactions, logistics, upstream and midstream operations, oil field and engineering services. He has been prolific in managing start-ups and Fortune 500 companies in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East. Before joining SSGC, Mr. Maniar held CFO positions at Marquard and Bahls AG, GL Noble Denton and Eagle Ford Oil and Gas. He has also served as Manager Strategic Planning at Boardwalk Pipeline Partners, Partner at Millennium Ventures LLC and as an Analyst at Solvay. Mr. Maniar has a BS in Industrial Engineering from Purdue University, an MBA from Rice University and has received CFO training at the Stanford Graduate School of Business. Early schooling was at Karachi Grammar School. Mr. Maniar is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of California.
Mr. Muhammad Raziuddin Monem
M. R. Monem is a seasoned, goal-oriented professional with over 40 years of experience in Oilfield Systematic Performance Management including emphasis on QHSE and Team Building. He started his career in 1974 with M-I Drilling Fluids / M-I Overseas Ltd. (later a division of SCHLUMBERGER) and worked there until 2014, where he retired as the Country Manager and CEO for Pakistan and Area Operations Manager Middle East. During his tenure, he managed the Planning and Execution of Annual & Strategic Business Plans, Execution of New Technology systems. He has worked on many technical projects with industry giants, including Exxon, Shell, Conoco, Union Texas, Petro Canada, British Petroleum, OMV and Eni/Lasmo and many more. His forte is Management Efficiencies, Product & Service Delivery Optimization and New Oilfield Technologies and has proven himself as a valuable asset for the company – through his consistent display of sound business acumen, good people skills resulting in Internationally Leading EBITDA and ROI & QHSE Ranking. He underwent a number of Advanced Management and Drilling Engineering courses incl. negotiating skills, motivation, mentoring, QHSE leadership and management besides various courses on Drilling Engineering, Integrated fluids engineering, and Drilling Fluid Economics. He has authored several papers at international petroleum seminars, co-chaired SPE and other industry panel sessions. He is a member of, and Certified Board Director from PICG which is in collaboration with IFC. Additionally his rich corporate background includes serving on Board of Directors of listed companies including Pak Suzuki Motor Company, Ghandara Nissan. He is a prolific social service volunteer and served as Chairman of Patients Behbud Society of AKUH for 13 years. Since 2006 he has been the Co-Chairman of Community Advisory Board of AKUH. Mr. Monem holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He is a life member of American Institute of Chemical Engineers, Society of Petroleum Engineers and is a member of Petroleum Institute of Pakistan and was member of OICCI Energy Sub-committee. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Mr. Monem is Chairman of Board Corporate Governance and Ethics Committee and Chairman of Board Risk Management, Litigation and HSEQA Committee. He is also a Member of the Board Nomination Committee and the Board Human Resource and Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Manzoor Ali Shaikh
Mr. Manzoor Ali Shaikh, an officer of Pakistan Administrative Service Federal Government in 8520 is presently posted as Executive Director, State Life Insurance Corporation of Pakistan. Prior to his posting in SLIC he has served the Federal and Provincial Government of Sindh in various positions. His last assignment was as Secretary to the Government of Sindh for Labor and Human Resources Department. He has also served as Secretary Forests and Wildlife Department. He has also worked as Director General Trade Development Authority of Pakistan and Executive Director Trading Corporation of Pakistan, and Divisional Commissioner Sukkur Division. Mr. Manzoor Ali Shaikh joined the Civil Services in 1994 and has vast professional experience in Senior Management positions in diversified fields such as Public Sector Management, Administration, Trade and Commerce, Planning and Development, Poverty Alleviation and Crisis Management. He has attended professional training courses and workshops including conducted by Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG) on Governance of Risk and Human Resource and Remuneration Committee. Mr. Manzoor Ali Shaikh has Professional Degree in Civil Engineering, and has attained a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Mr. Manzoor is a Member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Nomination Committee, Board Risk Management, Litigation and HSEQA Committee and the Board Human Resource and Remuneration Committee.
Dr. Sohail Khan
Dr. Sohail Khan is a corporate Strategy, Oil and Gas business development management consultant with record of achievement in planning, development and growth of oil & gas industry. A highly motivated individual with successful working experience in Oil & Gas and service industries across the world. He has a solid track record working for Total (E&P) providing corporate strategy, improving the development of business by deploying oil and gas processes and implementing & coordinating efficiency improvement techniques with Affiliate management teams across the operations in Total (E&P) U.K, and Qatar. His entrepreneurial spirit and relationship building skills have allowed him to achieve career growth and a special talent for transmitting strategy into action and achievement. As a change management consultant; successfully secured contracts directly and through consultancy organizations. Contracts fulfilled across U.K according to the client requirements and International standards. He worked as a Management consultant and Training Development Manager responsible for implementing Focused Operational Improvement (FOI) programmes within Exploration and Production to implement and improve processes across the Affiliate. He was also responsible for determining competency requirements for all functions and staff, against the competency standards, and successfully delivered the annual training plan, within budget and on time. He has extensive experience of policy formation, development and execution of IT strategy to support operation by deploying Artificial Intelligence (AI), Big Data Analytics, Cyber Threat Intelligence and Cloud Computing to optimize production, efficiency and improve business processes across the operation. Working for I.P.S.G (U.K) he has managed I.T projects exceeding £10 Million budget, including software development, business process reengineering, processes development, implementation, audit, managing multiple departments and compliance with ISO and European standards. He has valuable company turnaround experience, having used leading management tools and techniques such as Lean Process, Change Management, Outsourcing strategies, I.T Project Management methodologies, Kanban, SDLC, PRINCE 2, PMP, E-business, JDE, ERP and BPM to bring companies from loss to profit and improved the growth in small duration of time. He has a PHD Doctor of Philosophy (Portugal), MBA, MSc and M.A from England which gives him unique skills and advanced subject knowledge how to promote, market an organization to achieve its strategic goals. Dr. Sohail is a Member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Finance & Procurement Committee, Board Special Committee on UFG and the Board Human Resource and Remuneration Committee.
Mr. Zuhair Siddiqui
Mr. Zuhair Siddiqui retired as Managing Director of SSGC after a service tenure of 12 years. Thereafter, he was hired on a two-year contract by SSGC based on his skills and competencies to assist the Board with technical matters relating to gas distribution and LNG projects. During his tenure of service in the Company, Mr. Siddiqui held a number of senior leadership positions which include General Manager (IT), Senior General Manager – Customer and Management Services, and Deputy Managing Director. During his tenure of service he was also a member of all the Committees of the Board of Directors which were involved in strategic planning to fulfill the Vision and Mission of the Company. His hands-on experience in the company has provided him with invaluable technical and managerial knowledge vital to gas purification, transmission and distribution functions. Prior to joining SSGC, he was employed by Civil Aviation Authority, Karachi for a period of 10 years and AMD and National Semiconductor in USA, for a period of 11 years. Mr. Siddiqui holds a Bachelor’s degree in Electronic Engineering from Karachi and a Master’s degree in Computer Engineering from USA. He is also a member of engineering institutions in Pakistan and United States. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Mr. Zuhair is a Member of the Board Finance & Procurement Committee, Board Risk Management, Litigation and HSEQA Committee and the Board Special Committee on UFG.
Mr. Ayaz Dawood
Mr. Ayaz Dawood is serving BRR Investments (Private) Ltd. (Manager of BRR Guardian Modaraba as its Chief Executive. He has the distinction of being Founder of Dawood Islamic Bank, Dawood Family Takaful, Dawood Equities Limited, First Dawood Investment Bank, Dawood Capital Management, managers of First Dawood Mutual Fund, Dawood Money Market Fund and Dawood Islamic Fund. Mr. Dawood has also served Modaraba Association of Pakistan as its Chairman. He is a director of Systems Limited and Chairman of its Audit Committee. A member of Young Presidents Organization, Mr. Dawood is a graduate in Economics from McGill University, Montreal and completed his MBA in Finance and Money and Financial Markets with distinction from Colombia Business School, New York. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Mr. Ayaz is a Member of the Board Audit Committee, Board Corporate Governance & Ethics Committee, Board Finance & Procurement Committee and the Board Risk Management, Litigation and HSEQA Committee.
Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili
Mr. Abdul Aziz Uqaili is an officer of the 1992 batch of Pakistan Administrative Service (20th CTP). He has served the nation for over 28 years at all three tiers of the government (National, Sub-National and Local / Municipal) within Pakistan in Punjab & Sindh provinces and at Islamabad. He also represented Pakistan for 8 years in Australia, Malaysia and Saudi Arabia, on important diplomatic / consular positions.

Prior to his elevation as 33rd Chief Secretary to the Government of Balochistan, Mr. Uqaili worked as Secretary and Additional Secretary (Development & Special Initiatives), Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives (2020-22). In Ministry of Interior Islamabad, he served as Additional Secretary and Joint Secretary for 2½ years (2018-20).

In Govt. of Sindh, Mr Uqaili worked as Secretary School Education & Literacy Department (2017) and Secretary, Culture & Archaeology Department (2011-13). He had successful tenures as District Coordination Officer & Administrator in Larkana (2008) and Ghotki @ Mirpur Mathelo (2010) Districts, where he proved his mettle as a “doer”, especially in Ghotki during 2010 Super Floods, where he received accolades from local, national and international audience. Other important assignments in Sindh, included Additional Finance Secretary (Resource) (2006-08), Deputy Secretary (Staff) to Chief Secretary Sindh (2000-01) and Assistant Commissioner & SDM, Civil Lines (1998).

Mr. Uqaili started his public service career in 1994 as Assistant Commissioner in Govt. of Punjab and worked in Bahawalpur, Rahim Yar Khan and Jhelum districts.

While posted in Pakistan’s Missions abroad, he worked as Consul General & Trade Commissioner for Australia at Sydney (2013-16) and as Community Welfare Attaché in Jeddah and Kuala Lumpur (2001-05). In Malaysia, he also held the position of First Secretary & Commercial Counsellor.

Mr. Uqaili holds Masters’ degree (MSc in Development Management) from London School of Economics, UK (2006). He is basically a civil engineer from NED UET (University) Karachi (1993) and also a law graduate from Sindh Muslim Law College Karachi (2001). He maintained his academic distinctions by standing 8th in Pakistan in 1991 CSS Competitive Examination in first attempt, at 22. Earlier he had held the distinctive honour of consecutively securing Three Gold Medals in Bachelors for faculty top (1991) from University of Sindh, and Board Top both in HSSC (1987) and SSC (1985) Examinations, held by BISE Hyderabad.

Mr. Sajid Mehmood Qazi
Mr. Sajid Mehmood Qazi, Additional Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Energy Petroleum Division, joined Office Management Group of the Civil Services of Pakistan in 1995. At the start of his career, he was exposed to the working of Ministries of Economic Affairs, Commerce & Textile and Narcotics Control. He has extensive understanding of regulatory and governance challenges of the Country, as he subsequently worked in the Supreme Court of Pakistan and National Accountability Bureau (NAB). Mr. Qazi performed the duties of a Diplomat in Pakistan Consulate Manchester UK as Counsellor Community Affairs. Mr. Qazi worked as Joint Secretary Petroleum Division from 2018 to 2021. Before re-joining the Ministry of Petroleum, he was working as Senior Joint Secretary, Corporate Finance, and Ministry of Finance. He has extensive knowledge of Energy challenges of Pakistan as he managed the corporate matters of leading Oil & Gas companies in terms of restructuring of their Boards, hiring of competent MDs and evolving their business models including introduction of innovation in processes and procedures to achieve better corporate results. As a member of Board of Directors of leading E&P Companies PPL and MPCL, Mr. Qazi made sure that company resources are reinvested into drilling of new wells. Mr. Qazi also played a leading role in controlling the UFG while he served as member UFG Control Committee on the BOD of SNGPL. As Member BOD of PSO, he was instrumental in signing a long term LNG procurement contract from Qatar on G-to-G basis in 2021. All in all, Mr. Qazi has complete understanding of entire value chain of Petroleum Sector starting from upstream E&P activities to midstream refining business and downstream distribution of oil and gas in the country.

Currently, Mr. Qazi is dealing with policy matters of Oil & Gas in the Petroleum Division. He is also representing on the Boards of Oil & Gas Development Corporation Ltd. and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Ltd (SNGPL). Mr. Qazi has strong interest in Economics, Public Administration and Law. He earned LLM from Warwick University, UK as Chevening Scholar. He is avid reader of contemporary history and also follows his passion of hiking and landscape photography in his leisure time.

Ms. Saira Najeeb Ahmed
Saira is a career civil servant who joined the Government of Pakistan in 1998. She has experience of working in economic policy and implementation, covering the areas of power and petroleum, fiscal and trade, economic diplomacy, international development, regulation and compliance.

Prior to assuming her responsibilities at the Ministry of Finance and Revenue (Finance Division) in 2023, she has served as Joint Secretary JV’s and Corporate Affairs, Petroleum Division, DG National Electric Power Regulatory Authority, Joint Secretary, Finance Division, Commercial Counsellor, Pakistan High Commission, London. Saira holds an MSc degree in Finance and Financial Law, from SOAS, University of London.

Updated: March 3, 2023