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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.
Ms. Nida Rizwan Farid
Nida Rizwan Farid is an aerospace engineer and energy efficiency consultant. She has led multi-million dollar projects for the Airbus A320, A330, A350XWB, A380 and Bombardier’s CRJ aircraft. She has also worked extensively with wind farm development and management, energy policy and gas turbine combustion in North America and Europe. Ms. Nida is passionate about spreading energy efficiency awareness in Pakistan and elsewhere, and co-authored the Integrated Energy Plan for Pakistan. Her projects include Pakistan’s first comprehensive Energy Flow Diagram, savejoules.com, a comparison website of appliances based on electricity consumption, energy efficiency awareness campaigns, as well as energy audits for commercial and industrial customers. She has an SB in Aerospace Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and an MS in Mechanical Engineering from ETH Zurich, specializing in aircraft engines and gas turbines. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Ms. Nida is a Member of the Board Finance & Procurement Committee, Board Risk Management, Litigation and HSEQA Committee and Board Special Committee on UFG.
Mr. Faisal Bengali
A professional fund manager with over 20 years’ experience, Mr. Faisal Bengali has proven skills in people management, regulatory dealings, risk management and optimizing fund performance. He is also adept in many other aspects of financial management, including budgeting, investment, financial analysis and asset management. Since June 2018, he has been Director Investments at PNO Capital. From 2004 to 2008, he was CEO AKD Investments Ltd., where he executed the management takeover of Golden Arrow Stock Fund, Pakistan’s oldest private sector closed-ended mutual fund. Previously from 1994 to 2004, he was Director Sales, AKD Securities Ltd. Early on in his career, he was Vice President, Bengal Fibre Industries Ltd. Mr. Bengali is an MBA Finance from Rice University, Houston Texas and BSc in Electrical Engineering from Northwestern University, Illinois. He is a Qualified Director from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. Mr. Bengali has also participated in Canadian Securities Course offered by Canadian Securities Institute. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Mr. Faisal is Chairman of Board Audit Committee. He is also a Member of the Board Corporate Governance and Ethics Committee, Board Nomination Committee and the Board Special Committee on UFG.
Dr. Ahmed Mujtaba Memon
Dr. Ahmed Mujtaba Memon has been appointed as Director in SSGC Board by the Government of Pakistan with effect from April 5, 2018. Before his posting in Finance Division, Dr. Memon was serving as Director General Input Output Co-efficient Organization, Federal Bureau of Revenue, in Karachi. He joined Pakistan Customs and Excise Group (currently Pakistan Customs Service) in November 1987 and has worked in various capacities in Central Excise, Sales Tax, Valuation, Adjudication and Customs functional areas. He has also worked on Asian Development Bank’s Trade, Export Promotion and Industrialization (TEPI) loan project as Secretary TEPI in FBR. He brings with him a rich professional and academic background. His educational qualifications are MBBS, MA (Economics) and MBA Finance. Presently, he is working as Additional Finance Secretary (CF/HR) in Finance Division since, March 2018. He is also a member on the board of NESPAK & K-Electric. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, Mr. Ahmed is Chairman of Board Finance & Procurement Committee. He is also a Member of the Board Audit Committee, 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.
Mr. Mather Niaz Rana
Mr. Mather Niaz Rana is the current Chief Secretary of Balochistan. Mr. Rana has served on important administrative positions in the Government of the Punjab, Government of Balochistan and the Federal Government including Islamabad Capital Territory Administration. He has also served as the 48th Chief Secretary of Azad State of Jammu and Kashmir and Secretary, Ministry of Planning, Development and Special Initiatives. He has done his B.Sc. Engineering from University of Engineering and Technology (UET) Lahore, MBA (Finance) from Imperial College London UK and M.Sc. from London School of Economics, UK. Mr. Rana is also a graduate of National Defence University, Islamabad. Mr. Rana is the member of SSGC’s Board Human Resource and Remuneration Committee, Board Special Committee on UFG and Board Risk Management, Litigation and HSE& QA.
Dr. Sohail R. Khan
Dr. Sohail R. Khan is a top performing corporate strategy, Oil and Gas business development management consultant, with record of achievement in planning, development and growth of oil & gas industry. He is a highly motivated individual with successful international working experience of more than 15 years in Oil & Gas and service industries across U.K, UAE, Canada and Qatar. He has a solid track record working for Total (E&P) U.K, providing corporate strategy, improving the development of business by deploying oil and gas processes (upstream and downstream), and implementing & coordinating efficiency improvement techniques with Affiliate management teams across the operations in Total (E&P). Working as a change management consultant for Total (E&P), successfully design and implemented FOI (Field Operational Improvement) change management program on time within budget of £10 Million for U.K and Qatar assets. The purpose of Field Operational Improvement program was to reshape Total Petroleum (E&P) from business unit centric to enterprise, effective and mature shared service IT organization that can support priorities of the entire operations. Successfully designed and implemented oil production reporting processes, competency management systems, integrated logistics & procurement systems, 12-24 month planning and budgeting processes with the engagement of multiple stakeholders to define a strategic direction and enhance business development. He was also responsible for determining competency requirements for all functions and staff, against the competency standards, and successfully delivered the annual training plan that caters the needs of Operation, Engineering and HSE disciplines within budget and on time.Dr. Sohail R. Khan has extensive experience of policy formation, HR development & Training, Audit process, 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. He has vast experience working with IBM Watson Data Platform which provides strategic value to an organization by analyzing vast amount of ‘dark’ data to improve operational and business decisions. 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 vast experience in managing multiple projects concurrently, programs with various project streams, on budget, within scope and quality in line with PMBOK best practices of PMI.Dr Sohail Khan has valuable company turnaround experience having used leading management tools and techniques such as Lean methodology, RACI, Kanban, PRINCE 2, PMP, ERP, JDE and BPM to bring companies from loss to profit.Dr. Sohail R. Khan has earned his PhD Degree in Management & Technology followed by MBA (Master in Business Administration) from University of Central Lancashire U.K. He has MSc (Distributed Networks & Security System) from University of Hertfordshire U.K and M.A in Strategic Leadership from University of Wolverhampton U.K. He possess various industrial certifications in Management, Cyber Threat Intelligence, Big Data Analytics, Ethical Hacking and Corporate IT Governance Framework from University of Maryland, University of Georgia, Google, Cisco and Cybrary Education USA. He has several publications in international journals in the Field of Corporate IT Strategy & Governance Framework, Management Challenges, Cyber Warfare, Cloud Computing, and Service Level Framework. He is a keen sportsman and love to play cricket and football. As part of the SSGC Board of Directors Committees, 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. Hassan Mehmood Yousufzai
Hassan M. Yousufzai is currently serving as Additional Secretary, Petroleum Division, Government of Pakistan. He has served as the Director General, National Institute of Management, Pakistan Academy for Rural Development and Pakistan Provincial Services Academy, Peshawar. In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KPK), Mr. Yousufzai has served as Secretary Higher Education Department, Housing Department, Auqaf Department, Law and Order (Merged Area) and Administration (Establishment). Mr. Yousufzai has also served as Commercial Counselor in Frankfurt, Germany, Managing Director Small Industries, KPK and Chief Economist in the P&D Department of KPK government. Outside the Government, he has experience of working as Capacity Development Specialist in Asian Development Bank and Assistant Political Agent in Bajaur Agency. Early in his career, Mr. Yousufzai served as District Coordination Officer, Swat, Additional Secretary, Establishment Department and PSO to CS, and also remained Assistant Commissioner in Chitral and Swat.

He passed his CSS Examination in 1995 to join 24thCTP, in the Pakistan Administrative Service (Formerly called DMG). He attained MA in Conflict Transformation from Eastern Mennonite University, USA as a Fulbright Fellow. Currently, he is enrolled in the PhD program in the Department of International Relations, University of Peshawar.He did his schooling from Cadet College, Petaro, F.Sc from PAF College, Sargodha and also graduated from PAF College of Aeronautical Engineering. Mr. Yousufzai is also an MA in Political Science from Peshawar University and B.Sc. (Aero Sciences) from PAF Academy in Risalpur.

He has participated in diverse professional training courses and promotion exams in PAF, 18-month Common Training Program and Specialized Trading Program at Civil Services Academy, mid-career management course, senior management and national management courses, JICA training on development studies and economic development training in China. Mr. Yousufzai has also participated in numerous domestic and international seminars, certificate courses and non-degree programs on areas related to public sector. He has also drafted ‘Manual for MusalihatAnjumans’ for ADB and co-authored ‘Towards Understanding Pukhtoon Jirga, an indigenous way of peace building and more.’. Mr. Yousufzai is the member of SSGC’s Board, Government Holdings (Pvt) Limited (GHPL), Pakistan LNG Limited (PLL), Pakistan Refinery Limited (PRL) and Board of Management of Pakistan State Oil Company Limited (PSOCL) and their various committees as representative from the government side.

Updated: July 12, 2021