Board of Directors
Shamsuddin Ahmad Shaikh
Mr Shaikh is the CEO of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company and Engro Powergen Thar (Pvt.) Ltd. Prior to his current position, Mr. Shaikh was Senior Vice President at Engro Foods. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company, Thar Power Company, Engro Powergen Limited; Engro Eximp Ltd & Engro Eximp AgriProducts (Private) Ltd.
Mr. Shaikh has an extensive career of over 25 years in Manufacturing, Sales, Commercial and Supply Chain at different levels and subsidiaries of Engro Corporation. Mr. Shaikh has a BE (Mechanical) from NED University while he attained an MS in Industrial Engineering along with an MBA from Colorado State University.
Chief Executive Officer
Shahab has had more than 21 years of industry experience in the chemical process and power utility industry where his expertise ranges from project development and project execution to Operations & Management. In addition to having worked through project development and execution at a senior level, Shahab has been part of Operations & Management teams in the first twelve years of his career.
He holds a Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from UET and completed his MBA from LUMS. He joined the EPQL board in March 2017.
Aliya Yusuf is a Partner at the law firm of Orr Dignam & Co. and is based at the Firm’s Karachi office. She is an Advocate of the High Court of Sindh and a Barrister from Gray’s Inn. As with other Partners of the Firm, she deals with a wide range of corporate, financial and commercial matters. Her focus areas are M&A (including privatization) and project work, joint ventures and in the energy, pharmaceutical and communication sectors and real estate development. She is a graduate of the University of Cambridge. She joined the EPQL Board in 2006.
Javed Akbar has undergraduate and post-graduate qualification in Chemical Engineering from the United Kingdom, and has over 40 years of experience in fertilizer and chemical business with Exxon, Engro and Vopak. He has managed Exxon and Engro fertilizer plants and their expansions in Pakistan, worked in Exxon’s Chemical Technology divisions in USA and Canada, and served as Human Resources Manager in Exxon Pakistan. He was part of the buyout team when Exxon divested its stake in Engro.
Prior to his retirement in 2006, he was Chief Executive of Engro Vopak Terminal Limited, a joint venture between Engro and Royal Vopak of Holland. After his retirement, he established a consulting company specializing in analyzing and forecasting petroleum, petrochemical and energy industry trends and providing strategic insight. He is on the boards of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited, DH Fertilizer Limited, Engro Fertilizers Limited, Engro Powergen Limited, Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited, Engro Vopak Terminal Limited, and Javed Akbar Associates (Private) Limited. He also serves on the panel of Energy Experts Group and environmental experts of Sindh Environmental Protection Agency. He joined the EPQL Board in 2010.
Shabbir Hashmi has more than 30 years of project finance and private equity experience. At Actis Capital, one of the largest private equity investors in the emerging market, he has led the Pakistan operations. Prior to Actis, he was responsible for a large regional portfolio of CDC Group Plc for Pakistan and Bangladesh. He also did a long stint with USAID and later briefly with the World Bank in Pakistan, specializing in planning and development of energy sector of the country. In the past, he has held more than 24 board directorships as a nominee of CDC/Actis and 11 directorships as an independent director.
Currently, he is serving as an independent director on the Boards of UBL Fund Managers, Engro Fertilizers Limited, Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited and LMKR Holdings. He is also on the board of governors of The Help Care Society which is operating K-12 schools in Lahore for underprivileged children. He is an engineer from Dawood College of Engineering & Technology, Pakistan and holds an MBA from J.F. Kennedy University, USA. He joined the EPQL Board in 2010.
Shahid Hamid Pracha
Shahid Hamid Pracha chairs the Boards of Dawood Lawrencepur Limited, Tengaga Generasi Limited, Reon Limited and Sach International (Pvt) Limited. In addition to Engro Fertilizers Limited, he is a director of Engro Powergen Limited and Engro Powergen Qadirpur Limited. He has been associated with the Dawood Hercules Group since 2007 and formerly served on the Engro Corporation Limited and Hub Power Company Limited boards. He retired as Chief Executive of Dawood Hercules Corporation in October 2014 after previously working as the CEO of The Dawood Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the group. Whilst in that role, he was concurrently the first CEO of The Karachi Education Initiative, the sponsoring entity of the Karachi School for Business & Leadership.
He is a graduate electrical engineer from the University of Salford, UK and prior to joining the Dawood Hercules Group, spent a major part of his career with ICI Plc’s Pakistan operations in a variety of senior roles including a period of international secondment with the parent company in the UK. He joined the EPQL board in 2010.
Vaqar Zakaria has over 35 years experience in energy and environmental management in Pakistan and in the region. His professional focus has been on business policy and strategy evaluation, planning of energy production and distribution systems, energy pricing, demand forecasting, and environmental assessment of energy projects. With private sector firms, he has been extensively involved in power, and oil and gas infrastructure projects, including conceptual planning, engineering and project management.
He has assisted the Planning Commission, energy ministries, state owned utilities, the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank, and the private sector in the development of energy infrastructure, policies to promote investment in the energy sector, and in formulating short and long-term energy plans. He played a key role in setting up Hagler Bailly Pakistan in 1990, where he continues to oversee all organizational matters. He has also been instrumental in establishing the Himalayan Wildlife Project, an NGO active in setting up national parks and assisting the communities and government in management of the protected areas. He holds Bachelors and Msater’s degrees in Chemical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), USA. He joined the EPQL Board in 2008.