Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Najam Ali has over 35 years of rich experience of working in different capacities in Pakistan’s capital markets. Prior to forming Next Capital Limited, he served as the Chief Executive Officer at JS Investments Limited. During his tenure at JS Investments, the company achieved the highest rating of AM2 Plus in the industry and remained the largest asset management company in the private sector. During this time, he also served twice as the Chairman of Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan (MUFAP)..
Mr. Najam was also the founding Chief Executive Officer of the Central Depository Company (CDC), Pakistan’s first and only securities depository. Prominent shareholders included Citigroup, IFC and Pakistan’s stock exchanges. While at CDC, he also led the development and implementation of the National Clearing and Settlement System, which is the centralized clearing system in Pakistan for all the stock exchanges. The success of these projects has laid the foundation of a world class capital market infrastructure that has earned him praise and recognition at the national level.
He has also served on the Board of Directors of Pakistan Oilfields Limited, the Karachi Stock Exchange (Guarantee) Limited (KSE), the National Clearing Company of Pakistan Limited (NCCPL) and Askari Bank Limited. After having qualified as a chartered accountant with Robson Rhodes in the U.K, he worked with Fidelity Investment Bank as a Group Financial Controller and Head of Money and Capital Markets.
By qualification, Mr. Najam Ali is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales and Institute of Chartered Accountants of Ontario – Canada. He has also qualified as a Certified Public Accountant – USA and holds a Bachelor degree in Economics from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA. Mr. Ali has also attended and successfully completed the ‘Advanced Management Program’ at the world renowned Harvard Business School, USA
He is currently serving as a member of the Corporate Leaders Advisory Board of Institute of Business Administration (IBA).
Mr Zulqarnain Khan
Mr Zulqarnain Khan has over 15 years of extensive experience in the financial sector. He is the founding member of Next Capital Limited. Mr. Khan is a certified director from the Institute of Charted Accountants Pakistan(ICAP).
Prior to being a founding member at Next Capital he was previously associated with JS Global Capital Limited as Head of North.
Zulqarnain has also worked as senior Institutional Equity trader with AKD Securities Limited. During his tenure there, AKD Securities limited was awarded the Best Brokerage House award by the CFA Association of Pakistan.
He has worked as an Assistant Vice President at Faysal Bank Limited within the commercial banking division and managed a team for the asset portfolio of the bank.
He has majors in banking and finance and holds a Masters degree in business (MBA) from Philadelphia University, USA.
Dr. Ali Akhter Ali
Managing Director-Capital Markets
Dr. Ali has over 18 years of rich experience in the financial sector of Pakistan with his forte being capital markets .Prior to joining Next Capital as M.D. – Capital Markets, Dr. Ali served as Deputy Managing Director at TPL Life Insurance.Prior to joining TPL he served as SVP at JS Investments in the Investments department and later served as the Chief Investment Officer for a period of 3 years before taking over as the CEO. Dr.Ali Managed the treasury as the Chief Dealer at KASB Capital.He began his career at BMA Capital Management and moved on to JS Capital Markets eventually heading their fixed income desk . By qualification Ali is a medical doctor and MBA.
Salman Jalaluddin Virani
Managing Director, Investment Banking
A generalist, Salman has over 13 years of experience of working with corporates in Pakistan and the Middle East. He brings with him a multi-sector and broad based investment banking expertise with clients in Power & Utilities, Port Infrastructure, Oil & Gas, Steel Manufacturing, Telecom and Pharmaceuticals sectors. Prior to Next Capital, he headed Investment Banking at a leading financial institution in Pakistan.
By qualification, he is a CFA charter holder and an Associate member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan
Muhammad Zubair Ellahi
Mr. Zubair Ellahi has over 20 years of rich experience of working in multiple capacities in Pakistan’s capital markets. Prior to joining NCL, Mr. Zubair served as a Director at Bhayani Securities Limited (“BSL”) where he was instrumental in transforming the sole proprietorship to a top rated corporate brokerage house.
While at BSL Mr. Zubair served in numerous capacities which included all areas of the business. His responsibilities have ranged from transforming the company from a sole proprietorship to a public unlisted company to heading the sales desk. Over his 17 year tenor at BSL, Mr. Zubair’s responsibilities have included managing a portfolio of over Rs. 200 million, establishing BSL’s institutional, foreign and high net worth client sales desk and establishing BSL’s research department and initiating coverage of multiple sectors and companies.
Mr. Zubair is a graduate from the Institute of Business Administration (IBA) with a Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
Managing Director-Debt & Syndications
Rima has over18 years of diversified experience in Corporate & Investment Banking in Pakistan.
Chief Financial Officer
Sana is an experienced process improvement and IFRS expert and a digital solution enthusiast. She has been associated with the financial services industry for over 11 years
She has worked for prestigious organizations in senior capacity including; Director Financial Reporting at Telenor Microfinance Bank, Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary at Lakson Investments Limited and CFO & Company Secretary at Next Capital Limited
Sana is a Chartered Accountant from the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan and has served as a member on its Committee on Fiscal Laws for two terms; she is one of the first few females to be featured on CA Women’s Directory
Mr. Shahab Farooq
Mr. Farooq has been associated with the capital markets of Pakistan since 2003. He has served in the areas of investment management and research on both the buy side and the sell side, including some of the leading brokerage houses and asset management companies of Pakistan. Prior to joining Next Capital, he was heading the Research function of JS Investments. Mr. Farooq holds an MBA degree with a major in Finance.
Head of Information Technology
A seasoned professional with diversified experience that includes but not limited to ERP Project Management, SAP Implementation, Database Designing and Frontend Applications Development for Capital Market & Manufacturing concerns.
He has been serving in the Financial Sector since 2005 and prior to Next Capital his last assignment was with BMA Capital Management Ltd. where he was associated as Assistant Vice President. Before that he was associated with Dadex Eternit Limited as SAP team member. He was also part of Computer Research (Pvt.) Ltd. as ERP team member.
He is Oracle Certified Professional (DBA) and also holds a Master Degree in Business Administration with majors in IT.
Head of Operations
Mr. Faiz holds rich working experience in Operations & Finance including functional responsibilities in Equity Operations
Prior to joining Next Capital, he served as Head of Operations at Al-Hoqani Securities & Inv. Corp. (Pvt) Limited as well as Head of Settlement at Total Securities Limited
He brings with himself detailed knowledge of Equity Settlement procedures along with excellent leadership, strong analytical and communication skills to streamline processes in a deadline driven environment
Holds a degree of Bachelor of Commerce from University of Karachi