Haider Wahab joins National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT) as the CEO. With over 25 years of experience in various executive management and leadership roles in Pakistan and the Middle East, Mr. Wahab specializes in leveraging platforms and developing new markets; strategic planning and bringing technology led innovation, transformation and value to the existing product line, market potential and various strategic business propositions. Mr. Wahab is a result driven business leader with a broad range of geographical and functional experience; with a strong expertise in payment eco-systems, technology solutions and implementation of multi-channel digital and technology led business process optimization and financial services models. His last assignment was with NCR Corporation as the Managing Director, Pakistan.During his tenure as MD, he strategically led the organization through its rapid expansion program and was instrumental in positioning NCR as the continued market leader over the last 8 years with the highest market share in Pakistan. Prior to taking over as the Managing Director, he has also successfully served NCR Pakistan as ‘Head of Financial Services’ and the ‘Country Services’ Head. With an Engineering Degree from Pakistan, Mr. Wahab has also served in various technology companies in senior management positions.
Talib Marghoob is an experienced chartered accountant with long experience of financial accounting from international firms to local organizations. He has Thirty years’ experience in trade and industry in the area of finance, accounting and business decision making covering manufacturing, fast food, trading and indenting and financial services.
Mazahir Alvi Head of Special Projects has over 32 years of experience in Managing, Analyzing, Development, Operations, Compliance, and Project Management with different organizations in Pakistan and aboard. He has been associated with NIFT since 2002 and worked as Operations Manager Karachi from 2002 to 2009, Compliance Manager from 2009 to 2011 and as Project Manager (Punjab Board of Revenue Land Record Information Systems) from 2011 to 2016. He is a certified information System Auditor and member of the Project Management Institute
An IT and management professional with 20+ years of exceptional track record in driving business excellence through efficient execution of high-end IT projects as well as developing turnkey IT applications for some of the leading entities in the region, seeking a challenging position with a dynamic organization to contribute accrued skills in formulating organizational objectives and charting a mutually beneficial growth path.
As Head of Operations at NIFT, Hassan brings over 23 years of experience in banking technology, Core Systems implementation, IT Operations and Project Management. He is well-versed in leading design, development and the delivery of complex projects and solutions. He is an active participant in planning, analyzing, and implementing solutions in his current role.
Hassan’s focus at NIFT is on overall operations of the clearing business and the transformation of the Automated Clearing House (ACH) to Electronic Clearing House (ECH)
His role with technology solutions for finance is fortified through a lengthy tenure with Bank of America (Pak), Union Bank (Pak) Habib Bank Limited (Pak/Intl.) and Saudi Investment Bank (KSA), where he oversaw IT systems and applications.
Hassan is a Commerce graduate along with various certifications in Computer Science & Software development as well as CISA, CGEIT and Prince2 certifications.
Syed Haider Abbas joined National Institutional Facilitation Technologies (NIFT) as the Head of HR & Admin.With over 30 years of experience in various man-management and leadership roles in his career. Mr. Abbas brings in a proactive code of conduct in the organization and endeavours that his presence promotes Positivity and prevents Negativity. He is a result oriented leader with a broad range of functional experience related to a varied range of Decision making , Admin / HR / Security processes , Procurement and Regulatory implementation etc.
Tahir Lateef is a qualified Chartered Accountant and Associate Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. He has more than ten years of experience in the field of auditing. He has been associated with two reputable audit firms, namely KPMG Taseer Hadi and Grant Thornton Anjum Rahman, for a period of more than 7 years. During his association with the audit firms he enjoyed the experience of being part of various audits of clients belonging to diversified industries. Prior to joining NIFT, he worked as Head of Internal Audit of NBP Fullerton Asset Management Limited.
Fawad Abdul Kader is a digital payment and financial services expert with the focus on improving customer experience and creating convenience in the access of financial services through innovative technology and Business Process Reengineering. He has created digital strategy and developed products in the banking sector to increase transactional convenience and instantly onboard customers. The focus area has been to enable the large majority of the unbanked segments to utilize these access channels to fulfill their payment and financial needs.
He has worked in large banks for over fourteen (14) years with over 10 years in management positions and setting up alternate channels, payment platform and digital products under the conventional and branchless banking regulatory framework. He has also worked as a consultant for creating digital strategy to implement digital products, channels and services for Government Institutions.
Khwaja Asif Karim Ahmad joins NIFT as Head of Risk & Compliance with 20+ years of experience primarily in Information Technology from leading ‘Wall St.’ Financial firms. He lived in the US for 17 years, bringing a versatile experience as part of portfolio. He is Master of Science – Computer Information Systems from The City University of New York (Brooklyn College), NY, USA.
A few of the powerhouses he has worked for include GE, JPMorgan Chase, Marsh & McLennan, Instinet (formerly Thomson Reuters), Bank of New York Mellon Company. In Pakistan, previously, he has worked for CDC and PMEX.
He is first in Pakistan to lead an organization to achieve Business Continuity Management certification BS 25999. His portfolio includes managing, establishing and Implementing, Information Security Management, Business Continuity Management, Business Analysis, Quality Assurance, Process & SOP Management, Head of Application Development, and IT Services & Strategic Planning. His professional expertise range from Executive Management & Governance, Corporate Compliance, SDLC, IT Strategy & Planning, IT Audit, Project & Program Management, both in the US and here locally.
He was up until recently a Senior Consultant & Trainer – Cyber Security, Info. Sec. (ISMS), Business Continuity Planning (BCMS), Disaster Recovery, which included conducting independent IT Audit at a DFI and an Entertainment Industry. He is a recently certified ISO 22301 Business Continuity Lead Auditor and ISO 27001 Information Security Lead Auditor via PECB, Canada.
Imran has joined National Institutional of Facilitation technologies (Pvt) Ltd. as Head of Business Development; he has been associated with banking industry for the past 16 years where he has worked in different capacities for organizations like Citibank, NIB Bank, UBL, Burj Bank and his last assignment was at JS Bank where he was looking after the sales function for Cash Management & Employee Banking.
With his experience of 16 years, he has the perfect blend for both sales and product development, skilled in, Corporate Payment Solutions, Market Research, Management, Payments, Management Information Systems (MIS), Product Development, Consumer Business and Business Relationship Management.
He has completed his MBA focused in Finance from Iqra University Karachi.