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Management Team

Atlas Asset Management Team, which comprises of the CEO and the Heads of Departments, oversees the working of the Company. The Management Team members include:

Mr. Muhammad Abdul Samad

Chief Executive Officer
Mr. Muhammad Abdul Samad has over two decades experience of local investment management industry. He joined Atlas Asset Management Limited in November 2005, and has held C-suite positions for over a decade, including the Chief Investment Officer and Chief Operating Officer positions. He is a ‘Certified Director’ and also attended Advanced Management Program at INSEAD Fontainebleau, France on nomination by the Atlas Group. He has a significant Board experience, where he has served as a director on the board of nineteen listed companies, including Atlas Battery Limited, Lucky Cement, Berger Paints, Mirpurkhas Sugar, amongst others. He also served as a Director on the Board of Mutual Funds Association of Pakistan (MUFAP) and currently, he is serving as Chairman of its Taxation Committee. He is also an Independent Director on the Board of Institute of Financial Markets of Pakistan (IFMP). Mr. Samad is also serving as a member on Board of Studies Faculty of Business Administration of Jinnah University for Women, Industrial Advisory Board of UIT University and Islamic Finance Academic Advisory Board of Hamdard University.

Mr. Khalid Mahmood

Chief Investment Officer
Mr. Khalid Mahmood is the CIO at Atlas Asset Management having over 15 years of rich experience primarily in Fund Management and Equity Research with various financial institution of Pakistan. He has been with the organization since March, 2008 and has worked in multiple roles during his tenure. Prior to joining Atlas Asset Management Limited Mr. Mahmood was associated with AMZ Asset Management where he worked as an Equity Asset Class Specialist. He also possesses immense experience in Equity Research and has extensively covered Pakistan’s economic and financial affairs during his association with some of the leading financial institutions which include Pak Kuwait Investment Company Limited and National Investment Trust. Mr. Mahmood holds an MBA degree with Majors in Finance from Bahria University.

Ms. Qurrat-ul-Ain Jafari

Chief Financial Officer
Ms. Qurrat-ul-ain Jafari has more than 16 years of experience in the field of Finance, Operation, Secretarial function and Internal Audit. She joined Atlas Asset Management Limited as Chief Internal Auditor in December 2010 and held the position of Chief Financial Officer & Company Secretary from August 01, 2015 till January 31, 2018. Ms Qurrat-ul-Ain is a Fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants, member of Certified Internal Control Auditor, holds a Masters in Economics degree from University of Karachi and is also a ‘Certified Director’. Prior to joining AAML, she was working as Head of Finance & Company Secretary at PICIC Asset Management Company Limited where she was responsible for the financial affairs and secretarial function of the company. She has also worked at Pakistan State Oil, where she served the organization on various positions.

Ms. Mishaal H. Shirazi

GM Sales & Marketing and Business Development
Ms. Mishaal H. Shirazi has a diversified international experience in financial services, underwriting and risk, credit, capital markets and multi-level capital structures. She graduated in Foreign Affairs, Finance and South Asian Studies from University of Virginia, USA. She has an overall 7 year experience with 5 year portfolio management experience as A. Vice President with the Bank of Tokyo-Mitsubishi in New York and was nominated for the Global leadership program by Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group, California. At Atlas Asset Management her core role is overlooking overall sales function and is responsible to develop and implement strategy to maximize corporate and retail sales and assets under management. During her association with AAML, she is also actively involved in new business initiatives, strategy, product development and marketing.

Mr. Tariq Ahmed Siddiqui

Head of Information Technology
Mr. Tariq Ahmed Siddiqui has a diversified experience in the field of Information Technology, software development, database management and faculty member. He has done his Masters in Computer Science from University of Karachi. He has overall 20 years of working experience in the field of Information Technology. He joined Atlas Asset Management Limited as Manager Database in June, 2008. He contributed in software development for the facilitation to investors and company as well. Prior to his appointment, he was working as a Software Engineer in Soorty Enterprises (Pvt.) Ltd. where he was responsible for software development. He was also a visiting faculty member in Bahria University.

Mr. Muhammad Umar Khan

Head of Portfolio Management
Mr. M. Umar Khan has done his Masters in Finance (2009) and Bachelors in Economics (2007) from University of Liverpool (UK). He joined Atlas Asset Management Limited in February 2011. Prior to joining AAML, he has also worked for Intrum Justitia Ltd (Europe’s largest Debt Recovery firm) as Financial Debt Advisor. Mr. M. Umar Khan has total experience of around eleven years and has been associated with AAML for over seven years. He has significant experience of managing multi asset class funds including Equity and Fixed Income Debt Securities as well as Settlement Operations. He was previously managing equity portfolio of pension funds and Fixed Income Portfolio in AAML. He was assigned charge of commodity portfolio and has sufficient skills in alternative investments such as commodities and derivatives contracts. He attended various courses ranging from Bank Credit Analysis, Risk Management, Islamic Banking and Corporate Governance.

Mr. Faran ul Haq

Head of Equities
Mr. Faran ul Haq has done his BA-Hons in Accounting and Finance (2010) from University of Manchester (UK) and has passed CFA Level III in 2013. Furthermore, he is pursuing his MBA from Institute of Business Administration (IBA), Karachi. He is currently working as Head of Equities and is responsible for managing AAML Equity Portfolios. He has extensive experience in financial markets in research department and portfolio management. He started his career at AAML in 2011 as research analyst and later headed research department at AAML. He has covered all key equity market sectors and stocks in Pakistan.

Mr. Fawad Javaid

Head of Fixed Income
Mr. Fawad Javaid has joined Atlas Asset Management Limited as Fixed Income Fund Manager in February, 2013. Prior to joining AAML, he has worked with Pak Oman Asset Management Company in treasury department for about two and half years and with AMZ Asset Management Company Ltd as Sub Fund Manager Fixed Income for two and half years. He did his graduation with major in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Karachi. He is CMA from Institute of Cost and Management Accountants of Pakistan.

Mr. Muhammad Kamran Ahmed

Head of Fund Accounting
Mr. Kamran has over 20 years of Asset Management Industry experience in the areas of Financial Reporting, Taxation and implementation of digital products. He joined Atlas Asset Management Limited in March, 2005 and has worked in various roles during his 18 years of association. Besides his core responsibilities, he is also responsible for streamlining financial processes, optimizing accounting systems, and integration of digital products such as dashboards and online payment gateways to drive efficiency, accuracy, cost-effectiveness which results in improved transaction processing and user experience. He is also engaged with other stakeholders including various regulatory bodies and service providers. He has worked with JS Investment Limited also, where he was involved in implementing System Application Program (SAP).

Mr. Najam Shahzad

Head of Customer Services & Quality Assurance
Mr. Najam Shahzad has 23 years of experience in Financial Sector including 15+ in Mutual Fund industry. He has got a diploma in Business Administration from Institute of Business Administration and holds a Certified Mutual Fund Distributor (CMFD) certificate from Institute of Financial Markets of Pakistan. He has a diverse work experience and has previously served for reputed financial institutions like MCB Financial Services and Deutsche Bank AG, Karachi. He has been working for Atlas Asset Management Limited for more than 15 years. He has managed and developed experience in areas of Registrar/Transfer Agency, Customer Services, MIS/Regulatory reporting, Tax, Product strategy and Sales planning. Currently he is working in capacity of Head of Customer Services and Quality Assurance.

Ms. Zainab Kazim

Company Secretary, Head of HR & Admin
Ms. Zainab Kazim had joined Atlas Asset Management Limited in November 2009. She has overall experience of more than 10 years in the mutual fund industry with diversified roles majorly covering Compliance areas. She is well acquainted with the Rules and Regulations of the industry. As a Head of HR & Admin she is responsible for communicating and maintaining Atlas Culture, training employees etc. and serve as a link between an organization’s management and its employees. She has attended several seminars and workshops which include Code of Corporate Governance 2019, Company Secretary Conference, Train the Trainer, Know Your Customer/ Customer Due Diligence, Rising To The Challenge – Anti Money Laundering, Future of Risk Management, workshop by International Finance Corporation (IFC) on Corporate Governance, etc. She holds MBA Degree from Institute of Business Management (IoBM) with Majors in Finance and is also a ‘Certified Director’.

Mr. M. Uzair Uddin Siddiqui

Chief Internal Auditor
Mr. M. Uzair Uddin Siddiqui is a Member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). He started his career with Deloitte Yousuf Adil (Member of Deloitte Touche & Tohmatsu Limited) in 2004. He has over 10 years of working experience in the field of Finance & Internal Audit. He had been performing several internal audit outsourcing assignments in mutual fund industry (includes IGI Funds Limited, Faysal Asset Management Limited, Askari Investment Management Limited and Al Meezan Investment Management Limited). He joined Atlas Asset Management Limited as Chief Internal Auditor and responsible for ascertaining and reporting to Audit Committee on the adequacy and effectiveness of internal controls and make recommendation for improvement.

Mr. Muhammad Noman

Chief Compliance Officer
Mr. Muhammad Noman is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountancy UK (CIPFA) as well as Fellow Member of Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants (FPFA). He joined Atlas Asset Management Limited in April 2018 as Manager Compliance. He brings with him more than 16 years of diversified experience in the fields of accountancy, taxation, corporate, audit and compliance. Previously, he was associated with ABL Asset Management Company Limited as a Senior Manager Operations. He also served more than 11 years with Central Depository Company of Pakistan Limited as Deputy Manager & Section Head. He commenced his professional career from MRI-Khalid Majid Rahman Sarfaraz Rahim Iqbal Rafiq Chartered Accountants.

Mr. Shaikh Owais Ahmed

Manager Risk Management
Mr. Shaikh Owais Ahmed holds an MBA Degree from Institute of Business Management (IoBM) with Majors in Finance and holds a Certified Risk Manager certificate from Institute of Financial Markets of Pakistan. Previously, he was associated with A.F.Ferguson & Co. – Systems & Process Assurance (SPA) division. Working as an Associate, his responsibilities included business process re-engineering, process improvement & documentation, identification of issues and risk. Currently, he is working in the capacity of Manager Risk Management and is responsible for assessing Market, Liquidity and Credit risks as well as analyzing and measuring the risks and risk adjusted performance of the fund.