Top CEOs in Pakistan – 2019

Top ceos in Pakistan 2019Top ceos in Pakistan 2019

A little later in the year than usual, brings you the 6th edition of Pakistan’s Top CEOs. Previous years can be viewed at 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017 and 2018 respectively. (Our 2020 List is here)

It’s an arduous task identifying and filtering the final list due to many factors. There is no hard and fast rule, but we do our best to select those CEOs who have done great work in their respective fields. There are some who are appear more than one occasion and that is testimony to their efforts in pushing the boundaries at what they do. As always, some names may have been missed and we invite feedback on the list as well as additions for the future.

Muneeb Maayr

A University of Virginia graduate, Muneeb seems to relish opportunities at scaling companies. After nearly a decade growing SNL Financial in Pakistan to over 600 employees, he founded what is now known as Tehzeeb which was acquired by Rahat Bakers. More recently he has co-founded and Bykea. His latest endeavour, Bykea, recently raised an impressive $5.7 million Series A investment.

Javed Afridi – Haier

Afridi is a regular of Top CEO list for his continuous efforts within household name Haier and his other projects. He owns the Peshawar Zalmi cricket franchise which includes the Zalmi Foundation – a non-profit organisation focusing on welfare projects. If that wasn’t enough, the Chinese Ambassador, Mr Sun Wei Dong, has honoured Afridi for an outstanding Peshawar Zalmi contribution to the world of sports, with the ‘Friendship Ambassador’ for Pak China.

Muhammad Ali Tabba – Lucky Cement

Tabba makes it to the list for the first time and has a wealth of business experience and is regarded by some as the power behind the expansion of Lucky Cement, which is a part of YBG group. The expansion includes a foray into chemicals and a great partnership with KIA motors which saw the manufacture of KIA vehicles and parts in Pakistan. He was also identified as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2010, and a received Sitara-e-Imtiaz by the Pakistani Government in 2018.

Mr Tabba is also Vice Chairman of the Aziz Tabba Foundation, a non-profit organisation which runs two state-of-the-art hospitals in Karachi.

Zeeshan Ali Khan –

Zeeshan Ali Khan, who has a Masters in Chemical Engineering, founded with his brother in a bid to provide Pakistanis a service that was non-existent at the time. Zeeshan went on to co-found Emerging Markets Property Group (EMPG), of which is a part along with companies in 8 other countries in the MENA and South Asia region. is the largest property portal in Pakistan, with around 2,000 employees and presence in over 40 cities across the country. The portal has seen 4 rounds of investment, and aside from linking property sellers with buyers, it regularly organises expos and is the largest real estate sales and marketing company in the country. Among EMPG’s portfolio are UAE’s, Bangladesh’s, and Mubawab in Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia.

Maheen Rehman – Al Falah GHP Investment

Maheen, a graduate from LUMS, followed by a M.Sc. in Finance and Economics from the UK has made a name for herself in the finance sector. Prior to Al Falah, Rehman has served at Merrill Lynch and IGI funds in 2009 as CEO where under her management the assets grew by a massive two hundred per cent. Al Falah GHP Investment Management Ltd acquired the company, where she now serves her current role.

Shamoon Sultan – Khaadi

Sultan who graduated at Indus Valley in weaving. After working with the likes of Noorjehan Bilgrami, wanted to bring something unique to the market – the result is what we see today. Khaadi shows no signs of slowing down their exponential growth.

Khaadi has a high standard in their stores, coupled with aesthetically pleasing decor, provide their customers with a pleasant shopping experience. Pricing their products reasonably has also been a major factor in their growth.


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Gia Farooqi – Roshni Rides

Gia leads Roshni Rides (RR), a car pooling platform created to make female riders feel safe during their travels. RR won the Hult Prize in 2017 beating a whopping 100,000 applicants, also bagging a cool $1 mn in the process. Gia graduated from Rutgers University with a Bachelors in Supply Chain Management and has delivered talks at various conferences such as Momentum Tech Conference.

Zeshan Afzal – Shahid Afridi Foundation


A regular on our top CEO list, Afzal supports Shahid Afridi in the foundation which runs various projects such as hospitals, a schools initiative and water supply amongst other projects. Afzal has previously served as CEO at Peshawar Zalmi, Director at Stylo and KPMG. Currently Zeshan serves as President of Tech Pakistan and Director at Sadaqat Textile. He is also well known for his colour and creative pocket squares!

Dr Sara Saeed Khurram – Sehat Kahani (Start Up)

Dr Sara is founder and CEO of Sehat Kahani. Sehat Kahani scope includes tele-medicine, health education, health research and more. Because it is IT enabled, it ensures it is capitalising on the technology available to penetrate the intended user base. In 2018 it raised $500,000 in seed funding.

Dr Sara is a qualified medical doctor and has previously co-founded the well known setup – Docthers. For her efforts she has received awards from Aptech, Unicef, and the Unilever Sustainable Living Young Entrepreneurs Award.

PakWired’s Annual CEO List is always evolving, so we’d like to get your feedback. What names would you add and why?



  1. Sajid Sharif

    29/07/2019 at 3:25 pm

    Why you guys don`t added a name of Mr. Syed Salman Ali – CEO of AAA Facility Management,

    AAA Facility Management is the Pioneer in Facility Management services in Pakistan and serving almost 90% Multi-National client in Pakistan.

    We would love if you have conduct his interview too.

    Do reach me out at 0323-8228118

  2. Nadeem Bukhari

    29/07/2019 at 3:56 pm

    Dear Sir/Madam
    My name is Nadeem Bukhari, CEO of Namih International (Pvt) Ltd.
    Can you add me in the list of CEOs
    Thank you

    • Anonymous

      07/10/2019 at 1:56 pm

      Dear respected CEO, this is not something you can request for. In fact this is something you earn.

  3. Muhammad Bilal

    31/07/2019 at 5:58 pm

    Here selection of ceos and segregating the as top ceo is a bit over kill. First of all criteria of selection must be known to the readers.

    Secondly who selected them (the panel) must also be specified.

    I suggest that such news announcements with zero professional approach must be stopped and discouraged.

    Apple to apple comparison must be considered.

    No offence but i hooe you will agree that this may be the right approach.

  4. Ali Khan

    01/08/2019 at 10:33 pm

    Abdul Basit Khan, CEO of the startup “FOXTROT” needs to be in the list.
    He has driven 40 people on a historic international expedition from Karachi to Istanbul (20160 and back to enhance bilateral, cultural and business ties between Pakistan and Turkey, results of which are apparent.
    He is launching Pakistan’s first motoring and tourism TV channel and first app in Asia that will enable users to purchase brand new cars, bikes, all other automobiles through their phone sitting at home/ office. Please do consider his name in the list

  5. Asif khan

    01/08/2019 at 11:35 pm

    I need tobe learn from seniors

  6. Ayaz Qadir Khaskheli

    07/08/2019 at 3:51 pm

    What was the criteria for this Selection.

  7. Akram Choudhry

    07/08/2019 at 6:05 pm

    Great people and so inspiring. We can learn so much from them.

  8. Zafar Jamal

    10/08/2019 at 11:53 am

    Dear Sir/Madam why you didn got a name of Azam Mughal CEO at Boss industries.


    15/09/2019 at 9:04 pm

    The observations raised by a few persons are quite genuine and need to be responded for clarifying the selection criteria as many successful people in different categories are still missing/not included..

    Complete list of top 100 CEOs be displayed, please.

    Inclusion of successful CEOs is, no doubt,an inspiration for others which induces courage and thougts inside one’s mind to work hard in his respective field…
    Keep it up…


    15/09/2019 at 9:05 pm

    Abdul Razzaq Khan

  11. Aamir Hussain Khawaja

    24/10/2019 at 10:54 am

    Dear Team,

    I have 2 below queries

    1. What is the criteria for selecting them as Top CEO’s
    2. What is the source of data to declare them as top CEO’s.

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