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Syed Mohsin Ahmed
CEO

Syed Mohsin Ahmed has been associated with the Pakistan Microfinance Network since its creation as a legal entity in 2001, initially as the Finance Manager of the entity he was promoted to the position of General Manager in 2006 and is now heading the management team as the Chief Executive Officer. He is involved in putting in place a strong management team along with internal control systems to ensure that PMN continues to perform as a cutting edge entity along with managing business risks for the institution.

As head of the representative body of microfinance providers he has been instrumental in engaging with both domestic and international organizations to influence policy and elucidate the narrative of microfinance and financial inclusion in Pakistan. Mohsin has been instrumental in advocating for development of industry infrastructure to manage risk; including establishment of a MF Credit Bureau, raising awareness around setting up of a Disaster Risk Management Fund, influencing government in creating a steering committee to regulate Non Bank MFIs and actively pursuing establishment of a client grievance redressal mechanism. Understanding the dynamic phase of the industry he is also involved in promoting sector level structures for growth and innovations; including influencing multilateral and bilateral donors for topping up PPAF and SBP guarantee facilities and engaging with the wider financial inclusion eco system to link microfinance with branchless banking, SME and insurance markets through the establishment of a Financial Inclusion lab at the PMN.

With his expertise in leading and effectively running networks, Mohsin has been involved in the setting up of South Asia Microfinance Network (SAMN) with representation from six South Asian countries including India and Bangladesh. He is currently the chairman of SAMN and also sits on global forums like the Advisory Board on Networks set up by the SEEP Network and Vision 2020 task force on credit reporting set up by Center for Financial Inclusion at Accion. He holds a Professional degree as a Cost and Management Accountant and has received trainings on microfinance and leadership from the Boulder MF Training Program and HBS-Accion leadership program

Ali Basharat
Finance Analyst

Ali Basharat is working as Financial Analyst at PMN. He oversees the publication of the state of the industry report Pakistan Microfinance Review (PMR) and importantly, he is tasked with promoting investment in the sector by establishing linkages with both local and international investors. In this regard, he interacts closely with the commercial banks, DFIs, Microfinance investments Vehicles (MIVs) and other financial institutes (FIs)

He leads the team responsible for the data collection & dissemination and publishing of quarterly MicroWATCH. Also, he conducts research on emerging issues being faced by the industry. In addition, he advises on placement of surplus funds of PMN.

Ali has attended training on treasury management and risk management in the microfinance industry. He is previously worked in academia and in a leading commercial bank specializing in SME financing. He is a graduate of London School of Economics and currently a CFA Level lll candidate

Moazzam Iqbal
Technology Analyst

Moazzam Iqbal serves as a Technology Analyst at the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN).Moazzam concentrates his skills principally in the areas of Credit Information Bureau and Technology Initiatives.

He is the team lead in initiating and establishing the Pilot Microfinance Credit Information Bureau and has played a fundamental role in ensuring its success. He has worked closely with Microfinance Providers in building awareness/consensus (perception change), Improving Data quality, providing technical support and training. He has engaged with key players like that Central Bank, donors, Apex and other stakeholder during the period of the pilot. He is currently involved in ensuring that this initiative is smoothly and efficiently taken to the national level.

In addition is responsible for various technology initiatives for the sector i.e. branchless banking, Management information System, Geographical Information Systems (GIS) Development of interactive software’s and promoting data standardization

Muhammad Waqas Khan
CFO

Muhammad Waqas Khan is the CFO & Company Secretary at the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN). Apart from the financial reporting, investment management and budgeting aspects, he also looks after the secretarial matters at the PMN.

He is the lead of Finance & Accounts team. Previously he has a four year experience in assurance and business advisory services from A.F.Ferguson & Co., a member firm of PricewaterHouseCoopers (PwC).

His additional responsibilities include but not limited to coordinating audit functions, liaising with external regulators and advisers in statutory and regulatory matters, administration of the company's pension scheme, insurance and cash and fixed assets management

Anum Shakoor
Communications & Compliance Analyst

Anum Shakoor heads the communications & compliance division at the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN). She has over 5 years of experience working in several capacities in the microfinance sector.

At PMN, she oversees monitoring and evaluation of appropriate internal systems and policies and procedures to ensure quality standards. In addition to her role, she also manages the operations of the South Asia Micro-Entrepreneurs Network (SAMN). Ms. Anum holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration; she has taken executive courses on Corporate Governance, HR policies & procedures and Proposal Writing.

Waseem Malik
Head of Operations & Centre of Excellence (CoE)

Waseem Malik heads operations division and provide leadership in implementation of Centre of Excellence (CoE) at the Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN). He has accumulated a wealth of experience working in several capacities in the development and microfinance sector.

At PMN, he oversees management of Digital Services Platform (DSP) along with monitoring of appropriate internal systems, policies and procedures and supports the senior management to develop strategies for growth of the sector. Mr. Malik holds a Master’s degree in Business Administration; he has taken executive courses on Corporate Governance, Risk Management and Micro Banking, SME & Housing Finance Summer Academy in Frankfurt School. He also holds a diploma from Microfinance Training Program from Boulder Institute.

Jaffar Jassim
Head of Research

Jaffar Jassim heads the research department at Pakistan Microfinance Network. He has over 9 years of multi-country experience, working in the United Kingdom, and Pakistan with exposure and assignments in Saudi Arabia, UAE and Qatar.  Prior to working at PMN, Jaffar has been actively involved in some ground-breaking research studies in Pakistan and abroad, working with various organizations in the social and development sector including the World Bank, World Health Organization, United Nations, GIZ, DFID, USAID, British Council, Marie Stopes Society, John Hopkins University, Government of Punjab, Office of Research, US State Department, Asia Foundation and DAI Europe amongst others.

At PMN, he oversees quantitative, qualitative and policy research studies on prevalent issues in the microfinance sector in Pakistan. He is also involved in the strategic development of PMN and supports the CEO in the development of the microfinance industry in Pakistan and is responsible for overseeing PMN’s research-oriented assignments for consulting organizations.

Jaffar is a graduate of the University of Manchester, UK with majors in Economics and Social Studies. 

Saba Abbas
Social Responsibility Analyst

Saba Abbas is engaged with Pakistan Microfinance Network (PMN) since 2015, in the capacity of Social Responsibility Analyst. She is responsible for overall strategy formulation as well as management of day-to-day activities for PMN's various Responsible Finance initiatives for the microfinance industry in Pakistan. These include a social performance, client protection and financial education initiatives. PMN is proactively committed to advancing its vision of inclusive and responsible finance in the Pakistani microfinance landscape through these interventions. A set of coordinated strategies within each of these initiatives target immediate, medium and long-term goals, to help create sustained impact by balancing provision of an enabling environment to practitioners alongside championing the client perspective.

Saba has a development background, primarily in the microfinance sector in Pakistan. She is a Fulbright scholar with a Masters degree in international development from American University in Washington DC and a BSc. (Hons.) in Economics and Political Sciences from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) in Pakistan.