Building # 2,
Sarwar Shaheed Road,
Karachi – 74200, Pakistan
Level 15, Gate Building,
DIFC, P.O. Box 507054,
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Anirudh Patni is the Managing Partner of Patni Holdings, LLC – an investment partnership active across multiple asset classes and geographies. In addition to portfolio investing, Patni Holdings helps build leading financial and technology businesses through patient, flexible, capital and hand-on strategic and operational assistance.
Prior to his current role, Anirudh was Senior Vice President for Strategy and Corporate Development at Patni Computer Systems. He led several acquisitions and transactions, including the $1.5 Billion sale of the company. Before that he was an Engagement Manager with McKinsey & Company (New York, London and New Delhi offices).
Anirudh started his career working at Patni Computer Systems with his father Naren Patni, Founder and Chairman, and played a key role in two private equity transactions and listing the company on the Bombay Stock Exchange and the New York Stock Exchange. In addition to his other responsibilities, Anirudh was one of four executives who scaled Patni’s Product Engineering Services Business from a paper business plan to $120 MM in sales and 2,500 people.
Anirudh has an MBA in Finance from the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and S.B. Degrees in Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, and Management Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
With close to two decades of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and executive in industries such as media technology, venture capital, management consulting and financial services, Faisal Aftab is a veteran in his field. He has been employed by, or acted as an advisor to several public and private sector corporations as well as the Government of Pakistan. Since 2018, he has held the role of Managing Partner of Lakson Investments Venture Capital (LIVC). LIVC is backed by a top corporate conglomerate in Pakistan and is focused on local opportunities that use technology to create new business models or disrupt those already in existence.
Prior to leading LIVC, Faisal held the role of Executive Vice President at Intel Capital backed CloudStream Media Inc., a Silicon Valley-based technology company that provides streaming services catering to developed markets. Before his position at CloudStream, Faisal served as an Executive Director for MTV Networks International at their Pakistan franchise. He was also a Vice President of the New York-based financial services and wealth management firm, National Financial Partners and a Management Consultant at Deloitte, where he advised a portfolio of asset management, broker dealer and investment banking clients.
His notable technology sector investments include: Twilio (Communications Services), Mediamorph (Media Tech), Medicast (Healthcare Tech), Rigalii (FinTech), SendHUB (Communications Services), SendGrid (Customer Communications Platform), Apptimize (Enabling Technologies), MediaSpike (Gaming & Ad Tech), Isloo Fresh (Agribusiness), Ethereum (Distributed Computing Platform), OmiseGO (Blockchain FinTech), Ripple (Distributed Transaction Protocol), Cardano (Internet of Blockchain Platform), ADEX (Blockchain Ad Exchange).
Faisal is a limited partner of the Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups.
He holds an MBA from Oxford University Said Business School. Additionally, he holds joint bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Accounting, Economics and Management Information Systems from Michigan State University USA.
Mr. Babar Lakhani has over 19 years of investment and portfolio management experience in domestic and international equity and fixed income markets. Babar most recently served as the CIO of Century Insurance, a Public Limited company listed on the Karachi Stock Exchange of Pakistan. His first positions were as an Investment Associate at High Street Advisors and a Research Analyst at Credit Suisse Equity Group. Babar brings extensive investment experience, globally practiced portfolio management discipline, and a comprehensive understanding of the global asset management industry to Lakson Investments Limited. He received his BA in Finance from Bentley College, and his MBA from Brandeis University. Babar is a member of the Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), the Society of Financial Service Professionals and the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO Pakistan and YPO Emirates). He is also a member of the Alumni Trustee Committee of Brandeis University and is the school’s representative in Pakistan and a Board Member of Developments in Literacy (DIL.org).
Mr. Lakhani’s passions include philanthropy, competing in triathlons and marathons, spending time with his family, trying to stay abreast of new Technology (AI, IOT, Machine Learning, Disruptiveness), reading and film.
Ather is an experienced business and technology executive with 18 years of experience in corporate sector, the last 6 serving as Chief Executive of 2 organizations. He specializes in business, technical and operational leadership of large technology focused organizations. Ather is currently serving as Chief Executive Officer, and Director on Board of Sybrid (Private) Limited, a Lakson Group company with a 1000 strong workforce in Islamabad, Karachi and Sharjah, UAE.
Ather previously served as Managing Director for Numetrics Pakistan, and was involved in the due diligence and ultimate acquisition by McKinsey & Company in 2013. Ather has vast experience in hiring, training, mentoring, developing and transforming knowledge workers into effective teams that have delivered results in globally distributed organizations. Ather has been involved in product development, business strategy, project management and customer engagements. Ather has performed budgeting, financial planning and forecasting, operational management and development and execution of HR policies alongside his leadership roles.
He holds Bachelors and Masters degrees in Computer Science from Ghulam Ishaq Khan Institute (GIKI) and Purdue University respectively. He received a Gold Model for best academic performance from GIKI in 1999 and is an honorary member of Upsilon Pi Epsilon IEEE Computer Science Honor Society since 2003. Ather has been a founding Chairman of the Board of Trustees of OPEN Islamabad, and currently serving as President of the chapter as well. He is on the Board of Trustees of other philanthropic and social development organizations.
Ather has published a research paper on role of Agile practices in disaster management and business continuity, that he presented in IBM CASCON conference held in Toronto in 2009. Ather is a certified ScrumMaster (Virginia, 2006) and has managed globally distributed Scrum teams for many years. He frequently volunteers to deliver public lectures in universities and entrepreneurial organisations, mentoring aspiring engineers and for organizations promoting literacy.
Ather serves on many committees for public and government organisations, including National Scholarship Management Committee of Higher Education Commission and Innovation Steering Committee for reforming ORICs in universities of Higher Education Commission. Ather has also served as an Industry Representative for Accreditation of NUST Business School as part of HEC’s Business School Accreditation Council.
Ather is a prolific blogger who has written on management and productivity issues of knowledge workers at thinkingspirits.com.
Omar has seven years’ experience in start-up consultancy as well as external and internal financial audits. Omar has worked with more than 20 start-ups and entrepreneurs as a Virtual CFO, helping them raise in excess of $2 million in funding.
Before joining LIVC, Omar was an auditor at PwC, one of the biggest financial audit and professional services firms in the world. During this time, he worked with clients in different industries including power, oil & gas, telecom and financial institutions. Omar was engaged for external & internal audits, special procedures and consulting assignments. As a result, Omar developed a deep understanding of the policies and processes involved in almost all areas of a business including financial reporting, accounting, procurement, fixed asset management and human resource.
He is a Chartered Accountant and member of ACCA and CPA. Additionally, he holds a BSc (Hons) Degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University, London.
An MBA in Finance and International Business from The Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania (USA) and holder of Bachelor of Science in Industrial Engineering from Stanford University (USA), Mr. Amin Mohammed Lakhani is part of the Executive Leadership Team of Lakson Group of Companies.
Mr. Amin Mohammed Lakhani is Chief Executive of SIZA Foods (Private) Ltd., the franchise holders of McDonald’s restaurants in Pakistan, a world known Multinational Corporation serving fast foods. Under his dynamic leadership, SIZA has succeeded in a short period of 14 years in making McDonald’s almost a household name in Pakistan, expanding the network of its restaurants to 26 in key cities of the country. He has also won “Golden Arches Award” 2011 from McDonald’s Corporation.
His rich experience in finance, marketing, management and production spanning over 29 years has enabled him to serve as CEO of 16 unlisted public and private limited companies, Director on the Corporate Boards of 5 Lakson Group Companies listed on Stock Exchanges in Pakistan and Director in 9 other private companies of the Lakson Group.
Mr. Lakhani is the Honorary Consul General of Singapore in Pakistan since July 1992. Previously he served as Singapore’s Honorary Consul since April 1989. Acknowledging his services the Republic of Singapore awarded him Public Service Star.
Mr. Lakhani actively participates in social activities. He is a Founder Member of Pakistan Chapter of Young Presidents’ Organization, and served as the local Chapter’s chairman for the 2006-07 term. He is a Member of Stanford Alumni Association as well of The Wharton Alumni Association. He is an ardent sport enthusiast and his favourite sporting activities include riding, playing polo, tennis and golf. He has widely travelled around the globe and takes interest in international/current affairs.
Mr. Lakhani strongly believes in Lakson Group’s philosophy of paying back to the society. He is a Trustee of Hasanali and Gulbano Lakhani Foundation, a Lakson Group welfare trust. The Foundation provides educational and medical facilities to the deserving and needy persons and helps people in other areas.
Nate is part of a family of entrepreneurs. Growing up in this environment instilled in him an appreciation for the process of creating and building great companies. He leans on experience as an investor, entrepreneur, and strategic advisor to work alongside extraordinary entrepreneurs. Nate has a keen interest in disruptive change to help emerging companies create breakthrough products and build value.
Before Rustic Canyon, Nate worked with Professor Clayton Christensen at the Harvard Business School and co-founded an Internet infrastructure company. Previously, Nate worked with the Boston Consulting Group, The Boeing Company and General Electric.
Nate enjoys mountains and oceans and all activities that involve being active with family in these venues.
Nate earned his MBA from Harvard Business School and an MSE and BSE from The University of Michigan College of Engineering, where he was an Entrepreneurial Fellow in the Engineering Global Leadership Honors Program.
Pinaki is a senior strategy and investment executive with two decades of experience in helping companies scale through tactical thinking, financial engineering, innovation and cross-border investment linkages. He has a proven record of strategy & investment leadership in the US and Middle East across technology and financial services. He has successfully helped to build companies as a venture investor, entrepreneur and mentor in highly specialized sectors including AI, Blockchain & Crypto-currencies, Fintech and big data in Silicon Valley by co-founding Auxanó Capital Partners a $100 million VC fund.
Pinaki currently oversees strategy for Dubai’s foray in financial technology domain and leading its development as a top 10 financial centre through strategic planning and proprietary investments.
Pinaki has a double masters by qualification with a Masters in Management from Stanford Graduate School of Business, an MBA and undergrad in Mathematics. He is also a qualified innovation and design thinking expert. Apart from his current role he also serve as a board adviser to start-ups in the US.
Roxanne Davies is the Managing Partner of Parly Singapore Pte LTD. The representative office for a SFO global Investment firm. Parly manages direct investments and operational efforts via a collaboration with four family offices.
Roxanne is a senior family office executive for nearly 30 years, she has managed operational businesses and multi – asset investment portfolios around the world, including the US, Russia, Brazil, Thailand, Singapore and Switzerland. She held positions such as Head of Private Equity and Head of High Net Worth Clients in banks such as HSBC and Union Bancaire Privee respectively, with deep expertise and focus in alternative asset management. She has held several Board memberships on both listed and private companies.
Roxanne has also been on the fund – raising boards of the Singapore Red Cross, SPCA, Human Rights Watch and several private charitable foundations. She has been a speaker and panellist at several industry conferences such as Skybridge’s SALT and Campden Wealth amongst others.
She is Swiss, born in Manhattan, NYC and holds a Masters in Finance as well as a Master’s in Business Administration (HEC – University of Geneva).
Mr. Iqbal Ali Lakhani is the Chairman of the Lakson Group of Companies, five of which are listed on the Stock Exchanges of Pakistan covering a diversified range of businesses such as paper & board, soap, detergents and toothpaste, printing & packaging, food and insurance. Three Funds of a Group Investment Company are also listed and traded. American franchises/affiliation includes Colgate-Palmolive Company & McDonalds Corporation. The spectrum of unlisted Companies includes textiles, surgical instruments, media (T.V. & Print), software development & consultancy, travel & tourism, investment & mutual funds, ISP-broad band & data centre, business process outsourcing house into call centre & I.T. The businesses of the Lakson Group provide gainful employment to over 12,000 persons.
Mr. Lakhani has over 39 years experience of Senior Management in consumer marketing, finance, manufacturing, industry and government relations. Areas of special interest cover marketing, total quality management and leadership. He is a Charter Member of The Indus Entrepreneurs and Director of Pakistan Business Council. In addition, he is also on the Board of Trustees of the Layton Rahmatullah Benevolent Trust. Previously he has served as the Chairman Cigarette Manufacturers Association of Pakistan, Chairman Aga Khan Economic Planning Board for Pakistan and Vice President American Business Council of Pakistan.
Mr. Lakhani received his B.A. from the University of California – Berkeley. He was a member of the PSI-National Accounting fraternity; Honor Student’s Society, member of Phi Beta Kappa and received the departmental award for outstanding undergraduate achievement.
Mr. Lakhani has travelled widely and has attended international seminars, meetings and conferences in several countries of the world.
Gaite Ali was a Chief Financial Officer, Managing Director, and Portfolio Manager at Morgan Stanley Investment Management Inc. She is part of the emerging markets equity team focusing on Latin America. She joined the firm in 2007. Prior to this, she was a Portfolio Manager at AllianceBernstein. Ms. Ali has extensive investment experience. She received an M.B.A. in Finance and an M.A. in International Affairs from Columbia University and a B.A. in History from Vassar College.
Mr. Mughal has over 22 years of experience in marketing, public relations and real estate development. He is currently serving as the Chief Marketing, Development & Supply Chain Officer at McDonald’s Pakistan.
Mr. Mughal received his Business Planning Process certification from Hamburger Marketing University, Oak Brook, Chicago and his Bachelor of Engineering from Mehran University of Engineering & Technology.
He frequently provides professional representation and brand ambassadorship at numerous forums, events and panels. Mr. Mughal has also been a guest speaker on various occasions to academia such as I.B.A, A.M.I & SZABIST Karachi.
Mr. Mughal has travelled across most of Europe, U.S.A, Middle East, Asia, Australia and the Far East on professional career assignments & professional development initiatives.
Kathleen Kennedy Townsend is Director, Retirement Security at the Economic Policy Institute. She Founded the Center for Retirement Security at Georgetown University where she is a Research Professor.
She has served with distinction in both the private and public arenas. She was Maryland’s first woman Lt Governor, and served as Deputy Assistant Attorney General of the United States.
Prior to serving at the Department of Justice, Ms. Townsend led the fight to make Maryland the first—and only—state to make service a high school graduation requirement.
She has been a Managing Director of Rock Creek the largest women owned asset management firm, with state pension funds, foundation, unions and corporate pension funds for clients.
She has been appointed Special Advisor at the Department of State. She is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, has taught foreign policy at the University of Pennsylvania and the University of Maryland and has been a visiting Fellow at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard. In the mid-1980s, she founded the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award.
She Chaired the Institute of Human Virology founded by Dr. Robert Gallo, which treats over 700,000 patients in Africa as part of the PEPFAR program, has chaired the Robert Kennedy Memorial, has chaired the Center for Popular Democracy, and has been on the Board of Directors of the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation. She Co-chairs Arizona State University’s School of Civic & Economic Thought Leadership. She also co-founded Civic Works, a non-profit that strengthens Baltimore’s communities through education, skills development, and community service for over 20 years.
She has served on a number of boards including the Export-Import Bank, Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), the Wilderness Society, the Points of Light Foundation, the National Catholic Reporter and the Institute for Women’s Policy Research, the Baltimore Urban League, the Center for American Progress, Lightbridge Corporation, and New Tower Trust, and . Ms. Townsend is also a member of the Council of Foreign Relations and the Inter-American Dialogue. She is the Vice-Chair of the Future of Science conference held in Venice Italy.
An honors graduate of Harvard University, Ms. Townsend received her law degree from the University of New Mexico where she was a member of the law review. She has received fourteen honorary degrees. Ms. Townsend’s book, Failing America’s Faithful: How Today’s Churches Mixed God with Politics and Lost Their Way has been published by Warner Books in March 2007.
Jacques Visser is presently the Chief Legal Officer of a UAE Government related agency and has more than 20-year experience as a financial services lawyer in a variety of jurisdictions.
He specialized in multi-jurisdictional investment structures, funds, asset management and regulatory matters with particular focus on alternative and emerging markets investment strategies and related M&A transactions. He was the lead adviser on a number of landmark funds and investment structures and deal emanating from Middle East, Asia and Africa over the past number of year.
Prior to taking up his current position, Mr Visser was a National Partner at Dechert LLP in Dubai where he co-headed the firm’s Financial Services Group practice. In that capacity he was listed by The Legal 500 as one of the top three most notable legal practitioners in the Investment fund industry in the UAE and recognized by MENA Fund Manager as one of the top 50 most influential individuals in the investment funds industry in the MENA region. Dechert LLP is globally known for its investment funds and regulatory legal practice in 27 offices around the world and is ranked in the top-tier in both the US and Europe in this regard.
Mr. Visser was also one of the Funding Partners and Managing Director of DIFC-based Algebra Capital, which was sold to Franklin Templeton Investments in January 2011, subsequent to which he served as Executive Managing Director at Franklin Templeton Investment (Middle East) Ltd.
Mr. Visser presently also serves as an advisory board member of a technology start-up in the Middle East and as a director in a healthcare services company in the United Kingdom.
He holds a Master’s degree in Banking and Capital Markets Law and is admitted to practice law in his native Africa since 1995.
Year of Investment: 2019
Headquarters: Lahore, Pakistan
Website Link: https://www.bookme.pk/
Bookme Tickets (Private) Limited (Bookme) is a leading Pakistani e-ticketing platform for transport and entertainment.
Bookme partners with commuter bus operators, cinema houses and event organizers to digitize their seat maps, ticketing, and cash collections through its popular mobile apps (iOS, Android) and web-based platform. From a consumer perspective, Bookme creates convenience and efficiency for end-users with the ability to instantly purchase tickets from their mobile phones, bringing organization to an otherwise chaotic travel and entertainment market.
Bookme is among the largest e-commerce platforms in the country, in terms of digital transaction flow, as it is completely cashless and has integrated with major payment platforms in Pakistan to include: JazzCash, EasyPaisa, HBL, Alfalah, Allied Bank and FonePay. The company is also in deep integration with other payment platforms to ensure a seamless checkout experience for end-users.
The commuter bus segment is expected to grow as road infrastructure and connectivity improves throughout Pakistan due to China’s infrastructure investments as part of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). In addition, major urban cities in Pakistan have a large number of rural migrants, increasing demand for bus travel for their work-related commutes.
Cost efficiency and shorter travel distances in densely populated provinces of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa are also creating greater demand for commuter buses over air travel. The 82 million strong middle class, composed mostly of Millennials and Generation Z, will also increase demand for commuter bus travel, cinemas, and events as domestic tourism and entertainment expand over the coming decade.