Faisal is currently the Managing Partner & Executive Director of Lakson Venture Capital (Lakson VC), a Pre-Series A Institutional VC Fund backed by the Lakson Group and other leading local business families. Lakson VC is focused on Pakistan based opportunities where technology can be leveraged to enable, enhance and disrupt existing business models or create new ones.
With an MBA degree from Oxford University, joint Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Michigan State University USA, and close to two decades of experience as an investor, entrepreneur and executive in diversified industries, 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.
Prior to leading Lakson VC, Faisal held the roles of Executive Vice President at Intel Capital backed CloudStream, a Silicon Valley-based technology company; Co-Founder & Executive Director Indus TV and MTV Networks International's Pakistan franchise (MTV Pakistan); 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.
Faisal has been an investor in Hedge Funds, Venture Capital Funds and an active Angel Investor for over 15 years. Faisal is a limited partner of the Silicon Valley-based Venture Capital Fund 500 Startups; and Board Member of Bookme.pk, KnowledgePlatform.com, MandiExpress.pk, Bagallery.pk and Roomy.pk
Board Member, Apr 2019 - Present
Bookme Tickets (Private) Limited
Board Member, Sept 2019 - Present
Knowledge Platform (Private) Limited
Board Member, Feb 2020 - Present
Mandi Express (Private) Limited
Board Member, Sept 2020 - Present
Bagallery (Private) Limited
Board Member, Sept 2020 - Present
Roomy Hotels (Private) Limited
Faisal has been a soundboard and an informal advisor for me personally. I always look forward to bouncing key strategic ideas by him as I feel that his deep knowledge of fintech and the digital payment's landscape is unparalleled in Pakistan.
Faisal's deep understanding of economics, global currencies, the allocation of capital and risk and a successful entrepreneurship background means he can outsmart near-term most contemporaries.
Faisal is Bookme’s first institutional investor and a Board Member. He has been a mentor and a soundboard for me personally through ups and downs. I find myself reaching out to him for strategic decisions as if he is a Co-Founder. His enthusiasm, experience, sound advice and constant motivation has kept us grounded and contributed to Bookme’s success.
Faisal has led LIVC’s investment in our edtech venture www.knowledgeplatform.com.pk and has joined our board of directors. He is brilliant, strategic, empathetic, dedicated and works with the highest integrity. I regularly seek and cherish his advice. And he is best VC ever!
Working with Faisal has been a game changer for me. Any aspiring or experienced VC, entrepreneur, or other professional would do well to reach out to Faisal for advice and mentorship, and any smart investor would back whichever fund he manages. He is one of the most experienced and technically sound VCs in Pakistan today, and we are lucky to have him.
Faisal has the brightest business mind I have ever encountered, he is one of those rare people who knows how to get something done right the first time. In addition to his ability to execute Faisal is equally impressive when it comes to analyzing a business, he can take really complex matters and break them down into digestible segments that anyone can understand.