Aamer A. Sarfraz is a serial entrepreneur and investor.
He is founder of several businesses, managed through Indus Basin Holding (www.indusbasin.com). He merged his agribusinesses - including United Guar (a Texas based producer of guar gum) and Rice Partners - to form Better Grain (www.bettergrain.co.uk). Better Grain is dedicated exclusively to building sustainable agricultural supply chains worldwide, working with thousands of small-hold farmers to increase their livelihoods.
Aamer is founder and Chief Executive Officer of Draper Oakwood Royalty Capital (www.draperoakwood.com), which he established in affiliation with Tim Draper, a prominent Silicon Valley venture capitalist. Draper Oakwood’s mission is to provide non-dilutive and entrepreneur-friendly capital to help companies grow and prosper.
Previously, Aamer worked at The Electrum Group in London for eight years. The Electrum Group, led by Tom Kaplan, is an investment group focusing on private and public equity investments in the natural resources sector. At The Electrum Group, Aamer built strategic partnerships across the Middle East & Asia, launched ventures in new countries, and helped build one of the largest gold and precious metals exploration portfolios in the world. Aamer also worked at private equity firms 3i venture capital and Ithmar Capital.
Aamer is passionate about several social causes, and serves as a:
Aamer is the Honorary Consul of Estonia in Pakistan.
He holds an MSc (with Distinction) in Information Systems from the London School of Economics & Political Science, and graduated from Boston University’s School of Management. While still a graduate student, he conceived of and launched the UK's All Party Parliamentary Group on Entrepreneurship.
Non Executive Director
Rod is a seasoned international venture capitalist and emerging markets investor, with over 30 years of investing experience. He served as global head of venture capital for the London-listed 3i Group plc (LSE: III), one of the oldest private equity groups in the world. He held various roles for 3i Group plc for over 20 years, where he was on the Executive Committee.
Rod is also Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director of bwin.Party Digital Entertainment, a $1.5billion gaming group listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE: BPTY). He was previously Chairman of PartyGaming plc before its merger with BWIN.
Until 2009, Rod Perry was a Non-Executive Director at Gulf of Guinea Energy (a private Cayman company with operations in Nigeria) and Indago Petroleum, an AIM listed oil and gas exploration company incorporated in Guernsey and operating in Oman. He is also an advisor, director and member of the investment committee at Ithmar Capital, which is a $250 million private equity fund focused on the GCC region from its base in Dubai. More recently he has become a Partner in Life Africa Emerging Markets Capital. This is a new fund which is acquiring cellular phone operations across sub Saharan Africa. The first company (Madamobil) has just become operational in Madagascar.
Director / Chief Executive Officer, Catalyst Fund
Ali Saigol works at the board level of all IBH companies.
Ali Saigol belongs to one of Pakistan’s oldest industrial families. He has been an active shareholder in several group companies – the Saigol group has over 20 listed companies in textiles, cement, sugar, edible oil and power.
He has served as a senior executive at Kohinoor Oil, the group's edible oil business, and oversees the family's transport business in the Middle East. He is also a Director of Saigol Model Farms, the country’s longest established research & development farm dedicated to improvements in crop yield, efficiency and farming techniques.
Ali holds a Bsc in Entrepreneurship from Babson College.
Brigadier Afzal is responsible for the day-to-day operational oversight of IBH’s businesses.
Previously, he served as Managing Director of Fauji Corn Complex Jahangira, the country’s 2nd largest corn wet mill. Under his leadership the business recorded record profits since its inception.
In his 31-year military career, Brigadier Afzal served in numerous roles, including as Pakistan’s Defence Attache in Afghanistan. He has also commanded an infantry brigade and served as Senior Pakistan Officer with the United Nations in Namibia.
He has also served as an Instructor in the Pakistan Military Academy, and holds a BSc (Hons) in War Studies.
Vice President, Finance
Afzal Bhatti is Vice President, Finance at IBH. He is a veteran finance professional with 30 years operational experience.
Afzal Bhatti served as Finance Manager at Fauji Foundation, a major Pakistani conglomerate with over 12,000 employees. In his 30 year career with Fauji Foundation, he had several finance roles, including overall financial responsibility for 20 major industrial and commercial projects including Fauji Textile Mills, Fauji Sugar Mills, Fauji Corn Complex, FaujiCereals, Fauji Software, Fongas, Fauji Polypropylene, Fauji Trading, Fauji Cotton etc. Reporting the Fauji’s Board of Directors, he led the financial oversight of the group’s industrial businesses, arranged financing for new ventures and led disposals and M&A transactions.
He holds an M.Com and B.Com from the University of the Punjab.
Chief Financial Officer
Suhaib Masud Kiani is CFO at Indus Basin Holding. Suhaib brings over 14 years of international finance and investment banking experience to Indus Basin Holding.
Suhaib has previously worked with Merrill Lynch (London) and KASB Securities (Pakistan) as an investment banker focusing on energy, power and industrial sectors. At Merrill Lynch, Suhaib worked on energy and power transactions for clients across the Middle East North Africa region including StatoilHydro, RWE, Tullow Energy, Chesapeake Energy, CVC, Aabar Petroleum and Citadel Capital. Suhaib has extensively worked on renewable energy and bio-fuel projects at a time of growing investor interest in exploring links between agricultural commodities and energy prices. With KASB, Suhaib was responsible for transactions across the energy, fertilizer, cement and industrial sectors and worked with a multitude of clients in Pakistan. Suhaib also managed the KASB operations in the Northern region where he worked closely with the Government of Pakistan and the Privatization Commission on enhancing investment flows into Pakistan with particular emphasis on the privatization of large state owned entities. Suhaib has also worked in the oil and gas industry as the Vice President, Finance and Planning for Dewan Petroleum.
Suhaib has a Masters Degree in Accounting and Finance from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Osman has been at the forefront of private equity since its formal inception in Pakistan in 2007. He has close to decade of investment banking, private equity, and portfolio company strategy formulation & execution experience within Pakistan’s & East Africa’s turbulent investment environment. Osman has executed and closed 5 private equity transactions in the pharma, agri & FMCG retail, aviation, and media sectors. In addition, Osman has extensive investment evaluation experience that includes conducting complete due diligence and valuation of 32 investments with a combined value of US$ 380 million in the agriculture, FMCG, farm mechanization, healthcare, bulk liquid storage, metals, & renewable energy sectors. Osman has broad portfolio company management experience and has helped portfolio companies through a wide range of issues that include mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, turnarounds, divestitures, strategy formulation and execution, corporate governance, regulatory compliance, branding, product assortment, inventory planning etc.
Osman started his career at J.P. Morgan’s investment banking division before moving onto JS Private Equity and Acumen, Kenya.
Osman holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from the University of Lahore.