Aamer A. Sarfraz is a serial entrepreneur and investor.
He is founder and Chief Executive Officer of the Draper Oakwood Companies (www.draperoakwood.com), which he established together with Tim Draper, one of the world's most successful venture capitalists. This includes Draper Oakwood Royalty Capital Ltd which is authorised and regulated by the UK Financial Conduct Authority. Draper Oakwood is part of the Draper Venture Network (www.drapernetwork.com), the leading global collective of venture capital firms.
He is founder of several businesses, including Better Grain (www.bettergrain.co.uk), which builds sustainable agricultural supply chains worldwide, working with thousands of small-hold farmers to use technology to grow better crops and increase livelihoods. He is also founder of Indus Basin Holding (www.indusbasin.com), which invests in Pakistan.
From 2006 - 2014, Aamer served as Managing Director of The Electrum Group (UK) LLP, which was part of The Electrum Group, a global private equity business investing in natural resources, headquartered in New York. At The Electrum Group, Mr. Sarfraz was involved in building international strategic partnerships, sourcing and evaluating new opportunities, fundraising, international business development for portfolio companies, managing government relations, and overseeing the management of various mineral exploration projects.
Previously, Aamer served as Business Development Director in the London office of Ithmar Capital Partners, a Dubai based private equity fund, where he was responsible for the development of an international network of co-investors. He started his career as an Analyst in the venture capital team at 3i Group plc in London, where he worked on evaluating new technology investment opportunities, due diligence, and value addition strategies.
Aamer is passionate about several social causes, and serves as a:
He is Honorary Consul of the Republic of Estonia in Pakistan.
He represents Estonia - one of the world's most tech savvy countries - as Honorary Consul in Pakistan. Aamer founded the Govtech Alliance (www.govtechalliance.org), a UK not-for-profit which promotes technology and innovation for delivering better public services.
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.
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.