SaqibCOO

Saqib
Areas of Expertise
  • Business transformation
  • Restructuring and turnaround
  • Integration
  • Growth strategy
  • M&A transaction support
Education
  • MBA, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University
  • BS, engineering, Technical University of Denmark
  • MBA, Rotterdam School of Management, Erasmus University

Saqib is the founder and managing partner of First Solutions. He also works as the Chief Operating Officer of the alliance and is responsible for the implementation and delivery of all the projects. Saqib started his career with Citibank in 1997 as a Management Associate and worked in the Cards and Priority Banking business.

In 2000 Saqib moved to ANZ Grindlays, which was later acquired by Standard Chartered and became the largest foreign bank in Pakistan. In Standard Chartered, Saqib worked in functions including Marketing, Branch Banking, and Cash Management. Saqib was an integral part of the team, which launched the Auto Loans business – 2nd in the country.

Saqib moved on to head this business before moving back to Citibank as the head of the Personal Loans business. At Citi, Saqib managed the re‐launch of the Personal Loans business, which later became the fastest growing business in the entire EMEA region of Citi bank’s global consumer banking division. The success of the Personal Loans business resulted in an enhancement in Saqib’s responsibility and he was promoted to Head of all Retail Assets business for Citibank Pakistan. Under his leadership, the business achieved many milestones, including the re‐launch of the mortgage business and regaining the auto loans leadership position.

The next phase of his career was the most challenging and exciting when he was hired as part of the team that was responsible for launching the retail‐banking business for Barclays Bank in UAE. The business operations for the Bank were started within six months and the initial team of 15 people grew to over 1000 staff members in less than one year. The growth and market penetration Barclays bank achieved in UAE within a year are unprecedented. The success of Barclays Retail Bank in UAE was well recognized and Saqib was asked to assume the responsibility of a Strategy and Business Consultant for number countries where Barclays Bank had its operations. This assignment exposed Saqib to many different markets in Africa including Kenya, Botswana, and Ghana.

Saqib’s next career move was motivated by his interest in Islamic Banking which led him to work with a Group that runs/manages and partially owns the largest Islamic bank in the world – Al Rajhi Bank in Saudi Arabia. Saqib was hired by Al Rajhi Group to develop and manage an Islamic Consumer Finance company in Saudi Arab with a seed capital of USD 200 million. Following the successful setup of the company, Saqib decided to put together a document management company in UAE – First Solutions.

contact details

+92 21 34325240 - 44
House No. 252 D , Block 6 PECHS Karachi -Pakistan.

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