Waqas ul Hassan
Senior Private and Financial Sector Development Adviser, FCDO Pakistan
Mr. Waqas ul Hasan, Senior Private Sector Development Adviser, UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), has over 15 years of experience of designing and managing private and financial sector programmes. He designed FCDO’s Enterprise and Asset Growth Programme, sought internal FCDO funding and co-financing from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and setup Karandaaz Pakistan as a platform for investment in Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC), credit and equity for Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and for innovations and expanding frontiers of digital finance in Pakistan. At FCDO, he is also managing Public-Private Partnerships assistance for infrastructure finance – a component of FCDO’s Pakistan Economic Corridor Programme. He has been lead adviser for the Financial Inclusion Programme under which two credit guarantees, for wholesale funding to microfinance and retail lending to small and rural enterprises, were setup and number of regulatory and market infrastructure innovations were supported including the microfinance credit information bureau, transformation of NGOs to microfinance banks, financial monitoring unit for anti-money laundering, Islamic finance centres of excellence and secured transaction laws.
Prior to FCDO, Mr Hasan has worked at senior staff and advisory positions at the Asian Development Bank and Govt of Pakistan and managed access to SME finance, fiscal decentralization and access to justice programmes. He is FDCO’s Observer on the Boards of Karandaaz and PMIC, certified as Director by Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance and holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology Lahore.