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Waqas ul Hasan

Chief Executive Officer

Mr Waqas ul Hasan joins Karandaaz as Chief Executive Officer. He is credited with designing the Enterprise and Asset Growth Programme of the UK’s Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO), arranging co-financing from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) and then setting up Karandaaz Pakistan for implementation of the programme. Mr Hasan has previously served as member on key Karandaaz Committees (Investment, Digital Finance) and as Observer on the Boards of Karandaaz, Pakistan Microfinance Investment Company (PMIC) and Parwaaz Financial Services Limited (PFSL). Mr Hasan has rich experience of designing and implementing a wide range of development finance programmes on infrastructure finance, public private partnerships, climate finance, MSME finance, credit guarantees and digital finance. He has also advised on financial sector projects in Afghanistan, Ukraine, Bangladesh, Jordan and the UK. Mr Hasan has special interest in investment climate related regulatory reforms, seeding innovations, entrepreneurship and establishing key institutions to foster a rich development and impact finance landscape in the country. Mr Hasan has previously worked at senior staff and advisory positions in the public sector and at FCDO and the Asian Development Bank. He holds a Masters in Finance from the London Business School and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering from the University of Engineering and Technology, Lahore. He is also certified as Director by the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.

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