Board of Directors



Mr. Mustafa Ilyas
Chairman

Mr. Ahmad Tariq Azam
Acting President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO)

Mr. Ahmad Tariq Azam joined Samba Bank Ltd. in December 2013. He has almost 3 decades of diversified business and leadership experience in the banking and financial services sector with private banks, public sector banks, Non-Banking Financial Institutions, investment banks and leasing companies. Mr. Azam’s core experience lies in Wholesale Banking, Corporate Banking, Corporate Finance, Cash Management, Commercial Banking, SME Banking, Retail Banking, Remedial Assets Management, Real Estate Projects, and Administration.

At Samba, Mr. Azam has held different senior management positions. He joined as Head of Institutional Remedial Management (IRM), as a member of the Executive Team and also led Administration and Real Estate Project Management. In 2015, Mr. Azam became Group Head of Commercial Banking, and in 2016, Group Head Commercial & SME Banking. In 2020 he was appointed as Group Head Corporate & Investment Banking (CIBG) & Cash Management, and In March 2022, became Group Head, Wholesale Banking with a portfolio covering Commercial Banking, SME, CIBG & Cash Management.  

Prior to joining Samba, Mr. Azam worked with UBL, as Head Commercial Centres, Central & North. He was with NIB Bank from 2010 to 2013, working as Regional Head SME and next as Commercial and Head of Complex Card Unit. From 2009 to 2010, Mr. Azam was with Bank of Punjab as Head of Corporate & Investment Banking, and was previously with Pak-China Investment Company as Head of Corporate Finance.  Between 1998 and 2009, Mr. Azam worked with Bank Al Falah in different roles, with his last role as Area Head Branch Banking & SME. Before joining Bank Al Falah, Mr. Azam worked in Ibrahim Leasing, Islamic Investment Bank and PILCORP.

Mr. Azam’s mission in formulating and executing the Bank’s strategic direction included development of the business franchise through launch of Commercial & SME Business, revenue growth, cost control, team development and enhanced customer experience.

Mr. Azam holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration (MPA) from the University of Punjab, Lahore, and a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Punjab, Lahore He is also an alumnus of Cadet College Hassan Abdal & Government College, Lahore. In the course of his career he has attended many work-shops, conferences and seminars, and represented Samba at national and regional forums.

Mr. Ali Muhammad Mahoon
Director

Ms. Zeeba Ansar
Director

Zeeba Ansar possesses over 27 years of diverse experience in the Corporate & Banking sectors that includes aggressive business development, client coverage, marketing of corporate products, setting up of early warning systems and strategizing/structuring facilities for Non-Performing Loans and instituting strong and diligent recovery drives.

Ms. Zeeba was with NIB Bank Limited, where she served as Group Head, Corporate & Investment Banking Group for two years and prior to that she worked in United Bank Limited for more than nine years where her last role was as Regional Corporate Head. She was also associated with Faysal Bank Limited for about five years where she progressed to the position of Corporate Head (Southern Region) and before that, she was with Deutsche Bank Limited, where she worked for almost eight years. She started her career from Shell Pakistan Limited, where she worked for over 4 years in their Planning department. She holds an MBA Degree from the Institute of Business Administration, Karachi.

Currently, Ms. Zeeba is also on the Boards of Gul Ahmed Textile Mills Limited and Cherat Cement Company Limited, holding the position as Independent Director.


Mr. Timour Pasha
Director

Mr. Timour Pasha is a Senior Corporate Banking Professional with over 29 years of banking experience. Over 12 years with Samba Financial Group (which recently merged with National Commercial Bank and renamed Saudi National Bank). Prior to this he spent 17 years with Citigroup. Mr. Pasha is currently holding the position in Saudi National Bank as Head of Risk (under the Wholesale bank Risk architecture) for International, Financial Institutions and Treasury.
                     
Mr. Pasha started his career in 1992 with Citi group in their Corporate Banking Group and worked up to Country Corporate Banking Group head in 2004 for UAE. In 2006 moved with Citi group as Regional Head of Risk, Central & West Africa and Algeria where he was responsible for the portfolio of the Corporate & Commercial and Investment bank for six (6) countries including Algeria, Senegal, Cote D’Ivoire, Cameroon, Gabon and DRC Congo, where he worked on this position till 2008. In 2009, he joined Samba Financial Group (SFG) – Corporate & Investment Banking.

He holds a Master's degree in Business Administration (Finance Major) from Lahore University of Management Sciences and also a degree in Bachelor of Commerce from Karachi University, Pakistan.

Mr. Nasser Al-Fraih
Director

Hafiz Mohammad Yousaf, FCA
Director

Hafiz Mohammad Yousaf is a highly qualified professional having diversified qualifications from the renowned Institutions of Pakistan, USA, and Canada.  He is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP), Fellow Member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and Member of Canadian Institute of Chartered Professional Accountants (CICPA) besides being member of many other renowned international professional institutions.

Mr. Yousaf possesses over three decades of diversified post qualification experience as a Chartered Accountant  in various specialized fields, having served on various leadership positions with key governmental, public and corporate entities (including two decades at a Big 4 professional accounting firm as Partner in Pakistan) which covers corporate compliance and regulations, governance and oversight, accounting and auditing standards setting, assurance and audits, corporate finance and restructuring, consulting and financial advisory services, etc.

In the recent years the key areas of his focus are the high-end policies formulation and implementation, strategic directions, oversight of regulations and business operations, governance initiatives and organizational reforms and business decisions making, etc. at some of the most important corporate sector entities of the country. Yousaf has a unique and versatile exposure of having served Pakistan’s top regulators including State Bank of Pakistan (Central Bank of the country) and Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan (SECP) as a board member and chairman of audit and oversight committees respectively besides being President of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP)
                                                                                                 
Mr. Yousaf has the honor of serving the council of ICAP for eight years (2009-17) in various leadership positions including being its President for 2015-16 term and represented Pakistan on various prestigious international forums including International Federation of Accountants (IFAC), International Accounting Standard Board (IASB), Asian Oceana Standards Setters Group (AOSSG), CA Worldwide (CAW) and South Asian Federation of Accountants for many years on different meetings and conferences.

Currently he is serving as a Board Member of some leading corporate entities of the country including SAMBA Bank Limited, Kot Addu Power Company Limited, Pakistan Security Printing Corporation and Security Papers Limited where he is also the Chairman of various important committees of the respective boards.

In recognition of his credentials, Yousaf is appointed by the Accounting and Auditing Organization for Islamic Financial Institutions (AAOIFI), as a member of its very prestigious forum Public Interest Monitoring Consultative Committee (PIMCC) to represent Pakistan. The seven-member PIMCC shall have an oversight on the functioning of the AAOIFI Accounting Board (AAB) and AAOIFI Governance and Ethics Board (AGEB) to ensure public interest is duly served.

Mr. Hussein Eid
Director

Mr. Hussein Eid possesses professional career of more than 16 years including 13 years in banking industry. Currently, he is holding the position of Deputy Group Chief Financial Officer (“CFO”) and CFO for Wholesale Bank at the Saudi National Bank (“SNB”), KSA. He joined National Commercial Bank (“NCB”), KSA in May 2008 and worked in majority of the functions within Finance Group including Financial Control and analytics for Corporate, Treasury & Retail, External and Internal Financial & Management/Performance Reporting and analytics, Regulatory Reporting, Accounting Policies, ECL & IFRS 9, Technical Accounting & Financial Systems, Accounting & Finance Operations including Tax/Zakat/VAT, payments and GL, Performance, Forecasting, Planning and Budgeting. Before joining NCB, Mr. Hussein was associated with Saudi Economic & Development Company (SEDCO HOLING), Jeddah KSA, for a period of about 3 years and worked as in the Finance Division. He started his career with Unilever Arabia in June 2004 in Finance Division.  

Mr. Hussein holds a Bachelor degree in Accounting from King Fahd University of Petroleum & Minerals, KSA and Master of Professional Accounting (MPA) from King Abdul Aziz University, KSA. He is also a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) from Colorado State Board of Accountancy, Certified Management Accountant (CMA) from the Institute of Certified Management Accountants, USA, Chartered Global Management Accountant (CGMA) from American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) and holds the Diploma in International Financial Reporting Standards from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA), UK.

 Mr. Hussein Eid also is a board member in ORYX regional private equity fund company in Bahrain.