Board of Directors


Over 42 years of managerial experience in the financial sector

Extensive experience in international markets Ran Forex desks, online operations, private banking and client coverage teams for Habib Bank Limited, Askari Bank Limited, Habib Bank AG Zurich in GCC and Pakistan.

Fluent in 6 languages

Gordon College Rawalpindi alumnus.


Mr Raza has been involved in the financial services industry for over 4 decades, and held leadership positions across a variety of client coverage, operations and trading activities globally.


  • Financial advisor to some of the largest companies in the world
  • Deal experience of over USD 25 billion in the last 5 years
  • LUMS alumnus
  • Investment banker

Safdar has been involved in the financial services industry for over a decade. He has spent the last 6 years as part of HSBC Saudi Arabia’s market-leading investment banking team. He has provided financial advice on projects worth over USD 25 billion in the last 5 years, including several landmark transactions which have received over 10 Deal of the Year awards from globally recognized industry-leading publications PFIe and IJGlobal (EuroMoney). The list of clients he has advised includes Saudi Aramco, Exxon Mobil, Dow Chemicals, SABIC, The Mosaic Company, Saudi Electricity Company, Saudi Arabian Mining Company and others.

Safdar has been called upon for stakeholder engagement, negotiation and conflict resolution, business process re-engineering, business feasibility, financial forecasting, investment analysis, mentoring and thought leadership during his career.

Before joining HSBC, he was with Allied Bank Ltd. Pakistan for 5 years as part of the founding members of the Corporate and Investment Banking Group. Safdar has a Bsc. (Honors) in Economics from the Lahore University of Management Sciences in Pakistan, and is a charter-holder of :

  • The CFA Institute, USA (Chartered Financial Analyst)
  • The CAIA Institute, USA (Chartered Alternative Investment AnalystSM), and
  • The Global Association of Risk Professionals (GARP), USA (FRM)

He is also a member of the CFA Associations of Pakistan and Saudi Arabia and GARP’s Pakistan Chapter.