Ms Jahanara Sajjad Ahmad, FCA is a fellow member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan. She has over 16 years of post-qualification experience in finance, audit, capital markets, Islamic finance and corporate governance.
Currently, Jahanara is the Executive Director Corporate Governance and Group Financial Advisor to the Bibojee Group of Companies. Previously she has worked in the UAE in the field of Corporate Governance with Dubai Parks and Resorts PJSC and Hawkamah, the Institute of Corporate Governance, based in Dubai International Financial Centre. At Dubai Parks, Jahanara lead the process of the Company’s participation in the 2016 Ethical board room Corporate Governance Awards, which Dubai Parks won and helped position the Company as the market leader in terms of governance frameworks and practices.
At Hawkamah, Jahanara provided consultancy to various GCC Companies, including State Owned Companies and Islamic Banks, and assisted them in setting up their Corporate Governance frameworks and practices in accordance with international best practice. She developed the Middle East’s first Code of Corporate Governance for the Dubai Real Estate Developers. Jahanara was driving Hawkamah’s Task Forces on Corporate Governance of State Owned Enterprises, Islamic Banks and Insolvency and Debtor Creditor Rights systems and implementation of the policy recommendations culminating out of the work of the Task Forces throughout the MENA region.
Prior to joining Hawkamah, she was Director Securities Market Division at the Securities and Exchange Commission of Pakistan where she was responsible for regulating the primary capital market of Pakistan, ensuring adequate disclosures in the prospectuses of companies proposing to be listed on the Pakistan and the International Stock Exchanges, licensing of Special Purpose Vehicles, monitoring the implementation of the Takeovers and Acquisition Law. Jahanara was the Chairperson of the working group established for the Development of Debt Capital Market of Pakistan and has represented the SECP at Board Meetings of the Privatization Commission.
Jahanara has also worked with Morison Stoneham Chartered Accountants in London (now known as the Tenon Group Plc). Jahanara is an IFC certified trainer on Corporate Governance and has been invited to speak on Corporate Governance both regionally and internationally. She is the Co-Author of the Chapter on “The Arab Spring emphasizes better corporate governance of state-owned enterprises”, published by the OECD.
Jahanara has also served on the Board of Linde Pakistan Ltd as a Non-Executive Director (NIT Nominee Director) from January 2017 till the change of control of the Company in January 2018