Board of Directors
Saeed Uddin Siddiqui - Chairman
Mr. Siddiqui is a renowned prominent financial expert having vast domestic and international experience in Banking, Treasury operations and Capital markets which spans over four decades. His achievements in the Banking field have allowed him to serve in four continents namingly Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.
He started his banking carrier as an probationary officer with Habib Bank Limited, Karachi in early 1965 and had reached to the Chief Executive position at a local commercial Bank and regional head and Managing Director of an International Bank during his 20 years of association with the financial services. His innovative vigour and determination in pioneering an EMP (External Marketing Place) and new products namingly off-balance sheet business and establishing an off shore bank in Egypt and Greater Africa in the late 70′s earned him several accolade’s and prompted acceleration in his career.
Mr. Siddiqui returned to Pakistan and established a corporate brokerage house at the Karachi Stock Exchange in 1994. Since then he has been involved in a number of private consultancy’s and other financial transactions of Investment Banking. Currently, Mr. Siddiqui is the Chairman of the Board at SAAO Capital Private Limited and actively involved in the operations of the Company, a corporate brokerage house, Member of the Karachi Stock Exchange.
Mr. Siddiqui has attended a host of International Banking seminars, conferences and symposiums in Vienna, Hong Kong, London, Zurich, New York, Abu Dhabi, Beijing, Tokyo & Cairo. He also holds the coveted award by the American Biographical Institute in the United States as one of their “500 Leader of Influence” of the Twentieth Century.
Mohammad Ali Saeed - Chief Executive
Ali Saeed is the young and energetic soul leading SAAO Capital Private Limited as its Chief Executive, over the years he has played a pivotal role in establishing the firm and later on enacting the strategy function. His professional experience converges from over 10+ years of diverse indulgence in the fields of portfolio management and institutional/retail sales of equities to domestic and foreign market participants. His responsibilities have encompassed a wide range of roles from effectively marketing the firm to domestic, retail and corporate institutions and also managing the entire settlement cycle. He has been a board member on three committees (Trading & Company Affairs, Demutualization & New Products) at the Karachi Stock Exchange from 2007 to 2012.
Previously Ali was a Portfolio Manager for Alfalah GHP, an asset management company owned by the Abu Dhabi Group, supervising the compositions of three funds ranging from equities to pure fixed income, incorporating a concave ideology in initiating and later on balancing the funds dynamics. Prior to that Ali was an Investment Banker with Deloitte & Touche in London looking at the M&A and LBO channel checks in the Asia Pacific Rim focusing on Malaysia & Philippines.
The initial years of Ali’s career were focused towards research in which he was involved in both buy and sell side research and macro-economic analytics, his research career has instilled him to write over numerous buy and sell side company reports coupled with over 50 white papers on exploratory and descriptive analysis including a white paper on GDR issuances and an independent study on Ecological Industrial Parks. His passion for developmental economics has encouraged him to write a book on PPP (Public Private Partnerships) that is co-authored by an American consultant.
His association with academia entailed him to qualify for a Masters degree in Finance & Economics from the prestigious Graduate School of Business at the University of Strathclyde in Scotland, UK and a complementary Bachelors degree in Business & IT from the University of Curtin, Perth Australia, during his professional career he has also attended numerous workshops on Corporate Finance, Treasury functions, Investment Banking & Modern Portfolio Techniques in London, New York, Chicago & Dubai.
Ali is renowned for his highly engaging, thought provoking and practical approach towards coaching and mentoring professionals. He is a Corporate Trainer associated with Octara and specialises in in-house and open enrolment workshops on areas such as Investment Banking, Security Valuation, Portfolio Management, Financial Analysis, Financial Leadership, Econometrics, Advance Research Methods and Effective Financial Presentations just to name a few, he is also a regular visiting faculty member at leading business schools in Karachi lecturing MBA & EMBA students.
Mohammad Omer Saeed - Managing Director
As the Managing Director of SAAO Capital, his responsibilities include advising clients about equities investments, portfolio management and derivatives trading in the CSF market. He is actively involved in the risk management of the firm containing the fluctuations in the market.
Mr. Omer Saeed holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Business & Commerce and his experience in the field of finance spans almost a decade. He initially began his career with Bank Alfalah Limited, where he gained exposure to the Commercial Banking system in the country and later on served for four years on the Institutional Sales desk at SAAO Capital dealing with Bank treasuries, Pension funds and Asset Management concerns. His other responsibilities included managing the sizeable portfolio for HNWI clients.
Mr. Omer Saeed is also actively involved in real estate investments and has gained sound working knowledge and front line exposure in the field of modern construction over the past four years where he has completed four commercial and residential projects.