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Management Profile

MR. ASIF ALI QURESHI
Chairman

Asif Qureshi has more than 20 years of experience in Pakistan’s financial sector with expertise in economic and investment research. He started his career in banking in 1996 and moved into equity research in 1999, joining Indosuez W. I. Carr Securities Pakistan, where he rose to the position of head of research in 2001. He later headed research at Global Securities before pursuing entrepreneurial path to co-found Invisor Securities in 2004 and later Optimus Capital in 2011. He has also worked as a consultant for the ADB and the Petroleum Institute of Pakistan and has also been associated with IBA as a member of visiting faculty. He is also a co-founder of Zakheera.com, an online financial database service. Asif Qureshi is a CFA charter-holder since 2000. He also holds MA International Financial Analysis (Distinction) from Newcastle University (UK), MBA from Quaid-i-Azam University and B.Sc. (Maths & Physics) from Punjab University.
MR. MUHAMMAD MOHSIN AHMED
Managing Director

Muhammad Mohsin Ahsan has over 20 years of experience in financial sector. He started off his career in 1997 as a Business Analyst at GlaxoSmithKline Pakistan and subsequently moved into equity research in 1999 wherein he worked at Indosuez W.I. Carr Pakistan, Elixir Securities, Global Securities and Invisor Securities. He coordinated and arranged visits of reputable foreign investors such as Arisaig Partners, ABN Amro Asset Management, JP Morgan and Credit Suisse to Pakistan. As part of corporate finance transactions, he worked on arranging USD 50 Million equity financing for a leading paper and packaging mill for expansion and also worked on financial due diligence for acquisition of a PTA producer in Pakistan. In 2009, he moved to Saudi Arabia to head buy-side Research at Arab National Investment Company (ANB Invest), a subsidiary of Arab National Bank. He was later made Head of Equities looking after Saudi equity funds, discretionary portfolio mandates, international funds and fund of funds. In 2017, he moved back to Pakistan and joined Optimus Capital as Director Research. Later in 2018 he moved to Al Meezan Investment Management Ltd as Head of Equities and Director Research where he worked until Dec 2019. He is currently serving as Managing Director at Optimus Capital Management. Mohsin holds MBA degree with major in finance from IBA.
MR. OVAIS AHSAN
Chief Executive Officer


Ovais Ahsan brings 15yrs of capital market’s experience specializing in equities sales & trading. He has served in various senior positions with leading global and domestic investment banks /brokerage firms including JPMorgan, Renaissance Capital and JS Global Capital. He was part of the JPMorgan team voted no.1 by Asia Money poll for sales trading in Pakistan in 2007-2008. He has recently joined Optimus from Renaissance Capital based in Dubai where he was overseeing the firms equities trading business for regional equity markets including all countries in the MENA and Frontier Asia space.
 
MR. SALMAN ZAIDI
Head of Money Market
Salman Zaidi started his career in financial market in 1998. Prior to joining Optimus Capital, he worked as a Head of Fixed Income at Invisor Securities and Crescent Capital Management for over 5 years. He has also served as a Senior Executive and Dealer Money Market at Crescent Capital Management. Salman Zaidi also worked with Mumtaz Enterprises as SVP Money Market. He has an extensive experience of around 20 years in Money and Bond Markets together with specialization in Brokerage and Corporate Advisory Role that have helped him in maintaining portfolio for his clients. Mr. Salman holds a Bachelor’s degree from University of Karachi.
 
MR. MOHAMMAD OVAIS
Head of Settlement

 
Mohammad Ovais has a vast experience of more than 20 years in Equity Settlements. He started his career in 1994 and served for more than a decade in well reputed brokerage houses of the Pakistan Stock Exchange which include Munaf Sattar Securities, Salim Chamdia Securities and Invisor Securities. His enriched experience in the field of equity brokerage provided him in-depth knowledge of settlement procedures and systems applicable in back office, CDC, NCHS, NCSS and KATS functions together with the knowledge of brokerage accounting and prevalent regulations provided him with added advantage in advancement throughout his career.
 
MR. SYED AYAZ AHMED
Head of Compliance

 
Ayaz Ahmed has over 9 years of experience in the field of audit and compliance with leading financial service providers of Pakistan. He completed his articleship in 2012 from RSM Avais Hyder Liaquat Nauman Chartered Accountants as Supervisory Senior Audit and Assurance. In 2013, he joined Faysal Asset Management Limited as Compliance Officer and moved to United Bank Limited in 2014 as Senior Financial and Management Auditor. He joined Optimus Capital as Head of Compliance in 2016. He is a final level candidate of Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan (ICAP) and holds Master’s degree with major in Economics from Karachi University.