Khurram Abdullah

Khurram is Project Manager for Renewables Energy projects at Siddiqsons Energy Limited. He brings with him an experience of more than 14 years in project development and execution; plant operation and maintenance, in the petrochemical and energy sector in Pakistan. Khurram started his career in the Manufacturing Division of Engro Polymers and Chemicals Limited in 2002 and has held variety of role from Group Lead to Business head positions at different organizations. During his career he has worked in areas such as Maintenance, Operations, Safety, Projects and Business Development. Prior to joining Siddiqsons, Khurram was leading the techno commercial team at the New Ventures Division of Engro Powergen Limited.

Khurram completed his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from NED in year 2002 and thereon accomplished his Masters Degree in Business Administration from Institute of Business Management with majors in Finance. Email: khurram@sawayra.org

 

Syed Aqil Biabani

Syed Biabani is a former executive at an Oil and Gas Supermajor.  He is currently engaged in entrepreneurship and startup investments.  Syed is on the Board of Directors of MaYH, Inc., the parent for Zdaly, a big data and AI company, and also serves as a mentor at Station Houston, a startup incubator.  His education includes a BS in Mechanical Engineering from N.E.D University of Engineering and Technology, an MS in Mechanical Engineering from North Carolina State University and an MBA from Duke University. He has also attended specialized executive programs at MIT and the University of Manchester.

Syed’s 22+ year corporate career spanned global roles in Petrochemicals, Refining and Marketing, and Alternative Energy segments.  His broad experience includes leadership positions in business management, strategy, technology licensing, R&D, new technology commercialization, alliance management, and projects and engineering. Syed’s interests include reading, running, golf and travel. Email: aqil@sawayra.org

 

Omar Aquib Hasan

Omar is the Founder of Sawayra. He currently works as the Global Quality Manager for Drilling Products at Schlumberger, the largest Oil and Gas services company in the world. Omar has extensive experience in Lean Manufacturing and Supply Chain. Prior to moving to Schlumberger, Omar worked for General Electric in a variety of roles including Service Engineering Manager for GE Wind Energy Americas, based out of California. As part of working in Renewable Energy, Omar would regularly climb 250 feet to the nacelle of 1.5MW wind turbines and perform troubleshooting.

Omar got his undergraduate engineering degree from Imperial College, London. He received the CEGB Award in his Junior year. As the best overall student in the graduating Class, he also received the Bramwell Medal, handed out at a ceremony in Royal Albert Hall in London. Subsequently, Omar received a full scholarship to attend the Masters and PhD program in Mechanical Engineering at MIT. He has two US Patents and is a Certified Six Sigma Master Black Belt. In his spare time, Omar works with refugees in Houston and is also a volunteer with the Texas Prison System.

Omar is an avid reader, and is currently learning classical Arabic. He is married, has four children and lives in Sugar Land, Texas. Email: hasan@sawayra.org

 

Fawad Hussain

Fawad is associated with banking industry for past 12 years. He currently serves as an AVP at Wells Fargo in Houston largely dealing with Middle Market Banking Businesses. Prior to Wells, he has spent time in C&IB roles at Emirates NBD in Abu Dhabi. Fawad has an MBA from UT Austin, McCombs School of Business and an undergrad in Computer Science from NED University, Karachi. He is also an affiliate of ACCA. Fawad is fond of writing computer codes. He is a Texans and Pakistan Cricket Team fan and plays cricket and squash on reqular basis. He currently resides in Richmond, Texas with his wife and two kids.  Email: fawadh@sawayra.org

 

Aurangzaib Khan

Aurangzaib is a professional with over 15 years of experience in banking and payments. His leadership and business acumen have won him multiple accolades from his employers. Currently he serves MasterCard as Area Manager for Pakistan and Afghanistan. In this capacity, Mr. Khan manages all aspects of the MasterCard business in these markets and is responsible for rebuilding the brand in Pakistan. Prior to joining MasterCard, Mr. Khan held various key positions across prominent financial institutions including Bank Aljazira, MCB Bank Ltd, VISA International, Bank Alfalah and Standard Chartered Bank. Mr. Khan is also a founder and lead member of the Association of Mortgage Bankers of Pakistan, which was founded in 2010. He holds an MBA from the Asian Management Institute, Pakistan. The institute awarded him with the Citizen of the Year Award in 2005 for his outstanding contribution to humanity in Pakistan. Email: aurangzaib@sawayra.org

 

Syed Fawad Raza

Fawad is currently Supply Chain Manager at Schlumberger, where he is twice recipient of the ‘Performed by Schlumberger’ Bronze Award, for highest impact New Product Development projects. Previously, he worked for Honeywell in Minnesota as a Supplier Quality Engineer and NPI Commodity Manager and at Siemens as a Sales Engineer. Fawad received his Bachelors in Electrical Engineering from NED in Karachi and came to the US to received a Masters in Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering from Wayne State University.

Fawad has been active in outreach in Minnesota and Houston working with various organizations to combat negative stereotypes about Islam and Muslims. An avid cricketer, he has represented NED University in Pakistan and State and Regional teams in the US. His. father, retired Professor Syed Masood Raza, was a recognized cricket coach in Pakistan and worked closely with likes of Zaheer Abbas, Mohsin Khan and Pakistani cricketers of the 70s. Email: fawad@sawayra.org

 

Amar Shahzad

Amar is a Senior Quality Engineer at Schlumberger, where he has held various technical roles in both product development and manufacturing over the past 10 years in Dubai, Paris and currently based in Houston.  Usman has an M.S. in Manufacturing Technology and System Engineering from University of Manchester UK. and a B.E. Mechanical Engineering from UET Lahore Pakistan.  Outside of work he volunteers with different non-profits in Pakistan with main focus of children education and health.  He currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas. Email: amar@sawayra.org

 

Maroof Syed

Maroof has 19+ years of entrepreneurship, management and investment experience. He is currently the Managing Partner at Karnybo Group responsible for global investment strategy in late-stage pre-IPO technology companies. Previously, he served as Senior Director of Engineering at Broadcom Corporation. Prior to that, he worked at Texas Instruments and Dialogic in various technical and management roles.

Maroof is the recipient of the 2017 Lucius N. Littauer Award from the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). He is also on the Board of Directors of Pakistan Innovation Foundation (PIF) and a Charter Member of the Organization of Pakistani Entrepreneurs of North America (OPEN-Boston). Maroof has a B.S. in Computer Systems Engineering (Signal Processing) from Rensselaer (RPI) and dual Masters from Harvard University. He lives with his wife and two kids in Boston, MA. Email: maroof@sawayra.org

 

Usman Zaheer

Usman is a Senior Software Engineer at Schlumberger, where he has held various technical roles in both hardware and software development over the past 8 years.  Usman has an M.S. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Duke university and a B.S. from Johns Hopkins University.  Previously Usman has worked as a Circuit Design Engineer at IBM in Vermont, where outside of work he served as the President of the Islamic Society of Vermont.  He currently resides in Sugar Land, Texas.

 

 

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