Discourse on Managing a Business in a tough Legal-Regulatory Environment

Wednesday, March 4, 2020

In Commerce and Business, today, the externalities and ‘known unknowns’ create a myriad of issues that complicate running a successful concern. Simultaneously, the growth of the ‘gig economy’ have made customers much more demanding and response times, almost instantaneous. To add to this impossible situation, the laws and regulations governing commerce in Pakistan are severely outdated catering to a pre-digital and different era. How does one navigate these waters to ensure that businesses do what they know best, serving customer needs? Kamila and Ali are at the helm of running a complex and multi-pronged business that hits nearly every Pakistani, the cellular mobile industry. In this talk they will share their experiences on what it takes to keep Jazz running smoothly, 24/7!

Ali Naseer

Chief Corporate & Enterprise Officer, Jazz

Ali is with Jazz, since 2016, and brings over 25 years of diverse experience in various industries and countries, in both the public and private sectors. He has been involved in building collaborative relationships in developed and emerging markets, at the highest levels of government and industry.  

Prior to Jazz, Ali spent over a decade with British American Tobacco, and before that he was a career civil servant with the Government of Pakistan from 1992-2003. He was a Hubert H. Humphrey Fellow for a post-graduate diploma in Social Sector Development in the USA. He received his M.Sc in Development Studies as a Chevening Scholar from SOAS, and prior to that completed his B.Sc (Hons) degree in Government & Economics from the London School of Economics &b Political Science.

Ali contributes to charitable causes, and is currently serving on the Board of the International School of Islamabad (ISOI and the National Incubation Center in Islamabad). He is a founding trustee of Women on Boards. He is also Chairman of the Jazz Foundation, which is the non-profit arm of Jazz. He is married with 2 children and uses his rare spare time for travel and sports.

Saima Kamila Khan

Chief Legal Officer, Jazz

Kamila has been with Jazz since 2018. She previously held leadership positions at ICI and Samba Bank, and has nearly two decades of work experience both in Pakistan and abroad, across a variety of industries including Oil and Gas, Pharmaceutical, Banking, and Private Equity. She has also run her own business designing jewelry and footwear.

At ICI she oversaw the company’s Legal, Secretariat, and Communications functions, applying her legal expertise and acumen to bring synergy to all three. Kamila’s experience in managing a diversity of portfolios has enabled her to bring a unique business perspective to what is traditionally considered a commercially less savvy function. Her philosophy is that the legal function ought to operate as a partner to business rather than a supplier of services.

She holds an LLM from the University of Pennsylvania and sits on the Board of numerous institutions including the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.