MANAGEMENT TEAM
OPTIMUS TRADE
MANAGEMENT TEAM
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    Asif Qureshi - Executive 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.
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    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.
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    Faizan Ahmed - Head of Research

    Faizan Ahmed has over 5 years of experience in capital markets with specialization in the field of equity research. He has served at various senior level positions with leading Asset Management Companies and brokerage houses. He has recently joined Optimus from JS Global Capital Ltd where he was working as VP Equity Research. He is ACCA qualified and CFA level 3 candidate. He also holds BSc (Hons.) degree in Applied Accounting from Oxford Brookes University.
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    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.
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    Faizan Sarmad - Head of Accounts

    Faizan Sarmad has over 8 years of experience spanning across equity research, risk management, compliance, advisory and audit with leading professional service provider and corporate brokerage houses of Pakistan. Prior to joining Optimus Capital, Faizan Sarmad supervised the risk management services at RSM Avais Hyder Liaquat Nauman Chartered Accountants in 2009 and later joined First Capital Group as Manager Risk and Online Trading in 2013 where he also served as an Investment Analyst. Faizan Sarmad holds Bachelor’s degree from Government Premier College.
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    Mohammad Ovais - Head of Settlements

    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.
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    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.