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Outstanding British Pakistani: 
Akhtar M. Zaidi (FCA)

Akhtar is an ex-partner at Coopers & Lybrand (now PWC), who has worked in numerous global offices such as London, New York. He was previously the Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer of Dabbagh in Saudi Arabia and co-founded Dabbagh Information Technology with Softbank. Furthermore, He led the privatisation and subsequent acquisition of KESC (K-Electric) and established Pakistan’s first private sector Lenders Club of multilateral (ADB and IFC) and domestic financial institutions (top 5 local banks) for K-Electric. He served as Director and Chairman Executive Committee of K-Electric. Prior to this, he performed duties as the CEO of KASB Group Pakistan – a joint venture with Merrill Lynch and Executive Director of KASB Bank, Security House and Mutual Funds. Akhtar has closed some of the most difficult M&A transactions, globally valued at over $3 billion. Other major assignments include AT&T divestiture, litigation work at World Court and M&A advisory to Savola Group. Akhtar is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants (England & Wales as well as Pakistan) and has vast experience in transforming and turbo-charging institutions worldwide. Presently, he is Chairman of Concilium & Co (www.conciliumco.com) and CEO of Ramz Capital.(www.ramzcapital.com)
 

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BPF Premier Club

Premier Member – Individual
 
The BPF Premier membership encourages the community to take part in supporting BPF’s key initiatives & receive a range of discounts, benefits & offers for this support.

BPF’s Premier Club membership contribution is only £10 per year, which goes towards supporting BPF’s 3 key programmes. 


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Premier Member – Corporate
 
Our “Premier Member – Corporate membership”,  is for members who want to promote their events, products or services through BPF. 





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BPF & Partner Upcoming Events  

Please join us on Thursday, December 17th, 2020 at 5:30 pm for a live session about "Impact of the Pandemic on the Muslim community and how Zakat is supporting those affected".
British Pakistan Foundation is hosting a live session in collaboration with the National Zakat Foundation (NZF) and Muslim Census on how the COVID-19 crisis has affected the UK Muslim community, and how the role of Zakat is helping to alleviate the issue.
The session will cover:
-Findings from the Muslim Census 2020 report on the impact of COVID-19 on the UK Muslim community
-The Principles of Zakat
-The Impact of Zakat on UK Muslims
-The Long-term Benefits of Zakat – Growing After we Give
-Sadaqah and its Role in Growing Zakat and further Q&A
Our Speakers will be :
-Sadiq Dorasat (Co-Founder-Muslim Census)
-Rizwan Yusoof (Director of Services- NZF)
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Who we are & what we do?

Patron's Blog


Mohatta Palace Museum: Amongst the Finest National Public Institutions in Pakistan
 
The Mohatta Palace Museum is a little known gem in the heart of one of Karachi’s old neighbourhoods, of particular interest for Pakistani expatriates living in the United Kingdom. It is widely known within the international art press, artists, art critics and auction houses, where it is often quoted in catalogues and magazines. Set within the confines of spacious manicured grounds, serves as an oasis in an otherwise bustling and over crowed city of 19 million. The building was built in 1927 for Shiv Rattan Mohatta, a Marwari merchant as a seaside holiday home. It was designed by Ahmed Hussein Agha, one of the first Muslim architects of India. The building itself is a fusion of various architectural styles; Agha worked in a Mughal revivalist style with a combination of yellow Gizri and pink Jodhpur stone, as he sought to recreate the Anglo – Mughal palaces of the Rajput princes.
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Patron's Corner

We're happy to announce that KASB Securities have joined BPF as a patron this month! If you're interested in joining us as a patron, email our office at 'info@bpfuk.org'.
KASB Securities is the oldest capital markets business in Pakistan established in 1953. The KASB Group has been a pioneer in capital markets and through its partnership with Merril Lynch (1992-2014) brought in more than $10bn of foreign investment into Pakistan. Through KASB's stock trading platform KTrade, overseas Pakistanis living in the UK can invest digitally in stocks listed on Pakistan Stock Exchange. KASB's team provides economic and investment research, also available on www.kasb.com and www.kasb.blog. KASB Securities is a portfolio company of Oxford Frontier Capital in the UK.
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BPF & Partner Past Events  

Thank you to all expert speakers and panellists and everyone who joined us for UPSIGN’s annual  virtual conference  2020 for four days . Each webinar included expert guest speakers and panel members with Q & A session on topics in Food security, Education, Healthcare & Knowledge Economy. If you could not join us, you can watch any of the 4 webinars below:
Day 1: Food Security: Grow, Nourish and Sustain Together
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Day 2: Developing Future Healthcare Workforce in Pakistan
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Day 3: Knowledge Transfer and Exploitation from Pakistani & UK Universities 
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Day 4: Pakistan's Global-ready Graduates; What Skills and Knowledge are Needed to Prepare our Students for International Education?
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Thank you for joining   our  Corporae Member The PEF Foundation event on 7th November. The PEFsupports further education of underprivileged students in the developing world, particularly female students, many of who go on to study medicine. As you know, doctors are so valuable for the proper functioning of any society as we have discovered during this global pandemic.
Please do support this very worthy cause!

Please join free and  support charity?
Thank you to all those who joined us for our partner webinar " Success in Business, British Pakistan Relations and Opportunities for The Futures" on Thursday, 8th October at 5.00pm. Special thanks to our panellists  Asif Rangoonwala , Aneel Mussarat , Amjad Pervez and Dr Suhail Chughtai and Roddy Gow OBE and Dough Cook for hosting this. We hope all who attended it found it a really helpful way to learn more about future business opportunities for British Pakistanis.
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Thank you to all those who joined us for our partner webinar "Investing In Pakistan Through Roshan Digital Accounts" on Thursday, 8th October. The webinar talked about how Pakistanis living abroad can open their bank account digitally and also invest in companies listed in Pakistan.
Our speakers were Farrukh Khan (CEO, Pakistan Stock Exchange)and Ali Farid Khwaja (Chairman, KASB Securities).
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Fantastic Offer from Our Corporate Member R3 Mortgages

News and Highlights

A UK grandmother has become the first person in the world to be given the Pfizer Covid-19 jab as part of a mass vaccination programme.

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First Virgin Atlantic flight lands at Lahore airport from London



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China is planning a rapid expansion of its weather modification programme to cover an area more than one and a half times the size of India, in a move likely to raise concerns among the country’s neighbours.

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London, most of Essex and parts of Hertfordshire will move into England’s highest tier of Covid restrictions, Health Secretary Matt Hancock has said.


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Book Of The Month - Practicing Mindfulness

Practicing Mindfulness: 75 Essential Meditations to Reduce Stress, Improve Mental Health, and Find Peace in the Everyday

Find everyday calmness and clarity with simple mindfulness meditations and exercises

Mindfulness meditations are a great way to cultivate awareness and acceptance of the here and now―Practicing Mindfulness makes it easy and accessible with 75 evidence-based exercises designed to bring calmness and compassion into your day-to-day.

From finding focus with a 5-minute The Power of the Mind exercise to embracing the experience with a 25-minute Open-Awareness Meditation, Practicing Mindfulness provides the tools you need to relieve stress, improve wellness, and practice peace of mind moment to moment and throughout the daily grind.

 
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Use Pledjar To Support Our Work

In these challenging times, extra pennies can have a big impact and therefore British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) is proud to be available on Pledjar - a new and innovative mobile app. Through Pledjar you can securely connect your bank account and round-up your transactions and pass on your 'spare change' to  BPF.
 
With Pledjar you can follow our recent campaigns and give one-off donations with a click of a finger, without changing how you spend. Please download the app and use code  BPF001 when asked during sign up, so you can select  British Pakistan Foundation as your charity of choice.
Signing up is simple, and only takes a few minutes: here
Sign up today for Android:  here  , iOS: here

Seers Brexit Privacy Compliance Service - Exclusive Offer for BPF Members!

Seers Brexit Privacy Compliance Service - Exclusive Offer!
 
As we move towards the end of the Brexit transition period, organisations need to ensure that they have the relevant policies, processes and procedures in place to remain compliant with data privacy regulations including data sharing agreements, data transfer strategy, EU/ UK Representative and more.
The EEA businesses may need to appoint a representative in the UK at the end of the Brexit transition period on the 31st of December 2020; if they are offering goods or services to individuals in the UK. Likewise, UK businesses may need to appoint a European representative if they offer goods or services to individuals across the EU.
Seers is offering 30 minutes free consultation with one of the leading Privacy Experts on the Seers Platform to help you prepare for Brexit and become compliant with data privacy regulations.
 
Book your free 30 minutes Brexit consultation here
 

Jobs and Opportunities

Hampshire Constabulary
Hampshire Constabulary Positive Action team is offering a rewarding career with the opportunity to apply to work in many different roles within the community you live. Please feel free to click link below and get in touch with  Hampshire Police Positive Action team to ask questions, or enquire on how to join Hampshire Constabulary.
 
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Senior Electrical Engineer

Parliament’s Estates portfolio team manages all property and engineering infrastructure across the Parliamentary Estate. The Estate consists of around 14 main buildings ranging from the historic Palace of Westminster to the modern Portcullis House, is located within a UNESCO World Heritage site, and spans 4 conservation areas

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Islamic Relief Worldwide

Our Birmingham, UK office is currently recruiting for the position of ‘Disaster Risk Reduction (DRR) Advisor’ to join the International Programmes Division. The Disaster Risk Reduction Advisor will play a critical role within the International Programmes Division of Islamic Relief Worldwide. Based within the Disaster Risk Management Department, the post holder is expected to work across the Division supporting teams across all regions

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Islamic Relief Worldwide
 

Islamic Relief Worldwide is currently recruiting for the position of Child Welfare Officer to join its dynamic International Programmes Division. The focus of the role will be to ensure the welfare and protection of children of all ages and abilities in child centric programmes.






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Work with BPF


Speak at BPF Events
If you are interested in speaking at our regular professional networking events, then please contact the BPF office at 
info@bpfuk.org

Write for BPF
We love to hear from our members and would like to feature articles, blog posts etc. by our members on areas that impact the British Pakistan community. If you would like to contribute an article, blog post etc. for our monthly newsletter or website and need to know more about the different monthly topics then please contact the BPF office at 
info@bpfuk.org

 

Partner with BPF


We need partners
If you are a business owner, entrepreneur or city professional who would like to offer mentoring, work experience, internships, or access to job opportunities to our top Young Professionals Programme members please contact the office at 
info@bpfuk.org 

 

 

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Donating to BPF
Please help us continue our valuable work for the community by making a donation to BPF (Charity registration for England and Wales No: 1137700). If you would like to make either a regular or one-off donation to BPF then please contact the office at 
info@bpfuk.org

Become a BPF Patron or Ambassador
If you are interested in becoming a Patron or Ambassador for BPF then please contact the office at 
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Sponsoring BPF Events
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