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 “An Evening with Syed Babar Ali”


Dear Member,


Marketing Association of Pakistan (MAP) Lahore is delighted to announce its 5th seminar of the session 2019-20 on “An Evening with Syed Babar Ali” on Tuesday, September 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. instead of 5:30 p.m. in The Palace Hall, Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore.


Syed Babar Ali, Founder, Packages Limited & LUMS, will be the Guest Speaker.


Syed Babar Ali was born in 1927 to a businessman Syed Muratib Ali in Lahore, Pakistan. His father was a top contractor of the British Indian army supplying them with services like logistics and all sorts of items used in regiments. His mother belonged to a prominent landlord family of Lahore. On his maternal side, his grandmother was member of the Afghan royal family. He is the brother of Syed Amjad Ali and Syed Wajid Ali.


He received his education from Aitchison College, Lahore. For further studies he went to the Michigan University at Ann Arbor till 1947 when he moved back to newly-created state Pakistan.  He also studied at Harvard School of Business which helped him later founding (LUMS) business school.


He is a Pakistani businessman, philanthropist and former caretaker Finance Minister of Pakistan. He is the founder of Packages Limited, Milkpak Limited–now Nestle Pakistan Limited and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS).


In 1970s, Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto’s nationalization effected his five out of six companies, leaving only Packages. He served as the Chairman of National Fertilizer Company (NFC) helping to set up the country's first ever fertilizer company. All major Fertilizer units today were setup and the existing ones upgraded during his tenure as Chairman NFC.


He is the Chairman of Sanofi-Aventis, Pakistan Limited, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited, and Coca-Cola beverage Pakistan Limited. he believes in the joint venture philosophy and most of his businesses are joint ventures with major multinationals.


In 1992, he founded Ali Institute of Education for training of primary and secondary school teachers. He served as the Minister of Finance, Economic Affairs & Planning in the caretaker setup in 1993.


Syed Babar Ali promoted the cause of the World Wide Fund for Nature where he served in various positions, both in Pakistan and internationally, from 1972 to 1996. He was International President of WWF from 1996 to 1999 succeeding Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.


Members’ participation is free, while participation charges for Non-Members are Rs: 1000/- per person.


Telenor Pakistan is the Main Sponsor of the seminar while Bank Alfalah Limited, Guard Group and Haier Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd. are the Tea Sponsors whereas Jang Media Group is the Media Partner.