Kaiser Naseem

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Kaiser H. Naseem
Occupation Investment Banker, International Finance Corporation

Kaiser H. Naseem (Urdu: کاسر نسئم) is an investment banker. As of 2009 he heads the Bank Advisory Services unit of the International Finance Corporation where he is responsible for providing advisory services to banks and other financial institutions.[1] Previously he was the founder, president and CEO of Pakistan's SME Bank, and is perhaps best known for this particular achievement.[2] Mr. Naseem has served on the boards of several companies both in Pakistan and abroad.[3] He is a member of the Canadian Institute of Corporate Directors.[4] He is also on the board of directors of the ISE (Islamabad Stock Exchange).[5][6]

Education and early life[edit]

After completing his intermediate education (FSc pre-engineering) in Pakistan, Mr. Kaiser Haneef Naseem studied at the Moscow Institute of Steel and Alloys MISIS in Russia from September, 1971 to June, 1978 from where he obtained an MS degree in Metallurgical Engineering. During this period he also completed a one- year course in the Russian Language which he understands, speaks and writes fluently. He later undertook business studies at the Asian Institute of Management in Manila from where he obtained a master's degree in Management in May, 1984.

Mr. Naseem started his career in July, 1978 at the Pakistan Steel Mills in Karachi where he worked as an Executive Engineer up to July, 1982 and as a Superintending Engineer from July 1982 till June, 1984.

From July 1984 till December 1989 Mr. Naseem worked in the projects division of the National Development Finance Corporation (NDFC) in Karachi, initially as an Assistant Vice President (up to May, 1987) and later as a Vice President.

In January, 1990 Mr. Naseem commenced work for the Bank of Oman in Dubai from where he returned to Pakistan in August, 1991 to establish two financial institutions — an investment bank and a leasing company — in the private sector for a group of investors.

He later headed the leasing company as its first Managing Director till joining the International Finance Corporation in October, 1992.

Mr. Naseem was a member of the first IFC delegation to visit the newly independent states of Central Asia in October, 1992. Since then he has been instrumental in facilitating IFC investments in that region, especially in the capital markets sector and in developing and supporting Small and Medium Enterprises. Mr. Naseem has played a very important developmental role in these countries in terms of educating the private sector on the principals of a free-market economy.[7]

Post SME Bank[edit]

In late 2002, Mr. Naseem partnered up with the AMZ Group - a leading Pakistani conglomerate[8] - to form a financial and management consultancy firm, named AMZ-KHN Consulting (Now part of AMZ Securities).[9] AMZ-KHN Consulting had offices located in Pakistan (Karachi and Islamabad) and Canada (Richmond Hill and Mississauga).[10][11]


  • Promoting Best Practices[12]
  • Elements of Good Corporate Governance[13]
  • Common Myths About SME Banking[14]