Mr. Rizwan Ata takes charge of BankIslami as its New President & CEO

Karachi (Muhammad Yasir)

BankIslami, Pakistan’s leading Islamic financial institution, has appointed Mr. Rizwan Ata as its new President & CEO.

Mr. Rizwan Ata has bought with him a wealth of experience and a profound understanding of the Islamic banking industry to his new role. Having been associated with BankIslami for the past five years in the capacity of Group Head Distribution. Mr. Rizwan Ata has played a pivotal role in driving the bank’s exceptional growth and success during this period. Moreover, he also held the position of Deputy CEO before taking the charge as the President & CEO of BankIslami.

Before joining BankIslami, Mr. Rizwan Ata held various leadership positions in both local and international banks. He served as the Group Head of Islamic Banking at Bank Alfalah, the Group Chief of Islamic Banking at Allied Bank, and held leadership roles at Meezan Bank as the Group Head of Branch Network and SME. His extensive experience also includes leadership roles at Emirates Bank International.

Mr. Rizwan Ata’s impressive professional journey is complemented by a strong academic background. He holds a Master’s Degree from the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and possesses leadership and management certifications from renowned institutions such as INSEAD and the University of London.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Rizwan Ata stated, “I am deeply honored and excited to lead BankIslami in this new chapter. I am committed to building upon the strong foundation laid by my predecessor, Mr. Syed Amir Ali, and working collaboratively with our talented team to further strengthen our position as a leader in Islamic banking in Pakistan. Together, we will continue to deliver innovative and Shariah-compliant financial solutions to our valued customers.”

BankIslami is honored to have a professional management team, underpinned by the unwavering support of its strong sponsors in the form of the JS Group. JS Group is one of the biggest groups in Pakistan with stakes in almost all sectors including Banking, Insurance, Energy, Education, Technology, Food, and Social Welfare. BankIslami remains committed to continuing its upward trajectory, serving its customers with excellence, and contributing to the growth and development of Islamic banking in Pakistan.

As BankIslami embarks on this new chapter under the leadership of Mr. Rizwan Ata, it is confident that the bank will not only sustain its momentum but also thrive further, thanks to the dedication and expertise of its talented employees.

Indus Hospital & Health Network commemorates World Lung Day with Karachi United & Kiran Foundation in friendly football match

Karachi (Muhammad Yasir)

Voices Against Tobacco (VAT), an initiative of Indus Hospital & Health Network (IHHN), commemorated World Lung Day this week by hosting a friendly football match with partners Karachi United and Kiran Foundation. World Lung Day is commemorated each year to bring attention to the several factors that affect lung health and how to address them. On this day, VAT brings together partners and stakeholders from different industries and communities to showcase how lung health impacts everyone.

The event kicked off with lung health patient, Gulshan, initiating the match with the first kick. When Gulshan first visited Indus Hospital and Health Network, she used a wheelchair and oxygen support on a daily basis. Yet today, she was able to walk onto the field and start the match. Later in the event, she bravely shared her personal journey, illustrating the significant impact that the pulmonary rehabilitation program at Indus had on her life. “Being here today means the world to me. Living with a lung condition has been a journey of challenges, but thanks to the incredible care and support I received from Indus Hospital and Health Network, I am here, standing strong,” Gulshan emotionally shared. Gulshan’s moving testimony underscored the importance of access to prevention and treatment, which is the theme for this year’s World Lung Day.

Especially in low- and middle-income countries such as Pakistan, where mortality from non-communicable disease is highest, early access to diagnostics and holistic care is imperative for individuals facing lung health challenges. Also in attendance were representatives of IHHN, including Dr. Abdul Bari Khan, President IHHN, and Dr. Saima Saeed, Director of the IHHN Lung Health Program, as well as Karachi United founder Taha Alizai and members of Kiran Foundation. “The collaboration between VAT, Karachi United, and Kiran Foundation exemplifies the collective commitment to foster a healthier community,” said Dr. Abdul Bari Khan. “Through events and activities like this, the partners aim to inspire individuals to take proactive steps towards maintaining optimal lung health and to support those affected by lung conditions.” VAT has also partnered with Kiran Foundation, signing the MoU this year.

Kiran Foundation is a non-profit organization, initiated in 2006 and provides transformational education and holistic support in marginalized communities. VAT conducted several student sensitization sessions with youth from a wide array of backgrounds, allowing for a greater reach of the anti-tobacco cause. “Efforts to improve lung health must include the medical and public health community, civil society organizations, youth groups, academic institutions and policy makers,” said Dr. Saima Saeed. “By working with partners such as Karachi United and Kiran Foundation, we can empower communities to prioritize improved air quality, reduce tobacco use and increase exercise to promote better lung health.” “Strong lung health is essential for all individual, and is especially important for young athletes, as their health directly affects their ability to perform,” said Taha Alizai. “For this reason, we are proud to partner with VAT and IHHN to bring awareness to this cause.”

The Lung Health program at IHHN used VAT to emphasize the importance of tobacco control policies, most recently through a petition too ban sale of all novel tobacco and nicotine products. They have garnered over 8500 signatures. Lung Health has also integrated spirometry diagnostics in primary care and had more than 9,300 referrals across the network. Over 200 breathless patients with lung disease such as Gulshan have benefited from the multidisciplinary pulmonary rehabilitation program at the hospital.