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Musavir Gajani Alum of 2010
I was in SZABIST to pursue Bachelors in Business Administration (BBA) (Hons) from 2006-2010. In 2011, I moved to Birmingham, England for my Bachelors in Law (LLB Hons). Thereafter, I pursued the Bar Professional Training Course (BPTC) from City University London from 2013-2014 and was called to the Bar of England and Wales by Lincoln’s Inn. Currently, I am a Barrister-at-law working on various corporate transactions.
My time at SZABIST from 2006-2010 played an important role in shaping me as a Barrister. SZABIST offered me an encouraging, accommodating and supportive environment. The classroom sessions gave me a strong grounding in fundamentals. They trained me to think independently, reason critically and argue creatively – the factors that turned out to be the most crucial ones while I was doing my legal studies in England.
In particular, I enjoyed the practical approach to teaching. The teaching methods used by the lecturers almost always involved practical assignments and/or projects which made the learning much easier. It was due to these methods that studying and learning was never an arduous task.
SZABIST also helped me learn the skill of striking a balance between the curricular and extra-curricular activities. I founded Young Senators’ Society and, while being the Founding President, it was really exciting to organize activities inculcating political knowledge among the youth and simultaneously achieving good grades. SZABIST was an academic home to me and is a great institution to study at, but with its charm and elegance, it offers much, much more to experience.
Abdul Mohee Kazi - Alum of 2011
Area Sales Manager Food and Beverages Nestle Pakistan Ltd
Studying management at SZABIST has enabled me to learn how to be both an effective leader and an efficient decision maker. While functional business experts are always needed, it is just as critical to have professionals that are able to coordinate projects, delegate tasks, and lead initiatives. Management majors from SZABIST are not only well rounded academically, but personally and professionally as well. They have a broad range of exposure from both inside and outside classroom activities and projects.
Bilal Nabi Lashari – Alum of 2006
Co-Founder & Director Aureus Advertising
I was a confused young boy with many aspirations when I applied at SZABIST, and a wise young man with a clear direction when I graduated. Any institute can teach you the course material and books, but it was SZABIST that taught us to apply these concepts at work professionally. It is an excellent platform for higher learning and has defined my personal and professional being. The training and guidance I got at SZABIST was truly transformative.
Komal Gopi – Alum of 2015
Asst. Manager – HR English Biscuit Manufacturers (Pvt.) Ltd.
As I moved out of the gates of SZABIST in 2014, I carried with me not just a BBA & an MBA degree, but I carried a piece of each one of my faculty members’ knowledge and experience with me. Although I have HR majors, this institute has given me a well-rounded exposure of all business aspects, be it Finance, Marketing, Supply Chain, MIS or HR. I am a different person today than I was six years ago, in my professional and personal interactions, because SZABIST has impacted me in a positive manner. I, and all SZABISTians for that matter, truly earn a SZABIST degree because they survive the rigor which this institute instills in you to prepare you for future professional challenges.
Adil Hussain - Alum of 2010
Head of Digital Media K-Electric
As a tech graduate, I greatly value the business knowledge imparted alongside the emphasis on building social skills through the numerous extra-curricular activities. All of this has helped in developing graduates who can excel in the corporate world.
Muhammad Shahbaz – Alum of 2007
Key Account Manager- Enterprise Solutions Ufone
The knowledge and experience gained from this institute throughout my Bachelors and Masters have definitely allowed me to standout in the professional arena. I feel proud to be recognized as a product of SZABIST in the industry.
Zain Hasan Zaidi – Alum of 2009
Business Development Professional | Consultant for Intelligent IT Procurement & Rapid Business Growth. Oracle
Studying at SZABIST was one of my life changing experience, beyond academic studies SZABIST has changed my perspective to understand personal and professional life. SZABIST has groomed and prepared me to face the challenges from corporate sector with confidence. It is one of the best institutions with competent permanent faculty and visiting faculty from different sectors of industry which provides diversified learning.
Shahmeer Ali Magsi – Alum of 2008
Head of Lean Transformation Maersk Line
Studying at SZABIST has been a fulfilling experience. The time spent there has added to my personality and attributed to where I am today professionally.
Sohail Akhter – Alum of 2011
Head Personnel Administration, Special Projects/Assignments & Logistic Support Department National Bank of Pakistan
During my student life at SZABIST I successfully combined my studies with work and other commitments showing myself to be self-motivated, organized and capable of working under pressure. I have a clear, logical mind with a practical approach to problem solving and a drive to see things through to completion. I enjoy working in National Bank of Pakistan on my own initiative or in a team. In short, I am reliable, trustworthy, hardworking and eager to learn and have a genuine interest in Human Resource Development.
Paras A Kyani - Alum of 2011
Product Manager - Marketing Novo Nordisk Pharma (Pvt.) Ltd.
SZABIST has nurtured and supported me in setting clear goals by providing an exceptional faculty and a framework for identifying how they can best work with and support the students in achieving their desired goals. SZABIST helped me in developing skills which enhanced my professional growth and individual competencies; critical, analytical and creative thinking, flexibility in team work and effective communication.
Salman Ahmed Sethi – Alum of 2013
Manager Operations - Bancassurance IGI Life insurance Limited
I thoroughly cherish my time with SZABIST as a part of their EMBA Program. The methods of imparting education through an experienced and distinguished faculty certainly surpass the “Brick and mortar” approach institutes especially for working people like me. It has not only provided me with the requisite skill set to further my career, it also gave me an impressive network of smart, ambitious fellow students and alumni. It has helped me unlock my potential and further my career in a new direction enhanced by the learning which took place during my times at SZABIST.
Abdul Manan Shaikh - Alum of 2015
Manager Marketing & Merchandising Orient Textile Mills Limited
MS program at SZABIST has been a great learning experience for me as it has certainly contributed to increase my research and analytical skills; enabling me to practically apply the concepts and techniques learnt in my job. I believe the contents and teaching styles of Management Sciences program are one of the best in Pakistan meeting international standards and I feel happy to have benefited from it.The best part of pursuing MS degree at SZABIST is having a highly trained faculty in the research department that is always there to provide students with complete guidance at each level of the research.
Sarosh Hassan – Alum of 2015
Assistant Product Manager TCS Private Ltd.
SZABIST has played pivotal role in my career enhancement along with creating positive career outcomes by bracing and showcasing my capabilities to become a successful professional in my domain. Being double masters from SZABIST has added an immense exposure in my personal and professional career enrichment and the diversity in learning has broaden my advertising skills at an extensive level to meet the challenges in designing new marketing strategies . MBA from SZABIST has equipped me with skills such as leadership, cross cultural management and team building – all essential characteristics for future business leaders, not only this it has also facilitated in investigating business concepts such as frameworks and models to analyze genuine business problems and find solutions. Exposure at SZABIST has deepened my knowledge at a broader level ranging from creative thinking to interpersonal skills.
Osama Saleem - Alum of 2013
Media Planner Adcom ZenithOptimedia
Opting for Media Sciences program from SZABIST was a choice I have never regretted. From being an introvert to extrovert, SZABIST improved all these aspects of my personality which gave me a push in my career and it still continues to. Good communication skills can never go wrong and that is what my faculty taught me. That is what the professional market requires.
Avinash Rajput - Alum of 2012
HR Business Partner K-Electric Limited
SZABIST provides the opportunity to meet well reputed faculty and to build a professional/personal network while studying in economic hub of Pakistan. I still cherish my student life: from the informative classes to the fun and spirited atmosphere. I would definitely recommend SZABIST to any student aspiring to achieve great heights in life through the amazing academic curriculum provided here.
Imran Abbasi - Alum of 2013
Cluster Head-Retail Assets United Bank Limited
I found SZABIST, an incredible place that provided an excellent environment and quality education under the guidance of highly experienced faculty. I enjoyed my best memories of life, having a network of good friends and platform for interacting with professionals.
The learning experience at SZABIST has been vital for enhancing my professional skills and career growth.
Kamran Ahmed Soomro - Alum of 2013
PhD Scholar (Public Policy)
Huazhong University of Science & Technology (HUST)
It was the best experience doing MBA from SZABIST. It enhanced my knowledge and thanks to the versatile teachers, got exposure of the multidimensional corporate realm. SZABIST provided an environment of 'learn by doing' which led me to explore my potential. I am proud to be associated with this dignified institute, SZABIST!
Yeriha Zehra - Alum of 2015
Assistant Manager Marketing
United Bank Limited
"My one and a half year at SZABIST during the course of MBA has been enlightening. It had a very positive impact on me, as it not only molded me professionally but also being here taught me how to rely on my own self first and as well as working in team. SZABIST prepared me to think outside the norm and to be ready for any/all odds in the corporate world.
Zurrain Farhan - Alum of 2013
14th Street Pizza Co.
SZABIST - "A never ending beginning to an enduring relationship". People consider it as their second home, however for me it has been my only home where my actual learning of life began. I thank SZABIST for having played its part in almost every aspect of my life. All these learnings have proved to be vital when it comes to managing a key position. I am what I am because of my Parents and SZABIST. I’ll ensure to maintain my bond with SZABIST for life. Thank you SZABIST.
Ahmed Godil - Alum of 2015
Assistant Key Account Manager
"SZABIST has been an exceptionally fruitful learning curve that has not only helped me navigate uphill smoothly on my career path but has given me the knowledge base to charter new territories of professional heights. Today, I can proudly say that SZABIST is the constant behind my success in the ever-changing dynamics of marketing."
Sassi Memon – Alum of 2010
WWF - Pakistan
"SZABIST provided me with a combination of intellectually stimulating learning environment, competent faculty sharing their work related experiences from top companies, the diversity of learning activities ranging from lecture theatre to group work to individual tutorials and made my education a transformational learning journey.
SZABIST offered me a great environment where teamwork was put into practice. This allowed me to learn, listen and exchange ideas in different fields. Facing the rapid globalization of the markets, the BBA and MBA program at SZABIST provided essential keys of understanding the world. The education here has consolidated my flexibility in varied fields such as management, marketing, strategy and human resources."
Salman Rashid - Alum of 2010
Business Development Manager
Helium Private Limited.
"Bachelors from SZABIST gave me a practical approach to Marketing. I was never a book worm and this Institute allowed me to experiment, learn, make mistakes and improve every day. I've had the best teachers for Marketing, Brand Management, Sales and Advertising and I believe I graduated as a completely different man who was ready to take on the world."
Mansoor Ali Jafri - Alum of 2010
Novartis Pharma Pakistan Ltd.
"Studying at SZABIST has been a lifetime experience that broadened my vision to newer panoramas; navigated by quality teaching staff; enabling me to stand –up against all the odds in the corporate world."
Zeeshan Shalwani - Alum of 2008
AVP/Relationship Manager – Financial Institutions
Bank Alfalah Limited
"SZABIST, the institute, an excellent center of learning has always pushed forward the idea of developing a professional career for all its students and has provided society with some of the best of all talented individuals. It has a deep connection with my professional well-being also and because of this institution, I am able to stand in the practical world with dignity, apt training and integrity. In other words this place makes me stand tall wherever I go. Wishing all the very best to SZABIST, always."
Professional Brand Manage
Oral Care & Beauty, Johnson & Johnson - MENAP
Head Office, Dubai.
"SZABIST is an alma mater that polished my skills as a team leader, an effective change catalyst and a marketer. It taught me not to judge difficulty at face value and pursues goals with optimism and energy. Here I realized a simple rule of success – give it all you've got – which is still helping me earn recognition at my workplace. In short, SZABIST's rigorous business curriculum, encouraging teachers and impossibly cool marketing projects changed my life. It made me a more confident person who's no longer afraid of unexplored terrains and opened for me a whole new exciting world of 'Ambition'."
Corporate Banking, Dubai Islamic Bank Pakistan Ltd.
"Time spent at SZABIST is indeed one of the most memorable periods of my life. SZABIST not only prepares you to face practical difficulties of life, but also helps you in becoming a better human being. I got my fundamental knowledge, best friends and best moments of my life here."
Muhammad Ehsan ul Haq Alum of 2004
Human Resource Manager
ZIL Limited, Capri Soap Manufacturer
"Being a student of SZABIST, I must say, has been a rewarding investment. In the MBA program I learned a lot in many different ways from experienced faculty members. In a very real sense, I grew up at SZABIST, and learned how to fly, on the wings of knowledge and forbearance, into the wider world that lies beyond the campus and the spectacular mountains that surround it."
Asma Zuberi - Alum of 2012
Regulatory Manager MD & D
Johnson & Johnson Pakistan ( Pvt) Ltd.
"Learning from an experienced faculty at SZABIST visibly improved my professional skills; specially communication and managerial understanding; also more clarity of cross functional dynamics of finance and HR."
Sadaf F. Abid – Alum of 2003
Category Marketing Manager - Juices
Masafi LLC - Dubai, United Arab Emirates
"There was never a doubt in my mind that the overall experience at an institution like SZABIST could not be explained in two words, 'sheer excellence' and being a part of this institution has shaped my outlook on life in many ways. It not only taught me values, but also made me realize the importance of people and, above all, perseverance.
I attribute my dedication to my profession directly to the learnings I acquired from SZABIST. My methodical and analytical approach in matters both professional and personal is an outcome of the knowledge and training that was passed on to me by the excellent mentors here.
SZABIST has played a key role in my advance as a thorough professional with a consistent penchant for excellence; I wish the institution continued success."
Madiha Malik Shahid - Alum of 2013
"MS/M.Phil in Media Sciences from Szabist is one of the best things to have ever happened to me in a long time, I must say. Whether it be the workplace or
an academic setting, interaction with people and effective communication distinguish humans from animal, as humans are social animals.
Szabist has been an important agent of communication in my life that educated me to socialize with different professionals from different schools of thought hence, enhancing my communication skills and making me a competent student as well as a successful Assistant Director at Masala-TV.
Correct implementation of the Academic lessons learned is the step in the right direction and working as Assistant Director at Masala-TV channel is one leading me in that direction. It is the responsibility of the Academic institution to broaden the mind set and provide to the students a diversified experience, and I have witnessed that Szabist as a responsible institution has fulfilled its promise.
In conclusion, I will share my everyday thoughts about life which is a never ending journey of learning and any contribution made by any of the agents in one's life can't be a waste of time. In short, whatever I have learned at Szabist has increased my knowledge in some way or the other, be it by making me a good human being or a good professional at work.
I owe you SZABIST!!"
Zeeshan Mustafa - Alum of 2007
Head of Product Development
Ahli Bank Oman
"Having completed my degree in computer science, followed by Master in Business Administration, I can say that SZABIST is an extremely professional organization, which understands adult learning well, and provides resources that allow individuals to develop their skills. It is because of this unique quality that SZABIST enjoys a prestigious reputation around the world.
Personally, SZABIST gave me the opportunity to enrich myself academically and provided a strong foundation to learn leadership qualities, coupled with the skills, knowledge and support to adapt to life in corporate world.
If one is looking to be at the pinnacle of excitement and challenge, then SZABIST is the place to be!"
Syed Meraj Mohani - Alum of 1998
Application/System Support Analyst
JP Morgan Chase Bank, USA
"After my involvement with the IT industry for 10 years, I joined SZABIST's MS (Software Engineering) program. SZABIST has the best faculty, at par with international IT industry standards. The exposure and professional skills I gained at SZABIST have helped enrich my concepts and have given me the confidence to work with the world's number 1 financial institution."
Fahad Masood - Alum of 2009
Resident Engineer (Team Leader)
National Engineering Services Pakistan - NESPAK
"The practical style of teaching at SZABIST offers a better way of learning which complements the industry in Pakistan. The best thing about my degree is that it doesn't limit me to one job – actually it has broadened my horizons. The overall quality of my MBA Course and what is offered has been good and it's certainly what I had expected it to be."
Siraj Iqbal Colombo – Alum of 2004
Business Development Manager
"I am basically a Computer Engineer and started off my career from a local IT company. During my job I started my MBA in the evening from SZABIST in 2002. This was the turning point where I got exposed to the business world and took bold career decisions. SZABIST has played a vital role in my career, where I met great people from the industry who guided me all the way till here."
Asad Faruqi – Alum of 2011
"I graduated from SZABIST in 2011 and my time at university taught me a great many things. Aside from giving me essential knowledge of the primary basics of film making and photography, I was introduced to many important people working in the media industry, many of whom I have worked with and keep in touch with even today. Some of these people were my teachers and they taught me to create films that were simple yet artful, and appealed to the emotions and interests of every person.
SZABIST is one of the few universities in the country that offers essential experience with cameras, lights and other tools of film making without knowledge of which one cannot make a film. Much of my time spent at university was behind a camera, as I worked on the thesis films of my fellow students. The experience I gained was and is, to this day, applied to my work and was instrumental in the making of 'Children of the Taliban' and 'Saving Face', two films directed by Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and that have been received many accolades internationally.
I wish all the students studying currently at SZABIST and its future students the very best. Much can be gained from the BSMS degree if you apply yourself diligently. Good Luck!"
Sadaf Gul Shaikh - Alum of 2010
HR Associate Business Partner
English Biscuit Manufacturers, Karachi
"Being trained by professionals at SZABIST has prepared me to accept the challenges of the corporate world and carve my niche in the professional world. The experiences and live case studies shared by my teachers have truly enhanced my performance in my workplace. Moreover, the exposure we gained from class projects and assignments has helped enrich my business concepts and has given me the confidence to acquire a good reputation in the industry."
Rehan Hyder - Alum of 2003
Senior Procurement Specialist
South Asia Region Procurement Services
The World Bank
"At SZABIST, I was able to recognize my latent potential and excel in the field of procurement. After MBA, my association as Visiting Faculty improved my ability for a deeper and a richer analysis, and the ability to articulate it. I owe a lot to both faculty and students at my alma mater."
Taha Durrani - Alum of 2007
Business Operations Manager
"I spent 4 crucial years of my academic life at SZABIST – learning everything from basic to complex principles within business management, as well as polishing myself to explore and excel in the corporate world. SZABIST has, no doubt, one of the best faculties in the country, and the environment it fosters truly augments an individual's growth. The ever-growing extra-curricular activities and societies present at SZABIST also helped me in developing a diverse network of contacts, involve myself in numerous on and off-campus projects, as well as collaborate with other business schools. SZABIST was indeed a life-changing experience."
Dr. Rizwan Raheem Ahmed – Alum of 2007
Business Unit Manager
S. J. & G. Pharmaceutical (Pvt.) Ltd
"The MS Program is challenging and well-grounded in hands-on application of theory and evidence guided practice. Classes are discussion, case study, project, research and exam based. I relished and learnt a great deal from the MS program at SZABIST. This program sharpened my Skills in research, and especially in Quantitative research, which helped me immensely while I was doing my Ph.D. degree. Apart from academics, MS Program gave me the opportunity to outshine in Pharmaceutical Marketing and taken a step up to an advanced position in a corporate arena as well"
Amir Ahmed Khan – Alum of 2006
Senior Zone Manager Retail, Commercial
& Industrial (South) Chevron Pakistan Limited
"SZABIST has significantly contributed to my professional development. Studying at SZABIST was more challenging than I expected, therefore more rewarding as well in my development. The standard that SZABIST holds for its quality faculty, course design and continuous improvement is truly commendable."
Agha Zohaib – Alum of 2007
Havas Media, Malaysia
"Choosing SZABIST for BBA & MBA was one of the best decisions of my life. Not only did I gain solid understanding of business and marketing in a global context, but I also honed critical skills such as strategic thinking, problem solving and networking skills that are pre-requisites to professional success in today's challenging environment. The best thing about SZABIST that it gives students a taste of the practical world by making courses more interactive and close to real life encounters in the professional world. That gives you a feel of being in the industry before time and prepares you for bigger challenges. SZABIST graduates are well recognized within Pakistan and even internationally, therefore, the job opportunities for new graduates are excellent."
Zafarullah Memon – Alum of 2006
HSBC Bank Oman-Pakistan Operation
"Restarting studies after 15 years at SZABIST has become as excellent experience, especially with job responsibilities. An experienced faculty of SZABIST has provided me full support and guidance to enhance my vision as an HR professional. Acquiring my MBA Degree in the evening session has further accelerated my career. The method of learning and friendly atmosphere at SZABIST was excellent; it enabled me to complete my studies smoothly."
Jawad Bhatti – Alum of 2009
Assistant Vice President & Head of Customer Services
BMA Capital Management
"Doing MBA in the evening program at SZABIST was an experience which has enhanced the level of my on-going professional career and equipped me with knowledge to set and achieve loftier visions and goals. During my studies I found that the educational standards at SZABIST are excellent and can be compared with any top university in Pakistan and abroad. It is good to see graduates of SZABIST being hired in leading organizations of various industries, including my organization."
Imran Zawwar – Alum of 2010
MBA (SZABIST '08, Gold Medalist)
Head of Executive Education, Madinah Institute for Leadership & Entrepreneurship, Founding Partner at Cervelet
Management & Strategy Consultants USA
"I owe my identity and achievements to SZABIST it gave me the urge to excel and the confidence to stand out amongst others. The skills I learned, working successfully with fellow students from different backgrounds and cultures, combining the best of competing business approaches and strategies, and constantly adapting and learning from the diversity of my colleagues are rare. These are essential, valuable skills in the international business world and it is this unique competitive advantage that SZABIST confers to all its graduates."
Mariam Durrani – Alum of 2001
Group Brand Manager
Philip Morris International, Pakistan
"During my years at SZABIST, I enjoyed learning from professors with real world experience that helped me preempt market realities. The transparent teacher-student feedback, the world-class library, terrific network of friends and a never-ending focus on quality of output, made a great learning atmosphere. It's a journey I would never mind taking over and over again."