Mr. Jawad Raza
SVP, Head of Data Analytics, Big Data and AI
Meezan Bank Limited
Jawad Raza is a highly experienced and commercially astute professional who has worked across three continents – Americas, Europe and Asia. He has delivered on assets located from Chile, Brazil, UK, US, Egypt, Zambia, Indonesia, Malaysia, France, Italy, India and Australia on challenging and complex projects.
Jawad has currently set-up a greenfield Big Data (data science) team for Meezan Bank to augment existing strategies and build new revenue opportunities. At Meezan Bank he has – Designed Big Data strategy in-house, along with several use cases; Obtained board approvals and C-level alignment, including ROI/IRR assessments; Installed multiple Data Champions within businesses and launched Data Super League for change management, which resulted in several additional use cases and, engaged IBM to implement infrastructure. This is one of the largest strategic projects for Meezan. He also part takes in other CEO and Deputy CEO initiatives.
At Bank Alfalah Jawad led the implementation of multiple initiatives reporting to the CEO and ex CEO Standard Chartered Sadiq. He successfully completed the strategic diagnostic phase in 2016 along with Board of Directors’ approval. Built 5 year strategy and forecasting for Alfalah focusing on Lead Generation and Analytics, Digital banking, Re-structuring Sales Infrastructure, Cash Management Transformation, Value Focused Corporate Portfolio Account Planning, Islamic Asset Focused Product Push, Fee and Commission Optimization, Non-FTE Cost Optimization, Branch Sales Transformation across Investment bank, Corporate bank, Retail Bank and Islamic bank. Assets were over several business lines – Consumer, SME, Commercial, Digital and Corporate.
At Barclays Capital (London, UK) Jawad conducted commercial and strategic projects for the Bank focusing on Investment bank and Corporate bank assets over several business lines (FI’s, NBFI’s, M&A, ECM, DCM, FICC) in a number of countries in Europe (incl UK), Asia, Middle East and Africa.
At RBS (London, UK) he furnished financing to hedge funds, pension funds, UK and European financial institutions and investment grade companies. He has immense capability and powerful skill set in financial models, financial and market analysis, deal reports, sector research and valuations, coordinating internal approvals, working group list, progress list, information request list and management of team and resources.
At Ernst & Young (London, UK) Jawad mainly worked in the Energy, Chemicals & Utilities and FI sectors. Most of the deals he did were for FTSE 100 clients and included origination and execution of M&A transactions, Joint Ventures and corporate transactions globally. He was responsible for leading and managing transactions from inception to completion, managing external advisors, coordinating and conducting due diligence, investment approvals and negotiations with counterparties, providing proposals and support to senior executives and board members, transaction structuring, working with lawyers to draft documents and agreements, DCF, LBO, reserve based and merger model, comparable company research, valuation multiples, computing discount rates using weighted average cost of capital, deal reports, IM’s, pitch books, performing in depth market analysis incorporating social, political, economic and regulatory frameworks.
Jawad has a BBA in Accounting & Finance from Simon Fraser University (Canada). He is a Chartered Accountant (CPA, CA) and is a member of Canadian Institute of Chartered Accountants and Chartered Professional Accountants Canada. He started his career in Canada and worked in London for several years. He is currently based in Pakistan and is SVP, Head of Data Analytics, Big Data and AI at Meezan Bank Limited.