Khalid Awan was born in Dera-Ismail-Khan and is a Mechanical Engineer by education, a profession in which he started his career.
He entered business in 1982 when his older brother established a Joint Venture in Pakistan with the global air-express giant DHL, under the name DHL Pakistan Private Ltd.
The brothers then founded TCS Private Ltd. as the domestic arm complementing the international business. The first decade saw phenomenal growth in the jointly owned and managed business.
The future potential in each business – domestic and international, necessitated long term structuring. The brothers astutely addressed this in 1991 by ‘de-linking’ the organization and ownership of the two companies, enabling each to pursue its own trajectory.
It was thus in 1991 that Khalid Awan, who had served as Managing Director, since inception, of both TCS and DHL Pakistan under the Chairmanship of Sadiq Awan, took over as the Chairman and M.D. of TCS Private Limited.
The challenges and implications of this decision are the subject of a Harvard Business School Case Study undertaken in 2002.
Between then and 2007 when Sadiq Awan disinvested his share-holding in DHL Pakistan, TCS and DHL maintained a collaborative non-competitive relationship.
Khalid Awan not only piloted the evolution of TCS in Pakistan but also went on to establish TCS in UK (1989), UAE (1996), and Canada (1999).
On the 30th anniversary of its founding in 2013, Khalid Awan outlined for TCS its course for the next thirty years by installing a futuristic young leadership, guided by a mission statement and core-values in a world class corporate environment overseen by a competent Board.
Mr. Awan is an active philanthropist who generously contributes to organizations in the field of health, education, and social welfare.
He is a lifetime member of 'World Presidents Organization' - WPO, and has served as Chairman of Khalid Nawaz Awan Founder and Chairman TCS Holdings Private Limited YPO Pakistan Chapter. He has chaired the 'Corporate Award Committee of the Management Association of Pakistan (MAP) and serves on the Pakistan National Committee of the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC), and the Board of Governors - Karachi Council of Foreign Relations and Community Advisory Board of the Aga Khan University Hospital, Karachi.
He served on the Paris based Transportation Committee of the ICC from 1997-2007, and represented it at the United Nations 2003 General Assembly Session on Millennium Development Goals.
He has also advised the Government of Pakistan on development of Pakistan Postal Services.
Mr. Awan is a member of the Chartered Institute of Transport, and Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society.
Saira Awan Malik is a corporate lawyer. She worked at the London office of international law firm Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP from 2009-15, focusing on corporate and financial transactions, including cross-border mergers & acquisitions, restructurings and capital market issuances. In June 2015, Saira joined her family business, TCS (Pakistan), and is working to develop the international and e-commerce sides of the business.
Saira received an undergraduate degree in History from Yale University in May 1999. She read Law at the University of Cambridge (2001-3) and subsequently completed the Bar Vocational Course at the Inns of Court School of Law in London. She was called to the Bar of England and Wales in October 2007.
Saira has served on the board of the British Pakistan Foundation (BPF) since 2012. In April 2013, she launched the BPF Women’s Network. She is also a founder member of the British Pakistani Lawyers’ Association and the Pakistan International Film Association.
Mrs. Saadia Awan is the wife of Mr. Khalid Awan and has been by his side through the various stages of business and organizational development.
She played an active role in the early years, and as Director since 1992 is keenly focused on service quality and efficiencies within the organization.
She is an active social worker and has been involved with The Citizens Foundation since its founding, and established its chapter in Canada in 2005.
Mrs. Awan is Company Director and is certified by the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.
Qasim Awan, as next generation member of the Awan family, joined the business in 2012, after graduating from York University in Canada, and is a Master’s in Management from the Cass Business School, University of London.
Prior to joining TCS he worked for a couple of years with an Accounting and Management firm in Dubai, UAE. He has attended several courses in Personal Development, E-commerce and International Business.
During the past five years at TCS, Qasim has passionately pursued his interest in the E-commerce eco-system particularly E-commerce Logistics and Supply Chain Warehousing.
He is also an avid observer of the technological and regional developments reshaping the industry, contributing to various publications on this subject.
He has traveled extensively across TCS facilities in Pakistan in the company’s own trucks and aircraft, but the most enjoyable learning for him has been on courier bikes in communities he would have otherwise never visited.
He deeply values the learning experience and camaraderie thus developed with the TCS rank and file.
He is the recipient of a Presidents Award for instilling team spirit within the company.
Qasim has attended the Director Course at the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance, prior to his induction on the Board of TCS Holdings.
Qasim is also a sportsman and sport commentator.
He is a member of the Digital Economy Commission of ICC Pakistan and Karachi Council of Foreign Relations.
Nilofer Saeed pioneered the restaurant industry in 1992 with the iconic Copper Kettle Restaurant, and with its success, many other local restaurants opened in Karachi and also set the stage for international franchises.
Her experience with Copper Kettle convinced her that there was a dire need for good desserts and sweet treats other than the more traditional options, and that led her to launch Hobnob Bakeries.
Hobnob Bakeries created a market for other bakeries and not only helped develop the confectionery industry but also created space for many home bakers to flourish.
N’eco’s Natural Store & Café, her passion, was started 7 years ago with the intent to bring the goodness of Baltistan to the forefront and to offer real lifestyle change solutions to the people of Karachi and other cities across Pakistan. N’eco’s played a pivotal role in educating consumers and building opportunities for natural and organic businesses.
Nilofer has also been a supporter of the Citizen’s Foundation since inception and served as the first female Director on the Board.
Irshad Ali Shaban Ali Kassim
Mr. Irshad Kassim is Chairman of Karam Ceramics Limited, Karam Green Energy Limited, PICIC Insurance Company, and Director Industrial Promotion Services Pakistan. He also serves as the Member Executive Committee & Chairman Industry & Trade Sub-Committee of American Business Council, Membership Officer YPO/WPO Pakistan Chapter of Young Presidents Organization, Member of Board of Governors – The Aga Khan University and Hospital, Board of Governors Kidney Centre, Board of Governors of Lady Dufferin Hospital and the Honorary Consul of Tajikistan, in Karachi.
Mr. Irshad Kassim’s interest in sports and the less privileged has led him to be the founder member of the Special Olympics Pakistan. He also served as past Chairman-Focus Humanitarian Services Assistance.
Feroze is Chairman of Crowe Clarke Whitehill (London) Ltd. He specializes in UK & International tax planning. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in England in 1977 and formed Freeman & Partners, Chartered Accountants in 1982 which merged with Crowe Clarke Whitehill LLP in 2010.
Feroze is a director of several private companies and has served as a Council member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales. He is the author of a number of articles published in taxation journals and of the publication Interest Relief for Companies and also a former lecturer on taxation.
Feroze is the founder Trustee of the Inle trust – a UK registered charity. He is an occasional TV interviewer for TVapex in London and author of the book Children of the Revolution.