Telenor Pakistan Executive Management

Irfan Wahab Khan
CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER (CEO)

Background: Irfan Wahab Khan is a digital evangelist, passionate about empowering Pakistan through Digital and Financial Inclusion, strong believer in the potential of our youth. He has a long association with Telenor Pakistan being the first member of the launch team when he joined the company as Executive Vice President in 2004. Khan has over 25 years of diverse management experience with leading telecommunication companies such as Orange, T-Mobile, and Ericsson across North America, Europe and Asia.

Over the last twelve years, under his dynamic leadership, Telenor Pakistan reached more than 40 million subscribers, gained revenue market share, and launched largest 3G and 4G footprint along with a number of innovative products and services. Taking forward Telenor Pakistan’s mission of empowering Pakistan, he enabled breakthrough digital services including Internet of Things (IoT), mobile agriculture services (mAgri), startup accelerator Velocity, and partnerships with the likes of Facebook, Google and Netflix etc.

He is Board Member for Telenor Pakistan, Telenor Micro Finance Bank and The Indus Entrepreneurship (Islamabad chapter). Irfan is also a member of Management Committee of Overseas Investors Chamber of Commerce and Industry, where he is heading Taxation sub-committee.

Education: He holds a Master of Science degree in Mobile communication from University of Westminster London, Advance Management from INSEAD France, Marketing and Brand Management from London Business School, Financial Management from Harvard Business School and Global CEO Program from Wharton. Irfan is also a life time Alumni of INSEAD and IESE.

 

Bilal Kazmi
CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER (CMO)

Background: Bilal Kazmi started his journey with Telenor in 2004 when he joined Telenor Pakistan as Senior Manager Plan and Concept in Sales & Distribution. After designing and launching the distribution model of TP, Bilal went on to lead Telenor Pakistan’s Product Development, Postpaid and Call Center organizations. He was appointed as Vice President and Head of Customer Care Division in 2011. 

Bilal moved to Telenor’s Asia Office in Bangkok in 2013 as Vice President of Global Shared Services and in 2014, he become the Vice President and Head of International Business for Dtac, Thailand. While continuing to retain the same responsibility, he became a part of Telenor Global WholeSale’s management team in January 2016.

At Telenor Pakistan, Bilal spearheads Marketing, Sales & Distribution, Business Intelligence & Analytics, Customer Care, Projects and Portfolio management and Segments & Product.

 

Khurrum Ashfaque
CHIEF TECHNOLOGY OFFICER (CTO)

Background: Khurrum Ashfaque has 21 years of international and local technical experience and has been associated with Telenor Pakistan since 2006. In 2013 he was appointed Director Technology Operations and during this period Telenor Pakistan went through a huge network transformation project where legacy GSM network was swapped with more efficient equipment in terms of technology evolution, power consumption and cost efficient Managed Services.

At Telenor Pakistan, Khurrum heads Digital & IT Development, Network Engineering, Business Security and Technology Operations.

 

Kamal Ahmed
CHIEF CORPORATE AFFAIRS OFFICER (CCO)

Background: Kamal Ahmed is a seasoned ICT professional with over 28 year of international and domestic experience in leading multiple renowned organizations. He joined from Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) where he worked as Chief Digital Services Officer. Kamal has also lead Microsoft Corporation in Pakistan as the Country General Manager.  He served as Managing Director for Nortel Networks in Pakistan.  He played an instrumental role as the Project Manager in the launch of Ufone.  He has served as a consultant for the UNDP and worked for Sprint in the US in various capacities.

Kamal has been part of Telenor Pakistan’s leadership team since August 2017.  And in his current role he is leading the regulatory and interconnect, public and government affairs, legal, corporate communications and sustainability functions.  Kamal holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) and Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering, from Iowa State University, USA. 

 

Durdana Achakzai
CHIEF DIGITAL OFFICER (CDO)

Background: Durdana Achkzai is a senior business and technology leader focused on Fintech and digital transformation based out of London. Prior to this, Durdana was the Global Head of Digital Portfolio and Program Director for Retail Banking & Wealth Management at HSBC where she focused on driving innovation and digital transformation agenda for the bank; leading a multimillion dollar global digital portfolio primarily focused on new and innovative digital capabilities globally. She has been Head of Global Business Management in Global Data Services at the bank and has also served as Director of Corporate Digital.

At Telenor Pakistan, Durdana looks after Digital Products, Digital Accelerator, Mobile Advertising, mAgri, IoT and Innovation.

Durdana holds an MBA from Harvard Business School where she was a Fulbright Scholar.

 

Sardar Mohammad Abubakar
CHIEF FINANCE OFFICER / CHIEF STRATEGY & TRANSFORMATION OFFICER

 

Background:  Sardar Abubakr has over 16 years of professional experience gained in expat and project roles in over 7 countries including expat roles within Telenor Group in Norway and Cable & Wireless Communications Maldives. At Telenor Pakistan, he leads a dynamic portfolio heading the Finance along with strategy & transformation team.

Abubakr is a Professionally Qualified Accountant, a Six Sigma Black Belt, a Qualified Project Management Practitioner (Prince 2, UK), a Graduate of Telenor's Accelerate Leadership Program, a Graduate of the TRMC Program (Telecom Regulatory Master Class) from ICC, UK and a Graduate of the DIGS Program (Driving Digital & Social Strategy) of Harvard Business School, US.

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