Our Team

Guillaume Valence - CEO

Guillaume is currently serving as the Chief Executive Officer and member of the Board of Directors of Advans Pakistan. Guillaume is a graduate with Master’s Degree in Management and Management of Public Instituion from ICN Business School degree, Commercial Institute of Nancy, EQUIS accreditation and IAE Nancy 2 University.

He is a seasoned banker and a prominent microfinance professional, with around 20 years of diverse experience working with renowned financial institutions. Prior to joining Advans Pakistan in 2019, he was the Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director of La Fayette MFB (Nigeria). His experience with Advans Group was spread across different countries with variety of cross-functional expertise including, SME Financing, Branch Operations, Risk and Financial analysis, Risk Management and Business Development.

 

Mr Awais Masood - CFO

Mr. Awais Masood has over 12 years of experience and have worked extensively in the areas of Business Risk Assessment and Assurance (Internal Auditing), Accounting and Financial Management, Business cycle controller in diverse corporate working environments. He is a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA – UK) and CFA level 3 candidate. 

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He started his career at The House of Habib (HOH) where his primary responsibility was managing the internal audit function of the Group. In his position, as Deputy Manager (Internal Audit) he was able to develop comprehensive procedures relating to Control Management. He has also worked as Business Controller in MAF Hyper Market Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd (Carrefour Group). He has been associated with Pak Oman Asset Management Company Limited for more than 9 years. He served on various position in Pak Oman which includes Head of Internal Audit, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary.

Saira Gabol - Head of HR

Ms. Saira is seasoned HR professional with a MSC in HRD from University of Manchester (UK) and more than 15 years of experience. Her career is composed of varied spectrum of roles and geographies. She served in reputable organizations namely Habib Bank Limited, HSBC (UAE) and her last assignment was as Head of Learning - South at Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan.

 

Fawad Soomro – Head of Sales and Distribution

Mr Soomro is a senior banker having a vast work experience in various commercial and corporate banking and financial institutions like FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited, UBL Omni, Kashf Foundation, Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan, Adamjee Insurance Company Limited. He has worked in projects in Sukkur, Larkana & Karachi. He has overall experience of over eight years.

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Mr Soomro has a diversified experience in various commercial and corporate banking and financial institutions like FINCA Microfinance Bank Limited, UBL Omni, Kashf Foundation, Greenstar Social Marketing Pakistan, Adamjee Insurance Company Limited. He has worked in projects in Sukkur, Larkana & Karachi. He has overall experience of over eight years. Previously he was Zonal Manager – Sukkur Zone at Finca Microfinace Bank Limited and responsible for overall performance of branches & network expansion. At UBL Omni as Area Manager he was responsible, training & coaching, monitoring of different projects disbursement & collection, Liaison with the stakeholders, Monitoring & controlling of the BISP agents, etc. At KASHF Foundation as area manager, he was responsible for liaison with the government and timely reporting to the regional & head office, monitoring the overall performance of branches, monitoring of the field staff and facilitate customers, community mobilization and team building, monitoring of adequate funds disbursal, etc. His major achievement at KASHF Foundation was he was awarded with the Certificate of Appreciation as Area Manager for reducing PAR from 71% to 11.5%.  Prior to that Mr Soomro was connected with Greenstar  Social Marketing Pakistan as Manager Operation and his responsibilities were sales and distribution of company’s products, training  of private medical practitioners  in the field of contraception and child health, managing the financial and administrative function of the zonal operations, providing  leadership  to the zonal team comprising  of MBBS doctors.  Mr Soomro started his career from Adamjee Insurance as Assistant Manager; his major responsibilities were targeting customers, formulation of the insurance plans, formulation of the proposals and liaison with the customers and regional office.

Zubair Hafeez - Head of Risk & Compliance

Mr. Zubair Hafeez – Head of Risk & Compliance is audit professional having over 10 years local and international experience in the profession and have successfully managed accounts / finance, taxation and auditing matters of various organizations operating in different industries.

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He is a member of ACCA UK which is of one of the largest accountancy body worldwide. Mr. Hafeez spent more than four years with Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory business services division, where he was involved in providing diversified services to clients ranging from assurance and advisory services, statutory annual / internal audits, internal control reviews, interim review engagements and accountancy services. After that he joined Alwardi Group in Kingdom of Bahrain where he led the internal audit department, responsible for conducting risk based audits, reviews, and evaluations of management operational practices and procedures to determine if results are consistent with organizational goals and objectives.

Mr Ahmed Shaheryar Khan, Chief Information Officer

Mr Shaheryar has over 11 years of banking & FinTech experience with banking sector in Pakistan. He has worked in various functions and spent considerable time in branchless banking, Allied Systems and Digital banking. 

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Ahmed Shaheryar holds a bachelor of computer science degree from University of Huddersfield. He started his career with Citi Bank Pakistan and then moved to Faysal Bank; he has served in leading Commercial Banks in Key Positions. Before joining us, Shaheryar worked for JS Bank as Head of Branchless Banking Department.