Who we are

  • Our VisionBe a model financial institution that promotes private sector-led economic and social development in Pakistan.

  • Our Mission Provide client centric financial services to micro, small and medium enterprises and under- served populations in a sustainable and responsible manner.

Our values

Open

Committed

Entrepreneurial

Innovative

Our Shareholders

Our Board members

Dr. Claude Falgon

Dr. Falgon is currently a member of the Board of Directors of Advans Pakistan and has been working as consultant for developmental financial institutions, commercial banks, and microfinance institutions for more than 20 years, in France and other countries. His areas of expertise include: financial, operational and institutional audits of banks and microfinance institutions; microfinance regulation; transformation of micro credit systems into sustainable MFIs. Dr. Falgon has chaired and participated in consulting missions in the financial sector, in over fifteen countries including Mediterranean Region, Africa and Asia.

Steven Duchatelle

Steven Duchatelle is a member of the Board of Directors of Advans Pakistan with extensive professional experience in financial services, and has expertise in Micro-Finance sector. He has held various positions in world-class financial institutions and consulting firms that have enabled him to gain practical knowledge of both retail banking and micro-finance operations across varied functions including: strategy, governance, operations, business development, organization, internal controls and risk management.

Eelko Bronkhorst

Currently as a member of Board of Director at Advans Pakistan, Eelko Bronkhorst is a Partner at emerging markets finance firm Financial Access Capital Partners, based in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Mr. Bronkhorst has extensive experience in both the profit and non-profit sector,with particular focus on development finance, turnaround management and building businesses in the financialsector. 

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He is particularly active in the Microfinance, Agrifinance and Renewable Energy Finance area in various geographies. In joint cooperation with various NGOs, donor organizations, development banks and private sector banks Mr. Bronkhorst has successfully developed and implemented various initiatives and PPP programmes to improve access to finance to these sectors in East Africa and Asia. With a degree in Masters of International Law Degree from the University of Utrecht in the Netherlands and Advanced Management Programme at INSEAD, France, Bronkhorst has held various leadership positions at multinational financial institutions across USA, Asia, Europe and Middle East.

Emmanuel Aris

Emmanuel Aris has extensive professional experience in business administration and international investment: after graduating from a French business school with a Masters in Finance and Management, his career ranges from being an expert in the creation of a business unit and has dedicated himself to the development of the Advans Network of microfinance institutions, successively holding the positions Investment Analyst and Investment Officer.

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Emmanuel has worked on several Greenfield projects in Sub-Saharan Africa and North Africa, performing on-site market research, feasibility studies and fundraising, as well as working on complex regulatory and legal issues. Between 2011 and 2016, Emmanuel was entrusted with the overall responsibility of the design, creation and supervision of Advans Tunisie. In 2015, he negotiated the restructuring of Advans Bank Tanzania and its subsequent transformation into Letshego Bank (T). Emmanuel currently serves at the Board of Advans Pakistan, La Fayette Microfinance Bank (Nigeria), Advans Cameroun, Advans Banque Congo and Letshego Bank (T) Limited (Tanzania). As a board member of institutions, he is involved in providing strategic direction and supervision at the managerial level.

Isabelle Montfort

Ms Montfort is currently serving as Head of Finance for the Advans Group since 2001. She has been involved in carrying out short-term assignments such as evaluations, business plans, feasibility studies, and support for IT implementation and management. She was subsequently assigned to Advans Ghana (as CFO from 2006 to 2009), and to Advans Bank Tanzania as CFO and interim CEO (2010-2012). Since 2013, she has been structuring and managing the Finance department at the Group level and also serving on the Board on Advans Pakistan.

Yusra Arshad Gillani

A Barrister and transactional lawyer as a profession, Ms. Gillani brings with herself varied experience working for a not for profit company and being a consultant at a corporate/commercial law firm. With a degree in BA Economics and Politics, from University of London, Ms. Gillani did her CPE/ Post Graduate Diploma in Law from BPP Law School London, UK and completed her Bar Vocational Course, Lincolns Inn from Inns Court School of Law London, UK. She has worked for leading organizations including Acumen Fund, and Mandviwalla Law Firm. 

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Apart from being involved in the mergers and acquisitions, her Expertise ranges from; corporate governance, private equity, financial services, not for profits, start-ups to general contract work. She currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors for Advans Pakistan.

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Aeyesha Gulzar

Aeyesha Gulzar is a strategy development practitioner, with over seventeen years of progressive leadership experience focusing on strategic planning, Economic Growth, Value Chain Development, Private sector engagement, Enterprise Development and has contributed to policy formulation in Pakistan and abroad. Ms Gulzar has worked and consulted for Multilaterals, development organizations, governments and global Fortune 500 companies in the US and Europe. She has conceived and initiated advocacy forums and think tanks for policy development, conducted evidence based research projects and facilitated and trained local and international teams, fostered innovative financing models to blend public, development and private capital for scalable business, economic and social outcomes. Her expertise includes Global Alliance creation, organizational capacity development, Agribusiness, Enterprise and value chain development. Ms. Gulzar has majored in MIS (with honors) from the University of Connecticut and has read Strategic Leadership at Yale University, USA; she has also been trained in Leadership at Harvard Business School and Social Entrepreneurship from Oxford University, UK. She has worked in the US, UK, EU, Africa, UAE, India, Iran and Pakistan on agribusiness partnerships, enterprise development and value creation strategies.

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She is currently advising the Chief Minister Punjab and the Additional Chief Secretary on Agriculture and Rural Economy, for the provincial Punjab government, championing a Public-Private-Producer partnership model for the first time in Pakistan. She is also board member at several public sector organizations and private companies in Pakistan. Ms Gulzar has been hailed as being in the “frontline of changing leadership in Punjab” by the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women; Women of Substance publications, 2017-2018.

Our Team

Guillaume Valence - CEO

Guillaume Valence 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.

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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.

Awais Masood - CFO

Awais Masood is currently serving Advans Pakistan in the capacity of CFO and Company Secretary and has over 10 years of experience with extensively working in the areas of Business Risk Assessment and Assurance, Internal Auditing, Accounting and Financial Management, Budgeting, Financial analysis and Business cycle controller in diverse corporate working environments.

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He is a fellow member of Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA – UK) and CFA level-3 candidate. His career varies from working for organization like The House of Habib (HOH) - managing the internal audit function of the Group, MAF Hyper Market Pakistan (Pvt.) Ltd (Carrefour Group) as Business Controller and Pak Oman Asset Management Company Limited as Head of Internal Audit, Chief Operating Officer, Chief Financial Officer and Company Secretary, over the period of 9 years.

Zubair Hafeez - Head of Risk & Compliance

Zubair Hafeez is currently heading the Risk & Compliance function at Advans Pakistan. He is a seasoned audit professional with over 10 years local and international experience is accounts/finance, taxation and audit.

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He is a member of ACCA UK. He has worked with leading companies including Ernst & Young in the Assurance and Advisory business services division, and Alwardi Group in Kingdom of Bahrain leading the internal audit department.

Ahmed Shaheryar Khan - Chief Information Officer

Ahmed Shaheryar Khan is currently serving as CIO at Advans Pakistan since 2018, Shaheryar has over 14 years of extensive experience in banking sector with expertise in FinTech including but not limited to; m-Commerce, e-Commerce, Consumer / Agent products, Solution designing and touch points integrations, consumer product life cycles, analyzing and optimizing systems, and transforming business requirements into technical requirements.

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Working across varied functions and having spent considerable time in branchless banking, Allied Systems and Digital banking – he is hands on with the Implementation of new applications and Business Management projects.

Shaheryar holds a bachelor of computer science degree from University of Huddersfield. He career ranges from working for leading banks including Citi Bank Pakistan, Faysal Bank and JS Bank as Head of Branchless Banking prior to working at Advans Pakistan.

Saira Gabol - Head of HR

Saira Gabol currently heads the Human Resources Department at Advans Pakistan. With a MSC degree in HRD from University of Manchester (UK), Saira is seasoned HR professional having more than 15 years of experience, working for local and international organizations like Habib Bank Limited, HSBC (UAE) and her last assignment was as Head of Learning - South at Habib Bank Limited, Pakistan prior to joining Advans Pakistan. 

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Working across diverse cultures and backgrounds with Business leaders has enabled her in liaising the HR department as business partner in delivering business results for the organizations. She is a licensed Facilitator in world renowned programs like 7 habits and over 10 years of experience in managing the Learning and Development function including developing classroom and e – learning   material , leadership development , competency models , psychometric testing and using a blended learning approach.  

Nastasia Le Tallec – Operations

Nastasia Le Tallec is currently heading the Operations function at Advans Pakistan, since 2018. With a masters degree in Financial and Legal Engineering from Institut d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, France, Nastasia has over 7 years experience in microfinance operations, during which she provided technical assistance in several countries including but not limited to branch operations, back office operations, credit risk management, commercial development, information system and project management.

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Apart from looking after the back office and core business operations she is also involved in providing technical assistance to Advans affiliates with regard to specific or general operations. Working with Advans International, has equipped her with practical knowledge of microfinance operations varying across different functions including: commercial, logistic and financial administration, Staff training, Credit methodology, SME lending and Credit Risk. She also provided support on training and on-site technical assistance assignments in developing countries, notably in Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Tunisia and Tanzania. She is also certified expert in SME Finance from Frankfurt School of Finance and Management.

Suman Valeecha – Marketing & Communications

Suman Valeecha is a business graduate with an MPhil and MBA degree in Marketing from Institute of Business Management, currently heading the Marketing Department at Advans Pakistan looking after Brand Management, Internal and External Communication, Service Quality, Complaint Management Unit and Social Performance Management.

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Suman is a marketing strategist with over 11 years of marketing & communications experience in service industry & development sector; developing & implementing marketing strategies targeted towards growth, expansion, scalability and impact; and 3 years of Organizational Development/ HR experience as well, working for emerging, service and not for profit organizations. Her expertise include development of strategic plans for products & services, Corporate Communication, Brand and Market Development. She has a diploma in Neuro Linguistic Programming and is currently, also, serving as a visiting faculty in one of the leading business institute of Karachi with several research publications under her name.