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Sadia Khan


Sadia Khan has pursued a versatile career path traversing investment banking, financial regulation, family businesses and entrepreneurship across three continents. With Masters degrees in Economics from both Cambridge University, U.K and Yale University, U.S.A, Sadia started her career at Lehman Brothers in New York. Since then she has worked with various international institutions and local regulatory authorities, including the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in the Philippines, the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan and the State Bank of Pakistan. She is currently the CEO of Selar Enterprises (Pvt) Ltd, a company she founded in 2011 while working as the Group Executive Director in her family-owned business, Delta Shipping (Pvt) Ltd.

Sadia has been a passionate advocate of corporate governance since the past two decades. In 2018, she published The Corporate Governance Landscape of Pakistan, a historical anthology of work already accomplished under the realm of corporate governance as well as a reference book for future regulators, educators, and practitioners.

While at the ADB, she helped implement corporate governance reforms in a number of member countries in South East Asia. As a senior member of the Securities & Exchange Commission of Pakistan she was responsible for implementing the first Code of Corporate Governance in Pakistan. Since then she has served as a member of various Task Force/Committees responsible for Revising the Code of Corporate Governance and introducing Guidelines for State Owned Enterprises.

As a corporate governance practitioner, she has served on various boards as an Independent Director including Engro Fertilizers, Pakistan Cables, Edotco Pakistan, Karandaz, HBL Asset Management, First MicroFinance Bank, Kashf Foundation, Punjab Board of Investment & Trade, National Testing Service and as a Non Executive Director on the Boards of the United Arab Shipping Agency Company and the Delta Group of Companies.

Sadia is the global President of the INSEAD Alumni Association. She has also served as a member of the Executive Committee of the Pakistan France Business Alliance and as the Chairperson of Alliance Francaise. In 2014, the French Government recognized her contributions to France-Pakistan relations by awarding her the prestigious French award, "Chevalier de l'Ordre National du Mérite" (Knight of the National Order of Merit).

Sadia was a member of the Global Agenda Council on Pakistan convened by the World Economic Forum during 2012-14. She has contributed regularly at international conferences and events as a speaker and panellist on issues ranging from multiculturalism to women entrepreneurs.

She has been serving as the Honorary Consul General of Finland in Karachi since 2012.

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The Slow and Steady Progress Towards Gender-Balanced Boards

Sadia Khan

In conservative societies, awareness and discussion of gender diversity issues pave the way for progress.