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Zulfiqar Lakhani

Zulfiqar Lakhani, WG’78

Managing Director
Colgate-Palmolive (Pakistan) Ltd.



Speaker > Biography

Zulfiqar Ali Lakhani is Managing Director and Chief Executive of multiple MNC companies in Pakistan. As an active partner of the Lakson Group, he divides his time between his FMCG companies which includes Colgate-Palmolive, Clover Pakistan (Licensee agreement with Kraft Foods) and Tetley-Clover Ltd.

Over the course of 25 years, the companies he has managed have entered new product categories and achieved leadership in four out of six consumer product groups (powder beverages, detergents, dishwashing products and toothpaste).  He has also launched and is successfully consolidating one of the largest FMCG countrywide sales and distribution network.

Mr. Lakhani has over thirty years of experience in marketing, manufacturing, finance and sales. His M.S. in Industrial Engineering and B.S. in Chemical Engineering, both from Stanford University and MBA in Finance and Marketing from the Wharton School of Business, University of Pennsylvania, have enabled him to be actively involved in both the manufacturing and marketing sides of the businesses. He is an active member of the Management Board of the Lakson Group which includes Cybernet (ISP), McDonalds, and others in the field of insurance, paper and board, media and commercial packaging.  He is also a member of the Wharton Executive Board for Asia.

Mr. Lakhani’s personal interest in the arts also encouraged him to re-vitalize the Foundation for Museum of Modern Art (Fomma) in Pakistan. His contributions and involvement as Chairman of the non-profit organization has seen it evolve from a dormant entity into an active and highly visible forum, raising several million rupees for the various exhibitions, workshops and publications. The main focus of Fomma remains the promotion of the Arts and the setup of a Museum of Modern Art in Pakistan.

He has 2 daughters, one of whom is still pursuing her studies at The Wharton School of Business, whilst the other has already acquired her degree from there and is working in New York.