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Ahmed Khalid

Director Commercial | MBA Candidate 2017

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  • LevelSenior
  • LocationLondon, United Kingdom
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  • ProfessionsTechnical Business Development Manager - Commercial Director - Technical Project Manager

About me

Diversity has been at the core of my academic and career development over the years. Starting off with primary school in Pakistan, I found it much more interesting to have a broad mix of skills. As such, I've continuously endeavoured to not limit myself in thinking, learning and application. And so, even though I am an Electrical and Computer Engineer, I've combined Business Development, Project Management and Finance with my core technical expertise to create a more exciting combination whilst performing in Leadership positions. Currently, I am pursuing a Global Full-time MBA degree at the Ashridge Hult International Business School in London. The program will take me from London to Shanghai to Boston, all in one intense year. The focus will be on polishing my Business Leadership skills in Interpersonal Influence, Adaptive Thinking and Team Collaboration. My engineering and scientific academic background led me to write two research papers during the undergraduate degree. The first one examined efficient electrical distribution systems that would eventually lead to net zero-energy residential buildings for colleges and universities. The second one provided a detailed comparative analysis of different photovoltaic modules to explore simple cost-effective solar energy solutions for the modern day home. Looking to the future, I see a plethora of opportunities. I have a couple of ideas to set up my own business which I am currently developing further within my network. At the same time, however, I am pro-actively exploring full-time job positions. It's the journey and the new connections I make along the way that's exciting though - that is what ultimately drives me.

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Skills

  • Sales
  • Business Pitching
  • SaaS
  • Leadership
  • Management
  • Business Development
  • Analysis and Research
  • Finance
  • Sustainability
  • Sustainable Development

Work history

Currently

Senior Director of Business Development

NADRA

May 2015
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Full Time
  • Leading the business development initiatives with a team of 50+ management and marketing professionals in the Auto-ID technology sector for NADRA while supervising solution design, solution development and process re-engineering in parallel. • Won the project for and subsequently delivered the Multi-biometric E-Passport system for Kenya, generating $13M in revenue with an additional contract signed for Managed Services and Support. • Won the Civil Registration System Project for Sudan. System was promptly designed and deployed, generating $10M in revenue with an additional contract signed for Managed Services and Support. • Won the Citizen National ID Digitization project in Sri Lanka. System currently being developed at a contract price of $11M. • Won the Election Management System project in Fiji that is currently being developed at a contract price of $9M. • Developed NADRA's competencies in intelligent transport systems, financial systems, mobile payment gateways and G2P targeted disbursements. • Introduced comprehensive and standardized product packaging of NADRA's integrated systems and services for more effective business development in unexplored markets.

2015

Chief Technology Officer

AOS Ltd

Dec 2013 - Apr 2015
  • Lahore, Pakistan
  • Full Time
  • Organized a team of 20+ software engineers to design, develop and maintain solutions to automate national and provincial public records of Pakistan. Identified and managed opportunities for public sector business expansion in direct collaboration with state departments. • Generated more than USD 1 million in revenue through a land records management information system for Pakistan with a 24/7 scanning, digitization and indexing unit employing 1,500 in technical labor. • Helped shape local market for home automation and smart energy solutions in Pakistan. • Established coaching and feedback mechanisms for employee growth and learning.

2013

Technical Project Manager

NADRA

Jul 2012 - Dec 2013
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • Full Time
  • Key experiences and duties include: • Project management for national and international projects developed by NADRA on behalf of the Government of Pakistan • Complete product development life cycle from concept initiation to product launch, deployment and support • Content strategy and web brand marketing • Collaboration with Telecom companies in Pakistan to develop and promote Telco services and products such as e-payment gateways, financial inclusion programs and identification services • Collaboration with public and private institutions in Pakistan to develop and promote bio-metric identification services • Design and draft technical responses to formal Request For Proposals to win contract bids • Present and market services designed by NADRA to both International and National institutions Key Projects: • Smart National Identity Card (SNIC) launch • E-Payment gateway for Pakistani Telcos • NADRA E-Pension Disbursement System based on SNIC • Kenyan Electronic ID • Nigerian National Identity Card • Telco based G2P disbursement programs • National Revenue System for Federal Board of Revenue and Taxation, Pakistan

Education

Currently

MBA

Hult International Business School

Sep 2016
  • London, United Kingdom
  • The Ashridge-Hult MBA is perhaps one of the more unique business degrees out there. It's an intense course that offers exchange programs at other Hult campuses in Shanghai, Dubai, Boston, San Franciso and New York. My own campus is in London and I'll be rotating to Boston and Shanghai. With a focus on developing specific leadership skills in Interpersonal Influence, Adaptive Thinking and Team Collaboration, Hult is beginning to equip me with the tools needed to excel in the most complex of Managerial and Entrepreneurial settings.

2011

BSc Electrical Electronics Engineering

Jacobs University Bremen

Sep 2005 - Aug 2011
  • Bremen, Germany

2005

A Level, AS Level

Roots College International

Sep 2003 - Aug 2005
  • Islamabad, Pakistan
  • 5 Straight As in Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Economics and English

Awards

2017

Dean's List Student

Hult International Business School

  • Included on the Dean's List for MBA Class of 2017 at the Hult International Business School after securing highest mark in all courses. Expected to graduate with distinction in August 2017.

2016

Winner PwC Pitch Challenge

PwC UK

  • Participated in an intense weekend of pitching as a Management Consultant. 5 teams of 6 members each battled it out at the PwC head office in London to pitch a Global Shared Service Center proposal in a simulated environment and close the deal. Together with my team, I won the $15m contract.