Partner at Leaders
Career Hellman & Friedman, Evercore, Deloitte
Education Ivey Business School – Western University, York University - Schulich School of Business
Location San Francisco, New York, Toronto
I am the youngest of three and moved with my family to Canada from Pakistan at age 9. My mother was a teacher, who pushed us to live up to our academic potential. My father encouraged me to play sports and also get involved outside the classroom. I knew at an early age that I liked working with people and numbers. In my senior year, I had a teacher who encouraged me to start investing and following the markets. Although I lost more than money than I made in those years, the unintentional and unbeknownst milestone was that I had finally found a hobby I loved that I could turn into a career.
I spent the first two years of college studying at York University’s Schulich School of Business. It’s there that I attended one of the first Leaders workshops in Toronto and met Sherjan. With his guidance, I left what I knew and took the plunge in transferring to Western University’s Ivey Business School.
At Ivey, I made a lot of close friends and learned how to walk through 2 feet of snow, just to get to class. Here, with a few friends, I also started the Association of Canadian Intercollegiate Investment Clubs (ACIIC), a cross-university organization that brings together the top finance students in Canada.
Also through Ivey, I explored my interest in finance and ultimately secured a position at Evercore’s M&A group in New York. Working on Wall Street has been akin to drinking from a fire hose – both challenging and intellectually refreshing at the same time. However, this summer I will be trading the hustle and bustle of New York for better weather and will be moving to San Francisco to join Hellman & Friedman as a Private Equity Associate.
I AM HAPPIEST WHEN…
I get to explore or go on a new adventure. Over the past decade, I have moved to a different city every two years (Toronto, London, New York and now San Francisco). I am humbled by the extraordinary individuals I’ve encountered along the way, who have shaped both my identity and my career. As such, I am a firm believer in mentorship and giving back.
"If you're lucky enough to do well, it's your responsibility to send the elevator back down." - Kevin Spacey