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Farjad Jafri Habibmetro Bank MGT '22

Farjad Jafri

CITIZENSHIP

Pakistan

HINRICH SCHOLARSHIP

RMIT University
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Master of Global Trade, Class of 2022
Co-sponsor: House of Habib

CURRENT EMPLOYMENT

Executive Vice President Zonal Head
Habib Metro Bank, Pakistan
“Through the Master of Global Trade, I believe that I will be able to better serve my clients, my organization and my country.”

Scholar background

Based in Pakistan, Farjad Jafri has nearly 20 years of experience in the banking and finance industry. He has been the Executive Vice President Zonal Head at Habib Metro Bank for 10 years. The bank has an expanding nationwide network of over 400 branches in more than 138 cities across Pakistan. His main responsibility is ensuring development and execution of the bank's overall business strategy.

Previously, Farjad served in several leadership roles at Commercial and Corporate Banking, Faysal Bank and Atlas Bank. He began his career in Saudi Pak Leasing Company in 1999 as an Assistant Manager.

He graduated from Institute of Business Management with a MBA degree with honors in 1999 and a bachelor degree in economics from University of Karachi in 1996.

Personal statement

Coming from one of the largest cosmopolitan cities in the world and the main financial hub of the country, I have been interacting with people from the broad strata of society. This experience enables me to understand the complexities of the social and economic aspects.

Overseeing trade transactions as a Business Head, I have particularly understood how global trade can be fragile and sensitive to social and political disruptions. However, these patterns have shifted over the past decade in response to events such as Brexit, the United States and China trade war, and the COVID-19 pandemic.

The pandemic has created undesirable distortions, undermining growth rates globally. As a proponent of free trade, I believe that reciprocal trade between countries should be paramount. Any policy that stymies an unhindered exchange will only create inefficiency and economic deprivation. Therefore, the goal of any policy making should be to safeguard the economic actors in these trade environments. Additionally, the global crisis in 2020 and the volatility of the situation have reinforced the importance of geographically diversified supply chains. A trade policy should also be responsible in helping economic actors in this diversification.

The courses offered in the Master of Global Trade program will provide me with the desired tools and training to comprehend deeper and address the various challenges highlighted above. It also provides opportunities to interact with a diversified global population which will also aid me in having a global perspective on international issues. Throughout my studies, I will use my new and enhanced skills to help my organization engage more meaningfully with its clients. I will also introduce more sustainable practices that will allow for greater supply chain diversification. Through the Master of Global Trade, I believe that I will be able to better serve my clients, my organization and my country.

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