DUSHANBE, January 31, 2013, Asia-Plus — The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) has announced that Mr. Akbar Ali Pesnani presented his credentials as the newly-appointed AKDN Resident Representative for Tajikistan to Tajik Foreign Minister Hamrokhon Zarifi, on January 30, 2013.
Mr. Pesnani replaces Mr. Munir Merali who completed his term on January 28, 2013 after seven years of service.
According to press release issued by AKDN Tajikistan, Mr. Pesnani has over 40 years of experience within the Network in various capacities including, his current role as Chairman of the Board for the First Microfinance Bank in Afghanistan and Pakistan and the Aga Khan Cultural Services in Pakistan. He is also the Director on the Boards of the Jubilee Insurance Co., and Industrial Promotion Services for Pakistan. Previously, he has also chaired the Steering Committee for the development of the earthquake affected areas in Kashmir.
Professionally, Mr. Pesnani has worked with various organizations in senior financial and management positions including the Aga Khan University Hospital in Karachi, the Ghulam Faruque Group, a manufacturing and trading group in Pakistan, as well as the Gwadar Port & Gwadar Port Implementation Authority in Pakistan.