Ali Gulfaraz is a senior banking executive with over 25 years of diverse professional experience in global corporate and investment banking. Prior to joining The Bank of Khyber (BOK), he was member Board of Directors Fauji Foundation Pakistan, MD & Head of Corporate & Investment Banking for UK, Ireland and all Nordic countries at Mizuho Bank’s European Head Office in London.
Mizuho is one of the world’s top banks headquartered in Japan. In his role he interfaced with the senior executives of the leading European multinationals across all industries.
He has a BA in economics and MSc in Managerial Economics from the University of California, Davis. He began his professional career at Apple Computer’s global HQ in Cupertino, California working in consumer research.
After completing his MSc, Ali began his banking career with Bank of America in Islamabad in 1995 and was subsequently transferred to the EMEA HQ in London in 1998. He was recruited by Mizuho Bank in 2007 to lead an initiative to significantly expand the bank’s profile and business in Europe in Corporate & Investment banking. He played a vital role in defining the new strategy for European Corporate Finance, building a new high calibre team and driving it to transformational success achieving over 600% growth in total income at significantly higher return on capital than before.
He has been a competitive athlete and holds athletics records at Cadet College Hasan Abdal dating back to 1986. He is a keen road cyclist and participated in famous international endurance events such as Prudential RideLondon 100miles and Majorca 312km.