“NAEEM SARFRAZ, Mariner”
FOUNDER AND CHAIRMAN
Mr. Naeem Sarfraz is a former Naval officer, retired ship-owner, businessman and philanthropist.
He joined the Pakistan Navy in 1959, where he served for 15 years. During his naval career, he held a variety of operational roles, including command of three warships and as Staff Officer to the Fleet Commander. He participated in both the 1965 and 1971 India-Pakistan wars. He is a graduate of the Royal Naval College Dartmouth, and as a cadet, was part of the Royal Navy’s aid to civil power operations in British Guyana. He specialized in Navigation and Tactics at the Royal Navy School of Navigation, HMS Dryad in the UK, and served on British Navy warships.
After resigning from the Navy in 1974,Mr. Naeem Sarfraz as a Master Mariner commanded merchant ships, operating worldwide. Eventually, he set up his own ship-owning and chartering business operating bulk carriers, tugs and barges out of offices in New York, Piraeus, London and Islamabad and with agents in over 50 ports worldwide, which he ran for 16 years. He returned home to Pakistan in the early 90’s.
Mr. Naeem Sarfraz established the Fazaldad Human Rights Institute, which he chairs. He has written extensively in national newspapers, and spoken at numerous international conferences on security issues, as well as issues related to human rights.
Mr. Naeem Sarfraz has served on a number of government task forces and committees over the past 20 years. He was appointed Chairman of the government’s Task Force on the Maritime Industry to help revamp the maritime industry, including opening up the then moribund Gwadar port. He is also the driving force behind a major national initiative to utilize Pakistan’s inland waterways for transportation. He was the Chairman and CEO of IWTDC’s Pilot Project established under Pakistan's 11th Five Year Plan to commercialize Pakistan's waterways, which he conceived and established with the help of the Punjab government. The mission of IWTDC is to create an inland water transport system along the corridor of Indus River from Port Qasim to Nowshera maintaining a reliable, safe, environment friendly system. The commercialization will include water transport, Aquatic tourism and waterfront investments in resorts, factories, shipyards and terminals.
Currently, he is the Chairman of FPCCI's Maritime Committee to meet private sector's powerful demand to reduce cost of doing business, permit investment and job creation and make exports competitive through opening up inland water transport and tourism, and waterfront development to the private sector.
This 60 year successful and continuous hands on experience starting January 1959 in virtually all aspects of international maritime activities is unique in Pakistan's history.