Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Shahzad Ali Malik

Shahzad Ali Malik, President Lahore Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) belongs to a prominent business family of Pakistan. He is director of the Guard Group of companies, which was founded in 1949 by his late father Mr. Muhammad Shafi Malik (Sitara-e-Imtiaz). The group had a humble beginning with an auto spare parts store but now has a diversified interest in manufacturing automobile spare parts, lubricants, food and agriculture.

Born in Lahore, Shahzad Ali Malik got his education from St Anthony’s High School and Forman Christian College Lahore. After joining the family’s business he ventured into research led food and agriculture business as C.E.O. of Guard Agricultural Research & Services (Pvt) Ltd. His research team headed by Late Dr. Abdul Majeed (Pride of Performance) introduced extra long grain Super Basmati Rice which was demand of the International market, bringing quantum jump in country’s export. He became the founder member and is former Chairman of Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan (REAP).

His pioneering research and introduction of high yielding hybrid rice has ensured further food security for Pakistan thereby making a contribution towards uplifting of socio-economic standards in rice growing areas of rural Sindh and Balochistan Hybrid rice has double the yield of conventional rice. This has helped in poverty alleviation where rice hybridization took place.

Furthering his objective he has led the way with he joined venture with China – firstly, with Yuan Longping High Tech Agriculture Co. - World’s No.1 technology provider and inventor of hybrid rice. Secondly with Biocentury Transgene Technology Co. Ltd. China’s leading technology provider for genetically modified cotton hybrids and other major crops. He is also the founder member and Chairman of Seed Association of Pakistan (SAP)

Shahzad Malik has an abiding interest in sports, particularly Motor and Polo. Himself winner of Pakistan’s first Motor Rally (1978) driving a Toyota Corolla. He is founder Chairman of the Punjab Motor Racing Club (PMRC).

He also served as Vice President, Lahore Chamber of Commerce & Industry in 2004. Former Chairman of the Bank of Punjab. Shahzad Ali Malik is recipient of the Businessman of the year Award 1997 in recognition of his services rendered to the rice industry.

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