SaqibFounder and Managing Director
Saqib is the founder and Managing Director of First Solutions. Before starting First Solutions, Saqib worked at Citibank, Standard Chartered, Barclays Bank and Al Rajhi Investment group. His banking career is spread over twelve years in various markets, including Pakistan, UAE and Saudi Arabia.
Saqib started his career with Citibank in 1997 as a Management Associate and worked in Cards and Priority Banking business. In 2000 Saqib moved to ANZ Grindlays, which was later acquired by Standard Chartered and became the largest foreign bank in Pakistan. In Standard Chartered, Saqib worked in various functions, including Marketing, Branch Banking and Cash Management. Saqib moved on to head this Auto Finance business for Standard Chartered before moving back to Citibank as the Head of Personal Loans business. At Citi, Saqib managed the Personal Loans business’s re-launch, which later became the fastest growing business in Citibank’s EMEA region. Success of the Personal Loans business resulted in enhancement in Saqib’s portfolio, and the Bank promoted him as Head of all Retail Assets businesses.
After Citi, Barclays hired Saqib to start its Retail Asset business in UAE. Saqib launched three retail asset businesses in UAE for Barclays within ten months and then moved on to set up a Mortgage Finance Company for Al Rajhi Investment Group in Saudi Arabia.
Saqib started First Solutions in UAE in June 2000.