Mr. Tariq Ikram completed his Bachelor’s in Sciences and Masters in English Literature in 1967 from the then Government College Lahore. He studied International Relations, US History and British History and then qualified the CSS exam in 1969-70. However he decided not to join government service and opted for the private sector. In 1970 joined Reckitt & Colman, presently Reckitt Benckiser Pvt. Ltd, where he rose to the level of CEO in 1983. Later, he was entrusted with larger responsibility as Regional Head and progressed to becoming responsible for a wide territory from Pakistan to North Africa, covering 31 countries.
His vast experience includes directorship on the Boards of Reckitt Benckiser, Reckitt and Colman Nigeria Pvt. Ltd., Robinsons Foods Pvt. Ltd., Bangladesh, Atlantis Pvt. Ltd., Egypt, Karachi Port Trust, K-Electric (formerly known as KESC) and Pakistan Petroleum Ltd (PPL). He has also been the Chairman of Reckitt & Colman Egypt Pvt. Ltd and Chairman & CEO of Expo Lahore Pvt. Ltd.
Currently, in addition to International Industries, he serves on the Boards of Habib Metropolitan Bank Ltd. and Tasha Enterprises (Pvt.) Ltd. He is also the Chairman of, the Audit committee of HMB Bank and of the HR Committee of International Industries.
Mr. Tariq Ikram has served in prestigious positions as the elected President of the Overseas Chamber of Commerce and Industry, Management Association of Pakistan and Marketing Association of Pakistan’; he founded the Pakistan Advertisers Society and Pakistan Research Society and was the founder President of both.
Mr. Tariq Ikram was invited by the President of Pakistan to join the government in year 2000 as a Federal Minister of State and Chairman of the then Export Promotion Bureau. Later he was appointed as the Chief Executive of Trade Development Authority of Pakistan, member of the Economic Co-ordination Committee of Pakistan and President of the Textile Institute of Pakistan, a prestigious institute offering five degree courses in textiles and apparel.
Mr. Tariq Ikram was awarded Sitara I Imtiaz by the President of Pakistan and received honourable mention in the book authored by General ® Pervez Musharraf ’In the Line of fire’. He was awarded Gold medals for his services by the Federation of Chamber of Commerce and Industries and the Rice Exporters Association of Pakistan.
Presently he is also a visiting faculty and speaker at Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance, Institute of Business Administration Karachi, Lahore University of Management Sciences, Lahore National Management College, National Institute of Management, the National Defence University.
In pursuit of his philanthropic aims, Mr. Tariq Ikram has founded an orphanage in Jhelum, under the name of ‘Saiya Homes’, where he is now the Chairman of the Board.
- International Industries Ltd.
- Habib Metropolitan Bank Ltd.
- Tasha Enterprises (Pvt.) Ltd.
- Saiya Homes.