Board of Directors

Jawed Ali Ghori

Jawed Ali Ghori completed his Diploma in Associate Engineering in 1968 and a BSc. In Economics and Political Science from University of Karachi in 1971.After graduation, he joined the family business and completed several government and semi-government projects that were awarded to Matco Engineering. A few of the notable projects were the Greater Hyderabad Water Project (1981), the Faisalabad Development Authority Water Project (1984), the Chitral Water Project (1989), OGDC and Attock Oil Projects and numerous telecommunication and SCADA Projects for both Sui Southern Gas Company (SSGC) and Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited (SNGPL).Jawed Ali Ghori's rice related projects include the supply of four rice plants to Rice Export Corporation of Pakistan at Pipri, Sindh in 1978. In 1985, he supplied and commissioned an automatic parboil rice plant of 10 MT/hour capacity on turn - key basis for P.N.P Rice Mills at Dhaunkal, Punjab. In further developments to the Dhaunkal project, Jawed Ali Ghori supplied and installed six color sorters for the parboil plant in 1988. When the private sector Basmati export in Pakistan was allowed, Jawed Ali Ghori conceptualized the idea of establishing a modern rice processing plant that would add sophistication to the existing rice processing standards. This marked the birth of Matco Rice Processing in 1990. As the Managing Director of Matco Foods, he has over 40 years of experience in rice processing, establishment of rice industries and worldwide rice exports. He has travelled extensively across the globe buying rice related machinery from many countries including china, Germany, Great Britain, India, Japan, Korea, Thailand and USA

Khalid Sarfaraz Ghori

Chief Executive Officer

Khalid Ghori graduated from University of Karachi in 1981 and pursued an article ship from ICAP (Institute of Chartered Accountants of Pakistan) Karachi between 1981 and 1984. However, rapid growth in the business required his immediate presence at Dhaunkal turnkey projects in 1984, which involved the complete testing and operation of a parboil rice plant. Between 1986 and 1989, he was in charge of Jawed Rice Mills in Larkana. In 1990, when Matco Rice Processing was being set up in Karachi, Khalid Ghori contributed to the project from the drawing board stage to the final fabrication, installation and operations. In 1995, Khalid Ghori initiated setting up Matco Until 2 for providing additional capacity, using in-house design and system engineering capabilities, consisting of Japanese, Thai and Chinese machinery. Working closely with growers and suppliers from the rice growing belt in Punjab, he established a unique Rice Cultivating Monitoring Program and opened a research and control office for Matco in Lahore to improve crop quality. With experience of over 30 years in the purchase and processing of rice, Khalid Ghori is rightly dubbed the “guru of rice buyers in Pakistan.” He utilizes his vast experience in assessing the qualities of agri-products and pays special attention to the entire procurement and production process. Khalid Ghori has established a wide network of farmers who are linked to Matco’s rice paddy supply chain, allowing them to get better prices for their produce by avoiding the middlemen. His insights into crop survey and harvest are aimed to help farmers and Matco to achieve procurement targets.

Dr Tariq Ghori

Executive Director

As the head of marketing and sales, Dr. Tariq Ghori has a vast experience in developing new markets for Matco Food’s products and appointing distributors in strategic locations. He has been instrumental in the brand development and positioning of Falak Basmati Rice in over 35 countries. He is a regular participant in renowned world food fairs such as SIAL France, ANUGA Germany, Gulfoods Dubai, amongst many other food fair. He also has experience in managing the company’s finances and its relationship with lending institutions and project finance institutes. Dr. Tariq Ghori is a graduate of Cadet College Petaro, where he demonstrated exceptional leadership skills as the College Junior Under Officer and a final year gold medalist. After graduating from Dow Medical College, Pakistan’s premier medical institution, he made the decision to join the family business and went on to build his business knowledge by attending California State University, Long Beach. Dr. Tariq Ghori is a founding member of the Rice Exporters’ Association of Pakistan (REAP) and has served as a member of REAP’s Managing Committee as well as being the president of the Pakistan Basmati Rice Promotion Committee of REAP.

Faizan Ali Ghori

Executive Director

Faizan Ali Ghori joined Matco Foods in 2006 with the overall responsibility of Accounts and Finance Departments and the company's liaison with Financial Institutions. He spearheaded the company’s backwards integration paddy project at Sadhoke, district Gujranwala and attracted the first foreign direct investment by the IFC (World Bank Group) in the agriculture sector of Pakistan through its investment in Matco. Prior to Matco Foods he worked with Bank of America in London, where he was an Analyst within the Corporate Finance and Mergers & Acquisitions Investment Banking Division, covering the European Energy & Power Sector. Faizan Ghori is also a CFA* charter holder. He graduated with honors (Cum Laude) from New York University's Leonard N. Stern School of Business, completing his Bachelor of Science degree with a double major in Finance and Accounting. Faizan Ghori has also completed his Master of Science degree in Finance and Accounting with honors (Merit) from The London School of Economics and Political Sciences. He is a certified director accredited by Risk Metrics Group USA having completed the Director Education programmed conducted by the Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance.

Mr. Naeem Ur Rehman Akhoond

Non-Executive Director/Independent Director

Mr. Naeem Ur Rehman Akhoond is an elected Director. An Electrical graduate from the University of Engineering & Technology, Lahore commonly referred to as UET and has served Sui Southern Gas Company Limited (SSGC), the largest integrated gas undertaking and a major energy sector company, for a period of over 35 years. He initiated the state of the art Telecommunication and SCADA systems in SSGC to contribute to the safety of high pressure transmission pipelines, facilitating the gas control operation by ensuring effective management. The SCADA system is specifically his pride when he embarked on the mission to use this technology as a strategic asset to address the need for reliable, centralize control and monitoring on the gas transmission network. He was also responsible towards the launch of Technical Advisory Service (TAS) in SSGC that was initiated with the motive of addressing the urgent need to conserve Natural Gas and introduce energy efficient systems. TAS also played a crucial role in providing energy inputs to cater energy growth in the country. Mr. Akhoond is registered as a Professional Engineer with the Pakistan Engineering Council (PEC) of which today he is a respected member. He is also fellow of the Institution of Engineers Pakistan (IEP). He was twice elected as the Member Executive Committee of Pakistan Engineering Council. He was appointed as a Syndicate member of NED University of Engineering & Technology Karachi, and member Technical Board of Higher Education by the Chancellor and Governor of Sindh. He has completed the Director Certification program from Pakistan Institute of Corporate Governance (PICG).

Mr. Syed Kamran Rashid

Non Executive Director/Independent Director

Mr. Syed Kamran Rashid is an elected Director in this Company. He is a graduate of the University of Karachi. He joined EFU General Insurance Company Limited in 1989 as Business Development Officer. He has served in different capacities and locations in EFU and at present he is Executive Director of the Central Division Karachi of the said Company.

Mr. Iftikhaar Soomro

Non-Executive Director/Independent Director

Mr. Soomro is an industrialist, social worker, philanthropist, politician, honorary consul general and agriculturist. He did B.A. honours in Economics from Karachi University. He had also remained as Minister for Industries and Agriculture for Sindh. He is past president of All Pakistan Textiles Manufacturers Association (APTMA). He is the founder and ex- president of Shikarpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Currently, Mr. Soomro is the Chief Executive & Director of Sind Fine Textile Mills, Beebul Rice Mills (Pvt) Ltd and HMB Mills (Pvt) Ltd. He is Chairman and Trustee of HMB Trust. He is a trustee of Karachi Grammar School, is the member of Governing Body of I.B.A. Sukkur, Shikarpur Public School and NASRA Public School.