As an entrepreneur and industrialist, Syed Babar Ali believes in the philosophy of joint venture and thus, most of his businesses are collaborations with major multinationals. He envisioned and established Pakistan’s largest paper and board mill, Packages Limited, as well as the country’s largest food processing company, Milkpak Limited. He also began Tetra Pak Pakistan Limited, IGI Insurance Company Limited, Tri-Pack Films Limited, and IGI Investment Bank.
Mr. Ali is chairman of Sanofi-Aventis Pakistan Limited, Siemens Pakistan Engineering Company Limited, and Coca-Cola Beverages Pakistan Limited. He co-chairs the South Asia Centre for Policy Studies and served as Pakistan’s minister of finance, economic affairs, and planning.
Mr. Ali is also involved with numerous educational institutions including: London Business School, the Initiative on Social Enterprise of Harvard University, Aitchison College, F.C. College, Kinnaird College, and the Lahore School of Economics. Mr. Ali led the establishment of the Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and became its first pro-chancellor. He also founded the Babar Ali Foundation and the Ali Institute of Education.