H. Q. AKBARZAI
Chairman & Founder of Akbarzai Group
Years of Experience: 61 Years
H. Q. Akbarzai is the founder of the Group, still working in the capacity of chairman. Born in 1947, he joined the business at the age of 15 and has been actively working on the expansion of the business for around 56 years. He attended Tejarat Lycee, a French-funded school for business, in the 1960s, and is known and respected as a veteran businessman. Most of our business with far eastern companies and products imported to the south and Central Asia by the group was a solo operation as far as the idea was concerned.
His business and entrepreneurial acumen is the result of apprenticeships and the laborious hard work to tackle economic constraints and improvise new ways to benefit communities, employees and shareholders of the group.
He was one of the very first to import green tea from Vietnam to this region. It was after this fact that people here realised that Vietnam has green tea, and now 80 percent of green tea consumed in Afghanistan and Pakistan comes from Vietnam.
Core competencies of H. Q. Akbarzai include locating gaps in markets, cost-effective procurement, and seasonal sales forecasting, all whilst being a pro trader of commodities and Forex markets.
He has played an active role in varied government regimes of Afghanistan, in helping the state to preclude trade hindrances with neighbouring states. After deteriorating bilateral relations between Afghanistan and Iran in 1997, both countries were almost on the brink of war. The chairman headed a delegation to talk to the Iranian government to allow Afghan transit, thus preempting a catastrophe, since Afghanistan is landlocked and the US had imposed sanctions that other neighbours had to abide by.
He has remained a peace activist and has always extended a helping hand to the destitute communities of his homeland country, and IDPs in Pakistan.