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Karachi Riding School – Hippotherapy for special needs children in Karachi.

Haseeb Mehta learned a valuable lesson as a polo player in Lahore in a different life. Learning to ride a horse goes beyond just riding an animal. It’s about building a relationship, a partnership with another living being using language that is not taught in any school. The end result when the conversation works, as […]

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Plan 9, P@SHA, PITB – Tech Startup Incubation Pitching competition – IBA Main Campus – Sep 2012

This Saturday, the main Campus IBA Auditorium was buzzing with activity. It was time for twenty student teams to pitch their ideas for the 5 Plan 9-P@SHA-PITB Incubation seats up for grabs. The format was a short verbal, non visual pitch, followed by judging, followed by a day of mentoring, followed by a second round […]

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USAID – The real case against Rafi Peer Theater?

USAID sullies Sesame Street, Henson Family and Rafi Peer Theater & creates a diplomatic nightmare for the State Department across Art for Children world. Today is the last working day before Eid in Pakistan. It’s a Saturday so you would generally expect things to be slow. They are not. The week after Eid also marks […]

Understanding ALM and Calculating Value at Risk iBooks featured on the Apple iTunes store

How is that for a birthday gift? The Apple iTunes store features two of our iBooks for iPad titles in the New and Noteworthy featured section in Finance. The Featured in Finance titles include Understanding ALM and Calculating Value at Risk. A job well done by an outstanding team. Keep an eye out for our […]

SBP Cuts the discount rate by 150 bps in the MP announcement on 10 August 2012

The State Bank of Pakistan today surprised pundits and analysts by cutting the discount rate by 150 basis points. Markets had priced in a 50 bps cut and some analyst had forecasted room for 100 bps downward adjustment. SBP’s aggressive tone surprised analysts and is likely to be welcome by the business community. However the […]

The Risk and Finance Rock Star campaigns…

Very excited about the new artwork, branding and design behind the Risk and Finance Rock Star campaigns launching later this week. After a first round of testing the 90 second video spot has now been finalized and will go live on Youtube later tonight. Stay tuned, more exciting stuff planned for launch in early August […]


The content business is all about slicing and repackaging. It’s a difficult lesson that we have learnt after playing with specialized risk and treasury management education over the last four years. A journey that started with a market risk metrics publishing experiment in 2008 that after six different pivots ultimately became our most popular risk […]

Wateen Telecom: A big thank you

Every now and then I am forced to eat my words. Today I am going to willingly and happily do it. Yesterday I raised a big ruckus because of a delivery issue by a vendor. Or what I thought was a vendor problem. Turned out later we called on someone to install a connection who […]

Selling risk and treasury training online. The journey of one startup from text to iBooks for the iPad.

Selling risk and treasury training online…The journey of one startup from text to iBooks for the iPad. Here is an interesting plot for a business plan and a best seller novel. Start with a successful risk consulting practice. Add two decades of consulting experience covering multiple markets, regions and hundreds of engagements. Mix an architect, […]

Gold prices anyone? – Going up or down?

Interestingly enough I did this post on the prospects of Gold prices just about now (in August) last year. A lot of friends have started taking exposure to Gold thinking that it is bound to go up in the long run. I am not so sure. Read on about our modeling adventure with Gold prices. […]

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