Sarfaraz, a chartered accountant by qualification, has contributed management expertise to several multinational companies such as Unilever, SB (GSK), Jardine Matheson / Olayan JV and PepsiCo during his varied career.
In 2005, Sarfaraz established Engro Foods as its CEO. The company grew from a green-field to become the leading liquid dairy company in Pakistan. Engro Foods became the only Pakistani company to receive the ‘G20 Top 15 Company’ award. In 2012, he took a sabbatical from Engro Foods to establish the Karachi School for Business and Leadership. Sarfaraz rejoined Engro Foods as CEO in 2013, where he remained till 2015. Engro Foods sold 50% of its shares to Royal Friesland Campina for half a billion dollars in 2015. At the time this was the biggest private foreign investment in Pakistan’s history.
Since Oct 2015, he has been involved in consultancy projects, among others with ICI, IBL, JSPE, Shan Foods, Al-Shaheer (Meat One), Soya Supreme, Burque Corp, CCL and ITL.
Sarfaraz was contracted to Grant Thornton for 2016-17 as an executive coach during a culture change project at UBL. He conducts a well-established coaching / mentoring role, with business executives and university graduates. Sarfaraz has coached for Careem, Gatron-Novatex, Engro, ICI, Descon, PPL, UBL and City School.
Sarfaraz was Chairman of the Broadcasters / Advertisers Council 2015-18 (joint body controlling advertising in Pakistan). Further, he was the Chairman of the 1st Effie Awards in Pakistan, in 2019. He is also the Board of MAP and Patient Aid Foundation.
Additionally, Sarfaraz speaks at various forums. He has given motivational talks at Lay’ss, Mondelez, Nutrico, RB, Engro, Octara, ICI, Shell and MAP. At universities, colleges, schools and on media occasions he holds climate change talks / sessions to create awareness.
Sarfaraz is deeply interested in playing his part in giving back to society and has worked on an online interactive education model for mass education, to resolve the issue of literacy in Pakistan over the next decade. In the past he was associated with Shaukat Khanum Hospital as a Board of Governor and with WWF as a Director. He is also associated with Hisaar Foundation and its work on water / environmental issues in Pakistan.