Chairman, Hashoo Foundation
Murtaza Hashwani grew up in a family that believed in helping others and making a difference in the world. Through Hashoo Foundation, the family are actively involved empowering communities by facilitating opportunities to become independent and creating a greater social impact.
As the Chairman of Hashoo Foundation, philanthropy is part of Murtaza’s DNA. Over the past few decades, his ambitious plans for greater outreach and meaningful impact with access to education, health and sustainable livelihood have resulted in millions of men and women directly benefitting in rural and urban settings in Pakistan.
Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Murtaza graduated from Santa Monica in Business Management and after a eight year stint of flexing his entrepreneurial ideas successfully he joined the family’s hospitality business. Hands on business experience under the supervision of his father, the legendary Sadruddin Hashwani, ensured that Murtaza delved deeply in every aspect of the hospitality and hotel business.
This didn’t stop him from honing his academic skills further. Hotel management courses from Cornell to business management from London Business School to a Management Programme from Harvard Business School, Murtaza seamlessly combined experience with business theory. He applied the learnings to efficiently launch multiple successful business ventures including the first hospitality school in Pakistan, Hashoo School of Hospitality Management, which is affiliated with Sheffield Business School, UK.
Whether it’s the soon-to-be launched digital payment portal, or the revolutionary product that will transform water problems in third world countries, or a hospitality tech services company, the secret behind Murtaza’s success is his foresight. By developing these disruptive technologies it’s through his vision and focus that he has become one of the foremost business leaders in Pakistan with global reach. While others see limitations, a leader like Murtaza Hashwani, sees opportunity and possibility.
It was his vision which prompted him to be one of the first companies to sign with Tejari, the first B2B e-procurement portal franchise with Sheikha Lubna back in 2006. Today, Tejari is the portal of choice for the government of Pakistan.
Murtaza considers himself a facilitator of success. By embedding the foundation into his business, he wants to give people around him the support they need to excel. Whether it is a student vying for scholarship through Hashoo Foundation or an employee pursuing his passion or creativity. Applying his business acumen and experience, all he does is give them a platform for innovation while guiding and polishing it for end users and links it to create a bigger social impact.
There’s no typical day in the life of Murtaza Hashwani as he juggles between the expansion plans for Hashoo Foundation and a series of tech launches. An entrepreneur, philanthropist and a visionary, Murtaza’s ultimate aim is facilitate positive and impactful change in the lives of individuals and communities at large.
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