M. Ismail Ghazanfar

M. Ismail Ghazanfar

Board Member

Mr. Ismail Ghazanfar is the Chairman and CEO of Ghazanfar Group of Companies. He oversees the strategy and operations of the Ghazanfar Group including financial planning of all major activities. Mr. Ghazanfar is an innovative business leader with over 25 years of experience in Afghanistan, Central Asia and the Middle East. He speaks Dari, Pashtu, Uzbek, English, Russian, Turkish, Turkmen and Urdu.

With diverse industry and functional expertise in strategy, management, operations and finance, Mr. Ghazanfar is an energetic leader with track record of success known for ability to envision and create successful outcomes in complex situations.

The group, employing over 2500 employees worldwide, has many subsidiaries, including Oil and Gas, Crude Oil Refinery, Fuel Storage, Gas Power Plant and other Renewable Energies, Banking, Construction, Trading, Logistics, Mining and Agriculture. The group’s headquarters is in Mazar Sharif with operations across UAE, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Kazakhstan and Turkey. The group has strong international partnerships globally with the Turkish (TPAO) and Emirati (ENOC) governments as partners in the Afghan Tajik exploration project and IFC (World Bank) as partner in the 50MW Mazar Independent Power Plant Project.