CEO Today - January 2023 18 The Route to Success According to Abrar Ali Kayani Abrar Ali Kayani Consultant & Entrepreneur We introduce you to Abrar Kayani – strategic consultant, serial entrepreneur and the CEO of AAK & Co. We had the chance to sneak into his success story and asked about the unique character traits individuals require to get to the top of their field. Abrar is widely recognised by international experts in the business and consulting field and has won multiple awards including four prestige international business awards just this year alone. He is a distinguished speaker and has regularly been invited to numerous events as a subject matter expert. He regularly writes articles for leading publications and journals. Abrar is a successful business consultant & seasoned entrepreneur, who has helped clients with the development and implementation of growth strategies for almost two decades and has been involved inmultiple successful ventures throughout his professional career. He’s worked with prominent experts across three continents supporting his clients over the years. He is also incredibly passionate about start-ups and helped several successful ventures to thrive. Abrar is a chartered management accountant by profession who earned his postgraduate degree from the Accounting & Finance School of the University of Strathclyde in the UK. He is a Fellow member of the Institute of Financial Accountants in the UK, as well as the Institute of Public Accountants in Australia. He has a Fellowship with the Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan and the Pakistan Institute of Public Finance Accountants. Abrar is an Associate Member of the Association of International Accountants in the UK. Abrar’s passion for entrepreneurship and consultancy has burned within him since a young age, leading him to work with internationally respected leaders, sharing the experience with the brightest minds in the fields. He’s always been intrigued by solving complex problems and delivering results. “I started my career just after graduating,” he explains, recalling how much of the decision-making process, fresh out of college, was guided by having a passion for entrepreneurship. “After almost two decades and being involved in tens of companies, I still have an unquenchable thirst for new projects.” With a background anchored in finance, corporate and strategy, he says he is always excited by the challenges the strategic consultant and adviser roles present. THE CEO INTERVIEW

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