Pirana was created international in 2006 with offices in Karachi and Dubai. The Founder and CEO, Imran Irshad left Saatchi & Saatchi Middle East and formed Pirana along with a few like-minded advertising professionals who were committed to making a difference. Since then, Pirana has won great accounts and coveted international awards.
Pirana’s experience on world-class brands include Apple, ABN Amro/RBS, Alcon/Novartis, Aman Foundation, Bank Alfalah, BMW, Dubai Islamic Bank, Etisalat, HP, IFFCO, Millicom/Tigo, OTOBI and TOTAL to name a few.
A full service agency offering a full suite of creative solutions including Advertising, Retail & Shopper Marketing, Digital, Marketing Services, CSR & Community.
Transform emerging brands into best in class brand equities through creative excellence & innovative business solutions.
To achieve the vision through global and regional expertise and a non-conformist attitude.
The backbone of Pirana, Nick is a successful businessman with 35 years of valuable experience with companies in the United Kingdom, Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Pakistan and the United Arab Emirates.
Beginning his career in 1988 with a leading advertising agency in Pakistan, Imran launched P&G with the first three international brands: Olay, Head & Shoulders and Vicks in 1991.
He has worked extensively on the Pepsi brand and was responsible for the cricket and music branding, he was instrumental in the hugely successful Pepsi Cricket World Cup of 1996 as well as Pepsi’s music marketing efforts in West Asia.
Imran joined the Saatchi & Saatchi network to head the Jeddah office and manage the BIC business initiatives for the Procter & Gamble AP business including Olay, Crest, Ariel, Old Spice & Pampers.
He is also part of the MENA business leadership team of Fromageries Bel, France.
A perfectionist by nature, Sabiha has been in the industry since 1998. She has extensive experience in account management on multinational and local brands including: Unilever and Nestle Pakistan.
She currently also serves as the Chief Officer for HR and Administration.
With 7 years at Saatchi & Saatchi and experience working on P&G AP brands (Pampers, Crest and Old Spice), Afzal’s work on Pampers was nominated as BIC in BTL for Pampers CEEMEA, while Pampers in the AP was nominated “Best Baby Care Business” globally.
Afzal carries with him extensive experience in Advertising, Consulting, Shopper Marketing, Digital Marketing, Cause Marketing and Market Entry Strategy development. He has led various successful projects creating new brand concepts and 360 degree marketing plans for clients that have successfully transformed the fortune of brands and businesses throughout the Pirana network.
Shakeel started his career with JWT in 2003 as an intern, after dropping out of both IBA and LUMS, and stayed on for around 7 years to win numerous clients for JWT, which included brands like Pepsi, Mobilink and HBL to name a few.
After heading the most prestigious portfolio with brands Pepsi, Mobilink, Engro Foods, Unilever, Shell etc., Shakeel parted ways with JWT to lead Red Communications, a local partner agency to Publicis worldwide, as National Creative Director.
After a two year hiatus and successful client wins like PSO, Tetrapak amongst others at Red Communications, Shakeel Hasan rejoined JWT in the capacity of ECD Karachi and led the complete portfolio of the agency in Pakistan with the best creative minds as part of his team
Shakeel’s recent rendezvous was an idea and production camp which he founded with likeminded partners last year to focus on an end to end communication solution while spreading the creative wings to other art forms like feature films and television content.
Representing 30 years of experience in the field of communications that include Marketing, Corporate and Development communications’ work and Creative Advertising, Writing, Productions and Broadcasting.
Mani, in senior creative positions has worked on top FMCG Brands of leading multinationals and national companies locally and abroad including Unilever Pakistan, Hindustan Unilever, Proctor & Gamble, Pakistan Tobacco Company, ICI, Johnson & Johnson, Nestle, Shell, Phillips, National Foods, Mobilink, and Warid Telecom etc.
He has worked for a project in association with John Hopkins University in
1990 on “Population Welfare” theme – the Production of first ever drama serial on the subject.
In addition to this Mani has worked with Mr. Javed Jabbar for his NGO, Baanha Beli, (A Friend Forever) in remote area of Sindh and later on at Federal Ministry of Information and Broadcasting as his Special Assistant. He has also worked for PTV – International Relations Division at PTV Headquarter Islamabad.
Zahid has more than 12 years of experience in advertising with proven leadership skills coupled with innovative, out of the box creative approach. Self-starter, extremely motivated, high attention to detail. He has worked on the biggest brands in Pakistan & Dubai. He won the APNS award in 2009.
Excellent team player as well as team leader. Zahid currently heading a team of an art and creative designers at Pirana (an affiliate of M&C Saatchi).
He has handled important clients including RBS, Etisalat, Apple, Toyota, Dawn News, Total, Otobi, TIGO Telecom, AUDI, Alcon, Qubee, IFFCO, BYCO, ARY, Bank Alfalah, Dubai Islamic Bank, Habib Metro Bank, NIB Bank, Jang Group, HOM, GAI Banaspati, Shama Cooking Oil, Shoe Planet (Servis Shoes), Aman Foundation, USAID.
Alifia wanted to be many things since childhood. Writer, lawyer, journalist, historian, filmmaker, politician, poet, philosopher, anthropologist.
Her first job as a copywriter at J Walter Thompson in 2011 made her realize that advertising is the only profession that gives you the freedom to be all of that and much more. When she's not busy churning scripts and figuring out the purpose of life, she will usually be found buried in a book or day dreaming about her next holiday.
An award-winning ad-man – Hussain is both, an accomplished thinker and writer. He has worked extensively on leading telco and financial brands in the country.
Besides the telco experience, Hussain has also worked on all major Unilever accounts during his time at Lowe. His campaign for Lifebuoy Global Handwashing Day won the PAS Award in 2013. He was also Involved with other key accounts such as Dalda, Peek Freans (EBM) and Faysal Bank.
He joined Pirana in 2013 as a Creative Group Head. Before that, he was with Spectrum Y&R as a Creative Manager on Zong. He started off at The D’Hamidi Partnership as a dedicated copy resource on Mobilink, Engro Corp and MCB.
Nadia has been an active part of the advertising (Conventional & Digital) and e-commerce industry for the past nine years, which enabled her to develop as a mature professional who is competent at handling creative jobs and the managerial posts whilst maintaining a lasting bond with the brand team equally well.
Nadia has worked on top local, regional and global accounts in key positions and has been part of renowned agencies in Pakistan.
Kamran started his advertising journey with MNJ-DDB as an intern, and worked with some of the best advertising agencies like Interflow – O&M, Manhattan- Leo Burnett, Evernew – Dentsu and JWT as Group Account Director, before landing at PIRANA.
In his professional journey, he has worked with some of the most prestigious local and international brands, while been trained by Unilever, Emirates Airline, Shell & Engro Foods. His desire for personal growth and learning lead him to a number of trainings both locally and internationally in the areas of digital, advertising strategic management tools & Marketing. JWT nominated Kamran as “Young Tiger” and sent him for a company sponsored 6 days global leadership training in Singapore.
Kamran is an adman, and there is no other title or role he has ever wished for in his 18 years of exuberating journey in the world of advertising and marketing.
Asim joined Pirana in 2006 as an Account Director and recently graduated to a Associate Director Client Management. He brings with him 19 years of experience having worked at leading agencies in Pakistan.
He was an Account Manager at Fourays from 2001-‐2006 and started out as an Account Executive at Orient McCann where he spent ﬁve years from 1996 to 2001.
Sanober started writing for high-end lifestyle magazines in 2002. Her professional profile includes working as an editor at a leading publishing house and as a publicist for a music artist. With an eye for editing and developed writing skills, Sanober took the next step in influencing lifestyle and found Chameleon Publishing LLC.
She conceptualises, manages and leads various events for Pirana Activations and is also heading digital publishing.
Amjad Emmanuel Zafar has been in this ﬁeld for more than 15 years. He started his career as a Media Assistant at TMedia (JWT) 2001 and was promoted as a Media Buyer in 2003, from there he moved to Interﬂow Communications as Manager Buying in 2011 and was then promoted to Head of Buying in 2014. He holds a Graduate degree from the University of Karachi.
He has not only worked on local clients like Dewan Group, AKUH, PSO, but has also handled multinational clients like USAID, and UNICEF.
A finance professional with over 12 years of experience. Having extensive experience in Media finance management.
Have been working alongside the senior most management of the organizations, advising on the best path of growth for the business.
Have been responsible for all financial aspects of company strategy and have been analyzing figures and implementing recommendations based on these findings with the most profitable outcomes.
Have been managing and leading a team through difficult periods including month end, year end and annual budgeting, having excellent communication skills with all levels of staff, often working with various departments to help them plan and manage their own budgets.
Asim Mir is the head of our Lahore operations and functions as the Account Director, he has held senior leadership roles in advertising and activation agencies and has a proven success track record. He brings with him over 10 years of experience across a multitude of industries and regions.
Aisha is dynamic and results-oriented with extensive experience in project management, and operations through and through on a variety of accounts.
She is capable of effectively building and managing relationships and teams, is a great negotiator and well-adept at managing problems and coming up with solutions in real-time.
She has worked with multiple local and multinational clients.
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