by Gohar Ejaz

Dr. Gohar Ejaz, PhD (Ejaz Group of Companies)

Dr. Gohar Ejaz is a prominent entrepreneur, philanthropist and industrialist who has worked for the betterment and growth of Pakistan’s economy for over 30 years. For his dedication, passion, and significant services to the community, he was awarded Sitara-e-Imtiaz (the Highest Civilian Award) by the President of Pakistan. Dr. Gohar Ejaz has also been recognized for his outstanding services in business management with an Honorary Doctorate in Management from the University of Punjab, Lahore. His tenacity to resolve issues affecting Pakistan’s industries and persistence in validating Pakistan’s export industry is outstanding. 
Dr. Ejaz has a kind heart with empathy and a deep compassion for humanity. During the ongoing COVID-19 and pandemic and lockdown, the Gohar Ejaz Foundation and LHIS (Friends of Lahore, headed by Dr. Gohar Ejaz) have been instrumental in collecting donations and organizing the distribution of ration packs to the doorsteps of over 100,000 deserving families of manual laborers / daily wagers. In recognition of Dr. Ejaz’s relentless efforts to this noble cause, the President of Pakistan was pleased to confer upon him the award of “Shaan-e-Pakistan” (the Pride of Pakistan). Moreover, as Chairman LIHS, Dr. Ejaz has also ensured daily food delivery to more than 20,000 deserving hospital patients and attendants across hospitals in Lahore, such as Jinnah Hospital, Mayo Hospital, Children’s Hospital and Services Hospital. 
At the same time, Dr. Ejaz has successfully endeavored to put Pakistan’s textile industry on a growth trajectory. Being a fearless spokesman, Dr. Ejaz’s representation for securing a free market operating regime brought benefit in the shape of increased production and enhanced textile exports. His endurance to boost the economy via export-led growth has resulted in an unprecedented increase in textile exports, with the industry now operating at full capacity. In fact, industrial activity has been so rapid that the sector is facing labor shortages to keep up with enhanced production and orders. 
Dr. Ejaz is also a strong advocate of research and development. Under his stewardship, APTMA is fostering research to explore avenues for speedy and sustainable economic growth. Dr. Ejaz also has numerous publications to his credit, highlighting pressing issues and making suggestions for steering the economy through challenges towards prosperity. His inputs for short- and medium-term planning for ensuring energy security for industry and other areas has also been a welcome contribution. Dr. Gohar Ejaz’s vision for an interest rate regime that is globally competitive has its own merits and is all set to lead to increased industrial investment and growth when permitted internationally and provided domestically. 
For his exemplary contributions to Pakistan, and society at large, Dr. Ejaz has been presented with numerous nominations, awards and accolades. Dr. Ejaz has also served as a board member for many reputable institutions, including King Edward Medical University Lahore (KEMU), Board of Investment (BOI), ADRC, PCCI, FBR, PIDE, UHS and PCCC.