Farid Masood is the Head of Advisory Services and Asset Management for the Islamic Corporation for the Development of the Private Sector (ICD, Islamic Development Bank's private sector arm), looking after Investment Banking, Asset Management and Business Consulting, with operations spanning Africa, Middle East and Asia. He is also a member of the management committee and investment committee of ICD and represents ICD on several boards of investee companies. Before joining ICD, he was CEO of KASB Securities (Merrill Lynch) in Pakistan, where he was responsible for the brokerage, investment banking, private equity and propriety trading business of the firm. He was also actively involved in advising governments and corporations on financial restructuring, privatization, project finance and mergers and acquisitions and completed transactions over US$5bn. Prior to his return to the Middle East region, he worked as a principal consultant / investment banker for PricewaterhouseCoopers in the US, advising energy and telecommunication companies on new venture development and cross-border M&A. Farid holds a Bachelors and Masters in Systems Engineering from the University of Virginia (USA) and a Masters from the University of Cambridge (UK).