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Mr. Talib Syed Karim



Rector, Institute of Business Management , Karachi

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Talib Karim received his Bachelor degree in Systems Engineering and Masters in Economics from the University of Arizona, Tucson, USA. As a graduate student, he taught introductory economics courses at the University to freshman and sophomore students.


On his return to Pakistan in 1986, he joined a development finance institution and worked there for number of years in various capacities in departments of Business Promotion & Marketing, Research Planning & Publicity, Merchant Banking, Administration & Personnel and Coordination, Planning & Research Division. He was Vice President & Departmental Head of Corporate Communications Department & Regional Head, Southern Region when he decided to leave the organization to devote full time towards the establishment of a business school in Karachi.

In 1994, he was responsible for preparation and implementation of feasibility report on “Setting up of a Business College in Karachi”. Based on this report, The College of Business Management (CBM) was established in 1995. The Institute of Business Management (IoBM) with CBM as its constituent college was awarded charter in 1998 by the Government of Sindh. Two years later College of Computer Science & Information Systems (CCSIS) was added as a second constituent college of the Institute followed by College of Economics and Social Development (CESD) and College of Engineering and Sciences (CES). The Institute is offering BBA, BS (Joint Honors), BS in Industrial Engineering & Management, MBA, BCS, MCS, MBA in Industrial Management and MBA in Health Management degree programs with current registration of over 4000 students. It is considered as a top category Business School of Pakistan both by Higher Education Commission and the Government of Sindh. The Institute has graduated over 5000 students in various fields but mostly in business management who are working in various national and multinational companies in managerial positions in Pakistan and abroad.

Talib Syed Karim is currently the Rector of the Institute and Executive Director of Entrepreneurship & Management Excellence Centre (EMEC), the executive education wing. He represents the Institute as member of International Association of Universities, Paris, Asian Media Information and Communication Centre, Singapore, Association of Universities of Asia & Pacific, Thailand, Association of Commonwealth Universities, Employers Federation of Pakistan, Management Association of Pakistan (Management Committee), Marketing Association of Pakistan (Honorary Secretary), Standing Committee on Education, FPCCI. He has also represented the Institute in various international forums and conferences all around the globe. In October 2010, he attended “The Oxford Advanced Management and Leadership Program” at Said Business School, University of Oxford. He has recently been shortlisted for Leadership Programme for Head of HEIS in UK organized by the British Council and the Higher Education Commission (HEC) scheduled for September 30 to October 5, 2013 in Leicester UK.

Under the leadership of Talib Syed Karim, the Quality Enhancement Cell of the Institute of Business Management has been rated among the top HEC's of private higher education institutions with an impressive score of 98%, 94% and 96.5% during last quantitative assessments by HEC and has been awarded Best Internal Quality Assurance award by the Asian Pacific Quality Network in 2013.

Among other initiatives at the Institute, he is supervising IoBM team to work on AACSB accreditation and in this respect has taken significant steps to guide the faculty towards experiential learning in business education. Also, he has a research paper on the topic of “A Shift from Teacher Centered to Experiential Teaching Method: A Case Study” to his credit.

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