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Message from the Patron in Chief

Gohar Ejaz

Gohar Ejaz
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. 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 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 have 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.
1) Ejaz Group of Companies
Dr. Gohar Ejaz is a business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist, who is the Chief Executive of Ejaz Group of Companies, compromising of Ejaz Spinning Mills & Ejaz Textile Mills Limited. Born in 1966, a qualified Business Graduate from Karachi University, Karachi. At the age of 24, Dr. Gohar Ejaz left behind two generations of credibility and goodwill in Karachi and built a new legacy from the ground up in Lahore. Under his dynamic leadership, the Ejaz Group of Companies was established and the group commissioned its textile division in 1990. Its first yarn manufacturing unit was established at Bhaipheru, titled Ejaz Textile Mills Limited. By 1992 another unit, ‘Ejaz Spinning Mills Limited’ was initiated in Sheikhupura with state-of-the-art machinery and its very own power generation plant. Ejaz Group employs more than 3000 people with an astounding turnover of $100 million.

2) Lake City, Lahore
Dr. Gohar Ejaz is the Chief Executive of “The Lake City Holdings (Pvt.) Ltd”, a 2000-acre resort and residential project that is home to an 18-hole PGA golf course, 8,000 luxury bungalows/villas, serene lakes, landscape architecture, parks, and pavilions, civic amenities, restaurants, a modern Cineplex, and a shopping mall. He has also been elected Patron-in-Chief of the Association of Builders and Developers of Pakistan (ABAD) Northern Region, a national-level representative organization of builders and developers, formed with the aim and the objective of unifying and streamlining the construction activities of the private sector.

3) Sheikh Ejaz Ahmed Trust Dialysis Center
Dr. Gohar Ejaz established a state-of-the-art dialysis center in 2006 at Jinnah Hospital, Lahore, with 56 dialysis machines and the potential to conduct 50,000 dialysis per year. Providing its services free of cost, the Sheikh Ejaz Ahmed Dialysis Center is run by the Sheikh Ejaz Ahmed Trust, with an annual budget of over Rs. 200 million. In addition, the Trust has donated several dialysis machines to a center in Kharan, thus making dialysis facilities available to patients who previously lacked access to them.

4) Healthcare
Dr. Gohar Ejaz has devoted significantly to the improvement of the healthcare system. In doing so, he also serves as Chairman of the following prestigious institutions; (i) Jinnah Hospital, Lahore. (ii) Allama Iqbal Medical College, Lahore.

5) The Gohar Ejaz Foundation
The foundation plans to work towards the detection of hepatitis-positive patients in Lahore and to provide complete screening through Mobile Labs followed by free medical treatment including free of cost medicine to the hepatitis patients.

6) National Outreach Program
The Gohar Ejaz Foundation, National Outreach Program was set up in 2016 with a focus on providing scholarships to students from across the country. The National Outreach Program has been a crucial facilitator for students to gain merit–based scholarships in the top 2 universities of Pakistan: Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) and Allama Iqbal Medical College (AIMC). Every year, 20 deserving students are given the opportunity to gain a world-class education fully funded by this program, inclusive of tuition, lodging, and more.

7) All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA)
He was elected as the Patron-in-Chief and Group Leader of All Pakistan Textile Mills Association (APTMA), the premier textile industry association of the country, and has held this position since 2011. He previously served as the Chairman of APTMA for the year 2010 – 2011. A vocal spokesman for the textile industry and its contributions to the national economy, he has always been motivated by a desire to contribute to Pakistan’s well-being. His achievements especially attaining Energy Parity for the export sectors of Pakistan with competing countries have allowed Pakistan Export Industry to contribute significantly to the economic well-being of Pakistan and retaining and generating employment for the under-privileged workers of Pakistan.

Dr. Ejaz is a strong supporter of industrial expansion and enhancement. The boom in the textile sector during the COVID crises is all credited to him. He has been leading the sector and taking the industry with him towards Pakistan’s export-led sustainable economic growth.