Board of Directors


Zahid Bashir, President & CEO

Zahid is an entrepreneur & technocrat. He has more than eighteen years of domestic and international experience in full-time and consultancy based service to governments and the private industry. As the Prime Minister House Press Secretary under Prime Minister Gilani and being his Spokesman. Zahid was an integral part of the core team of the Prime Minister. His duties included traveling with and attending all meetings in Pakistan and abroad, accompanying the Prime Minister on state visits. Zahid has held key positions within the government of Pakistan being as well the Director Marketing of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Director General of the Pakistan Post, Senior Advisor to the Governor of Punjab and Chairman of the Red Cresent Society (Red Cross) Punjab, Pakistan.

In early 80's Zahid worked with his mentor in the oil trade, Late Nelson Bunker Hunt Texas oil baron who played a very significant role in the discovery and development of the oil fields in Libya, which were nationalised by Muammar Gaddafi in 1973, owner of Dallas based Titan Resources Corporation, which is still involved in the exploration of oil in North Africa.

Zahid owns a group of companies called Budget Group in Pakistan & UAE including Budget Rent-a-car (Private) Limited Master franchisee of Budget Rent-a-car Corporation in Pakistan, Budget Security Systems & Services (Private) Limited exclusive representative of Security Pro USA for Pakistan & Afghanistan, Budget Communications (Private) Limited as sole distributor of Dish TV for the Pakistani market. Zahid is partnering with Nasser Al Ghurair, Director of the Alghurair group in Pespa Aluminium LLC, exclusive distributor of Pespa Aluminium Albania for Gulf countries & Pakistan and LPG Budget General Trading LLC in Dubai.

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With His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, and ruler of Dubai With His Highness Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed Al Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai With His Highness Sheikh Mansoor bin Mohammed Al Maktoum With His Highness Sheikh Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan From left to right: His Excellency Matar Al Tayer - Chairman of Roads and Transport Authority Dubai, Mr. Zahid Bashir - President of Budget Petroleum and His Excellency Saeed Mohammad Ahmad Al Tayer - Dubai Electricity & Water Authority’s Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer With President of the United States, Barack Obama, in the White House With President of the United States, Barack Obama, in the White House With United States Secretary of State, John Kerry At a state banquet with US Vice President, Joe Biden, US Secretary of State, John Kerry and Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani With United States Ambassador to Pakistan, Anne W. Patterson With US Deputy Secretary of State, Richard Boucher At the SAM Summit in Beijing With German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her delegation With Japanese Prime Minister and his delegation With Premier of the People's Republic of China, Wen Jiabao With Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi With Italian Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi With Indian, Pakistan and Italian Prime Minister With Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh With Turkish President, Abdullah Gül With Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan With Turkish Prime Minister, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan In Prime Minister's office with Pakistan PM Yusuf Raza Gilani & Chief Minister Punjab Shabaz Shareef At the Tomb of Ataturk with Pakistan Prime Minister and his delegation At the Tomb of Ataturk with Pakistan Prime Minister and his delegation With former Pakistan Prime Minister, Muhammad Mian Soomro With former Pakistan Prime Minister, Muhammad Mian Soomro With President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf With President of Pakistan, General Pervez Musharraf With Chairman of the Pakistan Peoples Party, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari With British Secretary of State for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, David Miliband With President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai With President of Afghanistan, Hamid Karzai At the Prime Minister house Ankara, attending state banquet With former world champion of squash, Jahangir Khan and top Pakistani film stars

Syed W. Quadri (CPA, MBA, PFS), Chief Financial Officer

Syed brings over three decades of progressive and determined involvement in International Business, Finance and Taxation.

His professional span includes from initiating a thought on dinner napkin, its transition through a formal business plan, securing financing, strategic implementation, expansion and ongoing compliance under global regulatory domain. Oil & Gas and Mobile Technology sectors are significantly highlighted in Syed’s area of interest and specialty. His profile also includes consulting multi national financial institutions, pharmaceutical and textile industry from US and International taxation perspectives. During his ongoing tenure deep involvement in investment banking, business intelligence and international tax technology along with IT audit and review has been an influential factors in Syed career growth. Syed geographical existence includes Americas, Europe and Asia. In addition to holding an MBA in Oil & Gas Syed is a licensed CPA and a member of American Institute of Certified Public Accountants.

Syed is a seasoned speaker on US tax compliance and US Treasury’s regulatory implementation effecting International businesses. During his past professional tenure Syed has represented professional organizations at government agencies and member of US Congress and Senate Committee on diverse tax issues and to express concern on specific tax measures adversely effecting US businesses and individual tax payers worldwide. He has also presented in National and International events/exhibition/seminars in a advisor/consultant's capacity.

Farid Ahmed, Executive Director

Farid is a seasoned Executive Leader and Consultant, with over 17 years of sound achievements in strategic Management in Middle East, Africa and beyond. Also conferred with the “Strategic Leadership Award” by APAC Congress in 2011 and ‘Global HR leadership Award’ by the world HRD Congress Council in 2009. He is a keynote speaker on business strategy and several other business and organisation psychology subjects in several MEA & APAC conferences, forums and magazines.

He has diverse experience and understanding of business needs globally in the Government, Oil & Gas, Real Estate, Retail, Healthcare, Banking, Financial Services, ERP, Transportation, Customer Support, Call Center (BPO) and Big 4 Management Consulting. Has a rich career history which spans across several industries including semi-government & the big 4 consulting and fortune companies worldwide including: PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC), Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN), United Arab Shipping Company (UASC), Emaar Properties, Xpert Learning, IBFI, Proctor & Gamble (P&G) and Compaq.

His indirect work experience during his consulting includes clients such as: Manazel Real Estate, Saudi Investment Company (Banaja), Environment Agency Abu Dhabi (EAD), Abn-Amro Bank, National Bank of Dubai, Siemens, Ducab, Zadco, Visa, Nestle, Alstom, Emirates Airlines, Qatar Petroleum, NPCC, Adco, Gargash Insurance, MMI, UPS, Nissan, Caltex, United Nations-G77, Ministry of Health (KSA), HRDF (KSA), Boursa Kuwait, Motorola and Dubai Duty Free.

He is experienced in implementing corporate-wide Change Management strategies and initiatives for fortune 500 companies across the globe, alongside implementing performance management systems. He has also lead 3 major mergers & acquisitions of companies in the EMEA region, with complete transformation experience. Farid has a bachelor’s degree in management information systems from USA and a master’s degree in organizational psychology from India. He has recently also completed his executive management studies in HR Strategy from the ILR School in Cornell University.

Salman Ahmad Khan, Director Sales

Salman has worked in the field of Finance, Banking and Property Development for over 35 years in the U.K. & Europe. He is Oil & Gas professional, and is particularly well connected in the petroleum industry.

Salman graduated from one of the most prestigious university in Pakistan, The Agriculture University based in Faisalabad, Pakistan. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) degree in Horticulture.

Donna Blonien, Resident Director United States

Donna Blonien joins the Budget Petroleum group with over 30 years’ experience in business development including over eight years’ experience in commodities trading working predominantly with precious metals and oil and gas transactions. She has consulted on several large and small scale mining projects in regard to funding, metallurgical processes and extraction methodology. Over her career she has worked in New Business Development, Investments and Finance, Insurance, Real Estate Projects and Telecom. Ms. Blonien started her career, owning her first business, at the young age of twenty one. Ms. Blonien currently resides in Arizona, USA.

Mal Esfandiarinia, Director South East Asia

Mal Esfandiarinia joins the Budget Petroleum family with over 10 years’ experience in business development including over 5 years’ experience in commodities trading working predominantly with, Gold, Rough Diamonds and Oil and Gas transactions.

Appreciated by peers and others and seen as a serious hands on strong team player, adopting a fair and reasonable, balanced practical approach, committed to finding solutions, extremely focused on priorities and results driven, plain speaking and compelling in putting the company position forward. Promote transparency and inter-communication within the team. First-rate negotiator and practiced, resilient dispute resolution manager, overall a proficient and adept leader of the team with strong contractual, technical and commercial credentials gained through years of project involvement implementing high standards while maintaining focus of achievement of goals.

Roland Acheampong, Resident Director Canada

Former All-Canadian athlete Roland Acheampong is a notable force in the oil industry, commanding attention as a reputable and in-demand executive whose focus is closing deals. Roland is committed to finding the best solution for both sides of every negotiation.

Roland's professional background is both impressive and expansive. He has held senior executive and director roles at both national and international companies, and has led several high-tech start-up companies to global expansion. Roland made the shift to media in 2002 where he introduced and directed lucrative sales initiatives at the top media companies in Canada. Roland then headed over to Warren Buffett's Business Wire and led the company as Country Manager. He also worked as the Executive Director of Business Development for a fitness company, where he introduced strategic international partnerships to expand the company’s distribution channels.

Roland continually pushes for the biggest and the best in everything he undertakes, while inspiring those around him as a trusted team leader. On top of his professional accomplishments, Roland is a successful entrepreneur, having co-founded an international real estate and trade corporation, as well as a children's after-school organization that encourages, inspires, and mentors children across Toronto.

Bert Anthony Durant, Director Global Markets

Bert is from Los Angeles, California, USA. He has founded and managed successfully several companies from IT training and consulting firm, to a real estate agency and mortgage loan brokerage. Mr. Durant and his family now live in Abu Dhabi, UAE. He has worked 8 years in the petroleum industry.

Aston Craig, Resident Director United Kingdom & Northern Ireland

Aston Craig is from London United Kingdom He is a Director of his own Property Company. Luxury Hotels Properties ETC.Over Many years He has completed deals with high net worth individuals. In sectors such as Property - Business - Finance - Commodities. Globally has built up a massive portfolio of contacts. Now has relationships with Bankers and Banks and many institutions.

Andrea Mitas, Resident Director Cyprus

MSc of Electrical Engineer, N.C.F.E Marketing and PhD on Marketing CEO of MITAS OIL &GAS, MITAS ELECTROMECHANICAL LTD(Electrical and Mechanical installations), MITAS GENERATORS LTD (Generators manufacture), and MITAS ENTERPRISES(Luxury Private Villas for Holiday rental) A decade of experience in Oil & Gas marketing.