Born in Karachi on 29th May 1960. Hold Bachelors of Commerce from University of Karachi Masters in Business Administration from Belgium and dual Doctorate degrees in Management and Islamic Banking from USA. Also, professionally qualified as TQM consultant with certification for Quality Management System (QMS) ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Dr. S.M. Tahir initiated his professional career in Dubai U.A.E. as a Banker in the year 1982 and along with the time in last almost four decades with his persistent approach for learning and upgrading academically he created opportunities to work in different industries and in different capacities. As an entrepreneur started his consultancy company 1998 for QMS and assisted more than fifty companies in UAE and abroad to achieve coveted certificate for ISO 9000 Quality Management System.
Dr. S.M. Tahir also served as member examination committee of Dubai Quality Awards in 1996-7. In one of his last assignments with Thomas Cook Al Rostamani Exchange company Lead the team to win the Dubai Quality Appreciation Award in 1998.
Dr. S.M. Tahir, in the year 2000 setup Iqra Management Consultancy besides into Publication, Events & Seminar organizing companies. With his keen interest and love towards training and youth development programs, Dr. Tahir initiated Youth Leadership Conference in 2008 under the patronage of H.E. Sheikha Lubna Al Qasimi, the Minister of Economy. In this conference participants also interact via Video conference with the NASA (the US space agency) daily for five days one hour understanding educational programs by NASA for Youth and qualifications NASA looks at while hiring young brains. Now this is an annual event under the patronage of Community Development Authority a Dubai Government entity.
Dr. S.M. Tahir was on board of advisors at one of the oldest schools in Dubai Arab Unity School established in early 1970’s and was also board Member and Chairman Academic Committee of Pakistan Islamia High School, Sharjah the largest and the oldest Pakistani School in the UAE, currently serving as BOG for Pakistan RAK High School.
Dr. S.M. Tahir also holds the position of Regional Director Middle East, for the Institute of Islamic Banking and Insurance UK, the oldest institute in the Islamic Financial sector.
Dr. S.M. Tahir also served as a retainer consultant & Trainer for Emirates NBD and Emirates Islamic Bank from 2003 till 2012. Also served as a retainer consultant with a Dubai based IT company on a project with an Islamic Bank in Egypt.
In his long career spanning over 40 years he conducted regular classes and training seminars and having authority on Islamic & Conventional Banking & Finance, Sales & Marketing, and Leadership besides other Management topics. Dr. Tahir has been regularly invited by different educational institutions as Motivational speaker and on Leadership topics and has conducted workshops on Youth development programs at different platforms in the UAE and abroad.