Riaz Siddiqi is the Chairman of FLC. He is one of the Founders and Managing Partner Emeritus of Denham Capital, a $10B private equity company. He has around 40 years of experience in the energy and asset management fields. Currently, he serves as Chairman of Clovis Point Capital, a PE firm investing in software and tech-enabled service companies, an Advisor to Blue Bear Capital, a VC firm focused on energy tech investments, and Chairman of Epochal Technologies, a big data analytics firm focused on developing ethically derived databases of American consumers. Riaz also serves as Chairman of the Board of the American Pakistan Foundation and is also a member of the Board of the Convergence Center for Policy Resolution. He is a member of BENS, Business Executives for National Security, an organization of private sector leaders that offer their expertise pro bono to the U.S Government on National Security matters. Riaz is also a volunteer pilot for Angel Flight, Pilots for Patients, and Veterans Airlift Command and is a recipient of the Asia Society Houston Center’s award for leadership in business and philanthropy. He is also a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum. He serves on the Advisory Board of the Interfaith Ministry of Greater Houston.
Farooq Cheema is General Partner of FLC. He is an experienced entrepreneur and an accomplished operating executive. He owns and runs multiple businesses including a fast-growing produce distribution company in California that buys and transports produce to customers across the East Coast and Midwest. The company has exceptional profit margins, great relationships with farmers, buyers and brokers, and is growing 200% annually. Farooq successfully launched, grew and sold a regional tutoring company with over 200 employees. He has 5 process-oriented patents and has deep experience in how to design business systems and structures to scale growth. He currently serves on the Board of OPEN DC, a business association focused on fostering entrepreneurship in the DC Metro area. He earned his undergraduate degree at Purdue University in Electrical Engineering, and his MBA at the Smith School of Business at the University of Maryland.
General Partner and CEO
Aakif Ahmad is General Partner and CEO of FLC. He is an entrepreneur and investor with 20+ years of professional experience leading sales teams and growing businesses. He runs three businesses, one focused on recruiting, one on lead generation and outsourced sales & marketing, and a restaurant. He is President of OPEN DC a premier Washington DC area business association of CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate professionals. From 1996 to 2008, Aakif worked at the Corporate Executive Board (now part of Gartner Group) where he was Managing Director and led B2B sales & marketing teams that collectively generated over $100M in revenue over, and more than 4,000 new clients across North America and Europe. Aakif also is co-founder of Convergence, a Washington, DC-based nonprofit that focuses on mediating actionable policy agreements among influential and diverse leaders on national policy issues.
Mateen is currently working as a business analyst with a team of executives to work through the acquisition of a multi-million dollar business. In addition to looking after day-to-day operations of the base office. Mateen started his career in the aviation industry as a customer services agent proceeding with acquiring mass and balance licenses and traveling on board as a crew member. In his tenure of working at Shaheen Airline as an operational manager, he has gained hands-on experience in resolving day-to-day strategic matters that directly had an influence on the revenues of the company. Prior to joining FLC, he was working as administration & HR manager for an independent power plant. He has done his bachelor's degree in aviation and is currently pursuing Masters in Business Administration
Shayan is currently working in the Investor Relations Department of FLC. He completed his BS in Media Sciences from Iqra University. Shayan worked as a Junior Account Manager at BullsEye Communications and managed National level accounts like Careem and K-Electric. Shayan started his journey in sales by joining Mclean Intelligent Workforce as a Sales Associate Intern which allowed him to visit the US on an Exchange Visitor Program. He moved up the ranks to Account Executive and then became a Chief of Staff. During his stay in the US, Shayan also gained voluntary experience by being a part of the Executive Committee of OPEN DC, a premier Washington DC area business association of CEOs, business owners, entrepreneurs, investors, and corporate professionals. After completing his one year US Internship, Shayan worked remotely from home country for a sister company, Zaphyre, to lead sales teams and managers in order to provide appointment setting and prospect list building services. He was responsible for managing 15 clients day to day and was a bridge between the clients and the company.