Mr. Omar Khayyam began his professional career as an investment banker, first at Merrill Lynch in New York, and then as a Limited Partner at The Lodestar Group, a merchant banking boutique firm. He sat on the boards of various companies and oversaw the businesses, arranged re-financing and developed M&A prospects. In 1994, he returned to Pakistan to establish Hadayat Sons, a family-owned firm that imports, distributes and retails construction related products. Hadayat Sons is the exclusive importer of Kohler Plumbing Products, GE Home Appliances and Life Fitness Gym Equipment.
He holds a B.A. from Columbia University New York, where he was awarded the John Jay Scholarship and graduated with the Leonard Pullman Award for Academic excellence and service to the College. His graduation thesis was on universalizing primary education in Pakistan. He also holds an Executive MBA from LUMS with a Silver Medal for Second Position in Class. He has had a long-term interest in primary education and brings private sector business experience and international fundraising exposure in addition to energy and vigor to this venture.