All our operators have extensive on-ground track-record and deep functional and sectorial expertise


Malik Ahmad Jalal – CEO / Founder
Education: BSc. Economics, London School of Economics

MSc. Development Economics, Harvard Kennedy School

Professional Qualifications Chartered Accountant, Institute of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales
Industry Expertise: ·      Healthcare

·      Social Enterprise

·      Training & Development

Core Functional Expertise
  • Operational and Cultural Turnaround
  • HR Excellence & Optimization
  • Brand Excellence
  • Investing & Financial Advisory
  • Deal Structuring
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Program Management
  • Financial Control & Audit: 3 years
  • Financial & Commercial Due Diligence: 2 years
  • Investment Banking & Advisory: 5 years
  • Investing: 4 years
  • CEO level Operations/Management: 4 years
Key Operational Achievements
  • Cut deficit of a social enterprise by 65% in 3 years
  • Reduced payroll by 40%, increased student graduates by 2.66x and jobs-placement rate by 1.38x
  • Closed negotiations and executed greenfield roll-out of PPP healthcare operations of $ 15M of revenue over 5 years
  • Successfully delivered operational and impact KPIs of $7M and $15M programs, at average 19% below budgeted cost
  • From feasibility to closing first two LPs of private equity fund: secured $ 55M commitments, of which $ 44M signed
  • Executed 4 investments in GCC, Pakistan and Levant, including first PE investment in a West Bank enterprise
Johan Bjurman Bergman – Head of Operations

Johan is the head of operations for Cordoba Ventures (CV). Prior to CV Johan was a senior manager at EF Education First, the world’s largest privately held education company, as well as a Director at Hult Prize Foundation, the world’s largest platform for student social enterprise. In 2017, he was selected as a Global Shaper by the World Economic Forum.

Education: ·     BSc. Business & Economics

·     Stockholm School of Economics

Industry Expertise: ·      Education

·      Social Enterprise

  • Education Program Design & Management: 3 years
  • Non-Profit Management & Startup Accelerator Management: 2 years
Operational Achievements:
  • Managed social enterprise programs in 30+ countries with over 50,000 unversity students involved.
  • Operational responsibility for global summit at UN HQ in New York with several heads of states as guests
  • Facilitated and delivered USD 500,000+ in funding for social enterprise ecosystem development in Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Rwanda, India, Pakistan
Farwah Aslam – Clinical Operations Associate

Farwah is a patient focused and experienced locum doctor with a track record of serving patients in large public sector healthcare systems. Prior to joining Cordoba Ventures, she was a research fellow at the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine where she contributed to a publication in the Lancet. She continues her clinical practice next to her responsibilities at CV.

Education: ·     MBBS, Gujranwala Medical College, University of Health Sciences, Lahore

Industry Expertise: ·      Healthcare

·      Clinical Training

  • Medical Research: 2 years
  • Clinical Practice: 3 years
Operational Achievements:
  • Worked as a Research Fellow in CRASH 3 trial about effects of tranexamic acid on brain injury patients.
  • Published in major global health journal (Lancet).
  • Manages own clinical practice in Malir, Karachi.


Gen (R) Shahab Naqvi
Education: M.B.B.S (1980)

M.C.P.S – College of Physicians and Surgeons Pakistan (CPSP, 1985)

F.C.P.S – CPSP (1990)

Professional Qualifications ·      Diploma in Anaesthesiology (1985)

·      Diploma in Health System Management (2007)

·      Lead Auditor Course (2010)

·      BLS, ACLS Trainer and Program Coordination & Training Administration Course, American Heart Association (2015)

Industry Expertise: Healthcare

Core Functional Expertise
  • Managing Critical Care Facilities
  • Surgery
  • Quality Assurance and Audit
  • Clinical Governance
  • Hospital Administration
  • Commandant Armed Forces Institute of Cardiology and National Institute of Heart Diseases – 3 years
  • Dean Faculty of Anaesthesiology, CPSP – 6 years
  • Consultant Cardiac Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, Rawal Institute of Health Sciences (RIHS) – 2 years
  • Head Quality Assurance, RIHS – 3 years
  • Supervisor and Trainer Fellowship in Anaesthesiology, CPSP – 15 years
  • Examiner and paper setter in Anaesthesiology, CPSP – 12 years
  • Supervisor & Trainer Cardiothoracic Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Fellowship -10 years