Yasir Jawed is the CEO of Master Lubricants FZ-LLC, a lubricating oil blending plant in the UAE. He also acts as Director of three other companies.
Why did you choose to study your MSc at Surrey and why operations and logistics management?
I was recommended to Surrey by a family friend living in the UK who had been involved in the field of academics for a long time. When I visited, I was impressed by the campus and the town itself.
I am the third generation in my family involved in running a lubricating oil blending plant. I had plans of specialising in supply chain/logistics and the programme of MSc Operations & Logistics Management was the closest thing I came across. I liked the modules being offered and my supervisor at that time (Jonathan Wilson) was an excellent resource.
What are you currently doing?
I am currently living in the UAE where I started a new lubricating oil blending plant in 2011 (Master Lubricants FZC) through which I am targeting global lubricants exports, especially in the upcoming/developing regions of the Middle East and Northern Africa (MENA Region). I am also serving my duties as Director of Marketing in Pakistan Lubricants (Pvt.) Limited, which is our 40-year-old family-owned manufacturing set-up based in Pakistan. Besides this I am the director of two other companies, Lubtech (Pvt.) Limited and Master Global FZC, which are involved in the global trading of lubricants additives and other general commodities.
What has been your career highlight to date?
I have two – firstly, my album singles being featured in the album #1 Rockstars from Across The Border, released by Universal Records India, and secondly, setting up of my lubricating oil blending plant in the UAE for which I individually did all the systems/process design and implementation.
What is the one thing you would say about Surrey to someone who doesn’t know anything about it?
It’s a beautiful place. The walk from the cathedral down to Twyford Court House J, passing through the School of Music and the football field, was just amazing. My course had some very talented individuals with a vast knowledge base and professional experience, from whom I learnt a lot. This programme was the closest thing to supply chain/operations management and was very useful for me.
What are your top tips for students aspiring to work in your field?
Read a lot, develop a strong knowledge base, become research-oriented, meet/catch up with individuals working in the industry, have fun, but when it comes to business take your programme and course seriously and give it time, because the more time you give the more you will get in return!