Kashif Zafar ’92

Family: Kashif is married to Sujatha Menon Zafar ’94; they have two teenage sons and live in London. 

Career: Kashif is a managing director and co-head of global distribution at Barclays Investment Bank, based in London. He serves on the Executive Committee of the Global Markets business and is a member of the Global Diversity Council of the Investment Bank. Kashif joined Barclays in 2005 in New York and moved to London in 2009. Prior to Barclays, Kashif worked at Credit Suisse and JP Morgan in the U.S., starting his career in Boston with Credit Suisse in the Investment Banking analyst program in 1992, upon graduation from Middlebury. 
 
Volunteer involvements: In the UK, Kashif serves on the board of the American School in London and the British Pakistan Foundation. In the US, he serves on the board of the International House and the American Pakistan Foundation.  
 
Education: BA in economics, Middlebury College, 1991; Executive MBA from Wharton, 2000 
 
Interests
  1. Socioeconomic development of Pakistan
  2. Ethnic and gender diversity in investment banking 
  3. The power of the collective IQ of teams 
  4. Sports—cricket, golf, football (American and non-American versions), tennis. 
  5. Movies, in particular the James Bond series

Where I've lived: Pakistan—Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Quetta, Gujranwala, Murree; US—Middlebury, Boston, New York City, Scarsdale, New York; UK—London


Why I volunteer for Middlebury: Middlebury is a big part of my identity as it's the place where my American journey began. I forged lifelong friendships and even met my future wife on campus. I get tremendous joy from doing all things Middlebury, because it's always a family affair and it takes me down a very wonderful memory lane. 
 
Why I support financial aid for international students: The generosity of people I have never met allowed me to study at Middlebury on a scholarship, having grown up in a middle class family in Pakistan. The liberal arts education and  the overall Middlebury experience gave me a huge advantage in life. The least I can do in return is to do my bit to make sure that Middlebury can keep its door open for future generations of foreign students.