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Owner

Dr MOHAMMAD ZAHOOR is the founder and main owner of the Istil Group. Born in Pakistan, Dr. Zahoor would go on to create one of the most modern and efficient steel plants in the CIS, which he would then sell in 2008.

He first arrived in Ukraine in 1974, eventually to study metallurgy at Donetsk Technical University.He would continue his education throughout his career, earning his doctorate from Donetsk Technical University in 2007.

In the 1980s Dr. Zahoor gained experience in the global steel industry, working first for Pakistan Steel for six years, and then as General Manager of a Pakistani Trading Houses Moscow office. During his leadership its turnover increased 10 fold.

He resigned his position in 1991, and founded Metalsrussia, (later to be changed to Istil). His trading network would soon span across Hong Kong, Bangkok, Singapore, Dubai, New Delhi, Islamabad, Karachi, Portland, London, BanderAnzali, Moscow, Kiev, Cherepovets, Vladivostok, Alma Ata, Novokuznetsk, Odessa, Donetsk, and Dnepropetrovsk.

In 1997 Metalsrussia would be listed on the London Stock Exchange Mohammad Zahoor being its Chairman & CEO.

From 1997-2008 he invested nearly $150 million in Istil Ukraine to create the most technically advanced facility in the CIS, producing world class steel products.

In April 2008, when steel prices were at historical highs, Dr. Zahoor chose to sell his steel business completely.

Currently he leads the Istil Group as its Chairman & main shareholder, and is diversifying its global activities into real estate, media, PAY TV, Entertainment, Recreation & Hospitality industry,banking, television content production and satellite transmission, filmproduction& distribution, Oil & Gas Exploration, Trading, Manufacturers representation and other areas.



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