Beaconhouse National University witnessed a remarkable start to its Distinguished Lecture Series on Wednesday, September 27, 2023, with a captivating talk by Mr. Zafar Masud, the CEO of the Bank of Punjab. The event was marked by Mr. Masud's compelling narrative, where he shared his remarkable journey as one of the only two survivors of the tragic PK 8308 plane crash in 2020.
In a packed auditorium, Mr. Masud recounted the harrowing experience of the plane crash and its profound impact on his life. He masterfully connected the lessons he learned from that life-altering incident to the world of business operations and decision-making, drawing on his extensive experience in the banking industry. His insights shed light on the importance of resilience, willpower, and the human spirit in overcoming adversity.
The distinguished lecture, moderated by Dr. Ali Abbas, Assistant Professor & Cluster Head Marketing at the School of Business, provided a unique platform for attendees to gain valuable insights into the world of finance and leadership. Prominent heads, deans, and faculty members from various departments of BNU attended the event, creating a stimulating intellectual atmosphere.
During the interactive question-answer session that followed Mr. Masud's talk, he emphasized the critical role of modern education in shaping society and fostering positive societal change. He stressed the importance of imparting practical knowledge that equips individuals with the skills needed to navigate life's challenges and contribute to the betterment of their communities.
In his address, Mr. Masud also spoke passionately about the virtues of willpower, the occurrence of miracles in one's life, and the significance of sincerity in being a good human being. He encouraged the audience to consider working within their home country and familiar environments, emphasizing the potential for meaningful impact within one's own community.
The esteemed Vice Chancellor of BNU expressed gratitude to Mr. Zafar Masud for his invaluable contribution to the Distinguished Lecture Series and presented him with a token of appreciation as a gesture of the university's sincere thanks.
The inaugural lecture by Mr. Zafar Masud set a high standard for the BNU Talks: Distinguished Lecture Series, promising a series of insightful and thought-provoking sessions in the future. BNU looks forward to hosting more distinguished speakers who can inspire and enlighten the academic community and beyond.