Asmat Sami Siddiqui, 652/Qasim

Asmat Sami Siddiqui - 2008

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Asmat Sami Siddiqui, kit no. 652/Qasim House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1965 and left the college in 1970 after completing his Intermediate.

 He was born on 17 May 1953. He has two sons - Imran and Khayam.

Asmat Sami (now known as "A. Sami" or just "Sami"), moved to the USA within a year of leaving Petaro in 1971. He joined California State University in Los Angeles, CA, USA and graduated from there in Business and Economics.

After his education, he chose to enter the banking industry. Over the years, he worked with Wells Fargo Bank, Providian Bancorp, and Citibank, NY.  His last appointment with Citibank was in the position of CEO of North America Credit Card Division.

He has also provided consulting services to different banks as well, including HSBC, Bank of America, Sears Financial, and MasterCard International. Since his retirement, he has provided expert's testimony in large litigation in the banking industry. He is very highly regarded in the banking industry.

Sami has been heavily involved in supporting charitable work. He has endowed funds at CSULA Foundation and for The Citizen's Foundation, USA. In addition, he has provided support for various other organizations including Central Asia Institute (CAI), Salam of Sacramento and the Petarian Foundation (for scholarships to needy students at Petaro). He is also a Director of Amina Foundation, USA, which is involved in various philanthropic works.

On the personal side, Sami is very active physically. He loves to go trekking, mountain-biking and canyoning. He has traveled extensively in the USA, and his international tours include Maccu Picchu in Peru, Patagonia in Chile, Mt. Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, and Cappadocia in Turkey.

During his years at Petaro, Sami was the President of the Chemical Hobbies Club.

He is settled along with his family in San Francisco.

Asmat Sami Siddiqui - mountain biking at Eastpeak Mt. T2