Ch. Mohammed Junaid Yasin, 718/Jinnah

 

Junaid Yasin - 2007

By Kazi Zulkader Siddiqui, 671/Latif

Mohammed Junaid Yasin, kit no. 718/Jinnah House joined Cadet College Petaro in 1966 and left the college in 1971 after completing his Intermediate.

He was born on 25 September 1954, and was married to Mrs. Ruth. They have four sons - Zayed, Tariq, Khalid and Rashid.

Junaid was one of the brightest students at Petaro. He was also the Captain of the College Shooting team of his time.

During his final year at Petaro, he was given the appointment as the Senior Under Officer (SUO) of the college. He also won the Badge of Honour after Matric.

He was an excellent debater and was the Captain of the College English Debating Society. He was also the President of the Radio and Electrical Engineering Club at Petaro, and the Editor in Chief of The Cadet magazine in 1970-71.

Junaid belonged to East Pakistan. He personally went through a difficult time during the 1971 crisis. He left Pakistan soon thereafter, and did not visit the country again for nearly 3 decades.

He moved to the USA, and graduated as a Mechanical Engineer from the Northrop Institute of Technology, California in 1974. He then got his MS in Energy / Electrical Power from UCLA in 1976 and an MBA from the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago in 1981.

Junaid started his career with Sargent & Lundy and worked with them as a Project Manager on their power generation projects from 1976 to 1989. He led projects worth more than $300 million. He then worked for Hadson/Ultrasystems from 1989-1991 as Manager Project Development for a broad range of power projects in USA and the UK. Lastly, he worked for I Group LLC, a utility company from 1991 to 2003 as Vice President for project up to $1 billion in USA, Indonesia, China, Bangladesh, India, Malaysia, France and Germany.

In the meantime, he set up his own company called Procurezone in 1999 which specialized in providing cutting-edge internet based project management and collaboration system for complex procurements in the power and construction industries. He was the President of this company from 1999 to 2003.

In 2003, he joined the Mayaguana Company LLC as Executive Vice President for business and project development.

Since 2008, he has been the President of Ansar Energy LLC, which specializes in photovoltaic (PV) technologies to develop multi-megawatt power generation plants.

Junaid's sons are also brilliant, and all four of them went to Harvard.

I had the great opportunity to meet Junaid once again when he visited Islamabad at the beginning of 2002. It was such a pleasure to meet such a great Petarian.