As a co-founder, Managing Partner, and Principal Advisor, Iftikhar serves as an investment professional who focuses on strategies that help clients pursue their goals and prepare for various market conditions. Prior to joining the financial services industry, Iftikhar worked for 20+ years in the high-tech sector in engineering, business and leadership roles.
Iftikhar’s experience spans working in the United States as well as internationally in technical, business, and leadership roles including positions at Cisco Systems, Mobilink (a Motorola venture), and ABM Data Systems. He was responsible for leading an organization 90+ employees strong in his most recent leadership position at Cisco. Prior to co-founding Kaizen Financial Strategies, Iftikhar served his clients as a Financial Advisor in affiliation with Waddell & Reed, Inc.
He holds a Masters in Information Systems Management, BS in Electrical Engineering, and holds the Accredited Portfolio Management Advisor (APMA®) designation, a graduate-level program focusing on portfolio construction and management. Iftikhar also holds the Series 7 and Series 66 securities registrations and Life and Health insurance licenses from California department of insurance (CA License #0I63476).
Iftikhar and his wife, Saadia Ahmed, live in Los Gatos with their two children. He is actively engaged in the local community and various philanthropic endeavors, and is passionate about entrepreneurship, education, and technological and social innovations.