Being the first Pakistani Prisoner of War to escape from India in 1971 Ikram Sehgal subsequently got a battlefield promotion to the rank of Major on 13 December 1971 while commanding a rifle company in the Thar Desert. A regular Speaker at Defence Services Institutions, National Defence University PAF Air War College, Pakistan Naval War College, National Defence College, Bangladesh and various International Think Tanks in the USA, UK, Europe, Singapore, Sri Lanka, etc.
As Chairman Ikram Sehgal oversees two of the largest private security companies in the Pathfinder Group Security Services Division (SSD) and the most innovative IT companies in the Financial Services and Technology Division (FSTD). VRG has been recognised by the Edison Alliance of the World Economic Forum (WEF) of which he is a member, as a possible Lighthouse country and placed third for ‘digital financial inclusion’ in the world with nearly 7.5 million accounts Asaan Mobile Account (AMA).
He has been hosting a regular Pakistan Breakfast for Pakistan’s heads of state, government and other government ministers, prominent personalities, etc. at WEF’s Annual Meeting at Davos for 20 years. Formerly Chairman Karachi Council of Foreign Affairs (KCFR), he has now been unanimously elected Patron-in-Chief KCFR. He is on WEF’s Board of Partnering Against Corruption Initiative (PACI), formerly he was also part of WEF’s Global Agenda Council for ‘Counter-Terrorism’ for many years. He is Co-Chairman of the ‘Pakistan Committee’ of the Swiss Asian Chamber of Commerce, Geneva. A Director of the EastWest Institute, a US-based think tank for over 15 years (now merged with other think tanks), he is on the Executive Council of Pakistan Newspapers Editors since the last decade, Ikram Sehgal is Vice Chairman, Board of Management Quaid-i-Azam House Museum (Flagstaff House), Karachi. He served on the Board of Directors of Bank Alfalah since its inception for sixteen years. Elected Chairman of K-Electric in January 2019, he has been associated as Director BAB of IOM, Geneva.
A regular contributor of articles in newspapers including the Daily Times, Express Tribune, Daily Express, Ausaf, Taqat, Khabrain, Intekhab, Ittehad, and Awami Awaz (Sindhi) as well as the South Asian Monitor (Malaysia). Ikram Sehgal has also written regularly for The Nation, Nawa-i-Waqt, The News, and Daily Jang for several years. He appears regularly on Current Affairs programmes on television in his capacity as a defence and security analyst.