PepsiCo campaign promotes kindness, good health

Tamer Mosalam, VP and general manager of PepsiCo, left, and Nasser Al-Zamil, a member of the Saudi Food Bank.
Updated 12 May 2019

PepsiCo campaign promotes kindness, good health

Global food and beverage group PepsiCo started Ramadan on a charitable note by launching its “Kilo for Khair” campaign in the lead-up to the holy month. In partnership with the Saudi Food Bank, the company donated one box of essential food items for every kilo in weight its employees lost between March and May, with the aim of promoting kindness and health throughout Ramadan.
Every box PepsiCo donated to Saudi Food Bank included necessities such as flour, milk, cooking oil and tomato sauce, as well as Quaker pasta, oats and soup, in addition to snacks such as Lay’s Forno and Sunbites Bread Bites.
The boxes were distributed through Saudi Food Bank prior to the start of Ramadan, in 16 cities across the Kingdom.
In addition to encouraging its employees to follow a healthier lifestyle for a good cause, PepsiCo encouraged its team members to assist in packing and delivering the boxes to families in need.
Tamer Mosalam, vice president and general manager of PepsiCo — Saudi Snack Foods Co. Ltd., said: “Ramadan is a time for giving and reflection, which is what we are encouraging our employees to do this year: To reflect upon their own well-being and health not only for the purpose of improving their lives, but for the good cause of helping others in the spirit of the month. At PepsiCo we are committed to the community we serve, which includes a commitment to the health and wellbeing of our colleagues.”
Nasser bin Abdul Rahman Al-Zamil, a member of the Saudi Food Bank in Riyadh, thanked PepsiCo for its support and participation in the Saudi Food Bank initiative during Ramadan. “The distribution of food boxes this Ramadan will have a significant impact on the 2,000 families that will receive them,” he said, speaking prior to the launch of the campaign. “This is a very positive way to get the community involved in providing some relief to those who need it most.”  
The Saudi Food Bank is a non-profit group founded in Dammam in 2011, and is known as Eta’am (Arabic for “feeding”). The organization collects quality meals with the help of its employees and volunteers, and delivers them to beneficiaries recommended by charities.

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019

Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Jeddah Chapter recently held its 13th annual general meeting at Hotel Ramada Continental.

Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia Dr. Ausaf Sayeed graced the event as chief guest and Consul General of India Noor Rahman Sheikh was guest of honor. IEF President Mohammed Sayeeduddin presided over the function.

Expressing appreciation for the activities of the forum, Ambassador Dr. Sayeed recalled its foundation in 2016 during his tenure as consul general of India in Jeddah.

He lauded Sayeeduddin, Amir Khan, Shuja Sheriff and other members and engineers for the activities of the forum and their contribution to the development of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Sayeed highlighted scarcity of water as an acute problem in the world in general and in India in particular. He shared his experience of interacting with engineers in the US, who developed a water condensation machine to extract water from humid air.

Consul General Noor Rahman Sheikh applauded IEF for its services to the engineering community in Saudi Arabia. He highlighted how the excellence of Indian engineers in each sector has impacted society. 

“Our zeal to be the best in whatever we do was demonstrated during last year’s Hajj. The mobile app developed by the Consul General of India is going to help the 200,000 pilgrims expected to come this year,” he said.

Amir Khan, founder and chairman of IEF, said IEF provides a platform for networking, career advancement, community service, and technology exchange. He urged Indian engineers to play a vital role in the development of Saudi Arabia, which he said would help strengthen the relations between India and the Kingdom.

Sayeeduddin thanked Dr. Sayeed for his support in the foundation of IEF. He announced that, having served as founding president for the last 13 years, he is now stepping down and the new president, unanimously elected, will be Khan Mustafa.

Nadeem Ahmed Ali, executive member of IEF, delivered a presentation on digital disruption.

Syed Nasir Khursheed, IEF general secretary, conducted the program.

Indian real estate advisory firm/ institutional channel partner 360 Realtors LLP participated in the event and were the main sponsors. A presentation covering major construction, residential and commercial projects in India was made by S. K. Vivek Kumar, head of international sales, 360 Realtors. Amit Hariyal also delivered a presentation on residential projects across the Indian cities of Bangalore, Chennai, Hyderabad and Pune. 

Abdul Rahman, general manager of TA Infra Projects, expressed happiness to be part of the IEF.

Khader Memon made a presentation titled “Special Investment Plan.”

The chief guest, guest of honor and sponsors were presented mementoes as a token of appreciation by the IEF president and executive committee. This was followed by the release of the annual magazine of the forum, Spectrum 2019, edited by Muazzam Sayeed.

A lively session of quiz was conducted by Munnawar Amafh. 

The event was attended by a number of guests from across the Kingdom, including Abdul Haseeb Hazari, Danish Ghafoor, Siadat Ali Khan, Shameem Kausar and Ahmed Omais.

The program started with a recitation of the Holy Qur’an by Talha Khan. Ashraf Nawaz Qureshi, IEF treasurer, welcomed the guests.

IEF Vice President Abu Bakar Sherkhan introduced the chief guest while Mohammed Shoebuddin, IEF chief coordinator, presented a vote of thanks.