Regional companies align to form Diversity Council MENA

The Diversity Council was established in 2016 by the Above & Beyond Group in Copenhagen and has a strong presence in the Nordics.
Updated 30 June 2019
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Regional companies align to form Diversity Council MENA

The Diversity Council, an inclusion and diversity accelerator bringing together leading companies in a cross-industry alliance, is expanding into the MENA region. Owned by the Nordic strategic consultancy Above & Beyond Group, the Diversity Council will enter the region in partnership with Mediaquest. Senior representatives of the Above & Beyond Group will be flying in from Denmark for the first HR meeting followed by a press reception at the Diversity Council MENA launch, which will be hosted on July 3 in Dubai. The Danish ambassadors of both Saudi Arabia and the UAE will also be present at the launch with other regional officials and distinguished guests. 

Alexandre Hawari, CEO of Mediaquest, said: “With the Saudi Vision 2030 and the UAE Vision 2021 reshaping the economic and business landscape in the region, governments and corporations are tackling ‘diversity in workplace’ with renewed energy. The presence of the Diversity Council MENA is a positive step toward ensuring that our boardrooms and executive suites are places of equal opportunity, and that we have a secure pipeline of high potential future female leaders.”

The Diversity Council was established in 2016 by the Above & Beyond Group in Copenhagen and has a strong presence in the Nordics. The Nordic council is comprised of 16 companies including McKinsey & Co. Denmark, PwC Denmark, Maersk Line, Maersk Tankers, Microsoft Denmark & Iceland, and the Danish Foreign Ministry, who have committed to the alliance.


Role of Indian engineers in KSA lauded at IEF meet

Updated 17 July 2019
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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.