Mobily appoints Khaled Abanami as CFO

Mobily Chief Financial Officer Khaled Abanami.
Updated 10 July 2019
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Mobily appoints Khaled Abanami as CFO

Etihad Etisalat (Mobily) has announced the appointment of Khaled Abanami as chief financial officer (CFO), succeeding Kais Ben Hamida.

“Mobily seeks to attract highly qualified Saudis to bolster its position and leadership in the ICT sector. This appointment underscores the company’s keenness to strive to empower national talent to lead the company’s key roles,” said Mobily Chief Executive Salman Albadran.

He said that Abanami enjoys vast experience in leading finance functions with extensive knowledge in the telecom sector, financial restructuring, finance, cost reduction, IFRS implementation and digital transformation. Albadran said he is confident that Abanami will be a strong asset to Mobily, helping lead the company towards its next phase of growth and value creation. 

Abanami has over 22 years of professional and academic experience. He was appointed as a finance lecturer at the College of Business Administration in King Saud University in 1996. Later, he moved to build his experience in the telecom sector at STC, where he held a number of senior positions at the group level and at its Viva Kuwait subsidiary. At Viva, Abanami led the finance, logistics, facility management, procurement and contracts teams during the company’s establishment phase. In 2013, he became the CFO and acting vice president of shared services at Saudi Railway Company. Previously, he was the financial controller at the National Water Company, where he managed the consolidation, budgeting and planning of the company.

Abanami was an honor student at King Saud University — College of Business Administration and holds an MBA from Sam Walton College of Business University of Arkansas.


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.