Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) Annual Connect 2019 held at Al Khobar


Al Khobar – The Indian Engineers Forum (IEF) recently held its annual celebration event “IEF Annual Connect – 2019” at the Holiday Inn Al-Khobar Hotel on Saturday, 16th November 2019. The event was to acknowledge the achievements of Indian engineers in Saudi Arabia and was attended by Indian engineers of all disciplines in the Eastern Province and their families. The IEF is a professional body recognized by the Saudi Council of Engineers (SCE) and patronized by the Embassy of India in Saudi Arabia and regularly conducts training programs and networking events for Indian Engineers in Saudi Arabia.

The Ambassador of India to Saudi Arabia, Dr. Ausaf Sayeed was the Chief Guest and he applauded the engineers for their efforts and contribution in the development of the Kingdom. Dr. Ausaf Sayeed recalled the early days of the forum and was appreciative of the leadership which has brought growth in its relevance over the years.

Engr. Shuja Mohammed Sheriff, President, IEF-Dammam Chapter gave the Welcome Address, devoting a large part of his speech to the role Engineers play in the development of technology. In an advanced technological world, we need engineers to bring ideas into reality. By applying the principles of mathematics and science, engineers develop solutions to the world’s biggest technical issues he added.

Engr. Amir Khan, Chairman of IEF Saudi Arabia was the Keynote Speaker. He took the audience on a journey of 20 years, describing the role of team members and their passion for the development of the Indian Engineers Forum. He explained how the founder members Engr. Faisal Saleem, Engr. Nasir Ansari, Engr. Amir Khan, Engr. Shuja Mohammed Sheriff and Engr. Nadeem Siddiqui were involved in bringing the Forum to this level in the two decades since inception.

Engr. Amitabh Saxena, CEO of Anexas Consulting Group of Companies, released his book “The Anexas Story”. Engr. Amitabh Saxena praised and thanked the Indian Engineers Forum for the platform and that he hoped people will connect with his journey of becoming an entrepreneur, most of it was linked with his experiences in IEF.

The IEF also launched its annual magazine, “IEF Spectrum” at the event, and Editor-in-chief, Engr. Arsalan Ahmad requested the Ambassador to cut the ribbon to mark the release of the 2019 version of the magazine.

Like every year, the Indian Engineers Forum also awarded the Star Engineer of the Year. This award is given to those who have shown significant contributions to the industry in Saudi Arabia in the previous year and furthers the prestige of Indian engineers in the country. This year’s winner was Engr. Shariq Shamsi, General Manager, Zamil Steel Construction Co. Ltd, for his exemplary work and leadership on key projects completed.

The highlight of the evening was the Leadership change in the IEF Dammam Chapter. Engr. M. Z. Nadeem took over the charge as President and introduced his new Executive Committee. In his speech, Engr. Nadeem thanked the IEF Leadership for this new assignment and said that he along with his new team will strive to take the platform to the next level. Current President Eng. Shuja said that its time for us to step down gracefully and hand over the baton to young and dynamic leaders who will continue the journey of Indian Engineers Forum towards building a better tomorrow.

Jubail Chapter President, Engr. Tasneem Akhtar honored the Presidents of other Chapters for their ongoing efforts and reiterated the commitment of Indian Engineers to the cause of advancing engineering leadership in their roles in the Kingdom.

The event was anchored by Engr. Ghufran Mohammed and Engr. Faraz Zaidi and the evening concluded with vote of thanks by Engr. Ziad Anis and a gala dinner hosted by Indian Engineers Forum.

New office bearers of IEF Dammam Chapter:

Engr. Ghufran Mohammed

General Secretary

Application Engineer

AlKhorayef Petroleum

Engr. Mohammad Shakeel

Vice-President, Administration

Sr. Manager Sales and Marketing

Global Business Solutions Co. Ltd.

Engr. Ziad Anis

Vice-President, Public Relations

General Manager

Henkel Polybit Industries Ltd.

Engr. Arsalan Ahmed

Vice-President, Social & Cultural Events

Area Sales Manager – Engineering Adhesives

Henkel Arabia for Home and Personal Care Products

Engr. Shaikh Rizwan

Vice-President, Seminars

Sr. MBS Engineer


Engr. Humayun Baig

Joint Secretary

Software Engineer


Engr. Tausif Ahmed

Vice-President, Membership

Sr. Process Engineer


Engr. Chandra Mooli

Executive Member

Technical Advisor


Engr. Jameel ur Rahman

Executive Member

Sr. Application Engineer

Saudi Technology Control Co.

Vilas Tupe

Executive Member

Technical Advisor Process



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