Mumbai: Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) concluded its 2-day National Convention in Mumbai celebrating its 10th year of formation, with more than 270 delegates in attendance from India as well as abroad.
The program was organized over a period of 2 days, on Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th of December 2017 where the Role of Professionals in Nation Building, Economic Development and Community Collaborations were brainstormed and discussed at length.
The Convention was organized at Alma Latifi Hall, Saboo Siddik Engineering College, Byculla, Mumbai. The 1st Day of the Convention saw some very important Guests and Speakers attending. The inaugural ceremony was attended by Ameer Ahamed Manappat, CMD, Manappat Group who flew down from Middle East and inaugurated the event.
In his speech he said, “We must be open to criticism, especially self-criticism, which is most important for individual growth. A community should not get bogged down by who is in the Government but should try and focus to avail of the various schemes introduced for its benefit and upliftment”.
Mirza Yawar Baig, Motivational Speaker, who spoke on ‘Good to Great – How to build Great Organisations’, He said, “What makes an organization great is its positive impact on society. Criteria for deciding the positive impact needs to be clear and precise like measuring achievements and its effectiveness."
Sam Pitroda, renowned Technocrat, who addressed the audience via Video Conferencing from Chicago (USA) spoke on ‘Technology for Social Change and Empowerment’. He spoke about How Gandhian Philosophy of Love, Truth and Non Violance can lead india in Future and how yunf and educated professionals can play their role in the development of the nation. He spoke about the dire need of the organization like AMP to take up bigger roles in the field of Policy Making and Governance.
The other sessions of the day was on ‘Bridging the Gap – Breaking the Barriers’, where the speakers were Arun Khobragade, Chairman, Babasaheb Ambedkar Social Innovation Council (BASIC) and Gulam Zia - Executive Director, Knight Frank. In the session ‘Community Development 2.0’, the speakers were Osama Manzar, Founder & Director Digital Empowerment Foundation, Abdullah Hasan Thakur - CEO, Dhow Capital Kuwait and Miss. Naheed Ghazi - Independent Corporate Finance Advisor.
In the last speech of the day, Mahmood Madani, ex-Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and General Secretary of Jamiat-e-Ulema Hind spoke on ‘Professionals taking charge for bringing about the required change and upliftment of the community’.
He was very impressed by the AMP activities and said that AMP is the organization of future and it is the organizations like AMP which will lead Indian Muslims in near future.
Mahmood Madani also said that he and his organization will try to work very closely with AMP.
On the 2nd day of the convention too there were many eminent speakers who addressed the audience on various topics plus there were presentations of various chapters of AMP from across the country on the projects and activities held for the reach out within the community and the society.
[Sam Pitroda, renowned Technocrat, who addressed the audience via Video Conferencing from Chicago (USA) spoke on ‘Technology for Social Change and Empowerment’.]
Yusuf Nalwala, Vice Chairman - Oman Society of Contractors, while speaking on ‘The role of Professionals in Nation Building’ said that it was important to raise and nurture the family, the backbone of every society, in a good manner so that children who become professionals imbibe good values and give back to the community and society similarly.
The other speakers in this session included Sameer Chhapra - Managing Director at United Trade and Investments & Managing Director at United Infra Projects and Mohammed Azad A K, Senior Director, Mirafra Software Technologies.
The afternoon session saw discussions on the topic ‘Economic Development Plan for the Community’, which was attended by Dr. Amitabh Kundu, Member-Sachar Committee, who spoke on ‘Economic Future of Indian Muslims in the perspective of inclusive development’.
A. K. Tareen, Chairman-AKT Strategic Consulting, spoke about ‘Trade being an opportunity for people to come together and that we need to focus on formal education and women empowerment’.
Dinesh Nandwana, M.D. & C.E.O. – Vakrangee Ltd, by giving example of his own community, showed a path for Muslim economic development.
Finally, Abdulla Hassan Thakur, CEO - Dhow Capital, Kuwait, said that ‘religious belief should not stop you from working hard and achieving success’.
Aamir Edresy, President AMP, in his concluding address of the 2-day Convention emphasised that “Networking was AMP’s net worth and that it would create partnerships all over the country with like-minded organisations to ensure participation of each member of the community for ‘inclusive growth’ and overall development”. He also said, “AMP would be striving to achieve a process driven organisation which can have sustainability in the long term and serve the community and the nation”.
The AMP Convention concluded with each participant singing the National Anthem and making a vow to keep working for the society and the nation at large.