Mumbai : Association of Muslim Professionals (AMP) concluded its 2-day National Convention in Mumbai
celebrating its 10 th year of formation, with more than 270 delegates in attendance from India as well as
The program was organized over a period of 2 days, on Saturday 23 rd and Sunday 24 th 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
1 st Day of the Convention saw some very important Guests and Speakers attending. The inaugural
ceremony was attended by Mr. Ameer Ahamed, 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
Mr. Mirza Yawar Baig, Motivational Speaker, who spoke on ‘Good to Great – How to build Great
Organisations’, He emphasised that “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
Mr. Sam Pitroda, the 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 were on ‘Bridging the Gap – Breaking the Barriers’, where the speakers were
Mr. Arun Khobragade, Chairman, Babasaheb Ambedkar Social Innovation Council (BASIC) & Mr. Gulam Zia
– Executive Director, Knight Frank and ‘Community Development 2.0’, where the speakers were Mr. Osama
Manzar, Founder & Director, Digital Empowerment Foundation, Mr. Abdullah Hasan Thakur – CEO, Dhow
Capital Kuwait and Miss. Naheed Ghazi – Independent Corporate Finance Advisor.
In the last speech of the day, Maulana Mahmood Madni, ex-Member of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and
Gen. Sec. 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 told that AMP
is the organization of future and it is organizations like AMP will lead Indian Muslims in near future. He also
told that he and his organization will try to work very closely with AMP.
On the 2 nd 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.
Mr. Yusuf Nalwala, Vice Chairman-Oman Society of Contractors, while speaking on ‘The role of
Professionals in Nation Building’ and 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
Mr. Sameer Chhapra – Managing Director at United Trade and Investments & Managing Director at United
Infra Projects and Mr. Mohammed Azad A K, Senior Director, Mirafra Software Technologies.
The afternoon session saw discussions on an important 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’. Mr. 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’. Mr. Dinesh Nandwana, M.D.
& C.E.O. –Vakrangee Ltd, by giving example of his own community, showed a path for Muslim economic
development. Finally, Mr. 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 that each member of the Community is made part of the ‘Inclusive Growth’
for 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 Convention concluded with each participant singing the National Anthem and making a vow to keep
working for the Society and the Nation at large.