A prominent Dammam-based Indian expat businessman and philanthropist, Dr. Siddeek Ahmed, who runs the Eram group of companies, has received the International Humanitarian Award in Malaysia. Dr. Siddeek Ahmed has been selected for the International Humanitarian Award, in acceptance of his contributions to embellish the aspect of life of the fellow human beings.
The esteemed award will be presented during the International Interfaith Harmony Conference, collectively organised by the Department of National Unity and Integration, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia; the International Islamic University Malaysia; and the Ma’din Academy, India, at the International Islamic University in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
On receiving the award, Dr. Siddeek Ahmed said, “It is not just the responsibility of educational institutions to instill values in children, but it is imperative for parents and foster families to teach children to reach out to the underprivileged people”.
The award and International Interfaith conference are part of the United Nations International Interfaith Harmony Week initiative, that was affirmed by the UN General Assembly and is a call to appreciate our distinctness and to unite around basic principles that people of all beliefs acknowledge upon, and to comprehend that conformity is only possible if built upon a solid foundation of dialogue.
The organising committee of International Interfaith Harmony Conference and jury of IHAT Awards chose Dr Siddeek Ahmed. The jury comprising of esteemed panellist including Dr Robert Crane, secretary to former US president Richard Nixon; Prof. Abdel Aziz Berghout, deputy rector of the International Islamic University, Malaysia’ Sayyid Ibrahim Khaleel Al Bukhari, chairman of Jamia Ma’din, India and Chan Tat Seng, director of religious relations at the Department of National Unity and Integration, Prime Minister’s Department, Malaysia, declared that his contributions especially E-toilets in Indian villages and transformation of a district to establish its hunger free status, are credible and convincing reasons for selecting him for the award. His company Eram Scientific has been working in the field of community hygiene and sanitation. Recently, the company also received the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grant for ‘Reinvent the Toilet Challenge’, conducting research on toilet hygiene, non-depletion of water resources and energy conservation solutions.