President Higher Board
Milind V. Pendharkar

Member of Higher Board of International Indian Schools, Riyadh


A long and successful career in finance and business management. 28+ years of experience, a major portion of it is with American Express in all-round financial management.


American Express
Over 25 years with the company, managed different finance and operational functions in Bahrain, UK and Saudi Arabia.

2001 to date:

Chief Financial Officer & Head of Operations, Saudi Arabia.
In addition to the finance and back office operations, from time to time handled responsibility of Projects, Human Resources, Systems, Administration, etc.
Played a key role in formulating joint venture and legal entity in Saudi Arabia, along with setting up of systems, finance function, marketing, compliance and corporate governance.

1990 – 2001:

Head of Accounting & Financial Services, Middle East
In this regional role based in Bahrain, managed accounting, cash management, administration, business planning, internal audit, etc. for 15 Middle Eastern countries and currencies.

Core member of the project teams, which launched new products, set up joint ventures, formed related legal entities, etc.

1984 – 1989

Group leader in various financial functions in Bahrain and the UK


B Com (Commerce Graduate, Mumbai, India) 1977
ACA (Chartered Accountant, India), 1980
ACMA (Chartered Management Accountant, UK), 1987
MBA (Sheffield Hallam University, UK), 1998

Personal data

Indian national, born in 1957. Married, with two children. Lived in the Middle East for over 25 years through the Gulf wars and civil disturbances.

P.O. Box 6624, Riyadh 11452, Saudi Arabia. [email protected]



Mr. John Thomas - Member, Higher Board (Dammam)

Professional outline

A dynamic professional having more than20 years of comprehensive Project management & Administrative experience, Responsible for the overall direction, coordination, implementation, execution, control and completion of many projects ensuring consistency with company strategy, commitments and goals.

An effective communicator with remarkable interpersonal skills and proactivecapability to provide creative, innovative, enthusiastic and forward-thinking leadership in a team environment.

Pofessional Experience


As Project Manager& Consultant Engineer

Last 20 years till date

  • Responsibilities:
  • Lead the planning and implementation of project
  • Facilitate the definition of project scope, goals and deliverables
  • Define project tasks and resource requirements
  • Develop full scale project plans
  • Design, planning and supervision of many research and construction projects in Saudi Aramco, KFUPM, Airbase and many other private sector projects
  • Provide direction and support to project team
  • Present reports defining project progress, problems and solutions
  • Actively involved in the research project team in KFUPM-"Filtration of waste water through sand dunes"
  • Serves in various administrative capacities at Al-Furaith Contracting.


  • B.Sc Engineering, First class - 1982
  • Govt. College of Engineering, Trivandrum, Kerala
  • Pre-degree course: First class with distinction scoring 100% marks in Mathematics - 1978
Community Services
  • Member of the Managing Committee IISD March 2005 - May 2012
  • Worked as administrative convener - 2 years
  • Served as Finance Convener - 2 years
  • Served as Convener of sports and infrastructure development subcommittee - 1year
  • Serviced as acting Chairman of the committee on one occasion
  • Served as Chairman of the governing body - 2.5 years
Achievements & Awards
  • Played a vital role in improving infrastructure facilities, bringing administrative efficiency in academic excellence, discipline and complete transparence of all sections.
  • Involved in many educational counseling programmers, symposiums and non-scholastic activities in various schools in the Kingdom
  • Recipient of M.K. Abdulappa award - 2012 for the excellent services rendered for the society in the educational field for the last one decade.
  • Many awards and accolades received from various officials for the socio-economic support.
  • Received many awards and trophies in badminton tournaments held in Aramco, Royal commission, Ittifaq club, British Aerospace compound etc.
  • A sports enthusiast who actively involved in promoting sports in the region which will be benefitted for the community in general and children in particular.
P.O. Box 2176, Al-Khobar 31953


Mr. Hasan Ghias - Member, Higher Board (Jeddah)

Designation Deputy President
Employer Binzagr Company

B.Sc. (Hons.), Aligarh Muslim University
MBA  Faculty of Management, Delhi University
M.Sc. in Management  London Business School, London University
 PMD  Harvard Business School, Harvard University

Other Info

Sloan Fellow, London Business School, 
Vice President, Saudi Indian Business Network (2006 - 2011)

Chairman, Managing Committee, IISJ (1998-2000)
 Member, Managing Committee, IISJ (1996-1998)


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