he sudden, tragic and inopportune demise of the vice chairman of Engro Corporation has left the world in shock and grief. As a nation of proud and self-made visionary personalities, we have been educated and nurtured that heroes never die. And those heroes who just have not only demonstrated their worth in their professional ventures but also served the nation with great efforts must be celebrated with respect and gratitude.
We understand that the nation of remarkable and loveable people has lost a gem, role model and perfect exemplar of a global leader. As our heartfelt condolences are with Mr. Shahzada Dawood’s family and friends. Moreover, it is our duty and prime responsibility to highlight the enduring legacy and honour the inspiring work of Shahzada Dawood.
Let’s Take a moment and educate the masses about the business background, family and great philanthropic work of the director and vice chairman of Dawood Hercules Corporation.
Ahmed Dawood & The Dawood Groups
Shahzada Dawood, a global business icon who is not with us due to his shocking and untimely demise, was the grandson of industrialist and business magnate Ahmed Dawood (1905-2002). The founder of Dawood Groups, also known as Seth Ahmad Dawood, is the man behind the establishment of the Dawood University of Engineering & Technology in Karachi. The man, the business giant and Pakistan’s influential philanthropist was the key figure behind all businesses and social working foundations of Dawood Groups in Pakistan. The list of successful businesses and non-profitable organisations of Seth Ahmad Dawood includes;
- Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited
- Dawood Lawrencepur Limited
- Engro Corporation
- Inbox Business Technologies
- The Dawood Foundation
- Engro Foundation
Shahzada Dawood, a respected board member of the Dawood Hercules Corporation, belongs to a privileged and successful business family. Shahzada’s father and Ahmad Dawood’s son, Hussain Dawood, currently serve as the CEO of Dawood Hercules Corporation, Engro Corporation and the Dawood Foundation.
Shahzada Dawood – The Renowned Generational Business Tycoon of Pakistan (1975- 2023)
Shahzada Dawood, the successor of Pakistan’s one of largest companies, met an untimely demise along with his son Suleman on 18 June 2023. In order to honour our departed idol, let’s recall all the ventures of a person who was only known by his modern business prosperity and charitable work.
The life of a business giant and family man was filled with numerous successful exploits. As the trustee of various social working organisations never faced any stopping phase in his inspiring business and philanthropic career. Hence, that’s the reason the promoter of modern business models and AI technology was named as Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012. Likewise, he is one of the few Pakistani citizens who has represented the country at the World Economic Forum multiple times and earned the chance to address at the United Nations in 2020.
Early Life Before Entering in Business Field & Charitable Work
The power holder of major subsidiaries of Dawood Hercules Corporation Limited was born on 12 February 1975 in Rawalpindi, Pakistan. Just like his father Hussain Dawood, Shahzada pursued his higher education in England. After acquiring a bachelor’s degree in law at Buckingham University and a master’s degree in global textile marketing from Thomas Jefferson University, he joined hands with his family businesses.
Shahzada, who became a Maltese citizen and spent most of his life in England, was always into new technological inventions and renewable energies. Plus, he never missed the chance to support education and perform action plans for the enhancement of resources for the needy ones.
Successful Run of Continuing The Parental Legacy in Business
The young and talented successor of Pakistan’s one of wealthiest families joined his family business in 1996. With expertise and specialisation in working for the enhancement of Pakistan’s native transportation industries, Shahzada continued to support other business involvement of the family’s parental organisation. The victorious son of a billionaire father came as an active board member of the Dawood Hercules Corporation in 2003 and ultimately became the vice chairman in 2021.
Before his sorrowful death, he was serving as the director and vice chairman of Dawood Hercules Corporation and vice chairman of Engro Corporation. The active involvement of shareholders of Dawood Group companies was shown through his participation in technological aspects that could resolve social and economic problems. Similarly, his support for youth development, growth opportunities, and research organisations shaped him into an active, visionary personality of recent times.
Philanthropic Work & Other Social Works Endorsements
The world is filled with numerous leaders who have done larger-than-life things to make a difference. And in those worth appreciating personalities, Shahzada Dawood comes under gifted souls who never used their family names for granted and served others with open arms.
There is an extended list of philanthropic works done by Shahzada Dawood. As the highlight of being a trustee of more than ten non-profitable organisations is enough to praise the social welfare involvement of this lost gem of Pakistan. Shahzada was the supporter and promoter of different social movements such as women empowerment, child education and mental health awareness.
Recently he was part of the Hussain Dawood Pledge donation campaigns to fight against COVID-19 and support mental health patients during the pandemic. Before his unexpected departure, he remained a trustee of several non-profitable organisations such as the Dawood Foundation, SETI Institution and Engro Foundation.
Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2012
The precious accolade of Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum is an award given to those who have served the people and various state organisations. Moreover, the reward represents a symbol of appreciation to those who serve humanity by doing charitable work and performing social work responsibilities.
The youngest and proud son of Pakistan was selected by the alumni community of global leaders at the World Economic Forum 2012. After this universal recognition and global prestige, Shahzada became a permanent member of the Global leader’s community and joined the forum multiple times.
Furthermore, in 2020, Shahzada was invited by the United Nations to the annual International Day of Women and Girls in Science. During the event, he promoted girls’ education and supported youth empowerment, as he always believed that youth should be given more opportunities to prove themselves.
Involvement in Dawood Foundation’s Charitable Programs
Shahzada served as the trustee of the Dawood Foundation for 27 years till his death. The non-profitable organisation was established 58 years ago, in 1960, by Ahmad Dawood. Leadership and the Board of Trustees that involve most of the Dawood family have been promoting educational advocacy and have contributed to assorted formal education projects. Such as,
- KSBL (Karachi School of Business and Leadership)
- DCET (Dawood College of Engineering & Technology)
- MDSVAD (Mariam Dawood School of Visual Arts and Design
- F. G. Dawood Public School
Along with national charitable and social involvements, Shahzada was also part of an international charitable organisation: Prince’s Trust International. As per the reports, he was a member of the global advisory board that supports the development and improvement of young people.
Sudden Tragic Demise of a Business Giant of the Nation
Shahzada Dawood was a Pakistani-British businessman, industrialist, investor, promoter and philanthropist who met with a disastrous deadly accident during a tourist expedition. The dreadful and misfortunate accident happened on June 18 2023, when Shahzad and his son Suleman with three other members, were on an expedition to view the wreck of the Titanic. After nearly two hours of travel, the crew lost contact with the OceanGate Titan submarine that was carrying all five passengers. The passengers include father (Shahzada), son (Suleman), CEO of OccenGate (Stockton Rush) and two other passengers (Hamish Harding and Paul-Henri Nargeolet).
The news of lost contact broke down on the internet right after the announcement of the missing submarine, as the travellers were renowned personalities. After the rescue search over multiple days, the United States Coast Guard reported the finding of the submarine on 22 June 2023. Unformatuely, all the passengers died, including Shahzada and his son Suleman.
Heartfelt Note to Shahzada Dawood’s Family & Friends
In the grieving and suffering moment, the whole nation is with the families of lost innocent souls, as our deep condolences are with the relatives of all five passengers. This heartfelt note is for the families and friends of the passengers, especially Shahzada and Suleman’s loved ones.
Let’s pray for those who are no longer with us and keep their presence alive by sharing their priceless recollections and treasured reminiscences. It is true and factual that we can’t bring them back. But we can honour their legacies by sharing their stories to keep their memories alive. Likewise, Shahzada and Suleman were fond of science fiction movies and loved to work for the community. Similarly, it was also reported that Shahzada was a photography enthusiast and used to visit various wildlife habitats.