Abul Fazal Rizvi is the Chief Executive Officer of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC) – a joint venture of Government of Sindh, Engro Energy Limited and other corporate stakeholders. In addition, he also serves as the Chief Executive Officer of the Thar Foundation – a Company set up under Section 42 of the Companies Act, 2017 with an ambit to deploy UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in Thar Block II and Islamkot – Tharparkar (Sindh). Rizvi is also a Director on the Board of Engro Vopak Terminal Limited – a joint venture between Engro Corporation and Royal Vopak of Netherlands.
With an under-graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from Kansas State University, USA and a subsequent post-graduate degree in Mechanical Engineering from the same alma mater, Rizvi has a combined professional experience of over 22 years. His expertise lies in project management, strategic management & execution of large, industrial complexes.
Rizvi started his professional career with Engro Fertilizers Limited (then Engro Chemicals Limited) in 1998, when he joined the team as a Project Engineer and climbed through the corporate ladder over the course of the next decade to be part of the lead team executing the USD 1.1 billion EnVen Project for Engro Fertilizers Limited in 2007. Regarded as one of the largest corporate sector development projects then, Rizvi was instrumental in leading construction related activities for the new fertilizer complex.
Post the EnVen commissioning, Rizvi with his knack for meticulous execution and strategic insight was brought on to the team of the Thar Coal Project in 2012 as Project Development Manager. He was critical in reworking the feasibilities for the Thar Coal projects, specifically the mining part, where he was able to reduce costs and ensure that the project remained technically & economically feasible. In 2014, he took over the project as the Director Mining and within a span of a year was given the charge of the Chief Operating Officer of Sindh Engro Coal Mining Company (SECMC). Through his exceptional leadership, he has been able to successfully fuse operational excellence across the project execution. Combined with his can-do-attitude and the ability to motivate and inspire others, Rizvi guided SECMC to unearth Pakistan’s largest coal resources in June 2018 and given his exceptional performance became the CEO of the Company in December 2018.
As an individual, Rizvi is a people’s person with strong inter-personal skills. He believes in bringing out the best in people and enjoys mentoring and coaching individuals to help them realize their true potential. He advocates that success is not solely dependent on intellect but consistency; hard work and perseverance are the real keys to success. In his free time, he likes to read and listen to music. A lesser known fact about Rizvi is that he is a true globe-trotter. Having travelled to almost 40 countries (& counting!) he loves to experience new cultures and meet new people.
He lives in Karachi together with his family.