The new president will be Israr Ahmed, who comes from the leather industry and has held roles at the Council of Leather Exports and the Indo-German Chamber of Commerce. He has also served as a Regional Chairman of the FIEO.

The FIEO notes that Dr Sakthivel has focused on driving Indian export growth by promoting micro, small and medium enterprises (MSMEs) and establishing market access through free trade agreements.

The organisation said of the new President: “Trade and industry are confident that Mr Ahmed will continue the important work of his predecessor and address the concerns of Indian exporters while improving the overall export ecosystem.”