Doha Toastmasters Club (DTM), the first club that introduced “toast mastering” to Qatar, was born in the year 1996 and chartered on 1st January 1997. The credit for starting the club goes to Manoj Megchiani, who had set sail to Qatar from Bahrain to start his own business and also to form the first toastmasters club in Qatar.
Toastmasters International is a world leader in communication and leadership development. Members improve their speaking and leadership skills by attending one of the clubs such as” Doha Toastmasters”.
The world needs leaders. Leaders head families, coach teams, run businesses and mentor others. These leaders must not only accomplish, they must communicate. By regularly giving speeches, gaining feedback, leading teams and guiding others to achieve their goals in a supportive atmosphere, leaders emerge from the Toastmasters program. Every Toastmasters journey begins with a single speech. During their journey, they learn to tell their stories. They listen and answer. They plan and lead. They give feedback—and accept it. Through our community of learners, they find their path to leadership.
Toastmasters International Mission: We empower individuals to become more effective communicators and leaders
At Doha Toastmasters, we are here to support and encourage every member achieve their self-set goals for improving their public speaking and leadership skills. We want to see every member turn into a good, confident public speaker and leader, but more importantly we want every member happy and contended.
Our Mission is to provide a supportive and positive learning experience in which members are empowered to develop communication and leadership skills, resulting in greater self-confidence and personal growth.
Niloufer Samal, ACB, ALB is a finance professional from Mumbai, India, A member of the Institute of Cost
Accountants of India, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Commerce from University of Mumbai. She
also holds a diploma from the National Institute of Information Technology.
She joined Doha Toastmasters in January 2016 and finds Toastmasters to be one of the finest programs
for personal development. According to her, the most striking feature of Toastmasters is the positive
and encouraging environment it provides to develop public speaking skills. Toastmasters is the place
where you will find a group of people who come together with the express intention of helping each
other grow and develop.
She has served Doha Toastmasters Club as Vice President of Public Relations in 2016-17 and Vice
President Education in 2017-18. Under her leadership, Doha Toastmasters Club earned the Falcon
Awards for the ‘Outstanding Newsletter of the Year” and “Outstanding Website of the Year”. The club
was also bestowed with the ‘Special Award of Excellence for Newsletter” at the District Toastmasters
Annual Conference, Bahrain 2017. She also received the Special Gold Award for Membership. She
achieved another milestone in her toastmaster’s journey when she was awarded the prestigious “Triple
Crown” by completing Competent Communicator, Competent Leader and Advanced Leader Bronze in a
single term. Doha Toastmasters Club was awarded a multitude of District awards for excellence in
Program Quality when she served as the Vice President Education.
Notable among them were the “Perfect 10 Club Award”, “Club Fast Track CC, AC, CL and AL Awards”,
”Presidents Distinguished Club- Hat Trick Award” and the “Club High Achiever Award”. She also served
as the Division E Finance Manager for 2017-18.
Division E recognized her efforts and contributions to the toastmasters fraternity by bestowing the
Falcon award for “THE OUTSTANDING TOASTMASTER OF THE YEAR”. As President of Doha Toastmasters
Club she aims to take the club from strength to strength with the motto “Making the Best, Better”. She
aims to motivate and support every member of Doha Toastmasters Club to achieve their goals of
becoming better communicators and leaders.
Nagaraja Sekar Mannem from Tirupati, Andhra Pradesh holds a Bachelor's degree in Mechanical
Engineering and is a Strategic IT Supply Chain Management Professional in SAP domain. He is Certified
in Production and Inventory Management, CPIM from the American Production Inventory Control
Society, APICS. He is also a Project Management Professional , PMP, from Project Management
Institute, US. He has also attended the Executive Program in International Business Management
conducted by the Indian Institute of Management , Calcutta.
He is a lifetime member of YMCA, Mumbai. He is also a Vipassana Meditator trained by Shri S.N.
Goenka’s team at Igatpuri near Mumbai. He has worked in Chennai and Mumbai in India, Riyadh and Al
Jubail in KSA, Ghent in Belgium, San Diego in USA, Walldorf in Germany and Doha in Qatar.
He is married to Lavanya and they are blessed with two lovely sons, Geetarjun and Parrinav.
He attributes all his success to his parents, teachers, family members, friends and society at large. He
strongly believes that it is their unconditional love and continuous support that has helped him reach
An active member of the club since October 2015, Nagaraja says “ Toastmasters who follow the core
values of Respect, Integrity, Service and Excellence will never be let down at Toastmasters
International. I continue in my endeavors to imbibe these values in my personal and professional life
He has Completed Competent Communicator in Toastmasters Journey.
He also served [email protected] role for Period 2016-2017, VP M role for Period 2017-2018 at Doha Toast
Masters Club. He has also Served as [email protected] for the Area Contest 2017-2018. He will be serving
the role of VP E for Period 2018-2019 at Doha Toastmasters Club.
As Club Officer of the Doha Toastmasters Club, he would love to support and share the benefits the club
offers with members and guests. He is particularly thankful to DTM Rajeswar Sundaresan for introducing
him to Doha Toastmasters Club, where he continues to improve his public speaking and communication
Pravin Chandra has been working with Qatar Rail and has a bachelors degree in Engineering. He is with the club from October 2016. As the newly elected Vice President Memberships he aims to initiate and bring many to enjoy the advantages and learning opportunities Doha Toastmasters Club offers.
TM Akash Bhutada is an engineer by profession working with Honeywell Qatar since 2009. He has joined
Toastmasters in Sep-2016 and completed CC in 2018. He believes Doha Toastmaster club is like a family
where members gets opportunity to learn from each other’s wisdom, experiences and practices. It
creates a positive environment where everyone can grow together professionally and emotionally. Each
member radiates so much positive energy that no one remains devoid of inspiration.
He believes that in this fast paced world, importance of toastmasters can never be overestimated. In
the role of VPPR he would like to ensure that learnings from the toastmasters club does not remain
confined to club members. But it should reach to all the shores of Qatar. He wants to bring each and
every resident of Qatar to visits Doha toastmasters club at least once in year 2018-19.
Namrata Tawde holds a Masters degree commerce from the University of Mumbai. She also holds an
additional Bachelors Degree in Education. An ex-employee of Life Insurance Corporation of India, she
has a multi functionary experience in various departments handling life policies and Accounts.
In Doha, she was a passionate teacher igniting and nurturing young minds at Birla Public School.
She joined Doha Toastmasters Club in May 2018. According to her toastmasters builds confidence to
speak and communicate effectively. Toastmasters is an environment where everyone comes together
and helps each other to grow.
As a Secretary of Doha Toastmasters Club she aims to keep all club records meticulously and support
every member of Doha Toastmasters Club to achieve the goals of becoming better communicators and
Fauzia Al Mazrui from Tanzania is a Civil Engineer. Graduated from university of Dar Es Salaam In
College of Engineering and Technology.
She Joined Doha Toastmasters In November 2017 with the aim of personal development. Within few
months, her steadfastness and commitment to club’s meetings she found progress and improvements. She found toastmasters as the only
place to spend her quality time, with quality people, to reap quality thoughts. Through motivational or inspirational speeches from different members of the club she
couldn’t detached from Toasmasters. Strong commitment and will enabled her to be part of
excom as treasurer. According to her this is one step forward to build stronger bond with the Doha
Sandip is a Mechanical Engineer graduated from VJTI Mumbai. He loves to study and practice fire-life safety and directed his focus on lifelong learning. He is expert in fire suppression system designs and also Fire Protection Specialist Certified by National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) USA.
He lives in Doha with his wife and child. He joined Doha Toastmasters Club in April 2017. He believes that communication and leadership skills are most important skills one should have and Doha Toastmasters is a very good platform to improve those skills. He is working with Jensen Hughes as a Fire protection Systems Consultant for Hamad Medical Corporation’s risk mitigation project.
Nisamudheen S A, ACB< ALB is a post graduate in Economics and Fellowship holder in Insurance Management& working as Executive Manager in National Insurance Co. He is Qatar for more than two decades with his wife and daughters.
As a toastmaster for seven years he was Past VPM and VPPR of Doha Toastmasters Club. He was the Club, Area and Division Champion in the International Speech category and also a District level speaker.
Our ExCom officers are dedicated to delivering the best club experience.
Our Executive Committee (ExCom) are elected by the members every year at the end of the club term in the month of June.