Mohan Valrani, Senior Vice-Chairman of the Al Shirawi Group of Companies, describes his career growth, his views on globalization and the future of Asia 1. How did Dubai become a base for your businesses? I arrived in Dubai with a few dollars in my pocket and a promise of a job in the textile trade. The good fortune of meeting my partner, Abdulla Al Shirawi, helped me in an easier climb upward. Together we built big business conglomerate, brick by brick, company by company,
Years ago when my elder son was a boy scout, he used to participate in an annual race called the Pinewood Derby. It was a competitive event, where each boy scout (with the help of his father) would have to make a car out of a block of wood and race it on a sloping track. Like most kids, my eldest started out wanting to win the race, only for his car to finish in last place. At the end of that event, my son got a turtle for an award to signify that his was the slowest car.
One of the most difficult situations to handle emotionally is the situation of being physically separated from a loved one: be that a parent, a spouse, a partner, a child or even a dear friend. There are times when we cannot control the reasons behind such a separation: death is one of those situations; the prioritization of commitments is usually a more common one. By the latter I mean when in a bid to provide for your loved ones you are compelled to make choices that lead t
I am blessed to come across many working professionals on a daily basis. Most lead a life at striving to fulfil their responsibilities on a daily basis. These responsibilities include trying to be a perfect child to their parents, a perfect spouse to their partner, a perfect sibling to their sisters and brothers and a perfect parent to their children. To add to these are the responsibilities at the work place. Faced with all these responsibilities, one cannot help but que
Speech by Mohan Valrani at the Indian High School to celebrate the 50 years Golden Jubilee anniversary of the school. Teaching is the choicest Profession because everybody who is anybody was taught how to be somebody by a teacher. Honorable Guests, Members of the Board of Trustees, Members of the Managing Committee, Parents, Teachers, Staff of the Indian High School, Boys & Girls, let us welcome Dr. Abdullah Al Karam, Chairman of the Board of Directors and Director General of
Interview by Millionaire Magazine of Mr. Mohan Valrani on his life, achievements and the years ahead We all recognize Mr. Valrani as a partner of the Al Shirawi Group, founding Chairman of the Indian Club and current chairman of the Indian High School, but Mohan is a modest and retiring man and it is doubtful whether more than a handful of people, outside his family, really know the man himself, his inner thoughts and feelings, his philosophy and morals, in short the private
Speech by Mohan Valrani at the Zabeel Public School celebrating the partnership between the Zabeel Public School and the Indian High School. The speech was attended by Dr. Abdulla Al Karam, Chairman of KHDA, Ms. Fatima Al Marri, CEO of Dubai School Agency and Ms. Faiza Abdul Kareem, Principal of the Zabeel Public School Today is an important day for Zabeel Public School & Indian High School. It is an alliance between a foreign school and a local school, it is a partnership
Over 15 years ago I was travelling domestically in the US when I happened to sit next to a gentleman who left me with a real purpose in life. I do not remember his name, but he was working at Cisco at the time and was involved in some very cutting edge stuff with the organization. We got talking on the flight and shared a good laugh or two. There was one thing however that he told me when sharing his family background with me. His father had passed away when he was quite
I am convinced that in everyone's life, there is always a person outside of one's immediate family, who has had a life-changing effect on one's personality and career development. There are several people that one encounters throughout life who leave lasting impressions but there usually is one without whom we are convinced we would not be where we are today.
For me this person was my 12th grade (standard) Economics Teacher at Dubai College (my high school), David Hobday. M
A very intelligent individual once told me, “you judge a society by the way it treats its women.” It is a statement that has remained close to my heart ever since. When I took over the responsibility of managing ESG in 1997, we had 3 women working in the office. Today as we celebrated International Women’s Day, there were a gathering of 68 women, and among them one of our General Managers, Medha Sukthankar. I normally do not like to talk about specific individuals, but Med