Navin Valrani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Shirawi Group

The Brand Called You welcomes a very senior businessman and professional from Dubai, Mr. Navin Valrani. Mr. Valrani is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of the Al Shirawi Group, UAE. He is the CEO of Arcadia Education. He has done his MBA from the London School of Business, MS in Education from UPEN and is currently pursuing a doctorate in Education. He is also a member of the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO). In this interview with Mr. Garg, Navin shares the three key milestones of his life and career. He shares his journey experiences at the Al Shirawi Group. Navin explains that Al Shirawi is a diversified conglomerate with its headquarters in Dubai and business that is spread globally. Which has 30+ companies spread across 10 different sectors.  Navin also shares the origin and journey of Arcadia Education. Arcadia is a chain of non profit schools that helps educate students in the UAE. He also shares the unique origin of the name Arcadia along with some background history of the company. Well-being of the students, compassion, care and character building are some of the most important values taught at Arcadia. Arcadia has a family of about 600 students now! And Navin is keen on taking it to the other Emirates as well. Towards the end of the interview, Navin talks about the pandemic and how it has been an eye opener for all. 

“2020 has been a reminder of how temporary life is”

To Navin, success is being happy on a personal level. Which in turn, he gains from helping others! 

Navin Valrani, Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Shirawi Group


Born in Mumbai and raised in Dubai, Navin Valrani went on to graduate with honors from the Wharton School of Business and then backed it up with an MBA at London Business School and an MS Ed. at the University of Pennsylvania. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Navin is the Vice Chairman and Managing Director of Al Shirawi Group, the diversified Dubai-headquartered conglomerate. He is also the CEO of Arcadia Education, the group’s education initiative and the school operator of the innovative Arcadia Schools. His commitment to education has led him to serve on the Board of Overseers at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

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