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Navin Valrani CEO at Arcadia Education Group


Raised in the city of Dubai, Navin Valrani went on to graduate with honors from the Wharton School of Business and then backed it up with a distinction in his MBA at London Business School. Navin today heads up the Al Shirawi Group’s foray into Education and Building Services, overseeing 9 companies, 3 Joint Ventures, over 5000 employees and a purpose built British Primary School by the name of The Arcadia Preparatory School. Navin also sits on the board of the Al Shirawi Group, a conglomerate that also has interests in Printing, Oil and Gas, Logistics, Electronics, Heavy Equipment and Manufacturing Industries.

Navin served as the Chairman of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) Emirates Chapter during the 2014-15 year, having served over 5 years on the chapter board. In his spare time he enjoys giving back to his alma mater: serving on the Wharton Alumni Board from 1997 through to 2003; presently on the Wharton Executive Board for Europe, Middle East and Africa; serving as the Chairperson of the UAE Alumni Interviewing Committee for the University of Pennsylvania for the last 20 years; and presently a member of the International Alumni Council at London Business School and the Chair of the Governance and Nominations Committee on the Council.

In 2014, Navin furthered his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and the London Business School by instituting the Monica and Navin Valrani scholarship fund at both institutions to support female students from India to attend both the schools.

Navin has been happily married for the last 20 years and has two wonderful sons who attend the American School of Dubai.  His wife, Monica, runs the Ladybird chain of nursery schools in Dubai and has a passion for early years education. 

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