Navin Valrani 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 Al Shirawi 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 and hold various other board positions in education settings.
Schooled in Dubai, Navin Valrani went on to graduate with honours from the Wharton School of Business. Navin has also completed an MBA with distinction at London Business School, a Master’s in Education at the University of Pennsylvania, and a certificate program in college counselling from UCLA. He is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education at the University of Pennsylvania.
In 2014, Navin and his wife Monica committed to empowering female students through education scholarships by creating the Monica and Navin Valrani scholarship fund at various educational institutions. Navin was also an integral part of the Campaign Committee at London Business School to successfully raise over £100 million in its first-ever fundraising campaign.
Navin’s greatest passion lies in teaching. He teaches the renowned Junior MBA program, a primary school business curriculum he founded at Arcadia School. His dedication to teaching and service led to him being awarded the William B. Castetter Alumni Award of Merit by the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education in 2019.
Navin is married to Monica Valrani, an Early Years educator who runs Ladybird Nurseries in Dubai. Monica and Navin are proud parents to two boys, Rohan and Kunal.