Navin Valrani


Raised in the city of Dubai, Navin Valrani went on to graduate with honours from the Wharton School of Business and then backed it up with a distinction in his MBA at London Business School and an MSc. in Education at the University of Pennsylvania. Navin today is the CEO of Arcadia Education, the Al Shirawi Group’s foray into K-12 education. He also heads up the group’s engineering services cluster, consisting of 11 companies, 7 Joint Ventures, and over 5000 employees. Navin sits on the board of the group, which also has interests in Printing, Oil and Gas, Logistics, Electronics, Heavy Equipment and Manufacturing Industries. In his spare time Navin enjoys giving back to his alma maters: 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 25 years; and a member of the International Alumni Council at London Business School between 2013 and 2018. Navin has been happily married for the last 24 years and has two sons. His wife, Monica, runs the Ladybird chain of nursery schools in Dubai and has a passion for early years education. Navin also teaches the renown Junior MBA programme at The Arcadia Preparatory School, a primary school business program that he founded and is extremely passionate about.


Leadership stream

26 February 2019 | 11:30 - 12:00 | English | Why Entrepreneurship Must be Taught at Schools?

A talk on the famous Junior MBA programme that has transformed the lives of primary school children that have been a part of it. The talk will focus on examples of young entrepreneurs across the world and what an entrepreneurship curriculum at the primary school level should look like.

GESS Talks Arena

26 February 2019 | 12:30 - 12:40 | English | GESS Bites: How Arcadia's Junior MBA Programme was Created?

Listen to how a corporate CEO managing 10,000 people became a primary school teacher! Navin Valrani, CEO at Al Shirawi Group, will provide a frank chat on why more corporate CEOs need to consider a career in teaching.