What is CorporateConnections™
CorporateConnections™ provides global business leaders the ideal setting for generating exceptional and measurable results through executive networking opportunities. Our members join CorporateConnections™ to develop business relationships, gain access to advanced professional development opportunities and to participate in peer advisory groups.
Our proven model helps you build strategic and tactical relationships through a structured and supportive environment comprised of other successful business owners and top executives.
CorporateConnections™ is in UAE now and membership is open to qualified business persons and professionals.
“The first chapter of CorporateConnections in UAE is being established with business owners and senior executives aiming for accelerated growth.
I am a firm believer in the power of networking and this has been instrumental in the phenomenal growth of my businesses, and CorporateConnections is a forum that will connect members to collectively achieve greater results.
Join the first chapter and pioneer a new wave of business networking in UAE.”
Podcast What is CorporateConnections™
Become a Member
CorporateConnections™ membership criteria ensures that each chapter has successful business persons and professionals who can leverage connections, add value to fellow members and sustain long term relationships.
To join a chapter you must apply, qualify, and on approval pay the membership fees.
How Do You Benefit
Our proven referral system and global reach allows our members to connect with other strategic executives, locally and internationally to build avenues for revenue.
Global Business Alliances
The combination of our global presence, defined membership criteria and interactive mobile application creates the perfect recipe for long-term alliances and relationships.
Peer Advisory Groups – PACT™
Our Peer Advisory Counsel Teams (PACTs) act as a personal advisory board giving members a novel approach to resolving business and personal challenges in an intimate and confidential environment.
Advanced Professional Development
Access to world-class networking and leadership training offer members the benefits of continuous development at professional and personal level.
CorporateConnections™ meetings and interactions follow a proven structure and require regular attendance at bi-monthly meetings and participation in chapter events.
Darshan Diljit Shah
Hiten ShahFormer Member
Jaber Abdul Wahab
Satvinder Singh Bhatia
Hani Alqasem Former Member
Udit Garg Former Member
Rambatla Ramaswamy Rajendra Former Member
Ahmed Odeh, could easily pass off as a model with his boyish look and muscular build. Actually he is a lawyer heading the law firm Mio Law. He has an established clientele in the Banking and Financial sector and his firm oversees real estate related cases for leading banks and insurance companies.
Ahmed is not just a law graduate from Nottingham Law School but also has a Bachelor’s Degree in MIS from the University of Sharjah. As an educated and experienced legal eagle, Ahmed is taking his family law firm to higher heights.
We welcome Ahmed Odeh to the chapter and hope that our members will find value in his contacts, that he is so modest about, and his expertise in resolving financial disputes as well as criminal breaches.
Atheeqe Ansari is the founder of the leading cables and electrical distribution enterprise called Electric Way. His youthful vigor and infectious charm energizes the CorporateConnections™ UAE chapter. An avid technology buff Atheeqe has leveraged innovation to bring a paradigm shift in the electrical distribution business in the region.
Atheeqe did his matriculation and under graduate degree from UAE and after founding Electric Way he continued studying to acquire his Masters degree in Business Administration. His company Electric Way is the biggest trading partner for Dubai Cables (DUCAB).
A collector of art and watches, Atheeqe’s aesthetic leanings are matched by his business acumen. We welcome Atheeqe and are sure that his innovative ideas, energy and jovial demeanor will help us all.
Chirag Sabhnani, the Luxury Realtor, born in 1987 is the youngest in the CC1 chapter and has the joined the circle of excellence to grow his family business of garment trading and their business of real estate that he joined in 2016. Chirag completed his Bachelor of Finance from the University of Wollongong in Dubai and is passionately accelerating Union Square House Real Estate that has exclusive access to premium properties in Dubai.
Chirag is a personnel with cultured taste and the person to go to for luxury properties in the UAE or to connect to leading developers like Emaar, Dubai Properties, Dubai Holdings (Meraas), and Landmark. His role model is his father Ashok Sabhnani who taught him the importance of work-life balance. It is, therefore, not surprising that while he works at breakneck speed throughout the day, he finds adequate time to spend with his 4 year old son Garv, and his wife Ekta who gave up her jewellery design passion to bring up Garv.
Chirantan Joshi is the co-founder of E-Movers, the largest relocation company in UAE. The Leather Doctor, a leading name for leather repairs is one of the group companies. Chirantan or CJ as he is fondly called by all, is also the co-founder of The Leaders Organization that holds the national franchise for CorporateConnections.
“As an avid networker” CJ believes in the adage Givers Gain, and has made it his life-long mission to help his contacts prosper through referrals that he generously bestows. He is also a trainer and has published a toolbox on Time Management. The CorporateConnections chapter hopes to gain from his coaching skills and treasure of business connects.
Darshan Diljit Shah
Darshan Diljit Shah hails from a family of reputed jewelers from Trichy famous for their firm N. Gopaldass Jewellers established in 1929. A passionate jeweler, Darshan lovingly known as Shyam, has over 24 years of experience in this trade and established Amina Jewellers in UAE in the year 2012. Known for their customized personal jewellery and bejeweled corporate gifts, his firm works with prestigious clients including Expo 2020. You are welcome to their retail stores in Dubai and Abu Dhabi as well as Hyderabad, Mumbai, Chennai, and of course Trichy.
He is married to Pankti, a physiotherapist turned jeweler, and has two teenage daughters Krupa and Anushri. Darshan is most impressed with the Chow Tai Fook Jewellery Group and continues to draw his inspiration from them.
Dhiral Doshi, aka Daniel, our newest and youngest member just turned thirty-one and has been gathering experience since he was eighteen. Dhiral manages several businesses in South Sudan and made his debut in Dubai recently. His businesses include an automobile agency, a construction company, a building materials trading company, an advertising firm, and a forex bureau. Most recently he opened a company for hair-gain products distribution, and a clinic for hair implants.
Dhiral has considerable reach in relief and support organizations operating in South Sudan and is most impressed with Ratan Tata for his humility despite his powerful position, and for achieving the dual goal of profitability and a happy workforce.
Hani Alqasem Former Member
Hani Alqasem is the founder of the Arki Group with business interests in interior design, fit-outs, joinery and manufacturing of furniture and glass.Hani did his Bachelor’s in Architecture from the University of Jordan and flourished in the business-friendly environment of UAE. A people’s person, Hani probably has the most energized team in his trade. His company serves the corporate, hospitality and retail sector.
A business tenure spanning 26 years, Hani brings to the group wisdom and strong connections to leading banks and financial institutions as also government bodies and private enterprises in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.
A passionate biker, he did not let an accident prevent him from attending group meetings. He believes in innovation and has equal admiration for the likes of Buffet, Jobs and Disney. Blessed with a son and daughter that have come of age, he is an avid reader and makes sure to spare couple of hours daily.
Hiten Shah can take you places literally around the globe through his group of companies in the air travel and logistics business. An experienced businessman with over 35 years of experience spanning several continents, Hiten Shah owns the Cityone Tourism and Travel LLC in Dubai, and several other businesses in the Africa including a hotel, brewery and private aviation.
He is your gateway to the emerging economies of Africa and leverages his life-long contacts to turn leads into opportunities. We welcome Hiten to the CorporateConnections™ UAE chapter and hope that his experience and references will benefit our members.
His wife and children are actively involved in his business and therefore being at work is as good as spending time with family.
Jaber Abdul Wahab
Jaber Abul Wahab experience and achievement belie his young age and he has featured in the Young Indian Visionary book released in 2018. As CEO of the Bridgeway Group of Companies, Jaber holds together a set of companies in Shipping, Logistics, Engineering, Real Estate, Automotive Trade and Marketing, managed by his family. His group also has interests in social welfare projects.
In UAE the group provides logistics support to retail giants like Jumbo and Al Futtaim, while in his hometown of Kerala, the Maruti dealership delivers a car every hour.
A go-getter with a wide portfolio, Jaber lends to the CorporateConnections chapter his extensive network and social sensibilities.
Kiran Daryanani is the Managing Director of Ultra Care, a hygiene products company focused on commercial clients. She runs a converter plant for paper tissues products for personal and industrial use. Her company also trades in products related to hygiene. Kiran single-handedly runs this company with a workforce of over 70, and at the same time has two teenage daughters to bring up.
She has an excellent rapport with customers from the catering, cleaning and hospitality industry and has the knack for binding customers to her products. She has ingested ‘Eat the Frog’ by Brian Tracy. She loves the beach and the sun, and is a fitness fan.
Mohammed Sutarwala, runs Emqube, a software development company in Dubai since 2003, and Swan Solutions, an IT infrastructure services company in Mumbai since 1989. Living in Dubai, he is hands-on in Emqube, while Swan is fully empowered company running independently by an empowered management.
Mohammed is a business transformation technologist marrying business imperatives with technology solutions to enable exponential growth. He is on the IBPC Steering Committee for Technology and co-founder of a peer-support group called Latte Club. Married to Rehana since 1993, he has a daughter Arwa who is pursuing a degree in Culinary Art, at Ecole Ducasse, Paris.
Monish Ramchandani brings in 20 years of experience and connections with over 14 years in the construction material market. He is your access to leading contractors and facility management companies in the country.
A B.Com graduate from Mumbai, he started his career in blue-chip companies and launched his own company QCON General Trading LLC in 2015 which deals in wholesale, retail and authorized distributor for more than 20+ market-leading multinational brands (ONE-STOP SHOP) from the Construction Industry such as Saint-Gobain, BASF, MAPEI, FISCHER, BOSCH, FILA and many others Through his 3 showrooms and direct sales team he is currently serving commercial customers in UAE and is working on expanding QCON to UK and Africa. QCON is an award wining professional distribution company offering construction chemicals, gypsum plasterboards & ceilings, electric and lighting products, paints, and coatings, building materials and hardware, safety items, wall and floor coverings, DIY & home improvement
Monish is married to Janvi and has a 12-year old daughter Simone whose magnetic charm binds him at home. His other passion is watching movies and sports, when not planning his future moves to make QCON figure in the list of Global Fortune 100. Monish welcome to CorporateConnections™ and hope your ambition finds velocity with us.
Rajesh Narayanan is the Co-Founder & COO of Granteq LLC, a solution integrator in the field of Audio Visual and Unified Communications technologies. A soft-spoken go-getter Rajesh completed his post-graduate diploma in Computer Application and further qualified in Personnel Management & Industrial Relations. An entrepreneur since the last 12 years he has a total work experience of 28 years.
Granteq is an established player in the domain of Education, Oil & Gas, BFSI, Retail, Healthcare, Hospitality, Corporate etc and enjoys a deep rapport with clients representing a wide spectrum across Middle East & Africa.
Rajesh’s athletic build may be attributed to his passion for cricket and badminton, and his mental bliss to his wife Jyothy and daughter Sameeksha and younger son Bharat. He venerates his late father who he believes was ahead of his time; an individual with great creative and adaptive skills.
Rambatla Ramaswamy Rajendra,
Rambatla Ramaswamy Rajendra, more lovingly known as Raju is a veteran when it comes to the freight forwarding and logistics industry in the Gulf region. In a career spanning 48 years, 30 of which as his own boss, Raju has been continuously running his business through several challenges and brings hard-learnt perspectives to CC1 UAE Chapter.
His company Crystal International Cargo besides offering large warehousing and distribution facilities in Dubai serves the pharmaceutical, fashion, aviation, oil & gas and project forwarding sector. Raju can be your conduit to connections in global companies in these sectors including Rotterdam and Singapore where he has lived and worked. A unique service offered by his company is the Balikbayan Cargo Box that enables Filipinos to send a boxful of happiness home tax-free.
Raju converses in 7 languages, including Arabic. He is married to Violet, a Filipina. He has two daughters Rashmi and Roshni, both married and settled as citizens in the US and England respectively. His passion is trekking, and he admires Lee Kuan Yew who is founder of Singapore, and management guru Peter Drucker.
We are pleased to introduce a member who is the epitome of Swiss quality and resolve. Meet Sankar Viswanath, the name in UAE, behind the hugely famous furniture brand Vitra. His company Swiss Corporate for Design and Technology is sole authorized distributor for VITRA in the United Arab Emirates. Swisscotec is also the company that supplies and maintains the quality automatic doors of Gilgen that you walk through in most gas stations in UAE.
A UAE resident since 1983, Sankar operates from an ultra-chic office showroom in the Design District. He is the man who can open many doors and if you open a door for him, he is sure to bag the deal.
Satvinder Singh Bhatia
CorporateConnections™ is pleased to welcome Satvinder Singh Bhatia to the first UAE Chapter. Mr. Bhatia is the founder of the Platinum Group of Companies in the business of insurance brokerage and investment advisory. With over 26 years of professional experience, he and his team serve a large set of corporate customers and high net worth individuals in UAE.
He is the man to secure your future with his complementary set of skills. He helps you multiply your money with his investment counsel and at the same time mitigates your losses through insurance.
Shirish Patwardhan’s company RChemie has the rare distinction of serving almost any and all industries in UAE that need chemical raw materials and or speciality oils. He also has a manufacturing unit for anti-freezant and adhesives, and his affinity for these products is evident in his cool demeanour and the sticky relationships he maintains with everyone.
Total work experience of 36 years has 14 years of being his own boss. He is a workaholic and enjoys a strong rapport with industry-leading companies such as TOTAL MiddleEast, FOSROC, DABUR, AL GURG, BURJ EIFFEL, to name a few.
Shirish, recently got his son married and is now enjoying the care and attention of two women at home, his wife and his doting daughter-in-law.
Shirish is a Warren Buffet fan and perhaps his own clarity of thought and philanthropic ambitions, are derived from Buffet’s traits that he reveres the most. CC members can bank on his experience and connects that he has cultivated over the years.
Shresht Sharma, as his name suggests, wants to excel in all he does and has sprouted a string of businesses over the last 16 years that bear his stamp of excellence.
An MBA by education, Shresht helps businesses to register in UAE and additionally accommodates their operations through his swanky Business Centre on Sheikh Zayed Road. His other businesses include accounting, unbreakable eyewear, investments to aviation brokerage. His belief in people makes it easier to partner with new businesses and help them grow.
He admires Richard Branson for his foresight and flamboyance, and Shresht is a gadget-geek sporting the latest launches. His two kids, wife and parents make a closely-knit family in Dubai.
Shresht brings to CorporateConnections his energy, good nature, and a host of connections given that he has helped over 4000 companies take roots in UAE.
Udit Garg Former Member
Udit Garg leads the gang of young chapter members and has the Midas touch, not because he runs one of the largest gold refineries in India, but also that his other businesses are goldmines too.
A postgraduate from the University of Wales, he is a scion of the Kundan Group that is in multiple businesses including bullion, gold jewellery, petrochemicals, skincare, and renewable energy. In Dubai, he has established JBG & CO DMCC and is scouting for expansion. He brings to CC members, his government connects in India, and he hopes to open roads for golden contacts in Dubai.
He is most impressed by Elon Musk for his visionary ideas and imagining future markets, and the last time we called him, he was on a golf course. His three-year-old daughter has made him and his wife learn the fine-art of parenting.
Deepak Khushalani, is the Founder and CEO of Premier Logistics Corporation which offers a full range of logistics and supply chain solutions and was voted the best Supply Chain Solutions Provider in 2019. Deepak, a management graduate from Indiana University, USA, also features in the Top 50 list of most influential logistics & transport CEOs in Middle East.
Deepak is an avid networker and can be your connection to blue-chip MNCs in the region. An ardent fan of Elon Musk, he likes to dream big, think out of the box and work hard to execute his vision.
Deepak is married to Anjali who is a fashion designer by profession and curates chic Indian and Western wear for her clientele, which also include famous celebrities. He loves to travel and explore places that help him discover his inner self.
Samir Ranavaya is a co-founder of Innerspace Furniture Trading LLC that specializes in the design of luxury German kitchens by Hacker in the UAE. With a love for art and design, he ingrained a value-driven approach to business and propelled Häcker Kitchens to one of the most desirable kitchen brands in the UAE. He is also the Managing Partner of Primed Property Ltd – A real estate development and investment company in the UK.
Samir is an economics graduate and holds certifications in business management from Harvard Business School. He is inspired by his maternal grandfather Bhayabhai Ratiya for his virtuous and harmonious way of life.
Samir’s philanthropic side is reflected in his association with the Chinmaya Mission Organization that disseminates spiritual knowledge and undertakes social services for the community’s welfare. As a motorcycling enthusiast, he pursues his passion for adventure riding in India. He is a proud father of two young boys and loves to spend quality time with his family.
Ramesh Tolani is the CEO and Managing Director of Model Engineering Consultants, an architecture and engineering design firm specialized in the building of high rise towers, shopping malls & bespoke luxury mansions and all types of civil construction projects. Ramesh is a civil engineering graduate and has a Masters in Architecture from England. The company he took over in 1993 will celebrate its Golden Jubilee in 2022 and has over 600 successful projects in its portfolio.
Ramesh runs several other companies in related fields, notably amongst them is Terrafic Energy, a sustainable product and services company that is introducing revolutionary water generating and power-saving devices.
Ramesh spends his free time gardening and is totally submerged in his passion for hydroponics. He is developing techniques to make small scale hydroponic farming a household activity.
Happily married to Malvika, Ramesh is a proud father of three kids, two daughters and a son, that have come of age.
Punit Shah is a smooth operator and not just for his City One Tourism and Travel company but in almost all aspects of his life. A BSc degree with a finance major may give him the commercial edge, but it is his charm and service that keeps his business growing. He also helps manage the family business in hospitality and brewery.
Punit is your gateway to African economies and has good connections in Uganda where K-Hotel and Yuti Breweries are based. Punit is also well connected to tourism authorities and industry globally and is your best for a family holiday or MICE for your company.
A fitness aficionado he believes in a regular workout and healthy habits. He loves snorkeling, swimming and spending time with his children Yuti, Rudra and wife Maansi. CorporateConnections™ National Director Chirantan Joshi is a role model for him, and his favorite read is The Twilight Saga.
Welcome to CC1 Dubai Punit, we love your energy.
Ankur Chaturvedi is the Managing Director of Jord Industries FZC, an engineering and maintenance business. The company has expertise in district cooling, ETS stations, standalone chillers and MEP for residential and commercial high-rise buildings. They provide solutions to leading companies such as Emaar Properties, AQAAR Properties, Tabreed, Emicool, ARENCO, Emaar Community Management, Emaar District Cooling, and Dubai South.
Ankur earned his Masters’ degree in Family Managed Business after doing his BA in Business Studies and founded his company in 2006. Beneath his boyish visage is an astute and experienced entrepreneur willing to explore new avenues for growth.
He admires his father for his entrepreneurial passion, indomitable grit and determination in difficult times. The depth of his father’s ideas never ceases to amaze him. Ankur is also a member of the Indian Business and Professional Council of Dubai (IBPC) and loves to network with people that help him build new strengths and gives him new perspectives to explore.
Ankur loves to watch movies and listen to music when not at work and finds great amusement in comics. Perhaps his wife Ankita, a HR professional, can tell us his favorite characters and their influence on his life.
Welcome to CorporateConnections™ Ankur.
Sidarth Mahindra, fondly called Sid, is the Managing Director of Value Pets Supplies Trading LLC, Dubai & India. His love and passion for pets culminated into a niche business of pet consumables when he launched Pet Corner in 2004. His company operates several pet stores and a veterinary clinic. You can buy the products his company manufactures and distributes, on their online platform or through their pet store on wheels. Mobile vans for pet grooming is an innovative service they provide as is the building and maintenance of fresh and marine water aquariums.
A graduate from the American University of Dubai, he earned his MBA in Corporate Finance & Investment from Cass Business School, UK. Sid is a passionate entrepreneur who vehemently believes that his slogan ‘better store’ is a better slogan than a ‘bigger store’ for building a bigger business. With eight outlets, 60 team members and over 10,000 products, he surely got the words right.
Sid reads regularly and rates Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad as favourite non-fiction while his tastes in fiction ranges from the classy To-Kill-A-Mockingbird to the more classical Macbeth.
His pastimes are thrills like jet skiing, off-roading and scuba diving. Married to Aakriti, a clinical psychologist, the couple is blessed with two young boys. The next time you go to a farm and find the rabbits busy, they are probably feeding on the food from Sid’s store.