Programme Leaders





Programme Leaders

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. He currently is pursuing a Masters of Science in Education Entrepreneurship at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education.

Navin today heads up the Al Shirawi Group’s foray into Education and Building Services, overseeing 11 companies, 7 Joint Ventures, over 5000 employees. He is also the CEO of Arcadia Education, the group’s education investment arm. Navin 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 a member of the International Alumni Council at London Business School since 2013.

In 2014, Navin furthered his commitment to the University of Pennsylvania and London Business School by instituting the Monica and Navin Valrani scholarship fund at both institutions to support female students to attend both schools. Navin was also an integral part of the Campaign Committee at London Business School to successfully raise over £100 million in the school’s first ever fund-raising campaign.

Navin has been happily married for the last 23 years and has two wonderful sons, one pursuing a Philosophy, Politics and Economics program at the University of Pennsylvania and the other attending 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. Navin also teaches the renown Jr MBA programme at The Arcadia Preparatory School, a primary school business program that he founded and is extremely passionate about.

Pamela E. Chikhani

Assistant Professor

With over 14 years of experience in business and finance and a strong entrepreneurial spirit, Pamela is passionate about shaping the future of organizations and helping them deliver growth. A high-energy, tenacious and goal-driven leader, she has a proven track record of identifying new opportunities, forging long-term strategic alliances, and offering clients real and innovative solutions to their problems....

Presently, Pamela is the Director of Strategic Alliances at Arcadia Education. In this capacity, she manages all non-academic activities like communications and digital strategy, events, partnerships and more. At the same time, she also serves as the General Manager of Secure Parking UAE where she oversees its day-to-day operations and drives its business growth. Previously, Pamela served as the Head of Business Strategy at London Business School (LBS), where she defined, set-up and delivered LBS Dubai business development and outreach strategy for the MENA region. Prior to that, she was Head of Customized Solutions at Thomson Reuters and spent eight years at Zawya where she led and managed the Financial Solutions Division.

Pamela is also a co-founder, board member and mentor at Reach, a non-profit organisation registered in DIFC that is dedicated to helping young professional women unlock their true potential through structured mentoring and professional support.

Ms Chikhani believes in continuous learning and self-development and holds several certifications from various prestigious institutes such as the Coach Training Institute (CTI), Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and the Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM). She is also a certified digital marketing expert, having earned this distinction from the prestigious Columbia Business School in the US. She has completed with Honors a Masters in Economics from the University of London in the UK and a Bachelor of Commerce in Finance from Concordia University in Montreal, Canada.

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