Top 50 Indian Executives In The Arab World 2018

Executives, Indian

The Indian community is the most populous expat community in the Gulf, and probably the most successful too. Many are long time residents of the region, having come to the Gulf much before the advent of oil that prospered the local economies.

Indians today play a significant role in the GCC as they helm businesses that form a backbone of the regional economies. Billionaires of Indian origin, based in the Gulf, have a collective net worth of $26.4 billion, according to Forbes’ World’s Billionaires 2018.

Indian executives too have flourished in corporates across the region. Many hold top tier roles in local, multinational as well as government-owned companies. Under Sunil Kaushal, Standard Chartered has become the top bond arranger in the region, while Amit Jain is the CEO of the region’s largest listed real estate company Emaar.


In order to list the top Indian business leaders, we collected information from questionnaires, annual reports of companies, government and industry body statistics as well as companies. However, individuals who requested not to be on the list were excluded.

Criteria For the Top Indian Executives Financial Impact: Revenues of the company irrespective of ownership stake as long as the owner is controlling the company

Employment Impact: Number of employees

Experience: Total Experience, and experience in the current role

Title: Importance of the role in the organization.

1Sanjiv KakkarExecutive Vice President, Middle East, North Africa, Turkey, Russia, Ukraine and BelarusUnileverConsumer Goods
2Kalyana SivagnanamPresident / Regional Vice-PresidentNissan Middle East / Africa, Middle East and IndiaAutombiles
3Adnan ChilwanGroup CEODubai Islamic BankBanking and Financial Services
4Amit JainGroup CEOEmaar PropertiesReal Estate and Construction
5Prasanth ManghatCEO and Executive DirectorNMC HealthHealthcare
6Amit KaushalCEODubai HoldingsInvestments
7Sunil KaushalRegional CEO, Africa and Middle EastStandard CharteredBanking and Financial Services
8Arun KheharSenior Vice President-Business Applications, East Central Europe, Middle East and AfricaOracleTechnology
9Raghu MalhotraPresident, Middle East and AfricaMasterCardTechnology
10Tariq ChauhanGroup CEOEFS Facilities Services GroupServices
11Sanjay ManchandaCEONakheelReal Estate and Construction
12K. RajaramCEOAl Nabooda AutomobilesAutombiles
13Vijay MalhotraChairman and CEO, U.A.E. and OmanKPMG Lower GulfServices
14Ashok KhannaCEOAl Tayer MotorsAutombiles
15Deepak BabaniExecutive Vice ChairmanEros GroupRetail
16Rishi KapoorCo-CEOInvestcorpBanking and Financial Services
17Gautam SashittalCEODubai Multi Commodities Centre (DMCC)Services
18Anurag AgrawalManaging DirectorCanon Middle EastElectronics
19Gaurav ShahCEOAl Rajhi CapitalBanking and Financial Services
20Asim ArshadCEOOrient TravelTravel , Tourism and Logistics
21Surya SubramanianGroup CFOEmirates NBDBanking and Financial Services
22Yuvraj NarayanGroup CFODP WorldLogistics
23Surinder SarnaGroup CFOAlshaya GroupRetail
24Shrimati DamalCFOMajid Al FuttaimDiversified
25Narendra MenonManaging DirectorNikon Middle EastElectronics
26Nilesh KhalkhoCEOSharaf DGRetail
27Sanjeev BaijalDeputy Group CEOAhli United BankBanking and Financial Services
28Madhav KurupCEO, Middle East, North Africa and South AsiaHellmann Worldwide LogisticsLogistics
29Ishwar ChuganiManaging Director and CEOGiordano FashionsRetail
30Raza SiddiquiCEOArabian Healthcare GroupHealthcare
31Deepak MajithiaCFORAKBANKBanking and Financial Services
32Sunil JohnCEOASDA'A Burson MarstellerMedia and Advertising
33Deepak KhullarCFOAbu Dhabi Commercial Bank (ADCB)Banking and Financial Services
34Pinak MaitraGroup CFOKuwait Projects Company (KIPCO)Investments
35Ali Raza KhanHead of Corporate AffairsMashreq BankBanking and Financial Services
36Ravi MurthyGroup CFOArabtecReal Estate and Construction
37Vijay GandhiRegional Director, Europe Middle East AfricaKorn Ferry Hay GroupServices
38Vineet Kumar DudejaCEO, GCCBank of BarodaBanking and Financial Services
39Avishesha BhojaniGroup CEOBates PanGulf (BPG)Media and Advertising
40Anil DikshitChief Investment OfficerADNICInsurance
41Abdul Hamid Umer TaylorGeneral ManagerFinance HouseBanking and Financial Services
42Mushtaq MasoodGroup CFODubai InvestmentsInvestments
43Avinash MittalCFOUnited Foods CompanyFood and Beverage
44Mukund CairaeCEO, MENA, Pakistan and TurkeyZee NetworkMedia and Advertising
45Ram RamachandranGeneral Manager and Head, Middle East and AfricaTech MahindraTechnology
46Neeraj VohraCEOUnikaiFood and Beverage
47Sunny BhatiaCFOGlobal Investment HouseInvestments
48Debashish DasguptaGlobal Head Corporate ClientsThe Amicorp GroupServices
49Ramanathan NarayanasamyCFODubai InsuranceInsurance
50Chandrasekar GSVP & Head Middle East OperationsGAVS TechnologiesTechnology