Shiraz Gidwani is the chief executive of Iktara World, a Dubai-based conglomerate with interests in various industries around the world. Iktara World, comprises of Iktara Hospitality, Iktara Productions, Iktara One, Huit Neuf Chocolatier, Naina Iktara, Iktara Design Studios, and the Sapna Iktara Foundation. A man of many hats, he hails from a lineage of successful business and has headed a project for the United Nations Youth Development Programme and served as ‘Chief Nandoca’ at Nando’s before founding the Iktara Group in 2009.
Breaking regular norms, Shiraz built a global business empire under various entities, the newest being Iktara Health. Its focus initially is to roll out a series of luxury fitness retreats, with the first being at the Taj Falaknuma Palace in Hyderabad. A celebrated speaker, he has spoken around the world and was invited to lead a delegation of Indian business leaders to Pakistan as well as the deliver a keynote address at the Commonwealth Heads of Government meetings. This month, You & I spoke to Shiraz about life, work and family.