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"It is better to lead from behind and put others in the front, especially when you celebrate victory when nice things occur. You take the front line when there is danger. Then people will appreciate your leadership"
Niraj Masand – Director, Banke International
A resident of Dubai since 2005, Niraj knew that moving to the UAE was his opportunity to step out of his comfort zone and to live independently in a city known for its high standards of living. Arriving with a clear-cut goal – to forge a strong career – Niraj has worked extremely hard and is now enjoying the fruits of his labour.
Niraj has always had an interest in real estate and began his career with two world renowned commercial property and real estate investment management companies. On arriving in Dubai he took a senior position at one of the UAE’s biggest real estate companies before moving to another senior role at a well-known property developer.
Niraj’s motto is “Simple Living High Thinking” which is influenced by his spiritual background and he aims to reach the skies with his feet firmly placed on the ground. Niraj says he particularly enjoys the fast pace and big stakes of working in Dubai, plus of course the city’s strong work ethic and no-nonsense attitude.
He loves to keep fit, and unwind in front of a movie – but with a new business he’s discovered that spare time is in short supply at present.
Porush Jhunjhunwala – Director, Banke International
Drawn by its excellent lifestyle, life/work balance, and proximity to his native India, Porush moved to Dubai in 2006. Almost a decade later, Porush, his wife and their two children still thoroughly enjoy living in the emirate, referring to it fondly as ‘home’.
Prior to leaving India, Porush worked as a branch manager for an electronics retailer, and moved to the UAE to take up a regional management role within the company. He soon branched out into real estate and spent the next six years as Head of Commercial at one of the UAE’s biggest real estate companies.
In his spare time Porush likes to run and already has a marathon under his belt. However, once an entrepreneur, always an entrepreneur, and Porush admits to spending a degree of his spare time exploring personal investment opportunities and reading motivational books such as the best-selling ‘Rich Dad, Poor Dad’ by Robert Kiyosaki.
An outgoing individual who loves to meet new people, Porush has a natural aptitude for real estate, courtesy of his passion for sales and closing transactions. He also excels in team management and positive leadership – traits which serve him very well as one of the founders of Banke International.