Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia voted the East African leader of 2018, His experience in business leadership has inspired many people in the East African region and beyond.
Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia is the founder and chairman of the Ruparelia Foundation. Born in 1956 in Kampala, Dr. Ruparelia’s story of entrepreneurship is a great inspiration in hard work and focus.
Coming from a family of Ugandan Asians who migrated to Uganda in 1903, Dr. Ruparelia and his family were not spared when the then President of Uganda, Idi Amin, ordered the expulsion of Asians from Uganda. The Ruparelias relocated to the UK in 1972 where the 16-year-old Sudhir worked odd jobs in factories, supermarkets and butcheries while studying until he completed his A’ level education. His hard work from the odd jobs, got him almost the first real savings.
When he completed A’ level, he joined various companies and worked as an accountant in one. He returned to Uganda in 1985 where he has since invested in different sectors including starting the first ever foreign exchange bureau in Uganda. other business areas are Insurance, Education, Floricuture, Resorts and Hotels and real estate.
Dr. Sudhir was the major shareholder of the most successful local bank, Crane Bank which was closed under unclear circumstances surrounded with non professionalism conduct on the side of the central Bank.
His hard work employs over 7000 Africans, with a large share of women in employment. Through His group operations and social responsibility, Sudhir Supports activities in line of sports, healthcare, arts and culture, heritage and religion. His foundation creates hope to those that need a better education, healthcare and wellbeing in society.
Even when his Bank was closed, Dr. Sudhir stayed focused to business growth an inspiring many.
Similar awards have been bestowed upon President Museveni, President Jakaya Kikwete, President Uhuru Kenyatta, President Edgar Lungu of Zambia and Now Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia of Ruparelia Group for His Business leadership over the years.
The annual Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia lecture will be soon launched where he will give inspiration to over 10,000 East African youth annually.
Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.” THE SILENT LION OF BUSINESS”
East Africa book of records and Inspirational development Africa
An official ceremony to Present the award will be organized towards the end of this month and delegates from all the East African Countries will read citations in Honor of Dr. Sudhir Ruparelia.