Top 20 Personalities Of Odisha 2020: Exalting Odia Pride

Dr. Arun Kumar Praharaj - InterviewTimes

Dr. Arun Kumar Praharaj, CEO & Director, Dadabhai Group of Companies

Dr. Arun Kumar Praharaj is a gold medalist in M.Com from MGKVP, Varanasi and a meritorious alumnus of the Indian Institute of Finance, New Delhi. A chartered accountant by profession and Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India, Dr. Praharaj currently serves as the CEO of Dadabhai Group, a multibillion-dollar conglomerate headquartered in the Kingdom of Bahrain.

Having previously spearheaded giants such as the hospitality division of Mahindra & Mahindra and Sterling Group, Dr Praharaj holds over 30 years of solid industry experience.

Inspired by the munificent soul of his late father, Dr. Trailokya Nath Praharaj – an educationist, social worker and a well-known Homoeopath, Dr. Praharaj combined his aptitude for management with his deep values of human respect and integrity to evolve as a true philanthropist. His myriad social associations and initiatives enable him to contribute to multiple social causes like Distress Relief, Education for All; the Promotion of Arts and Culture etc.

Dr. Praharaj is associated with notable bodies that believe in making a difference. He is the Chairman of the India Development Foundation Trust which aims to spread, promote and provide education for all and contribute towards the socio-economic development of India with a special focus on the state of Odisha.

Dr. Praharaj is a member of the Bahrain India Society, an organization that actively promotes socio-economic and cultural ties between the two nations – India and Bahrain and a Founding Member of the prestigious Capital Club, Bahrain which is the epicenter of all major economic forums.

He is a proud and active member of the Ekal Abhiyan & Ekal Vidyalaya Sansthan, a non-profit organization on a mission to bring basic education to every child across rural India. It is the largest grassroots, non-government initiative in India now spreading its wings across the world with the concept of operating one-teacher schools (Ekal Vidyalayas) in the remotest rural & tribal villages to ensure education for every child.

He is a Patron of ‘Azaad’ – A Ray of Hope, an organisation of patriotic Indian youth & veterans committed to upholding social development and boosting the potential of the youth, especially women and those who are socially deprived by providing access to upskilling workshops, self-defense training and immediate relief from disasters or distress as and when required.

Dr. Praharaj is also the International Convenor of the Vishva Odisha Forum under the leadership of the Honourable Speaker of Odisha Assembly, Dr. Surya Narayan Patra. The forum binds Odias around the world and helps promote their rich culture on a global scale.

He is a Co-Founder of the Shri Jagannatha Global Fraternity (SJGF), under the aegis of Gajapati Maharaja Dibyasingha Deb of Puri. Besides, he is the Coordinating Director of Shri Jagannath Chetna International Society of Ireland, a culturally-vibrant organisation established with the intention of setting up a Lord Jagannatha Temple in Ireland.

He is the Chief Patron of Sanskriti, Bahrain – the largest Indian diasporic organisation in the Kingdom and Samast Parivar Milan (SPM), both of which intend to unite and bind all Indians socially and culturally on a foreign soil.

He is the Founder of the Bahrain Odia Samaj, a diasporic organisation celebrating the richness of Odisha as well as supporting the Odia community in Bahrain.

Dr. Praharaj is a respectable and reputable resident of the Kingdom of Bahrain. He enjoys an excellent relationship with the Royal Crown Prince Assembly & various other diplomatic channels. Dr. Praharaj is personally connected with the Ambassadors of India, United Kingdom, Japan, Korea, Indonesia, Malaysia, Nepal and Sri Lanka, thus ensuring their active participation in all cultural events and programs held to glorify Odisha along with their high reverence and appreciation for the eastern state.

Written By : Dibyajit Sahoo