Rajen Kilachand's reputation as a visionary business leader is eclipsed only by his work as a career philanthropist. With a personal commitment of over USD 50 million to core philanthropic initiatives that span healthcare, vocational training and education, including building libraries and teachers training institutions, Rajen Kilachand is the Chairman and President of the Dodsal Group, a multi-billion dollar multinational company, operating in several countries with a multicultural workforce.
Rajen Kilachand's career trajectory that spans taking Dodsal from a US$ 200 million multi-retail interest company to a world-class multi-billion dollar organisation, is built on cutting edge technology, expertise, integrity and an unswerving commitment to excellence. And for this, he has been felicitated with accolades, awards and recognition at global levels.
The Dodsal Group today, is one of the leading players in the Engineering, Procurement and Construction sector, and has diversified to encompass businesses that include Trading and Distribution; Exploration & Production; Casual Dining Restaurants; and Manufacturing.
With the blood of philanthropy running through his family for decades, Rajen Kilachand has continued in the tradition of his forefathers, by making healthcare and education initiatives in India, UAE, USA, Europe, the Middle East and Africa his leading CSR and personal mandate. Rajen Kilachand's passion for art, music and culture has also propelled him to launch and encourage numerous initiatives in India and the UAE. His social initiatives span a vivid spectrum – from sponsoring music and art festivals, and supporting healthcare initiatives, to sponsoring cultural and historical showcases of India across the world; funding community theatres and AIDS awareness programs in Africa and Papua New Guinea and being the first Indian who extended generous support to 'Dubai Cares', an initiative close to the UAE Vice-President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum's heart.
While the community and the underprivileged gain from Rajen Kilachand's open heartedness and sense of social responsibility, Rajen Kilachand's firm belief in corporate governance means the 25,000 strong workforce of the Dodsal Group enjoy impeccable working conditions, health coverage and lifestyle options that are exemplary and set benchmarks for leading multinational companies of the world.
While his contributions to the corporate world as well as his important work in philanthropy have earned him reputation, respect and affection from across the world, Rajen Kilachand lives true to his personal mandate in life – to be the very best human being that one can possibly be.
"I believe a gifted life such as the one I have been blessed with needs to be lived with full observance to 'dharma,' which is Sanskrit for the karmic obligation of a human soul to participate morally and ethically on the path of duty which brings wellness to humanity. And so, I live this life to the fullest, whether it is crossing new frontiers in business – from building and laying gas line pipes in the harsh Sahara desert; developing gold mines and gas fields in East Africa; building electricity grids in Libya and water supply projects in Indonesia; constructing nuclear power stations in India; and building oil refineries in Europe, to path breaking socio-cultural initiatives; hosting annual kite festivals in Gujarat to celebrate my family's passion and my own expertise in this unique sport; producing short films and books; performing in theatre; supporting musical events around the world, including the New Orleans Jazz Festival; or indulging my interests in subjects as varied as Astrophysics and International Relations." - Rajen Kilachand