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Akbar Rajan
Chairman - India

Vira International is headed by Mr. Rajan who is the founder of the international recruitments division. Mr. Akbar Rajan brings with him 50 years of international trading and business experience. He remains closely involved in the company’s business and is the guiding force for the entire team.

Alijan Rajan
CEO - India

Alijan has been with Vira International for 19 years and has been involved in all phases of the organization’s development. He has been responsible for the successful growth of their International recruitment domain and has taken the company from shore to shore. Alijan heads the India operations from their head office in Mumbai where Vira International trains and recruits Hospitality professionals for leading hotels, restaurants, and catering companies. Through his dedication and hard work the company is now a leading recruiter of Hospitality (hotels, restaurants, and catering) Staff and aims to expand in this area. Alijan’s interpersonal skills rate him very highly with all clients.

Meenal Wavikar Rai
Director of Operations - Mumbai, India

Meenal is responsible for the recruitment, coordination & processing functions for all positions in the Middle East that Vira International recruits for from its offices in Mumbai, Goa & Siliguri. She has been with the Vira International team for over 8 years during which she undertook simultaneously both the role of a recruiter and of a coordinator and has progressively worked her way to being Client Relations Manager, and further into her current role as Operations Manager. Meenal has previous experience in the Aviation & Airline Industry and possesses a zeal for perfection with an eye for detail. Meenal ensures all client needs & requests are met within a timely and precise manner. 

Melvin Pais
Business Development Manager - Mumbai, India

Melvin brings with him over 20 years of experience in the UAE Hospitality industry as a Front Office Manager with leading hotels in the UAE. His experience also includes the recruitment of various staff for the Hotels he has worked with which has proved to be an asset to our organization. He is responsible for screening & short listing suitable candidates as per the client requirements. Melvin is a graduate from the University of Mysore.

Nikita Hinge
Operations Manager - Mumbai, India

Nikita is responsible for ensuring the smooth functioning of all recruitment drives and processing functions for all positions in the Middle East that Vira International recruits for from its offices in Mumbai. Nikita brings with her 7 years of hospitality experience working in training and development for ACCOR Hotels and Marriott properties in Mumbai. She is responsible for coordinating with the clients for the recruitment of candidates and also training the staff and the candidates for the screening processes for Visa and travel to the Middle East.

Angelo David
Recruitment Manager - Mumbai, India

Angelo is working with Vira International as an Senior Recruitment Manager since July 2014. Angelo brings with him more than 20 years of experience in different Industries like advertising, printing, hospitality and recruitment, which has been very beneficial for the company and for him to fulfil his current job role. He holds a B.Sc in Maths and diploma in advertising & marketing from XIC, Mumbai.

Afreen Shaikh
Senior Recruitment Manager – Mumbai, India

Afreen joined Vira International in November 2011 & since then, is playing the role of a Recruitment Executive in the HK & Front Office department. She is a B.com graduate from Mumbai University. An enthusiastic individual with a pleasing personality, Afreen plays an excellent role in sourcing the right candidates in the House-Keeping & Front Office department, screening them and successfully placing them with our clients in the Gulf. 

Puja Pradhan
Recruitment Consultant - Mumbai, India

Puja is working as a Recruitment Executive in the F&B Production department of the company and has been with us since August 2014. Puja holds a Diploma in Human Resource Management from Welingkar College and has previous experience of working in the Hospitality Industry. Puja is a result oriented individual responsible to co-ordinate with professionals (candidates), screen them and successfully place them with our clients in the Gulf.

Abbasali Bagasrawala
Sr. Chef Consultant - Mumbai, India

Abbas holds an Advance Diploma in Culinary Arts from New Zealand, and brings with him around 4 years of experience in the culinary department, backed with more than a year in the customer service industry. Using his varied experience, Abbas technically assesses all applicants for the Kitchen Department. Being an innovative & versatile professional he possesses excellent interpersonal skills which help him work in a unique manner.