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Dubai’s Seed Group appoints Ravi Ranjan as Director of Strategic Partnerships for its India operations

Ravi Ranjan

Ravi Ranjan is a well-known name in the entrepreneurship and SME ecosystem in the Indian subcontinent.

Dubai, United Arab Emirates – XX April 2022: Seed Group, a company of the Private Office of Sheikh Saeed bin Ahmed Al Maktoum, has appointed Ravi Ranjan, a well-known personality in the entrepreneurship and SME ecosystem in the Indian subcontinent, as Director of Strategic Partnerships to head its India operations. As part of its strategic expansion plans, the Dubai-headquartered Seed Group will be opening its official representative office in the south Indian city of Bangalore. 

In his capacity as the official representative for the Seed Group, Ravi Ranjan will help identify deserving businesses in India that have a product or service conducive to the UAE and Middle Eastern market and are exploring opportunities to expand their operations in the region. Acting as a bridge between India and the UAE opportunities, he will represent the Seed Group and take on various business-focused tasks with an aim to offer entrepreneurs and businesses in India a chance to bring their business to the highly facilitating market of Dubai and the region. 

Talking about his appointment, Ravi Ranjan said, “I am enthusiastic about the opportunity presented to me. This responsibility with Seed group acts as a natural professional progression for me where I can identify and support high growth businesses leverage the unrivaled influence, strong network, and expertise of the Seed Group.”

He added, “India is currently the third-largest start-up ecosystem in the world and this unmatched opportunity would help the entire environment to take advantage of the know-how of Seed group.” 

With over a decade of experience advising private and government players in nuances of business and entrepreneurship, Ravi Ranjan is one of the few handpicked emerging leaders from India to be part of the prestigious IVLP program by the US government.

He has managed mega startup initiatives for organisations such as Venture Catalysts, Nasscom 10,000 Startups, Indian Angel Network, Indian Chamber of Commerce, and various state governments in India. An acclaimed TedX speaker, government advisor, and startup expert, Ravi Ranjan will be working towards building a strong India-Middle East business expansion corridor under the guidance and aegis of the Seed Group. 

Deeming the new appointment as a milestone step, Pascal Warnebold, Marketing Manager, Seed Group, said, “Opening our India office is an important step in our overarching aim to expand internationally and the appointment of Ravi Ranjan is a milestone. This appointment will help us cater to a very large community of Indians that contribute to the UAE’s economy as business owners and entrepreneurs. This is our effort in bridging trade gaps between the two countries and making it seamless for people to bring their business to Dubai or to trade between nations.”

The Seed Group is a notable force in the technology, healthcare, hospitality, and telecommunications landscape in the Middle East. Over the past 16 years, it has formed successful strategic alliances with leading global companies representing diverse regions to accelerate its sustainable market entry and presence within the Gulf countries. 

Under the able guidance of its CEO Hisham Al Gurg, the Seed Group has been able to close several multi-million dollar deals and managed investments worth billions across the world. Seed Group acts as a springboard for new as well as established businesses and start-ups willing to expand their footprint in Europe, Asia, the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) while enjoying the benefits of Dubai’s stable economy, favourable time zone, supportive government policies, a burgeoning business ecosystem, lucrative subsidies, and easy access to new markets. 

The Seed Group works with a diverse portfolio of companies dealing in sectors such as artificial intelligence, machine learning, blockchain, telecommunications, hospitality, real estate, healthcare, FinTech, contactless payments, and tourism. 

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