Mr. Arun Panchariya is a consul General of Liberia who has been also appointed as Special Advisor on the Special Economic Zone(SEZ) to the Minister of State for Presidential Affairs, Ministry of State, government of Liberia, is a diplomat since July 2012 and who has experienced six plus years’ experience as Consul General of Liberia to Dubai being heading the Consulate Mission of Liberia in Dubai – United Arab Emirates.
Before taking up his diplomatic career in year 2012, Mr. Arun Panchariya was a Corporate Financial Advisor and an entrepreneur with over 24+ years of experience. His hands on experience has completed 360° angle of Business world being as entrepreneurial, industrialist, Retail & Investment Banking, Fund Management, Commodity, Fx-platform (currency), Securities & Bonds trading.
He has gained International Finance & Business experience by working on various positions with many corporate companies, Banking institutions, Governments and non-government bodies located globally.
Apart from diplomat experience, His professional background is in the trading of direct equities, commodities, futures, derivatives and other market instruments. He has offered advisory services to many Governments on basic infrastructural development i.e. Roads & Bridges, Social Housing, Railway, Power Generation & Transmission, Ports (Seaport, Airport & Dry-port) and on Soft Infrastructure i.e. education, health, agriculture. Similarly, Mr. Panchariya was active in the Private & Investment banking sector, and has advised on international offerings for a wide range of international listed and non-listed companies and has strong ties with debt provider financial institutions and equity sponsors.
Mr. Panchariya along with West African Economic and Monetary Union and the West African Development Bank took initiative to setup strategic collaboration arrangement for effective implementation of REP-II and other regional infrastructure projects in West African region and for that on 9th September 2014, under the leadership of Mr. Panchariya GFCL organized a high profile Investor Forum under the patronage of West African Investment Forum with tag line of “Invest In UEMOA” in Partnership with West African Economic and Monetary Union (UEMOA) and the West African Development Bank (BOAD) whereby projects worth US$21.5 billion were presented to the EPC contractors, Developers and Bankers for investment, out of which projects worth US$19 billion have been taken up by different Investors/Developers by signing MOU/MOC in conference.
Heads of States from six countries, two Country Representative for the President and Ruler of Dubai His Highness Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum Vice President & Prime Minister of United Arab Emirates and ruler of Dubai Emirates, were present in Investor meet Forum.
Mr. Panchariya also gained experience in Balkans for infrastructure project execution, working as the Chairperson of Supervisory Board of GIDC Limited, an entity set up by the Government of Serbia for development of Infrastructure Projects in the Republic of Serbia.
Mr. Panchariya was the Supervisory Board member of Global Invest AD Limited a collaborative venture between Invest AD, Abu Dhabi Investment Company and GFCL where as GIAD was involved in advising on Infrastructure projects in African countries as well as other international markets.
In addition, His Excellency Mr. Panchariya was advising various other government and public sector entities for financial modelling for infrastructure projects, social housing and other public private partnership projects. Some of the recent association with the projects includes a government-to-government multipurpose bridge construction project worth USD 2.9 billion in Bangladesh through Government of Malaysia and Oil & Gas Industrial Park with the state Government of Pahang, Malaysia worth USD 2.4 billion.
Mr. Panchariya won the ‘Asian Leadership in Banking’ award from International Who’s Who. He was awarded the ‘AAA Platinum Business Person of the Year’ at the Asia Achievers Awards in London. Mr. Panchariya has been awarded “Business Excellence” award by A.I.B.F. at the House of Lords, London for “Africa infrastructure initiative”. In 2015, Honourable Mr. Arun Jaitley the Finance Minister of India presented “Non Resident Indian Excellence” award in London to Mr. Panchariya.