BOARD MEMBERS

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Malik Jivraj

Chairman

Mr. Jivraj was recently elected Chairman of the Atlanta Retailers Association for the current term. Prior to being elected to the Chairmanship, Mr. Jivraj served as Vice Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Director. In all, Mr. Jivraj has held key leadership positions on the ARA Board of Directors for the last 5 years. In his 6th and final year on the Board of Directors, Mr. Jivraj has been tasked with the launch of ARA’s latest enterprise, The Platinum Business Alliance.

Besides his service at ARA, Mr. Jivraj is a successful entrepreneur that owns and operates several convenience stores throughout the metro Atlanta area. Mr. Jivraj has been involved in the convenience retail industry for over 15 years.

Mr. Jivraj graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Engineering and lives with his wife Noorin in Sandy Springs, Georgia.

Malik Jivraj

Chairman

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Ishkander Malani

Treasurer 
 

Education: B.com /CA from India 

Work Experience: While in India as a CA & Auditor conducted various audits. Over 32+ years of experience in retail and real estate in USA 

Background: Served in various Jamati organizations Chairman of Youth Board, Hyderabad India Treasurer of Diamond Jubilee High School, Hyderabad India 

Responsibilities as a Board of Director:  Assistant to the treasurer,  Liaison of Financial & Management Performance Audit Committee Liaison for Volunteer Development Committee,  Liaison for Governance Committee

Ishkander Malani

Treasurer 

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Nadiya Merchant

Director
 

Nadiya is a seasoned IT consultant, mediator, Trainer and an Entrepreneur. 

Nadiya has dual MBA from Georgia State University and Sorbonne Graduate Business school, Paris, France. She has a Bachelors degree in computer science from York University in Toronto, Canada. Nadiya has worked for Cap Gemini America and IBM as an IT Consultant/Trainer. 

As a volunteer Nadiya has been Assistant District Director for SCORE/SBA Georgia. Nadiya has also served in ITREB USA and the Agakhan Grants and Review Board. 

As an ARA director Nadiya leads the efforts in incorporating technology in ARA processes to keep its competitive edge. 

Nadiya Merchant

Director

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Shaila Tejani

Director
 

Education: Master of Commerce (Business management and Accounting

 

Work experience: Partner/General Manager Payless Wireless. 18 years and counting

 

I will bring the same exuberance and zeal to this appointment as I have to all my previous ones.. As one of the 2 women appointed to the board, I bring a businesswoman’s perspective to all of the board discussions. I represent the board to the ARF and will also take on a few other tasks throughout the year

Shaila Tejani

Director

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Amin Khimani

Director

Amin Khimani

Director

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Yousuf Dosani

Vice Chairman
 

Education: Diploma in Optometry 

Work Experience: Started working in Convenience store industry since 1993. Owner and Operator since 1996. Diversified portfolio in 2008. Multi-Unit Stores for Checkers Fast Food Franchise. 

Joined ARA as a Board of Director in 2019 and currently, serving as Vice-Chairman Served in the following committees for year 2019-2020:  1.) Food Service Committee 2.) Management & Performance Committee 3.) ARA Expo(Organization Team) 

 

Currently, serving in the following committees for year 2020-2021: 

1.) Branding Committee

2.) Advocacy Group

3.) Platinum Business Alliance(PBA) 

4.) PAC Revision Committee

Yousuf Dosani

Vice Chairman

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Raffeeq Iqbal

Honorary Secretary 

Mr. Iqbal was recently elected Honorary Secretary of the Atlanta Retailers Association for the current term. Prior to being elected Honorary Secretary, Mr. Iqbal served one years as a Director. Mr. Iqbal was a critical member of the team that formed the soon to be launched Platinum Business Alliance. Countless hours were invested towards ensuring that the new venture has a solid foundation and is poised for success. Besides his service at ARA, Mr. Iqbal is a successful entrepreneur that owns and operates several convenience stores throughout the North Georgia Mountains. Mr. Iqbal has been involved in the convenience retail industry for over 20 years. Mr. Iqbal graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce from PMI University in India and lives with his wife Nevin in Jasper, Georgia.

Raffeeq Iqbal

Honorary Secretary 

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Naushad Keshwani

Director
 

Education: Bachelor of Commerce (from Mumbai, India) Background: Real Estate Developer. 

Operations Executive with a proven track record in all stages of Real Estate Development of multiple projects in Mumbai’s suburbs from 1993-2002, which included planning, acquisition, budgeting, construction, administration, sales, and management. 

Accomplishments:  Since moving to the USA in 2002, Naushad has been actively operating and managing Gas stations and convenience stores in multiple states. 

As a Director Naushad oversees IT projects. Naushad has also been an integral part of the marketing and the PBA launch

Naushad Keshwani

Director

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Anis Ali

Director
 

Education:Bachelor of commerce from University of Karachi – May 1990 

Cost & Management Accountancy from Institute of Cost & Management Accountants of Pakistan – 1996. 

Software Programming: Graduated from the University of Waterloo – October 1999. 

Anis has 20+ years of experience in Information Technology. He has been in the Convenience Store industry in Feb 2000 with 4 locations in different metro areas. Since then I am in this industry. 

As an ARA director Anis is responsible for Training & Implementation of Safety and Security

Anis Ali

Director