Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Ishwar Chugani – Thoughtleader




He is an award-winning entrepreneur, one of the first few pioneers who, as a young man ventured to set-up business in unchartered Dubai in the 70s.  He heads one of the most well-loved global brands, Giordano, in the Middle East, India, Central Asia, Eastern Europe and Africa.  But more than his position of distinction, his industry accolades and business acumen, what is most endearing is the fact that Ishwar Chugani is and will always be “Dugong Bumbay, Pusong Pinoy” to us Pinoys in the UAE.

True greenie Lasalista, and longtime Filipino-community supporter participating in both initiatives for charity and camaraderie, Ishwar was born and raised in Bacolod, educated in Manila, speaks English like Manileňo, and Ilonggo like a Bacolod-native.  Plain speaking, Ishwar is one of us.

Beyond his unwavering ties with our community, budding entrepreneurs and even professionals would do well to learn from the experience and skills he’s gained through the years, as well as his humane yet pragmatic leadership style that puts him a cut above the rest.  Asked about his recipe for success, Ishwar reveals, “Keep it simple.  Empower people. Have motivation from within, not from out. Don’t be scared of competition.  Know that knowledge is power.  Create a company culture.  Remember the 3Hs – Head, Heart and Hand. Simply put – use common sense, love what you do and work hard.   And finally, define success. Because believe me, it is relative. “


Photo by Alex Callueng; Photography Assistant – Bethoven Filomeno Special thanks to – Giordano, Nikon, Liali Jewellery, Lulu, Mitsubishi and Western Union.