100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Yogesh Mehta

Company: Petrochem Middle East

Designation: Managing director

Country: India

Country of residence: India

It takes a smart man to go from being jobless and without a plan to becoming the managing director of the largest independent chemical distributor in the Middle East and the fourteenth largest in the world. And Yogesh Mehta is a smart man. In case you have not guessed the company, it is Petrochem Middle East, established in the free zone of Dubai’s Jebel Ali as a partnership with Petrochem UK in 1995. Today, the firm houses its own state-of-the-art storage terminal for bulk and drum chemicals and has offices in major cities such as Mumbai, London, Singapore and China. Mehta, a Harvard Business School alumni, has come a long way since coming to the UAE aged 29 with just “hope” to hold on to.