100 smartest people in the UAE
Tue 26 Sep 2017 12:04 AM
Michael Mascarenhas

Company: Desert Group

Designation: Group CEO

Country: India

Country of residence: India

Michael Mascarenhas thrives on taking ahold of  expansive businesses suffering under complexity and sluggishness and then bringing them back to life, with a clear direction. The most recent example is at Desert Group, which designs, landscapes, builds and manages golf courses, as well as providing a range of services centered around water, green and sustainability. Under Mascarenhas’ leadership since 2012, the company has experienced unparalleled growth and created new business subsets, expanding the workforce to  3200.

Mascarenhas says his constant desire to take on the unfamiliar stems from a “wanting to know ” trait and his simple upbringing in a town in the Thar Desert, India, where he learnt that respect and responsibility go hand in hand. His embrace of diversity and inclusion is also evident at Desert Group, which has one of the most integrated work inclusion programmes for people with learning, development and cognitive disabilities in the world. Prior to Desert Group, the art enthusiast transformed the Wall Street Group into a global power house and grew its US operations at a time when money remittance was taboo.