A country that is part of the collective memory of South Asians everywhere with a history that is both rich in sentiment and diced with fear, Uganda holds the attention of our global communities for a variety of reasons, including the events that shaped her over 50 years ago.
This month I find myself on-location in Kampala, uncovering the unique stories that are redefining the notion of the identity of Ugandanness and uncovering the often neglected stories that could challenge the status quo.
Today I am joined by Azar Bandali as he helps deconstruct the ideas behind the identity of a returning entrepreneur.About
Azhar Bandali Jaffer
Azhar Bandali Jaffer is one of the youngest CEOs in Uganda and a local guru in the Hospitality Space. He specializes in curating customer experiences and often coaches on navigating the Entrepreneurs journey.
Originally From Canada, Azhar Identifies as a fourth generation Ugandan and has a thirst for travel and exploration.
After graduating with a Masters in Business Strategy and Entrepreneurship from Madrid, and completing the Stanford Seed Program, he now operates one of the most popular hotels in Kampala. A hotel rich with history, surrounded by Narnia like gardens and cats.
About the Global Indian Series:
My name is Rajan Nazran Chief Explorer for the Global Indian Series, the official platform for people of Indian origin (PIO), because let’s face it, we are everywhere!
For almost 15 years we have travelled across the globe covering 58 countries to date whilst exploring the kaleidoscope of our remarkable 50 shades of brown community.
Voyaging to the edges of the Amazon, facing Ebola in West Africa, being held hostage in Eastern Europe, tapping rubber in Malaysia, drinking chai with Heads of State and sharing laughter with local fishermen – I have been there, looking for us!
Our purpose is simple, to build a living encyclopaedia of the human experience of the community and a safe mooring ground for open discussions, whether you are an NRI, Indian Diaspora, person of Indian origin (PIO) or a fan of South Asian anthropology, what we do is bring people and communities together.
We do this by plunging into the human experience of being a person of Indian origin (PIO), taking a second look at the countries we now call home and tackling the conversations we need to know more about.
Through our range of award-winning original content (print, podcasts, events and TV) and fascinating discussions, our impactful stories and platforms have spearheaded national and international conversations that have brought people together. Our work is featured in global brands including The Indian Express through to the CNBC network.
How to get involved:
Interested in getting involved in building the world’s largest living encyclopaedia on the community? Whether you want to become a patron, buy us a chai in a new location or have your story shown, simply get in touch via our website, we would love to hear from you. www.globalindianseries.com
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Special thank you to TAIZU for the music
Presenter – Rajan Nazran
Producer –Global Indian Series/NazranRoth
Guests in order: Azhar Bandali Jaffer
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