Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha accords grand farewell to Sudhir Kumar Shetty

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By Ronald DSouza
Bellevision Media Network

Abu Dhabi, 10 Apr: UAE’s leading Kannada association, Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha under the leadership of Sarvotham Shetty gave farewell party to Y Sudhir Kumar Shetty (Sudhir Anna) and Sheela (Sheela Akka) in the presence of many dignitaries, Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha executive committee members and their families.


Dignitaries present among others on the occasion included former presidents of India Social & Cultural Centre (ISC) Dr Gangadharan, Dr Ashok Nair, Natarajan, Sarvotham Shetty and Ramesh Panicker, Lotus Varghese wife of former ISC president Thomas Varghese was also present and gave their wishes to Shetty.


Ronald Pinto, managing director of Hyssna International LLC Abu Dhabi, Sundar Shetty managing director of Nihal Restaurant Abu Dhabi, Padmanabha Acharya president of Indian Business and Professional Group, Srinivas Achar, former president of Institute of Chartered Accountants, Abu Dhabi Chapter, Shetty’s classmate Sudhakar Pejavar, Balakrishna M Salian (Bala Anna) vice president of Mogaveers UAE were also present and spoke few achievements of Shetty.


Others who spoke on the occasion included Ravi Rai and Loyola Pinto of Toastmasters International Abu Dhabi and Manohar Tonse of Abu Dhabi Karnataka Sangha.


Shetty was the president of UAE Exchange and the driving force of Xpress Money and Travelex, one of the largest leading global remittance, foreign exchange and payment solutions brands in the world. Prior to that, He served as the chief operating officer (COO) of global operations of UAE Exchange Centre LLC. He has been leading the UAE Exchange global operations since 1991.


UAE Exchange had initially only four branches in the UAE. Under Shetty’s leadership, UAE Exchange initiated a comprehensive study which led to organizational restructuring, strengthening the brand and expanding its network across the world, thus transforming the company into a global brand with operations over 30 countries across five continents with over 700 direct offices.



Born in 1959 in Enmakaje situated near the border town of Kasargod in Karnataka State in India, Shetty is the son of Varvadi Thimmappa Shetty and Kalavathi Shetty. As the descendant of a prestigious ancestral lineage, his father was a district Educational Authority and his grandfather Belle Shamraya Shetty was a headmaster of the higher secondary school of the region.


Shetty holds Bachelor‘s degree in Commerce, Law and is a Fellow Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India (ICAI). The soft-spoken leader, who heads the global brand today, actually had a rather humble beginning. His tall and lanky frame contains a subtle personality, which likes to take challenges head on and conquer every obstacle in style. An eloquent speaker, Shetty is regularly invited at various academic and professional gatherings around the world including World Bank, United Nations, IMTC and more.


Despite holding such a high and influential position, Shetty disarms anyone with his ever-smiling face, simplicity and his people-friendly attitude. He interacts with effortless ease with the common man and the high and mighty, which has endeared him to all in equal measure. Shetty is an excellent orator, social worker, a grand supporter of language, culture, folklore, an active sponsor for several sports, educational and institutional activities. There is hardly an event in which the name of UAE Exchange is not included.


Apart from UAE Exchange, Shetty was actively involved in various groups and committees, to name a few:

Former Vice Chairman and Treasurer:

Foreign Exchange and Remittance Group (FERG), UAE


Former President:

India Social & Cultural Centre (ISC), Abu Dhabi

Indian Business and Professional Group (IBPG), UAE

Hindu Temple Committee, UAE

Toastmasters Club, UAE

Rotaract Club, Mangalore

Rotary Club, Mangalore South


(Been) Member of the:

Institute of Chartered Accountants of India

National Anti-Money Laundering Committee, Central Bank of the UAE

American Business Group (ABG), UAE

Australian Business Group (AusBG), UAE

Philippine Business Council (PBC), UAE

Advisory Board of St. Joseph’s School, Abu Dhabi

Board of Abu Dhabi Indian School, Abu Dhabi

Advisory Board of Innovative Development Centre for Educational Aptitude (IDEA)

Advisory Board of Science India Forum (SIF)

Advisory Board of University of Wollongong Dubai (UOWD)

Zayed Cricket Academy, School’s Cricket Development Board (under Abu Dhabi Cricket Council), Abu Dhabi


In March 2019, Shetty resigned from his position in the UAE Exchange and is planning to return back to his hometown Mangaluru and settle down with his spouse Sheela and two daughters, Sushiksha and Sushmika.


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