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Javad Marandi OBE

Entrepreneur, Investor & Philanthropist

London, UK

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Javad Marandi’s Biography

Javad Marandi OBE is a British entrepreneur, philanthropist and investor with over 25 years of experience in business, both nationally and internationally.

Javad’s investment portfolio consists of a varied set of assets across retail, real estate, hospitality and construction including: a number of residential developments throughout the UK and premium British brands such as Emilia Wickstead, Anya Hindmarch, The Conran Shop and Wed2B, the UK wedding apparel retailer. Javad’s portfolio also includes several hotels and restaurants around the UK, including Soho Farmhouse, located in Oxfordshire, and Mollies, a string of high concept motels and a number of commercial real estate properties throughout Europe.

In 2017, Javad co-founded The Marandi Foundation with his wife, Narmina. The foundation supports disadvantaged children, families and communities as well as art and cultural initiatives in the UK. It is the core funder of The Royal Foundation for TRH The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge, their primary philanthropic and charitable vehicle. The foundation is also the founder and sole funder of The Watercolour World, where HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall are joint patrons. Javad is Co-Chair of the Growth Board of homelessness charity, Centrepoint and Narmina is Co-Chair of the British Fashion Council Foundation and the Serpentine Cultural Committee. In 2021, the foundation sponsored the inaugural ‘The Conran Shop and Marandi Foundation Award for Designer of the Future’ at the prestigious New Designers Awards.

Born in Tehran, Javad came to Britain as a child and grew up in London. He has a BSc in Electrical and Electronic Engineering from Cardiff University and is a chartered accountant. Prior to his solo career, he worked for PwC, Coca-Cola International and Philip Morris International. He was awarded an OBE in the 2020 New Year Honours List for services to business and philanthropy.

Javad Marandi’s Background

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Alitas Group
Investment Portfolio | Entrepreneur & Investor
Oct 1998 - Present
London, UK
Alitas Group is a high-end investment portfolio encompassing art, real estate, strategic land regeneration projects, hotels and restaurants.
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FMCG Distribution Companies
Shareholder
Sep 1998 - Present
Baku, AZ
Javad is an investor and shareholder in several Azerbaijan FMCG distribution companies. His companies are exclusive distributors of British American Tobacco, Imperial Tobacco, Japan Tobacco and several other large corporations.
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Philanthropy

The Marandi Foundation
Co-Chair
London, UK
Javad is the Co-Chair of The Marandi Foundation, which he founded in 2017 with his wife. The foundation provides disadvantaged young people with access to education and wellbeing and mental health support services. The foundation also focuses on funding public art institutions and major cultural initiatives while also showing support for young, talented designers.
Centrepoint
Co-Chair of Growth Board
London, UK
One of the UK's leading charitable organisations combatting homelessness among the youth. Centrepoint successfully houses and finds employment for the UK's youth on a daily basis.
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Media

BFC Charity Appoints Co-Chairs to Help Meet Target of £2,000,000 to Support British Creative Talent
Apr 2021
London, UK
Javad Marandi's wife, Narmina Marandi is featured in this British Fashion Council article regarding her appointment as Co-Chair of the British Fashion Council (BFC) Foundation. Her role is to draw together an International Advisory Committee which will support the foundation as well as the development of its Patronage Programme.
British Business Leaders Javad Marandi and Jamie Reuben appointed co-chairs of CentrePoint's Growth
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Mar 2021
London, UK
Javad Marandi discusses his latest mission as the new Co-Chair of Centrepoint's Growth Board. The project will give the most vulnerable young people the ability to build sustainable careers without the worry of market housing costs.
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Publications

Backing the doers not the talkers – the key to start-up success post-coronavirus
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Jul 2020
Javad writes in Business Matters magazine how he, as a potential investor, assesses new business proposals.
British business needs to put its money where its mouth is
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May 2020
London, UK
Javad encourages the British business community to help struggling businesses in the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic to ensure the country’s future economic health.

Awards & Endorsements

New Year Honours
Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE)
Jan 2020
London, UK
Javad was awarded an OBE, Officer of the Order of the British Empire, for his services to Business and Philanthropy in HM The Queen’s Birthday Honours List in 2020.

Javad Marandi’s Education

Cardiff University
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
1985 - 1988

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