Dr PA Ibrahim Haji is a philanthropist and a renowned Indian businessman. He heads businesses and educational institutions in India and the Middle East.
Dr PA Ibrahim Haji hails from Pallikere, a town in the Kasargod District of Kerala, India. Born to Abdulla, a textile merchant and Aysha, he did his schooling in the Government Fisheries High School, Bekal. His higher studies, P.U.C., was in the Government College, Vidyanagar, Kasargod. He started his college education with B.Sc. in the Government College, Mangalore and completed it with a Diploma in Automobile Engineering & Business Management from Madras (Chennai).
His career took off in Dubai in 1967 as a salesman in the spare-parts division of Austin (British Motors Corporation). Later, he joined Galadari Automobiles (Mazda Distributors) as spare-parts manager in 1972. He continued his stint in Muscat with Al Hashar Automobiles (Nissan Distributors) as Manager, Spare Parts Division. By 1974 he had saved enough to start a small business of garments and cosmetics in Dubai. In 1976 he started a joint-venture namely Century Trading Co. LLC, which is a part of Al Shamali Group of Companies (UAE). He continues as the Managing Director of the Group till date. He presently owns and manages many ventures. Some of the outstanding among them are: