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Akbar Rajan
Chairman - India

Vira International is headed by Mr. Rajan who is the founder of the international recruitments division. Mr. Akbar Rajan brings with him 50 years of international trading and business experience. He remains closely involved in the company’s business and is the guiding force for the entire team.

Ravi Sharma
Director – London, England

Ravi Sharma is one of the founder directors of Vira International UK. Ravi has lived and worked in the UK for over 25 yrs and brings with him a wealth of experience and expertise in successfully managing a business venture. Ravi has excellent interpersonal skills that make him popular with candidates in the country who look for his advice and guidance in placements as well as all matters relating to immigration and work permits. Ravi is a registered advisor with the OISC and heads the department taking care of all the work permit applications. In this capacity Ravi also assists new clients and old alike with any queries they may have in employing Non Eu nationals. For all queries relating to work permits and new business set up... Read More

Anjum Rajan
Managing Director - London, England

As the Managing Director of the UK and US operations for Vira, Anjum has catupulted the International arm as a recognisable brand and to a new height. Since establishing the UK branch in 2001, the company has grown from strength to strength, and the 16 person UK team is well trusted amongst the industry, both for their recruitment needs and immigration advise. The UK office is primarily responsible for liaising with our UK and US Clients, for Recruiting experienced chefs as well as for our various Internships and training programs. Our Focus for the areas of Business in the UK is Hospitality ! Recruiting chefs for our high street restaurant chains who are expanding rapidly. Whilst recruitment is our core business, Immigration... Read More

Amita Chaudhary
Operations Manager - London, England

Amita is an OISC certified immigration Advisor & is a CIPD Associate with over 8 years of extensive experience in Administration, Recruitment, HR policies and as an immigration advisor with Vira.   Amita holds a Bachelor's degree in Science from Delhi University; Amita also has a CIPD accredited Master's Degree in Human Resource Management from University of Sheffield, UK.   Amita joined Vira International in May 2010 and is responsible for the smooth operation of the Company’s business in London offices. Amita is the main point of contact for all clients and support team members with case work and other requirements for the company’s business in respect of all Recruitment and Immigration advice. Amita is responsible... Read More

Abbas Rajan
Director-Operations, India

Abbas Rajan has joined the Vira Family since August 2018 as Director- Operations. He is a Certified Professional in Training & Quality Management, International Airline & Travel Management, Transaction Analysis for many critical & core processes in International Business Management. An all rounded and extremely dedicated professional with 16 plus years of experience, Abbas brings to his position a well-established background in managing international contact center process for Telecom & Media, Travel and Financial domain. He has risen within the ranks and has gained extensive experience in his stints at GE Capital International Services, Convergys India, Ventura India, and First Source Solutions. His core competencies include creating... Read More

Tehseen B (Tisha)
VP Operations – India

Tehseen joined the Vira team in 2005 as a Recruitment executive for UK Chef placements. She later took charge as Operations Manager, supervising the day to day operations of the UK program, Fairmont Canada & SSP Singapore Recruitment drives, client trips , Reference documentation etc  & led the team till 2010 . Post a sabbatical she is now a part of the Vira family again as Operations Director for the USA J1 Internship program .Tisha has over 10 years of rich experience in Hospitality & Luxury Retail with Recruitment & Operations as her areas of specialization. Her association with Intercontinental Hotel as part of the Front Desk team at the very onset of her career & her experience as HR Manager with Swarovski &... Read More

Karan Singh Rajwar
Senior Account Manager - London, England

Karan has experience in Hospitality as well as FMCG industry. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Hospitality and Hotel Administration from IHM and a Master’s degree in International Business from Middlesex University – London. Karan possesses great interpersonal skills and ensures high standard service to the clients and students. Karan helps design and implement methods of assessing undergrad and grad students for various programs and undertake evaluation. With a positive attitude he likes taking up challenges and is a very enthusiastic person. Karan is responsible for Internship programs in UK and USA ! He is also responsible for screening students for the internship programs Vira offers. His role is to coordinate with Indian &... Read More

Ravi Trivedi
Business Development Manager– London, England

Ravi joined the UK team as a Business Development Manager in 2017 & has a rich experience of around 10 Years in the areas of  Marketing & BD, International Placements, People Development, Training, Administration, Campus Recruitment etc. He holds a Master’s Degree in Marketing & Human Resource Management from Amity University  and a Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising, Sales Promotion & Sales Management from St. Xavier’s College. He has been associated with various training institutes as well as with a telecom company.  At Vira, he is responsible for Business Development, Marketing & Sales Strategies, MoU, Business Proposals, Client Handling, Managing Partnerships, Research & Development, CRM etc. He continued... Read More

Lorraine Barla
Program Director, India

Lorraine joined the Vira team in the month of April 2004 as a Recruitment Consultant for Tier 5 visa . She later joined the J1 Internship program from 2006 as a Recruitment Executive moving up to a Recruitment Manager managing the recruitment aspect of the J1 Internship Program until 2011. In 2014 she re-joined the UK team as a Program Manager supporting the Team with the J1 program and later moved to the level of Program Director managing the J1 team remotely and J1 process until Oct 2017 . Post her Sabbatical she has rejoined the Vira Team once again as Program Director . Her previous experience has been with Jet Airways as a Ground personnel managing the Business Class Area.  Lorraine has completed her Post Graduation in Human... Read More

Chrisin V
Program Director– India

Chris started her career as an educator working abroad, but later worked up her way into Human Resourcing. She has held major roles as Human Resource Director, General Manager HR, and more. Prior to joining Vira International she was working as a Senior Manager for a renowned visa company and brings rich experience in recruitment, training, office administration and adept knowledge in Culture Exchange Visas, Tourist Visas, Travel and Business visas across the globe. With a bachelor’s degree in Education, Science, and an MBA in progress, she is well versed in English, Hindi, Tamil, and Divehi. Chris now works as a Program Director for Vira International, Mumbai and is responsible for promoting the J1 Visa Teachers Program in the USA. She... Read More

UK Recruitment Team

Looking out For Indian Tandoor Chefs For UK

We are looking out for Experienced Indian Tandoor Chef........This is an exciting opportunity for Experienced Tandoor Chefs to develop their skills... Read More

J1 Internship Team

Wintergreen Resort, USA is hiring Culinary/Kitchen Candidates.

Situated near Mount Pleasant, this sprawling 11,000-acre resort is 4 miles from Lesesne State Forest and 10 miles from the Sherando Lake Recreation... Read More

Internships in USA

Are you looking for a really fun and an extremely educational experience that will be a strong starting point for the rest of what will hopefully be... Read More