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Bhupinder Singh: Leveraging Three Decades Expertise To Mitigate Financial Risks

Bhupinder Singh: Leveraging Three Decades Expertise To Mitigate Financial Risks

Bhupinder Singh,  CFO

Bhupinder Singh


Today, CFOs play a critical role in driving growth by formulating financial strategies, managing risks, optimizing performance, securing funding, and fostering transparency. Their expertise and insights are instrumental in positioning the company for long-term success and sustainable growth. An industry expert with over three decades experience, Bhupinder Singh, CFO, Dalma Mall has worked across India, United Arab Emirates, and Oman. Singh has served in some of the biggest retail names in the region, namely MAF Investments, Emaar Malls Group, Meraas Holding and presently working with The Developers Holding, in the capacity of General Manager and Chief Financial Officer at Dalma Mall. Let’s hear more from him in this engaging interaction.

Can you provide a summary of your
professional background and experiences?
What drives your daily routines?

I have completed my education in Delhi, earning a degree from Delhi University and becoming a Finance Professional from ICAI. Over the past 35 years, I have gained extensive experience in various countries such as India, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman. Throughout my career, I have had the privilege of working with renowned retail organizations in the region, including MAF Investments, Emaar Malls Group, Meraas Holding, and currently, 'The Developers Holding' as the General Manager and Chief Financial Officer at Dalma Mall, one of Abu Dhabi's largest shopping malls. My responsibilities have involved overseeing mixed-use retail developments and managing retail assets across the region. I view these assets as valuable treasures, and being their custodian serves as a significant source of motivation for me. Ultimately, my passion lies in working with numbers, and witnessing their impact brings me a sense of fulfillment. When you genuinely enjoy what you do, it fuels self motivation and a feeling of achievement.

You have accumulated over three and a half decades of experience. How did you achieve success, and what principles guide your success?
Success does not follow a rigid formula. It is a personal journey, and what leads to success for one person may not work for another. It is crucial to define success based
on your own terms and discover a path that aligns with your values and aspirations. Setting clear goals is paramount. Having a clear vision of what you want to achieve provides direction and motivation.

Embracing a mindset of lifelong learning is essential. Continuously acquiring new knowledge and skills not only enhances your abilities but also keeps you adaptable in an ever-changing world. Success often requires perseverance and the ability to bounce back from failures and setbacks.

Maintaining a positive mindset, learning from mistakes, and consistently moving forward are vital. Growth often occurs outside of your comfort zone. Being open to new challenges and venturing into unfamiliar territory helps expand your skills and experiences. It is important to surround yourself with supportive and like-minded individuals who can offer guidance, advice, and encouragement. Collaborating with others can amplify your efforts and unlock fresh opportunities.

Take time to recharge, effectively manage stress, & maintain a healthy work-life balance

In a rapidly changing world, adaptability and flexibility are crucial. Embrace change, remain open to new ideas, and adjust your strategies as needed to stay ahead. Success typically demands intelligent work, unwavering dedication, and discipline. Stay focused on your goals, manage your time effectively, and consistently invest the necessary effort to achieve your objectives.

Lastly, along this journey, it is important to celebrate milestones and practice gratitude.

How would you describe the nature of Dalma Mall as an organization and its current
In our organization, we strongly believe in the strength of unity and teamwork. Trust, delegation, and collaboration form the foundation of our culture, which permeates throughout the mall. At Dalma Mall, our constant pursuit is for growth and advancement. Located on the mainland of the capital, we have created abundant opportunities for our target audience in terms of convenience, overall experience, improved living standards, and lifestyle enhancements. Our utmost priority at Dalma Mall is our customers and retailers, and we consistently strive to deliver value to all stakeholders on an ongoing basis. Along this journey, we have also generated employment for over 5000 individuals.

Tell us about your leadership approach. What are the guidelines
or methodologies you follow to lead your team?
Effective leadership is a dynamic and adaptable process which involves adjusting one's approach to meet the needs of the team and organization in different situations. Communication plays a vital role in leadership, requiring clear articulation of goals, expectations, and vision to team members. Actively listening, fostering open dialogue, and providing regular feedback create a positive and collaborative environment.

Treating team members with respect, empathy, and fairness fosters trust. Delegating tasks based on individuals' skills and strengths empowers them to make decisions and take ownership. Collaboration and teamwork should be encouraged, promoting diverse perspectives, knowledge sharing, and cross functional collaboration.

Investing in the growth and development of team members through guidance, mentorship, and coaching helps them reach their full potential. Connecting individual objectives to the organization's vision and goals enhances their understanding of their contributions. Participatory decision-making, considering diverse perspectives and embracing innovation, encourages engagement and adaptability.

Supporting team members in navigating uncertainty and challenges is important. Lastly, celebrating achievements, providing constructive feedback, and acknowledging individual and collective successes contribute to a motivated and high-performing team.

As an experienced industry professional, what advice would you give to aspiring leaders in the field?
For budding industry leaders, it is crucial to prioritize personal well-being. Take time to recharge, effectively manage stress, and maintain a healthy work-life balance.

Recognize that each leader's journey is unique, and it is essential to discover your own leadership style that aligns with your values, strengths, and the specific needs of your organization. Embrace continuous learning, seek mentorship, and adapt to the evolving demands of the industry. With dedication and a growth mindset, there are boundless opportunities to explore and achieve in this dynamic field.

Bhupinder Singh, CFO, Dalma Mall
Backed with 35 years of extensive retail and shopping mall management experience, Bhupinder Singh brings a new functional edge to real estate mixed-use, retail, entertainment, and hospitality. His diverse career has given him a deep knowledge of local, regional, and international landscapes.

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