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Cass welcomes 76th Generation Custodian of House of Mewar

HRH Mr Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar received by Cass Professors

Cass Business School was delighted to welcome HRH Mr. Shriji Arvind Singh Mewar, 76th Generation Custodian of House of Mewar.

He visited the school last week as a guest of Ajay Bhalla, Professor of Global Innovation Management, and Joseph Lampel, Professor of Strategy and Innovation.

Mr Mewar heads The House of Mewar, India's oldest royal family, which dates back to 734 AD. It has an unbroken chain of custodianship spanning more than 13 centuries.

The House of Mewar is acknowledged as the world's oldest-serving dynasty.

Mr Mewar manages the HRH Group of Hotels - Udaipur - the flagship venture of the House of Mewar.

He is also the Chairman and Managing Trustee of the Maharana Mewar Charitable Foundation (MMCF). This is an initiative of the House of Mewar which encourages service to the community.

During his visit Mr Mewar gave a short interview on how family has held its importance and relevance as India has evolved and developed. Mr. Mewar emphasised, "I belong to a House where time is measured in generations, where the governance model is based on custodianship and trusteeship, not ownership."

Professor Bhalla researches and teaches family business models at Cass. He commented: "Mr. Mewar's family has held legendary status in India over many centuries. His visit to Cass is of huge significance as business leaders in the City and beyond are facing an uphill battle to rebuild reputation and restore public trust. Senior executives have lessons to learn from Mr. Mewar's story. They need to think and act like custodians. If they can move away from short-term thinking and consider the implications of their actions in the long-term, they will be able to both create company and personal reputations that last and prosper".

Mr Mewar also met with Cass Dean Richard Gillingwater CBE and Deputy Dean, Professor Steve Haberman.

Mr Mewar was very interested to learn about the School's research looking at sustainable organisations and family firms.

For the full interview, please see our YouTube page.

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