Pankaj Kharbanda began his journey as a culinary artist and eventually became a successful entrepreneur. He is responsible for introducing several reforms in the Indian male pageant industry, and spearheading it towards diversity and acceptance beyond the general horizons.
Born and raised in Mumbai, Pankaj Kharbanda catapulted the Rubaru Mr. India pageant to a whole new level. He made the entire pageant more structured and cohesive.
The industrious gentleman graduated with a bachelor’s degree in hotel management, and subsequently moved to England for his higher education. After completing his master’s degree in Business Administration from the University of London, he began his professional career as a cuisiner and culinary artist in 2007.
Later, he established himself as a Food Connoisseur and Analyst. His expertise in the culinary arts bestowed him with the prestigious Best Youngest Chef from India award in 2008.
After a couple of years, his switched his profession and joined the finance and management sector. He took up a job as a financial advisor and executive at a British MNC. Thereafter, he moved to the United States of America and established an ATM and credit card manufacturing firm.
His professional accomplishments were recognized by the American and the Indian government federations and he was honored the Youngest Businessman of the Year award twice (in 2015 and 2017).
At a fashion event in India, he met the founder of India’s biggest male pageant – Rubaru Mr. India, Sandeep Kumar, who offered him to join the Rubaru Group. In the mid-2009, he became the first vice president of Rubaru Group.
Pankaj Kharbanda remarks,
“Indian male pageant industry is still in its initial phase and is constantly evolving. In order to match up to the international standards of pageantry, it is absolutely essential to be aware of the current trends and implement reforms wherever they are needed.
If something cannot evolve with time, then in most cases it goes extinct. With every passing year, we try to improve the level of Rubaru Mr. India pageant so that the audience gets something new rather than a monotonous beauty pageant.”
From being a culinary artist to becoming an entrepreneur to establishing himself as one of the most influential personalities in the male pageant industry, Pankaj Kharbanda has truly carved out his own path to success no matter which sector he chose.
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