Community Spotlight: Raveen Arora

Raveen Arora’s childhood in the slums of Calcutta, India shaped his work as a philanthropist, entrepreneur, accountant and international humanitarian worker. He came from a family of refugees who would walk three miles to a ration shop. The rations they received were scarce which forced his family to dilute their supply with water to make them last longer. Arora realized these ration shops “were not just dispensing food, they were dispensing poverty.” This set the stage for his life’s work.

Arora is now an entrepreneur, author, keynote speaker, humanitarian, professional accountant and lifelong diversity crusader. Arora helped unite and reshape the Apache corridor in Tempe, Arizona and has traveled to over 90 countries to provide food, water and humanitarian aid.

He serves on several local, national and global boards, including Sister Cities International, Alliance International, Think Human-Global Initiative and Project Humanities.

In 2018, Arora received the Mother Teresa International Service award in recognition of his humanitarian work internationally. He is also the recipient of the National Diversity First Award, MLK Diversity Award and Don Carlos Humanitarian Award.

Most recently Arora was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his work in Arizona and across the world. He hasreceived nearly 70 endorsements from community organizations and elected leaders, including President Jimmy Carter. In recognizing Arora’s nomination, President Carter wrote, “Your life as a public servant, leader in humanitarian concerns, model American citizen and philanthropist makes you a splendid candidate.”

Last year, Arora moved to Las Colinas from Arizona to be closer to his family and grandchildren. He plans to get involved in local organizations in Irving-Las Colinas and continue growing his non-profit, Think Human. Think Human seeks to humanize communications in social settings, the workplace and relationships around the world.

“I don’t live like it’s the last day of my life, I’m now beginning to live like it’s the first day of my life, and how much difference can I make.” – Raveen Arora