“Life is about making an impact, not making an income,” quotes Ankit Agarwal, the Founder of Essence of Qatar. He is a passionate entrepreneur with experience and skills in multiple fields. Let’s learn more about him through our interview below.
The Emirates TImes: Would you like to tell us something about yourself?
Ankit Agarwal: Hello, Everyone. I am Ankit Agarwal. I was born & bought up in the City of Joy-Kolkata, India. By profession, I am a qualified Chartered Accountant, Company Secretary & CPA (Ireland).
I Moved to Qatar in 2012 after passing my Chartered Accountancy exam & was working as Deputy Finance Manager for one the leading construction companies in Qatar.
In the year 2022, I changed my job & moved to the oil & gas industry as a Senior Financial Analyst.
Apart from analyzing balance sheets & P/L, I love Travelling, Music, Painting, Socializing, Volunteering & Adventure sports.
The Emirates Times: That sounds excellent. Could you tell us more about your career and projects?
Ankit Agarwal: I am passionate about social media, Creating videos & paintings. Due to my passion, last year, I launched my own website for Qatar called www.essenceofqatar.com – One stop platform for Everything about Qatar.
I also launched the People of Qatar Series- A Series containing a story about people living in Qatar & providing them the limelight by publishing their stories & talent.
Further, I also launched Sheroes of Qatar – A blog all about women’s Empowerment & their success stories who are living in Qatar. In addition to that, I am the founder of Indian Meetup Friends (IMF) in Qatar – which is connecting more than 100 plus young Indians in Qatar.This group is all about Home away from Home for Indians living in Qatar & celebrating all the beautiful moments together abroad.
I am also one of the ambassadors for Internations – the largest international community for people who live and work abroad. InterNations offers global networking opportunities, local events, and expat-relevant information.
The Emirates Times: What does passion mean to you when you say that you are passionate?
Ankit Agarwal: Passion is the energy that keeps us going, that keeps us filled with meaning, happiness, excitement, and anticipation. Passion is a powerful force in accomplishing anything you set your mind to and in experiencing work and life to the fullest extent possible.
Ultimately, passion is the driving force behind success and happiness, allowing us all to live better lives.
The Emirates Times: We see that you are very interested in art. Would you like to share with us something about your artistic journey?
Ankit Agarwal: Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.
I started my artistic journey during the pandemic in the year 2020 under my Art Guru, Biswajeet Ray, from India. I always wanted to be an artist during my childhood, but due to study pressure, my art journey was halted. Last year due to the pandemic, we were all working from home & which allowed me to restart my artistic journey again.
Artworks by Ankit Agarwal
I am more into abstract painting because abstract art always gives you the opportunity & platform to think out of the box. It unleashes your creativity to the next level. The best part about abstract art is that it always contains a deeper meaning inside.
I am still in the learning phase of my artistic journey & hope to one day. I will become a great & renowned artist who will impact society more.
“The artist is not a different kind of person, but every person is a different kind of artist.”
I am also one of the Youngest Chairpersons for the Doha Chapter of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of India for the year 2022-23.
Connect with Ankit Agarwal on LinkedIn.