Gulam Vahanvaty joined his family’s scrap processing and ship-breaking business, and later diversified into other enterprises. In 1978, Vahanvaty traveled to Indiana (then District 656) as a member of a Group Study Exchange, which he describes as “a life-enhancing experience” that made him want to join Rotary.
A Rotarian since 1979, he oversaw a record contribution to The Rotary Foundation of $654,000 as district governor, the largest in Indian Rotary districts until 2006–07. He has served RI as Rotary Regional Foundation Coordinator, committee chair and member, and training leader.
Vahanvaty is a recipient of RI’s Service Above Self Award and The Rotary Foundation’s Citation for Meritorious Service and Distinguished Service Award. He and his late wife, Haseena, are Benefactors and Major Donors to the Foundation.