About Shakeel & Zia (Founders)


Shakeel Kudrolli, the Founder and the Managing Director of AquasailShakeel Kudrolli
Founder and Managing Director of Aquasail


Shakeel Kudrolli, the Founder and the Managing Director of Aquasail has over 3 decades of sailing experience. Shakeel is a corporate lawyer by profession having run a successful law practice for over 20 years.

Committed to excellence, Shakeel raised performance benchmarks in sailing; achieving what no Indian had done by winning Gold for the country in international waters at the Asian Regatta in 1989. He then went on to win two silvers at the competitive Enterprise World Championships in Zimbabwe and South Africa in 1995 and 1997. At the prestigious UK Enterprise Open Championships in 1997, Shakeel achieved what no Asian has, by ringing home the silver. Shakeel was awarded Yachtsman of the Year in 1989 and 1995. It has been acknowledged that Shakeel raised the overall performance standard in the country with his training methodology that used skill enhancement as well as mental training inputs.

Shakeel began sailing at the Sea Cadet Corps and spent over 30 years volunteering his time at this organization. He was the Executive Officer for over 10 years. Shakeel’s passion for sailing is reflected in the number of hours he has invested in coaching children, imparting not just skills required for competitive sailing, but creating the foundation for discipline and strong character and also instilling in them the joy of being on the water. He coached the Indian Junior squad which won the Junior World championships in 1988.

Shakeel founded the Indian Marine Federation (IMF). The IMF is an industry body aimed at guiding and facilitating the growth of this emerging industry in a healthy and sustainable manner. It will work closely with the government and industry bodies on frameworks for growth in the leisure boating industry. The IMF is associated with the British Marine Federation, the apex body in the UK for the leisure boating industry and is a member of International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA).

Zia Hajeebhoy Director, Aquasail
Zia Hajeebhoy
Director, Aquasail


Zia Hajeebhoy is a management graduate from the Jamnalal Bajaj Institute of Management Studies (JBIMS). She has over 20 years of corporate experience with organizations including Unilever, Reckitt and Colman, IL&FS and Monsanto. Zia has steered brands and categories through various business cycles and across industry segments. She has led the development and implementation of business strategies in highly competitive environments.

Zia is an avid sailor having discovered the sport at the age of 15 and enjoys being out on the water experiencing various dimensions of the sport.

Zia leverages her business experiences during leadership and team building courses bringing relevance and real life examples to the programs. Zia has a passion for training and has honed her training skills over the years. She has attended courses/ programs including the Dale Carnegie Train the Trainer, the INEFAC Inspiring Facilitator program, the Tao of Facilitation, Sumedhas and ISISD, certified counseling course from Heart to Heart Counseling Center and other courses.


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