Tanvir Kanji heads the Inca Tanvir consortium of Advertising, Public Relations, Media and Internet companies headquartered in Dubai and Sharjah.

He was a founding member of the United Arab Emirates Chapter of the International Advertising Association in 1979 and was its President till November 2006. Under his stewardship the UAE Chapter emerged as the most active and the largest Chapter in the world. The Chapter is the recipient of the Golden Tulip Award for Excellence, twice.

He was the Official Host and Member of the Organizing Committee of “Dubai 2006” - the 40th IAA World Congress, held in March 2006. The Congress was billed as the most successful Advertising Congress ever anywhere.

He also held the responsibility of chairing the IAA Awards Committee (2006).

He represents the IAA-UAE in the Asian Federation of Advertising Associations (AFAA).

Awarded the “Medal of Merit” in 2006 by the International Advertising Association for Meritorious Services to the Advertising Industry.

He was instrumental in forging a joint venture with the International Advertising Festivals - Organizers of the Cannes Advertising Festival and the IAA to stage the Dubai Lynx Awards in March 2007.

Awarded the Champions Trophy on the occasion of the 75th Anniversary of the International Advertising Association.

The group’s flagship company Inca Tanvir Advertising Llc has been successfully operating in the Gulf region for over 40 years, with a stable of local, regional and international accounts.

Media Seen Fzc - an affiliate company has 5 divisions: Outreach Precision Audience Targeting, Digital Marketing Solutions, International Media Representation, Amagi Targeted Advertising Platform for TV networks and Content Syndication for Radio and TV.

The group own a dedicated portal for Non-Resident Indians (NRI). The portal has won several awards in the community Service Category internationally and has become the voice of the 25 million strong Indian diaspora.


A native of Mumbai (trained in New York), Kanji relocated to Dubai/Sharjah (UAE) in 1976 and had since been living there.

He is a Founder Member of the 

  • World Trade Club, Dubai
  • Indian Business & Professional Council, Dubai
  • Indian Gentlemen’s Club, Dubai

A Board Member of the

  • Indian Business & Professional Council, Sharjah

Director of

  • Alpha Palliative Care, India