Interview with Khalid M. Hashim

Khalid was raised in Calcutta and Bombay in India by a middle-class family with a long tradition in shipping and trading, but he represents the first generation to actually own such a business. He wanted early on to go into shipping, but his father insisted that he gain a university degree and explore all areas of the industry through internships and jobs before he committed to sea transport. His father was his first important mentor, the second was a ninth-grade dropout “genius” who inspired with his extensive hands-on knowledge of the ocean trade, and the third passed on the essence of how to become an entrepreneur.