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Manu Chandaria Manu Chandaria

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Engaged in work covering many aspects within the framework of a joint Indian family with business interests in more than forty-five countries and a workforce numbered in many thousand

On the Boards of 
Mabati Rolling Mills Ltd
Kaluworks Ltd
Aluminium Africa Ltd (Dar es Salaam)
Uganda Baati Ltd (Kampala)

On the Boards of 
Kenindia Assurance Co Ltd (Vice-Chairman)
East Africa Reinsurance Co Ltd (Vice Chairman)
Bank of India Advisory Committee in Nairobi (Chairman)
University of Nairobi Enterprises & Services Ltd

Founding Chairman
East African Business Council - To support and be a part of the East African Community

Founding Chairman
Kenya Private Sector Alliance

Umbrella body for 200 private sector Associations

Past Chairman 
Kenya Association of Manufacturers

Past Director
Standard Chartered  Bank Kenya Ltd



  • Appointed to serve as a Trustee and Chairman of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund

  • Appointed a member of the Police Reforms Task Force

  • Appointed by His Excellency the President
    - To serve on the National Economics & Social Council 
    - Chaired by His Excellency the President

  • Appointed a member of the National Consultative Committee on Fast Tracking
    - The East African Political Federation

  • Appointed a member of the Environment Policy National Steering Committee 1/7/2007 – 1/7/ 2008


  • On the Board set up to rehabilitate businesses destroyed or damaged - In disturbances in 1982

  • On the Joint Industrial & Commercial Consultative Committee

  • Member of the Capital Markets Committee
    - Thereafter for 2 terms of 3 years each

  • Member of the Capital Markets Authority Board

  • On the Board of the Investment Promotion Centre
    - Two terms of three years each

  • Member of the Insurance Advisory Board

  • Appointed by His Excellency the President to sit on the
    - National Disaster Emergency Fund Committee (Bomb Disaster 1998 Fund)

  • Appointed by the Attorney-General to the Task Force set up - To review laws relating to companies, partnerships, insolvency and investments

  • Invited by the Ministry of Finance & Planning to join the
    - National Consultative Forum to discuss the Poverty Reduction Strategy Paper

  • Appointed to serve on the Board of Management of the
    - National Council for Science and Technology

  • Reappointed by the Minister of Finance to the reactivated
    - Joint Industrial & Commercial Consultative Committee

  • Appointed to be a member of the National Council for Children Services

  • Appointed by His Excellency the President
    - To be a member of the Steering Committee
    - Of The New Partnership for African Development (NEPAD)

  • Appointed to represent Special Interests Groups
    - At the Constitution of Kenya Review Commission


Chairman – Chandaria Foundation
Founding Chairman and member of the Management Committee – Asian Foundation
Chairman – Limuru Girls Centre
Chairman – Starehe Girls Centre
Chairman – Kenya Ear Foundation
Chairman – The Sir Ernest Vasey Memorial Foundation
Trustee – The Heart Foundation
Trustee – Undugu Society of Kenya
Founding Chairman and Trustee – Watoto Kwanza Trust
Member – University of Nairobi Council
Director – United States International University – Kenya (USIU)
Trustee – International University of Kenya (IUK)
Trustee – Centre for Corporate Governance
Member – Governing Council (African Centre for Technology Studies)
Director & Trustee – International Board, International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW)
Goodwill Ambassador – World Wildlife Fund for Nature (WWF),  Eastern Africa Corporate Club
Trustee – Hansaben Chandulal Malde Charitable Trust
Past Chairman and Member – Desai Memorial Foundation
Chairman and Trustee – Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund
Past Chairman and Member – Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Academy Society
Trustee – World Jain Confederation
Past Chairman and Member – Rotary Club of Nairobi
Past Trustee – Nairobi Gymkhana
Past Chairman – Kenya Rural Blindness Eradication, Project of the Rotary Club of Nairobi
Trustee – Pan African Parliament – May, 2006
Director – Management Education Research Consortium (MERC), 20 November, 2006
Advisor – Global School Business Network (GSBN)


United Kingdom

In Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year Honours List 2003
Was made an OBE of the Order of the British Empire
In recognition of his work for the community in Kenya
And for his promotion of Kenyan economic and British interests in Kenya
August 2006
Was created a Fellow of the Cambridge Association of Managers


On 1 December 1997
was awarded the degree of doctor of science by the University of Nairobi in
recognition of outstanding achievements in the industrial, manufacturing and
business sector and his contribution to the economy of Kenya.

In December 2000
through the PriceWaterhouseCoopers and the Nation Media Group survey
was named the most respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in the year 2000

In December 2001
for the second year running
through the PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Nation Media Group survey
was named the most respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in the year 2001

In December 2002
for the third year running
through the PriceWaterhouseCoopers and Nation Media Group survey
was named the most respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in the year 2002

In December 2003
The following honour was conferred by His Excellency President Mwai Kibaki
Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS)
In recognition of outstanding and distinguished service rendered to the nation
2006 – Award of Service as Trustee of the Nairobi Gymkhana


1982 was presented with the Vishwa Gurjari Award in Gujarat, India
– For outstanding service to business in the international sector

1989 was presented with the Jawaharlal Nehru Excellence Award

1990 was presented with the Vijay Rattna Award
– for enriching human life and outstanding achievements

2001 was presented with the Bharat Gaurav Award
– by the Indian Merchants Chamber, Bombay India for his continued and sustained services as a distinguished non-resident Indian who has enhanced the image of India abroad by his achievements, excellence and success

November 2001 was awarded ‘Hindu Vibhushan’ by the Hindu Leaders Forum

January9, 2003
the Government of India conferred the honour of Pravasi  Bhartiya Sanmam during the first ceremony of the awards event Pravasi Bharatiya Sanmam Puraskar in recognition of exceptional services rendered as a person of Indian origin to the country of his domicile, thus promoting the honour and prestige of India

January 8, 2008
was presented with the Lifetime Achievement Award in Delhi India


December 2001 was awarded the 2001 Korea Trade Day Award by Korea’s Minister for Commerce, Industry & Energy in recognition of his business support as a best trading partner with Korea during the year


1988 was appointed a member of the NRI (Non-Resident Indians) Consultative Committee of the Ministry of Finance, Government of India


Members & Past Chairman – Kenya Orchid Society
Member – Horticultural Society of Kenya











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