Manu Chandaria

Comcraft Group Nairobi


Primary and Secondary                                           Nairobi and Mombasa


                                                                                    Jamnagar India       


Of Bombay India                                                      BSc                 1949

Oklahoma USA                                                        Eng                 1950

Oklahoma                                                                  M Eng            1951

Married to Aruna

Daughter, Priti, married to Kirit Shah  (1 granddaughter –


Son, Neal, married to Aarti Kotak (2 granddaughters – Ayushi & Nirali)

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

On the Boards of      

Past Chairman                     –           Uganda Baati Ltd (Kampala) –

and other group companies

On the Boards of      

Vice Chairman                     –           Kenindia Assurance Co Ltd    

Vice Chairman                     –           East Africa Reinsurance Co Ltd    

Chairman                              –           Bank of India Advisory Committee in Nairobi                 

Director                                              University of Nairobi Enterprises &

                                                            Services Ltd   




Founding Chairman            East African Business Council

           A Platform to support Dialogue between the Private

Private Sector and the East African Community (EAC)


Founding Chairman            Kenya Private Sector Alliance

                                    (Umbrella body for 200 private sector


Past Chairman                      Kenya Association of Manufacturers

                                                East Africa Reinsurance Co Ltd

Past Director                        Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd

Founding  Trustee                Corporate Governance Trust

Appointed as Co-Chairman of Global Peace Convention in 2010

Founding Member of the Global Peace Foundation (GPF) Global Leadership Council

Patron of Global Peace Foundation in Africa


Appointed to serve as a Trustee and Founding Chairman of the

Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund – 10 years

Past Longest Serving Member of the University of Nairobi Council

Appointed a Peace Ambassador by Government of Kenya

15thJanuary, 2013 – Appointed and installed by His Excellency the President as the Chancellor of Technical University of Kenya.


Past Member          


National Economics & Social Council

On the Board set up to rehabilitate businesses destroyed or damaged during disturbances in 1982

On the Joint Industrial & Commercial Consultative Committee

Member of the Capital Markets Committee (For 2 terms of 3 years each)

Member of the Capital Markets Authority Board

On the Board of the Investment Promotion Centre (For 2 terms of 3 years each)

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

Appointed a member of the Police Reforms Task Force

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


 Chairman Chandaria Foundation         

Was instrumental in setting up:

Chandaria School of Business at United States International University (USIU)

Chandaria Business Innovation and Incubation Centre at the Kenyatta University

Chandaria Centre for Performing Arts at the Nairobi University

Chandaria Accident and Emergency center and Day theatres at

Nairobi Hospital

Chandaria Accident and Emergency center at Pandya Hospital Mombasa

Chandaria Medical Centre at Gertrude’s Children Hospital

Chandaria MIHV Health Centre at Dagoretti Nairobi

Chandaria Mji Wa Huruma Clinic in Runda

Chandaria Bodi Health Centre & Chandaria Bodi Maternity Wing

Mabati Medical Centre at Mariakani

Mabati Technical Institute at Mariakani

A dozen Chandaria Clinics in Rural area

Chandaria Cancer and Chronic Diseases Centre at Moi Teaching & Referral Hospital

Chandaria Secondary School Scholarship for 100 students every year for the last 30 years

Chandaria University Scholarships for 30 students every year and many other projects

Founding Chairman, Member

Of the Management Committee                  Asian Foundation

Founding Chairman                                     Limuru Girls Centre

Founding Chairman                                     Starehe Girls Centre

Founding 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

Past Member                                                 University of Nairobi Council

Past Chairman of the Board                        United States International University-


Chancellor                                                     United States International University-


Trustee                                                           Centre for Corporate   

                                                                        Governance Trust

Past Member                                                Governing Council

                                                                        African Centre for

                                                                        Technology Studies

Past Board Member & current                   International Fund for               

Honorary Board Member                            Animal Welfare (IFAW)

Past Trustee                                                   Sachin and Avni Dave Foundation

Past Goodwill Ambassador                          World Wildlife Fund for Nature


                                                                        Eastern Africa Corporate


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

Founding Chairman                                     Kenya Rural Blindness   

                                                                        Eradication Project of the

                                                                        Rotary Club of Nairobi

Trustee                                                           Pan African Parliament –

                                                                        May, 2006

Trustee                                                           Kepsa Foundation

Past Director                                                 Management Education

                                                                        Research Consortium (MERC)

20 November, 2006

Advisor & Past Board Member                  Global Business School Network (GBSN)

Past Trustee                                                 Great Lakes University of Kisumu

Patron                                                           Compassionate Crusaders Trust, Animal


Honorary Patron                                          Total Kenya Limited

Honorary Patron                                          Brookhouse School

Honorary Member                                       Institute of Public Secretaries


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 Price Waterhouse Coopers and the Nation Media Group survey was named the Most Respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in the year 2000

For the second year running he was named the Most Respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in the year 2001

For the third year running he 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

On 25th July 2009 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the Kenya Methodist University Kenya in recognition of his outstanding achievements and contribution in Engineering, Manufacturing, Business, Public Administration and Philanthropy for the improvement of Humanity in Kenya and internationally.

On 28th January 2010

Was admitted to the grade of Honorary Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management in recognition of his unique contribution to management as demonstrated by his work and commitment to development of model business enterprises in the East African Region and beyond

On 20th March 2010 United Graduate College and Seminary USA conferred the “Honorary Degree of Doctor of Philosophy in Humanities”

In 2011 honored by UNICEF and Global Compact in recognition of dedicated work as Champion of Children’s Rights in the community

On 24th November 2011 was awarded Ernst & Young “Lifetime Achievement Award” for outstanding contribution to Entrepreneurship in Eastern Africa

In December 2011 Forbes Magazine nominated him as one of the Twenty Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2011

In July 2012 “Life Time Achievement award for Africa” by Commonwealth Business Council at London.

In October 2012,” Life Time Achievement Award for Eastern Africa” by CNBC Africa and African Business Net work.

In October 2012 “All Africa Life Time Achievement Award” for Africa by CNBC and ABN in Cape Town South Africa.

In November 2012 “International Entrepreneur of the year” by Kansas State University College of Business Administration at Manhattan Kansas.

In December 2012 “Global Peace Award for Exemplary& Innovative Philanthropy” At Global Peace Convention Atlanta Georgia USA for commitment of significant resources to fund initiatives to improve and enhance the quality of human life.

On 25th July, 2013 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in Philanthropy in recognition of his involvement in and contribution to growing philanthropy in East Africa.

On 2nd December 2013 was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award in

Entrepreneurship by Forbes Africa during the Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2013 Award

On 18th December 2013 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Science by the Technical University of Kenya in

recognition of outstanding achievements in the industrial, manufacturing and business sector and his contribution to the economy of Kenya.

On 20 December 2013 was awarded the degree of Doctor of Humane Letters by Kenyatta University in recognition of his philanthropic activities in socio-economic development programs, support and mentoring youth entrepreneurship and innovation.

19 July 2014 awarded with Lifetime Achievement Award by Transform Kenya

On 12th December 2015 the following honour was conferred by His Excellency President Uhuru Kenyatta

The First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS)

In recognition of outstanding and distinguished service rendered to the nation

In 2016 he organized 19000 diaspora of Indian origin to meet the Indian Prime Minister Narendrabhai Modi in Nairobi together with the President of Kenya HE Uhuru Kenyatta.

5th December 2017 received Volunteer Lifetime Achievement Award from the Volunteer Involving Organizations Society for his work in volunteerism


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 Ratna 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

2001 was awarded “Hindu Vibhushan” by the Hindu Leaders Forum.

2003 On 9 January the Government of India conferred the honour of “Pravasi Bhartiya Sanman”during the first ceremony of the awards event Pravasi Bharatiya Sanman Puraskar.

He was among the first eleven people to be selected amongst twenty three million non-resident Indians.

In recognition of exceptional services rendered as a person of Indian origin to the country of his domicile, thus promoting the honor and prestige of India

2008 On 8 January  was presented with the “Lifetime Achievement Award” in Delhi India by Past Prime Minister of India H E Hon Gujral.

 2011 On 4th April was presented with” Pride Of India Leader Ship Award”

By H E Sir Anerood Jugnath President of Republic of Mauritius at Port Louis Mauritius.    

2013 On 17th February was awarded “Pride of Gujarat Lifetime

Achievement Award by Feeling Multi media     


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


3rd October the African Leadership Network awarded him with the Lifetime Achievement Award (Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship 2013)


10th October 2014 the Millennium Excellence Foundation International awarded him with the  Lifetime Achievement Africa Prize (LAAP 2014)

South Africa

24th February 2018 awarded African Leadership Magazine Person of the Year 2017 Award for Philanthropy and Charitable Contributions to Society



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


20th July 2017