Advisors

The SICCI Panel of Advisors comprises eminent members of the business community in Singapore. Their advice, guidance and support play a vital role in enabling the Board of Directors to ensure the continued growth and success of the Chamber.

Name

Ms Indranee Rajah
Minister, Prime Minister’s Office

Name

Mr Lawrence Leow
Group Chairman & CEO, Crescendas Group

Name

Mr Prasoon Mukherjee
Chairman, Universal Success Enterprises

Name

Dr Shahzad Nasim
Group Executive Chairman, Meinhardt Group

Currently, SICCI has four distinguished persons serving as Advisors, with terms of office that are the same as that of the Board which appointed them.

Directors

SICCI’s Board of Directors (2020-22)

DR T. CHANDROO

Chairman

Chairman & CEO
Modern Montessori International Pte Ltd

Dr T. Chandroo is the Chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry (SICCI) and Modern Montessori International (MMI), an international group of companies with over 100 teacher-training centres and preschool centres in United Kingdom, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, China, Vietnam, Myanmar, Kenya, Nigeria, Egypt and the UAE. Additionally, Dr Chandroo also serves as the MMI Group’s CEO, which duties and responsibilities involve overseeing conception and implementation of all business strategies, policies, and processes. Aided by a professional and committed team of directors, managers and executives, Dr Chandroo has helped grown his company from a single-unit training centre into a multi-million and multi-national education organization employing over 500 staff members in more than 15 countries. In 2005, Dr Chandroo was named an Entrepreneur of the Year by SICCI-DBS. In 2006, Dr Chandroo was one of the finalists for the Entrepreneur of the Year Award by Rotary-ASME. In the same year, MMI was named a Franchisor of the Year by the Franchising & Licensing Association, Singapore. In 2009, Dr Chandroo was again named the Singapore’s Leading Indian Entrepreneurs for the Year (Large Enterprise) by SICCI-DBS. In October 2010, Dr Chandroo was awarded the Outstanding Entrepreneur Award for the Asia Pacific Entrepreneurship Awards (APEA) 2010. In August 2013, Dr Chandroo was awarded the Alumnus of the Year for the Southern Cross Business School, Southern Cross University, Australia. In August 2013, Dr Chandroo received the “Asia Most Promising Business Leader” Award in Dubai - an award validated by KPMG India and a luminous panel of judges.

CHANDRA MOHAN RETHNAM

Vice-Chairman

Chandra has been a partner with Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP for more than 20 years with an active practice in commercial litigation. He is the key contact with regards to Middle East disputes and is the Head of the Commercial Litigation practice group and the Private Client practice group.

Chandra is recognised as one of the best lawyers in Singapore in the areas of litigation and trust & estates by his peers in the 11th Edition of The Best Lawyers in Singapore.

MANEESH TRIPATHI

Vice-Chairman

Vice-Chairman
Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry

Chairman and Chief Executive Officer (Group)
SEVAK Limited

Maneesh Tripathi is the Vice-Chairman of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry. He also chairs two of the Chamber’s sub-committees, namely the International and Bilateral Trade Nations and Incubation & Start-ups, while co-chairing the International Business Division. He is currently the Group CEO & Executive Director of SEVAK Limited in Singapore – an SGX listed company. He has more than 25 years of work experience and has worked with multinational corporations like IBM, Philips, Olivetti, Sun and TCPL conducting business and working out of various countries including Japan, China, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, India, Saudi Arabia, and the Middle East. He has experience in various sectors including telecommunications, information technology, retail, and manufacturing. Prior to joining SEVAK Limited, Maneesh Tripathi handled senior management assignments with IBM, where he worked in an Asia-Pacific role for more than 15 years across three continents. He managed various business head positions in IBM Global Services during his 10-year stint where he also held the position of COO to run IBM ISS in Asia Pacific. He is an honorary board member of the Global Indian International School in Singapore.

HANIF MOEZ NOMANBHOY

Honorary Treasurer

Manging Director
Nomanbhoy & Sons Pte Ltd

Mr Hanif Moez Nomanbhoy is the Managing Director of Nomanbhoy & Sons Pte Ltd and I & C International.

Nomanbhoy & Sons Pte Ltd has earned the distinction of being one of the oldest establishments in spices and agro commodities in Singapore, having being in the industry for more than a century. The company is actively trading in spices such as (pepper, cloves, cinnamon, cumin) edible nuts, pulses, desiccated coconut and other agro commodities. Nomanbhoy & Sons also owns its processing facilities in both Indonesia and Africa. In recent years, the company has successfully diversified into another core industries in namely Fertilisers, Petrochemicals and Fuel Bunkering resulting in the establishment
I & C International. I & C International provides trading and brokering services to ship operators worldwide.

Mr Hanif started his career with Nomanbhoy & Sons Pte Ltd since 1980 and has since grown the company into an ever-expanding multi-million dollar organisation. He has led and flourished the small trading arm onto an organization with strong international presence, spanning 50+ countries across five continents.

Mr Hanif has long been spearheading and led a strong supporting role toward corporate social responsibility and sustainable agriculture in Africa with their partnerships with the local farmers. In addition locally, Nomanbhoy & Sons Pte Ltd has been a strong supporter of the Singapore Zoo’s wildlife adoption programme for the past years.

Mr Hanif currently sits on the management committee of the Al Burhani Mosque in Singapore.

Mr Hanif was appointed as Board Member of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry from the periods 2000 - 2004 and 2016 - 2018.

Mr Hanif was appointed as the Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles in 2019.

DR ZAHABAR ALI

Assistant Treasurer

Highly skilled Senior Accounting and Finance professional with over 40 years of experience as a trusted adviser assisting companies with financial analysis , financial reporting , auditing, internal control policies and procedures, and strategic planning. Proven leader in the accounting profession influencing and driving initiatives that impact financial reporting and fiscal accuracies.

MURALIKRISHNAN RANGAN

Director

Print Lab is the first, largest and only print agency in Singapore- with over 50 machines, occupying over 50,000sqft and employing over 130 staff. Print Lab has grown at an astonishing pace to become the youngest and largest Print Agency in Singapore offering a large variety of services. Mr Murali is a highly spiritual man who is growing his company for reasons beyond himself; he actively partakes in charitable and social causes and intends to serve more people as he builds more resources.

PARTIBAN MURUGAIYAN

Director

Mr Partiban took over his family’s gold jewellery business at the age of 22 and transformed it into one of the leading jewellery merchants in the industry. With extensive experience gained over the years along with good foresight, Mr Parthiban set up Luvenus Jewellery to meet his global vision. In 2012, its first outlet opened in Changi Airport. It made its impression on the global scene with the opening of its first international outlet in Hong Kong Airport. He also became the first local Indian entrepreneur from the retail industry to be bestowed the winner of the Rotary Singapore ASME New Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

M S MANIAM

Director

Mr Maniamis the Founder and CEO of Seagull Pte Ltd, a Singapore registered ISO 9001 certified company that specialises in marine, offshore and subsea engineering. With his sheer passion and zest for turning a vision into reality, he catapulted the SME into a leading company with over 400 clients worldwide. Mr Maniam is a true engineer at heart who personifies the three P’s of success – Planning, Professionalism and Precision.

KISHORE JETHANAND DARYANANI

Director

Founded in 1986 with a Paid up Capital of $2.4 million, Ganga Jamuna Electronics is one of the leading import/export business for branded consumer products. Within a span of 22 years and under the leadership of Mr Kishore, the Company has secured a strong foothold in new and emerging markets and CIS countries. Born in a family of businessmen, Mr Kishore has an eye for entrepreneurship and decades of hands-on experience. He has held key appointments in several companies which tells of his vast experience.

RAJAN BAGARIA

Director

Mr Rajan Bagaria, a well-known businessman, was on the SICCI Board of Directors also from 2010 to 2014. He was the founder and President of the Marwari Mitra Mandal (Singapore) which represents the Marwari community in Singapore. He was also the founder of The Singapore Pulses Federation Ltd, set up to assist all pulses traders of Singapore.

PURNIMA KAMATH

Director

Ms Purnima started her own company to utilize her past experiences in marketing communications by setting her foot in the education, events, cultural and arts ecology. She graduated from the Nanyang Technological University with an MBA degree in International Business and brings with her more than 25 years of varied experience in Business Development, Marketing, PR and IT. Today, De Ideaz is one of the leading event managementcompanies In Singapore and Asia Pacific handling Indian diaspora events.

SHOBHA TSERING BHALLA

Director

Ms Shobha is a well-known Singaporean-Indian journalist who has extensive experience as a senior print and online journalist and media entrepreneur. She made a name as a serious journalist with her incisive cutting-edge opinion columns and well-researched ground-breaking stories. Ms Shobha has a Master Degree in English Literature and she founded India Se Media in 2007, dedicated to serving the Indian diaspora in Singapore & Southeast Asia. It has a readership of over 250,000 spanning across many countries today.

J K SARAVANA

Director

Chairman
Tantra Inc - Group of Companies

Tantra Inc - Group of Companies is a one stop media hub that comprises of 9 subsidiary divisions namely Tantra Television, Tantra Animations, Tantra Films, Tantra Live, Tantra Records, Tantra Advertising, Tantra Studios, together with new additions Tantra Academy and Tantra Online. Established in 2002, the company’s Board of Directors and Shareholders are all Singaporean.

In the years of its existence Tantra Inc has established a unique and strong business network within the media and entertainment industries. Tantra Inc is well represented having successfully conceived, produced, managed and assisted top ranked projects.

As an established media hub Tantra Inc is diversely active in servicing the different sectors of the media and entertainment industries worldwide. Tantra Inc’s various divisions have teams of elite professionals with years of experience in their specialisations.

MURALLI RAJARAM

Director

Muralli is a Partner at K&L Gates Straits Law. He is involved in complex commercial litigation and disputes, international arbitration, restructuring & insolvency and internal investigations. He has appeared in all levels of Courts in Singapore and has considerable experience dealing with high-value complex litigation. On the International Arbitration front, Muralli has broad experience dealing with ad hoc and institutional arbitrations as well as seeking redress and intervention from the Courts in relation to such arbitrations. Muralli is ranked in IFLR 1000’s 2020 edition as a Highly Regarded Practitioner in the Restructuring and Insolvency practice area. He is also identified as one of nine “Future Leaders” in Singapore by Who’s Who Legal 2020 in the Litigation practice area.

Muralli sits on the Council of the Singapore Red Cross. In 2020, Muralli was appointed as an Assessor under the COVID-19 (Temporary Measures) Act 2020, and sits on the Lease/Licence of Non-Residential Immovable Property panel.

RAJ KUMAR

Director

Mr Raj Kumar is the Managing Director of International Paradise Connexxions Tours & Travel Pte Ltd – a 24-year-old travel agency specializing in educational and corporate trips to all parts of the world. Organizing educational tours, his company is currently in a contract with MOE Singapore annually responsible for students learning journeys and team building sessions. His company currently has ground presence in various countries including India, Tanzania, Kenya, Namibia, Bhutan, Morocco, Mongolia and UAE.

Over the years his company has grown from strength to strength to establish itself as a household name in the education and corporate travel segments. Mr Raj Kumar has also won numerous awards and accolades including the MOM Exemplary Employer Award, and the WDA PATA Innovation Award. He is currently focusing on advocating sustainable tourism across the globe.

TUSHAR P DOSHI

Director

Mr. Tushar P Doshi was born in Singapore and completed his PSLE and GCE O Levels in Singapore and did his GCE A Levels in London. Thereafter, Mr. Doshi returned to Singapore to do his National Service before going to the USA for his Bachelor of Arts in Economics and his post graduate studies in International Business.

Mr. Doshi’s formal work experience began in 1994 working with 2 companies as Consultant and Account Executive. In 1996 he embarked on his entrepreneurial venture under the name of Tushiv International Pte Ltd. Under this company Mr. Doshi began his trading business in agricultural commodities and chemicals, computer peripherals and introduced a new concept in advertising called virtual advertising. In 2003, Mr. Doshi focused on developing a very unique and patented art formed called 3 Dimensional Holographic Sculptures. He created a global market for these products with a distribution network spanning from New Zealand to the USA and across Europe and the Middle East and Africa as well as India. In 2016, Mr. Doshi sold this part of the business to his local Indonesian director.

Since July 2016, Mr. Doshi is an Independent Director on the Board of Directors at Sevak Ltd (SGX Listed) previously known as Si2i Ltd. He is Chairman of the Nomination and Remuneration Committee.

Since mid 2017, Mr. Doshi became a Global Independent Distributor for an American manufacturer in Stem Cell Lift technology and DNA Reparation and Anti Aging and Longevity space of the Health and Wellness industry. He is also working with consultants in the Professional and Personal Development areas to assist them to discover their internal strengths to build a better foundation for success. Mr. Doshi is involved in the trading of physical Crude Oil and various downstream products.

In Oct 2019, Mr. Doshi was appointed as Advisor to Darwin Travel Tech Pvt Ltd, a Mumbai, India based Travel Technology start up.

YAHIYA KHAN

Director

Yahiya Khan founded Big Foot Logistic Pte Ltd in 1992 started as a casual worker at the Port of Singapore Authority and had his first business taste at the age of 21. Through endeavor the company has now established itself as a specialist in a wide range of Logistic services and Seaport Operations. It is also able to achieve 99.9% customer retention over past 20 years and certain customers staying loyal for over 20 years.

A diversified company with core interests in Logistic and port operation. Yet as diverse as it is in Medicare, Waste Management, Cleaning and Drinking Water, Big Foot has always succeeded through unity and synergy: every part working together for the good of the whole – stakeholders, society and environment; seamless links between every individual, every department, and every customer across all of Big Foot Group of Companies.

This synchronized approach is the key to Big Foot’s tailored, end-to-end business solutions. Ultimately it’s what simplifies the clients’ supply chains and delivers the valuable services they need to succeed. Big Foot have built a strong reputation in Singapore, enjoying long-standing relationships with NTUC, PSA, ABR Holding, Swensen, SIAEC, and so on. Now, Now, Big Foot is ready for the next leg of the journey – to become a regionally-recognized player.

Geographically, financially and organizationally we are well-placed to achieve this. Singapore is a major player in a region that is becoming increasingly globally significant; its progressive economic diversification will continue to enhance Big Foot’s opportunities. More importantly, we have outstanding human resources – the best possible people with a collective will to succeed.

Big Foot is filled with ambition and confidence. It’s name and logo represent this positivity through the evolution of our company - as one brand, deeply committed to shared values and business objectives

GEORGE ABRAHAM

Co-opt Director

George Abraham is an alumnus of Raffles Institution, Singapore. He has Postgraduate Degrees in Political Science (M.A., Aligarh), Social Science (M.Soc.Sc., University of Singapore) and Human Resource Development (M.A., George Washington University, USA). He has attended Advanced Management Programmes at INSEAD, the Australian Administrative Staff College, International Trade Centre (UNCTAD / WTO) and Asian Productivity Organisation.

He has, for over 30 years, worked extensively in the region in various capacities as Executive Director of the Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SICCI), Hon. Secretary General of the Singapore Federation of Chambers of Commerce and Secretary General of the ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry, articulating the views of the private sector, forging links and enhancing business prospects of companies and representing these organizations at international fora. He is also a consultant to various UN Agencies (ILO, ESCAP, UNDP and World Bank’s MIGA) in SME development and private sector capacity building in the Asia Pacific, SAARC, Africa and Eastern European countries.

Mr. Abraham is Chairman of the SME Development Council of the Confederation of Asia-Pacific Chambers of Commerce & Industry (CACCI). He was the Regional Representative (ASEAN) of the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI). He has served on various private and public-sector boards and was Chairman of the Feedback Group on Economic Development, of Singapore’s Ministry of Community Development, Youth and Sports (MCYS) from 2000-2007 and on the Resource Panel of the Government Parliamentary Council for Trade & Industry till 2009.

Mr. Abraham was awarded the Outstanding Young Person of Singapore in 1987 by the Singapore Jaycees. For his services to the business communities abroad, he has received Awards from the Government of the Philippines and Government of Kerala State, India. For his services to the Indian diaspora, he was awarded the Pravasi Community Service Award 2007 by the Global Organisation of People of Indian Origin (GOPIO) at their annual conference in 2007 held in New Delhi.

Mr. Abraham is Chairman of The GA Group Pte Ltd comprising Global Indian Business Network Pte Ltd (GIBN), George Abraham & Associates Pte Ltd & Asia - Pacific Business Pte Ltd. It primarily functions as An international business consultancy facilitating business linkages; An organisation promoting cross border trade and investments in APAC region through its business missions abroad, global business summits and co-supporting initiatives spearheaded by state investment companies from countries such as China, India and ASEAN member states; and A company with a niche focus in organising high-level global diaspora business summits & conferences in the emerging economies of the Asia Pacific region.

GIBN was awarded the LEAP Partner Award in 2005 by Singapore’s Economic Development Board (EDB), SPRING Singapore and International Enterprise (IE) Singapore, “In appreciation of its efforts to accelerate the growth of enterprises and industries in Singapore.”

KORSHED ALAM CHOWDHURY

Co-opt Director

Mr. Korshed Alam Chowdhury is the Managing Director of Panmark Impex Pte Ltd Singapore. Incorporated in 1991, Panmark Impex Pte Ltd is a general trader for various world-renowned brands, with a primary focus on food products and consumer electronic appliances. With almost 30 years of experience in the distribution industry, Panmark has established reputable and lasting relationships with customers and vendors globally including but not limited to, key purchasing firms in Bangladesh and other emerging nations predominantly in Asia. The expansion in the Bangladeshi market enabled Panmark Impex Pte Ltd to have exposure in critical distribution channels and marketing firms.

As a visionary with the experience and expertise in trading, Mr. Chowdhury is keen on furthering his outreach by engaging in manufacturing of locally made products in Bangladesh. His background with Panmark Impex Pte Ltd allowed him to embark on successful projects to set up marketing and manufacturing entities in Bangladesh. He maintains strong partnerships and is resilient to the ever-changing market. Mr. Chowdhury, together with his team, aspires to diversify their global footprint by furthering business relations through business functions in Bangladesh.