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 Inderjit Singh
CEO of Solstar International Pte Ltd

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 (2022-2024)

Neil Parekh

Chairman

• Chairman, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Partner & Head of Asia, Australia & New Zealand, Tikehau Capital
• CEO, Pegasus Asia
• Member, Governing Council, Singapore Institute of Directors

Neil is a Partner and Head of Asia, Australia & New Zealand at. He is also concurrently serving as the Chief Executive Officer of Pegasus Asia. Prior to his current positions, Neil was General Manager, Asia for National Australia Bank (NAB) where he was responsible for all business, regulatory and governance matters in the Asia region.

Besides having deep knowledge of traditional players in banking, asset and wealth management, insurance and non-bank finance companies, Mr. Parekh takes an active interest in Fintech and currently serves as a director of Elevandi (established by the Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) to expand its current fintech ecosystem), as a director of AMTD Digital and as a Board Advisor to AFIN-ASEAN Financial Innovation Network (formed by the International Finance Corporation and the MAS).

Neil contributes his time as the Chairman of the International Advisory Committee for the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Singapore, as a member of the Governing Council of the Singapore Institute of Directors as well as serving on the advisory committee for James Cook University, Singapore. Mr Parekh serves on the Investment Committee for SINDA and is a former member of the Governing Council of the Association of Banks in Singapore. Previously, he served as a Vice-Chairman of SICCI, as well as a board director of Nautilus Insurance and TIE Singapore. A Singapore Citizen, Neil holds a Bachelor's degree in Accounting, a Master's degree in Finance and an MBA in International Business.

Dr Zahabar Ali

Vice-Chairman 1

• Assistant Treasurer of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Vice-Chairman 1, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Regional Director, The Institute of Certified Management Accountants (Australia)
• Chairman, Singapore Training Institute
• Managing Partner, Parkinsons & Raffles CAs LLP

A Chartered Accountant (NZAust), (S'pore) (UK England & Wales), (Malaysia), with over 40 years of external, internal audit and management consulting experiences globally, is currently the Managing Partner of Raffles CAs LLP, Singapore. Working through the rank and file, starting his initial career with Touche Ross & Co, (Deloitte). Dr Ali obtained Master’s in Accountancy from Monash University, Australia and is a member of various professional bodies worldwide. He has represented Singapore on Strategic Management issues (Asian Productivity Organisation, Japan), as a speaker and had presented various papers in forums, conferences on varied topics. He was nominated for Lifelong Achievement Award 2010 by Monash University (Australia), recipient of the Hind Rattan Award 2012 (Delhi), Lifelong Achievement Award in 2013 by Raj TV (Tamil Nadu) and was nominated for (NMP Nominated Member of Parliament) Singapore. He served in the 2000/01 Board of Trustees of the Institute of South East Asian Studies, Singapore and was in the Advisory Council on Community Relations in Defense in the Ministry of Defence, Singapore. His other appointments include Chartered President of ACCA Toastmasters International (USA) and Chartered President of Association of Work life Professionals (Singapore). He has conducted GST awareness for the Malaysian Government Departments when GST was first introduced in April 2015.

MR M.S MANIAM

Vice Chairman - 2

Vice Chairman - 2, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Founder & CEO, Seagull Pte Ltd

Founded in 2003, Seagull Pte Ltd is 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, Mr Maniam, the Founder and CEO of Seagull Pte Ltd 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.

MR RAMASAMY JAYAPAL

Honorary Treasurer

• Treasurer, Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce and Industry
• Board of Governor, St. John International School, Malaysia
• Board Member, ANSA India Pte Ltd
• Advisor, Direct English Malaysia
• Advisor, Melewar Learning Resources San Bhd
• Deputy Chairman, International Student Recruitment Center Pte Ltd
• Chairman, Hallmark Nominee Services Pte Ltd
• Deputy President, Mcmillan Woods Global (UK) Pte Ltd
• Director, Alliance Corporate Services Pte Ltd
• Director, Southeast Global Impex Pte Lid

MR RAJAN BAGARIA

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Founder & President, Marwari Mitra Mandal
• Founder, Singapore Pulses Federation Ltd
Mr Rajan Bagaria, a well-known businessman, was on the SICCI Board of Directors 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, which was set up to assist all pulses traders of Singapore. He founded Arvee International Pte. Ltd. in 1990. The company's line of business includes the wholesale distribution of groceries and related products.

MR JANAKARAJ JEYAKUMAR

Director

• Country Head, Adani Singapore
Jeyakumar Janakaraj is the Country Head of the Adani Singapore. Fondly known as JJ, he is a veteran leader who has successfully built and managed large-scale infrastructure projects and businesses spanning wide geographical locations from India, Africa to Australia for over two decades.

A firm believer in harnessing phenomenal growth through harmonising a multicultural workforce, some of JJ's notable achievements include leveraging on technology and people empowerment in accelerating project timelines as well as delivering innovative concepts optimise operations. Through his expert guidance, JJ has led companies through significant expansion, growth and financial performance. JJ has been awarded the Gold Medal by the Indian Institute of Metals for his significant contribution to the non-ferrous metallurgical industry and the DEMAG Gold medal for innovative leadership by the Indian Institute of Metals. In 2009, JJ was listed in the prestigious International Who's Who of Professionals.

MS JAYANTHI D/O PONNISAMY MANIAN

Director

• Recognized as an Industry Leader and appointed as a Review Committee Member by the Senior Minister of State, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Education, Madam Indranee Rajah to be part of the APPLIED STUDIES FOR POLYTECHNICS AND ITE REVIEW (ASPIRE), Ministry of Education.
• Board of Directors of the SINGAPORE INDIAN CHAMBER OF COMMERCE & INDUSTRY for the term 2016 -2018
• Management Committee of Sri Mariamman Temple (HEB) for the term 2018 - 2021. 2022 - Present.

MR MAHENDRAN MINISAMY

Director

I am of Indian origin- a third generation Singaporean. The TOM group of companies was formed in 1996 focussing on the oil and gas and construction industries. With patented technology, we are a preferred prefab MEP partner of government agencies. In 2021, TOM expanded its operations to an 11 acre factory in Chennai, India.

I have been a member of the SCCI for more than 24 months. In my capacity as Managing Director of the TOM group of companies, I have been actively involved in the provision of education for local Indians through the Singapore Indian Development Association and the Singapore Indian Education
Trust. My participation in both organisations boosted the tertiary standards of local Indian students who lack the funds and means to do so. This is a cause extremely close to my heart and one that I still seek to champion. I was also a contributor to the Sree Narayana Mission (SNM). Together with the Board at SNM, I established a platform to train local Indians wanting to further their education in nursing. Upon the completion of their NITEC or Diploma in Nursing, these candidates will be bonded to SNM and trained at their premises. My staff are also deployed to assist in grassroots events at Jurong GRC frequently. They provide assistance during festive occasions and events. Recently our staff donated blood as part of a blood donation exercise at Khoo Teck Phuat Hospital.

MR MANDEEP NALWA

Director

• CEO of Taurus Wealth Advisors, a multi-family office set up in 2014
• Advisor to the Board and CEO of Vida Technologies
• Board Member of various organisations in India and Canada
• Board Member of SICCI for the term 2018-2020

Mr Nalwa, a Singapore National and of Indian origin came to Singapore in 2001 and worked with various Private Banks like Merrill Lynch, Citi Private Bank etc. He founded Taurus Wealth Advisors, an innovative wealth management advisory practise in 2008 during the Global Financial crisis which has since grown with a presence in Zurich and Dubai. He has advised and mentored various early stage and growth stage companies and their leadership team.
Vida Technologies run by Mr Vikash Dhanuka is an important example as it has been built over the years from a start up in the mobile phone trading company to a telecom infrastructure agency platform. Mandeep has played a key role in advising and sharing his experience in building up Tauruswith Mr Dhanuka.

MR MANEESH TRIPATHI

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Chairman of International and Bilateral Trade Nations, Incubation and Start-ups and Sports Sub-Committees of SICCI
• Group CEO – Digilife Technologies Limited -SGX Listed Singapore
• Chairman and CEO – Affinity Capital & Selular Global Networks/Indonesia and Singapore Electric Vehicles Pte Ltd

Mr. Maneesh Tripathi is based out of Singapore for the last 20 years and is a Global citizen who has worked in more than 10 countries including United States of America, Saudi Arabia, Dubai, Singapore, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia and India, in various Multinational firms.

He has 28+ years of work experience and is currently managing approximately S$300 million dollar plus listed company in Singapore called SEVAK Limited which operates in the areas of Telecom, Information Technology/System Integration and Electric Vehicles. Maneesh has also worked with MNCs like IBM Asia Pacific and Philips and Olivetti. He was also the Asia Pacific Business head (and then COO of IBM – ISS) with IBM Global Services for nearly 10 years working out of Singapore.

He is an active member of various organizations and is in the Executive Committee of SGTech, a member of Singapore Institute of Directors (SID), Singapore Computer Society (SCS), Singapore Venture Capital & Private Equity Association (SVCA), Singapore Business Federation (SBF), Singapore Manufacturing Federation (SMF) and an advisor at FundedHere the first Crowd Funding platform in Singapore. He is also a Hon Governing Board member of Global aSchools Foundation at Singapore.

Maneesh Tripathi is an Engineering Graduate by qualification with a Degree in Electronics and Telecom and has a PGCGM/Management graduate from (IIM) India Institute of Management, Calcutta, India. Maneesh Tripathi is an ardent State level cricket player from India and has a Certificate in Film Production & Planning from Singapore Media Academy.

MR MURALIKRISHNAN RANGAN

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Chairman of Digitalization Sub-Committee of SICCI
• CEO, Print Lab Pte Ltd

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. Print Lab has transited towards a greener supply chain with over 70 per cent of the total materials used are collected and recycled. This commitment to driving sustainability was also recognised by Unilever's yearly audit for environmental friendliness. 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.

MR PARTHIBAN MURUGAIYAN

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Chairman of Aspiring Entrepreneur Network Sub-Committee of SICCI
• Managing Director, Ishtara and Luvenus Jewellery

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 realise 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.

MS PURNIMA KAMATH

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Founder & CEO, De Ideaz Pte Ltd

Ms Purnima started her own company capitalising on her past experiences in marketing communications by setting her foot in the education, events, cultural and arts ecology space. 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 management companies in Singapore and the Asia Pacific known for managing and executing Indian diaspora events.

MR RAJAKUMAR CHANDRA

Director

• Partner of Jothi Store & Flower Shop, and a Director of Jothi Holdings Pte Lid.
• Advisor to LISHA

Mr Rajakumar is also in the Tamil Language Council, the Little India Task Force, and the NHB Award Committee.

MR MURALLI RAJA RAJARAM

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Partner, K&L Gates Straits Law

Mr Muralli Raja Rajaram is involved in commercial litigation and disputes, international arbitration, restructuring & insolvency, and internal investigations. He has appeared in several levels of Courts in Singapore and has considerable experience dealing with high-value litigation cases. 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 Litigation practice. 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.

Mr. SANJEY CHANDRAN

Director

• Director, CSD Ventures

An entrepreneur from Singapore, Sanjey is motivated by working in innovative environments that analyses the 'big problems' and looks to solve issues that impact and influence people. With experience in technology start-ups in the sharing economy, big data, 020, mobile application and SaaS space, in his latest role he is the Director of CSD Ventures -Family fund (BVI). Championing sustainable growth through investments in education, food-tech, clean tech and blockchain. Sanjey has a Master’s degree in finance from Australian Graduate School of Management, in Sydney.

MR YAHIYA KHAN

Director

• Board Director of Singapore Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry
• Chairman of Business Development and Branding Sub-Committee of SICCI
• Founder, Big Foot Logistic Pte Ltd

Mr Yahiya Khan founded Big Foot Logistic Pte Ltd in 1992. He started as an employee at the Port of Singapore Authority and entered business at the age of 21. Through hard work the company has now established itself as a specialist in a wide range of Logistics and Seaport Operations and services. Mr Yahiya had diversified the company by venturing into Medicare, Waste Management, Cleaning and Drinking Water sectors. Big Foot has built a strong reputation in Singapore, enjoying long-standing relationships with NTUC, PSA, ABR Holding, Swensen, SIAEC, and so forth.