Mr. Abid Junaid is regarded by many as a true visionary. Over the course of his career he has developed and delivered over 30 million square feet of premium real estate in markets ranging from the UAE to India, Sri Lanka, Seychelles and Oman. He has conceived, developed and delivered several firsts in UAE.
Alagappan affectionately called Alagu started his business career by joining his family business of coffee cultivation and consumer products distribution. After being associated with it for more than two decades he decided to enter the field of education aimed at guiding and moulding the youth. He is the Founder Director of Blossom Public School, a premier educational institution at Thanjavur, Director of Blossom Bluebells Nursery & Primary School at Thanjavur and also the Managing Trustee of Wisdom Foundation, an educational trust established for providing quality education to young children. Alagu is a Rotarian and the recipient of the Citation for Meritorious Service of The Rotary Foundation of Rotary International. He is the past president of the Thanjavur Chamber of Industries & Commerce and has served as Vice-President of the Thanjavur Investors Forum.
Anand has 13+ years of experience in the digital, web, and small business marketing space. Anand witnessed the latest SME retail challenges when he observed closely the daily struggles of his mother’s small retail food product company. He was motivated to start Exclusife to bring the latest technology tools to world of small business. Exclusife is currently serving to 5000+ strong retail SME business units in India, having 22 branch offices with an employee size of 350+ Capillary Tech buys stake in his CRM-based startup Exclusife
Anmol Vij is a graduate in Engineering from Coimbatore and post graduate from Indian Institute of Management (IIM), Ahemdabad. He breathes Entrepreneurship and is passionate towards Sales. In 2011, he built a Career Engineering Enterprise called, “KeyMind” and an IT Services Enterprise called, “Keyslab” based in Coimbatore. With 6+ years of entrepreneurial experience, Anmol is currently the Co-Founder & COO at “ShopsUp”. He plays various leadership roles in social organizations like StartUp Leadership Program, Global Shapers, Toastmasters International, Young Indians (Yi), Business Network International (BNI), Rotaract Organisation.
Arun Arunachalam is a native of Kadiapatti, and a prominent businessman in Singapore. His enterprise ACE NURA, has offices at Chennai and Singapore and is into Software Design, Jewellery Manufacturing, Bullion Trading and Travel. He is the Creative Manager of SICCI and Member of the Executive Committee of LISHA. He developed Arumbu, a program to enable Tamils to learn their mother tongue, TNT, a free program for non-Tamils and involved in the project ‘Red Pill’ whose focus is to train young entrepreneurs and offering them consultation services.
Mr.Avichi has done his graduation in Engineering, Electronics and instrumentation in Annamalai University and MBA-Finance in Thiagarajar School of Management, Madurai. He is a self employed Businessman in Pharmaceutical Logistics, Pharmaceutical Marketing, Solar Roof top installations with 25 years experience in Logistics, 2 Years in Solar Instrumentation
Chocko Valliappa is a passionate & multifaceted entrepreneur having founded companies globally in USA, Singapore, Canada and India. He started in the textiles & went on to learn about coffee plantation. He co-founded an incubation company Valliappa Software Tech Park (VSTP) and also founded Vee Technologies.
Lakshmanan Chidambaram (CTL) is an extremely positive individual with a never say die attitude. His belief in achieving the impossible, distinguishes him from the crowd. He has graduated in commerce. He heads Tech Mahindra’s Core Business Verticals comprising of Banking & Financial Services, Insurance, Manufacturing, Retail CPG & Travel, Aero & Defense and Healthcare Life sciences. His prior leadership roles include Chief Operating Officer for Bahwan CyberTekInc and a long association with the HCL group spanning eleven years in varied leadership positions.
Devakottai Ramanathan, who hails from Devakottai, is a popular Tamil language orator and stand-up comedian. Having participated and won in a number of oratorical competitions during the school days, Ramanathan became known to the Tamil TV viewers through Vijay TV's hit TV show "Kalakka Povathu Yaru", a show promoting stand-up comedy in the Tamil Language. Subsequently Ramanathan appeared in a number of other shows like Sun Ws 'Asatha Povathu Yaaru", Raj N's "Agada Vigadams, 'Sirippom Sindhippom", and Vijay TV's 'Tamil Paechu Engal Moochus.
Geetha Nagu is an energetic young entrepreneur,daughter in law of Mr. VN. Chidambaram Chettiar (late), Rangeium. She is a MBA graduate from Kothari Academy Chennai, heading sales and marketing in St Angelos VNCT Global Ventures, developers of residential projects in Tamil Nadu. Their business activities includes real estate projects, Auto components manufacturing, movie theaters in Chennai, Infra structure development & leasing in Tamil Nadu.
KR. Gnanasambandan (KRG) is a Post Graduate in Political Science and a multifaceted personality with rich experience in business and training spanning over 40 years. Besides being CEO of a Pharmaceutical company, a Food Processing Unit and One training and consultancy organization, he is into other businesses like Solar, Close Circuit Cameras and Real Estate. In 2004 KRG established AATHMA (An Academy for Training in HR, Marketing and Administration) which has been a runaway success since its inception.
Gopinath is a famous television anchor, journalist, motivational speaker, news presenter / moderator and an entrepreneur. Received best anchor awards from Vijay TV and magazines. Awarded with honorary doctorate for powerful media excellence by International University, Washington and ‘International Youth Icon’ award by national university of Singapore. Asia Book of Records recognized him as “Best Human Value Communicator”. Aananda Vikatan selected him as one of the Best 10 personalities of India along with Abdul Kalam and Kamal Hassan and also awarded Vikatan award for many years.
K.G. Guna is managing an Events Management and Corporate Training companycalled AGNI Events L.L.C., in Dubai. He is a motivational speaker and passionate about training children towards becoming effective Communicators & Leaders. He had been a reader for visually challenged Post-graduates and Doctorate scholars of Madras University for 7 years. He is a co-founder of a charitable movement in KSA, titled LEGACY, an acronym for “Leadership Empowering Global Academy for Children & Youth”, which is also active in Dubai, UAE. He is an Electrical Engineer who has been associated with International brands of Elevators and Escalators around the Globe for more than 3 decades.
Dr.Jawahar Palaniappan is the Son of legendary Tamil journalist late Sri.S.A.P.Annamalai, Founder of Kumudam started in 1947 which is one of the world’s largest circulated Tamil magazines.
Dr.Jawahar has performed over 20,000 heart angioplasty and stent surgeries in his career that is one of the highest among any Indian American cardiologist in the USA.
He is in the process of establishing a 100 bed Heart and Brain Hospital in Chennai slated to open mid 2017.He graduated from Madras Medical College as a gold medallist student in 1974 and trained in the USA in medicine in New York and did his cardiology training at the Cleveland Clinic Hospital which is ranked as the Number One Heart Hospital in the US.
He is presently on the Faculty at the Ohio State University Hospital and Medical College and has trained over 300 American Doctors.In honour of him starting the Cardiology Department at Knox Hospital and establishing a Cardiology Clinic that created employment for over 100 Americans , the Mayor of his city on Ohio proclaimed Oct 13 as Dr.Pala day . He continues to be the Medical Director of the Knox Hospital in Ohio. He has degrees the fellowships in Medicine , cardiovascular diseases and interventional cardiology. Dr.Palaniappan takes great pride in being a Nagarathar (from Kanadukathan) and has authored many scientific publications and has written three thamizh books one of which is “Ilayatrankudi Naratharkalin muthal Kovil” a popular seller.
Abirami Ramanathan, is a leading industrialist and philanthropist. He is the Executive Director of Abhirami Mega Mall, Chennai and a renowned personality in South Indian film industry. He won numerous awards for his achievements in the field of cinema and social service as a Rotarian from state and central governments and leading organisations. He was recognized by Tamil Nadu Book of Records for having built the 1st Seven Star Mall in India and also for being the Pioneer in introducing DTS System, Robot theatre and e-ticketing in theatres, first time in India. He adopted his native village Pulankurichi in Sivagangai district and carrying out many infrastructure related activities for the benefit of the community. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from College of Engineering, Guindy.
Mrs. Kalyani Achi is a multifaceted person with interest in poetry, participation in debates, TV shows & writing. She is also the assistant editor for the popular Tamil daily “Dina Malar”. She is the founder of Diana School in Saidapet and has been running it successfully for last 17 years. Her school focusses on overall development of the children with equal importance to extracurricular activities. She aims to open a residential school which focus on education, art, literature. She also plans to start orphanages and old age homes.
Kiruba Shankar is an entrepreneur, social media consultant, speaker, author, teacher, podcaster and a farmer. He is the CEO of ‘Business Blogging’, a leading social media consulting firm. He has co-founded ‘F5ive Technologies’ that does ‘Open Source Development’. His passion for agriculture and books, respectively, led him to start up ‘Vaksana Farms’ and a publishing house called ‘Verdure Books’. He has authored 4 books. He has been a technology columnist at The New Indian Express, Business Standard and Financial Express.He is a visiting faculty for institutes offering management courses in Tamilnadu. He has lectured on Social Media at IIM Kozhikode, IIM Bangalore, IIT Madras and Asian College of Journalism. He is a professional podcaster and hosts ‘Kiruba.TV’ where he interviews global achievers. Business World magazine once ranked his blog Kiruba.com as one of India’s top blogs.
Mr. Kumar Muthiah is a native of Karaikudi. He is a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) from Charlottesville with over 3 decades of banking experience and currently heads Public Enterprises Division in ADCB Dubai. He teaches about various subjects ranging from wealth management, risk management for entrepreneurs, bank finance for SMEs. His transition from a public-sector banker to a multinational banker when he joined Credit Agricole offered a huge opportunity with equally proportionate risks.
MCN.Manickam hails from Kandramanickam and is a successful entrepreneur in the Real estate business in Madurai for over a period of 24 years. He is a regular contributor for social work at his native and to the community. He served as the secretary of Madurai Nagarathar sangam for about 10 years. He helped to acquire a large piece of land for a new industrial estate in Madurai. Motivational sessions are organised at his house to inspire young Nagarathars into business.
Meenu Subbiah is South India’s first woman to graduate in Diamonds from GIA (USA) and first professional Jewelry designer to revive the artistic Chettinad designs. Her company “Meenu Subbiah & Co” has evolved into ‘Subbu Group’ of companies with many coveted accomplishments - Meenu Subbiah Diamonds (MSD) at Chennai & Coimbatore and Subbiah & Dhirajlal Jewelers at Trichy & Karaikudi; A state-of-the-art manufacturing facility at Chennai; A business associate with world renowned Diamantaires.
Meyyappan Annamalai is the Founder and CEO of Sconce group which provides turnkey consulting and project implementation services for manufacturing, automotive, aerospace and defense companies. Since 2001, they have helped many Fortune 1000 companies maximize the value of their PLM and MCAD technology investments. Sconce has offices in the US, Singapore, Canada, Japan, India & Italy.
Mohammed Ehiya was born in a small village near Thanjavur. Upon completing his schooling, he has ventured at a flower shop in UAE as a team member with full enthusiasm. Later he has started his own first flower shop with just US$10,000 in the year 1990 and developed it to a US$ 100 million business now. The company is spread in many countries and has over 300 hectares of farming in Kenya and India. He has also keen interest in charitable activities and make contributions irrespective of community, religion and region.
Murugappan Ramanathan has founded Extra Care Medical Trading LLC, a Dubai based Pharma Distribution Company in the year 2013. He has graduated as a professional pharmacist and took up the career in sales and marketing. He has 15 years of Sales and Marketing experience in Multinational Pharmaceutical Companies. Murugappan has successfully conducted Many Medical conference in UAE partnering with leading Institutions.
Hailing from the illustrious industrialist Chettinad family, known for its philanthropy and magnanimity, Mr Muthiah evolved as a dynamic industrialist with varied exposure to the field of education, health care, manufacturing, logistics, real estate, and various other industrial sectors post his management education. He has established several new organizations. The Chettinad Group turnover has touched a landmark figure of 5000 crores. He plays an executive – leadership role as Group Managing Director in Chettinad Cement Corporation Ltd., Chettinad Morimura Semiconductor Material Pvt Ltd, Chettinad University and Chettinad Logistics Pvt. Ltd.,
Muthu Raman Gnanam is an employee turned entrepreneur. Since childhood he has been very passionate about flying. On completion of his graduation in business and flying training he has been in the aviation industry for more than two decades, with his last assignment as senior commander of Boeing-737 in Jet Airways. An attitude to learn more made him leave his flying carrier and join the family business to support his father.
Unnamalai Muthu, an engineering graduate, went ahead to do business management course at XLRI, Jamshedpur. Currently the CEO of Aster Apparels, an ISO 9000 certified company. Aster Apparels has been listed in top 100 companies by AEPC in 2011. She has been recognized by United Nations, for training the differentially abled persons in the Apparel industry. She is actively involved in local NGO activities.
Nagappan Chidambaram S/o late Mr.V.N.Chidambaram Chettiar - Ex Chairman of Madurai Meenakshi Amman Temple is a commerce graduate with an MBA in Finance. Recipient of the NATIONAL AWARD for the Best Entrepreneur category from the then President of India, Dr. APJ.Abdul Kalam. He is the Managing Director of Kamala theatres, Sun Industries manufacturer of auto components, Sun Investments – venturing into purchase, development and leasing of office, factory and warehouse spaces, St. Angelos VNCT Ventures - real estate business with focus on development of residential apartments and villas in Dubai, Mumbai, Tamil Nadu & Andhra Pradesh / Telangana.
Nallammai achi, popularly known as Mrs. Abirami Ramanathan is also a partner in R. Meenakshi & Co., Playing Time Lessee of other theatres and leading producer & distributor of several famous TV Serials in various television channels. She has conducted various social welfare programs including a Mega Artificial Limb camp at Karaikudi.
Pala. Karuppiah is a native of Karaikudi and was a member of the Tamil Nadu Legislative Assembly from the Harbour constituency in Chennai District. He is a prominent scholar, orator and writer in Tamil, social activist and also associated with Tamil film industry. The books written by him include 'Pattinathar Oru Parvai', 'Arasiyal Sadhirattangal', Kaalam Kizhitha Kodugal', 'Kannadhasan'and Kaalathin Velipaadu'.
Prof. Parimal Merchant is the Director with S P Jain School of Global Management, Mumbai and has over 24 years of association with Management education, specializing in the area of creating programs in management education to the context of Family Managed Business. He is advisor to the Asian Institute of Family Managed Business and involved in Humanist Movement for more than 35 years working in global co-operation for better society and personal life.
Parvathy Kannan is a budding entrepreneur and in parallel employed at one of the prestigious educational institutions in Dubai. She has graduated in Computer Science. Her childhood passion was to become an entrepreneur. With her vast experience in the education field, recently she has ventured into a business in the name of Little Heart Nursery.
An Engineering graduate from CIT College in Coimbatore in 1963, his name is associated with complex hydraulic compound designs. He is skilled in designing any kind of new or complex hydraulic compounds and is a great innovator too. He started working at the Kovai Somasundaram Paper Factory a paper mill and later SRP Tools Chennai. In 1972, he started Iyappan Industries in Ambattur and they manufacture to meet the needs of the military tank, BHEL and NTPC. Even today, customers trust that of they come to Iyappan Industries, there would be a solution. No matter what hydraulic related product was asked for, he had never left any problem unsolved.
Ramu Murugesan (Called as Ram) is the grandson of the illustrious Karumuttu Thiagarajar Chettiar. Graduate from the Lougborough University in UK. In 2005 he joined the family business of textiles and took the mills to several heights including 7 consecutive TEXPROCIL Export awards from the Ministry of Textiles for highest global exports of cotton fabrics out of India since 2009. As an active Rotarian, Ramu is a major donar in Rotary.
Rama Periannan hailing from Nerkuppai, is a Chemistry graduate and a Certified Financial Planner. He has gained 10 years of experience in Pharma manufacturing marketing and then gathered a rich 20 years of experience in Financial Services particularly in Insurance and Mutual Fund. All India Ranking in Reliance Mutual Fund, UTI mutual Fund, Franklin Templeton. He received best financial advisor award from CNBC TV 18 and ICRA for South India. He is also working as guest faculty for business management colleges.
Dato’ Ramananthan is the President of Malaysian Thanavaisya Association (MTA); who lives by the principle of “Think Big”. He is a native of Virachilai and holds an MBA from Annamalai University, India. He successfully established IS IkhlasSuci Group (ISK), together with a few prominent partners. ISK is in a number of endeavors – integrated facilities management, security, property development, management consultancies & training, import, export and distribution of goods and services.
Ramkumar Singaram is a physics graduate and holds a Masters degree in Finance and Control. His multi skill abilities made him as a PR Consultant, Freelance Journalist, Author of Six Books, Entrepreneurship Trainer and CEO of Catalyst Public Relations Pvt. Ltd. He has written articles in various Tamil weekly magazines and serials on entrepreneurship in monthly magazines, compered and anchored TV shows and Radio programs.
Mrs. Renganayaki is a B.Sc graduate with MBA. Her firm deals with all types of Chettinadu Jewelry and Silverware. She is also a partner of Abhi Vairavan Building materials, distributors of Hindware Sanitary, CP, Astral and prince pipes, CRI motors and Sintex water tanks. She has converted their hardware shop to wholesale unit which sells to builders, architects and shops in Chennai. They have a showroom in Kodambakkam. She is also a regular speaker in women forums and conferences.
Sethuraman Sathappan is currently working as Chief Operating Officer for Emirates NBD, India operations. He has 31 years of banking experience and a regular columnist in a popular Tamil Daily “Dinamalar”. He has written more than 1000 articles till now. He has also conducted seminars on Exports and Imports. He has been invited for International Export Documentation Seminars by Kenyan Government for the last 12 years. He has also written 10 books, 6 in Tamil and 4 in English.
Meyyappan hails from Kandaramanickam and is the founding member of Sharpline Group of Companies, Mumbai. He holds a masters degree in Machine Tool Design and has over 25 years of experience in CNC Machine Tool Industry. Under his leadership Sharpline make entry into retrofitment and reconditioning of machine tools, a high tech-segment of the industry.
Solai Adaikalavan is residing in Australia and very passionate about the Nagarathar Community and its Entrepreneurship skills. She has nearly 20 years of experience in the IT industry. She owns a couple of small-scale businesses and is working with several ideas to make a difference in the food sector. Her strong interests lie in social media, mobile applications and in the food industry. Solai has developed a website called www.nagaratharbusinessgroup.com which is the handful tool in connecting Nagarathar entrepreneurs.
Soma Valliappan, a Trainer, Coach, Author, Motivational speaker and a Management consultant is a graduate in Economics and Masters in Business Administration and has undergone a comprehensive training on Emotional Intelligence at XLRI, Jamshedpur. Mr. Valliappan is also a certified Master practitioner in NLP from NFNLP (USA) and a life member of NHRD. Valliappan has held several senior and Executive positions in Human Resource Management in seven different organizations, representing Manufacturing, Financial services, and ITeS sectors, including BHEL, Whirlpool and PepsiCo.
Suba Arunachalam is a native of Panayappatti and residing in Singapore for more than 20 Years. He is a Post Graduate in Business Administration with the Basic Degree in Commerce. He has worked in Various Finance and Trading Companies and currently as the Manager-special projects in a MNC at Singapore. Suba Arunachalam has involved in many Social, community and Literature activities in Singapore and Malaysia. Coined the word IBCN and was the Secretary of the First Successful IBCN at Singapore in 2013.
Subramanian Visahan is an archaeologist and anthropologist associated with National Archives in the United Kingdom. He is a M.A. graduate from the University of Madras and holds an M.Sc (Anthropology) from the University of London. He has over forty years of research experience in the fields of history, anthropology and human migrations in the South east Asian countries. He has also extensively researched about Nattukottai Nagarathars and created 2 documentaries on them.
M.Swaminathan switched over from employment to entreprenurship successfully, after serving leading firms in HVAC products like Voltas-Chennai, Zubair Electric-Muscat and Johnson Controls-Dubai with more than 23 yrs of experience in this field. He is a native of Nerkuppai and holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering.
Vadivambal Muthuraman having 10 years of experience in technical assistance, an Instructor in Brain-O-Brain (BoB), runs her own BoB franchise center in Abu Dhabi which is recognized by almost all the schools in Abu Dhabi/ Musaffah. She is an expert in the area of personality development, implementing a personality development in a children level by using BoB curriculum and trying to become professional personality development coach in near future.
Honourable Judge Valliammai Chettiar is the first person from Tamil Nadu to become a judge in Canada and her appointment was hailed as an inspiration to Tamils both in India and abroad. She was a successful business lawyer, mediator and arbitrator. She was a partner of a major Canadian law firm, and later established her own law firm. She has been bestowed with several awards including the 2012 Canadian Bar Association Touchstone Award, the 2008 Canadian Bar Association BC Branch Equality and Diversity Award.
KR. Veerappan, an English literature graduate, hailing from Nachandhupatti, successfully evolved as manufacturer & exporter of hosiery garments called ‘Krillo Garments’ in Tirupur. He has started his career as a textile mill employee, addressing to all challenges and grown step by step. Now Krillo Garments has carved a niche for itself not only in Indian market but also in the international market with several clients like Terry, Disney, Kids‘r’us, Wal-Mart, Sears, Joe Boxer, to name a few.
Mr A. Vellyan is the Executive Chairman of Murugappa Group, a large industrial group operating from India. He held many positions in industrial associations across India which include, President - ISMA President- All India Cycle Manufacturers Association, Director - EXIM Bank, Chairman – Fertilizer Association of India, and serve the Indian industry. Recognition of his services includes Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) conferred by the Tamil Nadu Agricultural University, Coimbatore and Doctor of Science (Honoris Causa) conferred by Aston University, UK.
Vellayan Narayanan (Vellesh) has over 20 years of diverse technology product marketing and Merger & Acquisition experience in the US with Wind River (Acquired by Intel). He has significant experience in product management, strategic alliances, business development and M&A integration. After moving to India, over the last ten years, Vellesh has been an active participant in the Indian start up eco system and has been an investor in several start ups in India and has helped early stage companies with growth strategies. White Data Systems India, is a venture involved in organizing the road freight transport sector in India through financial and technology solutions.
Velu Raman is a Realtor, works and lives in Plano, Dallas, US for over 15 years. Velu is very passionate about Real Estate and have been investing in Dallas Real Estate for over 9 years and his nature is to “serve people”. A Sunday school teacher for a spiritual class (Balvikas) and a life coach trained by Tony Robbins. As Founder and Director of Sastha Tamil Foundations, he Inspires volunteers to contribute towards educating Tamil language and Culture. He leads a team of people for charity fund raising by promoting Arts, Music and contribution.
Dr. A Velumani is a Visionary and an able business administrator. Born to a landless farmer in a small village near Coimbatore, South India, today he owns and operates Thyrocare, an industry leader and a brand worth over Rs. 3000 crores. Began as a mathematician, he acquired his Ph.D in Thyroid Biochemistry from BARC/Mumbai. He worked for 14 years in BARC as a Research Scientist and teacher and then became an Administrator in Business. He is hilarious when it comes to educating and motivating the youth in Entrepreneurship.
He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Ayurveda and did Post graduation diploma in Yoga and Naturopathy and recently represented UAE for International Yoga conference held in New Delhi. His research paper in “Yoga for Rheumatoid Arthritis” was presented in APLAR Congress of Rheumatology 2008, Japan and won the “Best work improving Quality Of Life” award. He has traveled many countries to conduct and teach Yoga, Mediation, Self healing etc.
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