Darshan Chandaria Biography
Darshan Chandaria was born on 26th October. He is the CEO and Director of Chandaria industries. Darshan is a son to Manu Chandaria. Chandaria industries is the largest tissue and hygiene products manufacturer & distributor of tissue and hygiene products in East and Central Africa.
Darshan Chandaria Education
- 2004 – 2007: Undergraduate student at Cardiff University / Prifysgol Caerdydd, Bachelor’s degree in Business Management, Strategy and Marketing
- 2002 – 2004: Student at Hillcrest Secondary School, Bachelor of Business Administration (B.B.A.), Geography (A), Business Studies (A), Physical Education (B), 3 A Levels
Darshan Chandaria Job Experience
- January 2015 – Present: Group CEO & Director of Chandaria Industries Ltd. Chandaria Industries is the largest tissue and hygiene products manufacturer & distributor of tissue & hygiene products in East & Central Africa.
- March 2009 – Present: Director of Chandaria Industries Ltd
- September 2007 – February 2009: Graduate Trainee at Pentland Brands Plc
- July 2005 – September 2005: Internship at Garnett Papers UK Limited
Darshan Chandaria Career
Darshan Chandaria is only 32 years old but has quickly become an inspirational leader and a role model for young people in the corporate world. He has been instrumental in transforming Chandaria Group from a Kenyan family business into a Global Conglomerate. He is the youngest member of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO) in Kenya after being invited to join in January 2012 for his outstanding corporate achievements. YPO is an exclusive global network of business owners and CEO’s. Darshan was also invited to join the African Leadership Network (ALN) in May 2013, becoming a member of Africa’s most prestigious business owners and CEO’s organization.
Darshan Chandaria is a young philanthropist and personally supports a number of schools, NGO’s and institutions across Kenya. In recognition of his philanthropy, he was invited to join the Global and African Philanthropy Forums in July 2014. His interests are property/architecture, fine dining, playing tennis and he is a keen golfer, playing off handicap 7. He believes that “success is not a destination but a continuous journey.”
Darshan Chandaria Age
Darshan is 32 years of age as of 2019.
Darshan Chandaria Family
Darshan Chandaria is the son of Manu Chandaria.
Darshan Chandaria Wealth
Darshan Chandaria is a Young Kenyan Billionaire
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Darshan Chandaria Personal Achievements & Recognition
Darshan Chandaria holds an undergraduate Business Management degree from Cardiff University in the UK. He is the Group CEO & a Shareholder of Chandaria Group.
- Winner of the Young Business Leader of the Year 2016 in the EAST AFRICA Business Leaders Awards by CNBC & Forbes Africa.
- Invited by Sony Entertainment International and KCB Bank in 2016 to be a Lion in the premier Lions’ Den business show in Kenya (which is Kenya’s equivalent of Dragons’ Den/Shark Tank).
- Recipient of the GEC Excellence Award in 2016 for putting Chandaria Industries on the global map of success and competitiveness.
- Nominated for Young CEO of the Year at the 2017 Africa CEO Forum Awards.
- He has been listed in the Business Daily’s Top 40 Under 40 Men’s list for the last 3 consecutive years, 2014, 2015 & 2016.
- Appointed to the United Nations Youth Association of Kenya Advisory Board in 2017 for business leadership & youth development excellence.
- Appointed as the Youngest Board Director of Endeavor Kenya – An organisation that supports high impact entreprenuers to scale up globally.
- He was a panelist at the Ministerial Round Table on Trade and Growth in the 14th session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD 14) in 2016.
- Won the Asian Weekly’s award for the Best Business Icon for 2014. In 2015, he was invited to the Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES 2015) as a panelist in Nairobi
- Invited to join the Young Presidents’ Organisation (YPO) in Kenya in January 2012. YPO is an exclusive global network of business owners and CEO’s.
- Invited to join the African Leadership Network (ALN) in May 2013, becoming a member of Africa’s most prestigious business owners and CEO’s organisation.
- Has been invited to speak and participate at business forums globally.
- Steered Chandaria Industries to a nomination in the prestigious 2015 African Business Awards held in New York in the Business of the Year category alongside nominees such as Dangote Group.
- Instrumental in Chandaria Industries being recognised as one of the top 20 companies to work for in Kenya in your lifetime by Radio Africa Media Group in 2014.
- In the last 5 years built Chandaria Industries into the largest Tissue & Hygiene products manufacturer in East & Central Africa.
- Secured a significant shareholding stake to setup a Joint Venture with Barclays Africa Group in the insurance sector in a competitive bidding process against some of the strongest business houses in Kenya in 2015.
- A key shareholder in starting Mobius Motors which is Africa’s first automobile manufacturing company in 2012.
- Was instrumental in acquiring Uganda’s biggest goldmine in 2012.
- Led his family’s diversification into the Solar Energy Generation sector.
- Driving the group’s diversification strategy into a number of new sectors which cannot be mentioned currently due to confidentiality.
- In recognition of his philanthropy he was invited to join the Global and African Philanthropy Forums in 2014.
- He was also recognised by the MasterCard Foundation as one of Africa’s Leading Philanthropists and Social Sector Leaders in 2014.
- Invited to join the African Wildlife Federation’s National Advisory Council in 2015.
- Invited to join the Nexus Youth Forum in 2012, a global organisation of 2,000 leading young investors working to improve philanthropy and social investing across the world.
Interview with Darshan Chandaria
What was your first job?
Darshan Chandaria: When I joined Cardiff University in 2004 I was eager to engage in any form of work. My first job was to lay out catalogues at the stadium for the local football league matches. I earned the equivalent of $5 an hour. I was 18 years old at the time. Although it was winter and very cold to be outside laying out catalogues I was eager to get work experience. From an early age I always wanted to understand if I ran my business what it would feel like for the employees I manage. I wanted to get that experience.
Describe the parts of your job that keep you awake at night.
Darshan Chandaria: Production efficiencies, brand building, stability of the political environment, and to certain extent pilferage issues.
Who has had the biggest impact on your career and why?
Darshan Chandaria: There is a very clear answer to that and it’s definitely my parents. From a purely business perspective it’s my dad. His commitment, dedication and vision have been incredible in shaping my life and my vision to do more with our businesses.
And the best professional advice you’ve ever received?
Darshan Chandaria: A motto that I live by which my dad always said to me: “Be clear about where you want to go and be dedicated to get there.”
The top reasons why you have been successful in business?
Darshan Chandaria: I am very passionate about starting new ventures, launching new products, new projects, and seeing them through from start to finish. I get great satisfaction in seeing the end result when something comes into fruition. The two major visions that keep me going are a drive to create something innovative, and to transform lives.
Where’s the best place to prepare for leadership? Business school or on the job?
Darshan Chandaria: On the job, without a doubt. I always wanted to do an MBA with one of the renowned institutions. In fact I had offers from a number of business schools. However, after spending two years in our business I realised I was learning more about our businesses and the practical elements of working life than I would in business school.
How do you relax?
Darshan Chandaria: I love food and fine dining. I love playing squash, tennis and travelling. I also love interior designing and architecture.
By what time in the morning do you like to be at your desk?
Darshan Chandaria: It varies depending on my schedule. I like to have at least 45 minutes to an hour first in the morning to reflect on the day ahead. Generally, I am on my phone and looking at emails from about 7am.
Your favourite job interview question?
Darshan Chandaria: Where do you see yourself in five years? Ambition, self-drive and the hunger for growth are the key traits I look for in a potential employee. I believe that a person can learn specific job related skills but without these three key traits they can’t be a potential future executive within our group.
What is your message to Africa’s aspiring business leaders and entrepreneurs?
Darshan Chandaria: A quote I live by is: “Success is not a destination but a continuous journey. The question is what is that journey for you?” I truly live by this and it has helped me redefine my journey.