Arun hails from a humble family based in the state of Odisha, India. The adventure of his life began with an Atlas Goldline Super bicycle and culminated with the possession of multiple Tesla cars and super-luxury cars in the UK. Motivated by the Kargil war of 1999, the young and determined Arun joined the Indian army as an officer in the year 2000 after clearing Combined Defence Services interview (conducted by the UPSC), & Service Selection Board interview. After serving seven years in the Artillery Division of the Indian Army, he opted for early retirement owing to injury & medical concerns. Following his retirement from the Indian Army, Arun decided to take the entrepreneurial plunge after finishing management studies at the Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore. The military veteran is now the Co-Founder of the Nest Group of companies, which is designed across five subsidiaries, including Multinational Digital & Technology Innovation companies specializing in Information Technology & Environment Sustainability.
SURGING AHEAD WITH DETERMINATION
Arun believes that the qualities of courage, determination, and leadership imbibed while serving in the Indian Army have given him the confidence to embark on large-scale projects. The confidence he drew from the armed forces has also helped him deal with the hurdles of running a business. The Nest Group was founded by Arun and his partner Chintan Panara to develop game-changing solutions across industries & thereby creating a more intelligent world for humanity. Today the Nest Group has five subsidiary companies, including Xpertnest. Through Xpertnest, the duo aims to bring together technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, IoT, & sophisticated analytics for forecasting trends & optimizing processes to provide more value.
UNIQUE LEADERSHIP STYLE
Arun is inspired by many world luminaries, including Mr. Dhirubhai Ambani, Mr. Elon Musk, and Mr. Jack Ma, to name a few. He considers these business titans to be his pillars of strength, as their philosophy has helped him in developing a distinct leadership style of encouraging others, offering direction, and putting plans into action. Arun also has extensive expertise in developing & directing high-performing teams in multiple jurisdictions around the world. Like a true leader, he has built a healthy work culture where his team can perform at their best. Backed by a motivated team, the ambitious leader has successfully delivered multimillion-pound projects for clients in the United Kingdom, Europe, & the United States.
AN ENTREPRENEUR PAR EXCELLENCE
As a Global Leadership Cadre professional, he is proficient at engaging with C-level officers and decision-makers of Tier 1 companies in Europe, and the US. He is also fascinated by innovative ventures led by young entrepreneurs and enjoys collaborating with them. The dynamic entrepreneur has worked for numerous notable clients over the years, including the largest Telco in the UK, Big 4 consulting firms, Utility companies, Councils & Public sector authorities (at the National Level in the UK), world’s secondlargest CSP’, Global Banking & Financial markets clients, and smart city development projects. Arun is also relentless in his pursuit of exceptional customer experiences through the integration of utility and technology. Arun is an action-oriented individual who intends to bring the economy & society to a state of progress and prosperity. He has created numerous job opportunities in India, the UK, the Netherlands, Ireland, and Dubai. What’s more, the self-motivated leader presently contributes significantly to the overall growth of India’s economy and employs over 100 people around the world, especially in India.
SOUND CORPORATE GOVERNANCE
Arun considers corporate governance as the cornerstone of any successful business. When it comes to corporate governance, the ex-Indian army officer goes above and beyond to ensure the compay runs smoothly. Emphasizing the importance of integrity in corporate governance, Arun says, integrity underpins the principles of fair, transparent, ethical, & equitable business dealings. Good corporate governance, he says, is based on integrity, trust, honesty, & responsibility. “At Xpertnest, we take corporate governance seriously and are devoted to ethical practices that guarantee the best results and value for us as well as our customers,” he adds.
Committed to Bringing a Positive Change in Society Arun says, “CSR activities are inbuilt in our business concept.” He explains, “A CSR initiative not only demonstrates that a company cares but it also helps businesses grow & set an example.” The socially aware leader strives to make the world better, greener, & more prosperous by leveraging advanced technologies to solve the needs of real people & their communities. “Everything Xpertnest does is centered on people, communities, & the places they work and live,” he asserts. Under Arun’s leadership, Xpertnest has made significant investments in corporate social responsibility by establishing Earthnest (Xpertnest’s sister company), to assist consumers in achieving a more sustainable future. It is revolutionizing the packaging industry by creating sustainable bio bags & sheeting made entirely of starch & other natural ingredients that are completely plastic-free. TÜV Rheinland (Germany) & UKAS (the United Kingdom) have verified Earthnest’s bio bags as biodegradable. The products have also been endorsed by CIPET, the Indian Institute of Plastics Engineering, & the Indian Institute of Packaging.
Arun has achieved significantly in his entrepreneurial venture at a young age. His tireless efforts & phenomenal value creation in the industry have been duly acknowledged. His relentless efforts helped Xpertnest win the Most Impacting Company of the Year in 2021 awarded by the DotCom magazine of the United States. The company was also the finalist at the U.K’s National SME Awards 2020 – Business Innovation Category. In 2019, Arun was honored with the Young Entrepreneur Award for his valuable contributions to the Odia society in London. Arun is also an Offcial member of Forbes Business Council, and featured on International Media like Mobile World Congress, Telegraph, BBC and Smart City Expo. In 2019, the company has also won ‘Company of the Year’ title in Smart City Solutions Category.