An Electrical Engineer by qualification, Mr. Nair possesses around 2 decades of experience in Engineering Procurement and Construction of Chemical Industries, Development of Real Estate and Agriculture pan India & the Gulf. Under his leadership, Sebacic Oman S.A.O.C. was established in 2016 and has been continually charting newer trajectories of success. It is the first Indo-Omani Investment in the Special Economic Industrial Zone of Duqm, for manufacturing Green Chemicals from Castor Oil. His vision was well understood and accepted by His Excellency Hilal Bin Khalid Al Maawali from Oman. With an Investment of 62 Million USD in partnership with His Excellency, the plant is built over an area of 200,000 Sq. mtrs. The project is the first of its kind in MEENA region and has been designed in advance to facilitate the firm’s expansion into Nylon and Sebacic Esters as forward integration. This plant provides employment to 250 people and has a target to employ 700 people with the expansions in pipeline.
INNOVATING FOR A BETTER WORLD
Mr. Nair is a leader who emphasizes on the significance of innovation and encourages all to explore into new ventures. In fact, the USP of Sebacic Oman S.A.O.C. is that it manufactures Bio-Nylon from Vegetable Oil – Castor Oil. He aims to promote the use of Oleochemicals (chemical compounds derived from natural fats & oils that can be used as raw materials or as supplemental materials in a variety of industries. They can be used as a substitute for petroleumbased products known as petrochemicals) in the industrial sector. He is of the view that the use of Bio-Chemicals & Oleochemicals should be encouraged to boost sustainable large scale farming and reduce the carbon footprint. He takes pride in the fact that he is a pioneer in promoting large scale castor farming in Oman. Sharing his vision for the future growth of the company, he asserts, “Oleo-chemistry is the need of the next generation. We now understand the need to shift to renewable energy; we similarly need to focus on Agriculture and Oleo-chemicals. The future is in making the earth greener again.”
REIGNING SUPREME IN REALTY
Besides being a Green Leader who has been successfully working towards a greener tomorrow, Mr. Nair is also passionate about the realty sector and is a developer of distinctive, high-profile residential and commercial properties worldwide. He is the Promoter & Managing Director of ‘Sky Line Duqm LLC,’ the first Integrated Tourism Complex to come up in Duqm. Sharing the significant aspects of the project, he says, “Oman is one of the best countries in the world for investment. Oman has a 5000 years long history and has been neutral in the geo politics. India and Oman share a long history and hence its one of the best destinations for investment. Duqm is one of the largest free zones of Gulf spanning 2000 Sq kms. Sky Line Duqm LLC is a mix-use Integrated Tourism Complex (ITC), to be developed in phases within the Duqm special economic zone. The project spread over an area of 600,000 square metres of land and will be the first ITC project in Duqm. The master plan, designed by internationally renowned architect Sanjay Puri, comprises a wide range of real estate projects, including beachfront villas, resort, apartment units, a fivestar hotel, restaurants, marina, commercial buildings, mall, etc.” He further elaborates, “According to the master plan, the whole project will be developed over a period of 15 years, with a total investment of $750mn and generating 8,000 jobs. Work on the first phase of the project — The Elite, with 18 beach front villas and a 72-unit apartment complex — has already started. Purchasers of property in the Sky Line Duqm LLC complex will receive Omani residence visas.
Mr. Nair is of the view that a position, title or financial strength doesn’t make you a leader – how many “leaders” do you create is what makes you a leader. Throwing light on his leadership mantra, he elaborates, despite coming from a humble background of a family of government servants, I have reached to a level of owning businesses across continents. This has been achieved by trusting and understanding the capabilities of each human being and their limitations. I believe in erasing the limitations & creating leaders by providing them with all the opportunities to perform and taking the risk on my shoulders.This is how we create more leaders.” “Being the owner of Sebacic Oman and Sky Line Duqm LLC – Oman,” is his one of the great achievements till date.
Talking about his inspiration in life and how has it helped him to succeed, he says, “My father has been my life’s inspiration. His lessons of honesty, Ethics & commitment have helped me overcome ups and downs of business.”
GIVING BACK TO SOCIETY
Mr. Nair is dedicated towards creating a responsible business that benefits society, people and planet. As he puts it, “Our social responsibility commitment is evident from the fact that we are complimenting the whole value chain – from green to clean chemicals. Our commitment is ‘Green chemicals for a clean tomorrow. He further adds, “ the world has to understand the need for developing new technologies for large scale farming. Every corporate entity has to commit on investment into green revolution as a corporate social responsibility. As our commitment contract farming has been initiated in remote villages along with promoting the SMEs. We have initiated empowering females in remote villages to manufacture soaps and cosmetics from vegetable oils. The farming initiative also provides bio-Gas to local villagers ensuring clean energy. ”Talking about his contribution during the Covid-19 pandemic, he says, “Our first commitment was to ensure that the employees are financially safe. We had launched our own sanitizers and distributed to the community free of cost as a CSR initiative.”
Owing to his outstanding contribution to the industry, he has been voted as one of the 100 most powerful CEOs in Oman for 2 consecutive years, 2017-18 & 2018-19 by Oman Economic Review. He has also received the Most Innovative Industry in Gulf Award – 2019 by Al Roya.