Mr. Dhiren Chandaria
Mr. Dhiren Chandaria is an ambitious builder of successful businesses in Canada, the US, and Kenya. He has many years of profitable track record in consumer goods manufacturing, sales and marketing. Born in Kenya and educated in England Mr. Chandaria spent 24 years in North America, attracted by the challenge of building successful businesses in US and Canada. In 2012 he relocated back to Kenya.
Mr. Chandaria acquired Orbit Chemicals, now the largest contract manufacturer in Kenya serving multinational and local customers like Unilever, Colgate, Reckitt, PZ Cussons, Henkel, and L’Oréal.
In late 2011, Mr. Chandaria initiated the acquisition and major renewal of Insta Products in Kenya. Over the past 6 years he developed the business into a world leader in the manufacture of therapeutic and supplementary foods.
Following his return to Kenya, Mr. Chandaria developed an active interest in improving lives through increasing opportunities. Working with humanitarian and actress Connie Nielson in 13 villages in Kibera, he brought dozens of talented young musicians to the stage for a public competition and continues to volunteer his time and resources to HNP project Kibera Town Centre. Recently initiated the Chandaria ICT centre in KTC, enabling training of the Kibera residents as well as serious job opportunities.
As a member of the Advisory Board at Columbia Global Centers | Nairobi, Dhiren is facilitating the work of the Nutrition Innovation Leaders Working Group that is innovating in the nutrition and food security area.
Improving human nutrition especially for young children is one of his passions. This is demonstrated through student nutrition programs his business has sponsored in Masai Mara and most recently in the Amboseli region.
As a goal, he will assist ten young entrepreneurs to reach success. As one example, he has sponsored young farmers from the Amboseli region to travel to the US for extensive training in growing peanuts and offers them a market by his commitment to buying their quality peanuts.
His unique combination of determination, high energy, marketing and engineering skills has brought businesses to the forefront of the North American market and he is now applying those skills to the emerging markets in Africa.