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Vinod Sekhar is currently Chairman and Group Chief Executive of The Petra Group, Chairman and Founder of Green Rubber Global and the Hon. Consul General to Malaysia for St Vincent and The Grenadines.
He is 46 and began his business career while still in college studying biology where he started the Vincent Siefer Clothing Co. with USD$50, and soon after formed the Sitavani Foundation, which focuses its attention on the education of children and on child development programs. In 1990, he formed the STI Group with partners and was responsible for some groundbreaking businesses such as the world's smallest optic engine, the first circular abrasive discs, Southeast Asia's first commercial Internet company (at a time when Malaysia had a total of 700 internet users), and a variety of other technology innovations.
Vinod Sekhar is the President and Group Chief Executive of the Petra Group, a technology conglomerate responsible for several global technology developments.
He is also the founder and CEO of Green Rubber Global, which holds the patents for one of the only true commercial recycling process for waste rubber. In December 2008, he received the prestigious Global Green Award from Global Green USA for Green Rubber.
Term-time Speaker Series: Datuk Vinod Sekhar
OUMC is pleased to welcome Datuk Vinod Sekhar to engage with our members, share his views on Malaysia's future and also the imminent launch of the Malaysia Movement later this year. ? Datuk Vinod Sekhar is currently Chairman and Group Chief Executive of The Petra Group, Chairman and Founder of Green Rubber Global and the Hon. Consul General to Malaysia for St Vincent and The Grenadines.
Vinod Sekhar was born on 6 August 1968; his father was the late Tan Sri Dr. B.C. Sekhar, also known as Mr.Natural Rubber who provided for a time significant leadership to the global natural rubber industry. hile in college, he started a non-partisan multiracial youth organization, Malaysiana Muda. He remained President of MM for two terms and stood down having built it into the largest multiracial youth organization at the time. He chose to earn his fortune from amongst other things, the same thing his father dabbled in - rubber. He is the founder and majority owner of privately held Petra Group.
Datuk Vinod recently received the Corporate Leader of the Year award from Grant Thornton for his efforts in the field of corporate responsibility and is recognised as one of South East Asia's leading entrepreneurs and philanthropists.
In a lifetime of business achievement, Datuk Vinod created South East Asia's first commercial internet company and the the world's smallest optic engine. Current technologies under development include potential new forms of treatment for HIV and cancer, as well as next generation biofuels. The Petra Group is 60% owned by the Sekhar Foundation, the company's philanthropic arm, which supports charitable organisations across the world. The Foundation was formed by Vinod 20 years ago. Over the next year, the Sekhar Foundation will give away $20m to a range of organisations that are working in the fields of education, poverty alleviation and healthcare provision. As chief executive of Petra Group, Vinod strives to create and grow businesses that provide solutions for humanity. And Green Rubber - one of Petra Group's key businesses - is fulfilling its potential and providing an environmentally friendly recycling solution to the global problem of waste tyres, one of the world's most acute environmental threats. In December Vinod will become the first Asian to receive a Global Green award for his work in developing Green Rubber. Vinod is married to Dr Winy Sekhar and they have two daughters, Petra and Tara.