recently received the Corporate Leader of the Year award from Grant Thornton
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
is married to Dr Winy Sekhar and they have two daughters, Petra and Tara