Naranjan R. Naidoo’s grandfather came from Pondicherry in Southern India to South Africa in 1880 where he founded a business empire that Naidoo has since taken from strength to strength.
With its global headquarters based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, Naidoo’s business interests extend across India, China, the Middle East and Africa, and involve governments, Ruling Families, investors and institutions across the globe. Naranjan himself holds the positions of Chairman and CEO of Gulf Pacific and commutes regularly between Europe, the Middle East and Africa overseeing his business interests. The company is active in the trade of minerals and metals, as well as in energy and mining. Though these are the company’s main business focus, it also has interests in property and investments.
As well as being an exceptionally successful businessman, Naranjan R. Naidoo is also a concerned citizen who is dedicated to serving the community. As a member of the UN Global Compact, he promotes an environment in which large businesses are also socially responsible, acting for the benefit of the entire society. He has also remained loyal to his African connection and is personally active in various organizations striving to improve the impoverished conditions in Africa. His involvement in the UN Global Compact entails joining discussion groups and meetings that help resolve the current Middle East situation as well as today's humanitarian issues in Africa.
With a shared vision of taking care of the world’s children, Naidoo and his wife spend money and invest time in Save the Children. The foremost independent organization looking after the well-being of all children seeks to provide protection and survival to needy children. The participants work through local communities and national governments to inspire changes that will benefit children’s daily needs as well as offer them the security and safety needed to develop into happy, healthy and productive adults.
Apart from the above Naranjan Naidoo with his wife Neeta, his daughter Annika and Son Nikhil also actively involved as donors and sponsors of The Nelson Mandela Children’s Foundation, Women for Women International, The MTV Aids Programme and The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
All these initiatives that involve The Naidoo Family center with the emphasis of Women and Children in the main within Africa focusing on Health, Water, Education and Women’s rights.
Naranjan Naidoo was born in 1959 in Durban, South Africa. Political upheaval in South Africa in the 1960s sent the Naidoos to the United Kingdom, where Naranjan attended school in London. His father’s premature death required Naranjan to take on responsibility for the family business, and forego a higher education.
Naranjan Naidoo is also actively involved in global business forums connected to Heads of States, Global Leaders, Politicians, Ruling families of The Middle East, Global Entrepreneur’s and institutions. As a member of The World Economic Forum, Pi Capital and Invest Africa, Naranjan Naidoo with his political and business network is said to be of great substance.
Naranjan R. Naidoo is a well-known businessman based in Dubai. Since taking over his family's investment trust, he has successfully strengthened every aspect of the business and expanded trade throughout the world.
Naranjan Naidoo has never looked backwards when it comes to business. As head of Gulf Pacific a company involved in multi-billion dollar deals in commodities, he is always focused on the future.
Take technology. As Chairman and CEO of the company for the past 30 years, one of the first things he did was embrace technology, convinced of its long-term benefits. Today, Gulf Pacific is reaping the rewards. “It has brought the global market together and given us access to global decisions. There are no borders anymore, therefore our focus is encompassing trade with technology.”
It’s the same mentally when it comes to the economy. Unlike other businesses still focused on the effects of the recent downturn, Naranjan Naidoo is already looking ahead- half a century ahead, in this case. “What we are going to see in the next 50 years is a new map of the global economy,” he insists. “India, Africa and China are going to be the only real growth markets and that to me is incredible. That’s what I am looking towards.”
Likewise, there is not a backward glance when considering his current position today. Renowned as ‘the name of Africa in The Middle East’, what with his reputation as a major deal maker.
Notwithstanding his busy schedule and international business interests, Naranjan is a devoted husband and father. He religiously makes time for his family, and his own personal activities that include martial arts and yoga. Naidoo and his wife have a daughter Annika who is 27 and has already started out on her business career, and a son Nikhil who is 24, commencing his business career.