Vikramjit Singh Sahney

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 Padmashri Indian entrepreneur, educationist and social worker

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  • Padma Shri  Vikramjit S. Sahney Chair                                             :        SAARC Chamber of Commerce & IndustryHonorary Consul                       :        Republic of South Africa for Northern IndiaMember                                       :        Board of Trade, Govt. of India

    Board Member                           :        Foskor, Industrial Development Corporation Govt. of South Africa

    International President            :          World Punjabi Organisation

    Member                                       :        Prime Minister’s Indo-South Africa CEO Forum

    Chair                                            :         Agri Sector, BRICS Business Forum

    Chairman                                    :         Indo-South Africa Business Forum

    Chairman                                    :         Indo-Qatar Jt. Business Council

    Member                                       :         Prime Minister’s Indo-Africa Business Council

    Member                                      :         IBSA Business Forum

    Member                                      :          Indo-Pakistan Business Council

    Member                                      :          World Economic Forum

    Member                                      :        ICC World Chambers Federation General Council

    Chairman                                   :          Sun Foundation

    National Executive Member        :          Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI)

  • Chairman                                  :        Sun GroupBoard Director                          :        Foskor, South AfricaAdvisor                                      :          Educate Widow’s Child FundPatron                                         :          Roko CancerMr. Vikramjit S. Sahney, Padma Shri, is the Honorary Consul for the Republic of South Africa for Northern India.  He is also the President of SAARC CCI; Member of Board of Trade, Govt. of India & ICC World Chambers Federation General Council.  He is a well known entrepreneur, educationist and philanthropist and social activist.  His academic credentials include Masters in Economics as well as in Business Administration. A self-made man, Mr. Sahney is a versatile personality engaged in diverse fields including social, cultural and humanitarian.

    Mr. Sahney has been playing principal and meaningful roles on various illustrious platforms with extreme commitment and a great sense of responsibility.  He has  devoted significant efforts in terms of his vision, time and all possible support in the direction of strengthening these platforms. Recapitulating some of them as hereunder:

    • Chair of SAARC Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Mr. Sahney has been playing a dominant role in capacity building and creating awareness within the SAARC region.  He recently organised a SAARC Economic Summit where the Commerce Ministers of all SAARC Member Nations came together on the same platform with very positive takeaways.  He has also made presentations to Finance Ministers of SAARC nations & SAFTA Committee of Exerts as also connecting with Secretaries of Home Ministry & funding agencies such as World Bank, ADB, IFC, FNST etc.   He has been actively facilitating and participating in various national seminars, summits, conclaves and conferences, holding joint studies, conclaves and workshops on several issues including Trade Facilitation, services, Capacity Building, Health, connectivity etc. Most of his recommendations and initiatives have been successfully implemented in SAARC policy framing.

     

    • Honorary Consul of Republic of South Africa for Northern India: Mr. Sahney has been decorated with the Honour of ‘Honorary Consul’ of The Republic of South Africa in India  as the right choice because of his professional background and socio-cultural standing with South Africa.  As Honorary Consul, Mr. Sahney’s responsibilities are directed towards development of commercial, economic, cultural and social relations between India and South Africa and also promote friendly relations between the two

     

    • Chair, Agri Sector of BRICS forum: Mr. Sahney has made observations and given presentation before the Heads of States of all BRICS Nations highlighting critical role of agriculture in ensuring food security & overall economic development of nations including employment led growth & poverty reduction.

     

    • IBSA: Sahney has addressed the issues of meaningful coordination and contribution in IBSA in terms of development in the IBSA countries, and also the impact of their policies for other countries. He has been actively promoting Indo-South African trade, cultural and social relations through varied activities such as hosting and honouring Dr. Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa; presiding over seminars on “Indo-South Africa    Relationship”, sponsoring & hosting various seminars and conferences, cultural  shows & releasing literature during the visit of various dignitaries from South Africa. He also organised and sponsored “India Business Conclave” in Johannesburg during the arrival of Commonwealth Games Baton in South Africa and supported various Road shows for “Brand India” in U.K., Singapore, South Africa, Pakistan and Srilanka.

     

    • Direct Interactions with Prime Ministers of SAARC Nations : during last two months, Mr. Sahney has held fruitful meetings with Mr. Lyonchhen Tshering Tobgay & Mr. Nawaz Sharif, Hon’ble Prime Ministers of Bhutan & Pakistan respectively with a clear focus on economic cooperation, trade liberalisation and people to people contact. Recently concluded SAARC Economic Summit with the participation of Commerce Ministers of all SAARC Nations on 18th January 2014.
    • As Member, Prime Minister’s Indo-South Africa CEO Forum & Indo-Africa Business Council as also on BRICS Business Forum, Indo-Pakistan Business Council besides chairing Indo-South Africa Business Forum & Indo-Qatar Jt. Business Forum, Sahney has been dedicatedly working at enhancing economic linkages between India and the member countries. He has also chaired IOR-ARC and several other meaningful platforms. His main endeavour has been to constitute a platform to strengthen economic ties between the respective business communities and facilitate a consultative process to address the issues that might deter the progress.  Mr. Sahney has also been an active participant as the Moderator & speaker on several prestigious platforms.

     

    Always on the move, making an impact and excelling in whatever he does, Mr. Sahney has scaled the ladder of entrepreneurial success especially in the fertilizer sector. He heads a successful business conglomerate focused on different areas including fertilizers, agri-commodities and Joint Ventures. Mr. Sahney is the Chairman and CEO of Sun Group with Sun International Pvt. Ltd. (Sun) as its flagship company and its overseas wholly owned subsidiaries. The Group has an annual turnover of over USD 500 million (Rs. 3000 crores approx) and growing.

    Sun Group is a leading international trading and consultancy organization handling around four million tonnes of various fertilizers, fertilizer raw materials and agri commodities.  Sun is also an ‘Equity Partner’ of Foskor (Proprietary) Ltd, South Africa, one of world’s largest fertilizer giants, and Strategic Advisor to Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) which is a National Development Finance Institution of South Africa.The group also has other business interests such as structuring and implementing counter trade and offset  deals world-wide; transfer of skills & joint venture investments.  The group is also in joint venture partnership in a water soluble fertilizer plant in South Africa.  The Group is run professionally on modern management systems and has been accredited with ISO 9001: 2008 certification.   The Group’s business interests span  almost the entire globe spanning across Middle East, Africa, China, Europe & Latin America.

     Mr. Sahney’s association in areas of activity are as diverse as distinct :

    A)Entrepreneurship and Business Interests:

    The distinct entrepreneurial skills of Mr. Sahney have been instrumental in the growth of the Group through its diversification into several group companies, always striving for the better. Sun Group includes:

     Sun International Pvt. Ltd. (SIPL):

    A leading international trading and consultancy organisation. Handles around 4 million tonnes of products, mainly finished fertilizers and fertilizer raw materials and agri-commodities. SIPL proudly represents a number of countries from all over the world for their business linkages in India. These companies include :

    • Foskor Limited, South Africa
    • Qatar Fertilizer Company(QAFCO)
    • Guizhou Kailin Fertilizer Co. Ltd., China
    • Jordan Phosphate Mines Co. Ltd., Jordan
    • Midgulf International Cyprus
    • El-nasr Mining, Egypt

    Sunfert International Private Limited:

    Sunfert International’s activities include trading and sale of fertilizers, fertilizer raw materials and agri products like wheat, rice, barley etc. which are mainly exported. The company is pioneer in delivery of imported fertilizers at farmers’ doorstep after arranging for their import, port handling, bagging and inland transportation.

    Sun Fin (India) Private Limited:

    This Company is primarily engaged in infrastructure projects.

    Sun CT Offset Trading Private Limited:

    Engaged in structuring and implementing various countertrade ⁄ offset deals such as reciprocal purchase agreements, escrow account management etc on behalf of multinational companies worldwide especially EADS/Airbus Industrie.

    OVERSEAS OPERATIONS

    Sun International FZE, Dubai:

    Sun International FZE, a 100% owned subsidiary of Sun International Pvt. Ltd, is its trading house. In addition to its core business of fertilizers, fertilizer raw materials, Sun International FZE is diversifying into international trading of commodities like coal, iron ore, agri products, etc. as also investing in Fertilizers and Mining beneficiation joint ventures.

    Ilanga Le Mvelo Pty (Ltd.), South Africa

    Ilanga Le Mvelo Trading & Investment (PTY) Ltd (or Ilanga) is a South Africa based trading company established in 2010. It is a subsidiary of Sun International FZE. Ilanga was formed to cater to the increasing demand of African ‘agri inputs’ market. Products traded are anhydrous ammonia, sulphur, coal and iron ore together with joint ventures.

    1. B) Philanthropist and Social Activist: Sahney has embarked upon a journey to create a humane and more equitable society through Sun Foundation reaching out to incapacitated and has provided support to less-privileged section of society and liberating destitute people from isolation, poverty and neglect. The projects span across five states of India and Internationally in South Africa, Jordan and Nepal. The projects include :
    • Surya Kiran – Empowerment of destitute women through vocational training courses. The Foundation has trained more than 2000 women so far and targeting imparting training to 5000 by end of 2014.
    • Save the Girl Child Campaign
    • Tare Zameen Par-vocational training for differently abled youth. Over 300 youth have benefitted so far through these courses.
    • Angels of Sun-Support towards education of orphan/semi orphan young boys.
    • De-addiction Centres

    In addition to above, many other social initiatives have been taken up by the foundation. They include Marathon for Save the Girl Child Campaign; Widows’ Child Fund: setting up of Widows’ Child Fund with corpus fund of Rs. 1 crore for the education of children of poor widows in the state of Punjab; Adopting Children of Great Martyr – Col.G.S. Sarna; Roko Cancer- cancer detection mobile medical services like superior x-ray machines, ultra-sound and mammography; Adopted economically weak students from the rural areas of Punjab by providing them admission in an integrated engineering course; settingup a state-of-the-art I.T. lab at Brijindra College, Faridkot and several other such initiatives.

    C)Socio Cultural Interest:Mr. Sahney’s socio-cultural interests are very far-reaching. He has launched World Forum for Parliamentarians of Indian Origin with over 40 parliamentarians as its members from all over the world.  The forum is an attempt to bring together parliamentarians of Indian origin to foster issues and opportunities ranging from education, youth, human rights, trade and consular services within India and in the members’ respective countries for an all inclusive growth.

     As International President, World Punjabi Organisation (WPO), a non political organization, his efforts are tailored towards strengthening socio-cultural ties with various countries such as Africa, UK, US, Canada, Thailand, Singapore and SAARC nations.  WPO is spread over UK, US, Canada, UAE, South Africa, Thailand, Singapore and SAARC nations to foster social, economic and cultural bondage amongst likeminded people.  WPO has led various friendship delegations of prominent Punjabi personalities to Pakistan with friendship message. The other activities of WPO include producing or sponsoring several cultural  light & sound shows to promote cultural heritage of Punjab; organising  various cultural events and social projects like scholarships to students, annual world Punjabi conferences in India & abroad, organizing Guru Nanak Devji’s birthday celebrations at President House & Prime Minister’s house and many others.

     D) Awards & Recognitions:

    Besides being decorated with the award of Padma Shri, a few other awards to his credit are:

    • International Peace Award from Sir Anerood Jugnauth, Hon’ble President of Mauritius
    • Leadership Award from Mr. Hardeep Puri, Indian Ambassador & Permanent representative of India to United Nation.
    • Raja Ram Mohan Roy Award for Women Upliftment
    • Rashtriya Gaurav Award
    • Mother India International Award
    • Arch of India Gold Award
    • India Community Services Award
    • Millennium Sikh Award, 2001, by Mr. L.K. Advani
    • IMM Top Professional Manager Award 1996, by Mr. P. Chidambaram
    • Outstanding Achievement Award, by Chief Minister, Punjab
    • Momento by Sir Edmund Hillary and several others 

Profession/Designation  Padmashri Indian entrepreneur, educationist and social worker
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