Chairman and Chief Executive, PETRA Group, Malaysia

Datuk (Dr) Vinod Sekhar is the Chairman and Chief Executive of the PETRA Group, a diversified conglomerate dealing in green sustainable technologies, media & entertainment, advisory services, information & communication technology, healthcare, marketing communications services, an institute and a charitable foundation. A visionary and pioneer in the fields of business and technology, he is accredited with developing the world’s smallest optic engine, the first circular abrasive discs, and establishing Southeast Asia’s first commercial internet company.

He has been globally recognized for his achievements in business and social activism. The World Economic Forum named him the top 5 “New Asian Leaders” and a “Global Leader for Tomorrow”. Grant Thornton named him the Malaysian Leader of the Year and he is the youngest, only Asian and third ever non-American after President Mikhail Gorbachev and Giorgio Armani, to receive the

prestigious Global Green Award from Global Green USA. Currently, he is championing the idea of social capitalism to make the world a better place through the Good Capitalism Forum.