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Vimal B Shah Thika is an African businessman credited for the creation of a world class organization in Bidco Oil Refineries, which is based in Kenya.
He is also the Chairman of Kenya Private Sector Alliance as also the chairman of the East African Business Council. He was formerly the chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers,
He was born in Nyeri (Kenya) in 1960 and attended Nyeri Primary School. Later he moved on to Nairobi and went to Highridge Primary and then attended Jamhuri High SchoolJamhuri High School. He graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in 1980 from USIU, Nairobi. He is married to Manda Shah and has one son, Soham, who is currently in High School
In recognition of his invaluable role in the region Vimal Shah has been nominated on various public offices. In March 2013 Vimal was appointed as member of the 3GF (Global Green Growth Fund) Advisory Board which consists of prominent representatives from the Public and Private sector including governments and international organisations. .
Vimal Shah is an active member of Global Business Coalition (GBC) on HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria.
Shah was a finalist in Ernst & Young - East African Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012 awarded by All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa. In recognition of his exceptional effort and contribution to national development, Former Kenyan President Mwai KibakiKibaki rewarded him with the ‘First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear"State Commendations of Kenya (CBS) during the 48th anniversary celebrations of Jamhuri day held in December 2011.This is not the first time that he has been honored by the Kenyan government. In 2004, he was honored with the "Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear"State Commendations of Kenya (MBS) Award. These highly prestigious presidential awards recognize those who have played a major role in national development since Kenya attained its independence.
Shah is regarded as one of Africa’s most distinguished and visionary business leaders and was named as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, a position he held together with his brother and business partner, Tarun Shah.
He is a much sought-after speaker on various fields and has given talks at various places including the prestigious Harvard Business School. Harvard Business School carried out a case study on Bidco Group with an objective of creating a success model for other enterprises to follow.
In 2008, the Kenya Institute of Management awarded him the CEO of the Year award.
He was rated the 3rd East Africa Business Leader of the Future and 5th Most Respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in 2002.
He was named the Professional Manager of the Year 2001 and winner for Outstanding Executive support for IT 2001.
He is a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya.
He is former chairman of Kenya Association of Manufacturers.
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