Naranjan Naidoo - Owner of Gulf Pacific
For the last two decades, Naranjan Naidoo, the head of Gulf Pacific, has been involved with several large business deals that involved African and Middle Eastern governments. A mover and shaker who knows all the main players in the political and business echelons, Mr. Naidoo flies regularly throughout Europe, Africa and the Middle East – not to mention the Far East – to secure funds, help close deals and to put together transactions.
Naranjan Naidoo is strongly committed to stamping out poverty in Africa and to helping people achieve a better quality of life there. He believes this can be accomplished through trade and improving the economic situation, and is involved in a number of organized endeavors towards this end. One organization he participates in is the UN Global Compact. Also known as the Compact, this initiative was founded for the purpose of persuading large businesses to take a more active role in supporting the societies they have grown out of, with the idea being that they will use practices that can sustain the community and give back in ways that will cause growth.
There are more than 8,700 corporate stakeholders and participants, making it the biggest initiative of its kind in the world. Naidoo is a regular participant in forums and discussions regarding the current conditions in the Middle East as well as looking for solutions to the humanitarian crisis occurring in Africa.
Save the Children’s mission is to inspire changes in the treatment of children around the world. The organization’s goal is to ensure the safety, education, medical services and housing of all children, and Naranjan Naidoo and his wife are active workers in that goal. They invest both time and money in the shared vision that offers hope and opportunities to needy children across the globe.
Another organization Mr. Naidoo participates in is the World Economic Forum (WEF). This foundation, based in Geneva, gathers the leaders of the world from fields such as politics, academia, media and business, to discuss some of the world’s most serious challenges – particularly in regards to environmental issues and health concerns. The WEF also produces research reports and sponsors special initiatives.
Naranjan Naidoo was born in June of 1959, descended from a family line that originated in South India. The family immigrated first to South Africa and then nearly 100 years later, to the United Kingdom, of which Naidoo is now a citizen. The latest in a long line of businessmen, Naidoo has two children who seem destined to follow in his footsteps – a daughter already out in the world of business, and a son preparing to begin his MBA studies next year.