Dr. Manu Chandaria OBE CBS EBS




Dr Manu Chandaria, OBE CBS EBS, is Founding Chairman of the East African Business Council and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, an umbrella body representing over two hundred sectors and organizations. Dr. Chandaria is a member of the Private Sector Advisory Council and Patron in Africa for Global Peace Foundation. He has been appointed to numerous government boards and committees, including Chairman of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund. He is a Council member of the University of Nairobi which awarded him a Doctorate of Sciences.







Born and schooled in Kenya, qualified in the UK and USA, Sarit is a British Citizen residing in South Africa to manage the Safal Group's widely spread business interests. He has extensive experience in business leadership and development, and is currently fully occupied in managing his wide business role within the Safal Group, a market leader in the Roofing & Steel Industry in most countries in Eastern and Southern Africa.







He is currently the Safal Group Governance Officer with over 40 years of service with Comcraft / Safal Group having served in different capacities. In 2005, he was appointed Regional CEO, Safal Group, Horn of Africa in charge of Mabati Rolling Mills Limited, Insteel Limited, Ethiopian Steel PLC, Safal Mitek Limited, and Safintra Djibouti Limited.

He has also been a director in ALAF Ltd, Tanzania, Uganda Baati Ltd, Insteel Ltd, Ethiopian Steel PLC, Safintra Rwanda Ltd, Safal Building Systems Ltd, Safintra Burundi Ltd, Steel Supplies Malawi, Standard Chartered Bank Kenya Ltd, Steel Africa Limited, and Kenya Association of Manufacturers (KAM).






He is the CEO of Mabati Rolling Mills Limited (MRM) and Coils Head – East Africa for Safal Group and has been in this role since 2013.

He has spent more than twenty five (25) years in Senior General Management & Executive roles across ASEAN/Africa with broad leadership, manufacturing, trading, construction, project management and steel industry experience. 








He joined the Safal Group in 1996 and is a core member of the Group's strategic team. His responsibility is to provide leadership and direction in standardizing Finance, Accounts and IT function, deployment of best practices and processes, policy formulation, and processes to ensure growth of the businesses and mitigation of risks across the Group Companies.