Narinder Nayar, Chairman, Bombay First

Narinder Nayar, Chairman, Bombay First

nayarNarinder believes in the dictum “think local and act Global”. Despite his busy schedule as Founder of Concast (India) and Director of several other companies, he still finds time to promote several other social and business initiatives.

Narinder has been actively and passionately involved with the Mumbai Transformation Programme, which is spearheaded by the Hon’ble Chief Minister. As Chairman of Bombay First, Narinder was instrumental in arranging a study together with McKinsey on how Mumbai could be transformed into a world-class City over the next 10 years. Following the study, a very effective public-private partnership has been established with the State Government for the Regeneration of the City. Maharashtra Government has also constituted a Citizens’ Action Group under the Chairmanship of the Hon’ble Chief Minister and Narinder is the Vice Chairman. In addition, Narinder is also an active member of a high power Empowered Committee established by the State Government and headed by the Chief Secretary to monitor various ongoing projects in Mumbai.

This unique initiative of Bombay First has the full support, in addition to the State Government, the Indian Prime Minister’s office, the World Bank and the European Union. Narinder has been responsible for getting some of the international companies to come and help overcome the challenges of urbanization in Mumbai Metropolitan Region with a population of 20 million and anticipated investments of nearly US$ 60 billion in various infrastructure projects. Bombay First strongly advocated the need of preparing a 40-year Vision Plan for the Mumbai Metropolitan Region and this was prepared by Singapore Consultants. Mumbai (Bombay) is the only City in India to have prepared a 40-year Vision document.

Narinder is also the President of Indo-Italian Chamber of Commerce and was decorated by the President of Italy as UFFICIALE of “Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana”. The high recognition given by the President of Italy is not normally given to foreigners and Narinder is the first Indian to have been conferred this honour which would be equivalent to Knighthood.

Both in India and abroad, Narinder has made his presence felt as a Member of several international organizations in Europe, United Kingdom and United States. He is Fellow of the Institute of Directors – London and Member of Association of Iran and Steel Engineers, USA. He was also a member of the President’s Committee of London First and is Member of several Clubs in India and abroad.