Dr. Kanwar Deep Singh
Dr. Kanwar Deep Singh is an international business leader and member of the Upper House of the Indian Parliament, and pioneer of industrial, educational and healthcare reform within India.
His biography is like an alchemist story and that's perhaps the reason he named his group "Alchemist".
A first generation entrepreneur, Dr. Kanwar Deep Singh ventured into the world of business at the age of 19 with no background in business, no Godfather and no money in hand. Fresh out of the college with a bachelor's degree in English literature, he had lot of dreams and a whole lot of conviction and willingness to work hard to realize the dreams. A true Alchemist like idea!
The year was 1981 when the foundation of Alchemist group was laid through a borrowed sum of Rupees 20000 from a bank to start a trading business in Mumbai, the financial capital of India.
Soon he realized that to grow to the next level he had to get into the manufacturing business. So the first factory of the group came into being in 1988.
He made a mark in the manufacturing sector with sheer hard work and innovative thinking and now he was ready to move to the next level. In the beginning of 90s the winds of liberalization had started in India and economy was opening up. Dr. Kanwar Deep Singh took part in those flowing winds of change and brought his company on the stock exchange. His first IPO and listing on Bombay Stock Exchange came in 1994.
From here he never looked back and kept on expanding by organic growth and also acquisitions of businesses and today in year 2013, thirty three years after he started, his group has eleven companies operating in different segments and the group has an asset base of 2 billion USD and about 9700 employees.
As Founder, Chairman and Managing Director of Alchemist Limited, Dr. Singh has managed to achieve outstanding business success whilst forging a reputation for integrity and the promotion of fair business practices across Food processing, Hospitals, Pharmaceuticals, Tea Estates, Aviation, Infrastructure, Real Estate, Hospitality and Education.
He was elected to Rajya Sabha, upper house of the parliament in India, in 2010. He is regarded as a most respected leader who has been made a head and party in-charge of 13 Northern and North Eastern states of India for All India Trinamool Congress party which is a part of the ruling Government in India.
He has a deep commitment to public service and industrial reform, and he has served as the Chairman of the Central Advisory Board on Minimum Wages, and as Chairman of the National Meat and Poultry Processing Board.
In view of his excellent business acumen, versatile personality, innovative thinking and exemplary contribution and has brought an entrepreneurial revolution in India, a renowned & prestigious Accreditation body of UK - ASIC has awarded him with its highest honor of Honorary Lifetime Fellowship.
He has also been bestowed with the Doctorate of Business from Anglia Ruskin University, UK in view of his extraordinary leadership, business acumen & strategic management skills.
His efforts in his public and professional life have been recognized through a number of awards, including the Rashtriya Ratan Award from the Integration and Economic Council of India, the Udyog Ratan Award from the Institute of Economic Study, and the Jewel of India Award from International Solidarity in New York.
An inspirational business leader and dedicated social worker, Dr. Kanwar Deep Singh has now quit all positions within Alchemist Group of Companies, which he very passionately founded & led for more than three decades.
After creating history in the corporate world, he is now dedicating his life to nation building by driving social, industrial and economic reforms in India. His entire concentration now is on making India the great nation it's meant to be.