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Who is Chandran Nair?

Chandran Nair is a distinguished businessman, author, and thought leader, renowned for his deep insights into global economic trends, sustainability, and the future of capitalism. As the Founder and CEO of the Global Institute For Tomorrow (GIFT), an independent pan-Asian think tank based in Hong Kong and Kuala Lumpur, Nair has dedicated his career to advancing a deeper understanding of the dynamic relationship between business and society, particularly in the context of Asia’s rising influence on global economic and political landscapes. His influential books, including “Consumptionomics: Asia’s Role in Reshaping Capitalism and Saving the Planet” and “The Sustainable State: The Future of Government, Economy, and Society,” challenge conventional wisdom and advocate for a sustainable approach to development and governance.

Beyond his leadership at GIFT, Chandran Nair has made significant contributions to the discourse on global sustainability and ethical business practices as the first African faculty member of Singularity University in San Francisco and The Duke Corporate Education. His work, which spans across various sectors such as insurance, FMCG, manufacturing, and oil and gas, reflects a commitment to reshaping the rules of global capitalism to address future human needs. Nair’s role as a keynote speaker, advisor, and educator has positioned him as a pivotal figure in shaping the socio-economic landscape, earning him recognition as a thought leader in sustainability, governance, and the future of work. His efforts to foster a more equitable and sustainable global economy continue to inspire business leaders, policymakers, and academics around the world.

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