Manoj Nair is CEO of SmartCity Kochi

SmartCity Kochi

Kochi: The Board of Directors of SmartCity Kochi has confirmed the appointment of Manoj Nair as the new Chief Executive Officer, who will lead the project. A long-term collaboration with the Government of Kerala, SmartCity Kochi will be a 246 square-acre business and technology park, once completed. SmartCity Kochi is strategically aligned with the goals of the Kerala government to develop competitive and vibrant economic zones where people live, work, and play.

Commenting on the announcement, Khalid Al Malik, Vice Chairman of the Board of SmartCity Kochi and Chief Real Estate Officer of Dubai Holding, said, “We are pleased to welcome Manoj Nair, who is an exceptionally experienced executive and brings strong experience in forming business alliances and helping companies set up their operations. As a former Senior Executive Director with Dubai Properties Group of Dubai Holding, he has a background in real estate strategy development, project management, resource and cost optimisation, corporate governance and stakeholder management.”

Said Manoj Nair, “SmartCity Kochi is on track to becoming a major hub for innovation in Kerala and beyond, and I am honoured to lead its development. When completed, SmartCity Kochi will serve as the heartbeat for the region’s technology sector. I look forward to working with our stakeholders from the Government of Kerala and the private sector, along with our business partners and staff as we build this unique community together.”

SmartCity Kochi is validating its strategic plans to align with the Kerala IT eco-system, including government regulations related to economic zones to create a community that is in the best interest of all stakeholders. The master plan of SmartCity Kochi features world-class information technology and enabled services infrastructure, along with knowledge-based developments and offerings including residential projects, schools, higher education, sports, retail and hospitality developments.

There are close to 20 companies based in SmartCity Kochi’s first phase building, with several more set to commence operations in the first quarter of 2018.

Manoj Nair, 48, holds a Bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pune and a post-graduate diploma in Business Management from the Institute of Management Development and Research, Pune.
With a career spanning 27 years across different sectors of the industry, he has effectively managed various functions covering General Management, P&L Management, Business Operations, Strategic alliances and set-ups, roll out of new initiatives, Real Estate Master Planning & Development Coordination, Project Management Office, Compliance and Business Governance, Resourcing and Cost Optimisation, Setting up of Regulatory Framework for Economic Zones and Business Processes & Excellence.

Manoj Nair has held Engineering, Managerial, Business Head and Director / Executive Director level positions across industry sectors including manufacturing, large-scale multi-discipline EPC Contracting, Third Party Inspection & Certification, Industrial Development /Planning Projects (Free Zone and Non Free Zone, Industrial Cities), Risk Management Consulting, Project Management Consulting and Real Estate Development. He has worked with various companies of repute in India, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates.

He was appointed as the Chief Operating Officer of SmartCity Kochi effective September 2017. Currently, since December 2017, Manoj Nair is the Chief Executive Officer.