Nirmal Chhabria MBA – Director of Projects & Director of Oil Division, Simec & Liberty House Group

Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 7.30am, SSE SWALEC Stadium

Nirmal is currently the Director of Projects & Director of Oil trading at the global SIMEC Group and Liberty House Group, both part the GFG Alliance owned by the British Gupta family.

Since joining GFG, Nirmal has played a key role in the expansion of the business, being part of the team which led the acquisitions of Caparo Industries and Tata Steel UK’s plate mills in Scotland and the created Wyelands Bank.

He was also a part of the bid process for Tata Steel UK’s strip products division, including the iconic Port Talbot steelworks. The process put Liberty right at the heart of the drive to save Britain’s steel industry, which was in crisis at the time.

Nirmal’s immediate focus is on the energy sector and this has led to the creation of the Oil and Gas trading arm for the group. He works closely with high-profile global industrialist Sanjeev Gupta in helping to deliver the Group’s vision of GREENSTEEL and this involves the use of recycled metals in furnaces powered by renewable energy.

Prior to joining Liberty, Nirmal was a serial entrepreneur, successfully running a commodities trading business in Cardiff (trading in metals, plastic, paper and grains) and an educational consultancy (helping international students find the right university). Nirmal has the rare ability to combine subject matter expertise with his professional industry experience in global start-up enterprises to provide innovative and insightful high-impact advice.

Like many successful entrepreneurs, Nirmal’s road to success has come with its fair share of challenges.  He has faced many serious obstacles along the way and has had to display exceptional drive and determination in order to prevail. From selling his first start-up at 17, to becoming a stock- broker at 19 and getting kidnapped and held hostage in Lagos for 22 days his journey has inspired him to share with others his first-hand experience of what it takes to succeed in business.  This latter experience included being locked in a garage for 40 hours.  He is also a mentor to a number of start-up businesses and is a mentor on the board of the Alacrity Foundation, set up by tech entrepreneur and hotelier Sir Terry Matthews and E100, the start-up incubator part of London Business School.

Nirmal won the Western Mail “Young Business Achiever in Wales” and was named the first runner-up for the “Entrepreneur of the year” by the South Wales Chamber of Commerce. He was featured by Growing Business in the list of “Young Guns” which comprised top 30 young entrepreneurs in UK.

He was recently appointed as a Council member of CBI Wales, Deputy Chairman of the (Junior Asian Business Association of the London Chamber of Commerce) and acts as a Non-Executive Director on the Board of Business in Focus. Some of his previous advisory roles have included those on the board of Cardiff Business School and South Wales Chamber of Commerce.

Nirmal holds a Bachelors in Commerce, a MBA from Cardiff Business School, has a Level 2 CIMA qualification and currently is pursuing his Executive MBA at London Business School.

Nirmal is an optimist and is known for his business-focussed approach, he is currently writing his first book titled “Screw the fear up the gear”, which deals with tackling early stages of fear faced by most budding entrepreneurs.

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