Dr Viju Jacob

Born: March 20, 1961

Education

Doctorate of Philosophy in Business Management from Colombo University in 2007.

Dr Jacob is Director of Synthite Industries Limited, the global leader in Spice Oleoresins and other plant-derived natural products.

Awards & Recognitions:

•Served as Vice Chairman during the years 2010-11 and currently a Member of Spices Board of India. As a member of Spices Board, represented India in Codex’s global conference on Food and Hygiene held at New Orleans.

•Inducted into the “Knighthood of the Ecumenical Medical Humanitarian Order of St. Johns of Jerusalem Knights of Charity” on 23rd August 2008.

•Received ‘Global Business Award’ for the year 2003 organised by Global Malayalee Council, for his outstanding contributions towards business, society and for the empowerment of Malayalees throughout the World.

•Received “Udyog Rattan Award” instituted by Institute of Economic Studies, Delhi for outstanding performance in the field of industrial development in the country.

•Ramada Resorts, under the stewardship of Dr Jacob, bagged “Emerging Hospitality Brand’’ award at the Kerala State Business Excellence Awards 2012 ceremony, organized by the Indian Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

•On June 15, 2012, Dr Jacob won “National Leadership Excellence Award for Business Development” conferred on by Global Achievers’ Foundation (GAF) for outstanding individual achievements and distinguished services to the nation. The award was presented by the then High Commissioner of Seychelles.

Social & Philanthropic Activities:

Trustee, CVJ Foundation: Since its establishment in 2008, CVJ Foundation has spent Rs 2.53 crore for noble causes and for the year 2012-13, it has already spent Rs 63.36 lakhs under various schemes like Housing, Healthcare, and Education etc.

Executive Director, Light & Life: Light & Life is a society helping children with acute cancer.

Dr Jacob is Full Time Director of Synthite Industries Limited, global leader in Spice Oleoresins and other plant-derived natural product solutions. Synthite transforms a multitude of pure plant spices into much sought-after flavor & fragrance ingredients, colourants and nutraceuticals as per the requirements of customers world over at its five eco-friendly locations spread over Southern India. Its modern plants and equipment, precision instruments and passionate people ensure value delivery and are the strength behind this USD 70 million company contributing to over 50% of exports of spice oleoresins from India.

Professional Achievements: Under Dr Jacob’s leadership, in 1981, Synthite entered into Indian market and has established itself as a preferred ingredient supplier. Synthite is set to venture into the OTC nutraceuticals market with an array of natural health supplements. With the guidance of Dr Jacob, Sythite witnessed steady business growth. In 1986, with his initiation, Synthite set up its Fragrance division in Maradur, Tamil Nadu for extraction of floral concretes and absolutes. Attached to this unit, new system of floriculture nursery was launched to distribute saplings to farmers. This enabled generation of employment to 1000 villagers in the vicinity. Marigold cultivation was introduced in India by Synthite in a systematic way on a commercial scale resulting in employment for over 14000 farmers cultivating in 15000 acres of land which also enables indirect labour to 250000 workers. Besides the co-generation of electricity and steam by its own agro-waste as fuel, he established wind farms in Tamil Nadu for exploiting non-conventional wind energy for power generation.

Dr Jacob is also the Director of Herbal Isolates Pvt Ltd, Synthite Exports Pvt Ltd and Synthite Properties & Investments Ltd. With his initiatives, the company has today joint venture partnership with Aromco UK, a leading sweet and confectionery flavor manufacturer. Aromco India offers an outstanding range of sweet and flavor profiles in liquid, emulsion and powder forms. Another collaboration of Synthite with Omega Savory Technology, Austria is Symega which is manufacturing savoury ingredients and seasonings for the food industry.

Social & Philanthropic Activities:

Governing Body Member, Synthite Silver Jubilee Charitable Trust: The Trust, in association with the United India Insurance Company, introduced “Viswa Arogya Medical Insurance Policies” for people below poverty line in Aikaranadu Grama Panchayath in Kerala. As per the scheme, each family is eligible for medical insurance up to Rs 30,000/- per year. Over 1600 families comprise of 7000 people are covered under this programme. This scheme is the first of its kind initiated by any private sector undertaking in India. The Trust, within a short span of time, has spent crores of rupees in helping the poor and needy through its various projects.

Trustee, CVJ Foundation: Since its establishment in 2008, CVJ Foundation has spent Rs 2.53 crore for noble causes and for the year 2012-13, it has already spent Rs 63.36 lakhs under various schemes like Housing, Healthcare, Education etc.

Executive Director, Light & Life: Light & Life is a society helping children with acute cancer.

A man of letters, Dr Jacob is a perfect example of a leader who leads from the front. His commitment towards work and society, hard work and dedication has earned him rich rewards. He is married to Mrs Mini and the couple has two children: Ms Neelam & Ms Neethi.