Name and position?
Manu Singh is the Secretary General of NRI INSTITUTE and the Director of BIB MEDIA Pvt Ltd.
What are your main responsibilities?
I play different roles in both my organisations at NRI INSTITUTE my main focus is on how can I make things better for our Non Resident Indians, how can I help them get assistance with Government operations in different countries. In addition how can I help them flourish and make them aware of the needs of Indian society and where they can contribute.
When I talk about NRI World, this magazine was started with the sole aim of drawing global attention to the contributions and achievements of NRIs and how Indians are changing the world.
What are your company’s Unique Selling Points (USPs)?
We have NRI chapters running in more than 23 nations, which speaks for itself. We are the first and oldest NRI organisation in India. We believe connecting the Indian diaspora and networking are key factors and that associations once made can last a lifetime. Our aim is to maximise collaborations with agencies and organisations to support NRIs.
What achievement are you most proud of?
I am yet to reach the zenith of my capabilities but I am definitely proud of my growth. Everyday is a learning curve and since taking on the responsibility of moving forward my late father’s legacy, it has given me immense satisfaction in learning, achieving and motivating my team and myself. Opening a charity school and a foundation in remembrance of my father was no less than an accomplishment for me.
What would you still like to achieve in life, leisure or business?
I aim to live a respectful life for whatever time I have in my hands. I work day and night so that I can bring new ideas and diversity to the changing culture around me.
What do you think makes India an attractive destination to do business?
Agriculture, growing economy, infrastructure, hospitality, medicine, you name it and India and Indians are progressing in every field, enough reasons for it to be the first choice.
What sectors do you think will thrive in India and the UK in the coming years and why?
Hospitality and medicine.
Favourite destinations in India and why? Favourite destinations in the UK and why?
In India my favourite destination has to be Udaipur. In U.K it would definitely be London. The aura they hold is magnificent
Favourite restaurant in India and UK?
In India my favourite restaurant would be The Meghu, Leela Palace, Chanakyapuri , New- Delhi and in London it would be Koya Bar
Describe your character in five words?
Optimism and resilience holds my foot strong.
What are your hobbies?
I like playing all sorts of sports. Tennis and horse riding are two regular pastimes in my life. I like to travel in my free time as well.
What five items would you take to a desert island?
1 Drinking water is a big yes, it would be more of a luxury than a basic necessity in a deserted island.
2 Chocolates for my sweet tooth.
3 A survival knife.
4 A lighter; fire can keep away almost anything harmful.
5 A well stocked first Aid Kit
What public figures do you most admire and why?
Steve Jobs, as he had always said: “Here’s to the crazy ones, the misfits, the rebels and the trouble makers, the ones who sees things differently.”
You need a knack of knowing how to survive in this never stopping world, and only the ones who can think of themselves as being smarter can handle life’s dilemmas.