Vimal Shah

Vimal Shah

CEO, BIDCO

Kenya

Vimal Shah is one of Kenya and East Africa’s eminent and most respected business leaders. Together with his father and brother, Mr. Shah has transformed Bidco from a humble soap manufacturing enterprise into a Fast Moving Consumer Goods (FMCG) behemoth. Bidco is presently East Africa’s leading manufacturer of edible oils and personal hygiene care products with over 40 brands and a footprint in 16 African countries.

Vimal holds a BSc. Business Administration from United States International University Africa.

Vimal Shah holds many public offices. He is a member of the 3GF (Global Green Growth Fund) Advisory Board and the Tony Elumelu Foundation Advisory Board. Until April 2015, he was the Chairman of the Kenya Private Sector Alliance-the apex private sector body in Kenya, and is a former Chairman of the Kenya Association of Manufacturers and the East African Business Council.

He is a recipient of multiple awards and accolades. Vimal was the 2012 recipient of the East African Entrepreneur of the Year award awarded by All Africa Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) in partnership with CNBC Africa and Forbes Africa. In recognition of his contribution to national development, Former President Mwai Kibaki awarded him the ‘First Class: Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS) in December 2011-the highest national honour for a private citizen in Kenya.

In 2008, the Kenya Institute of Management awarded him the CEO of the Year award with BIDCO winning the Company of the year award. He was ranked as the 3rd East Africa Business Leader of the Future and 5th Most Respected Chief Executive Officer in East Africa in 2002. He was named the Professional Manager of the Year 2001 and winner for Outstanding Executive support for IT in 2001.

In 2015 KCA University awarded him an honorary PHD for his contribution to the growth of entrepreneurship in Kenya. Also in 2015 he was named Oshwal Entrepreneur of the Year in the first ever Oshwal Awards.

Under his leadership Bidco has received over 30 corporate awards in 15 years across various domains: energy management, business leadership and manufacturing.

Shah is regarded as one of Africa’s most distinguished and visionary business leaders and was named as a finalist in the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2011, a position he held together with his brother and business partner, Tarun Shah. He is a much sought-after speaker and mentor on entrepreneurship, leadership and manufacturing and has given talks all over the world.

He is a Fellow of the Kenya Institute of Management, a Fellow of the Marketing Society of Kenya and the Institute of Certified Public Secretaries of Kenya.

Vimal is married to Manda Shah and they have one son named Soham currently 16 years old.

Vimal is an avid reader and his favorite subjects include philosophy, spirituality, leadership, innovation, business excellence and mentoring.