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Jay Naidoo

16th October 2020

By: Martin Zhuwakinyu

Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor


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Full Name: Jay Naidoo

Position: CEO of IMPower

Main Activity of the Company: Solar energy project engineering, procurement and management (C&I), energy project development (up to 10 MW) and energy management (C&I)

Date and Place of Birth: March 3, 1987, Walmer Estate, District 6, Cape Town

Education: BA (Business Administration), Greenwich University, London, UK

First Job: Retail store salesperson

Career History Prior to Current Position: Various junior and middle management roles (during my teens and early twenties); head of department, Renewable Energy Division, Citrine Construction; CEO of UPower, an energy management business; and CEO of Synthesis Power Holdings, a project development and structured finance business

Size of First Pay Packet: Not stated

First Job with Present Group: Founder and CEO

Value of Assets under Your Control: Not stated

Number of People under Your Leadership: More than 50

Management Style: My management style is 20% visionary, 20% servanthood, 20% authoritarian, 20% transactional, 10% democratic and 10% laissez-faire

Personal Best Achievement: Committing my life to Christ and being a husband and father

Professional Best Achievement: Founding and heading various companies

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Life: My father

Person Who Has Had the Biggest Influence on Your Career: Dr Graham Power

Person You Would Most Like to Meet: Elon Musk

Businessperson Who Has Impressed You Most: Dr Graham Power, of the Power Group, and Dr Francois van Niekerk, of Mergon

Philosophy of Life: I have a biblical world view. I live according to the philosophical teachings of Jesus Christ

Biggest Ever Opportunity: Growing up in a post-1994 South Africa as this has allowed me the freedom to pursue my dreams and ambitions without restrictions. In these time, as a South African, the sky is the limit!

Biggest Ever Disappointment: Not stated

Hope for the Future: To make a significant positive impact within the economic and social spheres globally

Favourite Reading: The Bible

Favourite TV Programme: Not stated

Favourite Food/Drink: Seafood and good wine

Favourite Music: Jazz and classical

Favourite Sport: Boxing, kickboxing and martial arts

Favourite Website: Not stated

Hobbies: Boxing and kickboxing

Car: Audi

Pets: Dog

Miscellaneous Dislikes: Not stated

Favourite Other South African Company: Mergon

Favourite Foreign Company: Whatever Elon Musk is involved in – the man is a great example of what a South African can achieve

Married: Not stated

Children: Not stated

Clubs: Not stated

Edited by Martin Zhuwakinyu
Creamer Media Senior Deputy Editor



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