Shiv Shankaran Nair currently serves as the Executive Chairman of Suez Holdings, a global strategic communications, public affairs, political and financial advisory firm based in Dublin, with offices in Abuja, Muscat, Beijing, Doha, London, New Delhi and Quito. With over 20 years of experience in both the public and private sectors, Shiv began his current role within the company in January 2011. He is also the Chairman of Suez Grindlay and Co. an insurance and reinsurance broking company, licensed by The National Bank of Hungary. In this role he advises the company on its holistic big picture and strategy within the global market. Shiv is a prolific entrepreneur who has he has set up, added value and sold several companies, especially across economic regions in transition.
With a background in financial engineering and government advisory roles, in addition to his post on the board of Suez Capital, Shiv holds a number of distinguished positions within the Government of Vanuatu. He has served as Special Advisor to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs since 2013, and became Trade Commissioner for Spain, Italy, Hungary, Switzerland, Montenegro and The MENA region for the Government of Vanuatu this past April. He also was the Personal Envoy of the Foreign Minister in negotiating the re-recognition of Georgia, for its Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In 2016, the Vanutau Government tasked him with a mandate to seek assistance to clean up Vanuatu’s offshore banking, gaming and shipping sectors.
Internationally renowned for his diplomatic expertise, Shiv has also served as Advisor to the Minister at the Ministry of Power Energy and Mining for the Government of S. Sudan, Advisor to the President for Africa and Latin America at China Railways International, and Advisor to the President, Global energy assets acquisition for Poly Technologies Inc. Beijing, PRC. He specializes in working with the China Africa Development Fund and Chinese Exim Bank, advising countries on tapping into Chinese infrastructure Financing. He has been so successful on behalf of his Chinese clients, that The Economist magazine once dubbed him “China’s secret weapon in Africa.”
Shiv holds an MBA in Political Risk from the University of Strathclyde, and studied Accounting and Finance, Business Studies, at London South Bank University. He resides in Malta, and enjoys traveling, sports and sailing in his spare time.
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