Company: KEF Holdings
Occupation: Founder and chairman
Indian US-educated engineer Faisal Kottikollon set up Sharjah-based KEF Holdings in 1997. Today, the firm competes equally against European foundries that have been active for more than a century and has manufacturing locations in the UAE, Middle East and India. US-based Tyco International completed its 100-percent buyout of KEF Holdings last year. At around the same time, Kottikollon established the KEF Company in the Dubai International Financial Centre, which has interests in a number of sectors, including infrastructure, healthcare and education.