Dr Sundar Menon, Chairman and Managing Director of M/s. Sun Group International, a versatile NRI Business Group established in the Middle East for the past thirty years, is a personality who exemplifies the above quality in its truest terms.
To make a vision come true, one needs strength, endurance and resilience and this comes only to people of substance. Today, M/s. Sun Group International under the dynamic leadership of Dr Sundar has diversified into Energy, Marine Fuels, Trading and Transportation, Logistics, Off shore bunkering, Fuel stations, refineries, real estate and construction, film and television industry, providing employment to thousands of people in Gulf Region, South America and India. His strategic vision and leadership qualities have steered the group from a humble beginning in the 1980s to the Multi Million Dollar Company which Sun Group is today, engaging a large labour force.
Sun Group International is mainly an international concern having many ventures mainly in the Middle east. The Sun Group has their bases in UAE, Qatar, Panama and India. The Sun Energy LLC, Sharah, UAE, Sun Marine Fuels International LLC, Sharjah, UAE, Sun International Shipping LLC, Dubai, UAE, Sun International Trading & Transports WLL, Doha, Qatar, Al Waab Petrol Station WLL, Doha, Qatar, Sun (India) Homes & Developers Pvt Ltd, India, M/S. Sun Ads And Film Productions LLP, India, Sun Offshore International Inc, Panama. etc. comes under this group. The Sun Group which was set up around 25 years back, has earned excellent reputation by providing excellent round the clock service. The group owns fleet of ships and road tankers which facilitates supply of petroleum products to different locations. They own petrol stations in many parts of the world. The group surpasses international standards in everything it does. All the systems, infrastructures and engineering employed by the organization are calibrated to match the best available. The group has the strength of a highly skilled and huge labor force. Sun (India) Homes And Developers Pvt Ltd is the group’s venture in India. They have entered the competitive construction field in India through this venture.
The Sun Group is made up of the following: i) Sun Energy LLC, Sharjah, UAE is one of the leading onshore fuel trading and transportation companies in UAE, ii) Sun Marine Fuels International LLC, Sharjah, UAE is one of the leading offshore fuel trading and transportation companies in UAE, with huge investments on fleet of ships and trucks, iii) Sun International Shipping LLC, Dubai, UAE was a new company set up to cater to the logistic needs of UAE, iv) Sun International Trading & Transports WLL, Doha, Qatar facilitates onshore and offshore fuel transportation in Doha, Qatar. The company owns a fleet of ships and trucks, v) Sun International-Al-Waab Fuel Station, Qatar is a leading Full-fledged, state-of-the-art; multi task petrol station at Al-Waab Qatar Which is the largest of that kind in Qatar. Dr Menon is also involved in various real estate developmental projects in India, i.e. with vi) Sun (India) Homes & Developers Pvt Ltd, India, vii) M/S. Sun Ads And Film Productions LLP is into production and distribution of feature films, advertisement films, television serials etc. and viii) Sun Offshore International Inc, Panama is another new company registered in Panama to provide off shore bunkering with a fleet of ships.
A Philanthropist in spirit, Dr Menon is active in contributing to the social and educational welfare of human beings, irrespective of their Cast or Creed. He is the trustee of M/s Sun Charitable Trust which symbolizes his social service goals. The Trust provides help to the physically and financially challenged sections of the society. He was actively involved in rehabilitating monks and children who were devastated by the Uttarakhand floods of 2013. Moreover he has donated life saving equipments such as ventilators and Dialysis Units to Government Medical Colleges and other charitable institutions, to support poor patients in critical care.
He has also involved himself in the service of rehabilitating destitute, homeless widows by constructing homes for them and also attending to their medical needs.
Inspired by the sublime “SWACHH BHARAT MISSION” of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Narendra Modiji, he has sponsored a most modern, powerful incinerator in the fish market to process wastage in his home town Thrissur – The Cultural Capital of Kerala – a unique move introduced for the first time in South India. As an integral part of “Green Revolution”, he has played a predominant role in planting and maintaining different useful plants in various suitable locations of Thrissur City.
Being a person who takes special initiatives in caring for the contemporary youth, Dr Sundar has facilitated the employment of several youngsters in the many Middle Eastern enterprises, including his own. He has devised many programmes for educating tribal children. He was also instrumental in organising many social welfare schemes like arranging community marriages for helpless women, meeting the educational expenses of weaker sections in the society etc.
He is the patron of various charitable organizations and takes active participation in their charitable programmes. He takes special interest in the Welfare, Assistance and Relief of traditional temple Artistes and Musicians.
He is the member of Regional Advisory Committee of ICCR (Indian Council for Cultural Relations), an autonomous organization under the Ministry of External affairs, Government of India. As a Patron of the Institute of Social Research & Action, he has taken the lead role in organising socially relevant seminars. He was the chief mentor involved in the historic creation of Mahatma Gandhi’s Sand Portrait at the India Gate, New Delhi for Peace, Love and Unity in the world. This portrait has been recognized as one of largest in the world. Dr Sundar is one of the key personalities in the organizing team of the acclaimed Thrissur Pooram Festival conducted annually, which symbolizes religious harmony and is witnessed by more than a million people worldwide. During the world famous Thrissur Pooram in 2009, he and his team had created a marvel called “The Poora Panthal,” which hit the LIMCA BOOK OF RECORDS.
Dr Menon has been recipient of many prestigious awards and titles. He was conferred honorary doctorate by European Continental Community University (EUC-USA) in 2015 in consideration of his contributions for three decades in the middle east region which has contributed remarkably towards the economic development of Gulf region. He was honoured by FORBES as the 100 Top India Leaders in the Arabian World Awards Ceremony in 2014 and THE Top India Leaders in UAE Award 2013. “ARABIAN BUSINESS” had also selected him as one of the 100 most powerful Indians in gulf in 2012. Santhi Medical Information Centre honoured him for his invaluable service to the poor patients across all sections of society. PASS Charitable Trust honoured him with ‘Manaseva Award’ and School of Bhagavad Geeta’, Thrissur Chapter honoured with Titles ‘Bhaghavatha Bandhu’ in 2013 and ‘Sahrudhaya Thilakam’, in 2011.