Our People
Mr Jacob Mani Mannothra
Founder and Managing Director

Jacob is the founder and patriarch of our group. A post graduate in Agronomy and a scientist by profession, Jacob is the MD of Zindia and group of companies. He has vast experience in global marketing of timber products, international shipping and management of timber plantations.

Jacob pioneered the very first exports of NZ Pine Radiata logs from NZ to India and paved the way for India to become a regular export channel for softwoods. He has also been instrumental in the development of Dubai, Saudi Arabia and Malaysia for imports of softwoods.

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John Van Der Leden
General Manager, Zindia Ltd

John is the General Manager of the Zindia group.  He has been involved in the forest industry and the exporting of various products from New Zealand since 1972.  He holds degrees in Forest Engineering and Civil Engineering from Oregon State University.

His passion is the development of people and working hard toward the success of the New Zealand forest industry.  In his spare time he’s a Dad, an artist, a surfer, and a follower of rugby (and sometime coach).

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Pradeep Kumar
Head, India Operations

Pradeep has over 35 Years’ experience in Administration, Operations, Loss Prevention and Process Management with the Indian Army, Merchandise Retail, IT, ITES and Education fields. Apart from his rich management experience in the Indian Army, he is also a certified SAP ERP consultant (SAP BusinessOne) and an ISO Lead Auditor.

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Mr. Shankar Malavalli
Export & Operations Manager

As our Export & Operations Manager, Shankar manages supply chain, logistics and vessel chartering for the group across export operations from multiple countries (including NZ, USA and South Africa). He also oversees all trade finance and trade documentation activities. He has previously also been involved in Log procurement and harvesting management for the group.

Shankar graduated with a Master of International Business degree in 2012 from University of Auckland. He has worked in the anti-dumping and patent commercialization research sectors in the past before joining us in 2013.

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