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Kumaran Padayachee is CEO of Spartan Technology Rentals (Pty) Ltd. He is also a founding shareholder of Utajiri Investment Holdings (Pty) Ltd, an investment company with holdings in Deutsche Bank SA. He was a top five finalist, under the Best Emerging Entrepreneur category, in the 2005 Ernst &Young World Entrepreneur Awards and has been a judge each year from 2006. Kumaran holds a B.Comm in accounting and commercial law) from Rhodes University and attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Sloan Business School, for the three-year Entrepreneurial Masters Program. He is a non-executive director with the National Business Initiative and member of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (a global network of more than 7,000 business owners in 38 countries) as well as being selected as a high impact entrepreneur by Endeavor SA in 2006. He is a Fellow of the sixth class of the Africa Leadership Initiative-South Africa and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.