Our Story

Development is a people-centric process, whose ultimate goal must be improvement of the human condition and environment

– Faizal E. Kottikollon, Founder and Chairman, KEF Holdings

When giving back is treated as priority, the avenues for growth and improvement are endless. The world presents an assortment of needs and portrays countless opportunities for individuals to reach out to the community.

We, at KEF Holdings, build sustainable businesses that improve the quality of life of people and communities around us. Our goal is to build inclusive, honest and mutually beneficial relationships with our stakeholders – individuals and communities who are impacted by our business or who have the ability to impact our business.

The fact is, the lesser privileged remain deprived of even basic necessities of healthcare and education required for their development. Thus, our aim is to be a new era social enterprise established to solve some of the developing world’s most fundamental problems in infrastructure, healthcare, education and agriculture.

From Scrap Metal Trading to a Multi Million Dollar Business

With an engineering background, Faizal Kottikollon’s journey of success began when he came to the UAE in 1995 to set up his first business – Al Ahamadi General Trading in Ajman. The Chairman and founder of KEF Holdings, this visionary industrialist and philanthropist started a foundry called Emirates Techno Casting (1997) in Sharjah. The business’ primary function then was manufacturing valves for the oil and gas industry. With time, Faizal invested in cutting edge technology and developed processes that were never used in the valve manufacturing business before. ETC went on to become one of the top three foundries in the world. It expanded until it was sold in 2012 to Tyco International for a sum of USD 400 million. Using this capital Faizal Kottikollon founded KEF Holdings – incorporated in Singapore and headquartered in DIFC, Dubai – with six business verticals: infrastructure, healthcare, education, metals and investments.