Dr. Manu Chandaria, OBE, EBS, is founding chairman of the East African Business Council and the Kenya Private Sector Alliance, an umbrella body representing over two hundred sectors and organizations. Chandaria is the chairman of the Private Sector Advisory Council, Global Peace Service Alliance, Kenya. He has been appointed to numerous government boards and committees, including chairman of the Street Families Rehabilitation Trust Fund, set up to reduce poverty, revive the economy through private sector initiatives, encourage technological modernization and improve the lives of children. He is a Council member of the University of Nairobi which awarded him a Doctorate of Sciences. In 2003 Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II conferred an OBE (Order of the British Empire) in recognition of his community work and promotion of Kenyan economic interests. His Excellency Honorable Mwai Kibaki, former president of the Republic of Kenya, distinguished him with the honor of Elder of the Burning Spear (EBS) in 2003 in recognition of outstanding service to the nation.
He has been on the Nairobi University Council Board for 25 years representing Gandhi Smarak Nidhi Fund and was appointed chancellor of Technical University of Kenya in 2013 and chairman of the Board of Trustees of United States International University (USIU). He has been awarded honorary doctorates by five Universities, University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Kenya Methodist University, Technical University of Kenya and United Graduate College.