Manikkam (Musky) S. Kumaran

Musky Kumaran is the founder and owner of Kookkal Life Sciences Pvt Ltd, a company developing skin care and well-being products with key active ingredients derived from natural sources such as grapes, tea, wild flowers etc. The company’s development platform is located at Kookkal, the location of its high altitude vineyards in the Nilgiris Mountains of South India.

Musky spent most of his career in the oil industry working with the French oil company Total, in different parts of the world, in top management positions. He was CEO & MD of Total’s subsidiaries in Bangladesh & Indonesia as well as the country chairman of Total companies in Vietnam. Prior to these, he was Regional Manager of Total downstream operations for the Middle East & Asia based out of Total’s headquarters in Paris. Prior to returning to India in 2014 to start Kookkal, he was based out of San Francisco for a few years working on international business development with a specialist American oil company.

Musky’s main career accomplishments have been the successful creation of new subsidiaries and joint ventures for Total in different parts of the world. He also has rich experience in mergers & acquisitions, divestments and restructuring of operations. He also represented Total in international chambers of commerce and industry in different parts of the world.

Musky is a Chemical Engineer from the University of Madras. He has also attended EDP’s of the University of Michigan business school.