The Beginning

Kesavan Muraleedharan was born in the year in 1956. In Anchal a town in the suburbs of Kollam in southern Kerala. Post his education years, Muraleedharan turned his interests to pursuing a career in the Middle East, a place, back in the day, believed to unfold men's dreams and destiny. Having arrived in 1976 with nothing but heavy hopes and a sturdy will, Muraleedharan soon rose to become one of UAE's top-ranking entrepreneurs in less than a decade.

Today, he is the Chairman and Managing Director of SFC Group, a business conglomerate with 12 different companies, with interests in hospitality and food, located across India and the UAE. In the 70’s, when Muraleedharan was starting out, UAE, with its expanding oil industry and free trade, was undergoing a monumental transformation -- a far cry from the modern, organised and thriving metropolis it is today.

He began his career with a job at K.M. Brothers National Co. LLC, a well-established Indian-owned company and rose to become a partner in the same company through his sheer dedication and hard work. However, his strong entrepreneurial drive prodded him to look for challenging opportunities beyond what K.M Brothers offered. With the blessings of Mr Bhatia, the owner of KM Brothers, himself, his tenacious pursuit led to the birth of a prosperous business empire. There were a few false starts, plans that didn’t take off and later it named as SFC Plus. Now we are not using ‘Southern Fried Chicken Restaurant

The instant success of Southern Fried Chicken’s ‘fast- food restaurant’ concept ultimately led to the establishment of several now popular hospitality brands including Avenue Hotel and the award – winning India Palace in the UAE.

For the immense popularity that followed, Muraleedharan dedicates his everyday success to all those who stood by him during testing times. “The success of our Group lies in the hard work and dedication of our team comprising of over 2000 professional and enterprising associates from various nationalities”.

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Professional Life

SFC Group operates Hotels, Fine Dining Restaurants, Quick Service Restaurants, Catering & Life Support Services, Dairy Farming, Real Estate & Healthcare companies under its management.

Officially incorporated in 1989, the company services a large number of patrons in the Middle East and in India. The company employs over 2,000 staff whose hard work and commitment have led to its success over the years.

The Group is an ISO 9001:2000 and ISO 22000 certified company and an accredited organisation with specialised operations in various spectrums of hospitality.

Group Companies:

  • United Arab Emirates

    Southern Franchise Co. LLC (SFC Group of Companies)
    Avenue Hotel – Dubai
    Southern Food & Catering Services
    India Palace Restaurant LLC
    SFC Plus

  • India

    Muralya Properties Pvt. Ltd.
    Muralya Hospitals Pvt. Ltd
    Muralya Hotels & Resorts Pvt.
    Muralya Diary Products Pvt. Ltd., Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    Southern Fastfood Co. Pvt. Ltd., Thiruvananthapuram, Kerala
    Muralya Foundation

  • United Kingdom

    Companie De BMR Limited

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Towards a Better Society

Besides his exceptional business acumen and master flair for entrepreneurship, Muraleedharan is also a passionate philanthropist. He takes a keen interest in social and developmental activities and spends a significant part of his time promoting various charitable and social activities in UAE and India.

His foray into social welfare, by distributing 10 kg of rice to 100 of his villagers every month 36 years ago led to the formation of the Muralya Foundation that is solely funded by him. With diverse philanthropic activities in Education, Healthcare and Welfare both in India and abroad, the foundation has adopted his native panchayat, introduced monthly pension schemes, palliative care, housing, health care, supplementary nutritional food to the school children and continues to fulfil the needs of the panchayat in coordination with ward representatives. He has also conducted the wedding of 36 couples in conjunction with his own daughters’. The Muralya Foundation has adopted an aided school, (NSVVHS Valacode, Kollam, Kerala) establishing modern infrastructural facilities while supporting the 600 students with their complete schooling needs. The Foundation ran an eighty bed hospital in the village where all BPL card holders receive free treatment for nearly ten years. The Panchayat recently honored the foundation by celebrating its tenth anniversary in the presence of prominent political and social leaders to set an example for others to follow.

In 2000, he joined in establishing Vidya International Charitable Trust. He personally collected donations from thousands of NRI’s and built a successful engineering college that runs purely on merit. VICT has expanded with two highly reputable engineering colleges in Thrissur and Trivandrum districts that have evolved to research centers catering to 4000 students, out of which 22% students enjoy different educational scholarships.

Muraleedharan is the Founder Chairman of the Care and Share International Foundation that extends medical assistance to financially challenged patients of varying age groups including free heart surgeries for children below 12 years. It also focuses on driving awareness on social evils like smoking, drug addictions, etc. Padma Shri Mamooty, a famous South Indian film star, is chief patron and leads the campaigns. Gandhi Bhavan in Kollam and Ashraya in Kottarakara are two professionally run homes for the destitute that are under the mentorship and chief patronage of Shri Muraleedharan. Together they provide shelter for over 2000 homeless senior citizens, mentally and physically challenged, orphans, street children and addicts.

As Chief Patron and mentor of the Sreenarayana Vanitha Samithi, he organizes over 250 service minded women and runs a school for those suffering from hearing and speech impediments and offers counsel for family relationship and social welfare. He is the Chief Patron and mentor of the Thengumpanna trust in Kollam focused on better living and talent development for the youth.

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Awards

Over the years, Muraleedharan's efforts have been recognised both at home and in the UAE where he has repeatedly been acknowledged for excellence in professional, social, cultural and philanthropic sphere of work.

  • 2015
    C. Kesavan Memorial Award
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    Mr. K. Muraleedharan was honoured with the prestigious “C. Kesavan Memorial Award – 2015” for his philanthropic and charitable activities in India. The award was presented to him by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala in the presence of dignitaries from Social, Political and Cultural front on 27th July 2015 at Trivandrum, Kerala.
  • 2015
    Promising Entrepreneur of the year Award
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    Mr. K. Muraleedharan was honoured with the “Promising Entrepreneur of the year Award – 2015 constituted by Ernakulam Press Club and Public Relations Council of India. The award was presented to him by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala in the presence of dignitaries from Social, Political and Cultural front during a function held on May 21, 2015.
  • 2014
    P.V. Sami Memorial Industrial & Socio-Cultural Award
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    Mr. K. Muraleedharan was honoured with the “P.V. Sami Memorial Industrial & Socio-Cultural Award – 2014” constituted by P.V. Sami Memorial Trust, Calicut for his remarkable business excellence and philanthropic and charitable activities in India and U.A.E. The award was presented to him by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala in the presence of dignitaries from Social, Political and Cultural front on 1st September 2014 at Calicut, Kerala.
  • 2014
    ManavaSevaRetnam Puraskaram
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    Mr. Muraleedharan was honoured by the International MahaGanapathiSathramSamithi with the prestigious” ManavaSevaRetnam Puraskaram”-2014. The award was presented to him by the Hon’ble Chief Minister of Kerala in the presence of dignitaries from Social, Political and Cultural front on 25th August 2014 at Ernakulam, Kerala.
  • 2014
    NRI (Non-Resident Indian) of the Year
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    Mr. K. Muraleedharan was honoured with the first ever ‘NRI (Non-Resident Indian) of the Year’ - 2014 award in the Philanthropy category, constituted by Times Now TV of Times of India Group, ICICI Bank, and Ernst and Young. The award was presented to Mr. Muraleedharan by noted Hindi Film veteran Actor Mr. AnupamKher on March 24, 2014 in Mumbai, India.
  • 2014
    Philanthropic services to the Indian Community in UAE
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    Mr. K. Muraleedharan was honoured by H.E. Mr. T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to UAE, for his philanthropic services to the Indian Community in UAE and in India on 18th January 2014 at India Social and Cultural Center, Abu Dhabi.
  • 2014
    Forbes – Top 100 Indian Leaders in the Arab World”
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    Mr. K. Muraleedharan has been recognized by Forbes Middle East as one of the ‘Top 100 Indian leaders in the Arab World’ in a grand ceremony held at Dubai on 13.05.2014. The award was presented to Mr. Muraleedharan by H.E. Mr. T.P. Seetharam, Indian Ambassador to U.A.E.
  • 2013
    Forbes – Top 100 Indian Leaders in the UAE
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    Mr. Muraleedharan was chosen as one of the ‘Top 100 Indian Leaders in the UAE ‘ by Forbes Middle East and the award was presented by Dr. Shashi Tharoor, Hon. Minister of State for Human Resource Development, Government of India and Dr. Nasser Bin Akeel Al Tanya, President of Arab Publisher House, the publishers of Forbes Middle East.
  • 2013
    Overseas Indian Cultural Congress – Global Meet
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    • Recipient of “Overseas Indian Cultural Congress – Global Meet - 2013” award in recognition for his philanthropic efforts and devotion to the cause of humanity. This award was presented by, Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala.
  • 2012
    Nexzen Excellence Award
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    Received Nexzen Excellence Award 2012 for promoting Rajasthani art and artisans in UAE, This award was presented by Lt. Gen. GyanBhushan, Head of South Western Command, Indian Army on Gandhi Jayanthi day.
  • 2012
    Abu Dhabi Chamber ‘Certification of Appreciation
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    Received Abu Dhabi Chamber ‘Certification of Appreciation – 2012’ for contributing and supporting the Arab-India Partnership Conference. The award was presented by H.E Mohamed ThaniMurshedGhannam Al Rumaithi, President of Abu Dhabi Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
  • 2011
    A.P. Aslam PratibhaPuraskaram
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    Received A.P. Aslam PratibhaPuraskaram – 2011 for exceptional humanism and passionate acts of philanthropy . This award was presented by Hon. Chief Minister of Kerala.
  • 2010
    R. Shankar Memorial Award
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    Received R. Shankar Memorial Award - 2010 in acknowledgement of Mr. Muraleedharan’s social commitment and philanthropic activities in the field of Education. This award was presented by eminent Malayalam poet &Jnanpith Award winner, Padma Vibhushan Prof. O.N.V. Kurup.
  • 2009
    Melvin John’s Excellence Award
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    Received “Melvin John’s Excellence Award – 2009” from Lion’s Club International (Thiruvananthapuram Chapter) in recognition to Mr. Muraleedharan’s commitment towards Humanitarian & Philanthropic works. This award was presented by Dr. B. Sandhya, I.P.S., ADGP, Kerala.
  • 2008
    AathuraSevaratnam award
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    Received AathuraSevaratnam award- 2008 by Gandhi Bhavan International Trust in recognition of Mr. Muraleedharan’s contributions and noble services in the field of charitable activities. This award was presented by Mr. K. Radhakrishnan, Hon. Speaker of Kerala Assembly.

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Inspiration

Muraleedharan credits his life achievements to those who have inspired him. Yet his inspirations have not been limited to world leaders or notable personalities, he embraces the values of all those around him, irrespective of their status or position in society.

He is a staunch follower of the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi and constantly strives to inculcate them in his way of life through the principles of non-violence, compassion to all humankind and leading a simple existence.

APJ Abdul Kalam has influenced Muraleedharan’s professional life and philanthropic activities in many ways. Kalam has been one of the key motivations in his career and he constantly attributes his success to Kalam's key mantra for life - unwavering dedication and hard work. Many valuable lessons from his book "Ignited Minds" have been stitched into the very fabric of the Muralya Foundation.

He is an avid reader, with award-winning writer C Radhakrishnan topping his list. His clarity of thought and ‎ease with which he explains complex political situations and scientific theories for the common man being the biggest drawing point.

For Muraleedharan, UAE is now home and he attributes his life achievements to the country, its people and rulers for an environment so conducive for growth. One of his closest mentors is HH Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, who has supported and motivated him from the earliest days of his business ventures.

“Dream Dream Dream. Dreams transform into thoughts and thoughts into action”

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UAE

Southern Franchise Co.LLC
3rd Floor, Al Dhaheri Building (Lulu Centre)
Salam Street
PO Box- 44145
Abu Dhabi
Tel: 00971 2 677 6999
Fax: 00971 2 678 8864

India

Southern Fast food Co. Pvt. Ltd
1st Floor, Karukatharayil Plaza
Near Infopark Expressway
Chittethukara, Kakkanad
Cochin- 682 037
Tel: 0484 298 1002

Muralya Group
Transtowers
Vazhuthacaud
Trivandrum-14
Tel: 0471 233 3304/05/06

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