Born in India’s Kerala province on February 5, 1937, Mr Ambat Chacko Jose comes with a rich experience of over 55 years which have seen him win three elections to the Indian Parliament (Lok Sabha) and hold a number of important offices.
Known for his leadership, dynamism and farsightedness, he is highly knowledgeable, multi-talented and SME-friendly with an impeccable career. He recently retired as Chairman, Coir Board under the Ministry of Micro, Small & Medium Enterprises, Government of India. During his tenure, the Coir Board scaled new heights.
An advocate by profession, Mr Jose graduated in science and then studied BL, LLM at Kerala University, Kochi (Kerala). He played a dominant role in the formation of the Kerala Students’ Union. A voracious reader and a good orator in English as well as Malayalam, he led trade unions in almost all major industries in Kerala and was the Founder President, Building and Road Workers’ Federation, 1973 onwards.
From 1969 to 1979, he was a Councillor in the Cochin City Corporation. In 1972, he was elected as Mayor of the Corporation. He was elected to the Kerala Legislative Assembly from Paravur Constituency in 1980 and served as the Speaker of the House in 1982. He was elected to the Lok Sabha as a Member of Parliament (MP) in 1996, 1998 and 1999. He was also Chief Editor of Veekshanam Daily, a mouthpiece of the Indian National Congress party in Kerala.
He was Chairperson of Intergovernmental Group of FAO on Hard Fibres which functions under the United Nations Organisation and was the first Indian to hold this position. He was Member, Committee on External Affairs for two terms. While he was in the Lok Sabha, the Ministry of Commerce, Government of India, had nominated him as member of the Board of Trade, the ministry’s highest policy-making body.
His able guidance, stewardship and stellar service to the MSME community have enhanced the stature of ISSME in a short span of time.