Sandana Dass joined the industry in 1973 as a “Rubber Scholar” with the Malayan Rubber Fund Board (MRFB) in Kuala Lumpur and trained in rubber marketing and promotions in the MRFB offices in London, Milan, Vienna and Hamburg.
Whilst with MARDEC from 1974 – 2001, he served as the Director of Marketing & Operations & Investments for MARDEC Group as well as the Managing Director of MARDEC International Sdn. Bhd.
Dass conceptualized, formed and manages the R1 International Group as its Group Managing Director/Chief Executive Officer from its Headquarters in Singapore since 2001. He oversees R1 International Group of Companies as Chairman in Malaysia, Japan, Thailand, Vietnam, China, India, Cambodia and USA with an annual turnover which had reached about US$3 billion.
With over 40 years of experience in the rubber industry, Sandana Dass has acted as expert advisor on rubber trade and marketing to the Government. He has been actively involved as Chairman and Speaker in international forums on rubber trading and marketing and has served as the Chairman of the Industry Advisory Panel and the Chairman of the Statistical Committee and Economics Committee of the International Rubber Study Group (IRSG). He was a member of the Malaysian Rubber Exchange and Licensing Board, the Management Committee of the International Rubber Association (IRA) and the Chairman of the Rubber Committee of the Singapore Commodity Exchange Limited (SICOM).
Sandana Dass graduated with a degree in Economics and a Masters in Entrepreneurship. He has attended intensive courses in top management and strategic marketing in the Asian Institute of Management, Insead and the Harvard Business School.