Nabyl Charania is a globally-seasoned serial entrepreneur, technologist and executive. He is Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Rokk3r, a strategic holding company that invests in creating, acquiring and integrating companies, leveraging exponential technologies to achieve maximum social impact, value and returns. Nabyl grew up in Kenya’s capital city of Nairobi where seeing his dad tinkering with electronics, and his neighbors and community working together to solve any problem no matter how big or small are his earliest memories of technology and the power of human potential.
In 1993, Apple released the Newton, a personal digital assistant device that looked like the communicator from Star Trek. The moment he saw the device, it all came together for Nabyl. He was convinced this would be the future, and he wanted to be involved in the substantial transformations technology could bring to everyone, everywhere.
After graduating with a Math degree from the University of Waterloo in 2000, Nabyl started several technology ventures that went on to have successful exits, and developed and managed large-scale engineering and R&D teams. Seeing the massive increase in global online connectedness and growing access to game-changing technologies, Nabyl realized there was a big gap in the world’s innovation infrastructure. So he co-founded Rokk3r Labs in 2010, the world’s first ‘cobuilding’ platform to fund, launch and scale world-changing ideas. This platform provided entrepreneurs, investors and organizations with an updated way to participate in innovation. As Rokk3r Labs CEO he accelerated the company’s unique “Cobuild” model across multiple geographical regions and led the overall business which was responsible for establishing over 50 companies, enabling entrepreneurs realize their dreams, creating hundreds of jobs and generating a lasting impact in the regions Rokk3r Labs operated. Nabyl spearheaded the company’s transition to the public markets.
In 2015, Nabyl furthered his aims to enhance global innovation infrastructure, this time specifically as it related to solving the scaling problem for innovation. He became Founding Partner and General Partner at Fuel Venture Capital, a $200M venture capital fund that provides smart capital and key resources to founders in sectors such as space, construction, extended reality, micromobility, and more. Since inception, Fuel Venture Capital has invested in exponential companies like TaxFyle, Bolt, Ubicquia, OhmniLabs and Soundtrack Your Brand, amongst others, fueling companies to evolve industries and meet the ambitious needs of our digital age.
In 2020, recognizing the limitations of being on the public markets, Nabyl guided Rokk3r Labs’ move to privatization, and the subsequent merger of Rokk3r Labs and its holdings into Rokk3r Inc. As Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer, Nabyl is leading the shift in Rokk3r’s strategy toward building, acquiring and integrating companies based on Rokk3r’s internal capabilities and experience, leveraging its potent networks to build companies centred around social commerce, insurance, fintech and more, with technology as the underlying exponential growth layer.
Outcomes of this shift have resulted in the rise of majority-position Rokk3r holdings, including social commerce platform WAO!, freight forwarding platform Cargologik, retail AI platform Graphpath, and more. In 2020 Nabyl was named as one of Florida’s 500 Most Influential Business Leaders, and Rokk3r has been named to Inc.’s Best Workplaces for 2020.
As a father of 2, Nabyl enjoys inspiring his kids (who think they’re adults) to find and vigorously pursue the many diverse passions their cheerful hearts desire. His other interests include trying to emulate his lifetime best 405 lbs bench press, 4.45 second 40-yard dash achieved in his younger days, and training to beat his kids at video games.
Nabyl is most passionate about leaving a positive, generational, world-changing legacy. He chases this higher aspiration through a personal Massive Transformative Purpose (MTP) he has set and challenged himself to achieve in his lifetime: create incorruptible prosperity and abundant ecosystems for all across the universe.
Nabyl draws inspiration for his MTP from the ethical framework of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) and the mission of the XPRIZE Foundation. As a legacy donor, he supports the AKDN’s fundamental objective to improve the quality of human life through a variety of agencies working in the fields of economic development, education, healthcare, and cultural enrichment. As a member of the XPRIZE Vision Circle, Nabyl joins other global business leaders to contribute thought leadership and funds for XPRIZE’s large-scale global incentive competitions that crowdsource solutions to the world’s grand challenges. Nabyl is also fascinated by space, and is excited to pursue space travel and other space projects that line up with his MTP.
Named “Most Influential Business Leader of the Year” by Derecho y Negocios Magazine in 2019 and ranked among the top 15 “Executive with Highest Professional Ethics” in Central America, by Summa Magazine in 2020, with a BS in Industrial Engineering and a Master’s in Science of Management, Rodrigo Leads Grupo TERMO, leaders in Sustainable Innovation in Flexible Packaging and a Plastic Recycling, Last Mile Delivery and Social Ecommerce, based out of El Salvador Central America. The group has 2,000 associates in 7 countries, with operations in Central and North America and South-East Asia and its products reach all 5 continents in the world.
Grupo TERMO has been awarded “Largest Plastics Industry Exporter” for five consecutive years 19, 18, 17, 16 and 15) by the Industrial Association of El Salvador (ASI); in 2019 the National Corporation of Exporters (COEXPORT) named them “National Exporter of the Year©”, in 2018 the Salvadoran Chamber of Commerce awarded the country’s most prestigious award for the private sector “La Palma de Oro©” for their contribution to the countries development, on 2019 Great Place Work raked TERMO in the top 10 Employers of El Salvador and #13 Great Place to Work© in Central America (for companies of over 1,000 employees), The Enterprise Foundation for Social Development (FUNDEMAS) has awarded the National Price Marca Positiva© on the Environmental Category in 2018 and 2016 among other international recognitions.
In 2020 Grupo TERMO became the first company in El Salvador to become Certified Carbon Neutral and a signing member of The United Nations Global Compact. In addition, the group has become the largest plastic recycler in Central America, recycling 39 million pounds in 2019, transforming traditional industries and creating new ones around the Upcycling of Plastics and the development of Circular Economy Enterprises achieving in 2020 first GRS Certification (Global Recycling Standard). In 2018 TERMO became the first Central American company to Sign the United Nations and Ellen Macarthur’s New Plastic Economy Declaration, setting very aggressive sustainability goals, including becoming the first Central American Company in the Packaging Sector to be Carbon Positive, Zero Waste to Landfill and to transform 60%+ of its consumption to circular economy post-consumer recycled content. Grupo TERMO has developed an internal Venture Lab to Explore Open Innovation with Entrepreneurs from around the World in order to create Triple Impact Enterprises that have global scalability.
Rodrigo enjoys traveling, meeting people and learning about their traditions, while trying all sorts of food! A perfect combination that allows for business and pleasure trips to be more enjoyable... He has traveled the Americas, Europe and Asia, understanding global stakeholder’s sustainability needs and potential transformational solutions. He enjoys learning about other cultures, their customs, and traditions and how Sustainable Development, Circular Innovation, Social Commerce, Industry 4.0 trends and Flexible Packaging play a crucial role in the evolution of society.
Rodrigo is an active member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) and of the Young Presidents Organization (YPO), he participates in Academic and Business Board of Governors and is Co-Founder of @ALMAWEAVING, an Entrepreneurial Venture that supports young women and men at risk in their University Studies, while creating and selling sustainable fashion items.
Rodrigo lives in El Salvador, Central America and is happily married, has 3 wonderful boys, who he loves spending quality time with. Some of his favorite hobbies are traveling, reading, exercise and spending the weekends on outdoor activities with family and friends.