Our Group

Formerly known as MCFI, Ingenia is a subsidiary of Harel Mallac, which offers agricultural, industrial, and water management solutions to businesses in Mauritius, the Indian Ocean region and the African continent.

Our business was born from a patriotic endeavour to support the flourishing Mauritian sugar cane industry, following the country’s independence. True to our origins, we have expanded to support the key sectors of our economy (e.g., construction, textile, manufacture) and went beyond our shores to bring turnkey products and solutions to the Indian Ocean region and Africa.

Now rebranded as Ingenia, we take on the audacious challenge of reinventing ourselves and combining technology, ecology, and circularity to co-create a thriving business community that helps create a healthy population and planet. Strong from decades of expertise and knowledge of our key segments, we are now going further by promoting synergy and cross-pollination across our segments to develop new pillars for our emerging economies.

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Our History

Our History

Our History

1975
MCFI
is born

1989
SEM listing

1990 
Creation of the
Chemco Lab

1997 
Opening of the
Zambian facilities

2019 
Amalgamation of Chemco
and Bychemex

2020 
Acquisition of
Suchem

2022 
MCFI becomes
INGENIA

2011 
Opening of the
Tanzanian facilities

2015 
Inauguration of the first 
Mauritian Bio-Fertiliser plant

Our Leadership Team

Our leadership team is composed of women and men committed to sourcing the most relevant and innovative solutions for our clients. Each of them embodies Ingenia’s spirit of “going beyond” and the dedication and technical expertise that make us unique.

Yannis FAYD’HERBE
Group Managing Director

Yannis Fayd’herbe has a degree with majors in Economics and Industrial Psychology and a Post Graduate Diploma in Organisation & Management from the University of Cape Town and is an alumnus of the ESSEC General Management Program. Between 1999 and 2019, he held various positions in the textile industry, first in sales and marketing, then as CEO of N. Bellstedt & Co (Pty) Ltd (South Africa), Managing Director of KASA Textile & Co Ltd (2012-2017) and of Labelling Industries Ltd, Berque Ltee, Narrow Fabrics Ltd in Mauritius and of Labeltex SARL and LabelMada Ltee in Madagascar (2013-2019). Yanis joined Ingenia in June 2019.

Dheer Narrain ROY
Head of Aqua and International Divisions

Dheer Narrain Roy holds a Masters in International Business from Curtin University, Australia and a Masters in International Business Law (LLM) jointly from Sorbonne & Paris II Pantheon-Assas universities. Between 2004 and 2012, he held positions in PPR/CFAO’s International trading office, then as director of a regional group, based in Mayotte. Dheer Narrain Roy joined the Harel Mallac Group in February 2012 before moving to Ingenia as Business Development Manager in August 2013. He now leads our Aqua and International divisions.

Nicolas LANGLOIS
Head of Agri & Industry Divisions

Nicolas Langlois started his career in 1987 as sales representative for agricultural equipment at Roger Fayd’herbe. He joined the Suchem team in 1989 to develop the sales of agrochemicals. In 1991, he started developing other lines for the textiles, paint and plastic industries and became sales manager of Suchem in 2004, and General Manager in January 2017. He joined Ingenia when the Group acquired Suchem in 2020.

Sanjeeve PERSAND
Production Optimisation and Excellence Manager

Sanjeeve holds a DUT in Civil Engineering (IUT de Bordeaux) and a Diplôme d’Ingénieur en Civil Engineering et Urbanisme from INSA-Toulouse. His professional path in Mauritius covers management positions in Decathlon Retail & Production – Oxylane Group (1998-2010) and Evaco as Senior Project Manager (3 years). He spent nine years as Managing Director of Equinoxe (which manufactures parts for luxury products) before joining Ingenia in March 2021 as Production Optimisation and Excellence Manager.

Nidhi RAMLOGUN
Quality, Sustainability and Health & Safety Manager

Holder of a BSc. Hons in Food Science and Technology from University of Mauritius, Nidhi started her career as Chief Chemist at Princes Tuna Mauritius. After working in an international certification body, she joined the Chemicals Cluster of Harel Mallac, where she has been covering Safety, Health, Environment, Quality, cosmetic GMP and Sustainability, as well as Laboratory across the different Business Units since 2007.

Christian NANON
Head of Strategy and Innovation

Accomplished leader, Christian Nanon brings along an impressive expertise in sustainability and green ventures. Christian holds a Master of Science and Technology from Chimie ParisTech and an MS in Strategy & Organisation Consulting from École supérieure de commerce de Paris. He is also a holder of certificates from London Business School and Harvard in Sustainability Leadership and Sustainable Investing. Christian’s career spans Omnicane, Mauritius Commercial Bank and Rogers Group contributing to strategic industrial, sustainability and energy projects. His expertise will fortify and push our group and its subsidiaries to explore sustainable and innovative paths.

Derek Wong
Finance Business Partner

Derek Wong joined Ingenia in February 2024, bringing along an impressive career spanning over 20 years in the financial industry. Holder of a BSc in Computer Science with Accounting from the University of Buckingham and a Diploma in Treasury from the Association of Corporate Treasurers in the UK, Derek is a distinguished certified Accountant from the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (UK).

With a proven track record of leadership excellence, Derek has held prestigious positions, including CEO/Executive Director at Eagle Insurance Limited. We are confident that Derek’s extensive expertise will propel our company’s financial performance to unprecedented heights.