As the grandson of one of the largest exporters of lemon grass in India, Javad K. Hassan was born into an agricultural family. If Hassan had followed in the footsteps of his grandfather, his life would be dramatically different. On this week’s episode of Those Who Made It, which aired on ZEE TV this past Saturday, November 25, viewers learned about the life of successful tech industry leader Javad Hassan – founder and chairman of NeST Group, a global conglomerate of more than 25 companies spread across several continents.Also Read - A Look Back at ZEE TV’s Those Who Made It

Hassan came to the United States after receiving his Bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of Kerala, India. After completing his Bachelor’s degree from Columbia University, and a Master’s in Material Science and Engineering from the University of Bridgeport, Connecticut in 1968, he passed an opportunity to pursue a Ph.D. at MIT, and instead joined IBM. Also Read - Those Who Made It Season Finale to Feature Mafat Patel

Like many South Asians living in America during the 1960s, Hassan encountered racism. While earning acclimates in the tech sphere, Hassan reveals on Those Who Made It that, while looking for an apartment, a landlord had shut the door in his face after mistaking him for a Puerto Rican. But these encounters with racism, Hassan says, did not hold him back from climbing up the corporate ladder at IBM. Also Read - ZEE TV’s Those Who Made It Season Finale to Feature Mafat Patel

In 10 years at IBM, Hassan became the head of the company’s semiconductor development operations, which consisted of more than 2,000 engineers and scientists. During this period, he obtained more than 20 patents in semiconductor technology for his inventions. Hassan reveals that, while there were employees of Indian descent, he was one of the very few who had an executive role.

After his next job at AMP, where he served as the corporate head of tech, Hassan had 30 years of experience under his belt and retired. Instead of using his spare time to golf, like so many others do, Hassan started his own businesses, which ranged from real estate to the consumer goods business and tech – an industry we would earn national recognition for his work with the NeST Group.

Under the leadership of Hassan, NeST Group has become a worldwide leader in technology, with operations in India, the Middle East, Japan, Europe and the Americas. It has more than 4,000 employees and has products and technologies in a whole range of areas, including health care, green energy and wireless and fiber optics communication systems. Its global customers include GE, Toshiba, Hitachi, ABB, Verizon, Honeywell, France Telecom and Etisalat.

Like all of the success stories featured on ZEE TV’s Those Who Made It, Hassan believes in giving back to the community. As a firm believer that technology opens doors, Hassan invests in helping the poor acquire job skills that can be applied in the ever-growing tech field. In helping these individuals acquire these skills, Hassan is able to provide them with the tools they need to provide for themselves.

Hassan is a prime example of being the master of your own destiny. Rather than following his family roots in the agricultural industry, he followed his heart, which was with technology. Today, Hassan is known for his success and generosity – and it is his tenacity that has allowed him to accomplish all that he has in his lifetime.

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