Our Founder & Chairman

Mr. Ramesh Chand Kohli was the founder and driving force behind LEME Group, who suddenly passed away at the young age of 67 leaving his legacy to his wife and two children.

The business community both in East Africa and the UAE miss his business dynamism and his extreme level of humblism.

Born on March 26th 1946  in a small town off lake Victoria in East Africa called Kisumu, Mr. R. C. Kohli was the youngest son to the late D.B Kohli, an advocate and part of the Kenyan constitution. He pursued his studies in Liverpool England in the late ‘60s and in the early ‘70s, he moved back to Kenya to bring his entrepreneurial vision to life in the automotive industry. In 1975, Kohli established Auto Hard Kenya in Kisumu. With the coffee and sugar boom in the mid ‘80s, Auto Hard become the first company in the western region of Kenya to provide a complete friction material supply and service facility, offering brake re-lining, pressure plate re-building and brake disc services. Auto Hard has become a pioneer in the friction materials industry supplying its products to over 100 transporters in East Africa and servicing almost 90% of the transport industry in the western region. 

Kohli was a serial entrepreneur who traded in different commodities in East Africa however his main focus was his passion for automotive and engineered products. Over the years he invested in various business segments across East Africa and also established Kenya’s first Interflora flower boutique for his wife Aruna Kohli in 1991 in Kenya under the label “Fragrance”.

Trained in London, UK, by award-winning luxury florist Moyses Stevens in creative floristry design, Aruna soon became one of the leading florists in East Africa catering for events, companies, government offices and the hospitality sector. As her operation expanded, she established a boutique retail florist outlet in Kenya’s first five-star hotel, the Grand Regency. She became the exclusive distributor of Portmeirion products and Riedel glass wear adding exclusive gifts to her floristry services.

In 2006, Mr. R.C. Kohli co-founded and established Laser and Electronics Middle East LLC (LEME Group) in the UAE with his younger son Sanuj Kohli who is currently Executive Director at the group. LEME Group became the exclusive distributor of LPKF Laser and Electronics AG, a Germany-based company manufacturing prototyping printed circuit board machinery for the electronics industry. Despite the lack of electronic manufacturing in the region, both were optimistic and took a risk by bringing in LPKF AG into the Middle East. Since then, the company has sold over 100 machines in 14 countries across the MENA region, providing customers with turnkey solutions from design and development of electronics to installation and service support for systems supplied.

With his entrepreneurial ambition, there was no stopping Kohli. In 2009, WaterWise Car Washing was establishedand became the region’s first 100% waterless car wash service provider, run by his elder son Rishiman Kohli who is also an Executive Director of the group. Initially when the concept was introduced to the UAE, it was a challenge; however through vigorous tests and development with WaterWise’s partners in the UK, a product was designed solely for the region to clean cars without leaving a single scratch. Today, WaterWise is the region’s fastest growing waterless car wash service provider cleaning up to 600 cars daily, seven days a week, and saves almost 180 liters of water per car wash. WaterWise operates at the following sites: Mercato Shopping Mall, Souk Madinat Jumeirah, DU Telecommunications, Emaar Downtown, Emaar Square, IFA Golden Mile, City Walk, and Armani Hotel.

In 2011, LEME Lighting was born and became part of the LEME group. Since then, LEME Lighting has become a market leader in providing complete turnkey LED lighting solutions from design and supply to implementation for both indoor and outdoor lighting. The company has supplied lighting to the region’s most exclusive commercial and hospitality projects.

As each business segment continued to grow from an embryonic stage to a fully fledged company, Ramesh C. Kohli began to strategically expand his business operations across the globe by establishing offices in China, Hong Kong and the United Kingdom.

The Group is chaired by Aruna Kohli, Mr. Ramesh C. Kohli’s wife, and the businesses are run by both his sons Rishi and Sanuj who are both Executive Directors and members of the board.


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